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I love this place–the up-beat cause; the smart energetic people, the lovely setting on Mass Av!  I’ve donated books before and now I had the opportunity to donate my time.  I was set up near the window (notice the exposure in late afternoon) and drew the visitors for one hour, eleven in all.  Great fun. Thank you, Olivia and Ryan.

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XO Banquets in Wheeling is where you’ll find these exiting lighting effects and, yes, it’s a great place for warm gatherings of old friends. Ilya and his wife flew in from Toronto to celebrate his 70th birthday with friends and family in the Chicago area.  Very festive and elegant, yet relaxed and cozy.  Loved it! Thank you, Klara!

I drew twenty-one people in full color in two hours.

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Yoshi’s is an elegant Japanese restaurant on Halsted near Belmont.  Friends of Frances gathered there for brunch to celebrate her 90th birthday. I couldn’t tell how old anybody was.  I certainly wouldn’t have guessed Frances was ninety.  I drew twenty of these energetic women in two hours.  That was a leisurely pace, for me, which gave me time to admire the décor, the choice of colors, the paintings on the wall and the lighting.

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All these beautiful people in West Chicago!  Who knew?!  It was Ava’s birthday, lucky Ava.

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They’re on Elston in Chicago.  They’re huge. Of course, they are.  Have you ever seen a corner mom and pop car dealer, where you quickly stop by after work to pick up a little something? Fox Ford Lincoln held a promotion in a top floor show room whose ceiling was at least three stories high, high enough, for acrobats hanging from ropes and twirling in strobe lights.  It was a promotion but also a party thrown for customers who already drive a Ford or Lincoln from Fox.  Nice.

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And now we’re in one of the NW suburbs.  A MacMansion, to be specific, very posh.  The rouad2host, head of an international medical team, throws this party about once a year and I’m lucky to be invited back again.  This year everybody was told to come wearing a hat.  I drew medical/pharmaceutical types from Morocco, France, Greece, England, Germany, Croatia, Brazil, Ireland, China, Nigeria, Iran, Egypt and from all over the US.  Pretty interesting, wouldn’t you say?  I enjoyed this party immensely.

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wed2The wedding reception was at Harry Carey’s in the Westin Hotel in Lombard. Nobody was heard to say “Holy Cow,” not once all evening.  In fact, this is an elegant place.

I started drawing when lights got dimmed after dinner and I decided not to take pictures of the guests, only of the drawings, because fiddling with the camera can be tricky.   But I did get the last couple on camera as the man burst out in a loud howl over the drawing.  As you look at that, keep in mind that it  was the last drawing in a pretty, errmmm, lively evening. 

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This gig came in through GigMasters.  Here’s the bride’s comment on my work: “We loved her! She added a unique element to our wedding reception that would have been missing without her. Our guests loved her and what she drew. Overall, very happy with Katherine Hilden.”

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