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Kappy’s, on Dempster at Harlem,  is a family restaurant owned and operated by an extended family. One of the brothers, Manolis, came up with the idea of getting caricatures of all the staff and then framing the drawings in the restaurant.  He had seen my work of Chicago Celebrities at Petterino’s in downtown Chicago.  The art of caricature is associated with celebrity, always has been. Think movie stars, politicians, royalty, Vanity Fair.  By getting caricatures of his wait staff, greeters, cooks, and busboys Manolis was telling them that he thinks they rock.  Morale is everything, after all.

The other brother, George, is at Kappy’s all the time, greeting people by name and making sure everybody’s happy. The place is obviously popular, it was packed.  I was set up in a corner of the restaurant by the windows and enjoyed watching the dynamics.  I did the drawings in two sessions, accommodating two shifts.  Friends and family of the owners also dropped in to get drawn by me.  All in all, a most rewarding experience. If you’re ever in the area and want a wholesome plentiful meal, stop in at Kappys.  And then look at my drawings in the hallway.  Thanks Manolis and George!

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High school seniors are—let me come right out with it—my favorite demographic for caricature drawings.  Proms are fun, of course, but there the kids are dressed up, they sit up straight and at dinner they try to use the right fork and, what’s this, oh a napkin. This party at Andrew High School in Tinley Park was about  tons of food to shovel down and loud music to dance to, whatever.  My camera doesn’t capture the hilarity, because by the Tinley2time I’ve positioned the thing they’ve righted themselves to perform for the camera they way they’d been taught to perform since they were knee-high to a grasshopper.  And I mean “righted,”  because the first reaction to the drawing was that they fell backwards or sideways—below table height. I love it!!

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The party was in the Doucetta Room at Giordano’s, a perfect setting for a Liam2family party.  We were celebrating Dominik’s First Communion. This was a bunch of well-groomed, poised kids who were competitive ball room dancers.

What dances do you do?

Oh, the tango, the bossa nova, stuff like that.

Lovely!

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