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Early in May the Wabash YMCA at 38th Street held a celebration for Black and Hispanic teens.  The celebration 13WabashY18wasn’t outer-directed, it was about themselves.  Here we are, let’s get together.  There were table games, sports and caricatures by that famous artist, Whatshername.  I was set up next to some plant growing experiments, which I loved.  In two-and-a-half hours I drew twenty-seven kids plus one exercise instructor. Thank you, Ramon!

Here a few drawings from that afternoon and the reactions that went with them.  Fun for everybody, including me. ————

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This was a “Business After Hours” event, sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and the Evanston Community 13EvanstonChamComm8Foundation.  The focus was on the arts in Evanston.  Musicians and actors performed.  As a visual artist, I represented the Evanston Art Center, where I teach painting and drawing.  Appropriately enough, this event highlighting the arts was held at the Evanston Dance Center, where the class rooms are spacious and as mirrored as you are now imagining them to be.

I love this town. This being Evanston, where I’ve lived all my adult life, people were both sophisticated and casual, professional and personable, refined and communicative, serious and witty.

13EvanstonChamComm5 I drew, among others, a writer, a Northwestern football coach, an “officehead,”   and a travel agent.  I drew the owner of the travel agency playing the tablas, which are his passion. He leads this post with his great face and alert eyes.

The “officehead”  was passionate about organizing small business owners’ paperwork, but she was also a passionate biker , holding the world record for speed, which she set a couple of years ago in Utah  on  a vintage something-something BMW.  See?  That’s Evanston.  Everybody you meet has a lot going on.

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Thank you, Mary Beth.  Thank you, Nora.————————

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Not only could everybody be a judge, but everybody could be an artist.

Here’s a brilliant idea for all you Human Resource people.  The employees are encouraged to bring in their own art work.  It will be displayed in, let’s say, a conference/lecture room.  Then one late afternoon you throw a little refreshments-and-nibbles party in that large room and everybody comes in to vote on the art work.  Gets people talking and mingling, and isn’t that part of the HR job description!

And, of course, you bring in that famous caricaturist, whatshername, to draw everybody.  So, that’s what I did in this wonderful art-loving atmosphere. This was an international consulting firm in the Loop just across from the Thompson Center.  Class act, Rohan!  Thank you.

Here are a few of the exhibitors and judges. Sorry about the glare. My drawing paper has a gloss finish (like a magazine cover) and I don’t want to spend time fiddling with the camera angle when I’m taking these photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice, it was mostly women. If the activity had been centered on sports rather than art, would it have been mostly men?  You think so!?  The next drawing shows a tiny woman with very long hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totally losing it, absolute hilarity.

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I did another demo at Utrecht Art Supplies  a couple of weeks ago.  So much fun!  I’m set up in the most visible spot in the store, just as you walk in the door.  Yeah, caricatures! Can you draw me?  Of course, have a seat.  They were all art students at the School of the Art Institute and at Columbia College; there were also som practicing, exhibiting artists. We were colleagues, really, and there was some interesting shop talk about materials we use and the artists we admire.  Most rewarding!  Loved it!

To catch the next demo, just check in with Utrecht at Facebook or Twitter.

 

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My appearance in their colorful Kindergarten classroom was the culmination of two months of art projects.  They had started kindergarten in September and had already worked in a number of mediums and styles:  by the time they sat for me, they had worked in drawing, painting, mosaic, pottery  and sculpture; they knew about Van Gogh and Picasso; they had been to art exhibits, including the installations at the Evanston Art Center, where the readers (those who at the age of five or six could already read) had  read the wall placks for everybody—not an easy task in the case of installations.   So, here we were on October 25th—Picasso’s birthday!—and I was drawing caricatures of bright six-year-olds in Wilmette.  They had done self-portraits in the style of Picasso.  Today they learned about this art form called Caricature.

I started by showing them how to sharpen a China marker:  you pull this string and then you unwind a long thin strip of paper.  They were fascinated.  I drew all of their squirmy alert selves in an hour-and-a-half and then I drew the two teachers who orchestrated all these complicated activities.

Two days later, I attended the opening of their exhibit, complete with the nibbles and drinks expected at art openings.  The “art opening” was one of the concepts they were learning about, along with “fingerfood.”   My caricatures of them were all on a wall, neatly sealed in plastic sleeves. The room was full of their earlier achievements.  Parents were happy to see the work.  As was I and I was amazed at the  ingenuity of these teachers.

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The lobby at the Evanston YMCA is not some stainless steel walk-through.  It’s more a feast for the eye, with wood paneling and carvings and—for this occasion—festive lights.  For Arts Week we do need to get festive, people.  I have a certain bias here, granted, but participating in art is essential to human happiness.  There, I said it.

It was late afternoon on Friday.  Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and whole families crossed the mosaic floor to get to their work-out stations.  The pool at the Y is well attended, so that, not surprisingly, on the way out, there was a lot of wet hair.  No matter, I can fluff that up.  I drew twenty-one kids and four adults in two hours.  We sat in carved chairs with brocade-ish upholstery and chatted while I drew. Everyone was in good spirits.  The proximity of art will do that for you.  Also, haha, vigorous exercise.  Now, three days later, I enjoy recalling the names with their musical vowels and romantic historical references:  Eloise, Lucinda, Annabel, Sylvi, Emelina, Matias, Vanessa, Florencia, Holden, et. al.  All in all, a good work-out in the name of art.  Thank you, Shun.

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