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The kids in the neighborhood had played together and the parents had socialized with common interests for 13Rogers3years.  When one family was relocating to Denver, there had to be a party to send them off.  What  can we add that will be special and  memorable?  Call that famous artist Whatsername!I drew nineteen people– in full color–in two hours.

Thank you, Kevin!

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This year’s organizer found me through a friend who’s with the Park Ridge Art League, where—years ago—I gave a talk and demo on the Art of Caricature.

If you’ve never had a block party where you live because nobody knows anybody anyway—good reason to organize a block party.  If you’ve never had a block party where you live because everybody knows everybody anyway—ditto.

As I was packing up at the end of this wonderful summer evening, Carolyn helped me with my stuff and said, in the past they’ve had face painters, balloon twisters, magicians, clowns, all that, but this was the best.  I was delighted to hear that but not at all surprised.  When I draw, people stand around to watch and suggest how I should draw the person in the hot seat.  There’s running commentary, a line by line report to the person being drawn, comforting remarks, delightful outcries when I’ve done something nobody expected, hilarity when the finished drawing is turned around for them to see.  Clearly, the drawing functions as a bonding agent, ice breaker and social glue.

Moral:  we need more block parties in this world!

Thank you, Carolyn, Linda and Andreas!

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