It is Thanksgiving Week. Holidaymaking is in the air…and will stay there until real work begins again on Monday morning, January 5, 2015. Oh sure, we’ll all come to work most days between now and then and make art or dance or tell stories or teach or assist or administer. But what will we accomplish? Well, we’ll enjoy each other, and holiday painting and sculpting and drawings will appear to brighten our days. The sounds of music and of Karen singing will echo throughout the building. There’ll be a little drumming and booty-shaking as well, all to the tune of Jingle Bells?
Let’s just enjoy the merry art-making that’s all about the building. For starters how about Tom’s painting and drawing class where they were busy finishing up pieces they have been working on or making some new ones especially for Thanksgiving. Although the artists started out making interesting work that seemed to have nothing to do with Thanksgiving we discovered, upon closer examination, that really many of these paintings and drawings turned out to be all about the holiday.
Cat’s Christmas Castle for example. Cat is completing it early so that people can start visiting even now. It’s kind of like Black Friday, only it’s early visiting instead of early shopping. Besides it is beautiful and safe and magical, none of which applies to Black Friday.
Adam thinks of Thanksgiving as a very peaceful time because, he says, turkey puts him to sleep which makes him feel extremely peaceful. He has two generally related holiday pieces. This small piece is a Christmassy kaleidoscopic, with green bushes lining the street for the walk over to a friend’s house for dinner.
The fat white dog ate all of the turkey scraps and now Adam, whose face is painted in honor of Black Friday, has to carry him home.
Belinda has created her own version of the table set for a gigantic Thanksgiving feast with dishes of all colors and flavors. What a variety! Something for everyone. Including a lot of purple dishes made from Grapes and Plums and Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes and Eggplant.
Joe’s church is where everyone goes before or after to dinner to thank the Native Americans who were nice enough to keep the first illegal immigrants from starving to death on their first November in their new world.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone…See you next week.