DECEMBER is a month of fantasy, fun and other odd happenings at North Fourth. Sherilyn has created a December to Remember by using every imaginable excuse to celebrate and, of course, make art. Daily themes for the first two weeks are pajamas, dogs, persons with disabilities, cookies, soldiers, time travelers, food bank contributions, clowns, mountains and tacky Christmas sweaters. I can see some very interesting art happenings around here as a result of these slightly crazy ideas.
Here’s a diary of the week so far: Today, December 1st is Wear Your PJs day. I’m a little disappointed actually. Since this is an entire building full of artists I somehow expected that the outfits of the day would be more…well…artful. Like giant troll sculptures or paper mache elves or Alvin and the Chipmunk outfits. Instead most artists are in their best Target jammies which, come to think of it, are funny-looking enough!
And now it’s Tuesday and time for National Mutt Day which Andie, Marcus and Bruce are celebrating with Three Dog Night and other frisky creatures of the dog world. My bonus for today was getting to join in on “Joy to the World”—and wonder if there is anyone in the world that can’t carry a tune as well as I can’t carry a tune. There are many good singers in the class, Kevin and Drake for example who are fine singers by any standards. Andie, Marcus and Bruce sounded pretty melodic also. But no one barked better than Kevin or yipped better than Joeanna Kahuna. Marc’s puppet puppy didn’t whine to be let out or you-know-what in the corner and didn’t even sneak food from the lunch boxes. Good dog. Phil, Grace and Sarah kept begging for something—could have been old bones dug up from the back yard or maybe pizza, I’m not sure which… But then Sarah rolled back in her dead dog pose so maybe it wasn’t either one of those things.
Finally we’ve arrived at Wednesday which is Persons with Disabilities Day. Time for a tour of the building to see what’s going on this chilly Wednesday morning. Tamara and Marcus are trying to get the classes’ attention while I interrupt with picture taking. They have been discussing disability advocacy in general and are about to create artworks that represent each of them.
Kate’s class is watching a quick film about Scott Weir, born with severe cerebral palsy, but who managed to live out many of his dreams in spite of his disability. He especially loved driving anything and everything and his hero was Dale Earnhardt, the race car driver.
Monique and the North Fourth sewing aficionados are busily creating some really beautiful quilts. Our quilters are especially enthusiastic and skillful in their art…many of them would happily work on their colorful projects every day of the week but they are too good at other arts not to get them out of sewing once in awhile.
We are all looking forward to cookie day tomorrow. Wouldn’t it be lovely if one of the local bakeries just set up shop here for the day? And fed us cookies from morning until night. We can dream…