Thanksgiving is in the Eye and Wrist and Paint of the Beholder.

Eddy has a tasty palette prepared in honor of Big Food Day. Look at the whipped cream blending just a little with the chocolate pie. Yum, you know how sweet that is. And just below, there’s the red chili for the mashed potatoes and turkey. Nothing sweet there, just real holiday heat.

Eddy has a tasty palette prepared in honor of Big Food Day. Look at the whipped cream blending just a little with the chocolate pie. Yum, you know how sweet that is. And just below, there’s the red chile for the mashed potatoes and turkey. Nothing sweet there, just real holiday heat.

Whipped Cream and Chocolate with a bit of lemon pudding on the side.

Whipped Cream and Chocolate with a bit of lemon pudding on the side.

That chile does burn.

That chile does burn.

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.

Cat and the Magic Christmas Castle.

Cat and the Magic Christmas Castle.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone…See you next week.

Just another day at work—but one with a whole lot of food and friendship

 

Gloria, getting into her Foodie role.

Gloria, getting into her Foodie role.

Like all people who work together on a daily basis, the North Fourth Art Center staff has its good days and bad. Friendships develop and get frayed around the edges from time to time. We rely on each other at work and outside. And mostly it’s all good.

Working at North Fourth is a hard job whether you’re teaching art or providing personal assistance to the students who come to spend their days in a safe and engaging and creative environment. These students have great affection for and very high expectations of the staff and, we’re proud to say, they deliver. Whatever it takes, they’re up to the task.

Once in awhile we gather for a few hours of eating and laughing. Today, our very own pre-Thanksgiving holiday was one of those days.

The staff all pitches in but sisters Gloria and Ana have usually taken the lead every year; this year Gloria was the organizer extraordinaire giving her sister a little time off.

As usual, everything was completely delicious, from the varied veggies to Teddy’s sweetly creamily delicious cheesecakes. Since the best foods in the world, stuffing and sweet potatoes appear at Thanksgiving, it’s a good day by my standards. Monica and Susanna, they were perfect…absolutely perfect.

Thanks to one and all.

A slightly strange looking turkey but a happy one (at least before he was cooked)  because of his free-range life.

A slightly strange looking turkey but a happy one (at least before he was cooked) because of his free-range life.

But always eat your veggies.

But always eat your veggies.

Teddy singlehandedly made all of the cheesecakes.

Teddy singlehandedly made all of the cheesecakes.

Tom and Omar, third or fourth plates.

Tom and Omar, third or fourth plates.

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Tamara and Monique. Finishing touches?

Roni and Rich deciding from which angle to approach the tables.

Roni and Rich deciding from which angle to approach the tables.

Monica, the stuffing maker, samples other delicacies.

Monica, the stuffing maker, samples other delicacies.

Jesse and Josh and Bradd, dainty eaters all.

Jesse and Josh and Bradd, dainty eaters all.

Tamara and Gloria, I assume that's fine wine in appropriately fine crystal.

Tamara and Gloria, I assume that’s fine wine in appropriately fine crystal.

Sherilyn is eating to keep her hair strong.

Sherilyn is eating to keep her hair strong.