When I married Santa Maria, I found out that I was in for a few surprises. These were not on the order of how often she likes to change her socks, or what habit she might have while brushing her teeth (don’t tell my mother-in-law’s friends, but we lived together before deciding to put a ring on it, as Beyoncé would say).
Most of the surprises were close to ineffable—joy, adventure, freedom (believe it or not)—but one is easy to share. I discovered that I loved to draw. I took classes at the Art Students League and I began to break out my sketchbook on the subway (I’ve since filled dozens and dozens of notebooks with jangly renderings of sleepy passengers). I started submitting cartoons to The New Yorker, and I’ve had five published there.
One of the images that didn’t get into the pages of the magazine is the above wine-and-cheese cartoon. It was accepted by the editors, then rejected after they realized that they had published a similar one that Charles Addams, the great New Yorker cartoonist, had created before I was born.
It is available starting tomorrow, however, at “Eat/Art,” a group show at the Atlantic Gallery in Chelsea. I have three drawings in the show, which features an amazing array of food-related art. All of the pieces for sale are small (none larger than 12”), framed, and ready to be taken home; the show’s holiday-friendly policy is that once you buy it, you can walk out of the gallery with it.
The best part of the show, from my hunger-obsessed perspective, is that 10% of every “Eat/Art” sale goes to Just Food, a local nonprofit organization that connects farms to inner-city residents and helps them grow their own food and otherwise increase their access to fresh ingredients.
Tomorrow night, from 6-8 p.m., there is an opening at the gallery, which is located at 135 W. 29th Street, and all are welcome. The show is up through Dec. 23.
Next Wednesday, December 8, also from 6-8 p.m. there is another gathering there, featuring New York State wines, local food, and a presentation by the folks from Just Food. I hope you can make one of the events. If you come, please say hello!