We are taking a vacation, which is really a staycation. This, of course, we’ve done before, but not the kind of staycation where we can’t go to performances or crowded places, public transportation is scary and a global pandemic is peaking in the Midwest.
Oh, and after a golden, balmy fall, the weather turned chilly with rain.
Within these parameters it is too hard for me to plan a vacation so I’m just going to wing it, depending on circumstances.
After a few minutes of googling this morning, I ran across an article about an artist who has been painting murals on the garage doors in an Evanston alley. Off we went, eight train stops, 1/2 hour walk and a quick bathroom break at a grocery store later, we arrived, in a flurry of falling leaves, rain spotting my camera lens.
Since 2019, Teresa Parod has been painting garage doors in the 2300 block between Thayer and Isabella / Thayer and Park. She uses ordinary house paint, and her subject matter is mostly flowers, houses and whimsical animals. As an appreciator of many varieties of art, I confess that in this fractious political moment with its unrelenting news cycle, I quite enjoyed the mental break that a ramble though depictions of goofy elephants and elementary school colors provided. Even the artist’s website, while loaded with cheerful images, is blessedly devoid of art speak (no artist’s statement with references to Foucault, thank you very much).
HOB and I thought it would be fun to see if the house painting on the garage door matched the house from the street, so we circled around the front.
And not only did we find the house, but the yard was decorated with an endearingly crafty Dia de los Muertos theme. (Those skulls are on screens and they have lights installed, so they must be a spectacle at night). Surely this must be the home of Teresa Parod, an artist of great charm, who brightened the rainy day of these two quarantined travelers.