The Open Drawing Studio in Morristown is a pretty colorful place. At least it was last Friday, when we ambled into the annex at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to find a menagerie of burlesque performers posing for a roomful of artists.
The posers–poseurs?–hailed from the North Jersey chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.
An artist named Molly Crabapple co-founded the organization six years ago “in a dive bar in Brooklyn” so artists can “draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality,” according to the website, which claims 100 Dr. Sketchy chapters worldwide.
We did not meet Ms. Molly. But we did make the acquaintance of Little Miss Roller Hoops, a 20-something circus clown originally from Caldwell.
We asked her what’s the trick to swallowing fire, but she wouldn’t cough it up.
“No tricks,” she said. “It’s technique.”
Helpful hint: Avoid breath sprays or flammable fillings.
Little Miss Roller Hoops did not demonstrate her flaming talent. But a young gentleman in white face celebrated the end of his pose by prancing through a stripped-down version of a burlesque act. Bohemian Rhapsody, anyone? Summon the vicar!
The month-long Open Drawing Studio Project runs until Aug. 28, Wednesday-through-Sunday. Drawing sessions last for three hours with a suggested donation of $10. Session times are here.