Betty’s Cartoon – “Please Sign Slowly”
Back in 1979, Betty worked at DCARA— Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency in Oakland, California as Public Relations Director. Among other duties, she was responsible for the agency newsletter (she became Executive Director for part of 1980, before moving to Los Angeles). [And for us geographically-impaired folks, Oakland’s what’s on the “other” side of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.] Naturally, she put her art skills to work and created cartoons for the newsletter.
Last month, NAD had a board meeting and fundraising event in Philadelphia, site of the next Conference in 2010. A week before the event, Nancy J. Bloch, NAD CEO, asked Betty if she had artwork that could be used in the auction, with the proceeds to be shared between Betty and NAD. Well, most of Betty’s work retails between $2-4,000 so we went looking for a drawing that would be suitable for auction, and found some of the cartoons from the DCARA era. Most of them were created on tracing paper, but we found one that Betty re-drew in 1986 on good drawing paper. So we bought a new frame for it and brought it to the fundraiser.
It was interesting to see the different responses to the drawing. One guy went up to Betty and told her how much he identified with that experience. Other people talked about whether the man was the kid’s father or a new teacher. The drawing was bought at auction by Rodney Danco. Here’s a photo of Betty with the drawing, and a close-up of the drawing itself.
Poor guy, he will be mortified when he finds out what the girl is saying! But it’s even worse for the girl!