We don’t typically associate bathrooms with art, but the Forest Park South Avondale Business Association has just about changed our minds: Their Tour de Loo is turning restrooms into our preferred gallery spaces.
Part of the monthly Third Friday in Forest Park event, the loo shows anchor a neighborhood-wide evening out with extended hours and special goodies at each business in Forest Park Village:
V. Richards Market will boast two installations by Artes Hicks,- one of which requests audience participation. Come prepared with a secret to share (anonymously), then stick around for a wine and cheese tasting while Under the Red Umbrella provides a live soundtrack.
Zoe Forest Park will complement its usual great vintage items and greeter cat with art by Courtney Osborne and a 25% discount on coats. We have our eye on the red beauty the mannequin’s been sporting lately.
Full Circle will offer deals on their collection of ethically-produced items plus snacks.
Paperworkers Local will be decked out in ornaments created by member artists, but they’ll let the rest of us play too. Make a donation, and they’ll let you make an ornament at this studio/gallery space.
Little Savannah has art by Shelleigh McVicker Buckingham and their usual collection of happy cocktails. We have our eye on the Johnny Apple Rose (apple jack, house grenadine, lemon, and organic bourbon-infused cider)
Silvertron Cafe will have a chicken pot pie special just as you’re getting hungry for dinner, with vegetables sourced at the Avondale Elementary School farmers market. They’ll also have “Fly me to the Loo” by Deirdre Lewis Mason on display.
Naked Art Gallery is open till 9 p.m. with “Kitschmas” gifts on sale made from recycled goods. Pam Hamby will display a new glass-based installation, and Lorraine Singh’s “Sprawl” still snakes around the bathroom. Lillis Taylor will be tending bar for tips toward the Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, an organization designed to build sewing community and eventual income opportunities for local women.
With art, food, shopping, music, and a cause, Forest Park has all your Friday night bases covered. We’ll see y’all there.