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(214) Camp Kee Tov:

Edition of 1660 of which 125 copies are signed
1-125, 26 copies are signed A-Z as artist's proofs;
25 are signed as dedication copies, and three sets are signed as progressives.

June 18, 2007
16-1/4" x 24"
14 colors
Paper: Mohawk Superfine 100# Cover

Influence: Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942)

Models: Kee Tov Campers and Counselors
Client: Camp Kee Tov

Dedication copies:
1-125: Saint Hieronymus Press, Inc.
A-Z: Artist's own use
Progressives: Two sets to Kee Tov, 1 set to Saint Hieronymus Press

Everybody has a different technique for roasting marshmallows. Some people gently toast the marshmallow, evenly browning all sides, and let it cool before slowly savoring the crispy skin and warm, gooey inside. Others carefully toast their marshmallow, pull off the browned shell, eat it, and return the un-toasted core to the fire, repeating until nothing is left. Neither technique is without its hazards: a moment's inattention results in a flaming marshmallow, or worse--the marshmallow can fall off the stick onto the fire, to be lost forever. Out of necessity, some people actually come to prefer the blackened approach, and the attendant pyrotechnic display. Roasting marshmallows is the ultimate food-equals-toy event. Grownups--even picky, annoying grownups who usually frown on children who play with their food--concede that roasting marshmallows over an open fire is a time to lighten up and let kids play with their food. Marshmallows aren't really food anyway: they're the quintessential camp experience, the very embodiment of camping out with friends and having a good time and laughing when somebody's marshmallow catches fire, only to have the same fate visited on the laugher. By the time for songs, everybody's relaxed from laughing and a little high from the sugar, and the littlest ones fall asleep on the older kid's laps, and the fire dies down and it's time for ghost stories. Then the big kids start fading and it's time for bed, and sweet dreams, and Best Friends Forever.