Artist Kitty 709 displays the AKVNEWS.COM mobile newsroom work of art.
© Copyright AKVNEWS/Paul R. Lowes/Editor/Staff Photographer 8:21 am
Parnassus, Pa. – (New Kensington) Here’s a good piece of news from Parnassus as a local artist sets up shop at the corner of 6th Street and 5th Avenue on Monday afternoon about 2:00 pm.
AKVNEWS has just finished a photography shoot for a local business and was meandering through the streets of Parnassus when our eye caught a young girl sitting at the corner of 6th and 5th who appeared to be possibly selling some lemonade or water, so we decided to stop and get a drink.
After approaching 9-year-old Annora B….., it was clear there was no water in sight but a cell phone, artist pencils, and paper. With her business sign blowing in the wind, Annora was quick to point out her “real name” is Kitty 709. I asked Kitty 709 how much it would cost for her to draw a picture of the AKVNEWS truck and she pointed to the blowing sign that said, “.75 cents.” Figuring that was a great deal, I asked her if she could draw the AKVNEWS truck without all the vehicle pursuit damage sustained a couple of weeks ago and she said, “Sure!”
Kitty 709 seemed a bit distracted by her favorite TV show SpongeBob SquarePants blaring from her phone, but she picked up a piece of paper and pencil, looked at the truck and appeared to be in deep thought when suddenly she began to draw the outline of the truck. Kitty 709 quickly apologized for using a regular black pencil because her black drawing pencil was missing from the box. As Kitty 709 looked back and forth at the truck, I attempted to have a small conversation with her; like how long have you been in business and do you have a business card, etc? Kitty 709 didn’t make much eye contact with her customer nor did she respond to my questions; she continued to sketch and fill in the AKVNEWS artist rendition.
As Kitty 709 put on the finishing touches to the AKVNEWS.COM red lettering on the truck, I asked her how much money she made today? She reached over to the plastic container and she said, “you can count it” and I said Nah!, that’s ok – looks like you’re doing ok! AKVNEWS donated $3 to the container and while that was occurring, a young black male driving in the area stopped to see what was going on. That young man smiled and donated $2 to Kitty’s cause!
I thanked Kitty 709 for the artist drawing and asked if I could get her picture? She seem shy to smile big for the camera, but we got the shot. As I walked away from her drawing table, Kitty stood up and to my surprise, she had roller blades on and sped away down the sidewalk.
My parting thoughts in meeting Kitty 709 were filled with joy and you quickly realize that there is HOPE that someday the violence and crime in our world will one day end!
Thank You Kitty 709!
© Copyright AKVNEWS/Paul R. Lowes/Editor/Staff Photographer