An Album for Carol
Carol Heveron is a neighborhood artist, musician and gardener. All those things combine to give just a glimpse into the warmth of this woman whose has made many contributions to the work of the Highland Park Neighborhood Association. One of the results of our frequent contacts, has been that my wife and I became friends with Carol. But perhaps the greatest understanding of Carol within the broader local community is within her music. Yet, many of her music fans might not even know that Carol’s collage art was incorporated into a poster for an exhibit in 2013 that included more of her beautifully expressive collage art. Recently Carol has been visited by health problems, something from which she is determined to recover but her struggle as a person who cannot afford health insurance is making that difficult:
“The day after Carol Heveron’s temporary job ended — she was filling in for a woman on maternity leave — she looked in the bathroom mirror. I hadn’t been feeling good for weeks, I can tell by things I was writing my journal,” she says. “I looked in the mirror and saw my eyes were yellow. I knew something was wrong, but I was afraid to go to the doctor because of the bills.” A couple of weeks later, Heveron did go. A tumor was blocking her bile ducts. The yellow eyes were jaundice. The diagnosis: pancreatic cancer.
“It was like someone pulled the rug out from under me,” she says.
Heveron is a familiar voice in the local music community, not only for her own bands, such as Carol Heveron & the Impalas and The Carol Heveron Band, but as kind of a go-to vocalist for many musicians in the city. “Country, rock and roll, blues people,” she says. “’I’ve just played with so any people, it’s hard to count.”
In honor of Carol, on this day which will feature a benefit concert on her behalf with many fellow musicians, we present this album of photos and posters taken and created during many of Carol’s activities on behalf of her neighborhood. All of us join in thanks that she lives among us as, perhaps, “The Coolest Woman in The Hood”.