On a recent First Friday, Side Street Espresso owner George Gee was getting ready to display some of his artwork. But, it doesn't have to be a special day to see what Gee has made. He creates something new almost every day.

For more than 20 years, nearly every day, Gee has drawn a sign on a dry erase board that includes the drink special but also a portrait of someone or something that's on his mind. The finished picture becomes a board that includes Gee's thoughts and comments on the subject matter.

"I do this as a way of expressing myself, and if it influences someone else, well, I hardly ever know."

Gee and his wife Deborah bought Side Street in 1992. A few years later, Gee got the itch to start creating his daily boards. He says at first, he simply erased them at the end of the day.

"I felt like I was losing something but I kind of consoled myself that all art deteriorates over time. But my time's compressed to one day!" 

Now Gee photocopies all his work and sells it to the public at a silent auction that runs through February. Recently, he went a step further. Gee gave into his friends' requests to finally publish a book. He calls it Flutters From Side Street. It includes hundreds of the thousands of portraits that Gee has made over the years including his commentary. The book is now available at Side Street and also the UAA Bookstore.

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