Janet Simpson, North Port, NY   Harriet Leonard, NY   Nancy Speelman, Hillsborough, NJ  Teens - ADTP Clinic UMDNJ Steve Getlik, Stanford, Co.

Plastique-the Ocean Show @ Barnes & Noble

June 1st, 2007  Welcoming fish via e mail! Still fish or animations! googlegrants@valweb.org

June 1st a little history rises at Barnes and Noble,  Brunswick Square Mall, East Brunswick, NJ. Plastique the Ocean Show, begun by 29 artists in 1994 it is still making waves, still transcending from one medium to another...plastic to concrete and onto pixels, the alchemy of art! 250 concrete fish bricks were created to frame all the pieces when the show was reproduced on Dutch Rd. East Brunswick. these fish bricks are at the ARTYARD now.

On view at Barnes & Noble: A six ft ocean theme print from the original show by artist Nancy Speelman, Hillsborough, NJ and another from off the side of the wall of the swim club fronting the property of the YMHA swim club on Dutch Rd. and as many small ocean theme pieces from the original show as we can fit. 

The artists wished to create a wave of change. A more friendly, inviting and risk taking way of working and playing together, taking great leaps. They did that. We are still welcoming fish into the ocean show-animated! links to fish! jpg and gif images sized appropriately and e mailed.

At first the pieces were on transparent vinyl and were hung on glass whenever possible, such as the 100 ft wide glass wall at Old Bridge Public Library and then on to Lincoln Center, NY Then it went to the VAC show right around the pond in East Brunswick, the Atlantic City Seafood Festival, a school in Chicago, St. Peters' High School in New Brunswick, the outside walls of Eighteen Lumber Company, businesses all around East Brunswick. Students at McKinley School in New Brunswick created a piece for the show. Everywhere it went it, welcomed additional pieces and pulled in more children. We stopped counting.

Grass roots funded! The history of the project can be found on the VAL website in the index Plastique-the Ocean show. Transformation and change...an art adventure. Contact: Judith Wray



 (left) Jo Dagon, Alaska


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