The Cape Cod Cultural Center in Yarmouth is showing twenty fish, each the same basic fiberglass shape but each differently interpreted by a different local artist. I didn't jot down names but the third one was done by an art teacher at Sturgis Dharter School where Rachel works. It had the most imaginative decor without going overboard as a few did.
The Fish have been displayed at various locations for at least a month and now have been gathered to be previewed before an auction next week, with proceeding going to a charity.
Some clever company is in the business of making fiberglass bases and marketing them to organizations or cities with the idea of having various artist do what they want with them -- paint, collage, etc. There were quite a variety of methods in this show, and I actually photographed the tamer ones. The fish below with a female face -- some kind of mermaid I think, is only a suggestion of how wild some where.
It's a fun idea. I first encountered it in NYC about 6 or 7 years ago when life size cows began to appear all over over Manhattan's streets painted in exotic ways. I got in the habit that summer of carrying my camera and walking various streets I wouldn't normally in order to discover more cows. I have an album of them. I understand Seattle did pigs one year. I saw one horse but it was a loner -- perhaps there were horses somewhere else.
This strip quilt was made using drier sheet as the foundation. This quick and easy method is always fun because I can choose exactly which piece comes next but will always be surprised when I put several together and see the patterns formed.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!