Thursday, June 20, 2013

The NYC Impressionista finds Art in Jersey! Part 1

Last week I had the opportunity to take a long desired break from the big city and visit...the Jersey Shore. Not the loud, hot, and garish side of it; but rather a quiet, sweeter side. In a town called Cape May, I found a mix of surf shacks and Victorian B & B's, as well as ice cream parlors and antique shops. My best friend and I stayed for a week at a hotel right across the street from the beach/boardwalk. While it rained for about half our stay, there were enough off-beach activities to interest us when sun bathing was out of the question!

In a number of posts, I will share the beautiful, humorous, and COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED Artwork I found during my trip. Hopefully it will surprise, entertain, and inspire you as it did me.

A couple of days into our vacation, my friend and I decided to heed the advice of Langston Hughes and take the road less traveled. At the time, it seemed a good idea to walk all the way to Sunset Beach from where we were staying on Beach Ave. While my feet did NOT thank me for this, I was able to capture some unexpected artwork, out in the middle of nowhere.

Walking down the road, we had to laugh at a sign we saw. You can tell by the picture how deserted the road was. Not a car or turtle in sight!

A couple miles later, we came upon something straight out of Wonderland. A checkers game that grew straight out of the ground! I kept expecting the Hatter to come waltzing from behind the next tree.
A mile afterwards, we were startled to find ourselves in the Wizard of Oz...
Who would have thought that you could find such whimsical artwork on a suburban route in Jersey??? I'm glad we had a camera!

Next post... the West End Garage, a gallery for local artists... its like walking into Etsy!


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