I feel very privileged to be exhibiting and performing at the Waterfront Museum on the 4th of June for several reasons. One of them is the very special feeling of the place itself, salvaged by a hard working and talented man, David Sharps. I lived in New York for a long time and always loved coming to his museum which reminded me of some spaces in France - Places made by hand, smelling of wood, unpretentious and real. There is no trace of anything fake there. If you feel like being somewhere without all the "noise" of this century, come to the barge for a visit. This barge is very much part of the American History and of this town. You walk out of it and the Statue is right there, you go inside and there is much that speaks to American Maritime history as well, you shall see. One feels far from the corporate world and its shiny closed surfaces. Here, you can go in and simply learn something, see a show, feel good, have a conversation if you want to and go on your way. Being able to show my artwork there fits so well as my artwork is about the celebration of what makes us human. I peel away one layer in order to show the colors of the inner self, the one that lives a bigger life than the daily pragmatic modern one.
Here is a bit of the historic before you come to spend some time with us all. Thanks for reading.
The Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge #79, built in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1914, is the only wooden covered barge of its kind left over from “The Lighterage Era (1860-1984).” At one time there were over 5,000 non-self propelled barges similar to her. Today she is the only surviving example afloat today. She was rescued from Edgewater, NJ in 1985 where she had been made obsolete by major shifts in the shipping industry. Prior to that period, railroad companies maintained large fleets of barges to bring goods between railroad terminals, across and along the Hudson River for consumer use, and for shipment overseas. In her fifteen-year history as a showboat and classroom, hundreds of thousands have come to the waterfront to participate in Museum arts and education programs. Its mission is to:
provide free and low-cost opportunities for education, exhibition, and the performance arts;
promote historic preservation and our maritime heritage and an understanding of the importance of our water highway for commerce, carrying commuters, culture, and recreation;
provide public access to waterfront piers, their unparalleled vistas and recreational opportunities;
be an active voice for public waterfront access issues up and down the river.