The ocean show began in 1997 and was originally an installation at Creative Space Place, 100
Jersey Ave. New Brunswick. We used aerial space on the main floor and created a sea of undulating waves of blue
green colored cellophane. We had gathered together to finger paint a mottled look of changing light on the
streams of translucent color. Interspersed in the waves were token fish creatures from artists. A large sand dollar
came from East Brunswick, NJ, sculptor Herbie Walker, . paper fish came from May Bender, another East Brunswick
artist. Ginny Wick, Hillsborough, NJ. sent a two stuffed fish of different types. On the walls, were sea and fish
paintings. There were three floors in all and it kept getting bigger,
ultimately including a large bayou swamp mural
that Ginny Wick had done for her son's Prom. With this show we were exploring playing
together literally in space. It was this show which opened the door to us at University of Medicine and
Dentistry-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School when medical students Scott Woska and Rob Laumbach came over and
invited the ocean show to spill over to the student center and continue.
What followed was a breath taking year where people were greeted at the 100 ft wide glass main
entrance by a translucent, photo-copied ocean show of fish images from everywhere. Fish of all kinds lined both
sides. Passersbys were invited to color some of the fish by Carol Freeborn. Her design encouraged
Famous experimental water colorist, Pat San Soucie, sent us 2 small water colored fish images.
My mother was still alive at the time and I enlisted her help. She funded the multiplying of the fishes!! ( and also
enlarging and reducing!) until we had the massive school of Pat San Soucie fish rising in a curl of a wave on a
portion of the glass window.