The Wildwoods, NJ (July 2, 2013) – Today, as part of the opening celebrations of Morey’s Piers’ newest attraction artBOX, 11 year-old celebrity artist Autumn de Forest unveiled a giant replica of a tribute painting she created to honor the rebuilding efforts after Superstorm Sandy.
Joined by Jack and Will Morey, Autumn signaled a crane to reveal the 8’ x 30’ commemorative piece of art displayed on artBOX’s vertical shipping container. Coinciding with Autumn’s exhibition at Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor, NJ, the original painting will be auctioned with 100% of the proceeds going to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund. During the event, Will Morey read a letter from Governor Chris Christie thanking Autumn for the beautiful and generous donation.
Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, NJ, embarked on new artistic journey this summer with the introduction of artBOX, a 10,000 square foot interactive artists’ colony crafted from 11 re-purposed shipping containers featuring five local artist studios, a café serving fresh sushi, a museum shop, and live musical entertainment.
A cultivated departure from the traditional seaside amusement park offering, artBOX has “curated” a selection of handpicked local and regional artists to bring texture to the visitor pier experience this summer from showcasing paintings and handmade crafts to live demonstrations that include surf art, glass blowing, artisanal jewelry and speed painting. Guests will enjoy live, nightly musical performances by the School of Rock, starting late June through August.
Located on Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue and the Boardwalk, the shipping container colony also includes the Exit Zero Museum Shop featuring quirky amusement artifacts, nostalgic memorabilia and an eclectic array of retail merchandise, and Tokyo 4B [the ART of Sushi], a café serving a variety of fresh sushi. Menu items include Seared Ahi Tuna, California Rolls, Spicy Tuna Rolls, and specialties such as the Ocean Roll featuring spicy crab meat topped with lobster.
artBOX is open to the public daily from 4:00pm to midnight. For more information on Morey’s Piers, visit www.moreyspiers.com.