Three works of mine will be exhibited in the juried group show, "Artists Celebrate The Holidays," at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey, from Nov 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014. The Juror for the show was the Monmouth Museum Executive Committee. The images captured were of New York City's Santa Pub Crawl, otherwise known as SantaCon in December of 2012.
Each year, thousands of young adults descend upon New York City dressed in Santa outfits and holiday attire for the annual Santa Pub Crawl, dubbed SantaCon. Depending upon perspective, these sometime revelers dressed in Santa costumes tour city bars, and sometimes cause mayhem in parts of Manhattan where locals have accused some of flouting public drinking and urination laws, and leaving in their wake, trash and traumatized locals. Another side to SantaCon involves the food-drive donations, and last year, the event was projected to bring $45,000 in cash from the 60+ participating venues, for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Also, 6,850 lbs of canned food was reported as being raised for the local food banks.
The event is billed as non-political, non-denominational, non-commercial and non-sensical, according to organizers. The crawl takes place from lower Manhattan up to Mid-town Manhattan neighborhoods. While New York locals may feel that their city is overrun with Santas each year on this day, they may take some satisfaction in knowing that while their pub crawl may not be the largest in the World, it may very well be the most colorful.
For the display of these images, which represent a small portion of the portfolio, these images will be framed as pigment ink on archival paper. The images are created in black and white medium, while allowing the color red to accentuate through to illustrate the visual impact this event creates upon the local neighborhoods.