The Gallery at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center and NJ Photograhers Forum presents a new exhibit "Post No Bills" curated by Charlann Meluso on March 31st. The phrase "Post No Bills" refers to many cities' laws which forbid the posting of handbills, or any type of signs on public property. People know that the easiest way to get a lost item found or to advertise a garage sale or event is to staple signs to poles and walls where they will be seen as people walk by. However, this can damage the walls and make them look ugly as posters are torn down and others added on top of them along with the graffiti that seems to also appear. So, stenciled signs saying "Post No Bills" were added to many public areas in the hopes that the clutter would stay to a minimum. The title of this exhibit refers to all of those people who ignored the warnings and still glued, taped, pasted, painted, tied and stapled notices onto public walls, underpasses, fences, poles, etc. Some of what has developed over time in these spaces can be downright artistic in a grungy but creative way.
Participating artists include: Alexis Alvarez, Sondra Borden, Ron Brown, Linda Condrillo, Ken Curtis, Thomas Dackow, Ralph Greene, Dot Kuehn, Parvathi Kumar, John Markanich, Charles Miller, Charlann Meluso, Nancy Ori, Phyllis Raffelson, Lynn Ronan, Heidi Sussman, Branch Watkins, Russ Wills
Opening reception on Sunday, April 8th 2-5pm and runs until May 12th.