'Ducktown: An Atlantic City Immigration Story'
The newest exhibit at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University celebrates the Ducktown neighborhood in Atlantic City through the stories of past and present immigrants of two area homes and the local businesses that continue to meet their everyday needs.
Philadelphia artist Janice Merendino, who lived in Ducktown until she was 10, tries to answer the question: Is there something about a place that remains even as the culture changes? In the exhibit, Merendino created work that explores the commonalities between the family life of her Italian immigrant grandparents in the 1900s and life in the neighborhood today. She juxtaposes her family’s memories with stories of current residents to see what common themes emerge.
A special addition to this exhibition is the artwork by young artists who currently reside in Janice’s grandparents’ original home, as well as drawings produced by children in an outdoor pop-up event called “We Love Our Corner Stores.”
The exhibit opens on Jan. 10 and closes on March 31. An opening reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 20 and a closing reception will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 16.
The Noyes Arts Garage is located at 2200 Fairmount Ave. in Atlantic City.