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Pelham Art Center Opens With Aquatic Car Artwork

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Pelham Art Center will open for the season on Friday night with a reception and its first exhibition of the year called "The Ocean Reglitterized." The courtyard outside will showcase a piece that combines a Buick with undersea creatures.

Artist and Pelham native Chris Smith placed a special film screen in the windshield of a teal 1967 Buick Special to project images of swimming ocean life in an exhibit called "Buick Fishbowl."

Julio Baez, who runs an auto shop on Boston Post Road, donated the car. Smith said Baez took the time to help even though he was busy, which is a message he hopes others will follow.

"Our society is worried that we're going to lose out on something," Smith said. "Now is the time to give back."

The reception will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will feature a free workshop for children. Other exhibits on display will include close up photographs of aquatic life and a large scale photograph of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

An interactive exhibition by Liz Phillips will feature sounds that create movement in a pool of water in the center of the room. Observers will also be able to affect the water with their movements.

Lastly, a Korean artist named Jae Hi Ahn will use industrial materials to recreate scenes from the ocean.

The art will be on display for six weeks. Director Lynn Honeysett said "the whole idea is that you're looking at the ocean in a different way."

Smith now works out of a studio in the Bronx but has family in Pelham. His exhibit will combine Americana with ocean life.

"What else epitomizes America better than an old Buick?" Smith said.

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