Cape May Mermaids

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Cape May, NJ – Think you know what a mermaid looks like?¬† Stop by Cape May’s SOMA Gallery this week.

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The gallery is swimming in mermaids donated by dozens of artists from around the Cape May area.  No two mermaids are alike.

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The artists started out with one of three mermaid silhouettes – a standing mermaid, a swimming mermaid or King Neptune. That’s where the similarities end.

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Each mermaid will be auctioned off to raise money for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey later this week.

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The Mermaid Guild of Cape May is sponsoring the clever fundraiser.

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Many of the artists used unconventional materials.

For instance, photographer Tina Giaimo used photos of Cape May sunsets for her mermaid’s hair.

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Metal worker Andrew Ewing attached  copper mermaids to a salvaged bike.

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The Director of Cape May’s Nature Center Gretchen Whitman used bits of recycled debris for her creation.

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In addition to the dozens of individual artists who contributed works, both Swain’s Hardware

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and Lowes Hardware added their mermaid renditions. They also contributed lumber for the project.

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Each mermaid has a bid sheet. Potential buyers can start bidding for their favorite mermaids today. The bidding starts at $100 for each mermaid..

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The final auction takes place at Friday night’s reception (November 1) starting at 6PM, at SOMA Gallery, 31 Perry St., Cape May. The mermaids will remain on display at the gallery through Sunday, November 3.

Since all artworks have been donated, all money raised goes directly to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.