Posts tagged The Press of Atlantic City
Atlantic City mural featuring Monopoly draws neighborhood attention

ATLANTIC CITY — Tucked behind a building on Pacific Avenue now is one of the largest murals the city has seen, featuring the Monopoly board, the historic board game based on city streets.

Not so long ago, the site near Texas Avenue was a bare building and an empty lot.

The woman behind the display — Shari Tobias, 49, of Philadelphia — began working on the 20-by-30-foot mural on the same day of the art celebration known as 48 Blocks in the city on June 24. She finished her last touches Friday.

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Atlantic City finally does art the right way, from within

The world’s playground was always tops in entertainment but never very big on art. Maybe that’s why Atlantic City’s modern history with public-funded art has been rather ugly.

In the late 1990s, the city and its state gaming agencies still had boatloads of revenue. When they decided to spend $88 million redeveloping the Atlantic City Expressway entrance into the city, a block-sized installation with high-tech fountains, lighthouse and laser effects was included.

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48 Blocks art event shows off community pride in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY — As the dancers prepared to demonstrate their ballet skills Saturday morning at Kennedy Plaza, the sun was trying to break through the clouds.

A morning downpour had set the performance back by a few minutes, but an audience already was gathering.

The Atlantic City Ballet was performing as part of 48 Blocks, a celebration of artists spanning the city’s six wards.

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Atlantic City's 6 wards come together in 48 Blocks art celebration

ATLANTIC CITY — It was an unusual sight Wednesday afternoon on Tennessee Avenue that aroused curiosity in the neighborhood.

Some residents watched from their windows while others stopped to ask what was going on as Heather Deegan Hires, 46, of Somers Point, painted a mural on the side of a building.

“We need more culture. We need art,” Deegan Hires said, waving at some of the passers-by. “There’s so much more to Atlantic City.”

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