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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Saturday twofer: duCret show at Swain's, Decarcerate NJ

Ancestral Home' by Livi McNulla,
Winner of the 2016 Walter P. Swain Award.

Two activities of note in Plainfield
this Saturday --


As David Rutherford pointed out on his blog Monday (see here), members of Decarcerate NJ will be distributing copies of their newspaper, The NJ Decarcerator, this Saturday at Front Street and Park Avenue from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.

Decarcerate NJ throws a spotlight on the disproportionate number of persons of color who are jailed. Elsewhere, David has posted some revealing data on incarceration (see here), among which are vastly different rates of conviction and imprisonment for minor drug offenses between whites and people of color.

Contrast between marijuana use and arrests
underscores incarceration issue.

A petition to the Plainfield City Council on decarceration issues in Plainfield will also be circulated. For more about the petition, see here. The Decarcerate NJ blog is here.


The annual show of duCret Art School students' work at Swain Galleries will open on Saturday (July 16), with a reception from 5:00 to7:00 PM.

Selected works from the students' Spring Show will be on display and available for sale.

Works include oil and acrylic paintings, pen-and-ink, drawings, stained glass, ceramics, compter graphics, and multi-media projects.

This is always a fine opportunity to view the efforts of talented young people studying at NJ's only fully accredited private art school, as well as to acquire a piece by an artist whose fame is yet to come.

Swain Galleries is at Watchung Avenue and East 7th Street. Parking is available on site. The show will continue through August 26. For more about Swain's and hours of operation, visit their website here.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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