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Post-Superstorm Therapy On Asbury Park Lounge’s Menu

For many shore dwellers, the ten months that have elapsed since Superstorm Sandy seem like a matter of hours. Worries about rebuilding homes and lives mingle with fears over the impact of whatever storm arrives next. A community art project Tuesday in Asbury Park aims to address the past and future, and provide a forum for discussion.

Owners of the Langosta Lounge on the boardwalk are inviting people to visit Tuesday evening. Shore artist Molly Gaston Johnson, who heads Table Talk, displays three hand-wrought tables on which individuals can sketch their stories and views.

Once they are filled, Molly organizes them into a mural that can be viewed as a collective piece or in three individual segments. She’ll place the tables in spots around the city as places for group dialogue and personal introspection.

The event begins at 6 PM.

Table Talk is funded by the Community Foundation of New Jersey’s NJ Recovery Fund, a collection of national and local foundations, corporations, and individuals supporting nonprofits and communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

Molly Gaston Johnson (NJ Table Talk Web Page)
Molly Gaston Johnson (NJ Table Talk Web Page)

In addition to the Langosta Lounge, tables will appear at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Food For Thought by the Sea, Kula Cafe, the Jersey Shore Arts Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County, Mental Health Services of Monmouth County, and Prevention First.

Molly Gaston Johnson is a professional artist of more than 20 years and a mother of two with a thriving business, Social Animal Press, in Ocean Grove.

Table Talk is Molly’s method of chronicling and archiving true stories of storm survivors, through public meetings, community projects and on-line submissions. She can be reached at molly@njtabletalk.org.

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