SIGN, SIGN EVERYWHERE A SIGN: The Bill Christman-Greg Rhomberg production, "Art of the Sign, " is set to open April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Ars Populi Gallery and Chistman Studios, 6010 Kinsgbury Avenue.
The show is an exhibit of signs in all their glory -- from neon backed by enamel, to hand-painted windows to multistory signs and dioramas. The signs have been culled from museums and private collections across the country and date mostly from the 1920s through the '60s.
Those decades were the heyday of the neon sign, which was the height of visual electronics at the time. Neon was used to put a literal spotlight on such commercial meccas as Times Square and Las Vegas.
The opening will feature live Dixieland jazz, a wine and beer tasting hosted by Parker's table and "artistic sweets and canapes," say the producing duo. The exhibit will also feature a working sign shop with live demonstrations and a walking tour of exterior signs.
Admission is $15 and visitors are encouraged to wear attire from the spring of 1963, when neon was groovy, a gallon of gas cost 29 cents and the average income was less than $6,000 a year.
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