Artist Danny Ng Creates New Mural at Tuckerton Seaport

Feb 22, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson Little Egg Harbor artist Danny Ng begins the work of painting a panoramic mural in the Tuckerton Seaport Visitors Center.

Artist Danny Ng was the perfect choice to paint a mural depicting the Barnegat Bay/Great Bay watershed from the Pinelands to the bay and the barrier island for the Tuckerton Seaport’s new display that will focus on the working cycle of the baymen. Ng is a realistic painter who is used to working on a grand scale, having once owned a sign painting business in Hong Kong that depicted movie scenes from Hollywood two or three stories tall for Hong Kong movie houses. Ng left Hong Kong for Canada after the British returned the city to Mainland China in 1997.

Soon after moving from Canada to Little Egg Harbor with his wife, Ng found the Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin and was warmly welcomed as a member. His first PSAA Best in Show was in 2010, and he has won an award every year since.

He now teaches oil, acrylic and animal portrait classes for PSAA.

The past president of PSAA, Paul Hartelius, is also an active volunteer for the Tuckerton Seaport, and he suggested Ng for the mural.

The mural is on the ground floor of the Visitors Center in the Seaport. There previously was a mural by artist Jesse DiMolli, which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Volunteers worked to remove 2 feet of flood-damaged wallboard, leaving the rest of the mural to serve as the backdrop to a collection of taxidermy animals and birds.

Then in May 2016, a malfunctioning sprinkler rained destruction through all three floors of the Visitors Center, ruining DiMolli’s “From the Pines to the Sea” mural and drenching the animals again.

Seaport volunteers again moved exhibits and created a new Visitors Center in the Hunting Shanty until rehabilitation work could be completed. That work was finished in December.

Now all that is left to be completed at the bottom of the center is the mural of pine forest, Atlantic white cedar swamp, lush salt marsh, bay and barrier island  and a new exhibit portraying the types of subsistent work that people in the pines and at the shore years ago did to survive: cranberry farming, pinecone collecting, moss collecting, oystering, clamming, fishing and hunting.

Besides being detail orientated, Ng is also a fast worker, and visitors to the Seaport are invited to check in every day or so to see the progress and can also watch a time lapse video of his first few days as he blocked in the scenes.

— Pat Johnson


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