I participate in the longest running Jell-O art show the nation, which is sponsored each year by a loose association of women artists and provocateurs known as the Radar Angels to benefit a local arts center. The Jell-O show features between 20-30 ephemeral works of art made from gelatin and mixed media that can be beautiful, silly, thought provoking, or runny, depending on the skill of the artist, the barometer reading (rainy days make the gelatin take longer to set up), or the temperature of the overhead lights. One year, when I was rushed and didn't have time to cook, my contribution was a Jell-O Zen garden: a shallow wooden box filled with fragrant Jell-O that gallery-goers could rake into patterns. Candy rocks completed the aesthetic design.
One of the high points of the Jell-O Art show is the Tacky Food Buffet, a tempting display of treats and food mistakes that have featured Jell-O Sushi, Tie-dyed eggs with Jell-O, colorful cereal treats and blue sauerkraut salad on toast points (I made those—people said they were delicious).
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