In 2014, one of our favorite and best attended events was the opening of Julie Goldstein’s “Women’s Lifesaving League. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Julie back to the Ann Coen Gallery, this time with the multi-talented Corinne Gray Ruff to celebrate their collaborative book entitled “The Sea.”

"The Sea" is an inspirational gift book for all ages, blending sea artistry and sea philosophy, featuring poems by Corinne, illustrated by Julie. The evening will feature 500 signed copies of the first print run of “The Sea” as well as Goldstien’s original woodcuts from the book and limited prints. Corinne, who lives with her husband and children in Surf City, is an airline pilot, but also an inspiration in our community. Not only did she author “Island Child LBI,” and produce “Landfall: The Eyes of Sandy,” about the local efforts to rebuild after the 2012 superstorm, but she is a tireless organizer on the Island, her most recent project being the amazing new Surf City Farmer’s Market each Monday.

RowerJulie Goldstein

“Drawing upon the strength and deep connection to the most powerful natural force on earth, each message awakens the sea lover's soul,” as Corinne describes it, “The book itself mirrors the cadence of the sea. Each saying follows one another, boldly and unreservedly, mirroring crashing waves that gently roll up on the shore. Collectively, the book brings the salt swept sea to the readers hands, opening hearts and inspiring minds.”

Goldstein, formerly of Harvey Cedars, has worked and surfed with Ann for 15 years. Her images, which are largely based on empowered women and their relationships with the water, are brought to life with bold colors and great detail, evoking flow, movement, and strength. Julie’s iconography is drawn from her life by the sea. Today, she lives in North County San Diego with her husband and son. The reception will start at 6 p.m. with baked treats by Passion Flour and music by Nicotine and Brown. We are thrilled to present this collaboration by two creative women who care so much about this Island we live on.