This summer there will be dozens of wildlife photographers and surf shooters pointing cameras all over LBI's beaches and bays, trying to nab the essence of this place. And that's awesome. There's something of a creative movement afoot right now.

But there is one photographer who was doing it before the others. He knows what it's like to spend hours in a dark room and understands how integral those 36 exposures are on a roll of film. Chris Pfeil earned his art in pre-digital era and came through Stockton University's prestigious photography department.

The Ann Coen Gallery is proud to present "Staring at the Sea," a solo show by Barnegat Light's Chris Pfeil.

Chris Pfeil doing his thing, by Ann Coen.

We invite everyone to the artist's reception at 6 p.m. on June 20 to see both Pfeil's new and most classic works. Check out his popular photo t's as well as a newly built light box, displaying his color slide images. We'll have Modelo on ice, which is Pfeil's favorite, and music by Ryan Zimmerman.  Hopefully he knows a few Pixies songs.

Pfeil's photos composed a full feature in The Surfer's Journal and Surfer Mag. He has had several solo art shows on LBI and has been part of the acclaimed "Where Oceans Converge," at the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences. Over the past twelve years, we've done so much work with Pfeil. The show will hang through June 26, but you really don't want to miss opening night.

The Church, by Chris Pfeil