We couldn't be more excited to announce a very important show with an old friend. On July 11, LBI-turned-Southern California artist, Julie Goldstein returns home to the Island to celebrate her most recent works with Womens Lifesaving League, a highly-anticipated solo show. She will also unveil her new apparel line “Swim with Me.”

Womens Lifesaving League explores some of the first American women involved in swimming, athleticism, surfing, and lifesaving. “I’ve been drawing from true stories that take place in NYC from 1901-1911 and revolve around the crew that the girls created called The Women's Life Saving League,” says Goldstein.

This is a special event for Goldstein because of her relationship with Ann, going back 15 years. Early on, the two women were featured in the same art shows. They would surf, work, and take road trips together. Ann has a photographic history of Goldstein’s career and was featured in the very first show at Pine. They stay in contact across the country and are have started families. The show will feature a slideshow chronicling the friendship and collaboration.

“10 years ago. I contemplated leaving my job as a high school art teacher to pursue my career as an artist. Ann gave me words of wisdom that assisted in my decision that would change my life. Since then she and I have supported each other, as our businesses and passion for our crafts took off. We share similar aesthetic and a deep love for our community, the ocean, travels and the people that surround us,” said Goldstein, “I look forward to exhibiting in the space of someone I admire and respect and am so thankful to exhibit my new work and product line at The Ann Coen Gallery.”

Goldstein grew up summering on LBI; days filled with surfing, swimming and paddling.  After receiving her MA from Columbia University, she returned to create multimedia works on paper and fabric, mixing lithographic and woodcut printmaking techniques with sewing, embroidery, and other traditional women’s arts, even launching her own apparel company called Perfect. She taught at the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences while participating in the 2007 international group shows RoxyJam, Biarritz, France; The Greenroom Festival, Osaka, Japan; and Festival Almasurf, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was also selected in 2007 to participate in Virgin Mobile USA’s RE*Generation Gallery as well as The Happening art/film/music festivals in Newport Beach, CA, and New York City. She and husband, Mark Tesi, opened Pine Surf Gallery in 2008, which dramatically burned to the ground after one summer, but not before inspiring a new creative movement on LBI. 

 Since moving to California, Goldstein has taught at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and created “Swim With Me.” 

The artist reception will run from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 11. Goldstein’s recent prints and apparel will be available for sale and the show will hang through July 26.

The Ann Coen Gallery is located at 1418 Long Beach Blvd. (15th St) in Surf City, Long Beach Island. LBI is exit 63 off the Garden State Parkway. Be sure to leave ample drive time.