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Shop small! We guarantee there won't be any wrestling crazed shoppers for deals at the Ann Coen Gallery this Saturday, November 28 (unless we really hits the eggnog, and then it will be the fun kind of wrestling.)

No matter what holiday you celebrate, or what you like on your coffee cup, we all have to buy gifts around the holidays. What better presents to bestow to your loved ones than local artwork and LBI-inspired handicrafts?

Small Business Saturday is about supporting the local shops that make LBI what it is. We'll have prints by Eric Hance, Ann Coen, and Chris Pfeil for that person who just loves the Island lifestyle. We'll also have incredible work from Julie GoldsteinBunkerfish, the Wandering Gypsea, yummy holiday baked goods by Passion Flour, and amazing Long Beach Island holiday cards. We also offer custom printing and framing.  And don't just visit our gallery. Check out all our friends on LBI who are celebrating #smallbusinesssaturday.

We know everyone on LBI raves about September, and we’re just about ready for the magical ninth month as well, but we’re also not ready to let summer go just yet. We had such a fantastic run of art shows this year from Terrence Smith’s “To and From,” to Chris Pfeil’s “Staring at the Sea.” What can you say about Funk Schway, those ice cold Modelos, and fire pits?

There was the amazing “The Sea,” book collab between Corinne Gray Ruff and Julie Goldstein and our Artists Studio Tour, handmade jewelry from The Wondering Gypsea beautiful baked goods from Passion Flour apparel from Bunkerfish and the jazzy sounds of Nicotine and Brown We had great press all summer long. And then those ice cold clams and the fascinating imagery of Eric Hance, Ben Wurst and Northside Jim for “Hiding in Plain Sight,” in which we were able to donate $8,000 to Conserve Wildlife New Jersey. 

Overall, we saw Surf City change for the better this year with our new neighbors East Mercantile,  Swell Colors and even Shore Fire Grille. Modern Boutique,  Firefly,  and mt Burton continue to be great neighbors. How about that Farmer's Market every week?! And check out Solace Gallery’s final Endless Summer Saturday this weekend. Yes, fall is near. We’re already noticing subtle changes in the pigments of the wetlands and cooler mornings. Soon it will be pumpkins and striped bass. But we’ve got one more weekend of summer and we plan to make the most of it. Labor Day Weekend is looking to be absolutely stellar. We welcome everyone to LBI and the Ann Coen Gallery. 

Please stop in and see the collection of work we have up and mini-installments by Julie Goldstein, Northside Jim, Pfeil, and others. Maybe check out that one piece you've had your eye on all summer? And most of all, thank you to everyone who came out this summer to help us make great events and support the artists.  

One thing we take very seriously at the Ann Coen Gallery is our connection to the natural world. All of our art is based on a relationship with nature, whether it’s a far corner of the globe or right in our little backyard in Surf City. On August 14, we have the opportunity to host an inspiring event for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, called "Hiding in Plain Sight," featuring three of the most talented outdoors photographers in our area. These three lensemen are known to brave the elements all four seasons to bring rarely seen perspectives of our coastal species.

Bird of PreyBen Wurst

Ben Wurst has tirelessly dedicated himself to the preservation of several species in our area. As the Habitat Program Manager for Conserve Wildlife, he is responsible for identifying and restoring degraded wildlife habitats as well as managing and protecting ospreys as part of the NJ Osprey Project. He is also very involved with peregrine falcons and diamondback terrapins. In addition to photography, Wurst is known for his fine woodwork of reclaimed materials at ReClaimed LLC.

Black SkimmerNorthside Jim

Northside Jim is a self-described "beach bum with a camera," from North Beach. He strongly believes that coastal wildlife is the undervalued crown jewel of the Jersey Shore and works tirelessly to get more people to agree with him. He uses a camera to experience, to learn about, and to share stories about LBI's creatures on his blog Readings From The Northside His purpose is to help people see the natural wonders all around them that they normally don't see, to help give them answers to questions they can't find answers to, and to help share a perspective that makes the natural world a high priority in coastal living. As a natural result of his enjoyment of coastal wildlife, particularly endangered species, he has a strong interest in conservation.

BL FoxEric Hance

Eric Hance shoots for Ann Coen Photography. Brought up on a lake at the edge of the Pines, only five minutes from LBI, pursuing wildlife in photography was something that came very naturally. His goal is to captivate viewers in the simplest form; to capture a specific scene in the strongest way. His taste in quality of image and light when the sun is lowest and most colorful adds a whole separate dimension to the struggle for the perfect image.

Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey a non-profit that protects the endangered species that live in, breed in or migrate through the state, part of the Guidestar nonprofit database. In keeping with our bay theme, we will have a clam bar  and will feature the works of all three artivsts including handmad frames. 

Coming off an absolutely electrifying opening for Chris Pfeil's "Staring at the Sea," we are ramping up for yet another weekend as we take part in the 2015 LBI Artists Studio Tour.

The LBI Artists Open Studio Tour is a long running tradition where the local artists, galleries, and makers open their studios and workspaces to the public to show off their newest works and their craft in general, with over 40 artists at 20 venues from Beach Haven to Barnegat Light. It's been reenergized this year all the artists stepping up to make for a fantastic weekend. It's all organized by our friends at the m.t. Burton Gallery  also here in Surf City, so make sure to check them out.

This is an exciting time for creatives on this little sandbar. We are particularly excited to announce that we will have some of LBI's most talented artisans at the gallery for our Summer Pop Up on Saturday from 4 pm - 9 pm, including flower crowns and jewelry by the Wandering Gypsy, art by the vey talented Jessie Temple, Julie Goldstein, and Terrence Smith, delicious sweet treats by Passion Flour Bakery, and photography by Ann, Chris Pfeil, and Eric Hance. So eat, drink, socialize, and enjoy the music of Nicotine and Brown.

Looks like we're in for some weather this weekend (and swell?) so stay tuned for updates if we have to make any changes. And if it's not beach weather during the day, this is a perfect alternative.

Ann Coen Gallery

We opened the Ann Coen Gallery in May of 2014 and could not have been happier with our first year. From the wildly successful "Womens Lifesaving League" show with Julie Goldstein to the countless families that came through for beach portraits, to our Holiday Open House to the support of our friends and family, we will always look back fondly on season one.

And now we're focused on 2015. The Gallery will be open by appointment through the winter. We plan to get a lot of our inventory online for those away from LBI in the off season. But most importantly, we are lining up great shows for this year. Look for a show with featuring the fine art sketches of the young talented Terence Smith in May, a long overdue solo show of Barnegat Light photographer Chris Pfeil, a pop up gallery with Julie Goldstein/Swim With Me in July, and a benefit show for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey in August with Ben Wurst, Jim Vernhagen, and Eric Hance. We will sure up dates as things get closer.

December by Ann CoenAnn Coen Gallery

The Island will slow down for the next two months. Enjoy the solitude and stay warm.

We just want to thank everyone who came to the Ann Coen Gallery Holiday Open House. It was one of those still, chilly days on LBI. There were even a few snowflakes, but your spirit warmed the gallery. The event was a huge success and we were able to write a check for $500 to The Jetty Rock Foundation.

The Gallery is still open weekends through the holidays, 11 a.m. - p.m. and most weekdays you can find edit elves in the back. We still have a few sets of LBI inspired holiday cards and artwork for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.

Christmas cards

As for the raffle, Lisa Bruanwell won that Pine Knot hand plane she's been eyeballing. The Mangino family got a nice little canvas print for when they move back into their raised house. Social Media mogul Dani Corso walked with an Eric Hance print. And Randy Budd will have a sweet black and white Chris Pfeil print to look at as he makes more hand planes for Christmas. Once again, thank you to all who supported this and every event.

So, the box stores would have you believe that the holiday season started sometime in mid-October. But we love autumn on LBI. We love Thanksgiving and every pigment of every leaf before it falls from the trees. We've had north swells and striper runs. So, we're never in a hurry for it to be over. Spend Thanksgiving on the beach with your family, not at some retailer.

Holiday Open House

But you do have to get that shopping started now that we're on the fading end of November. So, if you're looking for some great gifts by talented, local artists this season, join us on Small Business Saturday for the Ann Coen Gallery's Holiday Art Sale.

This year, in addition to new photographic works by Chris Pfeil, Eric Hance and Ann, we'll have some new smaller woodcut pieces by Julie Goldstein, as well as a hand-crafted wooden surfboard by Randy Budd of Pine Knot Surfboards, holiday greeting cards, inspirational posters, and select vintage items for the season ....Plus cocoa.

Winter may be knocking, but the gallery will be warm with holiday cheer. This is a chance to pick up gifts that are one of a kind, locally inspired and made by people in our community. We can't wait to see everyone. The event runs from 11 am- 6 pm, but we'll keep the party going if the cocoa is flowing. Bring your own mug.

For those visiting LBI: Long Beach Island is Exit 63 on the Garden State Parkway, about 50 minutes south of Asbury Park. We are located on 15th St. and Long Beach Boulevard in Surf City.

We have to say we had a fantastic first summer season. The Ann Coen Gallery is open through the fall with off-season hours or call for an appointment year round.

While we do have some exciting events coming up for the holidays, we just wanted to put together a little gallery of shots to wrap up the summer and early autumn. It's been a fantastic couple of months of moonrises, weddings, shows, good friends, waves, portraits, and other events. Enjoy these.

Here on Long Beach Island, we are surrounded by a fantastic community. Things aren't perfect, but the harder we all work, the better our Island and Mainland will be for raising families, working, running our businesses, fun gatherings, and enjoying everything this area has to offer.

At the Ann Coen Gallery, we are very committed to the community. Ann is the President of the Jetty Rock Foundation, the 501(c)3 that grew out of Jetty's amazing efforts following Superstorm Sandy. And in addition to volunteering and supporting local organizations, this summer we have sponsored a bunch of events that are very close to our hearts. These have included the Hop Sauce Festival in May, the Island Surf and Sail Ladies Paddle Challenge which raised money for Piece of the Puzzle, and the Jetty Coquina Jam  which made a huge donation to David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation this week. We have also sponsored the Alliance for A Living Ocean LBI Longboard Classic, which is set for August 23. In addition, Ann Coen Photography supports the Surf City Ladies Auxiliary, PBS, and the local VFW.

Snow Owl by Ann Coen"Snow Owl" by Ann Coen

This Friday night is the 2nd Annual Island Gala & Casino Night at the Sea Shell in Beach Haven, which will benefit David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation. David Caldarella is a Stage IV cancer survivor who has devoted his life to helping local families struggling with the cost of battling cancer, an inspiration in every sense. Ann has donated a 60x40 print of "Snow Owl," to the auction. Be sure to check it out. And a huge thank you to the inspiring organizations that make our community what it is.

The long awaited summer has finally arrived on Long Beach Island. It seems only three weeks ago, we were still bundled up in flannels, and now we’re jumping in the ocean to cool off. And with that, we are proud to announce the Official Opening reception of the Ann Coen Gallery from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 28.

This all-day art event is a celebration of the newly opened Ann Coen Gallery – the result of years of dreaming and planning to provide an amazing creative space on LBI. Ann Coen will have her work on display, ranging from the most recent images of life returning to LBI to years of travel, winter swells, and memorable Island weddings and events. The Gallery will also have on display work from longtime friend and Barnegat Light photographer, Chris Pfeil, as well as her talented young assistant, Eric Hance Your family won’t want to miss out on the cream truck and lemonade stand thanks to our friends at Rustic Drift.

The Opening will be held as part of the Ninth Annual LBI Artists Open Studio Tour presented by the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. Many of our friends will also be opening their homes and studios including m.t. Burton, Kathy Engelson, Swell Colors Glass Studio, Firefly Gallery, and North End Trilogy. As the new home of Ann Coen Photography, the gallery will continue to be a place where families and couples can consult to discuss capturing the moments of their lives, but it will also be a forward-thinking gallery, hosting art shows and events throughout the year. It's a place to celebrate the traditional allure of Long Beach Island, while moving stylistically in a forward direction. 

For those visiting LBI: Long Beach Island is Exit 63 on the Garden State Parkway, about 50 minutes south of Asbury Park. We are located on 15th St. and Long Beach Boulevard in Surf City.