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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.  

To and FromTo and From," at the Ann Coen Gallery though May 17, 2015.

What a fantastic turn out at Terence Smith's "To and From" reception - both quality and quantity. So many great people from West Creek to Beach Haven all in Surf City. We want to thank Jimmy Smith for doing an amazing job with the floors prior to the show, Funk Shway for keeping everyone rocking, Stephanie Smith for providing the refreshments, and  Elizabeth Burke Art Advisory for bringing everything together. And we are so thankful for everyone who came out.

"To and From" will hang until May 17. We are open on weekends and most weekdays, but please call the gallery and we can set up an appointment at any time. (609) 339-9233. And how about those surfboards? The gorgeous wooden mini Simmons and fish are still for sale as well.

We also want to thank Pat Johnson at The SandPaper for her great review of the show.

Terence Smith by Ann CoenThis guy doesn't take a bad photo. By Ann Coen.

 We're looking forward to a great second season and we know the Smith boys are going to have an awesome summer at Garden State Surf and Art.

Check out the scene at "To and From" last Friday, May 1.


Next up for the Ann Coen Gallery is Chris Pfeil's classic black and white's in his first solo show in some time entitled "Staring at the Sea." We're also proud to be part of the LBI Artists Open Studio Tour on June 27 and 28. Busy, busy. Here we go.

Pat Johnson at the SandPaper has been doing a great job of covering the happenings at the Ann Coen Gallery thus far. This week's SandPaper has an excellent story on Julie Goldstein and "Womens Lifesaving League," which has been a tremendous success.

“In 1901, the first women completed that endurance test,” said Goldstein. “The stories just go on and on until they progress later into the Women’s Lifesaving League. Their idea was to teach all young women how to swim, as well as rescue swimmers and empower women through camaraderie.”

The show will hang through Sunday, July 20 for those who haven't seen it. Very inspiring, especially for the female surfers and lifeguards on the Island. There are still a few pieces and some apparel available, or stop in to order something through Goldstein. And as always, thank you to Pat Johnson and the SandPaper for their continued support.