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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.

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.