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 Goldstein, Bunkerfish, 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.
Nothing like a little saw dust in the air. LBI locals are all outside - building, planting, cleaning, painting, and getting boats ready. And every few days actually feels like springtime, which is nice.
We’ve been super busy at the Ann Coen Gallery, renovating both our interior and exterior. How lucky are we to have our artist, Terence Smith laying down new hardwood floors with his brother Jimmy as well as Chris Pfeil, who’s solo photo show is June 20, helping to paint the place? And on top of that, we have some respected artists and good friends opening new galleries and eateries in town. Mark it down. Surf City will be bumping this summer. We’ve even got our new mascot up on the roof.
We just want to let everyone know that we will be ready for Friday night, May 1, for the reception of Terence Smith’sTo and From, at 6 pm.
The night will feature not only his amazing sketches, but his handmade surf craft thanks to Burke Art Advisory. Funk Schway will play their Beach Haven brand of surf rock and funk reggae and refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Casamigos and American Harvest. Also, right across the street, our friends at A Little Bite of Italy have amazing pizza, entrees, and sandwiches.
The show will hang until May 17.
Ann Marie was recently on WBNJ 91.9 Manahawkin, discussing some of our upcoming events. Listen to hear her interviewed by Lori Peppenella about the 2015 season.
On June 20, we have the opening for Chris Pfeil’sStaring at the Sea. Pfeil is a longtime friend of ours and we’re beyond thrilled to host this solo show of his dramatic, local black and white work.
We’ll also be taking part in the LBI Artist Open Studio Tour on June 27 and 28, with some of incredible fellow artists including mt Burton, Swell Colors, Solace Gallery, Cathleen Engelson and more.
Fans and friends of Julie Goldstein can stay tuned as we are ironing out dates for a July event around her annual summer trip home with her husband Mark and little Frankie.
Then in August, we’ll be doing a nature-inspired photo exhibit with Eric Hance, Northside Jim and Ben Wurst, as a fundraiser for Conserve Wildlife.
We couldn’t be more excited about the 2015 season. Now, back to work…
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.