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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.  

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.