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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.

Busy times here on LBI. Busy times.

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’s To 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. 

Jilson TuxJillson Tux, sketch by Terence Smith

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’s Staring 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…