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…