Preview of What’s to Come at the LBI Artists Open Studio Tour

Linda Ramsay with her beach- and ocean-themed paintings. File photo by Pat Johnson.

Long Beach Island — The LBI annual Artists Open Studio Tour is Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., your chance to meet the artists of Long Beach Island in their natural habitats. They will have work for sale and in some cases will be painting on site. There are 23 venues running the length of LBI from Barnegat Light to Beach Haven. Choose from these or make it a marathon and visit all!!

Starting at Barnegat Light (though you can start anywhere on this self-guided tour), visit Wildflowers Too!, 506 Broadway, and see paintings, photographs and fiber arts. Chuck Sulkowski’s Studio is at 23 West Eighth Street. He offers photos and paintings.

SwellColors North in Viking Village, 1801 Bayview Ave., features the jewelry of Ceire Parker. Go east into High Bar Harbor and visit with painter Susan Hennelly at 30 Amhurst Rd., then follow the highway to 26 Antioch Rd., where Linda Ramsay has her summer studio. Ramsay paints large bicycles and beach umbrellas among other things in acrylic paints.

Going south on Long Beach Boulevard, stop at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences and see how upbeat the new sign and environs are. Ceramic artists Sandra Kosinski, Lynn Berman and Anna Salibello will have their work on view and for sale. Since it is Saturday, you could also drop in and play in the clay studio for a fee.

In Harvey Cedars, find David Butler’s painting studio at 5 West Cumberland Ave., Joan Ganz’s photography studio at 5303 C Long Beach Blvd. and the James Cordasco Studio at 5505 Holly Ave.

Just so you know, signs will be posted along the Boulevard in all the towns to make it easier to find the artists’ studios.

North Beach photographer Frederick Ballet is located at 110-6 J Long Beach Blvd.

Surf City has the highest number of artists’ venues, starting with Solace Studio and Gallery, 2312 Long Beach Blvd. Find owner Franny Andahazy’s colorful oil paintings plus more artists from local environs and New England shores.

Jonathan Law Fine Art Framing is at 2001 Long Beach Blvd. Law has a collection of local artists and antiquities for sale, including license plate art.

Art and Décor at Surf City features owner Nita Shapiro’s mermaids and fence beach art plus a great variety of works by local artists including photographers Connie Beggs, George Mattei and Bill Jones; pottery and wind chimes by Kelly Traveline; and chalk painted furniture by Karin Battle. If you like a store crammed full with interesting artwork, this is it.

Travel off the Boulevard and visit Lori Bonanni’s Studio at 1919 Sunset Ave. Bonanni paints birds, boats and beaches in oils and encaustic.

Catherine Engelsen is almost an icon in Surf City. You can see her giant clam painting in front of Scojo’s and her historic murals at the Tuckerton Seaport. Engelsen opens her attractive studio at 234 North 19th St. and has prints and paintings of historical scenes and local areas of interest.

Painter Stephen Miller is sure to have local scenes painted for the occasion; his studio is at 112 North 19th St.

Now back on the Boulevard, make sure to stop at the m.t. burton gallery, the East Coast’s finest pottery and ceramic art gallery. Burton also has an eye for painters; be sure to see John Meehan’s one-man show plus Alice McEnerney Cook’s fine salt marsh paintings and Carol Nussbaum’s photography.

Mary Tantillo’s SwellColors Glass Studio and Gallery at 1715 Long Beach Blvd. features art glass, stained glass, mosaics and more by Tantillo and a host of other friends, including paintings by Jo Clark.

Ann Coen Photography Studio and Gallery at 1418 Long Beach Blvd. features Coen’s work and that of nature photographer Chris Pfeil and more.

The Firefly Galley at 15 North Long Beach Blvd. features watercolor works by owner Joanne Dozer and friends.

Now traveling south through Ship Bottom, be sure to stop at painter Roger Bacharach’s Studio, 325 West 19th Street. Bacharach is a scuba diver, snorkeler and underwater photographer, and his paintings capture that detailed underwater realm.

You’re sure to find something unusual at Jeffries Floor and Décor at 12904 Long Beach Blvd. in Beach Haven Terrace. Owner Dick Jeffries creates sculptures and mixed media pieces.

In Beach Haven, a special exhibit, “Beaches and Boats: Then and Now ” in Beach Haven Borough Hall’s first-floor art gallery, presents 73 artworks on display through Sept. 9. The show includes 61 paintings by 30 Pine Shores Art Association artists and 12 historic photos on loan from Cathleen Engelsen, Lawrence Oliphant, the Beach Haven Library Museum, LBI Historical Society Museum and Unshredded Nostalgia.

The show is open to visitors during borough Hall hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday as part of the LBI Art Studio Tour.

Beach Haven Borough Hall is at the corner of South Bay and Engleside avenues.

Maps of the entire self-guided tour are available at every venue mentioned above plus the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce, The SandPaper and other offices and shops, or visit

Don’t miss this opportunity to fill your day or a part of your day with “art watching.” The tour is free.

Reposted from The Sandpaper