We can't begin to explain how excited we are to host Ken Salerno's first art show at the Ann Coen Gallery on June 7. Well, guess the first news is that Ann is opening her own studio/gallery on 15th Street and the Boulevard in Surf City. This is where she will continue to build great relationships with the families whose important moments she has captured year after year, as well as show her travel, lifestyle, music and local imagery to the world.
We have both been big fans of Ken Salerno for years. We have a lot of the same roots. He has skate shots of our friends going back decades. We are amazed at his work documenting the punk and hardcore scenes and album art. And we share a love for some of his favorite spots in the Caribbean (not to mention clams on the half shell.)
But after almost five decades of shooting, this is Salerno's first show, entitled Caught in the Act. He will have prints, as well as a digital slideshow encompassing the burgeoning 1960s surf scene in New Jersey, early travel, years of legendary punk shows, his work as a contributor to "Thrasher," right up to his chronicles of post-Sand Seaside Heights. We're doing the show in conjunction with the Steve Tozzi film, "Riot on the Dance Floor," the City Gardens film that makes its New Jersey premier at the Lighthouse Film Festival. Buy tickets, because it will sell out.
"Riot" plays at 3:30 at the Surflight Theatre. Caught In the Act will follow directly after at the Ann Coen Gallery, 1418 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City, New Jersey (eight miles north of the film screening) from 6-10 p.m. Both Tozzi and Salerno will be there to meet and greet.
Right across the street from the Ann Coen Gallery is A Little Bite of Italy a nice deli with gourmet sandwiches and pizza. There is ice cream and sushi both right across the street, as well as North End Liquors. Those traveling a distance can check out The Drifting Sands in Ship Bottom, which offers a slight discount if you're attending the film festival. The Islander is recently remodeled and might be more affordable. We are really looking forward to this.