We're punching the floor, we're so excited to host Ken Salerno's first art show, Caught in the Act, at the Ann Coen Gallery on June 7, with opening from 6 to 10 p.m.
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/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.
He will have prints, limited edition skate decks, 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 International 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.
For those visiting LBI: Long Beach Island is Exit 63 on the Garden State Parkway, about 50 minutes south of Asbury Park. A fantastic option to grab food between the film and photo show is Living On the Veg our friends' delicious vegan restaurant at 2613 Long Beach Blvd, Beach Haven Gardens. Right across the street from the Ann Coen Gallery is A Little Bite of Italy nice deli with gourmet sandwiches and pizza. There is ice cream and sushi both right across the street, as well as Anchor Wine & Spirits. Those traveling a distance can check out The Drifting Sands on the beach in Ship Bottom, which offers a slight discount if you're attending the film festival. The Islander Motel is recently remodeled and more affordable. We are really looking forward to this.