An Island Without Us (And Our Little Show)

T2 the Oystercatcher, Northside Jim, and Ann Coen. I wouldn’t want to even imagine an island without us. Especially without me as I’m known to get a little depressed off-island. Photo by Ryan Johnson.
Despite our busy summer schedules, Ann Coen, true gem that she is, has been leaving the main show hanging as long as possible. She’s a tough cookie but I think all of the little babies contained in the show have melted her heart and she just doesn’t want to let it go. Especially “Baby Dolphin.” I get it. We are so proud of this show and people keep asking if it can stay up just a little longer so they too can get a chance to get a very intimate glimpse of LBI’s hidden treasures. Photo by Ryan Johnson.
Ann just informed me that the show will be open from 9AM-4PM tomorrow, Friday August 9th and from 10AM-3PM on Saturday, August 10th. I’ll be hanging around a bit on Saturday to prepare to move the show and answer any last questions. Photo by Ryan Johnson.
I’ll be hoarding some fresh Little Egg Foundation tote bags. Photo by Ryan Johnson.
And some hats featuring the endangered species icons from our NestStory software. Photo by Ryan Johnson.
Babyface. Photo by Ryan Johnson. I mean, not Babyface. The photo of the photo of Babyface. That’s by Ryan Johnson. Babyface is mine. And you can’t have it. But you can see it, live, at the Ann Coen Gallery in Surf City. Oh and (true story) Babyface is none other than BE/40 who you’ve read about before!
Come get provoked by sadness, by cuteness, and by triumph. Photo by Ryan Johnson.
A huge thanks to the Ann Coen Gallery. Especially Ryan Johnson for taking all of these excellent pics! But most of all to the boss lady herself, Ann Coen; for working so damn hard, for being so patient, for supporting the arts, for supporting our wildlife, for supporting crazies like me, and for creating such a unique and special part of the island. The show really turned out to be a stunner of an exhibition which far exceeded my expectations and has brought quite a bit of joy and understanding. I’ve seen like three different people cry. Not ugly cry, but cry nonetheless.

If you had asked me 15 years ago what is the most boring thing I could think of doing during the summer, I’d answer without hesitation: “Going to an art gallery!” If you asked me to name something only slightly less boring, I would have definitely said “birds.”

We worked hard to make this a fascinating, emotional, exciting, and unexpected exhibit; and eye-opener which might push every heart and mind it touched towards a deeper connection to our island’s animals; while also getting a few laughs. After a few days of sharing it, I can say with confidence, we nailed it!

I encourage everyone to come see what all the fuss is about, and please share the news with anyone who might want to see this last glimpse of An Island Without Us.

The show will be open from 9AM-4PM tomorrow, Friday August 9th, and from 10AM-3PM on Saturday, August 10th.