The following weekend proves to be a true vision, as Long Beach Island becomes the perfect canvas for the highly acclaimed Jersey Shore Fine Art Festival, which brings the only national art show to the Jersey Shore this summer. Featuring world class artists from throughout the United States, patrons have the opportunity to not only view the art but meet the artist on site. Every medium is represented from the most delicate of jewelry to the boldest sculpture, color sharp photography, fresh watercolors and rich oil paintings. Festival goers will also find truly unique interpretations in glass, metal and stone. This free, pet friendly event has been ranked a top 47th show in the nation. It is located at the gateway of Long Beach Island at Ethel Jacobson Field in Ship Bottom with plenty of free parking. Under the guidance of top art show producer Paragon Art Events, the Jersey Shore Fine Art Festival has grown in scope and reputation catapulting Long Beach Island to be included as one of America’s most prestigious locations for fine art. Along with sister shows held in Cape Cod, Mass and Westhampton, NY, Long Beach Island draws thousands from throughout the East Coast to seek the finer things in life while viewing unique works of art in an exceptional atmosphere.
Also on the calendar for Art & Leisure Month is Tuckerton Seaport’s 19th Annual Baymen’s Seafood and Music Festival held on June 18 from 11 am to 4pm featuring delicious Jersey fresh seafood such as clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp, while learning about life on the bay and enjoying regional music. This event is so popular that it has been voted a “Top 10 NJ Outdoor Festival” for the past two years. For information contact the Tuckerton Seaport at 609 296 8368. Catch a live performance of the Tony Award Winning musical Rent in the beginning of the month or the aplty titled "ART" starring Judd Hirsch running from June through July at the Surflight Theatre located on Engleside and Beach Avenues starring American Idol Star Justin Guarini. This show runs matinee and evening performances through June 19, for tickets visit surflight.org. Rounding out the month the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is planning an LBI Artist Open Studio Tour, for more information visit LBIF.org and take in the Third Annual Viking Village’s Jazzy Scallop Festival on June 25, this succulent event featured fresh off the boat Barnegat Bay Scallops served up by popular area restaurants for taste testing in historic Viking Village in Barnegat Light. Add in some cool sounds of a Jazz trio, it makes for a memorable close to a full month of artfully executed events.
No matter what your preference, a visit to LBI to enjoy one of these magnificent festivals can only be topped off by stopping into local shops and restaurants, and maybe staying a night or two to relax in this creative environment. All ticket and scheduling information can be obtained by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211, 265 W 9th St, Ship Bottom NJ or going online to visitLBIregion.com.
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