My piece Bird’s Eye View: New York Ave., Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, New Jersey (yes that is my longest title EVER!) debuted at Road to California (January 24-27) in Ontario, CA as part of Sheila Frampton Cooper’s exhibit Perspectives:  Reality and Fantasy.  What a wonderful exhibit it was!  If you are interested in seeing a slide show of the exhibit, check out this link on Shelia’s blog:  http://zoombaby.com/blog/

I created this piece inspired by childhood memories of summers spent on Long Beach Island (LBI as it is now affectionately called) with my family and cousins.  The annual summer trek to New Jersey for our week at the shore ( my mother was a transplanted “Jersey girl”) from Iowa was a much anticipated event in our lives.  New York Avenue is today the home of my cousins Linda and Ed’s beach cottage.  I completed this piece a couple of weeks before Super Storm Sandy decimated the usually tranquil island’s peace and harmony.  Today one finds horrible damage and destruction (including my cousin’s beloved summer beach house) on the island.  I hope my piece is a reminder not only of days past, but of better times that will come.

Landscape

Bird’s Eye View: New York Avenue, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, 33″w x 39″h, 2012

detail

Bird’s Eye View detail