Ann Coen Gallery Hosts Renowned Nature Photographer

By SARAH HODGSON | Jul 23, 2019
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill Jim Verhagen

Surf City — During the first weekend in August, the Ann Coen Gallery in Surf City will host nationally renowned wildlife photographer Jim Verhagen and his one-of-a-kind fine art and science show.

“An Island Without Us” will showcase LBI’s endangered wildlife using an unconventional blend of storytelling, illustration, essay and photography. By anthropomorphically ascribing human traits to animals, Verhagen explores fresh, bold and sometimes humorous perspectives of individual animals and their families.

As a contributor to the National Audubon Society Guide to Ethical Bird Photography, Verhagen has proven to be a trusted, experienced advocate for wildlife science and management. His extensive body of work is a stunning collection of rare and intimate glimpses into the lives of endangered coastal birds at their nests, and of the scientists who work with them there. His compelling portfolio has not only earned him national praise, but also a variety of film and publication credits.

“Jim is so dedicated to his craft, but photography is just one of his many talents. He’s an amazing storyteller, he’s a scientist, he’s a lover of nature and he is so in tune with the animals that inhabit LBI,” said gallery owner Ann Coen. “I’m so excited for people to see, read and hear his stories.”

Verhagen dabbles beyond the scope of the visual arts, incorporating technology and science to promote the conservation of endangered coastal wildlife. He helped found the Little Egg Foundation as well as created NestStory, a software used by various federal and private organizations to analyze nesting bird populations.

The opening reception of “An Island Without Us” will be held Friday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Ann Coen Gallery, 1418 Boulevard, Surf City (609-339-9233). The show will run until Aug. 4. All profits from the sale of Verhagen’s work will benefit the Little Egg Foundation, supporting their research along the coast of New Jersey.


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