You've probably seen people at or near the beach, standing at their easels, painting the scenery around them.  Did you know that kind of artistry has a name?  It's called Plein Air painting.  That's French for Open Air and it's pronounced with a silent "I" like "Plen Air."

Long Beach Island is the inspiration for the 1st Annual Plein Air Plus exhibition entitled "Island Life."  It's being organized by the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies.  From September 9th to October 24th you can see an exhibition showcasing scenes from the Jersey Shore.  The artists invited to show their work could paint any subject matter and location, as long as it was on LBI and showcased "Island Life."  Some of the artists are from the area, and others are nationally known Plein Air painters. If you're a fan of Impressionism with its observations of light and natural settings, you'll appreciate the paintings in this exhibition.  Even if you're not a fan of art, per se, everyone will be able to recognize and appreciate the beauty of LBI shown on canvas.

If you'd like to try your hand at Plein Air painting, there's a workshop coming up Sept. 10th and 11th.  You can call the Foundation to find out the cost and other details.  And for information about the exhibition which starts next week, you can visit:

If you had to pick one part of Long Beach Island that you would consider the MOST beautiful, what would it be?

Bruce Bingham: "Anticipation"