Nothing says “I love my local” than a great piece of local art. Here are three examples of local Long Beach Island art created by three brilliant artists:
Joseph Tarella – Coastal Art Maps
After a long career as an architect and artist, Joseph Tarella was able to reconnect with his youth, by creating professional coastal art maps of the area where his house was in Ocean County.
“The handmade quality and individuality allows for unplanned serendipity,” Joseph explains. “Each map represents a moment frozen in time.”
Among the most popular Coastal Art Maps created by Joseph are two versions of Long Beach Island: present day and circa 1900. Both are signed and numbered editions.
Rick Decker & Julie Mescher – 6th Street Art & Design
Rick Decker and Julie Mescher live in Ship Bottom, where they first met 17 years ago when they were both 12 years-old. Rick is from Bucks County, PA and Julie is from Southern California. Both Rick and Julie now proudly live in the area, and use the cultural of LBI to create outstanding works. Their passion for the local beach and ocean lifestyle kept both Rick and Julie at the Jersey Shore to develop their art together.
An original LBI design from Rick and Julie is handmade by carefully using a wood-burning tool, and then stained in various colors.
Joanne Murphy – A Girl From Jersey Creations
While Joanne is not an LBI local, her art is certainly inspired by LBI. She crafted signs, mugs and dishtowels all with a local focus. Many of Joanne’s items include the names of communities on Long Beach Island. She also specializes in creating custom signs with the exact latitude and longitude of a house.
All of these local items and more can be purchased at Seawall ARTifacts, located at 7712 S Long Beach Blvd in Beach Haven Crest. Seawall ARTifacts offers maps, jewelry, artworks, furniture, gifts and unique décor. They were also voted as the Winner of the Specialty Gift category in the 2013 Ocean County Happening List. LBI locals who are loyal to their community will appreciate the local artwork at Seawall ARTifacts. Since 2010, they have provided the best housewarming gifts with a local LBI flair. And they constantly have new arrivals in the store that are 100% Jersey made. Call Seawall ARTifacts at (609) 492-0800. There is also a Seawall ARTifacts online store with FREE shipping on orders of $200 or more.
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