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December, 2017, Eric March

Here’s another amazing Coney Island artist!  He’s a former Brooklyn resident who was very involved in trying to stop the condo-ization of the amusement area.  He now lives in New Haven, CT with is wife and two young children and teaches drawing and painting in New York and New Haven.           … Continue reading →

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November, 2017, Marie Roberts

  This month you’re in for an unusual treat: a real sideshow banner painter—the incredible Marie Roberts—a true native daughter of Coney Island. Be sure to check out the video about her at the end.   From Marie: “My family spoke carney, I ran away from their sideshow traditions to become a painter. Painting sideshow … Continue reading →

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October, 2017, Jim Blythe

I’m proud to present my husband Jim Blythe, back again for his third amazing exhibition. This series consists photographs he took in the 1990’s with real film, some of which are reminiscent of the stunning ones Diane Arbus took of Coney Island in the 1960s.   From Jim : What Ginia Bellafante wrote in the … Continue reading →

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September 2017, Johnny Lowe

Here we go—another great Coney Island artist—the amazing Johnny Lowe. He emailed me through this website and when I saw his work, I was just floored. It seems the ghosts are talking to him too.   In his own words: “I love Coney Island. I’m not a native, but I have the sand in my … Continue reading →

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August, 2017, Jim Blythe

Here’s my husband Jim’s new batch of incredible Coney Island photographs. These were all taken on May 20, 2017 when Jim, my cousin Marilyn, and two of our friends—Andrew and one who wishes to remain anonymous, visited our beloved Sodom by the Sea. See his portfolio at http://goo.gl/a5ArA and read his short bio at the bottom. … Continue reading →

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July, 2017, AJ Bernstein

World adventurer AJ Bernstein captures the excitement of this summer’s Mermaid Parade in all its exhibitionist glory. -As AJ herself says: “At Burning Man, Left Coast artists get to suffer in the sand, co-opted by the 1%; in Coney Island, the Mermaid Parade celebrates the spirit of pure creative joy.” For more about AJ’s work, … Continue reading →

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June, 2017, Philomena Marano

Please welcome the fabulous Philomena Marano. I don’t think anyone has contributed more to Coney Island signage, design, and murals over the years. And her cut paper paintings are nothing short of amazing. As she puts it “It’s like drawing with an x-acto knife.” I’ve been a great admirer of hers for years. I love the … Continue reading →

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May, 2017, Ilene Isseks

There are so many great Coney Island artists it’s hard to pick one each month. This month I’d like to introduce you to the wonderful paintings of Ilene Isseks. I first saw Ilene’s painting, The Atlantis Bar—a bar I fictionalized in my novel—on one of the We Grew Up in Brighton Beach Facebook pages and … Continue reading →

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April, 2017, Jim Blythe

April’s exhibition stars a great photographer named Jim Blythe. Full disclosure—he’s my darling husband. He took these photographs October 25, 2014, a beautiful fall day, shortly before Halloween—hence the adorable little girls in costumes. Jim would like me to point out, for some reason, that it was Trotsky’s birthday. To see more of Jim’s work … Continue reading →

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March 2017, Wendy Clark

This month I’d like to introduce you to photographer Wendy Clark and her amazing photographs, And while you’re at it please look at my book “The Coney Island Book of the Dead, An Illustrated Novel” by clicking on the Amazon link in the upper right.   These photographs are of this year’s Coney Island Polar … Continue reading →

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