Leslee Ganss ‘Artoons’ Exhibit at LBI Library in September

Aug 31, 2016

In September, the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City will exhibit the art of local cartoonist Leslee Ganss in the meeting rooms. The exhibit will feature art from the 2015 Down The Shore Publishing book Too Many Summers: The Best of Artoons by L. Ganss and includes recent cartoons from the past year.

“Since the 1980s, Ganss has created the ‘Artoon’ for The SandPaper in Surf City,” the branch said in a press release. “Her unique sense of humor and observations of life on Long Beach Island have long been a source of amusement for local readers of the weekly paper. The display consists of a sampling of over 1,200 cartoons highlighting the daily and seasonal rituals of LBI life, from the routine to the absurd.”

Framed prints, as well as copies of Too Many Summers: The Best of Artoons by L. Ganss, will be available for purchase during the exhibit. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Island Library.  

“Almost no subject is off limits, and occasionally the observations have tweaked sacred cows, but most of all the steady stream of topics chronicles our LBI lives,” said Down The Shore in a release. “The shack on the causeway – now lost to Sandy – provided a wealth of cartoon material over the years. The Artoon allows locals, tourists, summer residents, and weekend-warriors all to laugh at ourselves, our neighbors, even the sand we are standing upon. In a place that changes so much from winter to summer, it just may be a necessity for sanity. There are also the gentle observations about what is special and touching in our Shore lives: a certain shell, a terrapin’s thoughts, or sad appliances (because behind every jaded and cynical cartoonist is a sensitive soul). Often the Artoon captures the essence of our community in the way only an artful drawing can. After 9/11, the Artoon, without words, showed a lone person, then a group gathering, picking up pieces – a star, a bar – that in the final panel became the American flag.”

After graduating from Philadelphia College of Art in 1980, Ganss got a summer job at the fledgling SandPaper, designing and producing ads and spot illustrations. She eventually became art director of the paper. After she left the paper in 1997 to design books for Down The Shore Publishing, she continued her weekly Artoon.

Branch hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the branch at 609-494-2480.

— Eric Englund


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