North End Trilogy Relocates, Opens in Beach Barn

Jun 21, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson Valerie Fenelon in her new gallery located in the Beach Barn in Ship Bottom. Behind her is a limited edition decorative map of LBI by artist Ken Stetz and a wood-carved shark by Lance Lichtensteiger.

The North End Trilogy has relocated from Barnegat Light to a new gallery located in the Beach Barn, 1920 Long Beach Blvd. in Ship Bottom.

Being in the middle of the Island means more traffic and more exposure for her stable of local artists, said gallery owner Valerie Fenelon. Fenelon has been instrumental in promoting those artists including Ken Stetz, whose intimate paintings of the ocean are created while he stands in the surf. “He gets great effects of the water that way,” she said. Fenelon is also offering a limited edition decorative map of LBI by Stetz.

Lance Lichtensteiger is the Island’s premier wood carver and his shark, pelican, ducks and whimsical rabbit are all carved of aged chestnut and painted and polished in his unique style.

Award-winning artist Susan Barnes continues to offer paintings Island folks want to own: sailboats and surf, sunsets and sand.

Fenelon has a warm spot in her heart for folk artists and she represents Barnegat artist Mark Tucker, whose work has a childish exuberance. Jack Ryan’s woodcarvings are folksy renditions of seaside creatures.

New this season are the small landscapes and oyster paintings on tin roof tiles by Ron Dale. Dale is from Bucks County and used to teach in Philadelphia with Marvin Levitt.

Gene Fabricatore’s paintings are colorful and detailed; he is retired from the Metropolitan Opera where he worked as the scenic designer. He also won two Emmy’s for his work as a creative director, said Fenelon.

For pure whimsy, the pastel paintings of Carol Magnatta hit the funny bone. Her “Beach Ball,” “TuTu Tube” and “Bathing Beauties” paintings bring a smile.

Arlene Marcoe of Cedar Run Dock Road creates small flower and botanical jewels of paintings.

Carol Neugebauer loves painting sandpipers and capturing their antics in the surf.

A selection of prints by Surf City artist Cathleen Engelsen is not to be missed.

Fenelon also handles some estate paintings by artists Paul Drescher and prints of the pen and ink drawings of Bill Kane.

The gallery is also filled with antiques and collectibles that Fenelon has been unable to walk away from. Her discerning eye has found a Japanese desk set, Italian paste ceramics and antique fishing lures she has crafted into jewelry. Fenelon also offers her own photographs and sculptures she has made from found objects. “Praying Mantis,” for instance, was made entirely from an old bicycle. “I took the bike off the street in Barnegat Light in the dead of winter. It sat leaning against the house for 10 years getting that nice patina. I knew there was something in it and one day, I just saw it,” said Fenelon.

Beach Barn owners Debbie Hanaway and Donna Grimes are thrilled to add North End Trilogy to their eclectic mix of shore décor and furnishings; many of Fenelon’s artist’s works are scattered about the large space. And Carol Townsley of Fisheads brings her brand of summer shore wear to the emporium. It’s a great place to spend the odd hours away from the broiling beach and browse to shop.

— Pat Johnson



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