Announcing Action Paintings on Display at Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

It’s happening starting July 6, 2013.  I’ve been working for months on these exciting new paintings.  Here’s the press release put out by the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame  . . .

Newest Riddle Gallery exhibit at Museum features action paintings by Gloria Coker on display for the first time

PORTSMOUTH, VA – Gloria Coker, a well-known artist in the Hampton Roads area, will have her paintings on display at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum starting on July 6, 2013. Guests of the museum will have the chance to see the exhibit “In Motion: Action Paintings by Gloria Coker” until September 29, 2013 in the Riddle Sports Gallery. Her current series of works which will be on display for the first time features sports including bicycling, surfing and soccer. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on July 6 at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum at 6 p.m. to meet with the artist to discuss her paintings. Those wanting to attend the reception should call (757) 393-8031 to RSVP.

About the Artist:

A resident of Newport News, Gloria Coker is known for her bright colors and bold strokes. Her paintings, which exude energy and brilliance, have been exhibited throughout Virginia, North Carolina and California. Coker’s paintings capture people in their everyday activities full of motion and action. Formerly an illustrator for the Daily Press for twelve years, Coker now paints full time. She has taught painting at Thomas Nelson Community College as well as the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News. Her artwork is in the private collections of JoAnn Falletta, Conductor, Virginia Symphony; Ernie Els, golfer; Tom Clancy, author; Fuzzy Zoeller, golfer; and the family of singer/songwriter Bruce Hornsby. She was selected for an ALLI award in 2008 and currently is exhibiting at the Tyler White Gallery in Greensboro, NC.

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is open daily during the summer from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per person, $6 military or senior citizen (age 65+) and free for members and children 2 or younger. For more information, call (757) 393-8031 or visit

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is located at 206 High Street in Portsmouth. Summer operating hours are Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays after Labor Day until Memorial Day and on select holidays. Admission is $7 per person; $6 military; $6 seniors 65 and older and free for ages 2 and under. Parking is located behind the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in the Middle Street Parking Garage. FREE parking is available on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weekdays.

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