Midsummer Dream Opening – When the Improbable Happens

Art Works Opening

320 Hull St
Richmond, VA
804-291-1400

Opening of Midsummer Dream
Friday, June 26, 2020
6-7 pm and 7-8 pm (each small reception is limited to 50 people.  To attend, please register at ART WORKS )

An Improbable Art Show

Usually an artist becomes aware of a forthcoming show and peruses the prospectus to see if the show suits.  In my case I want to know

  • the theme,
  • the dimensions of the art,
  • where it is located (i.e. is it a long drive or local),
  • what does it cost,
  • Will you be accepted after you have spent time and money entering? Shipping is expensive. Is it worth it?
  • Will people in your demographic see it and
  • might it lead to future opportunities.

During this time in the world of the coronavirus, galleries were forced to close and many chose to hold exhibits online. Not a great idea for many artists, but at least the online exhibit is an opportunity to display their work.

So last week I happened on a show in Richmond that was going to display real paintings and after reading the prospectus decided that the whole of their theme of where have I been, where am I, where am I going could be interpreted as We rather than I. For those that know me, you will remember I was an activist for women back in the beginning of the women’s movement. So a painting that reflected our journey held interest for me.

The show’s deadline was the day I found out about it so I needed to do something quickly. I had about 3 hours and in that time decided on a subject, painted it, photographed it, and submitted it. I used to be a newspaper illustrator and worked on similar deadlines, but never on a 30×30 inch canvas. I should have titled it “She Persisted.”

For anyone who might not understand the elements in this busy painting, on the left are 2 suffragettes based on old photos that I googled for their dresses and hats. On the right is an interpretation of women marching on 2020 or in my case 2019. In the middle is the first woman president. So there it is “When the Improbable Happens.”

When the Improbably Happens

Town Center City Club Show and Sale

If you’re ready to get out and see some art (while safely social distancing), come see beautiful art by award winning artist at the Town Center City Club Show and Sale.  Here is the scoop:

When: Friday, June 26. 2020

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Where: Town Center City Club
222 Central Park Ave #230, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(Second Floor South of Aramada Hoffler Building)

For more info: Jan Digiovanni (757) 241-0666

Town Center City Club Show and Sale

Walk on the Wildside Show at Suffolk Art Center

Sorry for the short notice, but I wanted to get this out to everyone!  Excited to be sharing some of my more WILD artwork at the Walk on the Wildside Show in Suffolk this spring.  Would love to see you and chat at the Opening Reception on Thursday, March 5, 2020. 

Horse for Wildside Show Suffolk

 

Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen Gallery Show

Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen Gallery Show Painting of Colonial Girl in the GardenNovember has been a busy month for art shows for me this year!  Thank you so much for your continued support and attendance.  I love getting to see you and share my latest paintings with you. 

For my friends around Richmond, Virginia, come join me in Glen Allen for my Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen Gallery Show.  The opening will be Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. 

I’ve been busy painting in between shows this month.  Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Glen Allen Joy of Life Show

Dare County Arts Council Show Wraps Up

Dare County Art CouncilThanks for everyone who came out to enjoy the “Let’s Go and Enjoy” show at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC over the past few weeks.  I was pretty excited to see it was written about in OUTER BANKS NOW.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Physicists teach that life is motion. All life. Even a sedentary rock.

Gloria Coker reveals the motion of everyday scenes, people and objects in her paintings to celebrate the underlying rhythm of life. In her own words, Coker’s paintings of musicians, dancers and beach and street scenes appear more like videos than static images.

The work of the Virginia artist is on display at the Dare County Arts Council through Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Thirty-five acrylic paintings fill the upstairs gallery of the Manteo venue. They call to the viewer to listen to a saxophone, watch as children splash in the ocean, feel the rhythm as a tango unfolds and sense the air rushing by as bicyclists race through an explosion of color and lively brush strokes.

Some works appear fully abstract while others merge abstraction with impressionism to reveal swirling dresses, strumming hands, and collective and contemplative faces of performing musicians.

Figure and background merge as blurred edges and a cacophony of brushstrokes create a moving moment rather than a still snapshot. Couple these choices with vibrant, complementary color, and you have myriad celebrations of life enlivening the staid, wooden-walled gallery that, ironically, once served as a courtroom.

Coker never thought she would be an artist. She earned a degree in psychology and another to be a counselor. Eventually — and armed with a talent for drawing and an excellent visual memory — she went into illustration in the newsroom at the Daily Press and also did courtroom drawings. Over the years, she photographed life creating a morgue of images from which she painted.

“My family was involved in biking, ballroom dancing, tai chi,” she said. “I had access to those things. I did art for the Virginia Symphony for four years.”

While she may start a painting — she works in acrylics — using a photograph as a reference, she may turn what once was an oysterman into a bicycle mechanic.

“These are all made up,” she says of her current work. “I do not have something I copied from a photograph here. They are invented.”

What matters to Coker is accuracy, how fingers are place on a keyboard, how a musician is holding an instrument.

While Coker can paint a realistic portrait, she is more interested in engaging the viewer in what a person is doing. Her figures may have minimal features to keep the focus on their actions.

As a result, she presents universal happenings to which a broad swathe of people can relate. She keeps them attracted, as moving things do.

“Motion and emotion,” she says. “If I can get someone to feel it inside, I have accomplished something.”

Replicating a pulsing sense of life is not easy unless, as in Coker’s case, the paint runs through your blood.”

You can see the entire article at:  OUTER BANKS NOW 

And don’t miss my 5th Annual Show and Sale tonight (Friday, November 8, 2019) beginning at 5:30pm at Associates in Dermatology.  Hope to see you there!

Celebrating the 5th Annual Art Show and Sale

5th Annual Art Show and Sale

Enjoy special pricing on my paintings for the 5th Annual Art Studio Show and Sale!!!

When:  Friday, November 8, 2019

Time:  5:30 – 7:30 PM

Where:  Associates in Dermatology office,  17 Manhattan Square, Hampton, Virginia (map / directions)

Come by, browse, shop and bring a friend. 

Buy a holiday gift. 

Munch on some delicious hors d’oeuvres. 

Drink a bit of wine.

There will be many paintings offered not to mention those hanging throughout the Associates in Dermatology offices.

See you at the 5th Annual Art Show and Sale!

Town Center City Club Art Show and Sale

It’s summer time (or at least it feels like it outdoors!) so that means it’s time for wonderful art show and sale.  I’ve had paintings on display at the Town Center City Club for a while now.   It’s a lovely private club for business professionals in Virginia Beach.  It is one of the premier venues for business meetings, corporate vents, fundraisers, weddings, retirements and other special events. 

Come out and join me on Friday, June 28 at 6:00pm for champagne and desserts.  It’s a great opportunity to see the Town Center City Club and take in (or take home) some of my latest paintings.  Rumor has it, I’ll be doing some painting during our time there. 

Here’s the scoop:

Join us for Champagne and Desserts
Where: The Town Center City Club, 222 Central Park Avenue #230, Virginia Beach, VA
When:  Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm
RSVP: Barbara Lewis (757) 490-8317 or Jan Digiovanni (757) 241-0666

Guatamalan Woman at Town Center City Club Art Show

2019 Hampton University Armstrong/Slater Gallery Show

Gloria Coker with Hampton University Students

Thanks to everyone who joined me for the opening of my latest show at the Hampton University Armstrong / Slater Gallery. I’m excited to share my art with the students and faculty as well as the public at Hampton University.

According to Hampton University, the Armstrong / Slater Gallery is described:

The Department of Fine & Performing Arts operates a nationally-recognized art exhibition facility that is fully managed and staffed by its faculty and student artists. Under the curatorship of Dr. Jacqueline Fonvielle Bontemps, a recognized artist and art historian, the Armstrong/Slater Gallery hosts up to six exhibitions annually that feature work from internationally-acclaimed painters, sculptors, photographers and others.

If you’d like to peruse the show, it will be up through March 20, 2019.  When you stop by, be sure to let me know what you liked best!

After the Parade shown at the Hampton University Show

2018 Art Show Success and More

Getting ready for the 2018 Art Show and SaleThanks to all who made my 4th Annual Art Show and Sale last night at Associates in Dermatology enjoyable and successful. I had an opportunity to meet and talk to everyone who came.  I am looking forward to next year’s party already!  

In the meanwhile, excepting the small pieces that were exhibited in the reception room on display panels, the remaining art will continue to hang for the holiday season or until they are needed elsewhere. If you were unable to attend the showing last night, contact me for an appointment.  We can schedule a time for you to see the paintings after regular business hours or on the weekend.

Thanks again to all who came out!

 

Getting Ready for Art Show and Sale

Spent the day earlier this week putting up paintings throughout Associates in Dermatology to start getting ready for the 4th Annual Art Show and Sale.  There are more to come, but wanted to share a few new paintings that will be available. 

Come out and join me on Friday, November 9th beginning at 5:30pm.

See you there!

Flying Kites

Playing the Fife

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