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!

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

Artist Reception at TNCC

In case you missed the delightful Artist Reception at TNCC last month, the folks at the Visual Arts department at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) put together a lovely video.  I wanted to share it with you . . .

Thanks to everyone who made the time to come out to see the exhibit and hear me share about my time at the Daily Press.

Oh, and in case you didn’t hear yet . . .

Back by popular demand, I’m hosting my Holiday Art Show and Sale on Friday, November 4, 2016.  Hope to see you there!

Sharing Stories from my Past in Daily Press Interview

For my coming up Artist Presentation and Exhibition at TNCC (Thomas Nelson Community College), Natalie Joseph, from the Daily Press, interviewed me about my previous experience as a newspaper illustrator.  Here’s a peak …

Talk of the Tongue discussed at Daily Press InterviewSomeone could spend all day listening to Gloria Coker’s stories.

As she prepares for her art exhibition and career presentation at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on Monday, she recalls the many tales behind over 30 years of work.

For the first time, Coker will tell a new story, showcasing news and courtroom art from her days as an illustrator at the Daily Press in the 1980s and early ’90s.

She spent more than 10 years as an illustrator, earning the job with no formal art training. She has two stories she highlights of her time in the courthouse. She covered the 1985 trial of retired Navy officer Arthur Walker, who was convicted as part of a family espionage case that included his brother, John Walker. She also recalls the moment a policeman called to inform her that an one of her illustrations led to the arrest of an escaped man from death row.

For the video and rest of the Daily Press Interview, visit the Daily Press.

Odd Family Thanksgiving Newspaper Illustration

Smooth Sailing Art Show in Virginia Beach

This summer, I’ve been challenged to paint more works depicting sailing.  I had painted a few in the past so this was an enjoyable challenge for me.  The results are being shown at the Stravitz Gallery starting September 12, 2015. Come by to see the Smooth Sailing Art Show in Virginia Beach.

I’d like to invite you to the opening to see these new paintings and some of the my other favorites.  Come by on  Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 5 – 8 PM at the Richard Stravitz Gallery in Virginia Beach.  Hope to see you there!  Be sure to look for me and say hello!

Smooth Sailing Art Show in Virginia Beach

Art Show at East Wall Gallery in Virginia Beach

I try to be selective in where I show my paintings.  There is a balance between being seen and giving collectors buying opportunities.  Art is best in someone’s home or office where it is often enjoyed.  The folks at Bishopsgate Design and Decor contacted me to join in their new East Wall Gallery.  At home among the select items for the home and office, my paintings may add something special in this unique venue.

Will you come by for the opening in Virginia Beach?  Here’s the info:

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 3, 2014

TIME:  6-9 PM

WHERE:  East Wall Gallery  (Inside Bishopsgate Design and Deocr)
3259 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach (map/directions)

I”m not sure how long the show will run, but I’ll let you know.  Stay tuned to my Facebook Page to see more of the paintings I’ll be showing at the East Wall Gallery in Virginia Beach

East Wall Gallery Virginia Beach

 

Painting Show Coming to This Century Art Gallery, Williamsburg, Virginia

This Century Art Gallery, Williamsburg Art Center will be offering a painting show of  local artist, Gloria Coker’s paintings this summer. 

The Show Preview is scheduled for Monday, July 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.  Come join us

I’ll be sharing a number of new paintings for this show.  Filled with colorful musicians, dancers, and much more, I hope you can stop by on Monday or anytime during the show to enjoy the new paintings.

Painting Showing Details

WHERE:  This Century Art Gallery, 219 N. Boundary St., Williamsburg, VA 23187 (map / direction)

WHEN:  July 15 – August 15, 2014

HOURS:  11 AM – 5:oo PM Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Sunday

Paintings Show at This Century Art Gallery

Color in Motion Show at Richard Stravitz Sculpture & Fine Art Gallery

Tonight’s opening to my new show in Virginia Beach was delightful.  Thanks to everyone for coming out to the opening.

This wonderful show will continue through December 6.  Please stop by and let me know what you liked about the paintings.  You can visit Richard Stravitz Sculpture & Fine Art Gallery in Virginia Beach.

Color in Motion Show, Virginia Beach