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!

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

4th Annual Art Show and Sale

Annual Art Show and Sale

As hot as it has been in SE Virginia this fall, I’m working hard to think about the coming holidays and gift giving.  I’m sure many of you are as well.  So…

Get ready for some super prices on my paintings for the 4th Annual Art Studio Show and Sale!!!

When:  Friday, November 9, 2018

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.  Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served.  There will be many paintings offered in addition to those hanging in the Aiderm offices.

See you at the 4th Annual Art Show and Sale!

ARTS on Main Show in Gloucester, Virginia

ARTS on Main ShowYou may have noticed many of my recent shows have been closer to home, but there are so many amazing venues to view great art in coastal Virginia!   I am honored to be exhibiting at the ARTS on Main from October 5 – 27, 2018.  If you hail from the Northern Neck or Gloucester area, this a great opportunity to check out this wonderful facility for the arts right in your backyard.

Here’s the scoop:

ARTS on Main
Poetry, Music & Motion
October 5 – 27
6580 B Main Street
Gloucester, VA 23061
804-824-9464

I’ll be there for the Opening Reception on Friday, October 5 from 6PM – 8PM.    Hope you’re able to stop by and visit!

New Exhibit in Dare County, NC

Dare County Art Council GalleryI’m Dare Count Art Council Galleryexcited to share a new exhibit in Dare County.  I’ve been selected to exhibit my paintings at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery. 

Here’s where they’re located and their hours:

300 Queen Elizabeth Ave.
Manteo, NC 27954

Summer hours through September:
Monday – Friday:  10am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10am -4:00pm
Closed Sundays

Website:  https://www.darearts.org/

Come by and see mine and all the rest of the amazing artist showing in the Outer Banks. 

Dare County Art Council Gallery

Thoughts from an Artist

Thought I’d share some of my thought process as I get creative …

I am incubating.

Not really a fun time for me. Why can’t I be inspired by a new subject? Or should I play with different ways / techniques of handling the themes I have maybe become too comfortable with- dancers, musicians, people in activities. As much as I try to break away from realism I know myself well enough to accept that I will always have something recognizable in my work.

So I have to push my own envelope.

Every gallery and show …

Every gallery and show I see seems overwhelmingly filled with super realistic art. Are we living in such chaotic times that more structure makes us feel secure? But then there is the in your face cutting edge art in the magazines that I just don’t get. Looking for the middle ground- art that evokes emotion. Now that is where I want to be. I will keep plugging away.

Painting Black and White

Last week I painted some flying herons at the Virginia Living Museum where I paint once a week. But I used only black and white acrylic. It was fun and I will do more. They are little 8×10 and will be in the Hampton Art Center Miniatures and Small Works by Tidewater Artists opening on December 10, 2016. I have always loved black and white and keep several at home so I will not be tempted to sell them. There’s something about sloshing paint around without worrying about color.

Developing concepts and painting them is a process.  Mine is constantly evolving as my life continues to ebb and flow and change and grow.  Looking forward to what is to come.

 

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

Artist Spotlight from Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery

I was delighted to participate in this Artist Spotlight by the Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery in Port Warwick, Newport News, Virginia.  They shared the following in their recent email newsletter:

Artist Spotlight
Gloria Coker

Gloria Coker Painting at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, Virginia

Many people ask how I paint my subjects –where do I get reference material etc. Although it would be far easier to have a photo to copy most of my work evolves from bits and pieces pulled together from a vast “morgue” of reference material that I have accumulated over the years. The majority of the photography is my own. Some music pieces are based on musicians of the past and are obviously culled from photos that have appeared in the media. But I am not a slave to any photos, and my work in its final versions bears very little resemblance to the material I use. I have the ability to draw well and fast-I honed those skills when I worked for 12 years as a newspaper artist illustrator ….

Read more about Gloria by visiting our website
and visit the gallery to see her latest paintings!

China Town Painting

“China Town” on display at Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery

 

All that Jazz Band

“All That Jazz Band” on Display at the Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery

 

Jersey Boys

“Jersey Boys” on Display at Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery

 

Visit Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery
4151 William Styron Square, Newport News, VA 23606
www.murphymontgomery.com • info@murphymontgomery.com
757-771-0838
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 11:00 – 5:00PM
Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 6:00PM
Sunday Noon – 5:00PM