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!

Artist Sharing About Life, Part 2

This continues my sharing from Part 1Go there first is if you haven’t already.

I drew everything that could not be photographed.

Rock concert and loss of hearing? No problem.  I used Edvard Munch’s “scream” running away from the musicians in the background.

Gay marriage in the 80’s?  No problem.  I asked two staffers to hold hands while I drew as fast as I could.

There were no iPhones and no time to process photos so I sketched very quickly- everything from religion and science, to politics and editorial cartoons.

I was allowed to go outside the building on location to sketch films like the George Washington mini-series and a film about crabbing.

I flashed my press pass and talked my way onto the Colonial Parkway in Williamsburg after it shut down for President Reagan’s visit. Me and hundreds of turkeys. 

I drew a revolutionary re-enactor in Yorktown while he told me about his messy divorce.

I talked my way to the top of the five tallest buildings in the area to sketch what I saw.

I learned to have someone evaluate my drawing for those stupid little mistakes, that in our haste, we sometimes forget we do; like making a common object resemble a genital organ.

I sketched in the jail, talked my way onto a Navy shuttle to the Canadian Tall ship, The Blue Nose, to sketch.  I figured I could talk my way anywhere!

I did courtroom art for the daily paper.

This is a specialty that no one trains for. You just do it. I did interview the dean of courtroom artists and she told me she gained expertise in art school by drawing the bodies in the morgue. Just like the stories you read about the old masters in Europe.

The courtroom is probably the most difficult of drawing situations. Utter and complete quiet. (They hated anyone who used Magic Markers because of the squeak)  I was fixed in the seat I chose or was able to squeeze into and drew from there – whether I could see anything or not. The one lesson I learned was that everyone who speaks to a crowd (lawyers, judges, etc.) always reverts to their familiar  poses. If they are fond of folding their arms they will eventually go back to that position so I would make numerous “starts” and go back to them to complete them when the person went back to the position.

Trial Art for Artist Sharing about life

I was only asked to draw the courtroom cases if they were brutal, gory, or important.

In one dismemberment case, a witness was asked how tall the victim was and he responded by using his hands to gauge the size of the suitcase the body parts were stuffed into.

In another murder case the forensic dentist was testifying how the bite marks on the victim’s thighs were from the teeth of the accused.

John Walker was on trial for spying for the Russians, but I drew the Arthur Walker spy trial. Arthur was his brother who appeared on the first day bedecked in a full toupee.  He shed it the second day and through the rest of the trial f0r a little loop in my drawing.

Never draw a judge with six fingers.

I learned many things about accuracy.  This is especially true when the drawing is on the front page of the daily newspaper above the fold. I got lots of critiques from the public. 

I studied photography with David Levinson. 

He was a photographer who led the professional world in NYC.  He pushed us into thinking and doing photography way past what we ever thought we would be able to do. Suffice to say he made people cry. But the work people did was incredible. 

I attended Thomas Nelson Community College to gain some expertise on photographing for reproduction. No one does that anymore since the computer does it all for you. But I did take photography classes.  I learned the old fashioned way with dark rooms and chemicals. I set up a lab at home and my poor kids were banished from the bathroom. 

I chose JoAnn Falletta

Downbeat - more artist sharing about lifeI decided I was going to do a series of women of accomplishment in traditionally male jobs,  I chose JoAnn Falletta, the conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, as my first subject.  She was also the music director for the Long Beach California Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. I cannot begin to describe her swath of accomplishments.

When I finally pursued my project long enough and hard enough, I was put through to her at last.  She allowed me and my 35mm camera onstage during the rehearsal of the Bruckner 4th.  I could not use a flash. 

The resulting photos showed a sweep of her baton.   The sound reverberating on the stage and through the floorboards where I sat in the violin section will always be a high point in my memories. This experience started me on the road to adding movement to my art and still continues to influence me today.

An Artist Sharing About Life, Part 1

Artist sharing about life at SWCCA few weekends ago,  I gave a talk at Southwest Virginia Community College just before taking down my art display. You think college, you think college students, but there were alas only two that Sunday afternoon. But who could blame them.  It was a gorgeous spring day in the Virginia mountains.

I was going to lead with a brief … what can a wrinkled old artist from Newport News teach you about the art you will be creating in the future …  then taking back the word “wrinkled” in lieu of texture which is much more artistically valued. Everyone in my audience was wrinkled.  Instead I was forced to finesse that opening a bit. 

I almost broke out in a sweat.

I was thinking back to a  time when I was doing my art without an iPhone camera for photos and no scanners for the art to be published.  It was a time you were required to actually draw.  There was no social media and Google to expand your files of ideas and reference material.   I am not sure any current college-age student would even begin to appreciate the difficulties in reproducing art (which is what I did for 12 years as a newspaper illustrator). Wait.  I am getting ahead of myself.

I was a commuter to college. 

Campus was two buses each way. Since my immigrant parents did not think continuing education was a good thing for a girl who should get a job, bring home her paycheck and live at home, I managed to pay for college through scholarships.  In my scholarship application, I wrote about being a first generation American and my life.  Guess I pulled enough sympathy from those who did the selecting that I got my education taken care of.  I  also worked after classes to have pin money.

I majored in Psychology. 

I was naive.  I loved the course selection, but did not realize you can do nothing without obtaining a graduate degree.  I got a job at Electric Boat in New London, Connecticut.  I spent my time there organizing the library for the Human Factors section.  It was books and papers.

About the jumper off the sixth floor?

I met a submarine doctor.  We got married, and moved to Houston.  There I worked at a charity hospital as a psychiatric social worker.  Once again, I had no experience.   I screened patients who had mental issues. 

Lock your door there’s a guy with knife.
Did you hear about the jumper from the 6th floor?
Good news is he did not land on the folks waiting for the bus.
Very interesting place.

I also schlepped patients from the ER to the mental institution. 

How do I know he is mentally ill?
Talk to him for 5 minutes. 
He’s probably just an alcoholic (think not really dangerous).

Me, a 28 year old mom, with complete strangers in the backseat of our Chevy Malibu.  Me, signing my name, affirming they needed to be committed. I almost breakout just thinking about it.

Then we moved to Duke and then to Virginia. 

By now I’ve had 2 babies.

Everyone at that time was a stay at home mom, but I enrolled in William and Mary College for a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling.  It took 4 years.

The Feminist movement just beginning. I was active. I got fired from an internship at a local high school for encouraging girls to ask for a shop class. The girls came to me. But the principal and the department heads were very threatened.

All in all, my hard-earned degree did not matter since I took a part-time job as an illustrator for daily paper.  Actually, it was more like the morning and evening paper with full-time work for part-time pay.  But I loved it.  Every story for the newsroom was a challenge. 

Stay tuned for more in Part 2 next week.

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.

 

Countdown to Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale

I’ve been busy gathering my paintings from recent shows and far flung galleries in time to share them with you at Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale.  You’ll find art of all sizes from 8 x 10 to large wall-sized paintings.  You’ll also find a broad selection of different themes from sports and dancing, to people and landscapes.  Don’t miss my animal paintings created during my time at the Virginia Living Museum.

Get ready for some great pricing for your holiday gift giving!

Come by, browse, shop and bring a friend.  Here’s the scoop . . .

When:  Friday, November 4, 2016

Time:  5:30 – 8:00 PM

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

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday evening!

Holiday Show and Sale

 

Art Studio Party Show and Sale

Art Studio Party Show and Sale

It was a delight to see so many friends come out for our Annual Studio Show last November.  Many of you requested more opportunities to view and purchase my art.  It’s my honor to share my art again.

You’re invited to attend my Art Studio Party Show and Sale!  We’ll have recent paintings not seen before and special discounts only available that evening!  Bring a friend and come enjoy an evening of art on Friday, April 29 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM.  Enjoy the spacious and comfortable Associates in Dermatology offices.

Hope to see you there!

 

First Annual Art Studio Display and Sale

Art Studio Dislplay & Sale

You are invited to my First Annual Studio Art Display and Sale in the offices of  Associates in Dermatology.   It will be Friday, November 13, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM  I thought of Lucky Friday the 13th – lucky for you because I will be offering discounts on art works!

Associates in Dermatology is the perfect setting to exhibit Gloria Coker works of art.  Many of my paintings have been on display there over the years and now you can come and enjoy a private viewing as well as many recent paintings.

With several shows wrapping up and the holidays just beginning, now is a great time to see what paintings I have available.  Explore how you can easily afford the Gloria Coker original you have always wanted – small, medium or large.

There will also be a display of demos and other art created at the Virginia Living Museum (some of the proceeds from those sales will go back to the VLM). Works include 8×10, 11×14 and larger paintings of the animals found at VLM..

If you’re able to stop by on Friday (Wow!  It’s THIS Friday already!!), please take a moment and RSVP to the office (757) 838-8030 or my cell (757) 846-3650

SAVE THE DATE – Studio Art Display and Sale

Many of you have attended my studio art parties in the past.  They were fun but sadly restricted in size. Something had to be done.

This year I have decided to host a special art event at my husband’s office, Associates in Dermatology (17 Manhattan Square in Hampton – directions). I’ll be sharing my art as well as some refreshments on Friday, November 13, 2015 from  5:30- 8:00 PM.  This will be LUCKY FRIDAY for attendees with special discounts on art that night. Be sure to save the date!

Hope you can join me.

RSVP at 838-8030 (office) or 846-3650 (my cell) would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to forward this to everyone who is interested.

P.S.  I will also have sketches and smaller paintings done during my time as Artist in Residence at the Virginia Living Museum with some of proceeds going back to VLM.

Save the Date - Studio Art Display and Sale

Saying Goodbye to Trumpet Gone Wild

One of my favorite paintings sold the other day.  I feel privileged that the City of Hampton choose another one of my paintings to add to their permanent collection.  “Trumpet Gone Wild” is part of the 2015 Hampton Roads Convention Center Halls of Art.  The painting will continue to be displayed at the Hampton Roads Convention Center through October 28, 2015. Stop by and see the painting along with some other beautiful pieces of art.

As a painter I enjoy sharing my art with others, but I get a little choked up sometimes when special paintings move to a new home.  It’s almost like sending a child out into the world on their own.   I’m thinking the best remedy is to get back to it and do some more painting.

Trumpet Goes Wild

 

Participating in the Halls of Art XII at the Hampton Roads Convention Center

The exhibition begins October 30, 2013 through May 9, 2014.  I’m excited to be entering my “Ladies Come into the Light” and “Here Comes the Bride.”  Stop by on your way to a concert or convention center function.

The Ladies Come Into the Light

Here Comes the Bride