Saturday, April 25, 2009

Painting on Coronado Island

I was a little nervous when we got to Coronado Island - my first
one-woman art show and on short notice, too.
The gallery went all out to advertise my visit!
I've never had my name on a banner
before. Is this cool or what?

When Carlos and I arrived at our hotel, Jill Hardman,
had this delivered for us, plus a bag of yummy treats.

My 36X48 painting, After the Rain, was on display
in the front window of the gallery on Orange Avenue.

This is just inside the front door of the gallery, my paintings
were visible from the street. The gallery was right next door to a
Starbucks, too. I took a note from art guru Linda Blondheim's
manual and did some guerilla marketing and hung flyers there!

Here's a peek through the front door of the gallery from
the sidewalk just outside.

Art and Frame by Wood Gallery is over 20 years old and
is a mainstay in the busy downtown area of Coronado Island, CA.
The building used to be a home. This is another of my paintings
just above the fireplace in the gallery's main room.

Here's the lovely lady responsible for the success of the gallery,
owner Jill Hardman. Can you imagine owning a gallery and living
on Coronado Island? What a dream come true...

This is me, getting my supplies set up for
painting in the garden in the back of the gallery.
See the little beads of nervous perspiration
sliding down my wrinkley noggin?

Nancy, the owner of the Crown City Antique and
Tea Parlor next door, supplied these yummy
refreshments. Jasmine tea and sandwiches made from
her family's secret recipe! Thanks Nancy!

There was a little bird serenading me when I
set up that morning. I think he was the official
Coronado Island Bird Greeting Committee chairbird.

Jill and Glenn and the gallery folks had set up some of
my small paintings around the garden.

After the big event, I got to have dinner with friends
who had come all the way from Arizona! Anne Marie,
Barbara, and Steve joined Jill and Carlos and I for
some wonderful Asian cuisine. I was famished!

Thanks for joining me for my art show
on Coronado Island. The weather was perfect,
the company was grand, and the gallery was
awesome. I will be back next year! I hope you
can come again!


Laura said...

Wowza, Nancy! You must have felt like a real celebrity! What a beautiful gallery, and your paintings looked gorgeous - especially the one over the fireplace! Congrats!

AliciaMae said...

Wow! Congratulations! I'm going to post about this on the Artfire Blogging Guild blog so all the other members can come see :)

Lavender Chick said...

Your paintings are gorgeous! Wow! Coronado is one of my favorite places... How fantastic that you were showcased at such a wonderful gallery on Coronado Island.

I am really, really impressed and inspired by your paintings! Just beautiful!

Unknown said...

YAY!! The banner is cool, the gallery fantastic and the refreshments look absolutely wonderful. Good things happen to good people and you are definitely a good person - I'm so happy for you. You have arrived!

Unknown said...

Wow and a Holey Toledo thrown in! You got the royal treatment, the red carpet and celebrity booking. What a great event! Did you have paparrazi in the bushes too?

This is something I want to put in my wish jar. Thank you for sharing your extraordinary experience. [for me, I'm sure not for you] ;o)

L.Holm said...

Nancy, congratulations!! Thanks so much for sharing your show with us! What a beautiful location for your beautiful paintings, and beautiful you! What fun! big hugs!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Nancy
Just looking at this - gave me goose bumps as it was so awsome seeing your paintings and the big banner displaying your name. All of your artwork looked so nice in the surroundings, and you looked so pretty,,,, and happy.

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
i agree! i got goosebumps too!
oh how wonderful! Your show was absolutely amazing. Your paintings are magical and the gallery was the perfect place.

What a wonderful day!

m & ep

Blondheim Art and Stories said...

I'm so proud of you. What terrific story. You did a bang up job in every way. This should be posted on your web site,Face Book and send to all of the media as a Press release. I'm sure you have already done all of that.

Manon said...

Bravo nancy! I'm so happy for you! And that! You so deserve it!!!

Unknown said...

Nancy! What great photos of your first solo show!!! Your paintings look terrific, you look terrific, and I am SO PROUD of you! Congratulations!!!!

Angela Elledge said...

Wow, wow, and about the red carpet deserve it! I love that the gallery is a former home, it's beautiful to see your paintings in a home and garden setting. Well done, Nancy!

Kim VanDerHoek said...

Oh Nancy, your paintings look amazing in the gallery! Congratulations on the show, I hope they sell so quickly that you have to paint more and come out to SD again. Congratulations!

Unknown said...

Nancy what a fantastic post, and well done that is very impressive!

Donna said...

Wow, Nancy, how exciting! Your paintings look fabulous in the gallery (and out)! Coronado Island looks like a beautiful place.



dacoop said...

Nancy this is all so cool, congratulations! I will be in Coronado in July, will your show still be there?
Your paintings look great and you should be really proud!

The Gurneys said...

That is great! Congratulations! Randall and I went to Coronado Island about a year ago and I have to say it's my favorite place in the U.S.!

Unknown said...

Thanks for your kind comments!! Lavender Chick, we just got back from Fredericksburg and I sure hope the lavender starts blooming there soon. I hope you will go by The Good Art Company there and take a look at my art when you are in town.

Dana, I am one of the gallery artists at the Coronado Art and Frame location - my work will be on display there for a good long while, that's my hope anyway! It is such a great gallery and I am thrilled to be part of the family of artists there.

Everyone, I will be posting photos from our strolls around Coronado Island very soon so stay tuned. We can hardly wait to go back and get more pictures. Coronado is heaven for flower enthusiasts!

Unknown said...

Dear Nancy, congratulations to your wonderful show in this beautiful gallery! Your paintings sure are stunning and a feast for the eye and mind. I didn't know of the existence of this Island, wish I could visit it and your show!
Thanks for your comment on Miss Doodle's Cowgal's tshirts:) (I know that I didn't got the "chaps" right, a friend of mine who loves cowboys told me so. Then I researched....I should have studied cowboy-outfit before and not after doing this illustration, but nobody complains:)
PS you are like your flowers: looking beautiful!

Mary said...

Wow, Nancy--as an aspire art market colleague, I am truly inspired by your fantastic gallery show. It sounds like you did everything right to mount a great show--most of all, of course, to bring your gorgeous, irresistible paintings to the Coronado Island public. Kudos and thanks for sharing all the super photos and details.

Mary Lemmenes said...

Congratulations Nancy. What a wonderful experience for you. Your work is magnificent. And your great attitude is contagious. You are gifted in so many ways. God Bless.

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

Congrtulations Nancy!!

How wonderful to have an exhibition of your own. Your are very talented.


Edward Burton said...

Congratulations with your show, Nancy! Wow, a beautiful banner, being treated royally and having it at such a wonderful location - how GREAT!

Hill Country House Girl said...

What a lovely show and fun time! Thanks for your visit to hill country house. I am so sorry you missed Threads - it is practically across the street from The Good Art Company!Try again next time - I think you would enjoy it.

Becky said...

Looks you had a great time there. Your paintings were a big hit I hope. I love the sunflowers. The paiting looked great over the fireplace!

++MIRA++ said...

oh my! congrats! ure paintings are lovely. maybe one day i will be braging about being in a gallery!:)

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

wonderful and exciting. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Your paintings belong on Coronado Island. They represent everything Coronado is, beautiful with gorgeous flowers everywhere. I am so happy for your success.