The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission is joining forces with the Coronado Historical Association to showcase Coronado’s arts energy with several very special activities at the Coronado Library, 640 Orange Avenue. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, an outdoor easel exhibit of paintings by Coronado artists, called “Artists Under the Trees” will be displayed near the Library’s Winn Room’s north entrance.
In the afternoon, at 2:30 and 2 p.m., Library Director Christian Esquevin will lead a free guided tour of the Library’s art collection, which includes Ramos Martinez murals and a Donal Hord sculpture. And from 12 to 4 p.m., on benches outside the Winn room facing 6th Avenue, Coronado authors, published and unpublished will be reading samples of their work.
Also on Saturday, inside the Library’s Winn Room, a very special exhibit of works by one of Coronado’s most beloved and prolific artists, the late Sara Rowe, will be shown. (A selection of Sara’s note cards and prints, donated by Lionel Rowe, will be sold, with all proceeds to benefit the Commission. These will also be available during a free opening reception in the Winn Room, on Friday, September 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.)
The Coronado Ferry Landing on San Diego Bay is a picture-perfect setting for the two-day art and music celebration. The Rad Hatter and other hands-on art stations are sure to please all ages. Visitors can try their hand at weaving, painting or creating colorful cards for service persons overseas, while little ones may have their faces painted. Musical entertainment is an important facet of the outdoor event every year, and a variety of popular groups including Velvet Café, the Bayou Brothers, The Choice Entertainers and the ever-popular Bill Magee Blues Band will perform on the main stage over the two days.
The event brings artists from as far away as Connecticut, Northern California, Arizona and New Mexico who create works in a wide variety of media including jewelry, ceramics, painting and colored pencil, sculpture, photography, glass, body ornament, textiles and wood. Also on display this year will be painted gourds, table art, handmade children’s toys, pine needle basketry, shadowboxes, organic art and “floorcloths.”
The Ferry Landing provides a variety of dining opportunities with good choices available on-site for every appetite and budget. Visitors will find ample parking available but for anyone wishing to forgo their cars for the day, the San Diego/Coronado Ferry will be carrying pedestrians and bicyclists across the bay.
A free shuttle bus will take visitors from the Ferry Landing along Orange Avenue to the Coronado Library, Coronado Museum of History & Art, Coronado Visitor Center, downtown shopping and dining spots, the beach and the Hotel del Coronado.
The Coronado Art Walk is presented by the Coronado Historical Association, with support from the Unified Port of San Diego and the Coronado Tourism Improvement District, and donations from many others.For further information about this year’s big event, call the Coronado Visitor Center, (619) 437-8788 or log onto www.coronadoartwalk.org or www.coronadohistory.org.