Exploring the Coronado Art Scene and the Liberty Station Art District
There is something so much more profound and significant to the original artwork than reproduced prints. Each application has its place in a home or space, however, we try and source original pieces whenever possible and/or applicable. Many times, original artwork can be a similar cost to prints or giclées (of course depending on the artist), and in the end, you can have a one-of-a-kind piece while supporting local businesses.
Luckily there are a few great art galleries in our Coronado backyard. Emerald C attracts creators from the Baja Norte to Southern California regions and stands to provide a central outlet for local artists and enthusiasts alike to converge on a common passion. They have over 4,000 square feet of original artworks and host wine and paint workshops every Wednesday and Saturday.
Arts and Frames of Coronado is another great resource and has been in business for over 44 years. They offer local residents and businesses custom museum quality picture framing, and original fine art in various mediums, including but not limited to paintings, sculptures, blown glass and prints.
In addition to the above, there are several other art galleries and local artists here in Coronado that are worth checking out, including the Art in the Park every first and third Sundays at Spreckels.
In addition to Coronado’s art scene, we thought we would expand our pool of artists by exploring the Liberty Station Art District. Not only does it house artists of all kinds, but it also hosts workshops, community events, art walks, and is a hub for innovation, and inspiration promoting creativity and community.
Although we met many amazing artists, I will just highlight a few. We started at M Fischbeck Studio Gallery, where artist Peggy Fischbeck produces beautiful oil impressionist paintings. Inspired by the early California Impressionists, she often likes to capture the beautiful light of Southern California. Her work varies amongst many subjects and settings, however, her colors are remarkable. We particularly loved her plein air pieces that would be beautiful in any home.
During our tour, we met a very talented mother-daughter duo, Susan Salazar and Lisa Bryson. Susan Salazer is an award-winning colored penciled artist that produces photographic quality drawings. A lot of her work was of animals which is really fun for any pet lover. Lisa Bryson is also an award-winning artist with an extensive formal art background. We personally loved her “Commentary Series” of paintings, which convey the great challenge of our high-speed era, real-time global communication, and the art of interpersonal communication. She had a very creative way of painting with unconventional tools.
Also, we often have client requests for original photography, but of very specific places, settings, etc. Hence, why we were thrilled to find MK Envision Galleries. The gallery showcases local landscape photographers through quarterly rotating exhibits, as well as a permanent display of the work of fine art photographer John Scanlan. They are a great resource if you are looking for a specific photographic work. Give them a call and they can source within their networks of local photographers.
Lastly, we wanted to mention The San Diego Watercolor Society and Market Street Studio Gallery. The San Diego Watercolor Society was having their international show when we went, featuring artists from around the world. It was a very impressive exhibition and we were able to find great new artists. Also, we met several very talented artists from Market Street Studio Gallery. I found it to be a one-stop-shop for many different painting styles and genres.
All of these artists and dozens more open up their studios the first Friday of every month, from 5 to 9 p.m., or you can visit the Art District page, find the artist and set up an appointment directly with each one at https://libertystation.com/directory/arts-district.
Excited to support more local artists with you!