Friday, September 12, 2008

Art Gallery 1

This is an art gallery in Tamarindo. Although Tamarindo is known as a beach and surfing resort, the arts have established a beachhead here. This is the gallery of Susan Adams, a native of Texas. Below are examples of two of her paintings. Here is a link to her website.
She paints bold, colorful tropical flowers, birds, portraits, beach and ocean scenes, tropical forests, and even European city scenes. She has painted murals at hotels, and some of her work is available as prints in addition to original oil and acrylic paintings.

She has decided to change the concept of her gallery and reopen in new space as an artists' co-op. In the meantime, she will sell her paintings out of her house until she opens her new gallery in time for the heart of the tourist season beginning in the December holiday season.

The painting at the left reflects the ranching tradition of the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica.
Susan and her husband, Jesse, recently organized an art fair for Tamarindo. Jesse provided the entertainment with his guitar playing, including an original composition called Road to Tamarindo. On Sunday, I will show you a photo of the real road to Tamarindo.
Susan's husband, Jesse, is the son of a U.S. Navy officer, like my father, and we both lived in Coronado, California as elementary school children in the late 1950's. That was before the bridge from San Diego was built, and Coronado was a quiet town, accented by the famous Victorian Hotel Del Coronado. One of my childhood memories is my mother taking my brother and me to the hotel beach to watch Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis in the filming of Some Like It Hot.


Sharon said...

I'm trying to decide if I visited this gallery when I was there. It looks very familiar.

David -- said...

She previously was located next to the Bakery de Paris on the main road by the beach. The gallery in today's photo is next door to the laundromat next to the place that has a lot of ATV's out front for rent, and that does a lot of adventure tours. She is looking for new space to re-open as an artists' co-op. It is hard to see from today's picture, but she painted murals around the door to her gallery, which I hope the new tenants will keep when the space is reused for another shop.

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