Monday, May 17, 2010

Balboa Island Art Walk

Welcome. I am so glad that you stopped by. I have been away for a few weeks and missed you. My garden gate is open again and I would love to pour you a cup of tea and take you to the Balboa Island Art Walk with me.


Balboa Island is a charming island located on the beautiful Newport Bay. The island reminds me of Nantucket with charming cottages and lots of flowers spilling from window boxes and tiny front yards. It can be reached by ferry boat or bridge and has one main street. Once a year about one hundred artists line the sidewalk overlooking the bay for a juried art show. I was all set to participate this year for the ninth time and at the last minute had to cancel ( I had some routine sinus surgery and it turned out to be more than planned -I was not able to lift or bend over for two weeks which meant no art walk for me this year).


Not to worry - I was able to attend the show and took lots of photos to share with you. My art is in a delightful little gallery on the island - Heart of the Island- and I feel like I was still able to participate in the show as lots of visitors to the Art Walk also visit the Heart of the Island gallery.


Heart of the Island Gallery



Some of my art displayed in the window.



Can you guess which art is mine? The wicker chairs and flag painting -bicycles and beach chairs are my paintings. I was so excited to see some of my art displayed in the window and still felt I was part of the show.





This year most of my art was "Seaside Cottage" themed.






I love the coast and am fortunate to have always lived near the ocean.
My art is very influenced by living near the sea. This is the first time Bentley, my Studio Assistant, has appeared in my art.


Spending summers with my family at my Grandparent's beach cottage at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and spending hours playing on the porch with my cousins seemed to have influenced me to paint porches.

The one hundred year old Balboa Pavilion is in the background of this painting. Look for the charming Pavilion in the background of my photos of the Art Walk.








OK - now put on your walking shoes and lets tour the 2010 Balboa Island Art Walk.




The "island dogs" are so used to visitors that they are very casual about the art walk.




Note the Balboa Pavilion in the background.




Beautiful art glass.



















The setting for an art show is lovely.



Hand dyed scarves blowing in the wind.










Hand crafted jewelry.














A whimsical painting of the world famous chocolate dipped "Balboa Bar".






Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visit, comments and those of you who follow my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.



Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

14 comments:

Terra said...

This was a fun tour I took with you here and I am glad to hear you are recovered from the surgery. What a beautiful island and art walk, and your studio assistant Bentley, is a cute lil guy.

Stacey said...

Hi Erin. :) The Balboa Art Walk looks like so much fun. Art, the ocean breeze, and nice people make for great days!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How exciting to see your art in the window! It would take my breath away! I love the sand pails and sail boats...everything about the sea! Wonderful photos! I would love to go sometime! ♥

Createology said...

So glad you are feeling fine and doing well. Thank you for sharing this lovely Balboa Island Art Walk. I do miss Balboa and Lido and so many of my old haunts. My daughter still visits these places I love. Your paintings are wonderful and fit so well into the vibe of Balboa.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Erin thank you so much for 'taking' us on that wonderful tour with you...what a beautiful place to be inspired! I hope you're completely over your surgery and back to painting again. You've probably already done a painting like this but if not I'd love to see a painting with a cottage and picket fence with roses spilling over it from the English garden. Nothing like asking for the moon LOL! Have a wonderful week Erin....Maura:)

debbie said...

DEAR PRECIOUS ERIN,
I AM SO SORRY I DID NOT KNOW YOU HAD SURGERY. YOU WERE THERE FOR ME WITH AMY AND I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE BEEN THERE FOR YOU.
I MISSED BENTLEY ON YOUR WALK YOU TOOK US ON BUT I LOVED SEEING THAT YOU PAINTED HIM INTO A PAINTING..IT IS ADORABLE.
I LOVE YOUR GARDEN...IT IS SO PRETTY AND I LOVED THE ART TOUR.
I WANTED TO ASK YOU IF HAVING YOUR PAINTING IN THE STORE FRONT WINDOW WOULD CAUSE IT TO FADE?
SO GOOD TO SEE YOUR POST
LOVE AND HUGS TO YOU
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Diane said...

Erin, thank you for sharing these photos! It looks like you had a wonderful time!
Diane

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Erin, what a wonderful tour guide you are! It looks like a beautiful place and I would have loved to have been there for the art show. I am glad you are feeling better.
Hugs,
Penny
p.s. I am having another giveaway....come enter!

Wildflower Cabin said...

You art work is beautiful...so full of life and color. You are very gifted! I enjoyed the art walk tour...I felt like I was there! I'm glad I have stumbled across your blog. It's lovely.
Janice

Julie said...

Oh how fun it would be to live there! It looks like so much fun to be around all that art!

Phyllis said...

Hi Erin,

Thanks for sharing the art festival with us. I remember when you posted about it last year. I love attending events like this one.

So you spent summers at Wrightsville Beach?! I live about 3 hours from there.

You should include Bentley in your paintings more often :)

Becca said...

Hi Erin, it's been a few years, but I have been to that Art Walk before and loved it! Hopefully next time I visit I will be able to see your artwork in person!
Take care,
Becca

*Ulrike* said...

The Balboa Art Walk looked like it would have been such a fun place to hang out for the day, or two! So much talent there!
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!
Take Care!
Ulrike

Sandy said...

I'm so glad I found your blog again. I have a blog now and I am going to add you to my blog list, and will probably post about your blog. I love to paint also.
Thanks and keep up the good work!
Sandy from
http://loveyatostitches.blogspot.com