The Town of Cary presents a solo exhibition by PSNC member, Diana L. Coidan, “Pastel Expressions” Above, Below, and Beyond at Cary Town Hall (Academy Street, Cary, NC) on June 24 – August 22, 2011. There will be a reception during the Cary Art Loop on Friday, June 24th from 6-8pm.
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Diana Coidan will be featured at Nicole’s Studio and Gallery in Raleigh with new pastels and oils for May 2011. Join her at First Friday in downtown Raleigh, May 6th, as Diana will demonstrate pastels live during the reception from 6-9pm.
A pastel painting by Diana Coidan has been juried into the 30th Annual National Competitive Exhibition at the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston, NC. You can view her work, “Women of Senegal” in the Hampton Gallery from March 17 through April 30th. There will be reception this Thursday from 6-8pm.
The Beaufort Art Center in Beaufort, NC will feature member, Diana Coidan, for their Holiday Art Celebration weekend event December 10th – 12th. For the first time in a decade this historic building, circa 1845, will be open at Christmas with a gala weekend of demonstrations, music, and refreshments.
Diana’s pastel nautical works will be on exhibit with the meet the artist reception on Saturday, December 11th from 7-9:30 pm.
Diana Coidan received an Honorable Mention for an accepted pastel in the Coastal Pastel Society of NC Juried Exhibition in New Bern and also received a Honorable Mention for an accepted pastel entitled “After the Storm” in the Beaufort County Arts Council’s 46th Annual Fine Arts Show in Washington, NC, October – January.
After the Storm by Diana Coidan
PSNC Member Diana Coidan had three paintings accepted into the Coastal Pastel Society of North Carolina Juried Show held at Carolina Colors Pavilion in New Bern, NC from October 1-31, 2010.
Diana was also an invited artist to participate at the Art in the Gardens Fine Art Show and Sale at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital last weekend. Invitation Reception only displaying her nautical theme in pastels with four pieces sold. (Congrats, Diana!)
Additionally, Diana won 3rd place in the Fine Arts League of Cary’s 8th Annual Juried Show for her pastel, “Pamilico Soundside Stillness” (below), as well as an Honorable Mention for an acrylic entitled “Passing By” at the FALC Miniature Juried Show at Page Walker in Cary.
Diana began painting at an early age; in fact, she can’t remember when she wasn’t an artist. A Business College graduate, she retired from dental office administration to pursue her love for art.Essentially self-taught in oil and acrylic for many years, she took a new approach, replacing brushes with palate knives in oils and added watercolor and pastel to her mediums.
Experimenting with soft pastels, she “fell in love” with the medium and became fascinated with creating works capturing the spectacular sky with its beauty of clouds that are ever-changing above us. Her paintings represent an attempt to capture a moment of inspiration and pass it on to the viewer with strikingly photorealistic cloud formations. She has an unconscious attraction to blue; therefore, most of her pieces display the sky and water and are set off by silhouetted foliage in the foreground to give the viewer a sense of vast space. Including figures to suggest a story from the scene is her most recent challenge, and this she feels is equal to creating the ever-shifting, captivating skyscape.
Needless to say, pastels has been the most expressive medium to work in, and she continues to explore new possibilities with them to enhance her art capabilities through workshops with well known instructors. A native of Vandergrift, PA, a small town east of Pittsburgh, she has resided in NC since 1982. With residences in Raleigh and Atlantic Beach, North Carolina’s never-ending coastline and beautiful ever-changing sky provides the artist with her favorite subjects to paint.
Recognized by many well-known jurors in local, regional, and national level exhibitions, Diana has been awarded place and purchase awards for many of her pieces, including a First and Third Place, and a Honorable Mention at the NC State Fair – Professional Arts Category for her pastels. With sixteen solo shows and two solo shows to her credits, she additionally completed two commissioned wall murals along with seminar and brochure illustrations. She was selected for the Best of State and National Artists and Artisans Juried Book Series 2005 by Kennedy Promotions receiving an Honorable Mention for one of her pastels. Diana instructs art each week through the Wake Technical Community College Adult Education Program.
A member of the Sertoma Park Artists Association, Fine Arts League of Cary, Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Pastel Society of North Carolina, Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalitition, Visual Art Exchange, and the Cary Gallery of Artists, Diana’s work can be found at Nicole’sl Studio and Art Gallery, Raleigh, VAE-Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, Mattie King Davis Gallery, Beaufort, Carolina Artists Studio Gallery, Morehead City, and the Cary Gallery of Artists in Cary. She is in various scheduled art exhibits and festivals throughout North Carolina.
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Bev’s Fine Art is featuring for their July Spotlight Series, Diana L. Coidan from July 2 – 31, 2019.
7400 Six Forks road, Suite 19, Raleigh, NC 27615
Exhibition of Original Artwork in Pastel.
Wednesday, April 25th 12:30pm – 5:30 pm
Nicoles Studio & Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Contact: Kelly@nicolestudio.com 919-838-8580
More info: www.nicolestudio.com
Diana Coidan is not only an award winning pastel artist, but is also a fabulous instructor who can teach to students of any level. Diana’s “specialty” as an artist are clouds, water, boats and animal scenes.
Diana will begin with demonstrations of the technique and guide students on their individual paintings from start to finish. If you do have an old acrylic painting lying around that needs a little more spark and attention, please bring that with you. Come discover who you are as an artist and let Diana help guide you to your pathway of expression pastels. One of the best ways to find your style is to explore new materials and techniques, and if you have never tried pastels, you may find this an exciting stop on your painting journey that advances your entire artistic process. This workshop will be fun for participants at all levels except for very Beginner painters.
Diana will supply 9×12 Uart Pastel Paper. Please bring larger than 9×12 foam board to put under the paper and an 8×10 canvas or larger.
Diana L. Coidan also had a pastel, “And So It Flows” juried into the Fine Arts League of Cary 20th Annual Art Exhibition beginning February 25th thru April 18th.
Additionally, Diana received word of her acceptance as an Associate Member of the Women Painters of the Southeast.
Invited Artist for Art Show and Sale – Art in the Gardens at Duke Raleigh Hospital on Saturday, September 18th from 10am-5pm.
One-day workshop titled “Pastels on Canvas” on September 14, 2010 from 10am-4pm at Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery (Person Street, Raleigh). More information is available online at www.nicolestudio.com
Two pastel workshops at the Art of the Carolinas – Jerry’s Artarama Info at www.jerrysartevents.com
Show runs from March 12 through May 2, 2009. There will be a reception at 400 North Queen Street in Kinston, NC on March 12th from 6-8pm.
An Avian Art Exhibit at Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery, 710 N. Person Street, Raleigh
Featuring four artists paintings of nature, especially things that fly. New pastels by Diana Coidan featured.
Opening reception April 12, 2018 6:00-8:00pm.
Diana Coidan is the Featured Artist at Cary Gallery of Artists in Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary January 29th through February 23rd. There will be a Final Friday Opening Reception on January 29th from 6-9pm.