Friday, July 3, 2020

Island Artist Tina Christiansen Donates Original Painting Series, Coronado Birds, in Support of CHA

The generosity of our community abounds and is even more meaningful at times like these. It has been over two months since CHA closed its doors to members, researchers, and guests to protect our community and volunteers. We canceled all of our programming, the museum store, and our two major fundraisers of the year, the Gala and the annual Mother’s Day Home Tour. While closing and canceling are the correct decisions to protect our community, the closure has compromised CHA’s financial health. We appreciate our community coming forward to financially support us through memberships and donations.

Island artist and beloved community member, Tina Christiansen, has gone above and beyond by donating her series of Coronado Birds to be sold to benefit CHA and its programs. The paintings are exquisite and bring brightness and light to times like these.

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Tina Christiansen is a water media artist who is fascinated with the play of light on the human figure, the earth, and the sea. Her watercolor and acrylic paintings exhibit a strong sense of color, composition, and form. She is a registered architect in California. She holds a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Design from the University of Florida.

Tina has been painting professionally for 40 years. Her painting of a Tahitian black-tipped reef shark is featured locally in two 30-by-50-foot murals inside the Petco Corporate Headquarters in San Diego. She has exhibited at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. She is currently working on her impression of geologic formations of the earth as viewed from space.

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Her work is featured in the city’s art banners on Orange Avenue this summer and on a public piano across from the Hotel Del Coronado.

Tina owned and operated the Tina Christiansen Art Gallery in Coronado until 2011 where she taught art and exhibited the work of local artists.

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CHA will be holding an online benefit auction of her paintings of Coronado Birds in June.

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