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Michael Ives Sees Coronado In A Different Light

by Kel Casey | Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:40 pm

Michael Ives, who has lived in Coronado with his wife Jill for just over a year, doesn’t just love Coronado. He gets Coronado. He demonstrates this love by creating joyful, whimsical pieces of art which reflect the uniqueness of our little village.

Formerly from a small town in Ohio, Ives has also lived in Tucson as well as Hawaii, but has found, as have many, that Coronado is truly like coming home. After visiting Coronado for many years as a seasonal renter, he and Jill moved here as residents last year to live closer to their grandchildren, who also reside in Coronado.

Ives remarked that it is a delicious thing to discover a new community where he is relatively anonymous, and yet where he is immediately embraced. Things that many of us take for granted in our community, chatting with neighbors on sidewalks, biking around town, main street parades, are still to be found here and Ives revels in it. Coronado is a living vacation for him.

Ives has taken some of these iconic small town scenes and turned them into playful works that, while featuring some cartoonish characters, somehow capture the entire essence of our community.
His first locally-themed piece, “Halloween Eve Coronado,” was based on the age-old Coronado tradition of celebrating Halloween with trick or treating uptown. Featuring bright blues and lime greens, the vibrant piece is from a birds-eye perspective near Rotary Park, and features the fountain, Clayton’s Coffee Shop, and hundreds of colorfully costumed adults and children dressed as witches, dinosaurs, and mermaids (and a genial skeleton!) trick or treating at the Tenth and Orange intersection.

The piece that captured the hearts of many locals is Ives’ Independence Day Parade creation. The work entirely captures the feel of the day, and is completely Coronado. It’s our town in a nutshell, in a way. There’s so much of Coronado life in this iPad-generated local masterpiece—the Marine Band, Iwo Jima re-enaction, bicycles, skateboarders, and of course the community lining Orange Avenue. It’s a celebration of the day, of small town America, of summer, and of the essence of community.

While the Coronado works are fun and whimsical (Ives is currently in the process of creating a piece with ice skating at the Hotel Del Coronado as the theme), it is serious work, and Ives devotes hundreds of hours on each piece. His 4th of July creation involved over 200 hours of work, and contains over 90 layers.

While Ives has been creating art for over 60 years, he surprised me by noting that while in parochial school as a young man, he received a D- in his art class. Fortunately for Coronado, the grade didn’t deter him, and he has honed his skills in a variety of art mediums and styles over the years. While Ives’ Coronado-themed works are created with his iPad, he also works with paint on canvas, water colors, and wooden folk-art pieces.

To purchase or learn more about Ives’ artwork, please visit his website at www.ivesart.com.