Meet Collective Member - Ilona Martin May 06 2017

Meet artist and Seaside Gallery and Goods Collective member Ilona Martin.

Where do you live?
I live on Lido Island in Newport Beach.

What is the name of your business?
Ilona Martin and Art & Treasures.

What type of business do you have?
I am a Painter of Seascapes and Landscapes, plus I enjoy collecting vintage items from my around the world travels to share at the gallery. I love painting in Provence, Hungary and Vienna while visiting my sisters. Carmel is where I often go to paint and show my work.

When and why did you start the business?
Coming from a pressure filled business life ten years ago, painting and travel gave me the mix of calm and adventure.
Living in Carmel exposed me to so much art which inspired me to paint. My first class at LCAD (Laguna College of Art and Design) in 1984, started a journey that was so fulfilling. I continued taking classes with Marylin Poliquin a wonderful painter, who gave me lesson's for year's. Marilyn pushed me to paint my way, since perspective eluded me in my paintings.


What do you want people to know about your business?
The business of painting is based on love of the craft and the continued journey to keep learning and improving my skills. Living next to the Pacific ocean awakens my soul to the rhythm of the waves,the blues,grays and greens permeate on my canvases creating impressionistic paintings.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
That I was born in East Germany and luckily made my way to America to be blessed with family and friends. That I like to whistle as I walk. Giving back is a large part of my life, volunteering as a board member for Hoag Hospital, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna College of Art & Design, Arts Council of Monterey, Hemingway Society and LAPAPA. Annually I plan a "Paint the Village" event June 3rd and 4th in Carmel to raise funds for art in public schools in Monterey County.


What do you like most about being a part of a collective?
Just as collective suggests, being part of a group with a common goal of sharing ideas and offering varied items from each member.. I feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful group of women.


What do you want people to know about Seaside?
That our mission is to create a wonderful place for our neighbors to come and shop for those special items not found elsewhere. To support a fine group of entrepreneurs who are interested in each customer and enjoy engaging with them on their visit to Seaside.

Ilona Martin is truly a treasure and we at Seaside Gallery and Goods are most fortunate to have her in our collective. She brings an incredibly positive energy, always willing to go above and beyond to help others. Her day begins with asking, how she can serve others. She is a mentor to all of us.