Art in Unexpected Places: COCA Art & Lisa Ashley

The pop-up craze is everywhere. From food trucks to fashion trucks, this form of guerrilla marketing and selling born of economic need has become a global phenomenon.

Union Park has a pop-up art exhibit monthly during the Wilmington Art Loop on the first Friday of each month. Put on by COCA Art, who features a different artist and charity monthly.


“It’s all about discovering Art in unexpected places”, says Cindy Wilkinson of COCA Art.  A simple formula founded by Wilkinson with two core goals: I want everyone to collect art, and we want to enable an economy that allows more artists to make a living by making work. More so, we wanted something as awesome as collecting art to be fun that also gives back to the community.  We decided to use Union Park as a pop-up or temporary location to showcase our shows during the Art Loop in Wilmington. It has been a huge success. 30% of all sales are donated to a charity each month.

This months Art Loop is April 4th at Union Park Honda showroom from 5-7:30pm. The featured artist is Lisa Ashely with 20% of all sales being donated to the Wilmington Senior Center. 

Lisa Ashley is a contemporary realist painter from Wilmington, Delaware. She received her BA and BFA from Boston College and her MFA from New York University.  Lisa has lived, studied, and traveled extensively in Italy, Spain, Germany, and Japan. She has taught Art locally at the College level and most recently at The Tatnall School. She has exhibited locally and nationally and her work has been commissioned for private collections in England, Portugal, and Spain.

Her most recent work focuses on the Landscape and is inspired by her love for nature.   She is particularly attracted to vast open spaces like the wilderness of Rangeley Lake in Maine where she explores light, color, water and sky through the sensual properties of paint.  Her paintings search for the underlying abstract structure of painting while expressing the mystery of the natural world.

Lisa Ashley

Lisa Ashley


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