Art at the Audubon

Paintings to be displayed by Coffin will include Frosty Morning Companions,” which shows three cardinals and birch trees, “Kodiak Bear,” and “Pheasant Companions.”

Art teacher Eleanor Himes gave him a foundation in art when he was in high school. He added many facts to his educational larder when he took the “Famous Artists Course,” sponsored by Norman Rockwell and other Saturday Evening Posts artists.

When Coffin retired from the business world as vice president of Adanlock Corp. in the early 1980s, he retired “to” something, not just “from something. He’s up in the morning before the birds begin to sing, and he devotes long, happy hours to painting.

“I totally enjoy nature. I’ve been a hunter and a fisherman off and on for years, and I constantly feed the birds at our feeders,”

Merrill Coffin

Coffin’s paintings featured much Americana as well as nature subjects. His greatest honor was to have two Americana paintings on the cover and on the centerspread of an issue of Palette Talk Magazine by Grumbacher, the world’s largest supplier of art supplies.

Coffin is affiliated with Sailors Valentine Gallery in Natucket Island, Goodman Gallery in Columbus, Ohio and G & K Gallery, a wildlife gallery in Buffalo. He has won “Best of Show” awards at the Bemus Point Art Show and at the Fredonia Farm Festival art show and first prize in the Mystic Art Show in Connecticut.


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