Coast Hwy Traders in Encinitas – Supporting Local Artists/Women of the World Art

This post was written by Valerie on April 15, 2012
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A Store for Many Artists

In October of 1995 Beverly Goodman started Coast Hwy Traders at 503 South Coast Hwy, Encinitas to help artists both locally and around the world have a place to sell their art. Beverly is a mentor to so many women and left her old career to do what she loves best–shop and help others.

Beverly has a variety of 15 separate vendors who represent other artists in their section of the store like Kathy Dulmage. Kathy fell in love with blown glass and as a collector of several local artists she decided to represent glass artists.

Glass Artist Ann Mitchell's pumpkin Glass

Glass Artist Patti Wheeler's beveled sand boxes










Additional artist’s work you can find belong to long time local blown glass artist Joel D. Bloomberg who not only creates glass beads and incredible lamps shaped like jelly fish but also very unique pieces that are truly incredible.

Artist Buzz Blodgett does clean, crisp glass vases with his unique bubbles that float cleverly along the surface of the multi colored walls.

Buzz Blodgett's Bubble Vases

Some of the bio’s of these artists are just as remarkable as the pieces they create like Lea de Wit who took courses at Scuola del Vetro, Abate Zanetti in Murano Italy. Lea’s work is part of several major collections at the Marriott Irvine, Rady Children’s Hospital, Vista Civic Centre, L’Auberge Del Mar, Professional Hospital Supply, Inc., Aveda Corporation and Vistage International, Inc. as well as many other corporations. So it is due to Kathy Dulmages keen eye and recognizing up and coming blown glass artists and promoting their work so we locals and out of towners can buy some truly incredible collections of glass.

Kathy also represents Robert Held formerly of Encinitas who now resides in Canada but ships new pieces of his incredible blown glass pieces.

Store owner Beverly Goodman represents a multitude of Mexican artists and tours small villages in Mexico bringing back weavings, ceramics and a varity of art work that helps support the villages.  Bev is an artist herself and designs many of the pieces she sells with a Mexican Flare.

Beverly fell in love with Mexican Art and is featured in some of the key Mexican Art Book Collections and lived for a while in San Miguel while studying at the Art Institute there.  Don’t forget Cinco de Mayo is coming up and if you need to decorate for your party you can find a large variety of items to make it a success. Here are some of the works Beverly represents and you can find in her store.

Mexican and South American Art


Beverly was very good friends with former Mayor/Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan who passed away this past September and it is her picture on the back of the Arts Alive Banners for 2012. Maggie was also a supporter of artists and some of her silver jewelry collection can be purchased from Bev as well as other fabulous silver artists from Tazco and other parts of Mexico.

Part of Maggie Houlihan's Silver Collection


Keeping with the Mexican theme is artist and creator Ann Russell who makes incredible aprons and vintage fabric tea towels.

Some of Ann Russell's handiwork

Apron's by Ann Russell

Vendor Debra Taramasco has been importing fabulous clothes that help support artists for over 20 years. She has Fair Trade made goods like sweaters from Thailand that supports a woman’s cooperative. She also imports great bead work from a Guatemalan artist co-op.

Guatemalan Bead Jewelry -Fair Trade    Artist Rena Howe is a self taught jewelry designer and creates metaphysical stone   combinations along with door chimes and drills her own stones and rocks. Her work is unique and beautiful creating an aura for the wearer.

Rena Howe's, stone and copper pendant









Artist Alan Casagrande creates a variety of paintings show casing key historical sites like Swami’s in Encinitas as well as his one of a kind painted surfboards. Alan came from the Hollywood Art Center and is a member of the Screen Cartoonists Union. His work has been published in articles from Hawaii to the East Coast and his mediums of choice is water colors, acrylics, pen & ink and surfing, sailing and traveling is what inspires his work.

One of A Kind Alan Casagrande's Surfboard

Coast Hwy Traders is one of my favourite shopping places not only because of the magic I feel when I enter the store but the wonders that it holds. I have started many a collection over the years from Mexican pottery  to blown glass and paintings.

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