“Sonoma Coast” in Tacoma

Hello from the History Department —

If you have visited the McMenamins Elks Temple in Tacoma, you may have noticed the large acrylic painting featured in the hotel lobby, shown below. Entitled Sonoma Coast, this piece by artist John Rampley is a beloved part of our Tacoma collection, with special thanks to its owner, Ann Corin.

Ann made a big impact in the short time that she was acquainted with McMenamins; she passed away in late 2018. Read more about her legacy here…

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Born in California, Ann Corin studied art and architecture at university, traveling to Sweden as a student to broaden her education. Upon her return to the United States, she married a fellow Californian, dentist Dr. Phillip Corin, in 1949. They settled in San Francisco where they raised four children. In the 1960s, Ann joined the San Francisco Board of Artists Co-op, which is how she met artist John Rampley, eventually coming to own five of his works (including this one).

In the words of her family, “Ann had many jobs in her lifetime: she was a mom to many; an art agent to promote sculpture, architecture and visual art forms; she built and completed restorations of historic heritage homes in San Francisco, the south coast of England and Vancouver, BC. She believed in the preservation, repurposing and restoration of our historic past.”

During the McMenamins Anderson School renovation in Bothell, WA, north of Seattle, a call was put out to likeminded and creatively adventurous financiers, including Ann Corin. The work of our company fit her life’s mission and she joined us on that project, as well as on the next renovation project here in Tacoma. She was a delight to all who experienced her generosity, vibrancy and luminous smile.

Upon Ann’s passing in December 2018, her daughter Elise wrote: “She was an energetic, lively, worldly woman who had such a passion for the arts. She loved people and their stories of life. She hung on to the belief that our world would eventually wake up and come full circle to appreciate our earth and wildlife, its varied cultures and countries…. Our family acknowledged how fortunate we have been to be on this wild ride with [McMenamins]. I know Ann would want to thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to become part of the McMenamins family, to invest with your truly unique adventures of historic renovations and creativity. She believed in your venture, spirit and path.”

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Sonoma Coast (1970)
John Rampley (1936– )
6’ x 8’ acrylic on canvas
On loan from the private collection of Ann Corin (1927–2018), San Francisco, CA

John Rampley is a California-born artist based in San Francisco who draws from the inspiration of the abstract patterns in nature and the human figure. He has exhibited around the world, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California Palace of Legion of Honor’s Achenbach Gallery, the Keisha Fukioko State Museum in Japan and in Châtenay-Malabry in France.

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