Art in the Library

Art in the Library

The Coronado Library features several significant pieces of public art and fine art within its building. Two fresco murals painted by Alfredo Ramos Martinez occupy prominent locations. The forty-eight foot long "El Dia del Mercado" is located in the entry lobby. The "Canasta de Flores" or "Basket of Flowers" is in the center of the main library. Both were painted in 1938 and were part of the former La Avenida Café.  Click here to read a history of Alfredo Ramos Martinez and his art.

Photos of the Alfredo Ramos Martinez Murals at the Coronado Public Library and the restoration project are available on

The entry portal to the Children's Library features the "Wizard of Oz" suspended glass panels. Each large panel has a scene from the Oz story illustrated by artist Brenda Smith.

Displayed in the Spreckels Reading Room are several works of art including: a granite sculpture by Donal Hord entitled "Mourning Woman", a tapestry designed by Donal Hord "Fruits of the Earth" that was executed in 1939 as a WPA Federal Arts Project, a framed pastel of a church in Mexico done by Alfredo Ramos Martinez in 1916, an early watercolor of the Coronado Boathouse painted by Monty Lewis, and other framed art pieces.

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