La Honda Creations Craft Gallery opened in November of 1989 with Gwen O’Neill, then with Graphic Connections, moving in next door just a few months later. I helped her with some data input for a large graphic job she had, during the slow times at the gallery. Often my partner, Nancy Hewitt and I, would brainstorm about ways to get the word out about our little Gallery. After all, La Honda is more than a little out of the way. When Nancy and Gwen came up with the idea of a local paper we were very excited.
Gwen’s ability to put words on paper helped us to get our name out. Articles about local events and people made the paper more interesting. We started a monthly “meet the artist event” and Gwen would run an interview and article in Views From The Coast. Highlights of school events, music festivals and the people that live in the south coast area were the first topics. Opinion pieces started to come later. As the paper evolved, so did the name, to its current incarnation, CoastViews Magazine. La Honda Creations closed in 1999, but I’m glad to see that CoastViews has continued to serve the coast.