Coastal Art Maps Launches Elegant Maps of Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket

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Limited Edition Art Maps Make Great Gifts for Dads and Grads

Coastal Art Maps, a company run by a talented New York-based map-maker, has just introduced gorgeous water color maps of iconic New England islands Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, in response to numerous customer requests. Famous for their beaches, lighthouses, cobblestone streets, gray-shingled cottages, quaint shops and picturesque towns, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are among the most idyllic New England locales.

Artist Joseph S. Tarella, Owner of Coastal Art Maps, has captured the beauty of these popular islands - and other stunning East Coast beaches - through his breathtaking, hand-drawn artwork. Each map represents a moment when an ever-changing world is briefly frozen in time. Tarella uses the time-honored tools of pen-and-ink and watercolor washes on vellum, resulting in an extraordinary tactile quality not easily achieved using more modern, mechanical methods.

The two new Massachusetts maps spotlight the beauty of these New England island locales, which are rife with history. Located south of the Massachusetts/Cape Cod coastline, they face out to the Atlantic Ocean and have launched thousands of ships from their well-protected harbors. Long at the center of the lucrative whaling industry, the islands were home to industrious and prosperous sea-farers and now are among the most popular summertime destinations in the area.

"I wanted to capture the exquisiteness of these popular summer retreats because they provide such enjoyable activities in a picturesque maritime setting that is quite removed from the day-to-day drudgery yet easily reached by plane or boat," said Joseph S. Tarella, Artist and Owner of Coastal Art Maps. "The idyllic qualities and prime location of these New England isles has continued to attract a truly American mix of A-list celebrities and politicians - including numerous US Presidents - along with the regular folks who give these places their pulse."

“These maps, singly or as a pair, will make wonderful and informative keepsakes for the avid sportsman, the casual naturalist or anyone familiar with this beautiful American paradise. They'd make unique and special gifts for Father's Day, as well as collectible keepsakes to celebrate graduations, weddings or other special occasions," Tarella added.

Tarella started Coastal Art Maps as a hobby. He liked maps and traveling, and when he built a house on Long Beach Island, he couldn’t find any maps of the area that he liked, so he created his own. Friends and family loved his colorful hand-drawn maps and wanted their own versions. Tarella's labor-of-love company evolved from there.

Artist Joseph Tarella offers a series of limited-edition art maps of selected coastlines, including the New Jersey shoreline that was recently damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Each map presents an elegant, detailed and accurate rendering of selections of East Coast land areas, highlighting their juxtaposition and relationships between land and water, islands, parks, roadways, and other significant elements. These comprehensive and beautiful ink-and-watercolor compositions, offered on full size giclee canvas or half-size watercolor paper, make a truly unique and satisfying acquisition.

Tarella combines his architectural experience, passion for travel and love of map-making to create stunning maps of East Coast beaches. Coastal Art Maps currently has 20 different maps in circulation, depicting areas including the New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware and Florida coastlines. Tarella, a trained architect and co-owner of SawickiTarella Architecture+Design PC, also customizes maps, identifying specific locations, per customer request.

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