Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

122 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 Arts & Culture and Christmas cards. He worked prolifically for Disney in the 1950s, doing backgrounds for Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan and more. 6th between Dolores and Lincoln, Carmel. (831) 625-1738, Gallery Exposed This small, smartly curated spot has featured exhibitions by creative contemporary photographers, primarily working in black-and-white film formats—the preferred medium of owner/ operator Rachael Short. San Carlos and 7th, Carmel. (831) 238-0127, Gallery North A sleek Carmel gallery that specializes in California contemporary abstract and post war abstract expressionism and showcases local contemporary artists such as Barbara Kreitman, Barbara Johnson, Christine Hayman and Sarah Healey, as well as work from the mid-century Bay Area abstract school like Frank Lobdell, John Saccaro and Erle Loran. Dolores and 6th, Carmel. (831) 620-1987, Gallery Sur Since 1990, this gallery in the heart of Carmel has specialized in dramatic, large, fine art color photography in addition to a diverse collection of the internationally acclaimed Shona stone sculptors of Zimbabwe. 6th between Dolores and Lincoln, Carmel. (831) 626-2615, Haute Enchilada Cafe, Gallery and Social Club While the art gallery and social club part of this equation lives inside a 5,000-square-foot warehouse chock full of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and mixed media, the cafe is renowned in its own right. 7902A Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing. (831) 633-5843, Hauk Fine Arts This much-respected gallery is a Pacific Grove hub for California art, including contemporary artists such as Belle Yang, Bill Keland, Warren Chang and Caroline Kline, and important historic painters including Armin Hansen, Mary DeNeale Morgan and E. Charlton Fortune. 206 Fountain Ave., Pacific Grove. (831) 373-6007, Hawthorne Gallery The building and gardens alone are a wild, sculptural trip, designed by architect Mickey Meunnig, but that’s just the beginning of the styles on view here. Wander through to view works small and large in two and three dimensions by some two dozen artists. 48485 Highway 1, Big Sur. (831) 667-3200, Japanese American Citizens League of the Monterey Peninsula The local JACL is more than an organization dedicated to the preservation of a culture and heritage important to the understanding of this area. They operate a museum, have sponsored educational productions and host presentations. 424 Adams St., Monterey. (831) 648-8830, Jones & Terwilliger Fine Art Gallery The two galleries here specialize in garden scenes, European and American landscapes, figurative studies, still lifes, seascapes, and bronzes, too. They also routinely host special events and artist demonstrations. 6th between San Carlos and Dolores, Carmel. (831) 626-9100, Marjorie Evans Gallery Curated by Sunset Cultural Center, this contemporary art gallery space focuses on local and regional artists. The gallery exhibits change periodically and spotlights solo artists, creative collaborations and the works of up-and-coming artists. Sunset Center, 9th and San Carlos, Carmel. (831) 620-2040, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum A fascinating indoor-outdoor museum dedicated to telling the story of rural life in this area between the late 1800s and the 1940s through antique farm equipment and other artifacts, as well as historic barns, a blacksmith shop, a rural school house and the old King City Train Depot. 1160 Broadway St., King City. (831) 385-8020, Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center The waterfront Stanton Center that houses MHAA has had many lives and many names in the past, but it is a versatile space. It can show pieces by giants like Salvador Dalí or Jo Mora, plus contemporary local artists. Look for events with history and art experts eager to share their knowledge about the region’s creativity. 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. (831) 372-2608, Monterey Museum of Art The only nationally accredited museum between San Jose and Santa Barbara features exhibitions of historic, contemporary and international art, and a permanent collection of California and regional paintings (think Armin C. Hansen), photographs, objects, folk art, with a series of community events all designed to connect art and community. 559 Pacific St., Monterey. (831) 372-5477, Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation Gallery The building itself is a historic building, an old carriage house and is part of an old cannery estate. The MPAF Gallery is a nonprofit, conceived in the late ’70s, and a home to over 30 local artists, who also run the gallery. Enjoy paintings, ceramics, glass, photographs, prints, greeting cards and jewelry. 425 Cannery Row, Monterey. (831) 655-1267, Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery This bright, lofty gallery—whimsically shaped like a box—has long shown regional and U.S. artists in all manner of idioms for some of the freshest takes in local contemporary art. Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont St., Monterey. (831) 646-3060, Monterey State Historic Park Alta California history survives in beautifully restored adobe homes, historic buildings and gardens throughout downtown Monterey. @eyesofjem Monterey Symphony