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Plein Air Artist, Carmel Valley
Monterey County celebrates the arts through festivals, performances, tours and more. Annual events attract thousands of visitors and hundreds of acts from around the world, while intimate readings explore the works of some of the region's most beloved literary legends.
The Carmel Art Festival educates and inspires people of all ages about the visual arts. In addition to Plein Air and Sculpture in the Park events, the festival is host to the Carmel Youth Art Show, Quick Draw, Kids Art Day and more.
Art in the Adobes, a three-day festival in Old Monterey, combines exhibits of rarely seen masterpieces of early California art in seven historic venues with informative lectures and activities for all of the family.
The funky streets of Sand City shut down during the last weekend in August for the Sand City West End Celebration. Unique artwork is on display accompanied by live entertainment and food vendors.
Last but not least, every December, the best cowboy poets and balladeers are featured at the Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. This three-day event features a western art and gear sale, a Saturday night western dance, a "cowboy" church service, and a silent auction, among other festivities.
100 Main Street
Type: Special Events
Location: Oldtown Salinas
On the first Friday of every month, from 5-8pm, the artistic pulse of Monterey County is located in Salinas. Around 50 galleries, shops, restaurants and other organizations in a three-block area throw open their doors to visitors for the Salinas First Fridays Art Walk. Each locale hosts a different experience; this Salin...
Join us from 5:00-7:00 pm, when local photographer Huntington Witherill—a student of Ansel Adams in the 1970s—will unveil “Beyond the Ordinary, An Enduring Legacy of Light.” Featuring beautiful black and white and color photography from his lifetime of travels, Witherill’s style is indicativ...
“Etched in Monterey: Yesterday-Today,” a celebration of the hallowed artistic medium rooted in the history of the Monterey Peninsula, will open on the Museum’s second floor. The exhibition highlights the region’s past etching masters while creating a comparison to the work of three local contempor...
Join us at 2 p.m. for the opening of “Sea Changes: ACT,” the second installment of our yearlong “Fishing 2014” series guest curated by Dr. Jennifer Colby. “Sea Changes: ACT,” a unique collaborative project of 14 scientists and artists spearheaded by artist Kira Carrillo Corser—wi...
Return to the Museum of Monterey! Mark D. Baer, writer, video artist, and Executive Director of the Museum of Monterey presents the premier of " In the Beginning was the Word," volume one of the recently completed five part series The Joe Cupcake Chronicles, a feature length film of music, spoken word, photogra...
Architectural Historian and Author, Ted Wells, will give an in depth discussion and interactive critique about the power of photography and the story that belies the perceptions of a photograph. In conjunction with the exhibition, Extraordinary People-Portraits by Yousuf Karsh, this program will explore the concepts of d...
The CAA will welcome award-winning sculptor Albert Paley at a reception in his honor featuring fine wines and hearty hors d'oeuvres, followed by an illustrated presentation by Paley about his life in art and book-signing for the new monograph 'Albert Paley on Park Avenue.' Tickets: Associate Members, $55 / Non-Members, $...
Join us in celebrating Bob Kolbrener's expansive fifty-year adventure with photography, featuring iconic images along with some rarely seen works from all five decades of his career. Kolbrener maintains the time-honored methods of film and gelatin silver darkroom printing and features extraordinary vistas and exceptional...
Interactive panel discussion about the lives and work of extraordinary photographers, both past and present, and how they transformed history through the camera. Guest panelists include: Bob Kolbrener, artist; John Sexton, artist; Jerry Fielder, Curator and Director of the Estate of Yousuf Karsh, Monterey, CA; Scott Nich...
Funded in cooperation with the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and the communities of Pebble Beach Company, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside, Moss Landing, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, and Salinas Valley.