Monterey’s many engaging art galleries include works from those of classical masters to modern sculptors.

The artistic scene stretches from Big Sur in the south, where the spirit of Henry Miller lives on in galleries nestled in redwood canyons and atop mountains with sweeping vistas of the Pacific to Sand City in the north, a hidden haven for artists who work on a large scale. The Monterey Museum of Art in downtown Monterey is home to works by famed artists Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and photographer Ansel Adams. And the Gabilan Gallery at the National Steinbeck Center hosts exhibits throughout the year that feature a variety of art and cultural works. 

Scattered throughout Carmel’s streets and shops are many alluring galleries, but don't be afraid to venture off the main roads when touring the area. Independent galleries tucked behind hidden courtyards and side streets are true treasures, and you may even get the opportunity to meet the artist and take home a unique piece. The Carmel Art Association Gallery, the oldest in Carmel, features the work of more than 120 professional local artists and is dedicated to presenting only the finest work for sale by artists living on the Monterey Peninsula. Around the corner in Pacific Grove, galleries housed in turn-of-the-century structures exhibit watercolors, photography, jewelry and delicate blown glass pieces.

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