August 24, 2011

Art and architecture tour

Kitty, Sonoma, 1891, by Charles Rollo Peters, who lived and painted in Monterey from 1894 to 1909.

This fall marks the launch of Monterey's newest cultural event, Art in the Adobes. (Full disclosure: I grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and I think it's the most beautiful place in the world, but go and see for yourself!) The festival will feature paintings and sculpture not often on view to the public. Artworks will be curated by theme and displayed in several of the city's historic downtown sites, including the Cooper-Molera Adobe, Larkin House, Casa Serrano, Colton Hall, and the Robert Louis Stevenson House.

The opening reception is on September 30th, and will allow Art in the Adobes sponsors as well as holders of the All Access pass ($65) an exclusive preview of the Cooper-Molera installation. Guests will also be treated to music, wine, and hors d'oeuvres in the adobe's restored gardens. On Saturday and Sunday, October 1–2, visitors with single-day tickets ($25) can set their own itinerary and stroll through the historic 4-block district as they wish.

The event is organized by the Old Monterey Foundation, the City of Monterey, California State Parks, the Monterey Museum of Art, and the Monterey History & Art Association.

And while you're there, visit the Monterey Museum of Art. They've got on-going exhibitions of California plein air painters and photographers, as well as a special installation organized in conjunction with the Art in the Adobes program.

Edward J. Holslag (1870-1924), Cypress, Point Lobos, 1918, oil on canvas, bequest of Beth and Mellon (Bud) Baird, 2004.56

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