Monterey: An Artist’s Paradise

Monet, Rodin, Warhol…who hasn’t been inspired by a timeless work of art? Whether you create it, collect it, or simply love admiring it, Monterey puts its signature on all things art.

Saturday, September 24, is national Museum Day! To celebrate, the Monterey Museum of Art gives you a chance to enjoy their two locations for free. But be sure to bring a pass! You can download a museum day pass for two from the Smithsonian Magazine website. Right now, the MMA Pacific location houses an exhibit from photographer/videographer Greg Mettler using a distinct self-made camera obscura, while the La Mirada museum features a series of murals by Gottardo Piazzoni originally created for the San Francisco public library and a collection of photographs by Edward Weston, one of the first to capture the stunning Point Lobos rock and cypress images that have come to embody Carmel. The museum also runs an Appetite for Art series, combining art with hospitality: your host will open up their home and their art collections for an evening of fine dining and art appreciation.

September 24
Have you ever gone dancing at your local museum? The Museum of Monterey is putting on a musical/art event offering Salsa dance lessons in English and Spanish this Saturday. Dance the afternoon away with DJ Wilfredo Prudencio, then enjoy Mark Tanous’ ceramic exhibit ‘Deep in the Blues: Treasures From the Monterey Bay and Beyond’ and presentation, ‘Stories My Life Told Me.’ Another exhibit to check out is ‘Flows to Bay,’ highlighting marine pollution and the need to protect our oceans and our environment. Check back soon for special offers: the MoM will be raffling off some one-of-a-kind prizes, including an acoustic guitar designed and decorated by American Idol finalist James Durbin and a Plastic Pollution Coalition poster signed by the top 11 finalists from American Idol’s last season.

September 24–25
Take your love of art on the road for the annual Monterey County Artists Studio Tour, a unique opportunity to visit artists’ studios throughout Carmel, Carmel Valley, and surrounding areas. Art lovers can talk with the artists, see masterpieces in the making as well as completed works, and experience creative genius in action. The map for the tour comes out Thursday, September 22, in Monterey County Weekly, so be sure to pick up your copy!

Sunday, September 25
If you’re already exploring art from here and there, why not stop by Big Sur for their exhibition called just that: ‘Art from Here and There‘ at the Ventana Inn and Spa. The show is held at the inn’s terrace restaurant and will include fine local cuisine, wines, and a spectacular live auction, all to benefit the Big Sur Health Center.

Kick off the creative festivities with some frozen yogurt at Pinkberry in Monterey at their Pink Carpet Grand Opening! DJ, free fro-yo, and fun for the whole family. More info on their Facebook event page (

Paint your weekend in big, bold strokes, let your muse take you to Monterey, and be inspired!

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