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Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:00 am

HAPPENING THIS WEEK

CARL CHERRY CENTER Miriam Hitchock was born in San Francisco, earned an MFA in painting from Yale, has taught at Brown, RISD, Cornell, Stanford and San Jose State, and currently lives in Santa Cruz. Her method is described thusly: “Hitchock works on supports made of a light, translucent paper material that seems to have been processed or, rather, drowned in some liquid medium.” The work is up until May 29. | Fourth and Guadalupe, Carmel. 624-7491, http://www.carlcherrycenter.org. Regular hours: 11am-4pm Mon-Fri.

CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC ART Wynn Bullock: The 20th century photographer known mostly for black and white abstract images receives his first solo color exhibition 35 years after his death. A panel discussion moderated by Sunset Center curator Michael Spencer with panelists from the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Weston Gallery and California College of the Arts will discuss the photographer’s work, taken from slides shot in the 1960s and reproduced with high definition color reproduction processes. The travelling exhibition runs through June 26 before travelling to Tucson and Fresno before becoming part of UCSC’s archive. | Sunset Center, San Carlos between Eighth and Ninth, Carmel. 625-5181. Regular hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.

G&D GALLERY Stepping Off: The Arts Council for Monterey County nurtures access and participation for art for students throughout Monterey County and thanks to the dedicated effort of the Arts and Council board members, the Art Council has a new gallery space, currently featuring the exhibition Stepping Off, watercolors by Gordon Mayfield and new sculptures by David Larsion. | Sunset Center, Room 5, San Carlos between Eighth and Ninth, Carmel. 622-9060, http://www.artsformontereycounty.org.

GALLERY NORTH Cynthia Johnson Bianchetta: fter the Big Basin fires of 2008, Cynthia Johnson Bianchetta channeled the charred remains of ash and plants and dirt into a series of encaustic paintings to help raise funds for the recovery efforts. Altogether that show represented a fine metaphor for the way the artist takes the raw materials around her and gives them new life in a creative context. This show consists of her new abstract encaustic and mixed media paintings, done with the same high degree of thought and execution. Also showing are 15 local painters, sculptors and glass and gourd artists. Meet Bianchetta 1:30-3:30pm Saturday, May 29. | Northwest corner of Dolores and Sixth, Carmel. 620-1987, http:// www.gallerynorthcarmel.com. Regular hours: 9:30am-5:30pm Mon-Sun.

KITCHEN STUDIO Selected Sculptures: British-born sculptor Steven Whyte absorbed some of the rich artistic traditions of old European masters, trained under living masters at the Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture, and shortly afterwards, launched into a lauded career as an in-demand figurative sculptor. He’s relatively young for the amount of prestige he’s garnered, with commissions lining up from royalty, members of Parliament, institutions and celebrities. Kitchen Studio shows a collection of his cast bronze work through May 31, done with “traditional European styling” and “21st century American modernity.” | 1096 Canyon del Rey Blvd., Seaside. 899-3303, http://www.ksmonterey.com. Hours: 11am-4pm Mon-Fri.

MARJORIE EVANS GALLERY Weston Scholarship Show: Kim and Gina Weston established the Weston Scholarship to nurture local high school and college photography students in the ways of photography and the analogue wet darkroom and alternative processes made legend by forebearers like Kim’s grandfather Edward, his uncle Brett, father Cole and Ansel Adams. A portfolio review hones down the student submissions for this show, which runs through May 28. The new Student Fine Print Program, featuring prints from Angelica Bongioanni, Cody Edison and others, will be debuted. | Sunset Center, San Carlos between Eighth and Ninth, Carmel. 620-2040, 620-2052. Regular hours: 9am-5pm.

MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE ART GALLERY Faculty Exhibit in 2-D: Eighteen MPC faculty members put on a group show of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital art and mixed media. Exhibit runs to May 28. | 980 Fremont St., Monterey. 646-3060, http://www.mpc.edu. $1/parking. Regular hours: 10am-4pm Tue-Fri.

MONTEREY PENINSULA QUILTERS GUILD The Guild is accepting entries of quilted items like bed or wall quilts and wearable art (in good, clean condition) for their Quilts by the Bay show June 12-13 at Seaside High School gymnasium. Entries cannot have been in a previous MPQG show, entrants can be under 18 years of age, and appointments to show work can be made by calling. | Montery County. 899-4810, 372-7000.

MONTEREY COUNTY ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR Call for Art: This year’s Studio Tour takes place Sept. 25-26; as in year’s past, it is sprawling, organized, diverse and ambitious. The first step arrives in the form of accepting applications for “all visual media” from artists wishing to participate. Application forms are available at the Pacific Grove Art Center; more information can be obtained at the website or duffysart@gmail.com. Submissions are $150/person by May 30, $250/person by June 26.| Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 659-5003, http://www.montereystudiotour.com.

NATIONAL STEINBECK CENTER Our World at War: The Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts the traveling photo exhibit of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Our World at War, from April 18-May 31. The ICRC commissioned VII Photo Agency to send five photographers – Ron Haviv, James Nachtwev, Antonin Kratochvil, Franco Pagetti and Christopher Morris – into hot zones across the globe like Georgia, Afghanistan, Columbia, Democratic Republic of Congo and others, and come back with “first-hand” accounts of the destruction of war. Also showing is Salinas Chinatown. | 1 Main St., Salinas. 775-4721, http://www.steinbeck.org. $10.95/adult, $8.95/senior, student and military with ID, $7.95/youth 13-17, $5.95/child 6-12, free/child 5 and under. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sun.

PACIFIC GROVE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Science of Illustration: The Museum gets creative in this free, month-long event that applys the tools of art to the fascinating creatures of nature. It’s conducted by students and faculty from CSUMB’s Science Illustration Program, a presitgious curriculum that launches its graduates into assignments with the Smithsonian and California Science Center, National Geographic, Audubon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and, of course, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, among others. But first, the P.G. Museum of Natural History gets their work, introducing the public to a wild kingdom of meticulous illustrations of hummingbirds, termites and, yes, even cockroaches. The exhibit ends June 5. Artifacts from local history is on display, including taxidermied birds, mammals and reptiles, and geographical and native plant displays. | 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. 648-5716, http://www.pgmuseum.org. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Sat.

SAND CITY HALL La Femme: As a prelude to West End Celebration, the Sand City Arts Committee hosts a show of new work featuring artists from the Bohemian Underground, including Chris Holding, Olga Perry, Lin Simmons and Lana Loukianenko. Sand City tuns 50 this year, so the coming West End Celebration will be the West End Celebration to end all West End Celebrations. Until the next one. | Sunset Center, Room 5, San Carlos between Eighth and Ninth, Carmel. 622-9060, http://www.artsformontereycounty.org.

CONTINUING THIS WEEK

BIG SUR

CAMALDOLI HERMITAGE This monks retreat in the Big Sur mountains offers new attractions – a bookstore and gift shop, and an art exhibit featuring Kathrin Burleson’ The Way of the Cross and The Epiphany Times Three series of icons and acrylics, Dan Cronin’s White Series of acrylics and mixed media, Margaret Rose’s plein air miniatures, Sophia Christine’s icons and jewelry, Lynne Jays’ oils and Fr. Arthur Poulin’s prints and Br. Emmaus’ giclees. | 62475 Highwa 1, Big Sur. 667-0189, http://www.bigsurhermitage.com. Regular hours: 8am-5pm daily.

DEL CAMPO GALLERY The latest works of Lorena del Campo, Karuna Licht and Hans Apelqvist including jewelry, paintings and sculpture, are on display. |Hwy 1, Loma Vista, Spirit Garden, Big Sur. 667-2618, http://www.delcampogallery.com. Regular hours: 11am-6pm Tue-Sun.

FERNWOOD RESORT ART GALLERY California flower paintings by Darlene S. Boyd. | Hwy. 1, 30 miles south of Carmel, Big Sur. 667-2422, http://www.fernwoodbigsur.com. Regular hours: 8am-10pm.

HAWTHORNE GALLERY New works by all featured artists, including Greg Hawthorne, debut to the public in Big Sur. Greg reveals a new painting style he’s been experimenting with in the last few months, as well as some new sculptures. | 30 miles south of Rio Road, opposite Nepenthe Restaurant, Hwy. 1, Big Sur. 667-3200, http://www.hawthornegallery.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm.

PHOENIX SHOP AT NEPENTHE The Abstracted Landscape: paintings by Erin Lee Gafill. | Nepenthe Restaurant, Highway 1, Big Sur. 667-2347, http://www.nepenthebigsur.com. 10:30am-7pm.

POST RANCH INN Celebrated photographer Bryant Austin snaps shots of endangered whales in special ocean regions like the the Kingdom of Tonga. In one instance, while he was taking a picture of a baby humpback, its mother tapped him on the shoulder with her dorsal, just to alert him that she was near. His to-scale photos of whales engage the senses while spreading awareness and empathy about the survival of these amazing mammals. | Sierra Mar Restaurant, Post Ranch Inn, Highway 1, 27 miles south of Carmel, Big Sur. 646-1939, 667-2800, http://www.studiocosmos.com.

SOFANYA’S STUDIO IN THE REDWOODS New paintings and sculpture by Sofanya, including “essence portraits,” works by Robert Parco and other local artists. Call for appointment or see website for workshops and events. | Between Carmel and Big Sur. 626-2876, http://www.sofanya.com, art@sofanya.com. Regular hours: by appointment.

SOUL RIVER STUDIOS Works by various artists. Call for details.| 46840 Hwy 1, next to River Inn, Big Sur. 667-2559, http://www.soulriverstudios.com.

CARMEL

AMERICAN ART GALLERY Paintings of women by various artists. | Dolores between Ocean Avenue and Seventh, Carmel. 625-4030. Regular hours: 11am-5pm Mon-Sat.

APODACA GALLERY Informalists Reunion Show: The Informalists used to meet in coffee shops in the ‘90s to discuss their artwork and decide where they would paint that day. The group of visionaries created a new form of plein aire work that is expressionist and highly contemporary. Having dispursed, the members now reunite for a Reunion Show at Galerie Plein Aire, which originally opened to showcase the group in 1998, and the neighboring Gallery Apodaca, owned by Informalist Johnny Apodaca. The pieces on display in this show are colorful, moody and expressive, ranging from Cyndra Bradford’s stylized, dramatic prints of horses in local landscapes to Apodaca’s bold, meditative abstracts. The show will run at both galleries until May 24. | Dolores between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel. 250-7031. Regular hours: 11am-5pm Sat-Mon.

AVALON GALLERY Fantastical giclees by Daniel Merriam and Michael Parkes. | Lincoln between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel. 622-0830, 594-5432, http://www.avalongallery.com.

BIG SUR GALLERY Form Without Function: Central Coast painter Cecil C. Childress, a California native, presents expressionistic abstracts that display unusual elements and images, while Marilyn Kuksht, a former Senior Vice President and Manager of a major bank, abandoned the corporate world to focus on steel and cast bronze sculpture. | 26543 Carmel Rancho Shopping Center, Carmel. 624-1172. Regular hours: 11am-4pm.

CARMEL ART ASSOCIATION Works by various artists. | Dolores between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel. 624-6176, http://www.carmelart.org Regular hours: 10am-5pm daily.

CARMEL BAY COMPANY Benefit for Haiti: The Haitian aritsts who work with Beyond Borders display resourcefulness and ingenuity in the face of harsh economic realities. Their folk art includes sculptures made out of 55-gallon oil drums, carved into the chosen pattern, vases made from recycled soda bottles and more. All proceeds go to Hatian artists and their families. | Seven Arts Building, Ocean and Lincoln, Carmel. 747-4711, 624-3868, http://www.carmelbaycompany.com. Regular hours: 10am-5pm.

CARMEL FOUNDATION Works by various artists. | Outcalt Activity Building, SE corner of Eighth and Lincoln, Carmel. 624-1588, http://www.carmelfoundation.org. Regular hours: 9am-4:30pm Mon-Fri, 9:30am-3:30pm Sat, 1:30-3:30pm Sun.

CARMEL MISSION E. Charlton Fortune was a California Impressionist painter how achieved acclaim with her lyrical landscapes, but after studying with Armin Hansen in the 1920s, she settled in Monterey and joined the Carmel Art Association and Monterey Guild, where she created liturgical (religious) works for the remainder of her career. This exhibit, The Liturgical Arts of E. Charlton Fortune and the Monterey Gujild 1828-1958, assembles key works from this phase, including previously unseen works like “Serra’s First Mass at Monterey,” in the form of ceramics, textiles, metalworks, woodcarvings, paintings and photographs from Fortune’s personal albums, provided by heirs of August Gay, Mission San Juan Bautista, Monterey Museum of Art and various other galleries. The exhibit runs through September. | 3080 Rio Road, Carmel. $6.50/adult; $4/senior; $2/child 5-17; free/Sun. 624-3600 x214, http://www.carmelmission.org. Regular hours: 9:30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 10:30am-5pm Sun.

CARMEL VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY Carmel Valley Landscapes: local landscape oil paintings by artist Sam Johnston, a 9-year resident who also does portraits and was trained in New York. The show hangs through March. | 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. 659-2377, 659-2759, http://www.samjohnstonpaintings.com. Regular hours: 11am-7pm Tue and Thu, 10am-5pm Wed and Fri, 11am-5pm Sat.

CARMEL VALLEY ROASTING CO. Perceived Connections: Shadow boxes by Jody Royee filled with images of nature, technology and sacred geometry, including labyrinths, galaxies, maps, fighter jets, human brains and more. | 319 Mid Valley Center, Carmel. 622-0787, http://www.carmel-coffee.com. Regular hours: 6:30am-5pm daily.

CLAYPOOLE FREESE GALLERY Within the Dialogue: exhibit of four contemporary Monterey Peninsula painters including Barry Masteller, Ursula O’Farrell, Tom Burns and Chris Winfield, who hasn’t shown in a decade. The show is a thematic conversation between the four artists. | San Carlos between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel. 250-7157, http://www.claypoolfreesegallery.com. Regular hours: 11am-5pm daily.

COAST GALLERY CARMEL Works by various artists. | Ocean and San Carlos, Carmel. 625-3200, http://www.coastgalleries.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm daily.

DAWSON COLE FINE ARTl Platinum + Unique: A Body of Work: Renowned figurative sculptor Richard MacDonald recreates the human body with fidelity to the spirit of movement, grace and athleticism. He’s shown his works throughout the world, including Japan, Korea, Italy and Washington D.C., for events and clients such as the U.S. Open Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach and Cirque du Soleil, and has been collected by former President Bill Clinton and former Senator and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, bestselling author Dean Koontz, singer Leanne Rimes and the late opera star Luciano Pavarotti. Now MacDonald offers a special two-day show of recent works including Bullwhip, Leap of Faith and pieces from his Royal Ballet Monument Project, done in bronze with platinum patina. | Lincoln and Sixth, Carmel. 624-8200, http://www.dawsoncolefineart.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 10am-5:30pm Sun.

GALLERY 21 Works by various artists. | Sixth between Dolores and Lincoln, Carmel. 625-1738, http://www.gallery21.com. Regular hours: 11am-5pm daily.

EXPOSED Kim Weston: Heir to a photographic legacy of enormous importance, Kim Weston maintains a workaholic’s pace of activity to stoke the fire and share the warmth of analogue film photography. His best tool: his photos. Rich in lustre, mysterious shades of infinite degrees of black and white like some charcoal sketch, meticulously arranged, and populated by a cadre of nude women in poses as graceful as a caress or as striking as an oddity. This rare solo show gives a glimpse of a standard of photographic art that’s elevated to an impressive degree, but not inaccessible. Exposed, Evynn LeValley and Rachael Short’s photo gallery next to Mundaka (who caters the opening reception, by the way), is small, but plastered with beautiful works, and the courtyard outside is a chill spot, excellent for mingling. | San Carlos and Seventh, Carmel. 238-0127, http://www.galleryexposed.com.

GALLERY ELITE In the beginning, Russian painter Vladimir Muhin struggled to do his art. In the restrictive conformity of the former Soviet Union, individuality and unique artistic expressions was suppressed. His first teachers in Kazakhstan were sent there as punishment for their “artistic aspirations.” “I remember they were proud but they were broken,” he says. But his talent shone through, garnering attention even throughout his military career. He studied at Moscow Academy of Fine Art, a period he describes as “the best time in my life,” and from there he strode onto the world stage, where his works are enthusiastically collected. Gallery Elite has more than 20 of them through Sept. 30. | San Carlos between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel. 625-2233, http://www.galleryelite.net. Regular hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm Sun.

GALLERY I FINE ART Artist Moses Nyanhongo of Zimbabwe is making his first American appearance here on the Peninsula. An exhibition of his sculptures will show works of art in different stages of their development, a workshop and display of the tools he uses will be on hand for the public to personally view how this artist performs his craft. Nyanhongo, a 24 year old emerging artist, who has presented his work in Germany and South Africa will bring his latest artwork to his Carmel debut. He is the younger brother of well known artists’ Agnes and Gedion who have been represented by Gallery i for 11 years. | Ocean and Mission, Carmel. 626-1617, http://www.galleryifineart.com. 10am-6pm daily. Regular hours: 10am-6pm daily.

GALERIE PLEIN AIRE Informalists Reunion Show: The Informalists used to meet in coffee shops in the ‘90s to discuss their artwork and decide where they would paint that day. The group of visionaries created a new form of plein aire work that is expressionist and highly contemporary. Having dispursed, the members now reunite for a Reunion Show at Galerie Plein Aire, which originally opened to showcase the group in 1998, and the neighboring Gallery Apodaca, owned by Informalist Johnny Apodaca. The pieces on display in this show are colorful, moody and expressive, ranging from Cyndra Bradford’s stylized, dramatic prints of horses in local landscapes to Apodaca’s bold, meditative abstracts. The show will run at both galleries until May 24. | Dolores and Sixth, Carmel. 625-5686, http://www.galeriepleinaire.com. 11am-5pm Thu-Mon.

GALERIE RUE ROYALE Dark/Light: works by Todd White. | Dolores and Sixth, Carmel. 625-5686.

GEORGE STERN FINE ARTS A proponent of California Impressionism and American Scene paintings, George Stern Fine Arts hosts an exhibition of paintings of and around Carmel, dating from 1880-1940. They contrast that historical show with the works of contemporary artists William Maughan, Jesse Powell and Jim McVicker. | 2 SW of San Carlos on Sixth, Carmel. 626-1100, http://www.sternfinearts.com. Regular hours: 9:30am-5:30pm Tue-Sat, noon-5pm Sun.

HANSON GALLERY Knotty Problem: political cartoons by Dr. Seuss. | Carmel Plaza courtyard, Ocean and Mission, Carmel. 625-6142.

JAMES J. RIESER FINE ART Peggi Kroll paints still lifes and small paintings, using very few brush strokes and a bold palette, accentuating subjects with strong values. | Dolores and Fifth, Carmel. 620-0530. Regular hours: 11am-5pm.

LAURYN TAYLOR FINE ART Miniatures exhibition. | San Carlos and Seventh, Carmel.

LEDBETTER ART STUDIO Artist Emy Ledbetter captures something of the spiritual in her works, glimpsing beyond the world of the physical into the much more elusive realm of the sacred. She shows 11 new works and hand painted handbags at her studio in Carmel, by appointment. | Third and Guadalupe, Carmel. 625-4175. http://www.ledbetterart.com.

LU LU’S SILK ART GALLERY Chinese Folk House: Paintings by Chunming Yu. | Mission and Fifth, Carmel. 620-1122. Regular hours: 10:30am-5pm.

MIKE BALL GALLERY In and Out of the Desert: New works by Steven Ruiz. | Mission and Fifth, Carmel. marykennedy14@gmail.com.

MIMOSA Ceramic artist Aurthur Rogers and carved ceramics artist Steve Zucker present their new exhibit at Mimosa. Ling-Yen Jones, a local jewelry designer shows off her latest. Last but not least, Nick Leonoff grabs attention with hand blown glass ornaments. | 161 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel. 620-0525. Regular hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, noon-5pm Sun.

MOUNTAINSONG GALLERIES Clark Little: World renowned “wave photographer” Clark Little has been featured on Good Morning America and The Today Show, and his work has landed on the covers of National Geographic, Sierra, Nikon and international magazines. He pays a visit to the new-ish Mountainsong Gallery to present 19 of his works as well as his new book, which he signs, amidst Hawaiian pizza and white wine. These guys know how to reinforce a theme. | Ocean and 3 SE of San Carlos, Carmel. 626-0600, http://www.themountainsonggalleries.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm daily.

NEW MASTERS GALLERY Ken Auster: Ken Auster creates paintings of impressionistic color and stroke that are finely attuned to the light and angles of city life – restaurants, bars, streets – in photo-realistic detail that look instantly familiar. The award winning artist shows new work, alongside other artists of the gallery. | Dolores between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel. 625-1511, http://www.newmastersgallery.com. Regular hours: 10am-5:30pm.

PEARL CANYON GALLERY Inaugural Show: This new gallery in Carmel introduces the public to its roster of 15 California artists – including Joao deBrito, Michael Mote, John Maxon and Beth Shields from Santa Cruz, Kay Carlson from the Bay Area and locals Peggy Olsen and Sheila Delimont. | Dolores and Ocean, Carmel. 624-4213, http://www.pearlcanyongallery.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY WEST GALLERY Carol Henry: One can see the influence of Georgia O’Keefe in the images of flowers that Carol Henry creates in this show of “photographs.” Henry devised a method of caputring the flowers on Cibachrome photographic paper by projecting light through the fresh flowers, as if they were a film negative. It’s innovative, elegant work, on display alongside the small gallery’s major photographers like Imogen Cunningham and Joyce Tennyson. | Ocean Avenue and Dolores, Carmel. 625-1587, http://www.photography.com. Regular hours: 11am-5pm daily.

PORTNOY GALLERIES The latest works of this successful landscaping water colorist are now on display. Famous for his paintings of the rural Salinas Valley and acrylic works of art that have been shown in more than 60 solo and group shows around the country Dominguez is unveiling “Winter Solace,” “Drydock,” “Rustic Light” and more. | Sixth and San Carlos, Carmel. 624-1155, http://www.portnoygalleries.com. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Sat, 11am-3pm Sun-Mon.

RED MILL Dale Lefler shows his watercolors, which he took up in 1986 and has shown at Alvarado Gallery, the Carmel Foundation and Pacific Grove Art Center. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The part you won’t see and will have to listen to Lefler about, is his storied first career as a dancer. He served as assistant choreographer for Fred Astaire, Ginger Rodgers, Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney. He worked with Gene Kelly and director Vincent Minelli in the 1943 MGM film Best Foot Forward. He studied under Ted Shawn, who Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 1933, making it the longest running dance festival – period. He established a dance studio in Monterey in 1953. The “hoofer” and plein aire artist will add author to his credits when he publishes his memoir of his long, illustrious life. | 1 Center St., Carmel Valley. 659-2750, 375-1146.

RIP SQUEAK GALLERY CARMEL The husband and wife team of locals Leonard Filgate and Susan Yost-Filgate created the Rip Squeak series of imaginative and colorful childrens books in 1997. Their Carmel gallery displays work from the books and paintings of other subjects like the beautiful and scenic Peninsula, and they have entrusted the precocious characters to painters like Julia Harnett Harvey, Anthony LoSchiavo, Chris Hopkins and Jim Kosvanec. | Ocean between Dolores and San Carlos, Carmel. 626-1127, http://www.ripsqueak.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm daily.

RIP SQUEAK GALLERY CANNERY ROW The husband and wife team of locals Leonard Filgate and Susan Yost-Filgate created the Rip Squeak series of imaginative and colorful childrens books in 1997. Their Cannery Row gallery displays work from the books and paintings. The entire roster of artists like Julia Harnett and writers like Lee Cohen are represented. | 151 Cannery Row, Suite 101, Monterey. 643-9999, http://www.ripsqueak.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm daily.

ROBERT KNIGHT GALLERY California: Photographic work by Robert Knight that will be appearing in his forthcoming book California, and new photographs from Africa. | Dolores and Seventh, Carmel. 626-1230, http://www.robertknightgallery.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm daily.

ROBIN WINFIELD STUDIO/GALLERY This small, new art venture from brothers Chris and Robin Winfield is located behind the Carmel Coffee House (formerly Cardinale’s Cafe), down an alleyway, and is filled with paintings, photographs, ceramics, mixed media and jewelry. | Ocean between San Carlos and Dolores, Carmel. 601-0725.

RODRIGUE STUDIO Painter of the ubiquitous Blue Dog series, artist George Rodrigue relocates his gallery in Carmel, doubling the size of his prior location. | Dolores between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel. 626-4444, http://georgerodrigue.com. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, noon-5pm Sun.

SANDY BY THE SEA GALLERY Seascapes, landscapes, still lifes, florals and works of Realism by various artists. | Dolores and Fifth, Carmel. 624-0260, http://www.sandybythesea.net. Regular hours: 11am-5pm Thu-Tue.

SIMIC GALLERIES Poet of the Land and Sea: works by Mario B. Simic. | San Carlos and Fifth, Carmel. 624-7522, http://www.simic.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Thu, 10am-10pm Fri-Sat, 11am-7pm Sun.

STEVEN WHYTE SCULPTURE STUDIO AND GALLERY Sculpture by Steven Whyte. | Su Vecino Court, Dolores and Sixth, Carmel. 620-1917.

STUDIO 441 Fresh Obsessions: works by Janet Roberts. | 441 Corral De Tierra Road, Carmel. 484-1330, http://www.janetrobertsfineart.com. Regular hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, weekends by appointment.

SUNSET CENTER From Studio to Gallery to Auction: Steven Whyte sculptures in the Marjorie Evans Gallery through September. | San Carlos between Eighth and Ninth, Carmel. 620-2048, http://www.sunsetcenter.org. Regualr hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH From Paris to Pacific Grove: Bill Clausen’s painted nature scenes of the Monterey Peninsula, Lake Tahoe and France. This show exhibits his latest watercolors. | 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. 624-7404, http://www.uucmp.org. Regular hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri (call ahead).

WEBER GOLDSMITH New, handcrafted and custom jewelry gallery. | 107 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel. 626-7600, http://www.webergoldsmithgallery.com.

WESTON GALLERY Works by various artists. | Sixth between Dolores and Lincoln, Carmel. 624-4453, http://www.westongallery.com. Regular hours: 10:30am-5:30pm Thu-Tue.

WHITE OAK GALLERY OF CARMEL VALLEY VILLAGE Spirit of the West: paintings. | 1 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. 625-0550.

WILLIAM A. KARGES FINE ART Early California paintings. | Dolores and Sixth, Carmel. 625-4266, http://www.kargesfineart.com. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat.

WINFIELD GALLERY The Song: New Works. Allison Massari collages of the female form. | Dolores between Seventh and Ocean, Carmel. 624-3369, http://www.winfieldgallery.com. Regular hours: 11am-5pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun.

WINTERS GALLERY Jerry Winters’ Americana and French folk paintings. | San Carlos and Seventh, Carmel.

WINTERS SCULPTURE GALLERY Archie Held’s new bronze and stainless steel water sculpture. | 29251 Hwy. 1, Carmel.

WYLAND GALLERIES Wyland: Known simply as Wyland – the vastly famous artist whose ocean and sea creature works grace galleries, books, prints and posters everywhere – the artist makes an appearance today to discuss his work, which is done in an almost airbrush style, commercial and touching, finely brushed with a simple innocence and awe. | 3 NW Mission, Carmel. 626-6225, 888-WYLAND1. Regular hours: 10am-6pm daily.

CARMEL VALLEY

BLAGOJCE STOJANOVSKI FINE ART GALLERY Once We Were Children Too. | 16B Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 277-0056, blagoart.com.

CARMEL VALLEY ART ASSOCIATION Spring and Summer: months-long exhibition by member artists. | 13766 Center St., Carmel Valley Village. 659-2441, http://www.carmelartassociation.org. 11am-4pm Wed-Sat.

CARMEL VALLEY VILLAGE GALLERY Works by international artists. | 9 Delfino Place, Carmel Valley Village.

GALLERY O Tom O’Neal’s private collection, rock and roll photos, still lifes, masks. | 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley Village. 659-5040.

LYONSHEAD GALLERY Works by various artists. 12 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley Village. | 659-4192, http://www.lyonsheadgallery.com. 11am-5pm Tue-Sat.

M42 STUDIO/GALLERY Charlie Craddock knows how to engage his viewers. With abstract lines, vivid color, and attention to detail, one must pause to ponder and reflect on his work. It takes only a moment to realize Craddock’s fascination with nature. Waves, nebulae, rocks, and other deep space objects frequently appear on his canvas. Craddock’s work promises a lively inaugural show for the new M42 Studio/Gallery in Carmel Valley. | 16 B East Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 659-0242.

MARJORIE EVANS GALLERY Carmel Valley photographer Craig Lovell has traveled extensively across East Asia, from his first trip that began in Maoist China, into Tibet and Nepal, including three excursions into the Himalayas. Often traveling on foot, his camera was a constant companion, and he took multitudes of pictures of the indigenous people he encountered, steeped in their different cultures, the common bonds of humanity shining through. This show documents the exotic and disappearing reaches of the planet, with the depth and clarity of black and white and the richness of color photos. | Sunset Center, San Carlos between Eighth and Ninth, Carmel. 620-2052. Regular hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.

MASAOKA DESIGN GALLERY Works by various artists. | 13766 Center St., Suite G-2, Carmel Valley. 659-4953, http://www.masaokaglassdesign.com. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm Sun, call for appointment.

PARSONAGE VILLAGE GALLERY See the works of featured artists Vivian Cornwall, a Carmel plein air painter, and Peter McArthur, a landscape photographer, along with other works by various artists. | 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 659-7322.

VALLEY GIRLS Carmel Valley Art Association Artist Reception/Ribbon Cutting: The Carmel Valley Art Association celebrates women and its new gallery at Valley Girls Gallery with new exhibitions that include bronze and fused glass sculptures and jewelry. The new space – just behind Will’s Fargo – will also feature several returning artists including Lesley Anne Spowart, the newly ordained Best Artist by Weekly readers. After the ribbon cutting, led by the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce, meet the artists, nibble on some Hors d’ouvres and enjoy a wine tasting provided by the estate-grown Boete. | 13766 Center St., Carmel Valley Village. 659-2441, http://valleygirlsgallery.com. Regular hours: 11am-4pm Wed-Sun.

WILD HEART GALLERY Labor, The Land & Love of Country: multiple artist juried show. | 3 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley. 949-283-7070, http://www.wildheartgallery.com.

GONZALES

BLACKSTONE GALLERY Pigment prints of original paintings by Dan Beck at the winery gallery. | 850 S. Alta St., Gonzales. 675-5341, http://www.blackstonewinery.com. Regular hours: 10:30am-4:30pm.

KING CITY

SOL TREASURES ARTS AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT CENTER Group show of artists Ed Avila, Bob Wiley, Savanna Garcia, Regina Garcia, Lewis Carter and Carlos Lopez, in various media, including watercolor, oil and acrylic paint, and colored pens. | 519 Broadway, King City. 386-9809, http://www.soltreasures.com.

MARINA

ATRIUM GALLERY Sculpture by Richard Mayer and photos by Steve Zmak. | UC MBEST Center, 3180 Imjin Road, Marina. 582-1020.

COFFEE MIA BREW BAR Tara Hendrick Devlin presents travel and close-up nature color photographs printed on canvas. The exhibit runs through the spring. | 250-E Reservation Road, Marina. 384-0148. Regular hours: 4:30am-6pm Mon-Sat.

KENNY CURTIS TATTOOS New tattoo and piercing gallery and boutique houses reams of paintings and prints from underground and student artists, including Art Academy graduate Sarah Weaver, Emerald Mayo, Ammo and tattoo artists Kenny Curtis and Joe Villanpando. ers. | 3074 Del Monte Ave., Suite D, Marina. 883-8435. Regular hours: noon-8pm daily.

MARINA LIBRARY The Friends of the Marina library unveil 25 historical pictures recently donated by the Marina Historical Society to the Friends of the Marina Library. They include old car photos, a 1945 photo of historic Mortimers Bar in Marina, an original photo of the old post office and more, all detailing historic Marina. | 190 Seaside Circle, Marina. 883-7507, 384-3411, http://www.marinalibraryconnection.org. Regular hours: Noon-8pm Tue-Wed, 10am-5pm Thu-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat.

MONTEREY

ALTERNATIVE CAFÉ IN DOWNTOWN MONTEREY Echo: In one of the storefronts near the Golden State Theatre, the Alt Cafe stages a retrospective that reaches back in time to re-introduce Monterey audiences to the Seaside gallery’s past shows from Eric Joyner, new stuff from Gabe Leonard, Shepard Fairey rare prints, Carlos Villas, Andrew Jackson, David Cho prints, Ron English. It’s up until it comes down, and there will be intermittent hours thereafter, so call for appointment. A slice of Seaside freshness in Oldtown. | Alvarado Avenue, Downtown Monterey. 583-0913, http://www.thealternativecafe.com.

ALVARADO GALLERY Works by various artists. | Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. 646-5648, http://www.monterey.org. Regular hours: 8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri.

ANTON GALLERY Dark until further notice. | 701 Hawthorne St., Monterey. 655-1490.

CAFE 316 Between Two Worlds: Christian Marechal’s photographs grace the clean, modern space of Cafe 316 again, this time devoted to Jade de Palacios, now a neighbor living on the Peninsula and, at one time, a refugee from the civil war in her native El Salvado. Photographs of her youth in her Central American homeland are juxtaposed with Marechal’s recent portraits, showing the span of a life that ranged from war, hunger and deprivation to a life in full bloom as an international citizen and a witness to two vastly different worlds. | Cafe 316, 316 Alvarado St., Monterey. 324-4566, 714-856-2341. Regular hours: 7am-close Mon-Fri, 8am-close Sat-Sun.

CAFE LUMIERE when i look at the world: Artist Emily Brown creates works of art that pushes the county’s boundaries into urban and contemporary realms. This show displays her vibrant cut paper art and crafts. | 365 Calle Principal, Monterey. 920-2451.

CALIFORNIA VIEWS PHOTO ARCHIVES Thousands of historical Monterey and California photos. | 469 Pacific St., Monterey. 373-3811, http://www.caviews.com. Regular hours: 11am-5:30pm Mon-Sat.

CANNERY ROW ANTIQUE MALL Depression Kitchen Exhibition: Tina Martinez displays her “Depression Kitchen,” a collection of green glass, jadeite glass, tins and enamelware from the 1930s and ‘40s. The exhibit will be on display through the end of March in the upstairs gallery. | 471 Wave St., Monterey. 665-0264. Regular hours: 10am-5pm daily.

CHRISTOPHER BELL GALLERY Oils, jewelry, glass art, bronze and more. | 200 Alvarado Mall, at Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey. 649-0214, http://www.christopherbellgallery.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm.

EAST VILLAGE COFFEE LOUNGE Works by various artists. | 498 Washington St., Monterey. 373-5601, http://www.eastvillagecoffeelounge.com. Regular hours: 6am-closing Mon-Fri, 7am-closing Sat-Sun.

EMILY BROWN STUDIO GALLERY Works by the artist. | 700 Cannery Row, Suite SS, Monterey. 559-302-8129.

GALLERY I FINE ART Angus Wilson: Best known for his vivid still life paintings, Wilson can turn a breakfast table – with coffee and a croissant – into a piece reminiscent of grandma’s kitchen. Flowers, bright tablecloth and all. | 685 Cannery Row, Monterey. 375-1617, http://www.galleryifineart.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm daily.

HIMALAYAN THANGKA ART GALLERY The Tibetan thangka art in this new gallery next to Youth Arts Collective is done by Santoshi Lama and her family – as it has been for four generations – when they were living in Nepal. Thangka is a highly detailed watercolor art that tells the story of gods and goddesses in Buddhist lore. One must be trained in the rules and discipline just to build up the patience to do this type of art (it can take two to three months, at eight hours a day, for a master to complete one work), and once started, a work must be finished. Santoshi’s father, Pratap Lama, is a master and minds the gallery. Workshops are in the works. | 480 Calle Prinicpal, Monterey. 383-4563, 521-6420, prataplama10@hotmail.com.

JOANN DOST GOLF LIFESTYLE GALLERY Golf-related photography by Joann Dost and others. | 2700 Garden Road, Monterey. 375-3678.

MCGOWAN HOUSE A Sense of Place Over Time: photographs. | 381 High St., Monterey. 238-0902.

MIRIAM’S CAFE Margo Mullen brings Back to Basics, a way of life and solo exhibition to Miriam’s, showcasing her 5 x 5 encaustic designs made of objects found in the world around her and embedded in pigmented bees wax. Mullen moved to the peninsula from Sacramento where she then graduated with a Public Art degree from CSUMB. Mullen is deeply affected and inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Monterey Bay. She also dabbles in acrylic, photography and offers her art to public murals including CSUMB’s aquatic center now adorned with a beautifully accurate kelp forest. Margo, continues to blossom as an artist, contributing greatly to the Monterey County art community. | 615 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 277-5655, 224-2731. Regular hours: 7am-3pm Mon-Sat, 7am-1pm Sun.

MONTEREY CONFERENCE CENTER New Exhibits: The City of Monterey and Monterey Conference Center present three new featured artists at Alvarado Gallery. Bonny Lhotka’s exhibit, Natural Order, features a collection of 3-D images with animation lenticula photos inspired by nature. Jim Edkins’ exhibit, Peninsula Plein Air, uses oil to convey the raw power of nature. Don DeNivi’s exhibit, Sunlit Sights, is a collection of watercolor pieces of landscapes and lighthouses. | One Portola Plaza, Monterey. 646-3770, 242-8743, http://www.montereyconferencecenter.com. Regular hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri.

MONTEREY CUSTOM FRAMING Photography and drawings of the Monterey area from Jan Trojan, paintings by Marcia Perry, drawings from Coralyn Coble. | 468 Calle Principal, Monterey. 657-9191, http://www.mcfi.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-3pm Sat.

MONTEREY MARITIME AND HISTORY MUSEUM Eight paintings, including “Town Gossip” by E. Charlton Fortune, that have been in the museum’s collection since 1959. | 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. 372-2608 x17, http://www.montereyhistory.org. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Sun. Donations accepted.

MONTEREY MUSEUM OF ART-LA MIRADA Roland Peterson: 50 Years of Painting: This exhibition celebrates the Danish-American artist, a second-generation member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, whose vividly colored abstract expressionist works have made him one of California’s most well-known artists. Weaving in natural figures from the central coast and flirting with color, form and light, Petersen’s highly dualistic paintings are both orderly and chaotic and riddled with symbolism that spans artistic movements back to the Egyptians. The exhibition runs through June 20. | Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. Free/member; $2-$5/nonmember. 372-3689, http://www.montereyart.org.

MONTEREY MUSEUM OF ART-PACIFIC Through watercolors, etchings, photographs and painting, Land and Sea: Paintings and Photographs of Monterey and Beyond explores both the urban and natural landscape that defines the Peninsula. The works stretch over several decades, and include a film by Eva Lothar, a French cinematographer whose short film, Street of the Sardine, explores Cannery Row after the last cannery shut its doors and ponders man’s responsibility to the world’s natural resources. It runs through October. Contemporary photographer Ryuijie creates ethereal, painterly photographs of abstracted subjects, printed on rare platinum in an opaque style that is recognizably his own. He’s featured in the latest MontereyNOW solo exhibition. | 559 Pacific St., Monterey. 372-5477 x101, http://www.montereyart.org. $5/admission. Regular hours: 11am-5pm Wed-Sat, 1-4pm Sun.

MONTEREY PENINSULA AIRPORT GALLERY Our neat little airport – with its manageable size, stylish restaurant with a view of the runway, and revolving art exhibits – instead of just serving as a gateway to another place, can be a destination in itself. It’s highly recommended for the latest exhibit to grace the upper mezzanine. The Paper Show stars a dozen artists like Eleen Auvil, Carolyn Berry and Douglas Downes who create a fascinating panoply of contemporary paper art in the shape of frogs and hummingbirds to geometric abstractions. Santa Catalina students take suit, with Airborn Paper and Paper Penguins exhibits in the adjoining Youth Gallery. Also showing is the historic Against the Odds: Pioneer Women of Monterey County portraits and stories of influencial women. | 200 Fred Kane Drive, Monterey. 648-7910, http://www.montereyairport.com. Hours: open always.

MONTEREY PENINSULA ART FOUNDATION GALLERY On the Edge: The more than thirty artists that make up the Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation display their eclectic pieces in a show they call “On the Edge.” The show remains on display until July 12. | 425 Cannery Row, Monterey. 655-1267, http://www.mpaf.org. Regular hours: 11am-5pm daily.

NEVER ON SUNDAY Various works of art, crafts and humorous sundry. | 251 Pearl St., Monterey. 372-1051, http://www.never-on-sunday.com. Regular hours: 10am-5:30pm Mon-Sat.

ORIENTATIONS FINE ASIAN ANTIQUES Asian art, furnishings, sculptures and artifacts from China, Japan, Korea and elsewhere. Japanese tea lounge service 11am-5pm Sat. | 700 Camino El Estero, Monterey. 655-9766, http://www.orientations.us. Regular hours: 11am-5pm Tue-Sat.

PINCKNEY PHOTOGRAPHY Retrospective of the works of Jim Pinckney. | 425 Pacific St., Monterey. 375-1964, http://www.jimpinckney.com.

RIP SQUEAK AND FRIENDS GALLERY Various illustrations. | 751 Cannery Row, Ste. 101, Monterey. 643-9999, http://www.ripsqueak.com.

SHEILA DELIMONT STUDIO Western Skies and Waterways: Sheila Delimont has had her eye on the skies – her new series shows the complexities of a sunset and the details in a building storm. Her pieces take viewers to familiar places: Moss Landing, the Carmel River, and San Joaquin Valley, while also venturing to unknown areas in the southwest. | 700 Cannery Row, BB, Monterey. 333-1099, http://www.sheiladelimont.com.

SHEILA DELIMONT STUDIO GALLERY New studio gallery. | 700 Cannery Row, Suite BB, Monterey.

STEVENSON HOUSE Monterey State Historic Parks collection. | 530 Houston St., Monterey. 649-7118, 649-2900.

STUDIO ONE Oil paintings by Erin Lee Gafill and silver gelatin prints by Tom Birmingham. | 177 Van Buren St., Monterey. 646-9000.

THE PARLOR Monterey Peninsula’s Hidden Treasures: by various artists. | 542 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 375-5440. Regular hours: 9am-5pm Tue-Sat.

THOMAS KINKADE NATIONAL ARCHIVE Largest display of Kinkade originals. | 361 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 655-5520 x108. Regular hours: 10am-5pm daily.

TITUS CONTEMPORARY GALLERY Contemporary art by Mary Titus and others. | Monterey Marriott, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey. 649-4234 x1805, http://www.marytitusart.com.

TRAILSIDE CAFEl MannMade Creations: Seaside oil painter Jacob Mann was commissioned to create the poster for this year’s Artichoke Festival. His recent paintings hold court at Cannery Row’s Mediterranean-style cafe this spring, with an official opening planned in May. But you can see it now. | 550 Wave St., Monterey. 760-2809, 649-8600. Regular hours: 8am-3pm Mon-Fri; 8am-4pm Sat-Sun.

WAVE STREET STUDIOS Occasional local and visting artists; call for information. | 774 Wave St., Monterey. 655-2010, http://www.livenetworks.tv. Regular hours: 10am-6pm daily, call for details.

YOUTH ARTS COLLECTIVE Dozens of young artists, aged 14-22, of this non-profit after-school arts studio generates all manner and direction of creative expression. Donations are appreciated. | 472 Calle Principal, Monterey. 375-9922, http://www.yacstudios.org. Regular hours: 3-7pm Fri, noon-4pm Sat.

VENTURE GALLERY Works by various artists. | Portola Hotel & Spa, 260 Alvarado St., Monterey. 372-6279, http://www.venturegallery.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm daily.

Z FOLIO GALLERY Works of photography by Michael Mendizza; glass by Stanislav Libensky, Jan Exnar, Pavel Juda, Roman Bastl; and jewelry by Magick, Jorge Revilla, Matsu, Atelier Munsteiner, John Kennedy, David Tishbi and others. | 750 Cannery Row, #12, Monterey. 655-9891, http://www.zfolio.com.

MOSS LANDING

COASTAL IMPRESSIONS STUDIO GALLERY In addition to Moss Landing’s Elkhorn Slough landing the cover of VIA, the AAA magazine, the ocean-hugging hamlet can boast a new gallery to bolster its slow, steady transition from antiquing mecca to artistic outpost. Barry Marshall’s sudio/gallery opened discreetly last month with 50-something of his oil and acrylic landscapes and seascapes he’s painted in the last three years. Marshall lived and painted, variously, in Pacific Grove, Hawaii, Santa Cruz and now Moss Landing. Never far from the ocean, this one, including his work at Chapman Gallery in Carmel. The sign on the old Victorian building still says Moss Landing Mercantile – you can’t buy that kind of aged charm. | 7981 Moss Landing Road, Unit E, Moss Landing. 277-5445, http://www.barrymarshallpaintings.com. Regular hours: 1-5pm Sat-Sun.

HAUTE ENCHILADA GALLERY UNO In addition to a bounty of local, regional and out-of-state artists on display, Haute Enchilada Uno houses the works of Pat Coniglio and her whimsical folk art cat portraits and Roberta Friedman’s functional ceramic art, and something less tangible in the air – atmosphere. | 7902 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing. 633-5843, 633-3743, http://www.hauteenchilada.com/cafe.html. Regular hours: 11am-5pm daily.

HAUTE ENCHILADA GALLERY DOS Newly opened second Haute Enchilada gallery, with works of juried art from dozens of artists, including jeweler Lynn Kask, photographer Craig Lovell, Tomas Spangler, Debbie Delatour, Wm. Lawrence and more. | 7981 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing. 633-5843, 633-3743, http://www.hauteenchilada.com/cafe.html. Regular hours: 11am-5pm daily.

PACIFIC GROVE

ARTISANA GALLERY Restructuring: The gallery devotes its space to a solo show of nearly 20 pieces by Tracy Parker. The paintings and reclaimed mixed media works include new geometric paintings informed by architecture – some more abstract than others, but all revolving around issues of development and urban conditions in a “conceptual, diagrammatic study.” | 309 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. 655-9775, http://www.artisanaonline.com. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Sat, by appointment Sun-Mon.

BACK PORCH FABRICS Quilters from both California and Great Britain have been given a challenge – to use fabric and patterns that create a sense of going green. Their end result, approximately 40 quilts, will be on show. The quilts will continue to be on display through May 26. | 157 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-4453, http://www.backporchfabrics.com. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, noon-4pm Sun.

BUTTERFLY AND LANTERN The name might conjure images of colorful crafts, provincial pottery and home accents, but don’t let the name fool you. The artists of this gallery – formerly located in P.G., then Monterey, and now back in P.G. – can turn out some innovative, contemporary stuff, like graffiti on cardboard or graphic design-ey abstractions. For open house, they stock their new spot at Lighthouse Square with painted porcelain and Big Sur Jade pottery by Cheryl Watts, and paintings by Colleen Sundquist, Anthony LoShavio, Ami Magill and Joe Davi. | 205 Cypress Ave., Pacific Grove. 655-0303, 333-1396, butterflyandlantern@live.com.

CAPELLI SALON This show unveils the photographs of Michael Thomas Kainer, taken in Monterey, New York, Paris and Tijuana, with subjects ranging from Del Monte Skating Rink, people, landscapes, and buildings – a sort of travelogue. | 230 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove. 655-4563. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Sat

ENCORE BOUTIQUE The Bohemian Underground Artists. | 125 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-1700. Regular hours: noon-6pm Mon-Sat, noon-5pm Sun.

GALLERY AT 417 Works by Vivian Cook and member artists. | 417 Cannery Row, Monterey. http://www.galleryat417.com.

THE LOFT GALLERY Storyteller: Mixed media and assemblage works by Ray Magsalay. It’s joined by other various artists also show. | 208 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. 655-9887.

LISA COSCINO GALLERY Incite Insight: From the Kingdom of Tonga to the Monterey Peninsula, Bryant Austin has connected with an array of endangered species whale across the globe – staring one female humpback whale square in the eye – to share the most detailed photos of the mammals ever produced. Discover this intimate perspective at his multimedia exhibition’s opening reception, which will also screen the short documentary “In the Eye of the Whale,” detailing Austin’s escapades free diving with the creatures. Mark DiOrio also presents on Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries’ newest project, The Exploration Center, to be built in Santa Cruz. | 216B Grand Ave., Pacific Grove. 646-1939, http://www.lisacoscino.com.

LYSAKOV ART COMPANY Form & Freedom: Michael St. Mary of Pacific Grove displays 10 of his sculptures, created over the past 27 years, made from wood, marble and cement. | 305 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-7100, http://www.lysakovartcompany.com. Regular hours: 10am-4pm Tue-Fri and by appointment.

NELSON OCEAN ART OUTLET Robert Lyn Nelson: Recent marine art. | American Tin Cannery, Ocean Blvd., Suite 127, Pacific Grove. 641-0196, http://www.nelsonoceanart.com.

PACIFIC GROVE ART CENTER For their new exhibits at Pacific Grove Art Center, they’ve gathered an interesting blend of artwork. Ray Parsons uses photographs to create poetic moments. Gabriele Hahn brings the African Omo River tribe to P.G. using paint (sales of her works benefit a school she and her husband sponsored in Kenya). Kathy Sharpe uses bright oils to bring apple trees to life. Jennifer Brook-Kothlow and Rima West use mixed media to challenge our imaginations. | 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-2208, 277-1344, http://www.pgartcenter.org. Regular hours: Noon-5pm Wed-Sat, 1-4pm Sun.

PACIFIC GROVE LIBRARY 1906 San Francisco Fire Sketches: early Carmel artist Mary DeNeale’s pastel and color sketches of post-earthquake San Francisco. | 550 Central Ave., Pacific Grove. 648-5760, http://www.pacificgrove.lib.ca.us. Regular hours: Noon-5pm Fri-Sat; noon-7pm Tues; 11am-6pm Tue-Wed.

PACIFIC GROVE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Artifacts from local history is on display, including taxidermied birds, mammals and reptiles, and geographical and native plant displays. | 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. 648-5716, http://www.pgmuseum.org. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Sat.

PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS Works by various artists. | 650 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 210-9593, http://www.photosbylaura.ifp3.com. Regular hours: Noon-6pm daily.

POSSIBILITIES ART STUDIO AND GALLERY Works by S.L. Greek. | 232 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove. 643-9392.

PENINSULA POTTERS A 10 member collective of potters and ceramic artists. | 2078 Sunset Dr., Pacific Grove. 372-8867.

SALLY GRIFFIN CENTER Central Coast Art Association members Mary Alice Hinman-Gifford, Colleen Sunquist and Sally Weil. | 700 Jewell Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-4454, 915-8325.

STROUSE AND STROUSE STUDIO GALLERY Just opened last September, P.G.’s latest creative space puts on a show of paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewelry and photography by a squadron of artists including Rose Sloan, Susan Titus, Steve Clark, Hy Doyle and others. | 178 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove. Free. 647-1068, http://www.strouseandstrouse.com.

TILLIE GORT’S Identically Different: Identical twins Suzette and Suzanne Sayles star in a dual show of their floral watercolors, colorful, organic works that range from calla lillies to sunflowers to roses to onions. | 111 Central Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-4497, 373-0335.

THE WORKS CAFE Works by various artists. | 667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 372-2242, http://www.theworkspg.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun.

SALINAS

@ RISK Exclusive Ink: Art sale and exhibition by the employees of Exclusive Ink tattoo shop in Salinas, featuring tattoo inspired paintings and other works. Started in July 2008, the gallery works in conjunction with Dorothy’s Place to organize programs for teenagers and to showcase local street artists. | 14 Soledad St., Salinas. 757-3838, 455-5964. Regular hours: 1-2:30pm Mon, 12:30-2:30pm Tue, 12:30-3:30pm Thu.

GREGORY ARTIST STUDIO Drawings and cartoons by Squid Row creator Bridgett Spicer. | 10 W. Gabilan St., Salinas. 776-3593. Regular hours: By appointment.

HARTNELL GALLERY Chris Winfield, an educated artist from Washington University, displays his most composed collection including highly original paintings filling the visual arts center at Hartnell College. Winfield directed his passion towards constructing a gallery of his private collections for a first attempt at a one-man show. The support of his loving family prolongs his passion for art, creative energy and visual language. Winfield’s artistic inspirations include 5th and 6th century cave paintings from India that have evolved into his delicate,bright colored geometric elements. | Hartnell College, 411 Central Ave., Salinas. 484-2262, 755-6791. Regular hours: 10am-8pm.

NATIONAL STEINBECK CENTER Salinas Chinatown: The Steinbeck Center and Asian Community Encounters launches a two-year exhibition that hones in on three areas of Salinas’ Chinatown Asian culture and lore – Chinese, Filipino and Japanese. It starts with Chinese in Salinas Chinatown, which runs through July 4. Our World at War: The Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts the traveling photo exhibit of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Our World at War, from April 18-May 31. The ICRC commissioned VII Photo Agency to send five photographers – Ron Haviv, James Nachtwev, Antonin Kratochvil, Franco Pagetti and Christopher Morris – into hot zones across the globe like Georgia, Afghanistan, Columbia, Democratic Republic of Congo and others, and come back with “first-hand” accounts of the destruction of war. | 1 Main St., Salinas. 775-4721, http://www.steinbeck.org. $10.95/adult, $8.95/senior, student and military with ID, $7.95/youth 13-17, $5.95/child 6-12, free/child 5 and under. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sun.

ROLLICK’S COFFEEHOUSE Bernadette Carrillo photography show of Alcatraz prison, taken with a Holga camera onto film. | 210 Main St., Salinas. 422-1760, http://www.rollicks.com. Regular hours: 6:30am-9pm Mon-Fri; 7am-9pm Sat; 7am-8pm Sun.

VALLEY ART GALLERY July Featured Artist: Russian-born Tamara Selyangina shows her watercolors of Monterey County. Many other works of art are displayed, from jewelry to oils to sculpture and more. | 218 Main St., Salinas. 422-4162, http://www.salinasvalleyartgallery.com. Regular hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm Sun.

SAND CITY

SWEET ELENA’S CAFE Terese Garcia & Phoenix Redstone: France transplant Elena hosts an art show of abstract modern art, in a dual show of creative color and rich texture, on display until July 22. | 465 D Olympia Ave., Sand City. 393-2063. Regular hours: 7:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm Sat.

JOHNNY APODACA STUDIO Paintings by local plein air and abstract artist Johnny Apodaca. | 720 Redwood Ave., Sand City. 601-6357.

SYLVAN DESIGN & GALLERY This new Sand City art spot presents a collection of painting. graphic arts and sculpture by nearly 30 mostly Sand City but generally local artists, juried by Johnny Apodaca, Suzka Collins and Patrick Orosco. | 613A Ortiz Ave., Sand City. 917-6226. Regular hours: 10am-4pm Thu, 1-7pm Sat, 1-7pm Fri.

THE CORNER GALLERY Works by Sand City artists. | 1717 Contra Costa, Sand City. 394-6409.

THE WORKS CAFE Pacific Grove artist Maria Poroy opens her solo exhibit Double Vision at The Works. The exhibit uses two different viewpoints, realistic and expressive realism to depict the life and the surroundings here on the peninsula. Her paintings are abstract conveying emotion through colors or subject based. The show is up until Jan. 11, 2010. | 667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 372-2242, http://www.theworkspg.com. Regular hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun.

SEASIDE

ALTERNATIVE CAFÉ The Dark Between Double Rainbow: Named after Greek philosopher Alexander of Aphrodisias, who “denied the existence of an eternal soul,” this show studies the darker regions of art, with a spectrum of work from three artists. Bay Area artist and furniture maker Jon Carling inks “owl monsters” and “squid v. submarine fights” on new and old paper; Monterey’s Chloe Wilson paints the “recently departed” and “saintly vegetables”; while Austin, Texas, artist Kai Peter Martin turns in graphite sketches on paper. It’s Alternative Cafe so the show’s going to be cool and odd. | 1230 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. 583-0913, http://www.thealternativecafe.com. Regular hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Fri, noon-3pm Sat.

AVERY GALLERY May/June Exhibit: Seaside City Hall’s hallways host an array of art for this installment of their ever-changing exhibit. Sea Scribes: All Things Calligraphy consists of book art, cards and other items around the elaborate lettering style, including Debra Ferreboeuf. Surreal Art is Sheilah Tracey’s solo show of new paintings of “color, symbols and designs.” Pottery is even represented in the show of Shirley Pribek with friends from Peninsula Potters. And the city’s Public Works Department showcases Occupational Art of new and old tools of the trade. The works stays up to June 24. | City Hall, 440 Harcourt St., Seaside. 899-6800, 899-6811. Regular hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Thu.

FRAMES ON BROADWAY A Tribute to Trees: Photographer Ken Doo showcases his photographs of trees in the Canyon de Chelly in the Navajo Nation of Arizona. | 815 Broadway Ave., Seaside. 394-9394. Regular hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat.

SEASIDE CITY CENTER New Enterprise: The beacon of modern art that was fine art base, a nonprofit that set up shop in Sand City in March 2009 and curated progressive art shows and gatherings before closing its doors in just under a year, is back. “We don’t need to run a physical space to advance the fine art base mission,” read Elizabeth O’Malley’s notice of the closure of the happening art gallery. They set up shop in the little-used retail space at Seaside’s City Center for the first of a three-part installation called New Enterprise. Phase 1, which opened Friday, May 14, features artists Kris Cowen, San Francisco’s Zachary Royer Scholz and dlwilkinson, showing new work that also reappropriates “sites and materials” in new ways and contexts. Recycling was a big mission of the former fine art base; seems it still is. Phase 2 will take place at Sand City’s West End Celebration while Phase 3 goes down in Big Sur. | City Hall, 440 Harcourt St., Seaside. 899-6800, 899-6811. Regular hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Thu.

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