Studio and Plein Air
Instructor: Dan Graziano
Medium: Oil or Acrylic
Dates: October 14–16, 2019
Class times: 9:00am–4:00pm
Level: All Levels
Class Limit: 15
Whether you are a beginner picking up a brush for the first time or someone returning to art after a long time away from the easel, this workshop is designed to be informative, fun and stimulating. Beginning with a discussion on the “basics” of painting (from materials to paint handling), the workshop will also address the fundamentals of composition, color, value, edges and perspective. Instruction will include a short painting demo by Dan each day, with explanation of his process along the way.
The first day begins with a discussion of the “basics” of painting (from materials to paint handling) as well as the fundamentals of composition, color, value, edges and perspective. Then, participants will work in the studio from a still life to paint quick studies from life that incorporate the fundamentals discussed, with plenty of one-on-one individual instruction throughout the day. The following two days of the workshop will focus on painting en plein air, including how to develop greater skills of observation, simplification, and quickly painting “wet-on-wet” (alla prima) to translate what you see and experience into strong paintings. Participants will paint outdoors at different locations each day within the picturesque Carmel region. The basic goal for each day of this workshop will be to develop the ability to create expressive, accurate, and “painterly” paintings!
Late in his career, Richard Diebenkorn wrote out ten points he thought useful when approaching the art of painting. Two of our more contemporary painting instructors are William Wray and Alex Kanevsky. They will be coming together at 6:30pm on Friday, Oct 26, 2018—an evening between each of their workshops—to discuss these 10 “notes” he wrote to himself. As artists, we all approach our art making differently, in fact, each painting may have a different approach and motivation. So it will be a lively discussion to be sure. Here are the 10 points below so you can be ready to hear and see how Alex and William use these ideas in their approaches.
“Notes to myself on beginning a painting” by Richard Diebenkorn
- Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.
- The pretty, initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued – except as a stimulus for further moves.
- Do search. Best in order to find other than what is searched for.
- Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.
- Don’t “discover” a subject – of any kind.
- Somehow don’t be bored—but if you must—use it in action. Use its destructive potential.
- Mistakes can’t be erased but they move you from your present position.
- Keep thinking about Pollyanna.
- Tolerate chaos.
- Be careful only in a perverse way.
Register now for the Wray/Kanevesky discussion at
We Are Selma | The Selma Portrait Project
by Kathryn Mayo
Carmel Visual Arts, Barnyard Shopping Village
3694 The Barnyard, F22, Carmel, CA 93923
Friday, June 8th through Saturday, June 30th, 2018.
Saturday, June 9th, 2018, 6–8pm
Carmel Visual Arts welcomes Kathryn Mayo, a photography professor at Cosumnes River College near Sacramento, with an exhibition of her wet plate collodion ambrotypes. The exhibition features Kathryn’s photographs from an important series titled: We Are Selma | The Selma Portrait Project.
Kathryn Mayo spent a year on sabbatical from teaching in California’s Central Valley to return to her native Selma, Alabama to photograph its citizens using a vintage process. Wet plate collodion refers to the 1800’s process of coating glass plates by hand and exposing them in a large format view camera through a vintage portrait lens. The results are exquisite negative photographs, that when exhibited on a black background, become rich images with the illusion of real life depth.
Her childhood experiences growing up in Selma add an interesting perspective and enhance the relationship for the viewer with these unique art photographic objects. The work was most recently on display at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.
Kathryn will also be giving a lecture at Center for Photographic Art on Thursday, June 14th , from 6:30 – 8pm about her project. It will be held at Carpenter Hall in Sunset Center, Carmel as the second installment of CPA’s lecture series.
In our continued effort to provide quality cultural programing for the local art community, Carmel Visual Arts offers a unique series of monthly painting & photography demonstrations and lectures. World-class instructors will be here to teach multi-day workshops and you can get a unique glimpse into their instruction and painting approach by attending their demos before their workshops. Each evening doors will open by 6:00pm and program will start by 6:30pm. Refreshments included.
- Thursday, March 15, 2018 | Angus Wilson | Still-Life Demo (Acrylic)
- Sunday April 8, 2018 | Julie Houck | Sky/Cloud Demo (Oils)
- Sunday, April 22, 2018 | Paul Kratter | Landscape Demo (Oils)
- Sunday, May 6, 2018 | Albert Handell | Landscape Demo (Pastel)
- Sunday, June 10, 2018 | Mary Whyte | Lecture/Book Signing (Watercolor)
- Thursday, June 21, 2018 | Mike Hernandez | Landscape Demo (Gouache)
Below is a recent portrait demonstration by Max Ginsburg.
2 hours condensed to 3 minutes…
Register For Demo Below
Carmel Visual Arts offers a compelling line-up of fine art workshops from world-class professional artists.
Some of our past art workshop instructors have included Marc Dalessio, Mary Whyte, Matt Smith, Max Ginsburg, Sean Cheetham, Ray Roberts, Daniel Keys, Lori Putnam, Robert Liberace, Michael Mentler, Calvin Liang, Shelby Keefe, Kerik Kouklis, Randall Sexton, Karl Dempwolf, Charles Muench, Larry Moore and many others…
Both painting and photography workshops throughout the year are available. Select a workshop below to find out more and register.
Ned Mueller (Studio Landscape) Nov 2017
|(No workshops scheduled)|
Sean Cheetham (Studio)
Kerik Kouklis (Studio)
Angus Wilson (Studio)
Julie Houck (Studio/Plein Air)
Paul Kratter (Plein Air)
Albert Handell (Studio/Plein Air)
Mary Whyte (Studio)
Mike Hernandez (Studio/Plein Air)
Carolyn Lord (Studio/Plein Air)
Kim Lordier (Studio/Plein Air)
Calvin Liang (Studio/Plein Air)
Randy Sexton (Studio/Plein Air)
Karl Dempwolf (Studio/Plein Air)
William Wray (Studio/Plein Air)
|Ted Orland & Alan Ross
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Visionary Art of the Indigenous Huichol People
Art Exhibition & Reception
2-Days • Friday & Saturday August 18+19, 2017
- Friday 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Friday 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Carmel Visual Arts
The Barnyard Shopping Village
3694 The Barnyard, F22
Carmel, CA 93923
The Huichol Foundation and Dance of the Deer Foundation present a rare exhibition of indigenous Huichol art from the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico. This exhibit includes various beaded sculptures, intricate jewelry, fine woven and stitched medicine bags, and exquisite yarn paintings.
The artwork of the Huichol tribe is known around the globe for its vibrant color and intricate detail. What is not as widely known, are the cultural traditions that weave together the ancient symbology of the art with the visionary experiences of each artisan.
Traditional Huichol artisans must first see the patterns and symbols in a dream or vision before they create a piece of art. In this way, the artisan transmits their personal experience of the divine to others through the medium of the art. Thus, the Huichol say that their art is a living representation of the divine.
A portion of proceeds from art sales help to support various Huichol communities and the projects of the Huichol Foundation and Dance of the Deer Foundation.
For Immediate Release
June 11, 2017
- What: FotoSága Dreams Photography Exhibition Opening Reception
- When: July 1, 2017, 6-8pm Opening Reception
- Exhibition dates: July 1 – July 25
- Where: Carmel Visual Arts, Space F22, 3694 The Barnyard, Carmel, CA 93923 (New location next to Elliot Framing)
- Gallery hours: 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Dreams Photography Exhibition Curators Statement by Carol Henry
Vision so closely relates to photography. It is what wee see that inspires us to capture an image, stopping it and rendering the moment for others or ourselves to enjoy later, sometimes traveling might inspire you a lot to do art, many people have found that by taking rides on roller scooters they are able to appreciate better nature and get inspired by it ( Continued information here on transportation options, such cars). What are Dreams, but visions without looking? They are visuals that are shown to us while traveling without moving. A space where knowledge is accumulated from ancestors, animals, and the subconscious that perhaps lead to insight and creative interpretation.
How do you photograph these visions? That was the assignment that the current FotoSága women’s photography group was given in February. Since then they have been looking inside and not just on the outside for photographic inspiration. Their photographs manifest both the verb and the noun as they explore the spaces often unseen. Please join us for the unveiling of FotoSága Dreams!
FotoSága was created by photographer Carol Henry in January 2015 to inspire and inform female photographers. The program is based on 5-month sessions and culminates in a public exhibition each time. This is FotoSága’s fifth exhibition.
- Debra Achen
- Suzanne Dorrance
- Ruth Grimes
- Carol Henry
- Susan Kingsley
- Kimberli Phillips
- Cindy Poole
- Tami B. Sojka
- Celeste Wahl
Join Carmel Visual Arts in a
Retrospective Exhibition of Robert K Byers Photography
Exhibit Dates: June 16-25, 2017. 10am to 5pm daily.
Artist Reception: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 2-4pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, June 18, 2017, 3pm
Visualize the sublime alongside the luminous!
Robert K Byers is a lifelong aficionado of fine art photography—his photographic pursuits span 80 years. To celebrate his 99th year, he and his family have chosen to hang an exhibition of his silver gelatin prints and archival pigment prints for collectors to enjoy and purchase, even his baby in the BabyTrend Expedition Jogger stroller is coming. The show will be held in the Carmel Visual Arts gallery in Carmel’s Barnyard Shopping Village. If any one person is a living legend in photography—and has known all the greats in the west coast tradition of the art form—it is Byers. He learned much about the selective eye through friendships with photographic visionaries Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Brett Weston. Robert Byers spent 19 years as a trustee at Friends of Photography here in Carmel and was a photography advocate and instructor while practicing law.
“His passion for photography took him on journeys inside several countries, but it is the influence of Japan, that silence of reverent form, where I feel Byers work embraces its own unique style.” —Carol Henry, Photography Director at Carmel Visual Arts.
Since Byers is nearing the century mark, his long lifetime of experiences are part of his legacy. On Father’s Day he will be giving an artist’s talk at Carmel Visual Arts at 3pm. Please join in the free experience and learn more about what makes photographers tick.
“It’s the search and the journey that make life and photography exciting. In working with the camera, I want to arouse a reaction in the person viewing the photograph similar to that felt by me when I made the exposure.” —Robert Byers
Outdoor (Plein Air)
Painting Classes with Rich Brimer
Painting outdoors on the Monterey Peninsula has been popular since the 1870’s. Early California impressionists and post-impressionists moved to the area to thrive in this region, overflowing with beautiful coastal vistas and exciting details to capture with paint.
Continuing this rich heritage—local artist and Director of Carmel Visual Arts—Rich Brimer will be offering an 8-week outdoor painting class on Friday mornings beginning June 2, 2017. The cost for the entire 8-week session is only $400, or you can join any single class for $60 each. These classes will begin at 8am to capture the early morning light. We will usually be done by 11am, but you can stay on as long as you like to finish up on your work. Each week we will be painting in a new location, so please be in contact with me if you need to know the location. You can reach Rich at 831.620.2955.
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William Giles | Carol Henry | Debra Achen
A Photography Exhibition
Saturday, April 1 at 6 PM – 8 PM
at Carmel Visual Arts
3728 The Barnyard, Carmel, California 93923
Carmel Visual Arts will honor photographer William Giles with an exhibition of silver gelatin photographs, dating back to the 1950s. His awareness of the spirit within all living things is exposed on film and paper, which then is transferred to all who stand before his meditative imagery. Each photograph asks us to slow down and to look closer while searching for the transcending details that Giles selected. Even the best stock photos in the world,have but a fraction of the depth found in these pieces, don’t miss out!
The Elementalists exhibition will focus on earth, water, wind and fire. Each of the physical qualities will be captured with feeling and not only in the work of William Giles, but also through the photographs of Carol Henry and Debra Achen. Carol Henry will be exhibiting unique cyanotypes and multi-layered dream like images from Big Sur. Debra Achen’s images capture motion in fluid studies of flame and open space.