Stories & Updates from around the Studio

EXHIBIT — City Centric — June 25–July 17, 2016

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FotoSága women’s photography group will present an exhibition at
Carmel Visual Arts titled City Centric from June 25 – July 17th, 2016.

The exhibition opens with an artists’ reception on
Saturday June 25, 2016, 4–6pm. Free and open to the public. (more…)


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On Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6:30pm, Carmel Visual Arts will host Photographer Ted Orland who will be offering a lecture which will be illustrated with examples from his own artwork and seasoned with snapshots capturing the flavor of the local scene. Ted will recount his experiences and insights into building a life in the arts. Ted Orland moved to the Monterey Bay area in 1971 to work for famed photographer Ansel Adams, and has remained part of the photographic community ever since. As such, he has both witnessed and participated in the many events that have shaped the course of West Coast Photography over the past half-century.


ART EXHIBIT — California Impressions

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Carmel Visual Arts will present a 2-person art exhibit titled, “California Impressions” of recent oil paintings by Coraly Hanson of Santa Cruz and Laura Lindem of Carmel from May 7–30, 2016.

The exhibition opens with an artists’ reception with on Saturday May 7, 2016, 2–4pm. Free and open to the public. (more…)

EMPHASIS — The Figure

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Sean Cheetham working from a live model.

Sean Cheetham working from a live model.

Carmel Visual Arts is offering a number of FIGURE painting demos and workshops in the coming months. Emphasis on the figure is important because it helps all aspects of the artist’s work. Below is the list of upcoming demos and workshops. All events listed will be at the Carmel Visual Arts studio at the Barnyard Shopping Village. Simply click the link for more info.


March Artist Spotlight:

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March Artist Spotlight:

Watercolorist  Michael Reardon

"Flood Fountain" by Michael Reardon

“Flood Fountain” by Michael Reardon

Michael Reardon comes to Carmel Visual Arts for two special events in March. The first is a PAINTING DEMONSTRATION on on Sunday, March 20 starting at 6:30pm. The $25 entry includes a wine reception at 6:30 and demo follows.

His 4-day watercolor workshop begins on Monday, March 21. There are still just a few spots available, so REGISTER NOW to secure your spot.

love FOR light

(Below is an extended excerpt from Watercolor Artist | February 2012 By Sarah A. Strickley)

A lifetime spent in the thrall of California’s exquisite, clarified light and a respect for watercolor’s innate qualities have made Michael Reardon a master of the one-sitting landscape. 

California native Michael Reardon is the kind of painter so moved by the combination of elements that comprise the perfect landscape subject—the quality of the light flooding the scene, the proud geometry of the Corinthian column—that he’s been known to sit down exactly where he stands and begin painting. “Occasionally, I turn a corner and, wow,” he says. “That’s it!” (more…)


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 Upcoming Exhibit


Carmel Visual Arts invites you to an exhibition of masterful darkroom imagery by Jeff Nixon on January 20th through February 20th, 2016. A long time photographer and assistant to legends like Morley Baer and Ansel Adams; we hope you will join us to celebrate his exquisite work.

In addition to Nixon’s silver prints, we will be exhibiting an installation of very small works by the women’s photography group, FotoSága B in the spirit of Masao Yamamoto.

Artists Reception
Saturday, January 30th. 5–7pm.

January 30th–February 20th, 2016.

Image: Cook’s Meadow, Yosemite Valley by Jeff Nixon

Trés Chic Boutique

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December 5 & 6, 2015
10AM to 5PM
at Carmel Visual Artsunnamed-5

Barb Frances is our featured quilter from Aromas, California. She uses Earth friendly materials to create her made to measure suits– such as hemp, organic cotton and bamboo fabrics– offering a desired feel and texture that enhance her beautiful natural patterns. Stuffing with coconut shell, bamboo or metal buttons on pillows and sustainable kapok or organic cotton for pillow inserts, she stays with plant inspired materials. We are excited to share her stunning, hand-stitched works with you.

Margaret Hunt is our featured potter from Carmel Highlands. Her graceful forms are all hand made pinch pots from the earth’s pure clay and high fired into stoneware. This is the second year we have featured her organic shaped pots at our December Boutique! This year she has added a line of glazed cups. We think they will be perfect to take the chill off this winter!

Rich Brimer is Carmel Visual Arts’ Director — his specially priced smaller landscape oil paintings and figurative drawings will be available.

FotoSága is a group of talented women passionate about photography! This visionary group has used the idea of mini-portfolios in small boxes to created 40 unique gift items! Inside of each special small box, selected by the artist, is a portfolio they have photographed and assembled for you! Please come see these treasures that are all under $75, also make sure to check plantwear where you will find the best watches at a really good price. A unique prized gift for someone on your list, maybe someonen special, so you know you have to give him something good, that’s when you buy something really nice or look for the Best Gifts For Boyfriends in 2017 – Top9Rated.





Carmel Visual Arts is located at
3728 The Barnyard, Studio G23
in Carmel’s Barnyard Shopping Village

Grotteschi | What A Fantastic Night it was!

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We would like to send out our thanks and love to everyone that participated in the Grotteschi exhibit and also to all who were able to make it to the opening reception costume party. Take a look at the party pix, then order your very own Grotteschi Catalog which contains the entire exhibit images along with a statement about each of the images by the photographers that created them.

Grotteschi | Exploring Hieronymus Bosch

By Carmel Visual Arts

68 pages, published 10/22/2015

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This photo exhibition catalog features a selection of work inspired by the wildly interpretive visual storyteller Hieronymus Bosch who lived from the 1450’s until 1516 in the Netherlands. His storytelling style wildly reveals a natural world inhabited by mythical and exotic animals tangled amongst crowds of humans struggling with the angst and frailties of the day. The photographs in the Grotteschi exhibit here in Carmel, California represent not only a wide… MORE INFO

October Demo Nights

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October is filled with two exciting demo nights.


FRIDAY, October 9, 2015 we have Julie Houck coming to do a painting demonstration of Sky & Clouds in which she will be utilizing the best spotting scope to get inspiration from the amazing views of the universe at night.

Patti-ARTIST_CARDSunday, October 18, 2015, Patti Mollica demonstrates her Fast & Bold painting method.

Both demonstrations are held at 6:30 PM at the Carmel Visual Arts studio at 3728 The Barnyard, Carmel CA, 93023. Please RSVP at to secure your spot today.

ATMOSPHERE: A painting exhibition at Carmel Visual Arts

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at·mos·phere • ˈatməsˌfir/ noun

For Immediate Release!

  • What: ATMOSPHERE: A painting exhibition at Carmel Visual Arts
  • Where: 3728 The Barnyard, Carmel, CA 93923
  • Exhibit Dates: Saturday, October 3–23, 2015
  • Reception: October 3, 2015, 4–6pm

Atmosphere—expressed in art—is about aura, an appearance of light or mood that shifts the viewer to another place with its presence. Atmosphere bends not only light with its ambient qualities, but it also shapes the mood.

This exhibit—which features a wide collection of artists, both local and from afar, with their array of artistic expressions on-the-theme— will delight the senses! These contemporary paintings evoke atmosphere and breathe with a feeling of originality.

Atmosphere Exhibiting Artists

  • Ned Barrett
  • Carole Belliveau
  • Bobbie Belvel
  • Bobbie Brainerd
  • Rich Brimer
  • Dawn Chevoya
  • Catherine Coombs
  • Catherine Fasciato
  • Diane Nelson Gold
  • Meisha Grichuhin
  • Wm Mark Hafeman
  • Coraly Hanson
  • Michele Hausman
  • Rose Irelan
  • Kathy Jonokuchi
  • Elana Kundell
  • Gary James Lee
  • Deborah Leonard
  • Laura Lindem
  • Rolf Lygren
  • Marie Massey
  • Ning Mercer
  • Lilli-anne Price
  • Jean Saris
  • Bonnie Sedlak
  • Matt Sterbenz
  • Diane Warner-Wang
  • Sharon Weaver
  • Wanda Westberg
  • Dorene White
  • Cindy Wilbur

Opening Reception will be on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 4pm.  Then, to continue our celebration of Atmosphere, Carmel Visual Arts offers 2 additional programs.

Contact: Rich Brimer, Director
Carmel Visual Arts
Telephone: 831-620-2955