Stories & Updates from around the Studio

Oil Painting Demo Night — Randall Sexton

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California based artist, Randall Sexton, will be giving live figure painting demonstration at Carmel Visual Arts on Sunday night, August 23, 2015. The event registration period is ending soon! A $25 ticket includes wine and cheese reception that begins at 6:30 and demo at 7pm. 

Participants should take note that the model for this demonstration will be nude.

The following day, Randy begins his NEARLY sold-out 4-day workshop

Randall Sexton is nationally known for the color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of “everyday” scenes. He is described as a “painters’ painter” by Jean Stern (Director for The Irvine Museum of Art). In his words, “As one of the premier contemporary painters of the California landscape, Randall paints still-lifes, figures, and portraits with equal mastery… His work evokes deep feelings, whether it’s the solitude of a deserted street at night or the exaltation of a beautiful landscape, each speaks softly to the viewer.”

Originally from rural New England, Sexton transplanted to San Francisco, CA (after completing a BFA from the University of CT, Storrs, in 1980.) Since then, he has been a fixture in the Bay Area art scene with a reputation as an inspiring teacher and collectable fine artist. For ten years he held a position with the San Francisco Academy of Art, SF. He now teaches various private workshops and classes including the Bay Area’s own Pixar Studios and at Carmel Visual Arts. His workshops have been hosted in destinations within the U.S. and abroad.


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Point Lobos and Beyond — Painting Exhibit

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The California Art Club and the Carmel Visual Arts present the exhibitionPoint Lobos and Beyond at the Carmel gallery from July 18 to August 22, 2015. The exhibition opens with a reception with the participating artists on Saturday, July 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The more than 30 works in the display have been created by many of the state’s premier contemporary-traditional artists who are members of the historic arts organization’s Monterey County and San Francisco Bay Area Chapters. The paintings include imagery ranging from the centuries-old Monterey Cypress “Old Veteran,” which stands watch along a rugged cliffside cove, to sandy beaches with sweeping vistas and the gem of the Point Lobos State Reserve, China Cove, with its jewel-like tones of aqua and emerald reflecting the white sand that lines the bed of the cove. All capture fleeting moments of natural lighting across scenic landscapes – a distinctive Impressionistic style of painting influenced by the Club’s early founders more than 100 years ago.

The participating artists

Wayne Adachi, Douglas Andelin, Janet Arline-Barker, Bobbie Belvel, Nanette Biers, Rich Brimer, Larry Cannon, Mark Farina, Catherine Fasciato, Terri Ford, Terry Guyer, Susan Elwart Hall, Scott Hamill, Coraly Hanson, Sibyl Johnson, Sara Kahn, Michael Khoury, Paul Kratter, Laura Lindem, Carolyn Lord, Rolf Lygren, Kate Martin, Ann McMillan, Judy Miller, Bonita Paulis, Jesse Powell, Robin Purcell, Lana Rak, Barbara Reinertson, Lynn Sanguedolce and Linda Sutton.

Carmel Visual Arts Gallery
3728 The Barnyard, Carmel, CA
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. 

About the California Art Club

The California Art Club (—established in 1909 by early California Impressionists (or plein air painters)—is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional art organizations in the world. The mission of the Club is to promote traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture; produce and promote art exhibitions that foster greater understanding of traditional art heritage and California history; and furnish educational opportunities in the fine arts. Members include nationally renowned artists, art students, art scholars and patrons, and leading collectors and members of the business community in order to interject different perspectives into the ongoing dialogue about traditional fine arts.

ANNOUNCING: 2 New Call For Entry Exhibits

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Carmel Visual Arts hosts 2 call-for-entry Fall exhibits. “Grotteschi | Exploring Hieronymus Bosch” for fine art photography — “ATMOSPHERE” for Paintings


First is”Atmosphere” due Sept 1, 2015. In this call-for-entry painting exhibition, artists are invited to use their imagination for creating and submitting works that evoke the idea of “atmosphere” either in relation to the thin veil that surrounds the earth, or in a more subtle use as in the non-visual atmospheres that would be more of a feeling, or a pervading tone or mood of a place that could also be called and atmosphere. INFO HERE



Next we introduce Grotteschi | Exploring Hieronymus Bosch — a  call-for-entry photography exhibit that explores the imagery and concepts depicted by 14th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch! Enties are due by October 1, 2015. Ted Orland and Carol Henry join up to be co-jurors. INFO HERE

Solstice Photo Exhibit & Sale is now online!

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Solstice — A Photography exhibit

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Female photographers who participated in a new targeted lecture series (had) their first show on Sunday (June 21, 2015)

The exhibit, called “Solstice” and timed for the first day of summer, is a collection of sun-related images from the five-month series called FotoSága, started this year by fine art photographer Carol Henry.

Henry’s goal is to help women make photography a career, from creating the art itself to submitting work to galleries.

“It’s kind of an education process that gives women more knowledge READ MORE…

Drawing class starts Sept 1, 2015

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Announcing: Beginning Drawing

earsTuesdays 6:00–9pm 
10 consecutive weeks Begins September 1, 2015
$450 for 10-week class (includes textbook, sketchbook, pencils, kneaded eraser, pencil holder)

Developing the art of observation will be the principal aspect of this drawing class. The way we perceive the world, shapes our worldview and our approach to life. The ability to “see” is one of the most important aspects of creating a drawing. We will be learning to gaze at a subject, discovering relationships between shapes, looking for subtle shifts in light and shadow, composition, perspective and many other tools for creating an accurate rendering of any subject.

Students will be working on classroom projects, and will also be required to follow-up each week in their sketch journal. Instructor demonstrations are an important part of any session and take place often and when necessary. Attention will be given to different skill levels within the class.


An Evening with Carolyn Lord — Watercolor Demonstration

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Carolyn Lord Watercolor Demonstration

  • Sunday, June 7, 2015
  • 6:30 Wine and Cheese reception
  • 7:00pm Demonstration begins
  • RSVP Below

Please join us as Artist Carolyn Lord discusses her idiosyncratic use of paint, paper and brush while she does a watercolor painting demonstration. Carolyn’s paintings reflect her personal interests with paintings of gardens, landscape and vernacular architecture. Carolyn Lord is a Signature member of both the California Art Club and The National Watercolor Society.


The Choir — Circle Slide Concert

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Circle-SlideCarmel Visual Arts presents another studio music event when GRAMMY®-nominated indie rockers The Choir perform a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark album, Circle Slide. The band is marking the milestone with a unique experience featuring the seminal album played live and electric in its entirety. A Choir show is always an event, however this tour represents a unique opportunity to experience the band live – including founders Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty – as they cover their iconic 1990 release from beginning to end.

The Choir’s music has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “magical songs that combine strains of murky psychedelia with pure pop”Billboard praised the band for its “dark poetic leanings, effects-laden guitars and strong melodic hooks”. Adding excitement to the attraction, longtime friend Michael Roe of 77s fame will join the band on bass for their set. The night will also showcase a special acoustic set by Roe, featuring songs from a deluxe anniversary reissue of the classic 77s Pray Naked album.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Carmel Visual Arts
3728 The Barnyard, Studio G23
Carmel, CA 93923
Doors ~ 7:00
Showtime ~ 7:30
Tickets ~ $15 in advance with guaranteed seating — Order HERE
$20 at the door

For an additional earful of The Choir, simply click below


Champagne Friday

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Please join us for our Champagne Friday Open House. Come and toast to our upcoming summer program and you might be one of the lucky winners of a Carol Henry California Poppy poster in our free drawing.

The Champagne will be poured at 6pm on Friday, May 29, 2015. Please RSVP to

2015 Painting Workshop Catalog

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Download our FREE PDF Painting catalog today HERE

A little bit about “Pocket Sketching”

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It may not be as perfect or as beautiful as a fine plein air oil painting, but a Pocket Sketch, as taught by Kath Macaulay in her upcoming Pocket Sketching workshop at Carmel Visual Arts, will be personal and meaningful and just as ‘fresh’. This workshop is for the beginner wanting a launch into creating original art anywhere, and also for the professional who wants extreme portability, freshness of impression, with no clean-up.

As a rather telling example, please note the “Fountain” by Kath and the “Boboli Gardens” by John Singer Sargent, with commentary by Evan Charteris in 1927.* Sargent was known for his freshness, speed and joy in watercolor. Whenever I daydream of large outdoor fountain ideas for my fantasy gardens, I often bring these to mind.

“Fountain” by Kath Macaulay

“Fountain” by Kath Macaulay


“Boboli Gardens” by John Singer Sargent

“He set his face against anything like “picture making”; his water-colours are fragmentary—pieces of the visible world broken off because they appealed to his eye…” ~Evan Charteris

Please remember Monet built his famed garden for the years when he no longer wanted to haul his equipment on long trips and be away from home, food and wine. We are all probably getting older and sometime might rather gather an impression here and there of a fleeting moment that could have slipped by unrecorded. Click here to join us for this great workshop and learn to be spontaneous and have a little fun along the way.

Registration info here…