Carmel Visual Arts — COVID-19 Update

UPDATE March 23, 2020

Carmel Visual Arts Director, Rich Brimer talks about April workshops postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Huihan Liu workshop: New Date July 23–25, 2020
Angus Wilson workshop: New Date July 27–29, 2020
Kathleen Hudson workshop: Postponed TBD
Sean Cheetham workshop: Postponed TBD

Hello everyone my name is Rich Brimer. I am the director and owner of Carmel Visual Arts in Carmel, California and The Art Distillery in Springfield, Kentucky. It was seven years ago when Carol Henry and I moved to Carmel with the intention of providing an artistic space for inspiration on California’s Central coast. Since then we have hosted over 30 exhibitions in Carmel, with well-over 100 workshops. We are extremely happy to share that more than a thousand artists have taken these workshops with top professional instructors in both painting and photography.

In late 2019 we expanded to include a bed & breakfast as an art destination in Kentucky—on the property of an historic farmhouse we call Wildflower Ranch Inn. Since this is Bourbon Country, the art studio was named The Art Distillery. This location is surrounded by beautiful nature, history and plenty of space to create. In Carmel, we also added a Studio Manager — my Daughter, Hannah Brimer who has been doing a fantastic job facilitating classes and workshops.

We launched the new 2020 season at both locations—with many sold-out workshops—only to be stunned with the quickly changing developments amid the corona virus pandemic. Due to the speed this has occurred, we are not only taking the current situation seriously by postponing workshops through April, but we are also developing new online art education platforms for you. We will share more on that in weeks to come.

As a small business with a big heart, we’ve built this creative collaboration with your ongoing support. We want to thank you for that. I also want to recognize our outstanding instructors and the impact this situation has placed on all art professionals. Believing that art provides inspiration for our society—we plan to rally-on in the face of this crisis, by looking for new ways to create together, until we can be together once again.

Oil Painting of Carmel Beach by Randy Sexton


(updated March 21, 2020)

The safety and well-being of our students, instructors, and staff are always of the highest importance to all of us at Carmel Visual Arts. We are monitoring the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 closely and taking precautions to keep our Students and Staff safe.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

We have cancelled our Monday night Figure classes through APRIL 2020 and will reevaluate this in the coming weeks.

We are postponing our April workshops — these are Sean Cheetham, Angus Wilson and Huihan Liu. Angus Wilson is now scheduled for July 27–29, 2020. Sean and Huihan are TBD…

For now, all other upcoming workshops are still on track. However, we will continue to monitor updates and recommendations from federal and state public-health authorities. If workshops or classes are canceled or postponed, we will notify our students via phone, email, through our social media channels (Instagram and Facebook) and at carmelvisualarts.com. If you have any questions, please contact Rich at 831.620.2955.

Safety During Your Visit

Carmel Visual Arts will occasionally be open on for visitors. We will continue to maintain our high standards of cleanliness throughout the gallery and studio, while taking additional precautions with sanitizing surfaces. We also would like to remind our patrons and students that our classes and workshops are very limited in size and we are not planning any large public events at this time.

The gallery and studio will remain closed as long as the California State-wide “shelter-in-place” order is in effect.

We will remain committed to the safety of our visitors and staff. We will be updating our policies in accordance with the spread of the virus. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we all navigate this together.

Rich Brimer, Director
Carmel Visual Arts