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Rich Brimer | Contemporary Artist | Original Oil Paintings & Watercolors
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FotoSága Photography Exhibition


Where: The Press Club, 1123 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA 93955
When: November 11, 2017
Time: 5-7pm

UNITED FOLK is an exhibition of black and white fine art images that remind us that
humanity is universal.
UNITED FOLK is an homage to the 1955 exhibition at Museum of Modern Art called, Family of Man. The book is still being published and represented, according to its founder Edward Steichen, the exhibition “mirrored the universal elements and emotions in the everydayness of life.” FotoSága is also attempting an exhibition that echoes those sentiments in 2017.

FotoSága is a semester long study of photography for female photographers that culminates in a public exhibition. Each season there is a theme to photograph which is woven in to outings, speakers and practical fine art information on how to represent your work. This is FotoSága’s sixth exhibition.

Many of the west coast photographers were represented in the original 1955 exhibition. Photographer Wynn Bullock had the opening photograph. Ansel Adams had a full spread, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Consuela Kanaga and Edward Weston as were also represented.

Previous Exhibits


Visionary Art of the Indigenous Huichol People 

Art Exhibition & Reception

2-Days • Friday & Saturday    August 18+19, 2017 

Exhibit Open:

  • 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.


  • 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

FotoSága 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. 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

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. 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.

“After Sunset” by Böbe Kirsch, oil, 24″x36″

Böbe Kirsch Painting Exhibition

Opening Reception
Thursday, June 1st. 2017 6pm-9-pm
Exhibit continues June 2–3, 2017, 10am to 6pm

Carmel Visual Arts Gallery
3694 The Barnyard, Studio F22

Carmel Visual Arts will present the latest art works of Hungarian born local Carmel artist, Böbe Kirsch. Original oil paintings of nature, people, movements and light created by the artist will be displayed. Her strong colors, light and unique brush strokes are used to create emotion to bring out excitement and represent the beauty of our world.Böbe’s new series of paintings: “People of the World” will also be displayed in the upcoming exhibit. Each of these six paintings of the series represent a different continent or country and race. It symbolizes the unity and the diversity of the Human race. The fact is, we are all originated from Africa and spread around the world and became a unique part of the Human race. We are all in it together to save our planet and the civilization in order to survive.

The Elementalists

William Giles | Carol Henry | Debra Achen
A Photography Exhibition

April 1 , 2017

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.

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.


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.

The exhibition, City Centric speaks to the visual exploration of the San Francisco Bay area by FotoSága. The inspiring collection of 40 photographs, not only captures the essence of the “City by the Bay” but also its character. Twenty female photographers explored the area with their cameras, seeking more than just San Francisco scenes. Each photographer was seeking the art created by its tapestry; sights, smells, location, inhabitants and actions. Images include soulful portraits, colorful architecture, and the accepting spirit that invites the world to visit. A special emphasis was made on shadows and composition through the lens by the newest FotoSága members, while others focused on documentary subjects. FotoSága photographers have made many sojourns for their 6-month assignment and we look forward to inviting viewers to share this exhibition titled, City Centric!

City Centric is the 3rd exhibition of FotoSága participants. The Carmel group was formed by fine art photographer, Carol Henry to educate and inspire female photographers with lectures, outings and critiques. Women from as far away as Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and Palo Alto are regular participants. Each session lasts 5 months and includes 11 gatherings, culminating in an exhibition like City Centric, which provides an opportunity to communicate with the written word alongside exhibited photographs.



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.

An additional evening reception will take place from 6-8pm on Friday, May 13, 2016.

This “California Impressions” art exhibit encompasses the artists desired subjects, California! Each artist has expressed a passion for painting outdoors. Laura Lindem who studied in England with the renowned landscape painter, Fred Cuming, states; “There are so many places to paint in this beautiful slice of California that a backpack and all of my plein air essentials are always in the car and ready.” Coraly Hanson is an avid outdoor painter and will be showing works from the Sierras including Yosemite and our Central Coast. She has won over 15 awards for her works in the past five years.

Coraly Hanson and Laura Lindem were selected for this exhibition during last fall’s Atmosphere painting competition at Carmel Visual Arts where their paintings were displayed. “Each of these artists carry-on the California tradition of landscape painting that is so prized here in Carmel,” says CVA director Rich Brimer. There will more than 20 newly created impressionistic paintings in splendid colors on display that will grace any collection.

Carmel Visual Arts Gallery
3728 The Barnyard, Carmel, CA
(831) 250-5732

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For more information about “California Impressions,” or to view the exhibition online, visit carmelvisualarts.com.

Jeff Nixon Exhibition – February  2016

Jeff Nixon Exhibit

Cook’s Meadow, Yosemite Valley by Jeff Nixon

Carmel Visual Arts invites you to an exhibition of masterful darkroom imagery by Jeff Nixon on January 29th 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.

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


Painting Exhibit – October 2015


View Online Exhibit Here

Grotteschi – Exploring Hieronymus Bosch


A call-for-entry Photography Exhibit
Ted Orland & Carol Henry — Jurors

Opening Reception Oct. 31, 2015
Information Page

Point Lobos — and Beyond”


A painting exhibit with California Art Club membership featuring Central California’s Gem — Point Lobos.

July 18, 2015 – Aug 22, 2015

View Online Exhibit Here



A Solstice Exhibition

A photography exhibit by the women of FotoSága — June 21 through July 1, 2015

View Online Exhibit HERE

Carmel Sunset — ©Carol Henry — Digital Pigment Print $300 matted — A special sunset was forming in the sky and we took a quick turn racing down to Carmel Beach to try to catch the end of it. However, it only kept getting better and better right before out eyes. A wonderful sunset to share with so many others who stood in awe trying to soak in the intense beauty and prolong the feeling in their hearts.

Carmel Sunset — ©Carol Henry — Digital Pigment Print $300 matted — A special sunset was forming in the sky and we took a quick turn racing down to Carmel Beach to try to catch the end of it. However, it only kept getting better and better right before out eyes. A wonderful sunset to share with so many others who stood in awe trying to soak in the intense beauty and prolong the feeling in their hearts.

  MBPAPA Member Exhibit


Nov 15 through Dec 14, 2014

 The Heart of Steinbeck Country


 Wild Things


Big Sur Photo Play

Carmel Visual Arts Serves Up
A Slice of Big Sur with Photoplay!

BIGSURPHOTOPLAY_HEADEROpening Reception; Saturday, April 5th, 6-8pm

Exhibit April 2014

Carmel Visual Arts has created an opportunity for the average iPhonographer to contribute to this open photography invitational of coastal vision, called Big Sur Photoplay. Carol Henry—Carmel Visual Arts photo director—wondered what the less-than-renowned photographer points their camera at in Big Sur, with its epic scenery and captured vistas. Out-of-town travelers as well as local residents were invited to share their visual musings at Big Sur Photoplay. Stop by at the opening reception to view all of the winning submissions.

Luther Gerlach — An Exquisite Renewal

The Collodion process dates back to the 1850s. Today, it is a vital process that photographer Luther Gerlach is sharing with a broad new audience of collectors and photographic artisans who enjoy learning about its rich history.

This CVA exhibit titled, An Exquisite Renewal, is Luther Gerlach’s 1st place prize awarded at CVA’s 2013 ‘Nude Figure In Landscape’ exhibit. Please join us to see this stunning exhibition, attend his informative artist’s talk about this historic photography method!


Exhibition Dates, March 15th–March 31st, 2014.

Hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 11am–5pm, Sunday noon–4pm.

Tom Millea — A Sense of Place

Master photographer Tom Millea has lived in Carmel for over forty years. His work explores the extraordinary in the ordinary, as seen in images from his series ‘Carmel Valley’,  ‘Horizons’, and ‘The Palms; spiritual formations.’ This acclaimed photographer’s stunning photographs are collected and exhibited worldwide. In this upcoming photography exhibit, Carmel Visual Arts is pleased to share some of this exceptional body of work with viewers so close to home.

Photography Exhibit — Tom Millea — A Sense of PlaceExhibition Dates: January 15–February 12th, 2014

Local Color – Paintings and Photography

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Exhibit December 7th–January 10th , 2014

YOU ARE INVITED to Give the Gift of ART with local artists Rich Brimer and Carol Henry at their Open House Event “Local Color”, making this the first year of an annual open studio tradition. The newly established Carmel Visual Arts is home to the local art duo at The Barnyard shopping center.

In addition to artworks that fill out your shopping list, large and small, the artistry of these two will delight your senses! Or purchase gift certificates for workshops, private painting lessons and weekly figure drawing. There will also be a special $40. Gallery Window Exhibition and a $100 Gallery Window Exhibition

Stop by the studio for a cup of cheer and leave with something for everyone including yourself!

Nude Figure in Landscape

(Our Grand Opening Exhibit!)


Nude Figure in Landscape. The opening reception was Saturday, October 26th 2013

Exhibit October 26th – November 22, 2013.

This international call for entries exhibit juried by Carol Henry, CVA Photo Director and Meg Partridge of the Imogen Cunningham Trust. There are images from Luxemburg, Chile and Canada as well as 12 states and 5 local photographers including Kim WestonAllison WoodTodd HuntBrandalyn Raymond and Magdalena Maddox. This exhibit will show traditional Silver Gelatin, Platinum and Wet Plate Collodion, as well as a variety of digital methods.

This exhibition explores the fascination, history and meaning of the unclothed figure in the outdoor environment used as creative photographic expression.

Exhibiting Photographers

Ansley West Rivers

Michael Mirabito

Catherin Colaw

Luther Gerlach

Mark Sink

Alli Wood

Brett Henrikson

Todd Hunt

Jean Luc Koenig

Magdalena Maddox

Russell Jeffcoat

Dave Levingston

Rob Cousins

Kim Weston

Christine Garceau

Allan Barnes

Robert Weston

Kat Moser

Joel Simpson

Brandalyn Raymond

Raúl Charlin

Mark Sharfman

Robert Butler