Meet our Team

Carol & Rich @ PhotoLACarmel Visual Arts is located in Carmel, CA on the Monterey Peninsula which is known for its unique place in the history of both painting and photography. Exhibitions for groups and individuals are scheduled throughout the year. Our workshops and classes are given in the studio and outdoors amid this coastal wonderland filled with inspiration.

Rich Brimer, Director

Rich Brimer finds the dramatic beauty of the California coast an irresistible muse for his plein air paintings! Stalking the incredible light and beauty of the area and capturing it in pigment has become a ritual. With leadership skills formed in Ventura County art organizations that he participated in, combined with being a naturally patient painting instructor, Rich brings it all to Carmel Visual Arts in Carmel, California. The regional history of the arts on the Monterey peninsula provided an extra incentive for Rich to relocate and partner with Carol Henry in starting this new creative center for the arts.

Rich’s background is a combination of illustration and technology, with a special interest in documentary film before he turned his attention full-time to fine art several years ago. He received his education at California Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts.

As the director of Carmel Visual Arts his vision is to have a space where artists, from around the region and all points beyond, are presented with enriching art education opportunities. With CVA’s world-class exhibits and workshops, Rich is bringing out the artist in everyone.

You can view Rich’s works on his website http://richbrimer.com

Carol Henry, Director of Photography

With an expertise in fine art photography, Carol brings over 30 years experience in visual imagery to CVA. She attended University of Cincinnati, Northern Michigan University and UCLA with specialties in design, fine art photography and art education. Having just completed a 3-year resident artist stint at Studio Channel Islands Art Center, this is where she met and teamed up with Rich Brimer. She is a charter member of Women in Photography International and was instrumental in developing fundraising programs and community art opportunities at Studio Channel Islands art center.

Known for her cameraless photo techniques on Cibachrome paper she has been shown in 34 galleries and been featured in over 200 exhibits around the world. Her work is widely collected and included in many corporate collections, particularly health care facilities such as Stanford University Hospital, Northwestern University Hospital, Meijer Heart Center and many Kaiser Permanente Centers.

With a passion for the environment and a special love for the Monterey Peninsula, Carol Henry has been melding her contemporary vision of “seeing” the natural world with the painter’s view at Carmel Visual Arts!

Hannah Brimer, Studio Manager

She is a recent university graduate with an art degree from Cal State University Long Beach. She is a studio painter focusing on a figurative body of work.

Heres Hannah’s note for everyone… 
“Hey All, I am Hannah Brimer and I am so excited to return to Carmel, this time as a resident! I am looking forward to being able to express and let loose — creating art has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I am thrilled to be hosting Monday night Figure Classes. I can’t wait to get started sharing creativity with you all!”