An Evening in Paris Fundraiser for the Pacific Grove Art Center


“An Evening in Paris at the Pacific Grove Art Center” Fundraiser Event to be held on Sunday, August 1st


Pacific Grove, CA. July, 2021. Don’t miss a very special fundraiser event, “An Evening in Paris at the Pacific Grove Art Center”, to be held on Sunday, August 1st.


At a Glance:


What: “An Evening in Paris at the Pacific Grove Art Center”


Where: Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, CA


When: Sunday, August 1st from 5:30 pm – 7: 30 pm


Cost: $30 per person


Cash Bar to include Wine and Perrier


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Sip, Savor, Mix & Mingle


This extraordinary evening will include delicious French-inspired appetizers created by Catering By Carmen Nazar.  


Guests are encouraged to wear Parisian attire, if desired.


Wine and Perrier will be available for purchase.


The ambiance will include mellow acoustic guitar music performed by Scott Keister.


A very special presentation will be given by well-known photographer, Meredith Mullins, about her current exhibit at the Pacific Grove Art Center called, “In a Paris Moment”.


Dr. Barbara Mossberg, California laureate, Pacific Grove’s longtime Poet in Residence, and author of “Here for the Present,” will read a short anthem poem she wrote imagining a life in Paris where aging of wine, women, and buildings are cheered. She will donate a percentage of each book sold that evening to the Pacific Grove Art Center.


Chef/Author Mary Chamberlin will be on site doing a booksigning for her two books that feature wonderful recipes from France: “The Traveling Soup Pot” and “The Traveling Cookbook.” She will donate $5 per book sold that evening to the Pacific Grove Art Center.


Guests can enjoy touring all of the current exhibits in the 10,000 square foot Pacific Grove Art Center.


There will be a number of free door prizes for attendees to win, too!


About Meredith Mullins – In A Paris Moment, Gill Gallery


Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited photographer currently living bi-continentally in Pacific Grove and Paris. With a background in television, film, and communications, Meredith has been a fine art photographer and photojournalist for most of her life. Her work is represented in publications and museum and private collections throughout North America and Europe, including the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Weston Gallery in Carmel, and the Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has received awards in the international photographic community including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, the Paris Photography Prize (PX3), Worldwide Gala Photography Award, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, and Photographer’s Forum.

Meredith has been a writer/photographer for National Geographic School Publishing, OIC Moments, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Eye Prefer Paris, and Paris Magazine. She also leads photography workshops for adults, teens, and preteens. She was the Director and Co-Founder for the International Fine Art Photography Program, a program designed to recognize and foster talent in the fine art photography world.

Prior to moving to Paris, Meredith was a leader in the art community on the Monterey Peninsula for more than 30 years, including teaching photography and serving on arts commissions and photography boards.

Her award-winning book of photographs and stories, In A Paris Moment, was released in 2006. Her work is also represented in calendars published by Browntrout Publishers.

When describing the exhibit, Meredith says, "Every moment in Paris is a treasure—inspired by an endless cast of characters, unfolding stories wherever you look, layers of culture and history, and the beauty of rare moments in nature. My life in Paris is multifaceted, so this exhibit spreads wide wings. Four themes emerge—the rare Paris snows in all their silent and fleeting beauty, the graceful and gravity-defying artistry of the circus, the magic of the Atelier des Lumières, and the secrets of the streets. My hope is that these images take you to places where you’ve never been and, at the same time, make you feel a part of my story.

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About Scott Keister

Scott Keister is a longtime musician who is a talented vocalist and guitarist. He is the former owner of Open Computer Systems which he ran for 14 years He is now the owner of Groovy Dude Productions, an audio/video production company based in Pacific Grove.  Groovy Dude Productions produces promotional videos for small businesses, live streaming, music and performance videos, and provides a venue for performers and artists.

About Catering By Carmen Nazar

Carmen Nazar has a passion for creating amazing food from all over the world, including France! Catering by Carmen Nazar was founded after Carmen retired from owning and operating Tillie Gort’s in Pacific Grove for over 17 years with her husband, Ranieri Guimarees. Both Carmen and Ranieri were born in Brazil. Carmen moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1994 and Ranieri moved here in 1986.

About Dr. Barbara Mossberg

College president and dean, playwright, dramaturg, actor, radio host, consultant, cultural diplomat, creative entrepreneur, and learning activist, Dr. Barbara Mossberg is a prizewinning poet, scholar, and professor. She has had a distinguished worldwide career dedicated to arts in civic life. As President Emerita Goddard College, Professor of Practice, Clark Honors College University of Oregon, former Dean, Director, and Professor, California State University, and creator and host of a weekly hour radio program (The Poetry Slow Down, PSD, podcast, Mossberg teaches, preaches, and writes about the power of poetry to change the world. Her prolific literary criticism since the 1970s includes Choice’s Outstanding Academic Book of the Year, Emily Dickinson: When a Writer Is a Daughter. A professor of tragedy and comedy, and epic, Dr. Mossberg is as known as a comic philosophical actor and playwright as distinguished educational leader and scholar, and the pieces in this book marry her wisdom of forty years in public service around the world to heartfelt stand up, improv memoir, and meditation that transforms the here and now into a gift.

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About Chef/Author Mary Chamberlin

Chef/Author/Cooking Teacher Mary Chamberlin will be on site for a book signing of her two books, The Traveling Cookbook and the Traveling Soup Pot: A Savory Journey Through Many Lands which contain many delicious recipes she has collected from France and beyond. Since 2006, she has been the U.S. Agent and Manager for the Escoffier Foundation & Museum in France. In 2007, she became Founder and President of Les Dames d’Escoffier International – Monterey Chapter. In 2012, she was inducted into the Disciples d’Escoffier and in 2015, she was appointed Western United States Representative of the Disciples of Escoffier International, a Society of Professional Chefs, Food & Wine Producers, Sommelier, Maître d’ Hotel, Restaurateurs, Hospitality Industrial Professionals, Epicures and Food Industry Media  She is presently the National Vice Chair of the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF), an organization founded by Julia Child and Robert Mondavi. She is the Chair of its Monterey Chapter and still serves on its Board of Directors. She is also a longtime member of the James Beard Foundation.

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About the Pacific Grove Art Center


The purpose of the Pacific Grove Art Center is to cultivate the arts within the Monterey Peninsula area by providing creative experiences that inspire and engage us, touch our hearts, challenge our minds and enrich our lives.


The Pacific Grove Art Center has four Exhibit Galleries: Nadine Annand, David Henry Gill, Elmarie Dyke and Louise Cardeiro Boyer. It features a variety of art forms including Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Encaustic, Fabric Arts, Mixed Media and more.  Exhibits change every other month celebrated with a First Friday New Exhibit Opening and a First Friday Gallery Night (pre-COVID).


The Pacific Grove Art Center also features seventeen Professional Artist Studios, Art and Movement classes for adults, After School, Weekend and Summer art classes for kids 8 – 17, creative opportunities for teens, and music and cultural events are held throughout the year. PGAC is also the home of the Peninsula Ballet Center. The beautiful historic galleries are available to rent for a special occasion.


Since 1969, Pacific Grove Art Center has been a community-based nonprofit seeking to enhance art appreciation and encourage the creation of art. With the desire to have art available to everyone, PGAC has held low-cost classes, free exhibits, and offered reduced rent for artist’s studios for over 50 years. Both emerging and established artists are professionally shown in their historic galleries, and large group shows can provide the first step into the art world for many. Through generous donations, grants, and hundreds of volunteer hours, the Pacific Grove Art Center continues its mission today. 


All donations are deeply appreciated, especially during these challenging times. Become a member and receive the informative newsletter keeping you in the loop of all the community events, exhibit openings and cultural offerings they have to share.


The Pacific Grove Art Center, located at 568 Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, is open Wednesday – Friday from Noon to 5 pm and Saturday from Noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 831-375-2208, email or go to the website,