Five Outstanding New Exhibits to Open at the Pacific Grove Art Center from March 3rd through April 27th, 2023
February, 2022. Pacific Grove, CA. Pacific Grove Art Center, located at 568 Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, is pleased to announce five outstanding new exhibits on display from March 3rd through April 27th, 2023. Please join us on Friday, March 3rd from 7-9 pm for all new exhibits. Glenn Leon-Guerrero will be the musical guest for the evening. Admission to the PGAC is made possible through donations.
Caylah Jean Leas – Picking Flowers in Monte Del Lago, Gill Gallery
Caylah Jean Leas’ show Picking Flowers in Monte Del Lago, brings forth her work of portraits and scenic landscapes that explore the complexities of life in small towns, mobile home communities, and nostalgic Americana. She captures the warmth and resilience of these often-overlooked spaces and the people who inhabit them in a love letter to the central California coast. Her paintings often depict the fragility of human nature and the delicate lives we cultivate. It also evokes familiar memories and showcases the beauty that can be found amidst everyday life.
Tracy Niewenhous – Sometimes the Sky, Dyke Gallery
Painting is a way through which I synthesize the binaries of the human experience: heart vs. head, internal vs. external, emotion vs. aesthetic, control vs. letting go. While I typically start with a subject in mind, I try to leave room for the subject’s own expression and the viewer’s own experience.
Monterey County Historical Society – Monterey County History: Through the Lens of Pat Hathaway, Annand Gallery
Mr. Pat Hathaway, raised in Pacific Grove, assembled one of California’s largest privately held image collections. Upon his return to the Monterey Peninsula in 1968 after serving in the Vietnam war, Pat immediately began collecting historical images and also focused on his own passion for photography. In fact, his first exhibition was here at the Pacific Grove Art Center in 1968 where he was also in residence. Before passing suddenly in January 2021, Pat managed to assemble over 80,000 historical images, mostly of the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas Valley & California dating to the 1850s. His love of photography was immense as evidenced by over 470,000 of his own images chronicling over five decades of daily life on the Monterey Peninsula. His collection is now preserved in the vaults of the Monterey County Historical Society.
Pallet of My Soul, Oceanscapes by Leo Neufeld, Boyer Gallery
Art is a visual communication, part of a vital need to feel alive. We have seen art fractured, splintered, painted, repainted and patronized. I’m painting from life, seeking truth from the love and beauty of nature. It hasn't been a straight path, that's for sure, but it's not supposed to be when one is soul searching and challenging oneself to strive for perfection.
Big Sur Charter School – FLUID, Small Halls
The 3rd-8th grader students of Big Sur Charter School were challenged to create a piece of art that communicates the meaning of fluid.
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, Summer, Weekend and art classes for kids 8 – 17 (including some scholarship opportunities), creative opportunities for teens, and music, food 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 continued 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 generalinfopgac@gmail.