Free Old Monterey Foundation Lecture & Reception - Barbizon-by-the-Pacific: The Early Days of Monterey's Bohemian Art Colony

Old Monterey Foundation continues its free lecture events as part of its 2023 Lecture Series sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County with its first event of 2023.






“Barbizon-by-the-Pacific: The Early Days of Monterey's Bohemian Art Colony with


Jules Tavernier, Jules Simoneau and Robert Louis Stevenson” - A fascinating Book Talk by award-winning author, Dr. Claudine Chalmers


Embark on a unique literary journey with historian Dr. Claudine Chalmers, co-author of the captivating masterpiece, “Barbizon-by-the-Pacific.” Claudine is set to mesmerize her audience as she shares her remarkable experiences, encounters, and the untold stories that led to the creation of this intriguing book. Claudine has a particular interest in the French artists who depicted California in the 19th century, and she has published four Art books on the subject. Old Monterey Foundation contributed to the cost of production of this book.


When: Thursday, November 16, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Free Lecture: 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Q & A: 7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Free Reception: 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Where: Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, MIIS, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey


Free Admission – Wine reception to follow.


For more information, go to or call Mary Ann Leffel at (831)  402-4616 or email [email protected].


The lectures are very popular, so attendees are urged to come early to secure a seat.


This lecture is suitable for ages 9 and up.


The event is hosted and sponsored by the Old Monterey Foundation.


About Claudine Chalmers, Ph.D.


Dr. Claudine Chalmers moved from her native Cannes, France, to California after graduate studies at the University of Nice. She developed a passion for the history of her adoptive Golden State and in particular for the adventures of the numerous and colorful French nationals who came to California looking for gold.


Besides many books and articles, Claudine appeared on a French television show, Thalassa, and a French Canadian production on French pioneers in Los Angeles. Her art books became exhibits at the California Historical Society, the Crocker Museum, the Monterey Museum of Art, and at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah. She was knighted for her work by the French Ministry of Culture. She is presently at work on a biography of Jean-Jacques Vioget, founding father of San Francisco. Splendide Californie! Impressions of the Golden State by French Artists, Book Club of California 2001, received the Commonwealth Club’s 2001 Silver Award.


Her books include:


• Early Mill Valley, Grass Valley, and French San Francisco, Arcadia Publishing, 2005; 2006;




• “Paul Frenzeny’s Chinatown Sketches, An artist’s fascination with San Francisco’s Chinese


Quarter.” Book Club of California, 2012.


• Chronicling the West for Harper’s, University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.


•  Jules Tavernier, Artist and Adventurer with Scott Shields and Alfred Harrison. Pomagranate


Press. 2014.


• Barbizon-by-the-Pacific, the riotous beginnings of the Monterey Art Colony, Galina Hill Press, 2023


About Old Monterey Foundation


The Old Monterey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed on February 14, 2011, with the specific mission and purpose of promoting, supporting and enhancing the artistic, cultural and historic environment of historic Downtown Monterey, California.  The group is well known for their work with the Art-in-the-Adobes event that was held from 2011-2013 as well as other fundraisers, lectures and events.  Its private/public partnership with the City of Monterey helped to greatly improve the Lower Presidio Historic Park with interpretive historic signs, benches, tables and an ADA-compliant walkway. For more information, go to