Plein Air in Old Monterey - April 15th

 “Plein Air in Old Monterey”

on Saturday, April 15, 2023

& More!

March 30, 2023. Monterey, CA. Save the Date! Old Monterey Foundation is presenting "Plein Air in Old Monterey" with plein air artists painting at historic adobes and gardens on Saturday, April 15th.   Throughout the day, there will also be the opportunity for the community to enjoy the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party on Calle Principal and at the Monterey History and Art Association’s Jo Mora Day.

The Plein Air artists should check in at 9:00 am and will paint from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, capturing the color and beauty of Old Monterey as they participate in a painting event. A colorful exhibition and sale of their art will be held from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm near Elkins Park on Calle Principal, next to the Monterey Museum of Art. Awards will be announced at 3:30 pm with First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention awards. The public is welcome to stop by and watch the artists at work.

Maps of where the artists are painting and much more information will be available at the Old Monterey Foundation booth at the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party on Calle Principal, and at the Stanton Center.  Pick up your maps and see the artists and attend the Jo Mora Day! 

Sites include: Casa Serrano, Doud House, Mayo O'Donnell Library, Pacific House, Memory Garden, Stanton Center*, Pacific House, Casa de Oro Garden, Elkins Park*, Colton Lawn, Calle Principal/MMA Block Party*. 
* Maps available at these locations.

Artists include: Elizabeth Murray, Al Shamble, Barbara West, Branham Rendlen, Debra Nichols, Donald Neff, Donna Robbins, Elaine Goldstone, Georgesse Gomez, Kati D’Amore, Linda Elling, McKenzie Floyd, Murray Wagnon, Paola Berthoin, Steve Wise, Victoria Galitzine  and Willa Strupat.

Thank you to our sponsor: Marcia F. DeVoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. 

Residents and visitors are encouraged to come for this free event involving three nonprofits dedicated to preserving the culture and art of Monterey.


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, on-going lectures and events.  Its private/public partnership with the City of Monterey heralds a new way of doing public business in a State strapped to find funds for park operations and expansions.

The Old Monterey Foundation is working on a project involving a beautiful mural on the side of the McGowan Building on Pierce Street at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies.

Old Monterey Foundation invites everyone to become members of "Friends of the Lower Presidio" at and make tax-deductible donations to more quickly restore the park.

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About Jo Mora Day


Come out and celebrate Jo Mora, one of the most famous and respected artists from Monterey County, at a very special free, family event on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, hosted by the Monterey History and Art Association. The event will be held at Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center, 5 Custom House Plaza as well as four other locations in Monterey, California. Hosts will be present, along with walking tour guides/maps and driving maps at each site.


This free, family-oriented event includes a self-guided walking tour of four MHAA venues and Pacific House, a California State Park property, in Monterey, each of which will feature different aspects of Jo Mora’s life and art and an opportunity to have your map stamped at each location to form a special name in the guide. It also features a complimentary map brochure of sites on a self-guided driving tour to see Jo’s accomplishments throughout the rest of Monterey County.


About Monterey Museum of Art Block Party

On Saturday, April 15th from Noon to 4 pm, the Monterey Museum of Art will be holding its Inaugural Block Party on Calle Principal, a free all-day festival celebrating Monterey’s vast and vibrant arts community. Visitors will be delighted by a variety of art experiences designed for families and adults, including temporary art installations; free exhibition tours; art-making activities; artist, food and drink vendors; and live entertainment. There will be a Dance Party from 7:00 – 9:00 pm for ages 21 and over. Tickets are available for sale at .