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The arts—both lively and plastic—flourish in Monterey. Galleries and studio tours showcase the works of artists who have been inspired by the region's scenery and culture. Events throughout the year highlight dance, theater, music, and much more. Overall, visitors find the thriving arts and culture scene of Monterey offers an array of choices to inform and entertain.

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Family Sunday in Oldest Monterey

The Art of Collecting Photographs

Take a walk back in time on Sunday, May 25, at the Monterey Museum of Art's La Mirada Gallery, 1:00-4:00pm.

It's a rare chance to visit Casa Boronda (pictured above in a painting by Lester Boronda, made in 1925), one of Monterey's oldest surviving adobe houses. There'll be music and period dancers, historic costume displays from the collection at the Perry-Downer House Museum of Costume, plus a kids' story circle, for a modest $10 contribution (kids under 12 free).

It's also an open house day at Casa Castro, now the galleries of La Mirada, with exhibitions of California art, meet-the-author book signings, children's activities including the Museum on Wheels, even a special dog-and-cat adoption center sponsored by the SPCA of Monterey County.

Purchase tickets at either of the Monterey Museum of Art locations, Cooper-Molera Store, or through the Monterey History and Art Association at the Maritime Museum's store. For information, call 831-372-5477 or visit the website at www.montereyart.org.

Margaret Weston—daughter-in-law of Edward Weston and former wife of Cole—chose her photographic purchases guided only by her unerring eye and instinct for a special photograph. An exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art, entitled Passion and Precision (January 25-April 20) displays more than 100 remarkable images from her vast personal collection.

Photographs range in period from the 1840s to the 1950s, and in origin from Britain, Italy, France and America. There are prints made by albumen, salt, cyanotype, platinum and gelatin silver printing processes; there are landscapes, portraits, abstracts and still-lifes.

Some of the greatest names in photography are represented: William Henry Fox Talbot, Paul Strand, and Julia Margaret Cameron, through to Irving Penn, Tina Modotti, Ansel Adams, and, of course, Edward Weston. The show, chosen by ‘Maggi’ Weston herself, is a visual feast, with some photographers covered in depth through several pictures and others represented by a single, magnificent image that seems to sum up their photographic careers as much as their position in photographic history.

For more information, call 831-372-7591 or visit www.montereyart.org.

Photo: Wine Glasses (1924), Tina Modotti (1896-1942), from the Margaret W. Weston Collection.

News & Events
New Guide to Historic, Cultural and Artistic Monterey

The Cultural Council of Monterey County and the MCCVB have launched a colorful new guide to Monterey County. In addition to a calendar of upcoming events, the pocket-sized booklet includes comprehensive listings for museums and historical sites, music, dance and theatrical companies, performance venues, visual arts organizations, film resources, and youth arts.

For more information about Monterey County arts and cultural organizations, visit the Cultural Council's website at www.culturalmonterey.org . To request a copy of the guide, telephone 831-662-9060.

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