King City, CA 93930
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Arts & Museums
Rios-Caledonia Adobe is a historic property built in 1835, and served numerous purposes during its history. Initially established as a private residence, the property was used as a stagecoach stop in the mid 19th Century and later served as a school, a post office and tailor-shop, among others. The site today, is a museum acquainting visitors to the rich history of the house. Check website for more.
Located in the Monterey County town of Salinas, the lettuce capital of the world, this museum is a tribute to Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. A Bay Area native, Steinbeck attended Stanford University in Palo Alto after he graduated from Salinas High School in 1919. His most famous works include Tortilla Flat (1935) and the Pulitzer Prize winner The Grapes of Wrath (1939). His birthplace and childhood home, The Steinbeck House, is two blocks away from the museum. In the cultural center you can see Steinbeck's works, letters and photographs, hear lectures and take tours. It also hosts an annual Steinbeck Festival in honor of the author.
This elephant seal educational group teaches people about elephant seals and other marine life. They offer volunteer docents who teach visitors at the elephant seal colony site throughout the year.
This museum is an interesting look back at the history of the area. You will enjoy well organized and very detailed displays filled with placards and signs explaining the historic pieces and their place in history. This step back in time will be enjoyed by both young and old.
The Cotttage On Pine offers unique artwork as well as cottage furniture.
This is the only art gallery in San Luis Obispo County that is dedicated exclusively to western art. It features many local artists, as well as artists from out of the area.
This aviation museum called the Estrella Warbird Museum is a museum that is dedicated to the preserves of the military aircraft, vehicles and memorabilia. This aviation museum displays and exhibits the great history of the aviation industry and exhibits and provides knowledge about the same to the keen youngsters who are the ones who visit this museum the most.This museum also houses an automobile display that showcases car racing.
Adventurous collectors flock to this store that is jam-packed with exotic and unusual artifacts from Asia. The store itself is exquisite, with pristine glass cases and tables showcasing a wide variety of textiles, metal works, lacquer ware, ceramics, furniture and lighting. It is a dream come true for the discriminating collector of Asian art, whether it be ancient or contemporary. The store's selection of Japanese kimonos is impressive. The proprietor has 30 years of experience in the field and is a pleasure to deal with.
Art exhibits are held year-round in the gallery portion of this venue, while small onstage productions take place in adjacent Cherry Hall. (The word "hall" is a bit of a misnomer as the theater seats only 50 people.) This is quite the community venue. It has been established for more than 50 years. Its small size and central location make it ideal for experimental and children's theater groups. The gallery shows a broad spectrum of styles and media, often featuring local artists and crafters. Note: Credit card acceptance varies by event. See website for schedules and more.
The Center for Photographic Art lies in downtown Carmel, in the Sunset Center. Dedicated to the art of photography and its valuable contribution to the art world, this gallery strives to raise awareness on, "excellence in photography". It does this by arranging exhibitions, workshops, and a host of other programs at its facility. Operating as a not-for-profit entity, the Center for Photographic Art raises money through memberships, grants and donations, and it utilizes this money to implement its mission of promoting photographic art. Know more about this venue by checking out its website.
Everything from photographic exhibits to Bach performances takes place at this arts complex in downtown Carmel. It is one of the largest venues in the town, and it hosts countless events large and small throughout the year (not the least of which is an annual series of concerts by the Monterey County Symphony). The on-site Center for Photographic Art has ongoing exhibitions, while the lecture hall attracts speakers from around the world. Annual events include the Carmel Performing Arts Festival and the renowned Carmel Bach Festival. See website for more info.
You will find a wide variety here of unusual crafts from all over the Americas: iron bookends from Haiti, wooden masks from Guatemala, handmade sweaters from Bolivia and Mexican wood carvings. The proprietor travels frequently and comes back with a load of artifacts, each one having its own unique story. She specializes in religious artifacts and skeleton works from south of the border. Every product here was made entirely by hand. Stop in and see this unique collection of products.