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April 2017

Nothing but Blue Skies – Art of the West

April 7 @ 11:00 am - May 5 @ 4:00 pm /
  • “Nothing but Blue Skies,” an exhibit exploring the American West and cowboy culture, opens Friday, April 7th at the Carl Cherry Center. A reception for the artists and photographers will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

    The exhibit includes artwork by eminent American western painter Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), Napa painter Beverly Wilson and sculpture by Kris Swanson. Photography will include images by Mary Aiu, Suzanne Dorrance, Jay Fitzgerald, Richard Field Levine, and Chester Ng. The exhibition will showcase a broad range of styles and themes, combining the exploration of Western art and photography in a variety of mediums and motifs. Artwork and photography featured in the exhibition range in style, intention and time period, but all of share an evocation of the American West. At turns abstract and ambiguous or descriptive and precise, these images endeavor to describe the essence of the American West in subtle and unexpected ways.

    The exhibit runs through May 5th, 2017, and can be seen Wednesday through Friday from 11 to 4 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m., or by appointment. The Carl Cherry Center is located at the corners of Fourth and Guadalupe, Carmel. Information: (831) 624-7491. 

    Image: Chester Ng

    “The Last Word”

    April 21 @ 7:30 pm - May 14 @ 2:00 pm /

    “THE LAST WORD” –  A new play written and directed by Tom Parks

    They meet in a small café. It’s a date. Well, actually it’s their anniversary. They reminisce, talk politics, the children, their work, and matters of the world.

    He’s a mellow fellow, adoring of his wife while holding his own with his somewhat impatient and demanding spouse. The marriage has worked and even flourished for over forty years, in fact, they are still in love.

    The comfortable conversation moves along smoothly—until. She begins to ask some unlikely, bewildering, questions concerning their life and their future together.

    Why these questions, he asks? At which time she reveals a secret she’s been keeping to herself for too long. It is a secret that will change their lives forever.

     The Players: Carol Daly, Mitch Davis, Alyca Tanner.

    THE LAST WORD opens on April 21st through May 14th at The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, 4th and Guadalupe, Carmel.  Friday, Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $25.00, available by calling (831) 717-7373 or visiting

    Discounts available for groups of ten or more.

    2017 Monterey County High School Poetry Awards

    April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm /

    The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts and the Monterey County Public Library are pleased to announce the 2017 Monterey County High School Poetry Awards. Certificates of merit, cash awards and books of poetry will be awarded at a reading and ceremony honoring the student poets at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 29th, at the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.

    As part of Thinking Out Loud, the Cherry Center’s annual exhibit devoted to high school arts, the poetry awards encourages the art and practice of poetry by offering workshops to high school students throughout Monterey County.

    The program provides students with an opportunity to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn to write poetry. Now in its 24th year, the poetry awards have inspired hundreds of high school students to discover classic and contemporary poetry.

    Additionally, an anthology celebrating the work of contributing students will be published by the Cherry Center. The poetry awards are held in conjunction with the Cherry Center’s annual high school art exhibit, Thinking Out Loud.

    This program is made possible, in part, through grants from the Arts Council for Monterey County, through funding from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, the Community Foundation for Monterey County, the Harden Foundation, the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, the Carmel-by-the-Sea Rotary, Volunteer Services for Monterey County and the Yellow Brick Road Benefit Store.

    The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is located at the corners of 4th and Guadalupe, Carmel. Information: (831) 624-7491.

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    May 2017

    Bruce Forman – The Red Guitar: a jazz libretto

    TWO SHOWS!:  6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

    The Red Guitar: a jazz libretto is Bruce Forman’s perspective into the life of a musician, and an exploration of the creative process.

    Imagine receiving an invitation to a gala featuring John Coltrane, Sigmund Freud, and Faust. Bruce Forman’s “The Red Guitar” is all that more. It draws on Forman’s decades of experience as a formidable jazz guitarist and his considerable skill as a storyteller and teacher, producing a work that is greater than the sum of its dazzling parts.

    A story in and about jazz, The Red Guitar showcases Bruce Forman’s genre—breaking inventiveness and his ability to improvise and create within a classical form. Enlisting the full power of the jazz idiom and integrating it with seasoned and provocative story-telling, he confronts the dilemma of artistic obsession face-to-face—by creating a work of art that simultaneously explores and demonstrates the hold that music has over its most ardent followers, the hold that poses itself as a life-or-death, must-be-solved-question to Forman and his ilk: “The Red Guitar. Do you play it…or does it play you?

    Tickets are $20, available at


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