Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Since 1948, the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts has sought to enhance the quality and diversity of artistic, educational and cultural programs in Monterey County by encouraging interaction between artists and the community.

The Gallery is currently closed.

Upcoming Events:

MCGives! “Big Idea” 2021

November 11 - December 31


All individuals are required to wear a mask while visiting indoor spaces in Monterey County regardless of vaccine status.

Visiting the Cherry Center’s gallery and grounds could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. By visiting our property and/or attending events held here, you are voluntarily assuming the risk of illness. Please contact our office at (831) 624-7491 with questions or concerns.

Special Events:

We are writing to invite you to support the energetic role of art and literature in these difficult times. Throughout this season, we’ve been reflecting on how the arts have taught us to comprehend and perceive. More than just another lens through which to look, they’ve been a prism, a means of seeing more deeply. To see through the lens of art is to flush from the deep undergrowth of the self some thought, feeling, comprehension, question or music you didn’t know was in you, or in the world.  It instructs us how to relax; how to pay attention, not just to the notes but the silences amid the notes. This is true for discovering some newness of the emotions or uncovering new ideas—which is essentially the mission of the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. That indeed is an enormous idea. Please join us!!

A contribution through the MCGives! program can increase your gift with generous matching funds. Please add to the contributions of 100% of our Board of Directors and make a contribution by visiting MontereyCountyGives starting Thursday, November 11th through Friday, December 31, 2021.


Educational Programs:

2021 Thinking Out Loud Regional Art Exhibition

Since 1984, Thinking Out Loud challenged high school students from across Monterey County to create works inspired by their lives. This year, we received nearly 200 submissions across a wide range of media. Due to Covid-19, student artwork will not be shown in our gallery. Please use the link below to visit the exhibit online.

“South of the Border”
Anthony Miguel
Stevenson School

“Ellis of Monterey”
Hayley Armstrong
Carmel High School

“Toy Rocks”

Mari Jacinto
Monterey High School


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Mission Statement

Founded by Carmel-by-the-Sea artist Jeanne d’Orge in 1948, the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts was established to help support experimental fine arts and projects in the sciences.  We strive to stay true to our mission of presenting quality and diverse artistic, educational, and cultural programs in Monterey County.

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Permanent Collection

The Carl Cherry Center houses a collection of more than 600 prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, illustrated books, and periodicals by founder Jeanne d’Orge, as well as fifty years of collected memorabilia documenting the early history of Carmel.

Past Gallery Exhibits

About Us

The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, non-profit corporation established in 1948. Our programs and exhibits are made possible through private donations, grants and sponsors.
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Pictured: Art courtesy of Robin Sawyer

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