Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday from Noon to 4:00PM or By Appointment

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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 communityThe Cherry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, #94-1207693.

We are located on the northwest corner of Fourth and Guadalupe, Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Use the arrows to take an interactive tour of the grounds, gallery and theater.

“Big Idea” 2022

The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts most enduring idea has been the Monterey County High School Poetry Awards. The program has reached thousands of area high school students with the art and craft of poetry since its inception in 1991. For a majority of those years, the program was mentored by poet and teacher, Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts. To acknowledge his longstanding contribution, we are retitling the program The Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts Monterey County High School Poetry Awards.

In 2023, award-winning author, teacher and poet, Patrice Vecchione, will be visiting select Monterey County high schools to teach and inspire a new generation of students through our Poet-in-School program. Your donation through MCGives! will help promote the Cherry Center’s enduring legacy of creative expression through the written word.


The Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts
Monterey County High School
Poetry Awards

Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts


Holi Moli: Beginner’s Mind

October 28 - November 26

Holi Moli: Beginner’s Mind, an exhibit focusing on expressionism, naïve and innocent art as spiritual expressions, opens October 28th at the [...]

CLASSES EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 9:00AM Community Yoga Class starting Wednesday Nov 2 at 9 am. Everyone is welcome! By Donation. [...]

Make Merry at The Cherry

December 9 - December 17

You are cordially invited to our annual Holiday Celebration and “Pop-up” Art Fundraiser. Please join us as we mix and [...]

  Jazz At The Cherry is proud to present Along Came Betty for another round of what has become a [...]

Due to overwhelming demand, we have added a THIRD performance of “Award-winning Animated Shorts” to allow more people to experience [...]

The Cherry Trio

Jan 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Cherry Trio (Elizabeth Gaver - baroque violin, Penny Hanna - viola da gamba, Michael Peterson - harpsichord) return to [...]

Art Studio Restoration

Help Us Bestow the Studio

The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the creation of a new challenge grant in support of its Bestow the Studio Capital Campaign. The project includes the restoration of the Cherry Center’s adjoining shed, a 430-square-foot building to provide a second venue for art studio space and secure an endowment to support future programming and operations.

Two anonymous donors have committed to match, dollar for dollar, every donation to Bestow the Studio up to a maximum of $20,000. The campaign goal is $60,000 and is expected to better serve the community, expand our programing space and provide an additional income stream for the center. The building’s first full renovation, the project will honor the structure’s history while improving its interior spaces and exterior envelope.

As part of an ongoing effort of building renovation, these critical updates and enhancements to our arts spaces reflect the Cherry Center’s deep commitment to the role of the arts on the Monterey Peninsula and beyond.

Please join us by making a contribution to the Cherry Center’s Bestow the Studio Capital Campaign Fund. Every gift made will help us revitalize the center and create a needed income source for the center. To donate via PayPal, use the button below. Checks made out to the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts can be mailed to P.O. Box 863, Carmel, California 93921.

We are excited for the future of the Carl Cherry Center, and we are grateful for your support. If you have any questions regarding the campaign, please contact the office at (831) 624-7491.

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Cherry Center Founder (Mrs. Carl Cherry)

“There are no strings attached to the help we give. We don’t care whether those we help become famous or not. Our reward is in making it possible for an artist to be true to himself.” – Jeanne D’Orge

Educational Programs

Thinking Out
Loud Art Exhibit

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Robert Campbell
Poetry Awards

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About Us


All programs and exhibits are made possible through grants, corporate sponsors and private donations.

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The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, established in 1948.

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The Center was established to support experimental fine arts and projects in the sciences.

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