Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

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


Visit The Cherry

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.

Holiday Fundraiser

What’s the Big Idea?

November 9 – December 31, 2023

Talk about a Big Idea! As an institution, the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is an enormous idea. The Cherry Center is one of the venues where Bohemian Carmel was established and flourished.

Just the knowledge and reassurance the Cherry Center has continued to exist for seventy-five years is good for our spiritual health–even if we only set foot through its doors once a year. It is good for us because of the unrivaled equanimity and insight art, literature, film and theater can provide in our turbulent lives. And it’s good to have an arts center that presents programs, art exhibitions, plays, workshops and readings that support creative expression on the Central Coast.

The Carl Cherry Center has a 75-year legacy of educating and bringing art and literature to thousands.  Projects such as The Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts Poetry Awards and Thinking Out Loud High School Student Art Exhibition foster many other creative endeavors, yet the arts are the most undervalued disciplines in education. We nurture the bonds between literacy and art through programs such as the Poetry Awards and Thinking Out Loud to help students thrive. So today, please consider doing something creative — support the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts.


Make Merry at The Cherry

December 8 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Carl Cherry Center invites you to our annual 'pop-up' art fundraiser and holiday celebration, Make Merry at The Cherry, on Friday, [...]

Along Came Betty – Jazz at The Cherry

December 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jazz at The Cherry will once again bring the year to a “bebobing” close with Along Came Betty for another round of [...]

The Cherry Trio and Friends

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

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

1948 – 2023

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


Robert Campbell
Poetry Awards

About Us


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

Our Story

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


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