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.


Square the Circle

January 13 - February 18

Square the Circle, an exhibit investigating geometric forms in art and photography, opens Friday, January 13th at the Carl Cherry Center for [...]

Animated Art: An Afternoon With Joan Gratz

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - February 26 @ 3:00 pm

Animated Art: An Afternoon with Joan Gratz Sat. February 25@3pm, Sun. February 26@3 pm Academy Award winning director and animator, [...]

Current Exhibit

Square the Circle

January 14 – February 18, 2023

“The idea of squaring the circle originated, apparently, in Euclidean geometry. It’s a math puzzle, and was also used to symbolize alchemy. It’s also used as a metaphor to indicate attempting an impossible task, and philosophically to see equally in four directions. As a phrase, it covers all the bases.”

Martha Manson, Exhibit Curator

“Life’s A Labyrinth”
Joe Aki Ouye

Monterey County Gives! 2022

Thank You For Another Successful Year!

A big thank you to all who donated to the Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts Monterey County High School Poetry Awards through Monterey County Gives! Your generous donations will help hundreds of area high school students participate in this year’s Poet-in-Schools program, led by Patrice Vecchione.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Cherry on Saturday, May 20th, at 2:00PM. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the awards or the Poet-in-Schools program, please contact our office at (831) 624-7491.

Tracey and John Adams
Mary Aiu
Robert Armstrong
Laura Arnow
Arts Council for Monterey County
Kimm Barnes and Ryotaro Umegaki
Joan Beller
Lorna Claerbout
Michael Clark
Edward Corpus
Dion and Judy Dow

Nancy Farrell and Kent Marshall
Jennifer and Oliver Fellguth
Hugo and Karen Ferlito
Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd
Darcie Fohrman and Donald Hughes
Barbara Furbush
Frances Gaver
Priscilla Gilbertson
Alice Ann Glenn
Anne Gosch and Joseph Braun
Marie Hardy and Sam Buttrey

Leni Hazlett and Tim Bresnahan
Mary Hill
Michael and Lorena Houston
Patricia Jacobs
Karin Strasser Kauffman
Marion Keyworth
Dennis King and Lee Ure
Susan Kingsley
Francyne Laney
Laela Leavy
David Ligare and Gary Smith

Marsha Lubow
Chris Mack
Cece McCoy
Nicki and Mick McMahan
Barbara Moore
Constance Murray and David Buckingham
Elizabeth Murray
Linda-Lee Myers
Roberta Myers
Janna L. Ottman
Melissa Pickford and John Kern

Mary Pommerich
Vivian Price and Susanne Davis
Susan Randall
Thomas Rebold
Martha Renault
Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts
Mary Ellen Ryan
Mary Ann Schicketanz
David Smiley and MaryAnn Vasconcellos
Richard Stanley

Dina Stansbury
Nicholas Sturch
Cath Tendler
Frederick Terman & Nan Borreson
Tim and Cammy Torgenrud
Patrice Vecchione and Michael Stark
Chris and Karen Wagner
Jan Wagstaff
Malcolm Weintraub
Rhonda Williams
Roberta Wright and Andrew Wright

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.

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.

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