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.

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Welcome back to the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts!
Your health and safety is important to us.

The state of California has lifted capacity restrictions for indoor events. We ask all visitors remain mindful of social distancing. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.

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.

The Interview – POSTPONED

July 16 @ 7:30 pm - August 8 @ 2:00 pm

Monterey Comedy Improv – POSTPONED

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Becoming (in)Visible: Countering Asian Hate

“Ching Chong Chinaman” – Belle Yang

Becoming (In) Visible has been made possible through donations and grants
from the following individuals and organizations:

Mark Orrisch and Jana Clark
Monterey Bay Zen Center
Arts Council for Monterey County
Community Foundation for Monterey County

The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledge their support and contributions.

The paintings and photographs in Becoming (in)Visible: Countering Asian Hate explore deeply troubling themes through an array of mediums and settings—with the shrouded notion of Asian Americans as perpetual foreigners a common denominator. The characterization of Asians in terms of otherness has often been stamped by exclusion, or, as Ralph Ellison writes, to only see ‘themselves or figments of their imagination.”

The artists here show us many worlds—the newly unseen, unknown, unacknowledged and invisible class. The images are at once introspective and direct, reflecting both the individual and systemic aspects of racism—the intimate aspects of bias rendered by the artists.  Becoming (in)Visible depicts the human face of racism and the impulse towards hope. 

     Robert Reese,
     Executive Director, Carl Cherry Center for the Arts


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


Artist Studio Redux

Join us at the beginning of an exciting journey to bring The Cherry’s artist studio back to its former glory. This unique architectural gem will undergo a long-awaited series of capital improvements thanks to a team of volunteer landscapers. Please use the link below to help rescue a small vestige of Carmel’s bohemian past.


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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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