Carl Cherry Center for the Arts


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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.


When Carmel was a small community of artists and bohemians, many studios and living rooms doubled as galleries or performance spaces. With [...]

The Testament of Mary

August 12 @ 7:30 pm - September 11 @ 3:00 pm

The Testament of Mary is a ninety-minute, one-woman play depicting the mother of Jesus at the end of her life. [...]

In Their Own Likeness: Carmel Bohemian Painters, an exhibit of contemporary Carmel artists' portraits and their art, opens Friday, September 2nd at the Carl Cherry Center [...]

Comedy Variety Showcase

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - September 17 @ 7:00 pm

The Comedy Variety Showcase will feature comedic acts and embrace every style of comedy performance such as stand-up, sketch, improv, [...]

We are pleased to announce that after a two year absence, Jazz At The Cherry is back!  We will open [...]

In this performance, Pamela and Bruce Forman will channel the iconic recordings of Julie London and Barney Kessel. Known for [...]

Current Exhibit

Imagining Carmel: The Art of Jeanne D’Orge and Poetry of Dora Hagemeyer

Our latest exhibit honors the spirit of two local bohemians, pairing the artwork of our founder, Jeanne D’Orge, with prose by noted poet and painter, Dora Hagemeyer. Ceramics by Brad Schwieger complement the exhibit’s visual and literary storytelling.

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September 2 – October 1, 2022

In Their Own Likeness: Carmel Bohemian Painters

   25 Portraits of Contemporary Carmel Artists and Their Art

Johnny Apodaca • Eleen Auvil • Ernie Baber • Jeffrey Becom • Ashley Bennett-Stoddard • Cyndra Bradford 
Delia Bradford • Lisa Bryan • Will Bullas • Miguel Dominguez • Mark Farina • Scott Jacobs • Barbara Kreitman 
David Ligare • Keith Lindberg • Kevin Milligan • Jennifer Perlmutter • Patricia Qualls • Kathy Sharpe
Jeff Daniel Smith • Mary Titus • Joaquin Turner • Belinda Vidor • Jan Wagstaff • Robin Winfield

Exhibit opens Friday, September 2nd with an artists’ reception from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

The event is free and open to the public.

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

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Champion the expression of the human spirit

Dear Friend,

We are writing to let you know what an especially great time it is right now to make a donation to the Carl Cherry Center. If you’ve made a donation in the past, we hope you’ll continue this year. If you’ve never been a supporter of the Cherry Center, we welcome you.

Each year, we present programs, exhibits, plays, workshops and readings that have something valuable to reveal, compelling us to look up from our lives. The Carl Cherry Center offers you a truly unique experience every time you visit. With a permanent collection by Jeanne D‘Orge, stellar special exhibitions, award-winning programs, critically-acclaimed theater and music, you’ll always see, feel, and learn some-thing brand new.

We need institutions like the Cherry Center because of the encouragement that the arts are good for our spiritual health even if we only set foot in the Cherry once a year. The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is an independent non-profit arts center committed to discovering outstanding new artists, writers and performers from all over the state and presenting programs and exhibits in ways that celebrate their worth and extend our reach. As a small arts organization, we rely on the help of our members and donors to pursue ambitious literary and arts projects­­—projects that take risks, that support ideas beyond the mainstream marketplace, and that nurture emerging work.

So today, whether you are a sustaining member or thinking of becoming one—do something ingeniouswrite a check that champions the expression of the human spirit. Your one-time – or recurring donation – of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more will help the Cherry Center continue its mission of presenting quality and diverse artistic, educational, and cultural programs in Monterey County.

Robin Winfield, President               Robert Reese, Executive Director

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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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Our Story

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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