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The Cherry Center gallery is temporarily closed to observe state COVID-19 mandates.

Imagining Carmel, an exhibit focusing on the main turning points in the cultural history of the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, opens Friday, June 26th, during new gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

The exhibition will feature poetry and artwork by Jeanne d’Orge, founder of Cherry Center, and other Carmel artists of the era. Over thirty paintings, drawings and photographs from the center’s collection will be on display, as well as historical photographs and memorabilia of the center and Carmel-by-the-Sea.

To practice safe social distancing, we will limit the number of visitors in the gallery at one time, and follow all mandatory state and local COVID-19 regulations. For any questions before your visit, please call (831) 624-7491. 

About Jeanne d’Orge (Mrs. Carl Cherry):

Born in 1887 in England, Jeanne d’Orge spent her childhood in Edinburgh, London, and Paris. Her book of verse, Voice in the Circle, published in 1955, focuses on her childhood in Europe.

After moving to New York in 1906, d’Orge became associated with “The Others,” a group of iconoclastic poets that included Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, and Wallace Stevens. Her poetry was included in the anthology The Others and The Poetry Journal. In 1923 Scribner’s Magazine published her award-winning “Lobos” poems.

Jeanne d’Orge died on May 1, 1964, at the age of 87. Although her painting was recognized in her lifetime for its forcefulness and spirit with exhibits at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Park Avenue Galley in New York City, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco, d’Orge insisted that her paintings never be sold, saying only, “I’m just a paintbrush for God.”

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