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In Their Own Likeness: Carmel Bohemian Paintersan exhibit of contemporary Carmel artists’ portraits and their art, opens Friday, September 2nd at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, September 2nd from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Artist studios have always been absorbing venues, crowded with copious materials, paintings and tools. They are places of alchemy, revealing the mysterious origin of artwork and the rituals of creation. There have been a range of approaches to studio representations, including the famous Courbet’s studio, which is a combination of reality and allegory, while some contemporary representations display just fragments of studios, often done in styles the artists supported.

“The study celebrates local working artists who carry on the legacy of the Carmel Bohemian art culture. It is an homage to both the artists and the art colony of Carmel by the Sea,” says photographer Randy Tunnell who created the portraits of artists in their studios. “The collection of photographs will be the graphic record of Carmel artists from this time period and be a historic narrative of the creatives that helped to build the town over a hundred years ago.”

Randy Tunnell is a Carmel based photographer with over thirty year’s professional experience providing photography to agencies and clients, large and small. Portrait sittings include Muhammad Ali, Henry Kissinger and Oprah Winfrey.

The exhibit includes work by 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 and Robin Winfield.

In Their Own Likeness: Carmel Bohemian Painters can be seen Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m., or by appointment, through Saturday, October 1st, 2022.

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