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The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts will be participating in the 2017 Monterey County Artists Open Studio Tour, an annual self-guided tour of artist studios and exhibition spaces, on September 23rd and 24th from  11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year, the exhibit will include sculptures, mosaics, paintings ceramics, and etchings by local artists Vivienne Riggio, Carole Pavlo, and Christine Watten. The event is free, and open to the public.

Riggio’s contributions to the exhibit include a distinctive body of work   influenced by the Italian Renaissance, Charles James, and what she describes as “outpourings from the ocean and nature’s leftovers.” Her signature shapes are torsos and bustiers, given form through three media:  sculptures, mosaics, and two-dimensional acrylics.

Among the selected works to be featured by Pavlo are “twin” bronze sculptures expressing grief and sorrow at their most primal levels. Also on display will be her moving black and white etching of the Madonna and child, abstract oils and acrylics, and landscape art, revealing the range and depth of this artist’s works.

Watten’s paintings reflect her fascination with the contrast of forms,  shadow, and light ever present in the California landscape. The inspiration for her other art forms,  glass and clay, comes from her work with plants as a landscaper, and her love of folk art and abstract design. Watten’s work completes what promises to be an inspirational and enriching exhibit.

The Center, located at Guadalupe and Fourth Streets in Carmel, will welcome the public to view these works at no charge from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday September 24th.  Make sure to stop in to see this display of distinctive original art as a part of your weekend activities.



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