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The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts celebrates seventy-five years of bringing art, music, literature and drama to the Monterey Peninsula on Saturday, September 2nd, from 3-6 pm.

The Carl Cherry Center, originally called the Carl Cherry Foundation, was established in 1948 by Jeanne D’Orge (Mrs. Carl Cherry), to provide arts programing to the Monterey Peninsula and as a testament to the potential of arts in community.

“Our seventy-fifth anniversary provides a chance to reflect on the numerous ways the art center’s exhibitions, classes, events, and school programs have made an impact on thousands of people in our community,” said Robert Reese, the Cherry Center’s executive director. “This landmark anniversary also provides a chance for us to look forward to our future as we continue to provide significant and meaningful arts programs to the community, working towards our vision to make art an essential part of Monterey County.”

Wine and light fare start off the event, with special entertainment that includes a reading by award-winning writer Jane Smiley, Dylan and Dylan preview, and prose and poetry reading by Patrice Vecchione. The celebration will also include performances by several music groups, and a silent auction. “Shared Visions,” a far-reaching exhibition showcasing artists with an affiliation to the artwork of Jeanne D’Orge, will also be on display.Tickets for the event are $65, available on Eventbrite.com or by calling (831) 624-7491. The Cherry is located on the northwest corner of Fourth Avenue and Guadalupe, Carmel.

About Us:

The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is your place to discover art. Established in 1948 by Mrs. Carl Cherry in her husband’s name, the center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 10,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs. The Carl Cherry Center is funded, in part, through grants from the Arts Council for Monterey County, the Community Foundation for the Monterey County, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the Mitchell Foundation, and private donations.


Special Guests:

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and the Last Hundred Years Trilogy: Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age. She is the author as well of several works of nonfiction and books for young adults.

The Monterey Peninsula’s celebrated bard and biographical dramatist Taelen Thomas collaborates with artists Steve MortensenLaura Burian, and Dixie Dixon for a beguiling excursion into the lives, minds and works of two passionate and unpredictable literary geniuses who share a name: Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan.

For many years, Patrice Vecchione has taught poetry and creative writing to young people through her program, The Heart of the Word: Poetry and the Imagination. She is currently Poet-In-Schools for the Cherry Center’s high school poetry program, and judge of the Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts Monterey County High School Poetry Awards.

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