A Feast for the Eyes: Monterey Conference Center Alvarado Gallery
Guest Post by Nancy Whitman, Director of Sales & Events, City of Monterey & Monterey Conference Center
Known for our rich cultural history and appreciation of the arts, the City of Monterey is dedicated to highlighting the works of local artists throughout the community and beyond. With our newly built, Conference Center now open adjacent to the Portola Hotel & Spa, we are proud to provide a forum for citizens and visitors to our great City to enjoy a variety art pieces displayed throughout the building.
Featuring a series of rotating gallery shows at the onsite, Alvarado Gallery on the Mezzanine Level, as well as the permanent collection featured throughout the building, our self-guided walking tour allows guests to celebrate and honor the rich, artistic and cultural heritage of the Monterey Bay area. Our carefully curated displays and collections are designed to inform, educate and inspire all that walk through the doors of the Monterey Conference Center.
From bronze sculptures to large oil on canvas paintings to tapestries and suspended mobiles, a feast for the eyes awaits as you embark on this self-guided tour. I invite all to visit our self-guided walking tour map or pick one up in the Administrative Offices on the Mezzanine Level of the Center.
*Highlighted pieces include :
"TWO DOLPHINS" – 1981
Inlaid Woods • Location: DeAnza Hallway
Patrons: The Bing Crosby Youth Fund
The Maurine Church Coburn Charitable Trust
EMILE NORMAN was a native Californian who lived and worked in Big Sur since 1950. His work has been exhibited at the DeYoung Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Chicago Art Institute, Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, and the Pasadena Art Institute. Emile died September 24, 2009 in Monterey.
"THE EPHEMERAL DEPTHS OF AQUAMARINE" – 1977
Acrylic on Canvas/Tryptic • DeAnza Hallway
Patron: Art Commission Purchase Fund
LEONARD HAN is a native of Carmel, he attended Monterey Peninsula College before going to the University of California at Santa Cruz. His work was shown at Merrill and Stevenson Colleges at UC Santa Cruz; in two exhibitions at the Santa Cruz City Library: "Asian Group" in 1976 and "Eight UCSC Artists" in 1977. In 1975, Mr. Han received first place award in the Modern Painting division of the Monterey County Fair.
"JAZZ FESTIVAL" – 1997
Bronze/Stone • Steinbeck Lobby
Patrons: Colton Hall Museum and Cultural Art
ROBERT SCOTT HOLT, born July 25, 1951, in Monterey, was a lifelong resident of Monterey County. He was a metal sculptor and was commissioned to fabricate a sculpture to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the world-famous Monterey Jazz Festival. An identical piece is exhibited in Nanao, Japan, sister city to Monterey. Mr. Holt was a member of the Paisano Club and the Monterey History and Art Association. Holt died in October 1997 in Salinas, California.