The Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of 144 non-profit organizations to participate in the annual Monterey County Gives! charitable fundraiser conducted by The Monterey County Weekly. Last year, MCGives! raised more than $1.3 million for charity and the goal this year is $2 million.
The essence of MC Gives! is to give worthy non-profits exposure and a platform to raise money for a “Big Idea.” Our Big Idea is the implementation of the Lower Presidio Historic Park according to the 2002 Master Plan, which will turn a largely unknown Park into the popular recreational attraction it should be. When we have completed Phase I of the implementation, the Park will look like and feel like a historic park to used by residents and visitors alike in the heart of downtown Monterey.
Contributions made to MC Gives!, designated for the benefit of OMF will come to us for use only on the Lower Presidio Historic Park. If the donation is made as a “challenge grant,” MC Gives! will add some amount from the challenge grant fund of $325,000 to our gift, depending on how much we raise in the total fundraiser. So the more you give, the more we will receive as your contribution will be leveraged.
$925.00 has been donated as a challenge grant to OMF, as of November 24. To donate, please go to the Monterey County Gives! website:
Hit the “Donate” button and you will receive instructions as to how you can make your donation by credit card, PayPal, or by check. Be sure to designate the beneficiary as Old Monterey Foundation and the Lower Presidio Historic Park.
Here are the 20 angels painted by renowned local artists that will be auctioned at the “Save the Angels” fundraiser. Proceeds will go towards restoration of the original historic “Monterey Christmas Angels” painted in 1956 by Erica Franke.
The “Save the Angels” Auction & Reception will be held Saturday, December 5, 6–9 p.m. at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza.
Continue reading Sneak a peek at the angels
During the night of October 14 -15, 2015, unknown criminals entered the fenced off Father Serra enclosure at the Lower Presidio Historic Park and removed the sculptured head of the Father Junipero Serra Statue. Presumably a sledge hammer was employed to remove the head, which is now missing after a search of the surrounding area. Given the recent publicity for the canonization of Father Serra, this appears to have been a juvenile political statement from one or more persons against the sainthood.
Continue reading OUTRAGEOUS VANDALISM AT LOWER PRESIDIO HISTORIC PARK
We are pleased to report that our annual Artist event, Art in the Gardens 2015, was an excellent success in line with our past four years of “ART –in-the-ADOBES” programs. The number of participating artists increased this year, as did attendance at the three-day event.
The event kicked off on the evening of Friday, September 11 when twenty-two local painters gathered at Venture Gallery to have blank canvases and papers stamped as untouched. A small reception with wine sent them off to paint.
Saturday they scattered among the ten historic gardens of Old Monterey to capture their charms in oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. Volunteer docents stationed in each garden space explained the history and horticulture of each unique space.
The drought-challenged plantings in many areas provided a challenge to the painters, leading to some “artistic license” to bring the flowers back to vibrant life.
On Sunday September 13 the artists gathered in the Sensory Garden to exhibit their new paintings for judging. Volunteer judges John Greenwald, Susan Klusmire, and Patrick O’Dowd deliberated carefully with difficult selections. Awards were announced by noon.
Continue reading PLEIN AIR ART IN THE GARDENS IS ANOTHER SUCCESS
The Monterey Peninsula has long been known as source of inspiration for artists of all types and mediums. From the novels of Robert Louis Stevenson and John Steinbeck to the prose of Robinson Jeffers, fans of the written word can walk the same trails and fields that inspired some of literature and poetry’s great masters. While the great names in painting may have called other places home, they, like countless other artists have used this beautiful landscape as their muse.
Continue reading Enjoy Plein Air Painting at Art in the Gardens – September 12 and 13, 2015
Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to announce that the Community Foundation for Monterey County has favorably considered and awarded an Opportunity Grant of $4,000 to OMF for the purpose of raising public awareness for the Lower Presidio Historic Park. The Grant will pay for an initial public information program about the proposed plan to develop the Historic Park as a phased build out of the 2002 Master Plan.
The Old Monterey Foundation is again a proud participant in Monterey’s 4th of July Parade and Lawn Party. We had a beautiful day for the events, which were well attended by an enthusiastic crowd.