Old Monterey Foundation launches its 2019 season of free lecture events sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County with The Spanish Lady Painting and the Fight Against Communism.
The Lara Soto Adobe on the Middlebury Institute (MIIS) campus displays a painting referred to as “the Spanish Lady.” It was painted by Ignacio Zuloaga (1870-1945), a Spanish artist who was as nationalistic in his politics as he was in his art. He aligned himself with Franco in the Spanish Civil War while his art harkens back to the great Spanish Baroque painters.
Lecturer Pieter Broucke will trace:
The path that brought the painting, together with a cluster of related materials, from pre-WWII Spain to Monterey, California, by way of Claude Kinnoull, a British countess;
Her conversion to Catholicism and subsequent involvement with Pope Pius XI and the Catholic missionaries in Africa;
Her sympathies for Franco during the Spanish Civil War; and, after she migrated to California
Her role in the founding of the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, at the height of the Cold War.
About Pieter Broucke
Pieter Broucke is a professor of history of art and architecture at Middlebury College in Vermont. Trained initially as an architect in Ghent Belgium, he received an MA in archaeology from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in art history from Yale University. His research, including fieldwork, is in classical archaeology in Italy, Greece, and Cyprus. He currently serves as the Director of the Arts at Middlebury.
Bill Wojtkowski, President of the Old Monterey Foundation Board of Directors, will also present a short overview of recent improvements accomplished and planned for the Lower Presidio Historic Park.
For more information about Old Monterey Foundation, call (831) 346-3030.
The lectures are very popular so attendees are urged to come early to secure a seat.
This lecture is suitable for ages 9 and up.
The event is hosted by Old Monterey Foundation and is sponsored by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Image: Drying Sails, 1926, oil on canvas. Monterey Museum of Art, bequest of Robert J. Dwyer, 2010.017. Exhibition organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art
For the fifth year, Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to launch its season of free lecture events as part of its 2018 Lecture Series sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit
This informative lecture will be presented by Scott Shields, Ph.D. Dr. Shields is the Associate Director and Chief Curator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. He will chronicle E. Charlton Fortune’s fascinating biography and colorful artistic legacy through stories, anecdotes and powerful paintings.
The Monterey Museum of Art will feature an exhibit of E. Charlton Fortune paintings on exhibit from May 24 through August 27, 2018.
Bill Wojtkowski, President of the Old Monterey Foundation Board of Directors, will also present a short overview of improvements accomplished and planned for the Lower Presidio Historic Park.
The lecture is free but attendees must obtain have a ticket. Reserve your ticket here. If you are not a member of the Monterey Museum of Art, select “Old Monterey Foundation members” or “general admission”.
For more information about Old Monterey Foundation, call (831) 346-3030.
Old Monterey Foundation, Padre Trails Camera Club and Myrick Photographic recently teamed up to hold a special Lower Presidio Historic Park Photo Contest. Dozens of outstanding entries depicting various scenes in the Lower Presidio Historic Park were submitted and judged by Stephen Myrick, owner of Myrick Photographic and Liza Linsao of the City of Monterey and owner of Liza Linsao Photography.
The photos were judged by the basic elements of a good photographic image, composition, exposure, subject interest, sharpness, and creativity.
Thanks to all photographers who participated, and for sharing their photographs with the Old Monterey Foundation.
The winners include:
1st place Christopher Axe
2nd place Carol Silveira “Sunrise at the Park”
3rd Place Benjamin Steel “Brute Bud”
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Chris Johnson (3 images)
Christopher Axe Carol Silveira
The first place winner received a 12×18 canvas gallery wrap of their winning image donated by Myrick Photographic and a “Friends of the Lower Presidio” membership ($100 value) donated by Old Monterey Foundation. The second and third place winners received a $25 gift certificate from Myrick Photographic and a “Friends of the Lower Presidio” membership ($100 value). There were also $20 cash prizes each for participants whose images receive Honorable Mentions that were provided by Padre Trails Camera Club. For any questions, call (831) 633-4444 or email email@example.com. Continue reading PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED→
Our fundraiser to restore the historic “Monterey Christmas Angels” on December 5, 2015 was a resounding success. Attendance was estimated to be 120 Angel patrons, including a majority of the Monterey City Council (one of whose children submitted a new Angel for auction). Twenty newly painted Angels were displayed around the gathering room at the Museum of Monterey on the Custom House Plaza, and lively interest was displayed in the Angels and in the biographies posted next to each one. All had the same shape and dimensions, but each presented the unique artistic vision of the Artist who graciously donated each Angel. The crowd enjoyed hors d’oeurves, wine and beer amid the lively discussion of individual artistic merits during the Reception preceding the auction.
Promptly at 7:30 pm, our auctioneer Mike Tryon called attention to the podium for the first piece to be bid on, and the auction was on. Mike is a professional auctioneer from Temecula who volunteered his services to enhance our auction experience, and we are most grateful for his contribution. Bidding started a bit slowly but the crowd soon warmed to the spirit of evening. Some favorites quickly appeared and precipitated lively bidding for the rest of the evening. The first bid to go over $500 was the Christmas Angel painted by renowned artist Erin Lee Gadfill, which topped out at $750. Continue reading CHRISTMAS ANGEL AUCTION IS RESOUNDING SUCCESS→
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.
A fundraiser to restore the historic
“Monterey Christmas Angels”
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Reception: 6–9 p.m.; Auction: 7:30 p.m.
Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza
Wind, water and sun have battered the Angels that grace downtown Monterey each holiday season and we need your help to restore them. To raise funds for the restoration, Old Monterey Foundation and The Colton Hall Museum and Cultural Arts Commission have joined forces to host a “Save the Angels” Auction. Inspired by the historic Angels, 20 renowned local artists have created new Angels, each six-feet tall, in their own distinct styles that will be auctioned to benefit the restoration.
To see all 20 angels, search for “Sneak a Peek” on this website. Or see them on display at the Museum of Monterey starting December 2.
For more Angel information please call (831) 346-3030
Click the button below to make a tax deductible donation
towards restoration of the Monterey Angels
ART IN THE GARDENS The Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to announce that its series of Plein Air events continues this year with “Art in the Gardens” September 12 & 13. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Saturday, September 12th: 11 AM – 4 PM:
Local artists paint in and around the historic gardens of Old Monterey.
Docents and gardeners interpret and explain the creation and maintenance of each garden featured.
Information area in Sensory Garden (Olivier Street, outside Picket Fence) will feature maps of gardens for use by attendees.
Tickets on sale for a drawing to win original paintings donated by participating artists.