Carmel Art Association
Dolores between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel
(831) 624-6176 www.carmelart.org
Founded in 1927, the Carmel Art Association is the second oldest artists’ cooperative in the country – though the oldest one, located in New England, isn’t nearly as active or visible. The association sponsors fundraising events, films, lectures, concerts and art demonstrations, in addition to comprising over 100 artists who live within 35 miles of Carmel. The five galleries of their historic building can show about 80 artists at a time, so wall space – and entry into the co-op – is competitive. Early members included artists such as Armin Hansen, William Ritschel, Francis McComas and E. Charlton Fortune, and April is when they jury new members in (or not) so the pool is recharged. A new development is the Carmel Art Association show at the Museum of Monterey, running now until April 27 “over the hill,” as they say, to lure audiences who may not have visited their Carmel gallery space yet. If, in fact, such people exist.