(above) "The Last Bottlenose" by Ethan Estess, a collage recontextualizing Hokausai's iconic "The Wave," is part of a group of art shows at Pacific Grove Art Center that opens 7-9pm this Friday.
➔ The Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada rolls out more of its engaging programming. Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm, is an art workshop ($20) taught by artist Patricia Qualls on abstract painting. Wine will be available for purchase, so maybe the art will get abstracted in unforeseen ways. 372-5477.
➔ This coming Tuesday’s version of Networking Aloud: A Writers Open Mic at Old Capitol Books sounds like a doozy. As always, they invite people to come read, for 5-7 minutes, from any genre – prose, poetry, essay, cocktail napkin manifesto, etc., before an audience that is allowed to applaud, but not critique. They usually feature published writers, too. They are Sharon Law Tucker, author of How to Be a BadAss: A Survival Guide for Women, and P.A. Speers, author of Type 1 Sociopath: When Difficult People are More Than Just Difficult. See more on the Weekly’s Arts & Culture blog. 601-9195, 521-0375.
➔ Julianne Burton-Carvajal has designed, written and published a book called Artists’ Honeymoon: Rowena Meeks Abdy and Harry Bennett Abdy at Work & Play in Monterey & Beyond, 1910-1920. It’s the true account of a couple in love and chronicling their lives in Monterey in photographs – about 180 of them, now a century-old, culled from a “rediscovered” trove of 570 negatives courtesy of Pat Hathaway’s California Views. The launch party and book signing happens 2-4pm Saturday at Casa Serrano, with music, dance, champagne, sweets and copies of the book awarded to the man and woman most approximating 1915 style. Look for a story on the Weekly’s Arts & Culture blog. 915-4900.
➔ The hubbub and hullabaloo of First Night has long been cleaned up, but the creative visuals continue in the Monterey Conference Center’s Alvarado Gallery with an opening reception 5:30-7:30pm Friday, Jan. 16, of The Language of Flowers. It’s made up of photographs by Cheryl Ellis, Eduardo Fujii, Carol Henry, Elizabeth Murray, Chester Ng and Robin Ward that hone in on the “influences and relevance of flowers in our lives.” The week after that, Jan. 23, A Tribute to the City of Seaside art show alights at the Peace Resource Center that focuses on accomplishments in Seaside.
➔ Here are some interesting numbers posted by Marina Library regarding a busy November 2014: 5,891 individual visits to the library; 14 literacy classes teaching 39 people; 47 different groups meeting in the Community Room; $1,000 raised from the lobby book sale. It adds up to a healthier community.