Artifacts 05.19.16

Kayhan Ghodsi's photographic portraits of Sand City artists (pictured here is artist Joseph Cook) are showing at Sweet Elena's Bakery & Cafe until May 27

  • The Carmel Art Association is taking over the Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada – from 6-7:30pm this Friday, that is. To augment their special exhibition there, CAA is sending envoys – sculptors Chris Sawyer and Douglas Downs, printmakers Pamela Takigawa and Noro Partido, painters Christine Crozier,Peggy Jelmini and Mark Farina – to man stations around the galleries, demonstrate their respective mediums and answer questions. ($10/general; free/student, military, minors, members). 372-5477, www.MontereyArt.org.
  • Now watch this: NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Carmel Unified School District are hosting a free screening of the documentary Racing Extinction, followed by a panel discussion and special guests, 7-9pm Friday at Carmel High’s Performing Arts Center. This isn’t your usual eco-friendly, PSA-type story. This comes from the makers of The Cove, and it looks as wrenching as that film, as exciting as Mission Impossible, and as hopeful as one subject suggests: “Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” 647-4204.
  • Seadrift Studio in Sand City is staging a huge retrospective, 5-9pm Saturday, of wood sculptures by the enigmatic Edmund Kara (1925-2001), who they describe as “Big Sur’s most reclusive and legendary sculptor.” Kara began his creative life designing dresses for Lena Horne and costumes for Universal andParamount studios. He quit all that and moved to Big Sur in 1962, where he turned to wood sculpting, carving Nepenthe’s “Phoenix” and a nude of Elizabeth Taylor for the film The Sandpiper. This show includes illustrations and photos. 241-0202.
  • There’s a new gallery in town. Or should I say village? Director/curator Suzanne O’Neill has filled EDGE (all-caps theirs) in Carmel Valley Village, next to Cafe Rustica, with work by Johnny Apodaca, Stefani Esta and Inge Heidrick and is open for your enjoyment 11am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday, starting May 25. 620-5779.
  • The Arts Council for Monterey County has long supported arts and culture organizations and their projects through grants, but now a new grant, Local Emerging Artists Program (LEAP), reaches out to individual artists too. Specifically, Monterey County-based visual or performing artists who are at the early or emerging stages of their career and want a boost up to the next level – like what a super-mushroom is to Mario. The deadline to apply for such is May 31, at www.arts4mc.org/leap. 206-2588.

Walter Ryce has been an arts writer, calendar editor, culture columnist, sometime photographer, and one-time web content coordinator for the Monterey County Weekly. He began working at the paper, which is based in his hometown of Seaside, in 2007.

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