I was initially skeptical about the Carmel Art Tour. We’d already been walking all day, I was tired, and I didn’t really want to see no stinkin’ art. But the moment we walked into the first gallery, my mind had changed. I realized I hardly ever set foot into art galleries, and not because I don’t enjoy art, but because I am afraid. Art can be intimidating, and I always wonder – is it okay to stop in and look at it even though I probably can’t afford to buy it?
Well, this tour taught me that art appreciation is always okay. And I think I took some really cool pictures along the way. Photography is something I’ve been working on since becoming a full-time blogger, and it was fun to be able to practice my own art by shooting others’ art!
For more than a century, Carmel has been home to many artists who find inspiration in the beautiful setting and uncomplicated nature of the area – the main road remained unpaved until relatively recently, and there are no street addresses. (Seriously, you give directions using the intersections. Crazy!) The city’s art association was founded in 1927 and is the second oldest in the country, so it’s no wonder there are nearly 100 galleries in town.
I thought these were really cool – they’re oversized (that blue bottle is probably 1.5 feet tall) porcelain sculptures of everyday items like facial cream, pain reliever, and even a delivery pizza, complete with box. These are by Karen Shapiro.
Cassandria Blackmore’s art is created by painting on the back side of glass, then using extreme temperatures and a hammer to shatter the glass. It has an effect that catches light beautifully, as seen above.
Our last stop was to visit Steven Whyte’s sculpture studio and gallery, where we were lucky enough to be able to chat with the artist! His sculptures are of human forms, and range from miniature clay pieces to gigantic bronze sculptures that are displayed on college campuses and the like.
Are you intimidated by galleries like I am? Have you ever been on an art tour like this?
Comments & Reviews
Elizabeth O. says
It’s really amazing what artists can do with simple materials. Art Galleries are so nice to go to, although you’re right it can be intimidating, it’s really refreshing to look at art.
So true! And they can even make beautiful things out of scrap materials or sometimes, junks. I haven’t been to a gallery in ages.
What an interesting tour. Yes, I am intimidated by art, too. Not that I don’t like it, but sometimes, I wonder how I would interpret them.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
There are some art pieces that need a lot of thinking to be appreciated. I just love the talent the artists have, and how they can project their thoughts into their work.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
Art can be pretty intimidating, but I love it. All of these pieces are so lovely and thought provoking.
i have to admit – up until now, the only thing i saw or knew about Carmel, California was that Clint Eastwood was its mayor at one point…. 😀
Lois Alter Mark says
Ha ha! I was surprised when I visited there, too! I definitely want to go back.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
I have not been to an art gallery for years! I love art tours. The talent of the artists are just awesome! Of all the pictures you’ve posted here, I loved the broken glass panel design! Cool!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
Although the talent passed over me, I come from a family of artists & definitely can appreciate fine art like this when I see it.
Sarah Bailey says
What an interesting looking tour – it amazes me the talent some people have. x
MJ L. commenting for Mommyhastowork says
Looks like a great tour! Love the bottles, they look so real!
I have visited a few art galleries, but yes, like you I am intimidated, too. The sculptures you saw in this tour are amazing.
Elizabeth O. says
They sure are! I loved the sculptures too!
Carmen Perez (listen2mama) says
Oh we absolutely love Carmel. I fell in love with this artist community 20 years ago when hubby and I first visited on a trip to California. Love your photos.
Lois Alter Mark says
I love visiting art galleries, and this looks like an awesome tour. Sometimes I don’t really understand what I’m seeing but I always enjoy looking and learning.
This looks like a great gallery. I’m not intimidated by galleries. I don’t know what I’m looking at half the time, but I’m not intimidated.
Tina @ My Highest Self says
You know I used to go to the galleries in downtown Chicago when I was working there. I miss that!
Anita Breeze says
I love wandering around in a place like this! Some of those pieces are really cool!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I’m no artist by any means, but I love to view artwork. I find art galleries to be so interesting.
Rachel Mouton says
These are beautiful sculptures! You did a great job with the photos.
Heather D. (@GirlGoneMom) says
I always try and support local artists when I travel. I see lots of beautiful art here.
Mardene Carr says
Beautiful exhibition and something that needs to go on a bucket list.
Pam W says
I love seeing and supporting local art when I travel. I’m not an artist though!
Betsy Segars says
I love art galleries but do feel intimidated most of the time. They are always so beautiful and I’m always happy that I attend them, when I do!
tara pittman says
Such a unique place. I would be afraid to go there as so many breakables.
I haven’t been on an art tour like you did, but it looks like a really great way to learn more about art! Steven Whyte’s sculptures look really great!
I was surprised to see the expecting woman. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sculpture where a woman was pregnant. It’s very lovely!
I think that might have been my favorite sculpture of his!
Terri Beavers says
I love visiting art galleries although since moving there aren’t any around here. I really enjoyed your photos and all of the art you photographed.
Rebecca Bryant says
WOW!! even though I know little to nothing about art I love going to art shows and art museums. We have a wonderful one here on Campus that is free and I spend lots foftime there.
Rebecca Bryant says
WOW!! even though I know little to nothing about art I love going to art shows and art museums. We have a wonderful one here on Campus that is free and I spend lots of time there.
Brandy M says
I am very artsy and it is fun to see what other people create. I like to draw realistic, but my hubby is all abstract. We love see all the pieces.
Natasha Mairs says
I love all the clay models, they look amazing!!! Love the dog too!
Mama to 5 BLessings says
Me too! I love the pregnant woman statue too!
I love going to art fairs and seeing what people have there. It is fun to see all the creative stuff people come up with.
Katie @ Pick Any Two says
You got some great photos! I too find art galleries to be intimidating. Thanks for the reminder that going in just to appreciate the art is OK!
I’ve never been to an art gallery because yes, I am very intimidated by them. I dont have an artistic bone in my body, unlike my father 🙁 I would love to be able to create visual pieces for people to enjoy though
i have never been to an art gallery i don’t think it has to do with being intimidated so much as it is not an area of interest for me
Mama to 5 BLessings says
What a fantastic experience! I love those 3D flowers, so beautiful!
It’s been ages since I’ve been to an art gallery. Some artists are really talented. Their art work can really make you stop and think.
I have found some surprisingly affordable pieces by going into galleries. Not to mention the sheer joy of discovery of a new artist.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I love visiting art galleries. This one is especially nice, I really adore some of the odder and nontraditional pieces.
Art galleries are a fun way to explore art. I love the smaller ones near my house with their revolving artists. Always something new to see!
Helene Cohen Bludman says
I really enjoy strolling through art galleries. I visited Carmel a few years ago and loved it.
Saidah Washington says
I’ve always wanted to go to an art studio. Maybe my husband and I will plan a date night soon. He’s not into it but I think it would be fun
Cia | CiaSays.com says
Your art experience aside I must ask…have you ever thought of pursuing a career in photography? You definitely have an eye for capturing art and that is definitely not easy to do.
I have been on several art tours like this back when I was getting my post graduate degree. They were fun classes and I really enjoyed the tours. I love Carmel.
Seattle Travel Blogger says
I agree with you that art can be intimidating!
You have taken some very top-notch pictures here.
Jessica Harlow says
This looks like a beautiful little gallery! Like you, I tend to think of galleries as stuffy and foo-foo, and I’m always so impressed with the work. It is truly an appreciation for beauty, creativity, and art!
Amber Nelson says
What a fun thing to do. I do enjoy art!
Kristi @ Homestead Wishing says
Love it! What a great little gallery!
Rebecca Brosemer Miller says
I work at a community art center, so I am blessed to be surrounded by gorgeous art everyday!! That being said, it is still a little intimidating 😉
This would be so fun. I’ve never been to an art gallery before and would LOVE to experience it.
Marcie W. says
I always find it so humbling to view artwork and do my best to really study every piece. Those Steven Whyte sculptures look particularly amazing
Angie Scheie says
Lovely! I really like that middle picture in the Winfield gallery that looks like a metal lotus flower or something. Pretty!
We might’ve just missed one another by literally a day or two. I was recently in Carmel-By-The-Sea too! Pretty sure that little town is one of my favourite places in the world.
Let me first commend you on the beautiful Photos. I also do love art and appreciate it greatly. Even though I can’t afford it its always great to stop in and look to see what the artiste is trying to showcasing to the world
We have a local art gallery that has a toddler afternoon and we go once a month and learn about the different types of art or periods of art and see the art itself. While my little guy is a bit young, I just love exposing him to such beautiful pieces.
I have only been to a big art gallery. These pieces look great.
Katherine G says
I’ve never been to an art gallery. I haven’t had the opportunity. Your pictures are great! You caught the beauty of the artwork.
Christine - The Choosy Mommy says
I have never been on an art tour like this and YES it does scare me. I don’t know enough about the art to even know where to begin. However, when we were in Italy, we did go see David (the only art museum I have ever been to) and it was really cool!
I have never been on an art tour. Not because I’m intimidated, but because my area sorely lacks in the art department. I’d definitely do a tour in a bigger city that has them though!
I’d love to see this cool museum, this is new for me, and I’m sure my husband would love to see this too.
I actually enjoy art galleries but I don’t enjoy museums. Odd I understand. But I will admit I looked over half the pictures thinking they were going to be made of carmel, the candy type. 😉
Chelley @ A is For Adelaide says
This is so fun! I love the Noxema porcelain container- those attention to detail items are so cool to me!
I love Carmel…..I grew up going every summer! We’re actually heading there for a few days in the spring…..I need to check out these galleries!
[email protected] says
I’ve only been to Carmel once. I long for my California days and an art tour would be such a pleasure.
Shelley Zurek says
It’s nice to see that at the end of a long day of weariness that art could revive your soul.
Ann Bacciaglia says
This is amazing art. I would love to go to Carmel and go on the tour.
Tammi Roy says
I have always wanted to go to Carmel. It would be amazing to go on the art tour.
Crystal Lopez says
Things like this are so interesting. The giant porcelain sculptures of the Bayer and other items is super cool! Makes you wonder what exactly it was that inspired such interesting art pieces!
tiaras and tantrums says
some art galleries can be ridiculously boring – but some are super fabulous – you just have to keep searching.
I agree. That’s why a tour appeals to me. All the best have been selected. Not that we will all agree on what’s best!
Life as a Convert says
You are so right. I think this one looks fabulous. There are so many interesting things.
Tonya C says
What a great experience! My daughter is such an artist and would love to see those galleries!
Michelle F says
Those are some beautiful pieces of art. I really love those big white flowers.
Carol Bryant says
I love art history and enjoyed seeing these images. Looks like a great place to visit.
I am an art person – and I love the photos – worth the extra walking
This is a fun experience. my niece was really love arts and she wanted to go in this kind of tour.
Brenda Brown says
This looks like my kind of place to visit!
Edwin Lao says
Wow awesome pictures and great art works. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
This is fantastic! I am going to tell my husband about this place. He loves art
Jeni Hawkins says
Beautiful pictures! I love all of the unique things you can find in Carmel!
There looks like so much fun to be had! I need to get myself to Carmel.
Lexie Lane says
That looks very cool museum, I’m gonna visit it one day.
I’ve never been on an actual art tour but I have most certainly walked into art galleries in NYC. There is just something special about seeing works of art-whether you end up appreciating it or not!
Never been on an art tour, but we love hunting them down on our own. Especially ones that are open to the public for watching.
That gallery looks awesome. We make sure we bring our children (all ages) to art museums. We want them to truly have that appreciation.
Nicole Escat says
I haven’t heard this museum before, I like their those statue.
Jasmine Watts says
I’m also art loving and that is very cool museum. One day I wanted to visit there!
This looks like a great tour and some beautiful art. My aunt is really into art and would love this!
I have never been on an art tour like this one. I would love to go, those bottles sure are pretty and all of the sculptures would look great in my home. 🙂
Jess C says
Looks like there are some amazing pieces there! Wonderful art.. If only I could only have some of those pieces for my home;)
Autumn @MamaChallenge says
I feel the same way! I would love to have some of this beautiful art hanging on my wall.
What an amazing art tour!! I would love that chance to see something like that one day!!
I’ve never thought about going on an art tour but this looks pretty fun. All of the art looks pretty amazing.
Janis @MommyBlogExpert says
Carmel is such a beautiful place. Not only is it beautiful coastal California getaway town, it’s the home of Clint Eastwood and also a fabulous artists colony. Thanks so much for sharing all the pix of your art tour, those sculptures look beautiful.
Autumn @Mamachallenge says
That is a great exhibit. I love visiting art galleries!
What a neat exhibit. I love seeing artists’ work!
How fun! I too love the oversized bottles of medicine cabinet items! They look so real
I like those too. So neat!
What a fun exhibit to see. I love visiting art galleries like this.
Wood Arts Universe says
I’ve always like visiting art galleries. All those art pieces are really good.
What a beautiful collection. We love going to galleries here in Denver.
Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says
Visiting museums and art gallerias are some of my most favorite things to do. You can tell so much about the artist in some of the simplest forms.
Chubskulit Rose says
What a great place to visit. My daughter who is into art would love to see this!
Great exhibit, I love all of the art in there it is so unique and amazing.
Shell Feis says
You took beautiful photos! My mom is an artist so she used to drag me to art galleries as a little kid and I hated it. Now I appreciate that I got to see all those beautiful works!
This looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing, I love your pictures!
I love art and art exhibits. These are beautiful pictures and fantastic works of art!
What great pieces! I love visiting different art galleries and seeing what people can create.
Such cool pieces, I love a good art tour. I’ll add this to my list.
Life as a Convert says
haha I kept waiting to see Carmel candies too. I’ve been to art tours, but none that looks this plentiful.
Marielle Altenor says
I’ve never been to any art gallery such as this one. I would so love to see those oversize bottles in person! I’m already short as it is so they would probably look even more massive!
There are some truly beautiful pieces. I would love to find a city near me to do an art tour!
Have not been to an art gallery in a little while. These pieces looked simply amazing.
Jonathan Key says
I find art galleries very fun and relaxing. I’d love to take my wife to this one.
Janell @ Saving You Dinero says
I should really visit more art galleries. This place looks awesome.
We are huge fans of art galleries. I love the statue of the pregnant woman.
Rocio Chavez (@yoursassyself) says
I’m so lucky to have several artist friends who actually make art for a living, along with inspiring artists in my family. And I love participating in art walks. So inspiring.
I have never been on an art tour but this looks awesome! I used to take art in college and had to visit a museum, it was wonderful.
I would love the sculpture studio! I like to see how things are made!
Love it! Art has a great way of inspiring
Jennifer Pilgrim says
The pregnant human sculptures are my favorite! I kind of wish I had one of me when I was pregnant.
Taylor Brione says
I love art galleries! They are so fun!
I definitely wouldn’t say intimidated. I feel inspired looking at all of the different pieces, amazing!
Art galleries are the best! Whenever I travel to major cities I always look up art shows and museums! Wish I could get hubby more into this stuff!
this aesthetic is gorgeous!!
Renee @ Gettin' Fit Fab says
WOW ! I love the pictures you took! The flower art piece is gorgeous!!!! I am not an art lover but I am hoping traveling to Europe will change that! I totes get the not being able to afford it aspect.
Amber c says
What beautiful pictures!! I love going on an art tour!
This does look really neat! I love all the 3D images.
I love art, but galleries are sometimes difficult. My husband wants to take a long time looking, but I have kids. He gets annoyed with them. I’m in the middle. I’ve tried playing art games: Whoever spots my favorite art piece wins, or I need to guess your favorite art piece. Then my husband says we take too long. He likes to mingle. I like to look, and get out. We’re just different with walking around galleries I guess. Kids do not help.