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?