Pietro Piccoli honored at Zantman Art Galleries ~ Congratulations from the Carmel Chamber

Carmel Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Zantman Art Gallery. L to R, Bret, Kimberly Yant, Bill Yant, owners, Pietro Piccoli, and Monta Potter, Carmel Chamber President and CEO
Carmel Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Zantman Art Gallery. L to R, Bret, Kimberly Yant, Bill Yant, owners, Pietro Piccoli, artist, and Monta Potter, Carmel Chamber President and CEO

Congratulations from the Carmel Chamber of Commerce

The Carmel Chamber welcomed Zantman Art Galleries into their new location on San Carlos between Ocean and 7th (next to Wells Fargo Bank).  Their best selling artist, Pietro Piccolli, flew into town from Rome to attend the festive affair.  As an ambassador for the Carmel Chamber I had great fun taking pictures and chatting with the artist and other art lovers who attended the soiree.

Painting by Pietro Piccoli
Painting by Pietro Piccoli

Pietro Piccoli’s paintings are alive with color and light. “To Piccoli, the light is the most important element in each of his works”.  Come by the Zantman Art Galleries to see them for yourself – if there are any left.  Many Piccoli aficionados were purchasing his paintings at the opening.

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Carmel Chamber congratulates the Zantman Art Gallery on their new location on San Carlos between Ocean & 7th.

Art enthusiasts arrived at the gallery to admire Piccoli’s new paintings. The high ceilings and natural light of the new location are perfect to display the array of fantastic paintings.

Art lovers arrived at the celebration.
Art lovers arrived at the celebration.

Attendees enjoyed wonderful food, wine, and music which all combined to make a fabulous evening.

Painting by Pietro Piccoli
Painting by Pietro Piccoli
Bill and Kimberly Yant
Bill and Kimberly Yant

Our gracious hosts, Bill and Kimberly Yant, owners of the Zantman Art Galleries,  greeted the guests as they entered the party.

Painting by Pietro Piccoli
Painting by Pietro Piccoli

Pietro’s painting were of a number of different subjects . . . boats, landscapes, and even a number of flowers.  Not sure which was my favorite.  I loved them all!

Kimberly Yant, owner of Zantman Art Gallery, Pietro Piccoli, painter, and his interpreter.
Kimberly Yant, owner of Zantman Art Gallery, Pietro Piccoli, painter, and his interpreter.

Kimberly Yant, one of the owners of the gallery, chats with Pietro through his lovely interpreter who translated his Italian to English.

Painting by Pietro Piccoli
Painting by Pietro Piccoli

Another boating scene to be viewed accompanied by the wonderful music being played.

Musician providing delightful music for viewing paintings.
Musician providing delightful music for viewing paintings.
Gallery has high ceilings perfect for hanging art.
Gallery has high ceilings perfect for hanging art.
Pietro's interpreter, Pietro Piccoli, painter, and Monta Potter, President and CEO of Carmel Chamber
Pietro’s interpreter, Pietro Piccoli, painter, and Monta Potter, President and CEO of Carmel Chamber

Monta Potter, President and CEO of the Carmel Chamber and Lee Larrew, Director of Operations, orchestrated the Ribbon Cutting.  Here come those giant scissors, “Yes”, now official!

Cutting the ribbon! Another successful ribbon cutting for the Carmel Chamber.
Cutting the ribbon! Another successful ribbon cutting for the Carmel Chamber.

 

Stop the Car and Look at this Beautiful Craftsman in Pacific Grove ~ Open House 9/4 1:00-4:30

894 Laurel Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA
894 Laurel Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

Open House September 4th 1:00-4:30pm 

894 Laurel Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

Don’t you just love the Craftsman style!  These owners lovingly restored this historic home and created the ideal Pacific Grove residence.

Lover's Point Beach in Pacific Grove
Lover’s Point Beach in Pacific Grove

Located close to town and close to the beach and Recreation Trail, it is ideally situated across from Washington Park.

Come by and see it today!

For more information about Pacific Grove real estate, call Susan.  831-320-6801

Susan Clark 831-320-6801
Susan Clark 831-320-6801

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ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “B” is for Beach!

 ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “B” is for Beach

Carmel ~ Pebble Beach ~Pacific Grove ~ Monterey

Susan on Carmel Beach
Susan walking down Carmel Beach

A beach has always been a draw for most everyone and I’m no different.  I’ve always loved the beach –  the sound of the waves, the squawk of the sea gulls, the salt air, the feel of sand between my toes

Carmel Beach
Carmel Beach

 . . .  and yes, in my youth even enjoyed slathering on suntan lotion and baking in the sun – not recommended.  Of course, our beaches in northern California are quite different that the ones I spent time at in my earlier years – Cape Cod, the Gulf Coast of Florida, and Hawaii.

Carmel Beach
Carmel Beach

Even though it is not “hot” here in the summer time residents and visitors alike throng to Monterey Peninsula beaches.  The white sands of Carmel Beach with a backdrop of the Pebble Beach Golf Links attract hundreds of people any time of year.

Carmel Beach - kite flying is a fun activity at the beach!
Carmel Beach – kite flying is a fun activity at the beach!

When prospective buyers are thinking of purchasing a home here, a question I hear over and over again is, “How far is it from the beach?”

Roof top view of Carmel Beach
Roof top view of Carmel Beach ~ from this house it was just a block away!

For dog lovers it is heaven since this beach is famous for allowing dog owners to allow their pets freedom from the leash.  It’s a great place for picnics or a beach party and beach fires at this time are still allowed in certain areas and certain days – though many people would like to change that.

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Carmel River State Beach, Carmel CA

The other beach in Carmel is Carmel River State Beach and is also a beautiful long “walking” beach where you can enjoy fabulous views.

Carrmel River State Beach
Carrmel River State Beach                                                              

Pacific Grove, also, has a wonderful beach on Lover’s Point that many flock to on a sunny day.

Lover's Point Beach in Pacific Grove
Lover’s Point Beach in Pacific Grove

When we have our warm spells, it tends to look like Coney Island with people sitting on their beach blankets packed together like sardines.  The Recreation Trail between Lover’s Point and the Hopkins Marine Station is a favorite walk or bike ride for those who want to enjoy the rocky, rugged coastline – like me!  I walk it almost every day.

Stanford Hopkins Marine
Stanford Hopkins Marine

Every spring the harbor seals have their baby pups who hang out at either the Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station beach or the 5th Street beach where the babies can be safe in the protected cove.

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5th Street Beach.  A protected cove where baby harbor seals are born every spring.

Of course, the Pacific Grove coast in spring is special not only for the Harbor seal pups being born, but for the “Pink Carpet” that bursts into bloom in April and May!

"Pink Carpet' blooming in spring along the Pacific Grove coast.
“Pink Carpet’ blooming in spring along the Pacific Grove coast.

Pebble Beach has many wonderful beaches like Asilomar Beach (a lovely place to watch a sunset) on the boundary line of Pacific Grove

Asilomar State Beach
Asilomar State Beach

and Spanish Bay Beach complete with picnic tables.

Spanish Bay beach in Pebble Beach
Spanish Bay beach in Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, also, has a phenomenal coastline.

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Monterey boasts Del Monte Beach, the long walking beach that goes for miles.  Whether you are walking, enjoying a sunset . . .

Sunset from Del Monte Beach
Sunset from Del Monte Beach

or hang gliding, this beach is a gem and not known by all visitors.  I didn’t discover it until I moved here even though I had visited the Monterey Peninsula most of my life.

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Hang glider about to take off from Del Monte Beach

Ok, ready to go to the beach?  Pick one and have fun!  Surf’s up!

Surfers on Carmel Beach
Surfers on Carmel Beach

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Enjoy the beach!!

Yes, there really is a Knight in Shining Armor in Carmel-by-the-Sea! Come to the Carmel Canine Cottages Competition

 

Fairytale Castle by Jeff Crockett Bldg & Design and J. Stepanek Construction
Fairytale Castle by Jeff Crockett Bldg & Design and J. Stepanek Construction

Carmel Canine Cottages Competition August 13th-16th at Alain Pinel Realtors 10-4pm in Carmel on Junipero between 5th & 6th          Benefit for the SPCA

I know many of us as young girls dreamed of meeting a knight in shining armor (or maybe even being a damsel in distress) and being whisked away to his castle on horseback – do you think our doggie friends have similar dreams?  During “Car Week” which is just beginning Alain Pinel Realtors decided to do something different.  Local architects, designers, and builders were invited to imagine and create “Canine Cottages” in different architectural designs pairing our love of both homes and our pets.

"The Tudor" designed by Helen Okada and built by Jim Yates Construction
“The Tudor” designed by Helen Okada and built by Jim Yates Construction

These “doghouse masterpieces” are being auctioned off at Alain Pinel Realtors through Tuesday August 16th via a Silent Auction manned by SPCA volunteers.  All monies collected go to the SPCA to help fund their efforts in caring for animals and currently they are very busy attending to animals misplaced by the Big Sur fire keeping them fed and safe and providing homes.

SPCA event chair (on right) and a volunteer
SPCA event chair (on right) and a volunteer

Today’s young women aren’t into fairytales so much so perhaps a more modern theme would work for today’s modern pooch!

Contemporary designed by Sterling -Huddelson & constructed by Carrol & Strong Builders, Inc.
Contemporary designed by Sterling -Huddelson & constructed by Carrol & Strong Builders, Inc.

You can bid on these Canine Cottages from 10am-4:00pm from Saturday August 13th – Tuesday August 16th.  Then on Tuesday from 4:00pm-7:00pm there will be a grand reception at Alain Pinel Realtors  where the Best of Show will be awarded and the results of the Silent Auction will be announced.  Don’t miss this event of the Season! Entry fee is $50 ~ all proceeds benefit the SPCA.

Green/Smart home designed by Jeselnick architect & construction by Hare Construction
Green/Smart home designed by Jeselnick architect & construction by Hare Construction

Then for the thoroughly modern and politically correct pooch we have the Green/Smart home complete with a natural roof and fountain.

Jeselnick Architect & Hare Construction
Jeselnick Architect & Hare Construction

 

Colonial by Bakker Construction - modeled from a historic home in Pacific Grove
Colonial by Bakker Construction – modeled from a historic home in Pacific Grove

Our Monterey Peninsula is filled with history and historic homes and this next doggie abode has a history of its own.  It is a colonial design and patterned off a real historic home in Pacific Grove on Central Avenue that was remodeled by Bakker Construction.

Doggie treats and playthings in the lid.
Doggie treats and playthings in the lid.
Note the side door entrance for our doggie.
Note the side door entrance for our doggie.

Ok, I guess you are all wondering which is my favorite? What can I say, I’m a “fairytale/castle girl”!

Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors admiring the Castle.
Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors admiring the Castle.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to help the SPCA and have fun at our grand reception!  Tickets available at our offices or online.

And, if you should need a home yourself?  Call me!

Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors 831-320-6801