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.
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.
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.
Attendees enjoyed wonderful food, wine, and music which all combined to make a fabulous evening.
Our gracious hosts, Bill and Kimberly Yant, owners of the Zantman Art Galleries, greeted the guests as they entered the party.
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, one of the owners of the gallery, chats with Pietro through his lovely interpreter who translated his Italian to English.
Another boating scene to be viewed accompanied by the wonderful music being played.
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!
ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “B” is for Beach
Carmel ~ Pebble Beach ~Pacific Grove ~ Monterey
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
. . . 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.
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.
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?”
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.
The other beach in Carmel is Carmel River State Beach and is also a beautiful long “walking” beach where you can enjoy fabulous views.
Pacific Grove, also, has a wonderful beach on Lover’s Point that many flock to on a sunny day.
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.
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.
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!
Pebble Beach has many wonderful beaches like Asilomar Beach (a lovely place to watch a sunset) on the boundary line of Pacific Grove
and Spanish Bay Beach complete with picnic tables.
Pebble Beach, also, has a phenomenal coastline.
Monterey boasts Del Monte Beach, the long walking beach that goes for miles. Whether you are walking, enjoying a sunset . . .
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.
Ok, ready to go to the beach? Pick one and have fun! Surf’s up!
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.
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.
Today’s young women aren’t into fairytales so much so perhaps a more modern theme would work for today’s modern pooch!
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.
Then for the thoroughly modern and politically correct pooch we have the Green/Smart home complete with a natural roof and fountain.
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.
Ok, I guess you are all wondering which is my favorite? What can I say, I’m a “fairytale/castle girl”!
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to help the SPCA and have fun at our grand reception! Tickets available at our offices or online.