The public is invited to a free art exhibit on Sunday, September 11, showcasing the works of more than 12 renowned artists in the Central Coast and South Bay Area. From 2 pm to 5 pm, the Diocese of El Camino Real will host the event at the 1896 Sargent House in Salinas, located at 154 Central Avenue one block from John Steinbeck’s boyhood house. No appointment or tickets are needed.

Visitors can tour the first new collection of more than 45 art masterpieces, on loan from regional artists. It’s also a rare chance for the public to tour the 1896-built Sargent House, restored by the diocese in 2015 to be its new offices. Refreshments will be included. Download a PDF flyer here.

The exhibit represents the creative passion of these artists and their vibrant creations represent a variety of art forms, including oils, watercolors, photographs, weavings, sculptures, and mixed media. While much of the artwork is on loan, some pieces are available for purchase. (See a listing of artists below.)

“This art provides the final magical component that gives the classically structured Sargent House the warmth and beauty of the 21st Century,” said Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves. “In its capacity as a revitalized historical landmark, we hope to offer Sargent House as a welcoming venue and outlet for exhibition of the area’s many outstanding artists on a regular basis.”

The event is produced by the Diocesan Arts Commission, a new program to display the work of leading artists throughout the Central Coast and surrounding communities.

“Our diocese is uniquely situated in one of the most beautiful areas on earth and it’s a place where artists gather to create great works,” Gray-Reeves added. “We’re committed to display, exhibit and circulate the talents of the diverse cultures in our region.”

Featured artists include the following:
Helen Blythe, Paso Robles
Kelley Carpenter, Monterey
Marilee Childs, Pacific Grove
John Dotson, Carmel
Sue Johnson, Cambria
Hart Junge, Paso Robles
Rita Knudsen, Campbell
Robert Nielson, Carmel Valley
Edward Rooks, San Jose
Susan Stanton, Greenfield
Rob Sommer, Monterey
Robin Robinson, Monterey
Phil Simon, Lafayette