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The Stanton Exhibit

The Stanton Exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Robert and Virginia Stanton for their many years of support to the Monterey community.

Bounty of the Sea

A History of Fishing in the Monterey Bay from Early times to the Present

Presented by the Italian Heritage Society of the Monterey Peninsula, with written and photo contributions covering Indigenous, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and Sicilian/Italian fishermen, Festa Italia, the Western Flyer Foundation, and Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust.

A special thank you for their efforts on behalf of this exhibit to IHS members President AnnaMarie Della Sala-Stanton, Vice President Mike Ventimiglia, Vincent S. Ferrante, Bob Enea, Rosemary Metzger, and George Leonard; Festa Italia president Joe and Marilyn Cardinalli; Fisheries Historian Tim Thomas; Western Flyer Foundation executive director Sherry Flumerfelt; Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust executive director Melissa Mahoney; Rumsen Ohlone Tribal Community Linda Yamane; Randy Sabado, Gilbert and Edwina Ow, Coalition for Asian Justice, and Quock Mui Foundation.

Photographs used by permission from the Monterey Public Library, author Mike Ventimiglia from his book Italians of the Monterey Peninsula Arcadia Publications, and Bob Enea.

Jo Mora: Chapters in a Life

Few artistic legacies are more interesting than that of Joseph Jacinto Mora (1876−1947). Mora’s artistic gifts range over a wide variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, illustration, cartooning, sculpture, photography, map-making, and writing, their diversity being an amazing accomplishment for one person. The Monterey History and Art Association acquired the Jo Mora Archive in 2022.

Armin Hansen and Paul Whitman

Paul Lingenbrink Whitman (1897-1950) was an American artist known for his versatility and mastery of a number of artistic media. He was one of the original members of the celebrated Carmel, California, art community, which included over the years such notable American artists as William Ritschel, Armin Hansen (one of Whitman’s mentors), Gottardo Piazzoni, Charles Rollo Peters, as well as photographer Ansel Adams and poet Robinson Jeffers.

Armin (Carl) Hansen (1886-1957) was born in San Francisco to a German-artist father. Armin attended the School of Design. After the 1906 earthquake, he was sent to Germany for art study. Armin spent his summers as a sailor on Norwegian trawlers. By the time he returned to San Francisco in 1912, he was completely dedicated to marine painting. The next year he moved to Monterey where he soon gathered a large group of students who have enthusiastically labeled his teaching years as “Monterey’s Golden Age.” Hansen was made an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1926 and in 1948 became a full Academician. Armin Hansen was one of the founders of the Monterey History and Art Association.

Featured Local Artist – Monica Vigna

“Central Coast Allure” is a captivating photography exhibition by artist Monica Vigna, focusing on the alluring beauty of the Central Coast. Through her lens, Vigna captures the stunning landscapes, charming coastal scenes, and captivating moments that define the unique allure of the region.

The exhibition promises to showcase a collection of visually striking and thought-provoking photographs that will transport visitors to the mesmerizing landscapes and evoke a sense of wonder and appreciation for the Central Coast’s natural beauty.

For photography enthusiasts, art lovers, and anyone with an appreciation for the charm of the Central Coast, this exhibition is sure to be a memorable and enriching experience.

Zella Key Conan

Zella Key was born in Greencastle Indiana on February 24th 1896. In 1917, she married Nevada radiologist Claude Piersall. In Reno, she studied watercolor under American watercolorist Lorenzo P. Latimer in a group called “The Latimer Club.” 

Zella also studied with Warren Brandon, Maynard Dixon, Rex Brandt, Elliot O’Hara, Edgar Whitney, And George Latimer.

She participated in many group shows and had several solo shows: two at the University of Nevada sponsored by he National League of American Pen Women, one at the Ebell Club of Southern California, and one at the Century Club of Reno.

By the 1930’s she divorced Claude and began working out of San Francisco, where she met and married Raymond Conan.  She was living in Carmel when she painted the watercolors on display.

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dali called Monterey home for about 7 years in the 1940’s and has contributed to Monterey’s History in very memorable ways. We proudly showcase a small collection of his art as a surrealistic representation of the impact he left on our community. The Stanton Center is no longer exclusively a Salvador Dali Exhibition and he is one of many artists that we exhibit.

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