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Aug. 6, 2019

Reality Version of Big Little Lies Coming To Monterey

Big Little Lies The 5 picture

After watching HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and living on the Peninsula since last November, non-scripted television producer/director Philippe Denham decided to create his own “more realistic version” as he described it of the “Monterey Five.” 

Denham, who re-located to the Monterey area after coming consistently to the Peninsula for the last six years to visit his girlfriend Melena, said the impression given about the Peninsula isn’t accurate. 

Based on the same-titled best-seller by author Liane Moriarty, the popular and critically acclaimed series that stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have garnered multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Awards.

For his part, Denham wants to showcase real-life moms who live on the Peninsula.

“Every woman except one is this high-powered person who drives their Land Rover and is super intensely protective of their 4 year-old,” said Denham about the HBO show, noting that it’s not representative of Monterey’s residents. 

Philippe Denham Picture After working 30 years in Los Angeles, he now wants to showcase the real-life moms of Monterey – women with true stories of tragedy and triumph. “These are people who are being very open about very common but not very open problems – they’re significant social issues that these women are not afraid to talk about.” 

For his upcoming docu-series “Monterey Moms,” Denham said he is almost entirely through the casting process for the show that he expects to pitch to producers by September. Like the HBO production, it will also feature five moms living on the Monterey Peninsula.

This project comes after Denham has spent decades working on shoes like History Channel’s “The Curse of Civil War Gold” (2018) and Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” (2010). He foresees this project being picked up by a network like A&E.  

It was after placing a free ad on Craigs List last month advertising casting for the show, that the idea really caught fire.

For Denham, it as after meeting the film community here and the creatives and his girlfriend’s childhood friends, that he said he came across these unbelievable stories.

“I feel like I’m well placed here and what would really be interesting and relevant and topical is to use the success of “Big Little Lies” to pitch a docu-series of the real mothers of Monterey from Marina to Carmel Valley,” said Denham. 

Stories like that of Joleen Green, 40, who is just trying to make ends meet and financially support her teenage son and daughter after her husband of 20 years committed suicide due to what she described as “work pressures.” 

Green, who has been a house cleaner and personal organizer has struggled to move on without her husband Richard and continues to struggle to live in such an expensive place.

“My hope is that my kids can see me moving forward and somebody out there who is stuck in their sadness can learn how to live,” said Green. 

Meanwhile, the docu-series producer has also become involved in the community by working with down-and-out veterans at the Veterans Transition Center and other local endeavors.

“I interview them in a way where they can really see how far they’ve come – so that they see that maybe six months ago they were homeless, but now they look at it and say ‘Wow, I’ve seen the upswing my life … and want to keep this going’,” explained Denham. 

He also hopes to eventually open the New Academy of Cinema Arts for those who want to learn more about the medium.

“It’ll be someone in the thick of things teaching what the industry expectations are and how to make a story,” said Denham. “I call it a film school for all.”

In terms of “Monterey Moms,” Denham wants it to be representative of the Peninsula in regards to socioeconomic and diversity.

“There are so many fascinating stories here on the Peninsula that are anchored to the mothers here if we stay true to who these people are,” said Denham. “So I want to give a voice to these women.”


Aug. 6, 2019

Pacific Grove's Little Car Show 10th Anniversary

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Pacific Grove’s Little Car Show is one of the Peninsula’s most popular events during Monterey Car Week.

Held in downtown on Lighthouse Avenue, the show displays classic cars from all countries, including all-electric cars. While about 100 cars will be showcased, unlike in years past, the Aug. 14th event won’t be featuring any particular mark of car. It will, however, feature a performance of the National Anthem at the beginning of the show by 13-year-old vocalist Barbra Ann Wagner.

It was John Moulton, who had the idea for The Little Car Show in 2011 and has overseen it ever since.  To him, what makes this particular gathering of cars so special is the uniqueness of the automobiles and the fact that it’s also one event that’s free to the public.

He said this year there are more cars from the 1950s and ‘60s and not as many automobiles from earlier eras. That’s because, according to Moulton, the age group of those investing in these types of cars is getting younger. 

“When people get cars they get ones that remind them of the one in their youth,” said Moulton. “And a lot of car collectors are now in middle age so you see more from the 50s and 60s. “The older they are the harder they are to keep up,” he added.

 “Visitors to the Little Car Show are unique in the sense that they can relate to the size, make & models,” added Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce President Moe Ammar. “Little cars bring back memories of the early days of driving. It is a nostalgic experience.”

At this year’s event, retired meteorologist and local celebrity Jim Vanderzwaan will present trophies while the Dick Robins Ragtime Stompers will provide music. 

The show, which will be followed by a cruise down Pacific Grove’s Ocean View Boulevard, is presented by Marina Motorsports. Acceptance of $50 participant fees will go to benefit the Pacific Grove Library, the P.G. Youth Center and the Veterans Transition Center. 

Additionally, for the third year, the 18th hole of the Pacific Grove Golf Links will be the setting for Worldwide Auctioneer’s annual car auction on Aug. 15. 

This year, slated to cross the auction block is an original 1898 Riker Electric, owned and raced by early automotive pioneer Andrew Riker himself.

Other consignments to this year’s auction include a 1947 Cisitalia D46 Single-Seater Monoposto, raced in 1948 by Roger Loyer, with original chassis, engine and body and an all numbers-matching 1931 Cadillac V-12 Roadster, accompanied by GM Cadillac Heritage Certificate.

Auction preview days begin Monday, August 12th up until the sale itself. 

Also in P.G. on Friday, Aug. 16, the Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally will take place from 12 to 5 p.m. Presented by the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove, over 200 cars will cruise down Lighthouse Avenue.


July 9, 2019

Carmel Highlands Ocean View Home for Sale

Carmel Highlands Ocean View Home For Sale

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Contact Mark Bruno (831) 917-8190 with the Monterey Peninsula Home Team to see if this dream ocean view property in the Carmel Highlands is still available and to arrange a showing. 


Carmel Highlands Private Ocean Retreat For Sale

Carmel Highlands Ocean View Home for Sale

246 Hwy 1 Carmel Highlands Ocean ViewLeave the city bustle behind you as you drive down Highway 1 and up the gated driveway to your own private ocean view retreat in the Carmel Highlands. You will enjoy the laid-back and healing qualities of Big Sur in this uniquely special home with exquisite wood detailing and craftsmanship throughout. And while being tucked away in one of the most scenic spots in Monterey County, you’re still just a few miles from downtown Carmel shops and restaurants and just steps to the world-class Highlands Inn and other nearby award-winning restaurants on the way to Big Sur.

With a master suite that includes a large Jacuzzi tub, sauna and breathtaking ocean views, this home’s owner will have the ability to relax in a resort-like setting. 

Another of the home’s bathrooms includes a spacious fully tiled 246 Hwy 1 Carmel CA 93923wall-to-ceiling shower. Besides the tub and sauna, the master bathroom includes a double sink. Located on the third floor, the master bedroom also offers a balcony deck.

Both the third and fourth bedrooms on the second floor also include balcony decks while the main floor’s bedroom features a stone patio on alternating sides.

The kitchen includes high ceilings; recessed lighting and a stainless steel fridge flush with the wood craftsmanship. A large tiled island showcases a double-sink.

Included in this luxury Carmel Highlands property are a laundry room, skylights, stonework on both the patio and front-facing façade and hardwood floors. The living room showcases a built-in authentic stone fireplace with windows providing vast ocean 246 Highway 1 Carmel Highlands kitchenviews. 

This home and its setting is truly a little slice of heaven on Earth and must be seen to fully appreciate.


Carmel Highlands

Just a short drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley, the Carmel Highlands offers a view of the Point Lobos, which is considered the most beautiful meeting of land and sea in the world. It’s home to the famous Highlands Inn, which offers drinks and dining in a setting that overlooks the rugged coastline, unique only to the Central Coast. 

Carmel Highlands is also home to one-of-a-kind hiking and scenic areas known as Point Lobos, Wildcat Cove, Yankee Point, and Otter Cove. 

Because of its scenic beauty and peaceful location, residents are often less hurried and the lifestyle here is somewhat more laid back than in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The area attracts artists and writers and is an ideal location to leave all the stresses of city life behind while still being close to restaurants and other needed amenities.  


June 24, 2019

119th US Open at Pebble Beach, CA

Tiger Woods at the US Open in Pebble Beach

While the cameras captured errant shots and up-close putts up and folks at home might remember the trophy ceremony, those actually out on the course during the 110th U.S. Open were privy to memories of actually seeing the pros play in person at what’s been described as “the greatest meeting of land and sea.”

“Just seeing Tiger and Koepka walk up to the first tee – just hearing the crowd and feeling the excitement makes it great being here,” said Fernando Gutierrez who was there with his wife Linda Lloyd. The twosome’s favorite moment was watching the excitement of one little boy who climbed a tree to get a better angle of Woods.

Fans who attended Monday’s practice rounds during picture perfect 80-degree weather were able to get up close and personal with their favorite player. And in the case of many that meant seeing Tiger Woods.

“It doesn’t matter what your handicap is, in order to be great you have to align yourself with the great,” said Donnie Royal, 45, a biotech professional from Sacramento. “I want to see Tiger in real time.”

Royal’s friend Travis Nelson, 44, was also hoping to spot Woods, Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy, especially after McIlroy won this last weekend’s Canadian Open.

“I came to enjoy the environment and to learn about this golf experience,” said the more subdued Nelson. “I also would like to see Dustin Johnson hit one of his 345 yard drives he’s accustomed to doing.”

In the case of Woods, he won his fifth Masters Tournament in April and is at Pebble Beach competitively for the first time since he finished tied for 15th in the 2012 AT&T Pro-Am. 

For Hans Feutel, a cancer survivor, it was a bucket list item to come to Pebble Beach – one that he was incredibly grateful for.  A year prior, Feutel almost didn’t survive a battle with cancer but a stem cell transplant was the reason he was on his feet at the Open.

“After watching this place after 50 years to actually be here strikes me the most,” said Feutel, who was accompanied by his wife Eve. “It’s the place itself.”

Earlier in the week on Monday Carmel Mayor Dave Potter and wife Janine Chicourrat, general manager of the Portola Hotel and Spa, like most out on the iconic course, wanted to simply take advantage of the warm weather and the close-up views. 

“It’s a beautiful day and you can get up close and personal without having to fight the crowds,” said Potter. The two would later be joining those on a small yacht parked in Stillwater Cove.  

Other moments from the U.S. Open week – not necessarily “favorite ones” – included a runaway golf cart that sent two people to the hospital, an angry Patrick Reed snapping his wedge and the normally loquacious, but amiable Jordan Spieth, overheard on camera chastising his caddie Michael Greller.

While Spieth’s grilling of Greller happened Thursday, it was on Friday that five people were injured when a vendor, who parked a cart near the 16th hole, was walking away when a box fell onto the gas pedal causing the cart to accelerate. It ended up colliding into four spectators (and the vendor). Two of the victims were transported to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

“It’s grandpa’s birthday and a gift to my 16-year old son,” said Neil Nash, 55 about why he, his son Graham and father-in-law Tom Smith, 81 were there.  

“It’s just to be at Pebble Beach … I know that’s a large scale umbrella kind of view,’ said Bryan Hillman who was from Portland and with fellow-Oregonian Scott Hunsdon. Hillman noted how enjoyable it was on Saturday to just sit out on No. 7 and watch the final group come through.

“The memory is really how beautiful it is here and being able to talk to friends about being here when I get back home,” he said. 

“So it’s just such an enjoyable thing to be at Pebble Beach,” said 79-year old volunteer Ed Lambing, while conversing with Doug Ward, 61, and Steve Curry, 62 who were watching pro Patrick Reed practice putting on the 16th hole. 

Ward was there to “watch more golf” than he otherwise would be able to see on the actual tournament days before heading down to Paso Robles to play golf himself. That’s while Curry, in awe of the very rare warm temps, was there to see Woods.

“This is amazing,” said Curry, noting the lack of wind or other weather effects on the players. “It’s like an Indian Summer day in October.”

Besides Woods, the fabulous weather early on seemed to be a highlight for most on the course Monday while temperatures cooled by as much as 40 degrees by the end of the week.


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April 22, 2019

The Benefits of Working With a Team


Why is working with a real estate team like ours more advantageous than working with a solo agent in our marketplace?

The main reason is simple: We have many individuals working together to give our clients the best service possible. When you work with a team, you get the expertise of more than one agent. Multiple minds mean multiple levels of experience and multiple levels of assistance.

For the same price of working with an individual agent, you get the services of an entire team, and someone is always available to help you. We have nine other agents in our office, so if one of us is on vacation or has to deal with an emergency, someone else is always there to pick up the phone. That’s not always the case with an individual agent.

The advantages of working with a team manifest themselves in ways that are equally beneficial to buyers and sellers.

For example, when we decide to help a seller list their home, we first look at the property with the owner and then go back to our team and start doing our homework. When we have that many experienced voices working together, we can be more precise in finding the perfect comps for that property so we can price it to sell.

On the other side, if one of us brings a new listing to the table, odds are someone else on the team has the perfect buyer for it. Our buyers have the opportunity to see available homes before they even hit the market.

If you’d like to talk more in depth about what a team like ours can do for you that solo agents can’t, feel free to give us a call. If you have any other real estate questions or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to reach out to us as well. We’d love to help you.

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April 15, 2019

Carmel Resident Doris Day Turns 97

Doris Day Animal Foundation Logo

The voyage that devoted Doris Day fans make to the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea every spring in celebration of the beloved actress’s birthday occurred again this year.

In late March, the Doris Day Animal Foundation kicked off the 3-day weekend of events leading up to Day’s birthday in April. The celebration included a VIP reception at the Cypress Inn, which included TV host and personality Peter Marshall (perhaps best known as the original host of The Hollywood Squares) along with impressionist Rich Little. Jackie Joseph, Day’s co-star in the 1960s-70s television show “The Doris Day Show” and jazz vocalist Karen Oberlin also performed for those in attendance, many of whom traveled from across the globe to honor the beloved actress. The celebration honoring Day’s birthday has grown over the years but really became a celebration for her fans and locals in 2014.

Day, who lives at Quail Lodge and rarely attends the birthday event, turned 97 on April 3rd. 

“Her movies have lasted the test of time,” said Lea Price, director of communications for the Doris Day Animal Foundation. “She exudes that positive energy that everybody loves to be associated with.”

Doris Day turns 97 in Carmel, CA

Day has been a Carmel resident for over 40 years and is widely credited with making the town more dog-friendly and setting the same trend for other towns.

Price said this year’s three-day event is the biggest yet in terms of the number of entertainers that have come out to celebrate Day and support the Doris Day Animal Foundation. 

On Friday, Turner Classic Movies primetime host Ben Mankiewicz introduced the 60th-anniversary screening of one of Day’s most popular films “Pillow Talk” followed by a Q&A, which featured Day’s co-stars throughout the years. A live auction followed. Saturday evening featured performances by Little and Ambassador of the American Songbook Michael Feinstein.

“I’ve been really excited to be part and parcel of this for a long time,” said the 93-year old Marshall, who was accompanied by his wife Laurie and a canine friend at the Cypress Inn Thursday.

Marshall’s history with Day goes back as far as the early ‘40s when Day performed with bandleader Les Brown. Marshall appeared in the 1951 film “Starlift” that starred Day. 

Singer/entertainer Scott Dreier, who has performed at Day’s past birthday bashes and whose entire show “Doris and Me” pays tribute to the actress/singer’s career, was also at the Cypress Inn. 

Doris Days Carmel home overlooking Quail Lodge“Whether it was dancing with Gene Nelson, comedy with Rock Hudson or doing serious scenes with Jimmy Stewart, everything she did was so real,” said Dreier. 

This year, as in years past, it was her less public fans that made up the events’ biggest presence. Thursday’s reception had 150 attendees while Friday’s screening and Q&A were sold out with 350 and Saturday with 300.

“I’ve loved Doris Day all my life,” said Heidi Addison, through her thick Scottish brogue. 

That’s while artist/journalist/producer Danny Proctor traveled all the way from Nashville for the festivities. 

“I’ve always wanted to meet her,” said Proctor.

Joseph, now in her 80s tries to come to the event as often as she’s able.

For his part, Little recalled working with Day some 40 years back and said he hadn’t seen her since, noting his sadness about that and hopes he eventually would.

Still, Price said Day appreciates and cherishes every single fan and expression of appreciation.

“She reads every letter and every card, even if she can’t answer them all,” said Price. “The outpouring of love she receives from around the world is truly amazing.

Said Joseph, “The local people should know they have gold dust living in the hills.”

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March 29, 2019

Pacific Grove Beach Tract Neighborhood Home For Sale 3 Blocks From The Water

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Pacific Grove Home for Sale in Fabulous Location

Pacific Grove home for sale in the Beach Tract neighborhood




Not only are you are going to love this impeccably Pacific Grove home for sale but you are going to love its fabulous location too!  The new owners of 1130 Balboa will enjoy all Pacific Grove has to offer including strolls along Pacific Grove’s beautiful shoreline and even walk to downtown Pacific Grove shopping and restaurants.  Even the Pacific Grove Golf Course is just a few blocks away, making 1130 Balboa one of the best locations in all of Pacific Grove!  Not only can you smell the ocean from this location, but you can also hear the surf and, on occasion, the Point Pinos bell buoy ringing in the distance!

1130 Balboa Ave Pacific Grove CA 93950 Living RoomThe single level residence is open and modern inside but feels cozy with crown molding, the original real oak hardwood floors and a large fireplace to take the chill out of a foggy Pacific Grove evening.  At approximately 1100 square feet, this 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom home has been extensively remodeled and is in move in condition.

1130 Balboa has a classic Pacific Grove Beach Tract layout, and as such, this home wastes no space. The living and dining rooms are flanked on either end with large windows allowing plenty of natural light.  The remodeled kitchen is functional in its layout and is open to the dining and living rooms.  It features top name appliances including a Wolf Range, a Sub Zero refrigerator and a Miele dishwasher.  Shaker style cabinets, granite and wood countertops and granite backsplashes finish out this functional kitchen.

1130 Balboa Ave Pacific Grove CA 93950 kitchen pictureThere are two nice sized bedrooms at the end of the hall with crown molding and hardwood floors, plus what could be a third bedroom currently set up as a den.  The bathroom has been remodeled an updated vanity with tile countertops and a shower over tub with tile walls. There is even crown molding to finish off the ceilings.

The impeccable yard has been beautifully landscaped with lush, mature plants, great flow, and includes paver walkways and a paver driveway.  In addition, there is a hot tub, BBQ area, and plenty of space to entertain or just lounge around.

Finally, 1130 Balboa Avenue in Pacific Grove features a 2 car garage which is also home to the laundry hookups plus a full house generator system for the occasional stormy evening when we lose power on the Peninsula,

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The Beach Tract Neighborhood in Pacific Grove, CA

Pacific Grove Beach Tract neighborhood aerial picture

The Pacific Grove Beach Tract neighborhood started to take form in the late 1920s after most of the Old Retreat area was developed.  Del Monte Property Company owner S. F. B. Morse thought it would be easier to sell the neighborhood if it had a golf course built right through the middle of it.  H. Chandler Egan who worked closely with the now famous golf course Architect Alister Mackenzie on the redesign of Pebble Beach Golf Links was chosen to design and oversee the construction of the then 9-hole Pacific Grove Golf Course. The course opened in 1932 as the Great Depression took hold of the Nation.  It would take 30 years before the second 9 holes, the ocean side 9, would be constructed along the Pacific Grove coastline.

The majority of the Pacific Grove Beach Tract real estate was built in the 1950s and 1960s.  There are also many newer construction homes as well as major remodels in this area of Pacific Grove.  Real estate here is very eclectic like most of Pacific Grove and it is not uncommon to see a relatively new 3000 square foot home sitting next to a 1950’s mid-century modern home with a flat tar and gravel roof!  This is part of the areas charm.  As a matter of fact, Pacific Grove considers any home that is over 50 years old to potentially be a historical home.

The Beach Tract is a big draw for people looking for Pacific Grove real estate with front line ocean views, and the views are nothing less than gorgeous!  Ocean View Blvd. is full of front line ocean view homes making this a popular place for home buyers looking for Monterey Bay views.  Even the side streets near Ocean View Blvd. offer exceptional bay and ocean views.  Expect to pay for this prime real estate as houses for sale here on Ocean View can get pricey. Find Similar Homes in this Area 

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March 27, 2019

Artworks in Pacific Grove Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Celebrating its second anniversary, ArtWorks, the collaborative for local painters, designers and sculptors has not only nurtured its own artistic community but spawned studios outside of its 7,500 square-feet of warehouse retail space.


Artworks in Pacific Grove

Located inside Pacific Grove’s American Tin Cannery Outlets, the art studio/gallery displays works ranging from oil-on-canvas to mixed media collage. It has become a haven for both life-long artists and novices needing a space to create and showcase their wares. 

Having ArtWorks is what kick-started artist Bryan Gage’s fine arts career. Gage, 33, an “urban decay” artist describes his art as a “mixture of different styles.” While the former industrial designer started out with a space at ArtWorks, it took off so well he’s been able to open his own studio downstairs in the outlet mall.

He’s concerned what will happen if the building eventually becomes a hotel and displaces he and his fellow artists.

Pacific Grove based artist working out of Artworks

Like the other artists there, Gage has become accustomed to the echoing noises common to the old cannery-turned-indoor mall, which often includes crying children tired of shopping or waiting to eat at First Awakenings or Zoltar, the all-knowing animatronic fortuneteller beckoning patrons outside of Candy World on the mall’s main floor.

“Especially being a fine artist in an expensive area like this, ArtWorks and this space was paramount to getting me started,” said Gage, who grew up in Pacific Grove but left for years to study automotive design in England. 

It was in April of 2017 that Jacquie Atchison, deputy director of the Arts Council for Monterey County, approached Foursome Development and the Cannery Row Co. (the owner of the building) with the idea to lease the space until hotel construction on the then-proposed Project Bella hotel would begin. But even after the project ultimately fell through, the collaborative has remained and really developed its community. Then late last year, Comstock, a residential and commercial development company with properties in both Southern and Northern California, expressed potential plans to build a hotel on the site at 125 Ocean View Blvd.

Whether it’s that development or another that could eventually take over the building, Atchison said the Arts Council ultimately wants a lasting place for artists to develop their craft. Currently, the space accommodates 16 artists. It has offered a Maker Art Faire, workshops, summer art classes and has an Arts Habitat Mixer planned for later this year.

 “We would like a more permanent space since we don't know when they will start on the hotel,” said Atchison. “We'd like to provide more private, professional individual studios with a small gallery.”  She’d also like to expand with collaboratives in other cities like Salinas and Seaside.

Still, Artworks current artists, who are charged monthly rent at a rate of 50 to 75 cents per square foot for their space ranging from 100 to 400 square feet, just continue working on the art they love to create.

“It’s been really nice watching each artist and how they work and how they’re improving and expanding,” said Julie Franklin, who teaches Mandala workshops and incorporates symbols and symmetry in her mixed media works.

The former social worker from Orange County had wanted to move to the Central Coast but when she learned of ArtWorks and landed one of the last spots there, it solidified her decision. She soon will start conducting art classes for school-age children on the Peninsula. “We learn from each other and share our process with each other.”

For retired nurse Nancy Donaldson who spent 50 years in the medical field and is now fueling her passion for photography and mixed media collage, it’s about having the experience of being surrounded by career artists.

“Many of those here have spent much of their adult life pursuing their passion for art,” said Donaldson. “I came to it later in life – I’m on a fast track.”

She too is concerned about losing the space.

“I think the economical access to studio and gallery space is priceless to not only us but the community,” said Donaldson. “If the ATC is no longer feasible, I hope there will be an alternative to sustain the strategic goal of an economically sound studio and gallery space for a community of artists.”

That’s while ArtWorks has allowed Stacey Ashton, a behavioral therapist in Pacific Grove and self-taught oil painter of both floral and portrait pieces, to branch out into artistic pursuits that are satisfying to her soul.

“This place has been a dream come true for me because I never could have afforded to do this at this point in my life – to have my own studio while working full-time,” said Ashton, who is drawn to painting flowers “because they express the fragility of life and are a beautiful symbol of the life experience.”

As one of the first tenants, Ashton recalled at one point being lonely enough in the ArtWorks space that the repetitive Zoltar and his fortune-telling promises kept her company.

“I love him,” she quipped. 

But for Paul Seftel, whose original abstract paintings inspired by forces of nature are featured inside his own spacious studio at the American Tin Cannery, the community needs to take the arts more seriously.

Seftel’s pieces cost from $1,000 to 18,000 and have gained a substantial following.

Despite the paint buckets placed strategically around his studio, catching water from leaks caused by all the recent rains, Seftel is still appreciative to be there.

“This place (the ATC) is great – it is a bit of an incubator for the area,” said Seftel, noting that artists often have to rent from property owners knowing they are willing to “wing it” for the sake of having a place to do their art. “But where do artists really have the opportunity to hang works in this area? The Monterey Museum is 

one place but there are very few galleries dealing with living artists and contemporary work.”

 “There is a $700 billion revenue in this country yearly from the arts. We need a contemporary purpose building here where Zoltar is not belting out his gibberish and where artists can actually display their work,” said Seftel. “We could actually be as professional about art here as we are about golf and cars.” 

For her part, Atchison keeps things running and has enjoyed witnessing the bonding between artists.

“It’s great to see the artists working together,” she said. 

And for the artists, they just want a community in which to keep creating.

“It’s a real celebration  - we love welcoming the public at large into our space and introducing them to our artists because there’s something here for everyone,” said Donaldson. “It’s a real opportunity to support the arts in many ways and we’re really grateful for the public’s support.”

March 18, 2019

2018 Pebble Beach Concours Raised Record $2 Million

This year’s Pebble Beach Concours raised a record $2 million in charitable giving.

That was the tally announced by Pebble Beach Company CEO Bill Perocchi at a celebrity luncheon in mid-November. Perocci said that the $2,112,980 that was raised and is being distributed to local charities is up from the $1,900,461 raised in 2015.

Through its primary charitable partner, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Concours funds support more than 80 local nonprofit organizations, many of which focus on youth education, particularly literacy.

“These nonprofits help us put each dollar where it will have the most benefit, and as a result, are directly impacting our region for the better,” said Perocchi, noting that The Foundation believes education changes lives and that all children deserve access to exceptional educational opportunities.

Since its founding in 1950, the Concours has now raised more than $27 million in charitable donations that go to local charities.

Charities that benefit directly include Montage Health and the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, the Natividad Foundation, the Kinship Center and United Way Monterey County.

“People think we’re all about cars but the car world is really all about people,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Behind every great car, there are a great many people — designers, mechanics, drivers, caretakers … In addition to our entrants and judges, more than 1,200 people volunteer their time to make this event a success.”

Efforts to raise charitable donations for the 2019 Concours, which is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18 and will feature centennial celebrations for Bentley and Zagato are already underway. It will take place during the 100-year anniversary of Pebble Beach.


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