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A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

Monterey County arts

Art That Stands Still

Monterey in the Movies

The County offers other kinds of art, as well, especially of the oil, watercolor and Ektachrome variety. These artists and photographers display their work all over the county, in galleries, in studios and at crafts fairs. Many of these people are transients, coming and going with the tides. Others have come and stayed, forming artist communities in Carmel, Pacific Grove, Big Sur and Sand City. A select number of these artists over the years were among the state’s brightest notables: Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Armin Carl Hansen and E. Charlton Fortune. Just think—one of the artists at the modern-day plein air painting competition could be the next big thing.

Monterey County has played a leading or supporting role in nearly 200 films, including Captain January, National Velvet, Turner and Hooch, A Summer Place, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Many of these movie sites can be seen during a two-hour guided coach tour with Monterey Movie Tours. A good number of these movies and movie sites also are found on the “Scenes for your Senses” literary and film map, offered at the MCCVB visitor center.

Spoken Word With a literary legacy such as Monterey’s, it’s no surprise that the county has a lively spoken word community including poetry readings and lectures. Pick up a copy of the Monterey Herald’s weekly “Go” section and check out weekly listings for the Henry Miller Library, Jeffers Tor House, National Steinbeck Center and the Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel, which offers occasional readings, drama, and art exhibits. One great resource for spoken word events in Monterey County is Monterey Bay Poetry, found online at


Monterey on the Marquee

Photos courtesy of the Monterey County Film Commission

The Adventures of Robin Hood, 1938

The Graduate, 1967

Anna Karenina, 1935

Hotel Del Monte, 1897

Bandits, 2001

I Cover the Waterfront, 1933

Basic Instinct, 1992

Intermezzo, 1939

The Candidate, 1972

Johnny Belinda, 1948

Cannery Row, 1982

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, 1973

Captain January, 1936

Junior, 1994

Play Misty for Me, 1971

Captains Courageous, 1937

Lassie Come Home, 1943

Ramona, 1916, 1927

Clash by Night, 1952

The Love Bug, 1969

Rebecca, 1940

The Color Purple, 1985

Monterey Pop, 1969

Rose of the Golden West, 1927

The Count of Monte Cristo, 1934

The Moon Is Down, 1943

The Sandpiper, 1965

Doctor Dolittle, 1967

The Muppet Movie, 1979

See America First, 1915

Mutiny on the Bounty, 1935

Sleeper, 1973 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 1986 A Summer Place, 1959 Suspicion, 1941 They Drive by Night, 1940 Tortilla Flat, 1942 Treasure Island, 1934 The Trial of Billy Jack, 1974

East of Eden, 1955 Escape to Witch Mountain, 1975

National Velvet, 1944

Turner and Hooch, 1989

Forever Amber, 1947

Of Mice and Men, 1939

Valley of the Moon, 1914

From Here to Eternity, 1953

One-Eyed Jacks, 1961

Vertigo, 1958

Ghost & Mrs. Muir, 1947

The Parent Trap, 1961

We Were Soldiers, 2002

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Monterey: Land and See  

2008 Monterey County Official Visitors Guide, full of vacation ideas and insider planning tips. Get up to the minute information at http://w...

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2008 Monterey County Official Visitors Guide, full of vacation ideas and insider planning tips. Get up to the minute information at http://w...