Collectors Circle

Monterey Museum of Art is excited to announce Collectors Circle – a series of interactive experiences offered to an exclusive group of passionate art supporters that provides critical funds for our programs, exhibitions, and permanent collection. 

Erin Lee Gafill, Kaffe’s Scraps with Fruit Tin, 16” x 20”, Oil on Canvas.

You are invited to join the Monterey Museum of Art at the historic home of artist Emile Norman (1918-2009) for an exclusive experience featuring contemporary Big Sur artist Erin Lee Gafill. Located on Big Sur’s Pfeiffer Ridge, Emile Norman’s home is an artistic sanctuary, intricately crafted with the artist’s trademark wood inlays and spheric sculpture, which evolved out of his deep connection to the vibrant ecology of the Central Coast. The afternoon will begin with a private house tour hosted by the Emile Norman Arts Foundation, followed by a beautiful luncheon, and a culminating interactive art experience led by Gafill.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Emile Norman Arts Foundation

Pfeiffer Ridge, Big Sur

The MMA will provide transportation to Pfeiffer Ridge from a meeting point in Big Sur, to be disclosed prior to the event. The first shuttle will depart at 11:30 am and the final shuttle will depart at 11:45 am.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at [email protected] 


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About Erin Lee Gafill

Erin Lee Gafill is an award-winning painter, writer, and teacher. A fifth generation California artist, she works and lives in her family home above Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur. Her abstracted landscapes and personal still lifes are infused with the light of the Central Coast and a reverence for the natural world. In 2021, her work was featured in the Monterey Museum of Art’s summer exhibition Color Duets: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill. Gafill is the founder of the nonprofit arts education organization The Big Sur Arts Initiative, a founding member of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA), and an artist member of the Carmel Art Association.

About Emile Norman Arts Foundation

The Emile Norman home is a living testament to half a century of creating art in the wilds of Big Sur, California. Norman lived in Big Sur from 1946 until 2009. His incredible breadth of work, which includes decorative arts as well as fine arts and craft, evolved out of his deep connection to the vibrant ecology of the Central Coast. Norman’s artistry is infused into every aspect of his life and home. The opportunity to visit the site is an experience like no other, a full integration of life and art married to the magnificent richness of nature that is Big Sur.