Monterey Collects California

January 19 – April 30, 2023

Monterey Collects California presents a never-before-seen survey of pre-1945 California Art drawn from over a dozen private collections in and around the Monterey area. The exhibition recognizes the artistic impact of the pre-1945 era, the backbone of the Museum’s collection, on the Monterey Peninsula and celebrates the collectors in our community whose commitment and care help keep the legacy alive. Monterey Collects California features select works rarely seen outside of private collection, including well-known California artists Armin Hansen and E. Charlton Fortune and several underrepresented contemporaries, enlightening the history, provenance, and backstory of this significant period in California Art.

We are deeply grateful to the dozens of area collectors who opened their doors to us to share their hidden treasures and subsequently made this unique exhibition possible.

The Bluezzman Collection
Ann Whitman Chapman
Teresa and Eric Del Piero
Marie and Murray Demo
Marti and Stephen Diamond 
John and Patty Dilks
Ronda and Gordon Eubanks
Scott Gale
Kate and Josh Hardy
Josh Hardy Galleries
Steve Hauk
William and Merrily Karges
David and Linda Keaton
George L. King II
David Ligare and Gary Smith
Susan and Allen Miller
The James R. Parks Private Collection
Private Collection
Private Collection Courtesy James J. Rieser Fine Art
Lila and James Thorsen
Paula and Terry Trotter, Trotter Galleries
Joaquin and Amelia Turner
Ronnie and Olivia Vannucci
Scott and Jane Whitman
Jacqueline and Tully Wiedman

To the area collectors that we were not able to reach, we invite you to contact us at [email protected]


This exhibition was sponsored by a generous gift from Sandra Dewey.


Image: William Ritschel (1864-1949), Pt. Lobos – Bit of California Coast, 1927, oil on canvas, 36 x 40 inches. Collection of Paula and Terry Trotter, Trotter Galleries.