Steven Whyte

Monumental Talent

Steven Whyte at his studio in The Barnyard.Sculptor Steven Whyte receives awards (and hate mail) for depicting history in bronze. By Tovin Lapan Photographs by Christopher von Steinbach In the classroom, Steven Whyte could barely see the board or get through reading without muddling the words. The Carmel-by-the-Sea-based sculptor is shortsighted and severely dyslexic, something he easily admits now but …

Semi-Precious Big Sur

Semi-Precious Big Sur Jade

Left: Seed Sprout in two-tone Big Sur jade. Right: Sea Unicorn in Big Sur blue jade. Photo courtesy: Matthew GlasbyThe wild coast holds a cache of blue-green beauty. By Jill K. Robinson Big Sur’s rugged beauty inspired painter Francis McComas to call it "the greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” It’s also home to nephrite jade, found …

Paul Seftel Studio

Artist Paul Seftel stands in front of Cosmic Symphony, 65 x 195 inches, private residential commission, NYC.Mesmerizing And Memorable Paintings Of Things That Are Happening On A Worldly Level. Art makes up so much of the creative tapestry in and around Monterey Bay, but few studios in the region have the look, feel, and dynamism of something that could easily …

Trotter Galleries

Art And Soul

Trotter GalleriesPhoto courtesy Trotter Galleries.By Mark C. Anderson At their creative lairs, gallery owners Terry and Paula Trotter curate a dream team of late, great master artists from generations past that put the present into powerful historic perspective. The late, great S.C. Yuan, one of many beloved, historic artists on display at Trotter Galleries, noted that “art should have something …

Monterey Bay Culture

Artist Spotlight

Paul Seftel.Meet two of the region’s dynamic standouts. By Mark C. Anderson The Abstract Artist: Paul Seftel Born in London and raised in New York City, artist Paul Seftel creates contemporary abstract paintings that both soothe the eyes and tickle the mind by deploying gritty, earthy ingredients — pigment, marble dust, limestone, and quartz sand, as ancient artists once did …

Monterey Music

Sound Decisions

Photo courtesy California Roots Festival / Marissa Elder.For decades, Monterey County’s music scene has captured attention near and far. Thanks to a solid lineup of annual events and enhancements to dynamic live entertainment venues, the beats go on — stronger, and perhaps better, than ever before. By Mark C. Anderson Monterey music can be difficult to describe without drifting into …