Steven Whyte

Monumental Talent

Steven Whyte at his studio in The Barnyard. 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 never confessed to teachers as he scuffled through grade school in England. “Plus, my parents were in the air force, …

Semi-Precious Big Sur

Semi-Precious Big Sur Jade

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 in a concentrated deposit along parts of Big Sur’s south coast. Some of the jade can be spied on land, but the greatest treasure is underwater — and …

Paul Seftel Studio

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 thrive in New York City. Paul Seftel Studio is a rare portal in that regard. With …

Trotter Galleries

Art And Soul

Trotter GalleriesPhoto courtesy Trotter Galleries. By Mark C. Anderson The late, great S.C. Yuan, one of many beloved, historic artists on display at Trotter Galleries, noted that “art should have something to say to the viewer, and only then is it honest art, which has permanent value.” Terry and Paula Trotter take that to heart. The couple have been at …

Monterey Bay Culture

Artist Spotlight

Paul Seftel. By Mark C. Anderson 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 — over broad canvases that can stretch as wide as 9 …

Monterey Music

Sound Decisions

Photo courtesy California Roots Festival / Marissa Elder. By Mark C. Anderson Monterey music can be difficult to describe without drifting into what sounds like hyperbole. But that’s not without cause — this geographic region is precisely where certain music festivals changed the way the world understood and appreciated music, from the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 to legendary performances …