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MAKING WAVES: Planting the Seed

April 24, 2020 | Allyson Hitte | Press Room/Blog

Here on the Monterey Peninsula, the splendor and beauty of nature are all around us.  Visitors come from all over the world to marvel at the natural wonders of the Monterey Bay, Pebble Beach, and Big Sur.  This beauty has inspired artists for generations to come to the Central Coast and capture the quintessentially Californian spirit that pervades here.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we reflect on all the ways the Monterey Museum of Art builds on this natural connection between art and nature.  As an institution committed to the artistic spirit, we showcase the works of artists from E. Charlton Fortune to Ansel Adams to Catherine Opie, all who have been inspired to capture the natural wonder of the California Landscape. Experiencing the wonders of nature through the eyes of an artist allows the viewer to experience and appreciate the splendors of the environment in an entirely new way.

MMA celebrates the natural connection between art and nature in ways beyond just serving as a home for artistic depictions of nature. A stroll through the rose garden at La Mirada following a presentation in the drawing room cannot help but spark contemplation about art and nature.  We also strive to protect our environment through our commitment to sustainable business practices and our partnerships with local businesses equally committed to sustainability.

In times of crisis, people naturally turn to the calm and inspiration of both nature and art. It is the role of both to plant the seed of inspiration and creativity in our community and it is through a reliance on both art and nature that we as a community will endure.