Masks - Monterey County Moments
Iconic Monterey County Moments
Local Mask Art Submission Winners
From our famous sea otters and fabled coastal cliffs, to the agricultural beauty that abounds, the iconic and diverse offerings in Monterey County are what make this a remarkable place of inspiration for all. In an effort to preserve and protect our destination, and to encourage responsible (not to mention stylish) mask wearing, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Arts Council for Monterey County, commissioned four local artists to create inspirational Monterey County moments that were entered into a contest and voted on. A limited number of masks in the top four designs are available to purchase through our Marketplace.
Through our partnership with Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau we are offering these masks for $10 each, with 100% of proceeds benefitting Arts4MC.
Arts Council for Monterey County's mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Monterey County through the arts by providing visual and performing arts education to more than 25,000 youth, and Arts as Healing programs to approximately 1,200 seniors, veterans and at-risk youth.
1st Place Winner
Salinas Valley Farmworkers, Salinas, CA - By Jose Ortiz
Named a champion of the arts by Arts4MC in 1999, Ortiz has spent years pioneering the field of experimental studio space for visual art practitioners. He is the founder and director of Hijos del Sol Arts Productions, a non-profit arts organization based in Salinas. As a lead designer and painter, Ortiz has contributed to more than 70 mural projects throughout Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and San José counties. His Monterey Moment is inspired by the pride his mother had in working as part of one of the ground lettuce crews in Salinas.
Monterey Sea Otters, Monterey County, CA - By Diane Grindol
A Chicago transplant, Grindol fell in love with the Monterey Peninsula in 1982 and has dedicated years photographing the region. She occupies studio space at ArtWorks in American Tin Cannery building and enjoys acquainting visitors with Monterey’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Grindol’s Monterey Moment is inspired by a photo she snapped of a sea otter and pup cavorting behind the Monterey Bay Aquarium. To capture an otter’s playful and inquisitive nature in the watercolor portrait, she used a crayon resist technique and created texture using salt and rubbing alcohol.
Highway 1, Big Sur, CA - By Beau Frank
Beau Bernier Frank is an oil painter represented by Big Sur, California’s Post Ranch Inn and Australia’s 19 Karen Gallery. Frank is most known for his "Off the Grid" collection featuring a juxtaposition of black and white portraits with colorful landscapes, as well as his "Window" series of landscapes painted on circle canvases highlighting Big Sur and the local area. His Monterey Moment is inspired by a routine Highway 1 drive to Big Sur when he worked at Nepenthe and Post Ranch Inn. With a deep appreciation for the beauty of the area, the scenic vista featured in the artwork can be found at a turn out just past Hurricane Point.
Point Pinos Lighthouse, Pacific Grove, CA - By Cheryl Kampe
As a local artist living and working on the Monterey Peninsula, Kampe is known for her landscapes in oil and watercolor. She often finds herself inspired by the beauty surrounding Pacific Grove and uses that inspiration to create artwork that is familiar yet encompasses abstract qualities. Kampe’s Monterey Moment is inspired by Point Pinos Lighthouse. As one of the oldest lighthouses on the West Coast, she notes the pastel painting captures a quintessential landscape in Monterey County.