New Show at Supervisor Mary Adams Office

New show at Supervisor Mary Adams office, Monterey Courthouse. There are 9 CCAA member artists who have a 6 month exhibit here. Two artists sold their paintings the first day of the exhibit! Congratulations!

Susann Cate Lynn

Susann E. Cate Lynn was born and raised in Carmel-By-The-Sea, where the culture of artistic expression and extraordinary natural beauty were an everyday part of her youth, fostering her desire to express and create artistically. She pursued art training throughout her youth, studying with local artists, most of whom are/were Camel Art Association members. She received a good foundation in color, design, composition, and life drawing.

In 2015, Cate Lynn backpacked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The experience affected her deeply. Returning from that trip, she began painting with a previously unknown fervor, processing her experience as an analogy for how she wanted to live her life. Her time walking, often alone, was such a demonstration for her that Life is really a solo experience. It helped her see, and appreciate, her way of walking through Life, or a painting experience, as valid, and unique, and something to own and honor. She says that, “experiences are the gifts through which we may know ourselves more fully, and get closer to living in Joy. Creating art does that for me.”

Her art is in collections in the US, the UK and France. Her website is:; Facebook page is: Susann E. Cate Lynn; Instagram: susanne.catelynn. Locally, she shows at Venture Gallery, Monterey.

Debbie Griest

Debbie Griest’s passion to create art is inspired by her respect and appreciation for wildlife and nature. She builds on her travel experiences through the savannas of Africa, the jungles of central and South America, and the natural habitats throughout California and the US. When out in nature Debbie is drawn to the drama of light and shadow, the emotions and feelings evoked by a particular setting, and the unique personality or presence of an animal observed. These paintings of wildlife, landscapes, and scenes from nature provide a window into the beauty of our natural environment and a glimpse into the life of wild animals who radiate power, grace, dignity, and a presence.

Debbie Griest earned a Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University and is currently showing her work in the Venture Gallery in Monterey and the Cheryl Watts Pottery and Gallery in Monterey, California. She has also shown her work at exhibits in San Jose and on the Monterey Peninsula. Debbie is a member of the Central Coast Art Association and the Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation.

Visit her website at or contact her at

Julianna O’Hara

Painting What I Love

Julianna O’Hara was born in Florida, moved to South Carolina when she was a teenager and, after graduating college, moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. She started oil painting at the ripe young age of twelve and has been exploring her artistic pursuits her whole life. She studied art at UCLA, USC, Santa Monica College, and Brentwood Art Center in Santa Monica, California.

Julianna currently resides near Monterey, California, and is affiliated with various art organizations – she paints almost daily and works almost exclusively from life – she only paints what she loves – she has to be moved in some way to put paint to canvas and luckily, many things move her. Although she has worked in other mediums such as acrylic, watercolor, gouache and “mixed”, she is most passionate about oil painting. Lately, she is particularly interested in capturing the beauty of interior still life scenes composed of family heirlooms and flowers from her garden. She is willing to spend as much as three weeks designing a still life set up. Her concentration right now is to excel as a fine Intimist artist and she is enjoying the exploration of interior analogous scenes. Julianna has paintings in private collections in the US, UK, Asia, Australia and Germany.

Julianna’s paintings are easily recognizable for their vibrancy of color, texture and expressiveness of brushstrokes.

CCAA’s Demo Artist, Feb. 24: Barbara Furbush

Prints 101
What exactly is a Fine Art Print?
Barbara Furbush will illuminate the mysteries of the four basic methods of making prints and provide clues how to identify one from another during this lively ‘show & tell’ of materials, tools, and prints. Prints 101 provides an excellent overview for collectors, curators, artists,
and those who are just curious.

The Central Coast Art Association meets 6:30-8 pm at the El Estero Park, with a meet & greet time until 6:45 when announcements & the demonstration by the guest artist begins. Meeting/demonstration ends approximately at 8 pm.   777 Pearl St (next to Dennis the Menace Park), Monterey, the fourth Monday of each month (please check for holiday schedules). Attendance is free and open to the public.

January: Bonni Carver, Watercolor

February: Barbara Furbush, Print Maker

March: Erin Gafill

April: Reda Rackley

May: Sandra Leader

June: Rick Forchino

July: No Meeting

August: Bunny Pavine, “Paint & Sip”

September:  Jolene Anderson ,Watercolor Exploration

October: Mark Farina, Landscapes


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