Must See: Ansel Adams at the Monterey Museum of Art!

As I mentioned earlier in the week, Chris Gulker and I headed south this morning to the Monterey Museum of Art’s La Mirada facility – a beautiful old home with wonderful three level gallery adjacent. The venue is popular for weddings – and I can see why!

Our objective: to be able to do a leisurely tour of the Ansel Adams: Portrait of America exhibition currently showing (through October 3). We did just that – taking our time, exploring all of the details, highlights and shadows of each image – and marveling at Adams’ creative and technical proficiency. No crowds, mostly just the two of us – enjoying the heck out of this exploration of light.

What’s particularly special about this exhibition is that it’s one of the rare showings of a complete “Museum Set” – something Adams focused on during the last years of his life. This set of images is from the collection of Ansel Adam’s daughter, Anne Adams Helms – who Chris and I actually met during our walk through!

I’ve been to several other Ansel Adams “shows” over the last few years – but none of them had the impact and beauty of this exhibition. It’s just perfect! Be sure to get there if you can.

On the way home, we stopped for a great seafood lunch at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing – another spot not to be missed when you’re in the area!

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