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CCA Issues Call for Artist for November Gallery Show

The Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA) is pleased to call for artists for the Gallery’s next show Small Gems with featured artist Marcie Begleiter.  Small Gems will be limited to eight-by-eight and twelve-by-twelve inch canvases.  The show will open on Saturday, November 5, and run through December 31.  

     Small Gems was a popular format for CCA’s holiday shows in past years, and the Gallery is happy to revive it this year.  Any two-dimensional medium that can be applied to a stretched canvas (unframed, finished on the edges) is acceptable for this show.  All work must be original, with no part copied from other art or publications.  All paintings and photographs must be signed.  An artist may enter up to three canvases.  For more information, please visit the Gallery website at:

     Create a masterpiece, wire it according to the Gallery’s specifications, and bring it in during the next exchange day on Tuesday, November 1, between 10:00 a.m. and noon.   There is no need to submit online.  There is no entry fee for canvases purchased at CCA.  The cost of an eight-by-eight inch canvas is $5 and a twelve-by-twelve inch canvas is $7.  Canvases are available for purchase during Gallery hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The standard $10 per entry will apply to paintings on artists’ own canvases.

     Pricing for the public to purchase artwork for this show will be based on size:  $60 for eight by eight-inch canvases and $90 for twelve by twelve-inch canvases.  The commission kept by the Gallery will be smaller for this show at only 20 percent instead of the usual 30 percent.  Artists may replace a sold painting and are encouraged to make extras.  The exhibit will open online on Saturday, November 5, at 11:00 a.m. (  Please email the Gallery with any questions (

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CCAT Presents Thornton Wilder’s Our Town

Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre (CCAT) proudly presents a true classic for all time, Our Town by Thornton Wilder.  Performances begin on Friday, October 7, and are directed by Bryce Prunty.

     First produced on Broadway in 1938, Our Town is considered one of the greatest plays in modern day theatre. Wilder returns the audience to a time when life was simple, family was everything, and love got us through the difficult times.  The cast features some outstanding performances by Colin Toohey, Kate Kostecka, Hank Wethington, John Mackey, Laura Richie, Heather Babcock, Tim Gossman, Simone Lowrie, Randall Lyon, and Mary Alvaredo.

     Our Town can be enjoyed on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. through October 23.  Tickets are now available online at the Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA) website (  Adults are $25, CCA members $20, and students are $15.  All seating is reserved.

“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?”
― Thornton Wilder, Our Town

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Cambria Library to Feature the Work of Kathy Palmer

The October art show at the Cambria Library will feature the paintings of Kathy Palmer.  The exhibit will be on display from Saturday, October 1, through October 29.

In 1976 I graduated with a Degree in Fine Arts from CSU Northridge and moved to Cambria in 1979. Over the years I have worked with a variety of mediums: stained glass, mosaics, pastels, acrylics, and oils. In the 80’s, I was fortunate to have taken watercolor classes with beloved local artist, Mary Cole.  I enjoy spending time outdoors, gardening and walking every day, and it is nature that inspires much of my artwork. Often a painting does not seem complete without a bird, or a bee, or a butterfly included!

Over the last couple of years my style has been influenced by Kaffe Fassett and his niece, Erin Gafill from Big Sur.  A recent show of their works at the Monterey Art Center, “Color Duets” with joyful compositions of vivid color, light, and patterns, showed me a new way to have fun.  While living in Mexico for 6 years, my husband, Eddie, and I were immersed in the culture and especially loved the tradition of Día de los Muertos. I enjoy making calavera characters and some of these are in this show.  I am grateful to my daughter, Clarity, for requesting a painting of the Nine Muses last year for her birthday present, which led me to research Greek mythology. Greek pottery and motifs have worked their way into quite a few of these paintings.

     The Cambria Library is open Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The library is located at 1043 Main Street. 

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Cambria Neighbors Club to Host Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

On Saturday, October 15,from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Cambria Neighbors Club welcomes everyone to the annual Arts & Crafts Fair at the Cambria Pines Lodge.  An expanded line-up of local artists and crafters will have work on display both indoors in the Peacock Room and outdoors in the adjacent parking lot.

     Although the Cambria Neighbors Club has been holding an annual Arts & Crafts Fair for 22 years, it has only recently been expanded and widely advertised to the public.  After a very successful 2021 fair, the number of local artists and crafters exhibiting has been nearly doubled for this year’s fair.  Last year’s offerings included handmade cards, driftwood creations, a variety of jewelry, knitted and crocheted clothing, paintings, mosaics, holiday ornaments, and more.  In addition, guests may purchase food, and drinks will be for sale in the Peacock Room.

     The Cambria Neighbors Club is also proud to announce that The Pay Pals, featuring Wally Barnick and Kenny Blackwell, will be performing during the entire four hours of the fair.  Wally plays both bass and lead guitar and has been entertaining folks on the Central Coast for over 50 years.  He regularly plays both as a solo performer and as a member of several bands including The Cache Valley DriftersKenny, also a longtime resident, is known for his mastery of both the guitar and mandolin.  They will present a selection of popular music.

     The Cambria Neighbors Club, formally the Cambria Newcomers Club, recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary.  The Club was formed in 1996 to offer Cambria newcomers and residents an opportunity to meet neighbors, participate in special activity groups, and come together once a month for luncheons or special events.  For more information go to the Cambria Neighbors Club Facebook page or visit the website at:

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Virtuoso Terry Trotter to Perform on the Grand Piano October 2

The Famous Jazz Artist Series presents one of America’s finest pianists, Terry Trotter, playing on the Kawai Grand piano at the Painted Sky recording studio (715 Main Street) on Sunday, October 2.  

     Trotter is a jazz pianist who has been writing (theme music for Everybody Loves Raymond), performing, and directing music for 50 years.  A true talent in every sense of the word, he has an incredible depth of knowledge about music and the artistic sensitivity and restraint to play only the notes that count.  Trotter has been the pianist for countless stars including Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Lena Horne, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, and Celine Dion.  He will be joined by the great bassist Luther Hughes, the Central Coast’s own top drummer Darrell Voss, and series producers Charlie and Sandi Shoemake on vibes and vocals.  

     A single, two-hour performance beginning at 5:00 p.m. is being offered at $25 per person. Wine and refreshments will be available for purchase.  Call (805-935-9007) or email ( to reserve a place.

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Photographers Wanted: No Pay but the Hours are Great

A new feature is being added to the cambriaca in the coming issues – “Cambriaca Photo of the Week.”  All readers are invited to submit high-quality photographs that capture some timely and newsworthy aspect of the Cambria and San Simeon communities.

     The idea is that photos should be both excellent images and also communicate something about a current event around town.  Much as great nature photography is much appreciated, we are not looking for spectacular photos of tom turkeys or crashing waves.  Rather, a photo of interest might capture folks building a new scarecrow or setting up for a fund-raiser – or even a drone shot of a Friday Farmer’s Market.  Thus, the idea — great photos but relating to local news.

     Credit will be given to the photographer, of course.  The final decisions on which photos are published, as well as on all text associated with the photos, rest with the cambriaca.  Anyone who is interested in contributing to this new feature should review the requirements shown in the frame.

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Cambria Library to Present Manhattan Short Film Screening

Cambria film lovers are invited to a special screening for the 25th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival that will take place in the Cambria Friends of the Library Room both on Tuesday, September 27, at 3:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, October 1, at 2:30 p.m.

     With this screening, the Cambria Library will join over 400 venues worldwide to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world.  Ten finalists will have their work featured during the festival.  Each Festival attendee will vote for Best Film and Best Actor awards at each participating venue.  By virtue of their selection, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.

     The Manhattan Short finalists hail from eight countries with films from Scotland, Chechia and Slovakia, Spain, Australia, Finland, and Lebanon, alongside two films each from France and the United States.  These ten finalists represent the best short films from among 868 submissions from 70 countries received for 2022, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

     The Manhattan Short Final Ten are: Don vs Lightning (Scotland), Love, Dad (Chechia and Slovakia), Save the Bees (United States), The Treatment (Spain), Freefall (France), Fetish (United States), Freedom Swimmer (Australia), The Blanket (Finland), Warsha (Lebanon), and The Big Green (France).  Synopses can be found at:

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CCA Gallery to Exhibit John Seed’s Paintings from Then and Now

The Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA), 1350 Main Street, is pleased to invite the public to the Gallery’s next show, John Seed:  Paintings from Then and Now.  An opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 3, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  The exhibit will adorn the Gallery walls through October 30.

     When John Seed first showed his work in 1984, he was creating large oil paintings with bold, expressionistic subject matter.  He now paints small semi-abstract watercolors loosely based on local scenery.  Seed’s CCA exhibition will feature three large oils, including “Wine and Roses” that was included in his 1984 one-man show at Newspace Gallery in Los Angeles.  The exhibit also will showcase a broad selection of Seed’s watercolors.  

     While attending Stanford University, Seed was an intern to the art collectors Hunk and Moo Anderson.  After graduate work in art at the University of California Berkeley, he worked for the art dealer Larry Gagosian, and he became the first bookstore manager for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  Seed’s life in art was shaped by his interactions with remarkable artists, including Nathan Oliveira, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Richard Diebenkorn.  

     Seed is now professor emeritus of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College, following 35-plus years teaching at the College, as well as the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and the MFA program at Laguna College of Art and Design.  Now a noted art writer and independent curator, Seed’s writings have appeared in many publications.  His 2019 book Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World features the works of 38 contemporary artists who add subjectivity and disruption to their imagery.  His next book More Disruption: Representation in Flux will be released in mid-2023.

     Seed has lived in Cambria since 2018 with his wife Linda and two younger daughters, Evan and Condee.  He currently is serving as the Board President of Greenspace: The Cambria Land Trust.  The exhibit opens on-line Saturday, September 3, at 11:00 a.m. at: