Monterey Maritime and History Museum Changes Name to Museum of Monterey and Reopens After 15 Months! Announces Its First Exhibition “Flows to Bay”

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The former Monterey Maritime and History Museum reopened June 4th as the newly-named Museum of Monterey (MoM) after being closed for 15 months.

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The former Monterey Maritime and History Museum reopened June 4th as the newly-named Museum of Monterey (MoM) after being closed for 15 months.

The Museum, a landmark on Monterey’s Custom House Plaza, features an exhibit, “Flows to Bay,” showcasing art and artists who create fine art that explores the issues of marine debris, plastic pollution and its effect on the environment, human health, the oceans and the planet.

In addition, the Museum features artworks and artifacts in an exhibition on the Monterey region called “Treasures of the Collection,” showcasing the Monterey History and Art Association’s most precious artworks and artifacts -- from the Native American tribes who once flourished in the area, to 19th and 20th century artists who produced masterpieces inspired by the region’s breath-taking landscapes.

Also, a 50- by 9.5-feet mural – a “historama” – is inside the Museum. The mural was created by well known Los Angeles artist Andre Miripolsky, who also designed and painted the wave theme graphics on the fence surrounding the Museum. Miripolsky has collaborated with Elton John, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, Rolling Stones, Robin Williams, MTV and "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. The mural depicts various aspects of Monterey region’s past, ranging from sea otters and sardines, to historic buildings, golf, cars, festivals and agriculture.

The exhibition showcases art and artists locally and globally who create fine art – through image, concept or materials – which explores the issues of marine debris, plastic pollution and its effect on the environment. “’Flows to Bay’ explores the relationship between consumerism and the ocean. The artists are an example of a growing number of concerned and vocal people who have actively decided to pursue this matter. From diverse locations and with a variety or materials and ideas, they serve as apocalyptic visionaries of our disposable society. The exhibition was inspired by the efforts of the Plastic Pollution Coalition and the artists who support it.

Building on the past, MoM will help make living history – locally, regionally and globally. MoM is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Monday). Cost is $5 children under 12 free. MHAA members are admitted free. Lobby exhibits are free. For information call (831) 372-2608 or go to http://www.montereyhistory.org.

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