Showcasing work in an intimate setting in which the viewer can feel a unique closeness to the art. Conversation about the artists and questions about the art are always welcome.
Also select books, catalogues and films relating to the art and artists. Nancy’s admiration has been from an artist’s perspective while Steve’s interest lies in the life and history of the artists themselves.
Nancy studied art history at Connecticut College. On the Monterey Peninsula she worked with the late Dr. Ross Green breaking down school test biases for McGraw-Hill’s California Testing Bureau.
Over the years, she studied art with Pacific Grove’s Sam Colburn and National Academicians Gregory Kondos and Don Nice. Jann Pollard, Gerald Brommer and Claire Verbiest were also among her instructors.
In the spring of 2015 Nancy was given a one-person show at the Pacific Grove Public Library’s newly-opened exhibition gallery space. ``Loving Watercolor: Paintings by Nancy Hauk: 2000-2010’’ was curated by Julianne Burton-Carvajal with installation by Jewel Gentry.
Following the show, the gallery space was refurbished and – thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors – reopened named for Nancy and Steve. The gallery is an initial step in restoring the interior of the historic Carnegie building to its past glory.
Steve is a journalist, playwright and writer. He wrote the award-winning documentaries “Time Captured in Paintings: The Monterey Legacy’’ and ``The Roots of California Photography: The Monterey Legacy’’, both telecast on public television and narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jack Lemmon.
He co-curated the inaugural art exhibition at the National Steinbeck Center, ``This Side of Eden – Images of Steinbeck’s California,'' and has completed a book of short stories on John Steinbeck, ``Almost True Stories from a Writer’s Life.’’
Two of his plays concern major early California artists.
“Fortune’s Way, or Notes on Art for Catholics (and Others),’’ on major impressionist E. Charlton Fortune, was given staged readings at the Carmel Mission, Monterey Museum of Art, Carmel Art Association, the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Pacific Grove Public Library and St. Angela’s Catholic Church, where Fortune fulfilled her first liturgical commission. Plans are to base a film in part on the play, which can be found on the Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc. website(tfaoi.com).
“The Floating Hat’’ concerns California artists Granville Redmond, Gottardo Piazzoni and actor Charlie Chaplin. Piazzoni introduced Redmond and Chaplin, beginning an intriguing relationship between the deaf artist and the great performer. The play is in the collection of Gallaudet University and can also be found on the tfaoi.com website.
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A vibrant artistic community does
not function in a vacuum – its artists generally engage with the community and other artists, writers, poets, photographers and scientists.
Hauk Fine Arts serves as a forum
for the Monterey Peninsula’s vibrant artistic community.