Alvarado Gallery

Local Arts and Artists in the Monterey Conference Center

The City of Monterey presents rotating art exhibits at the Alvarado Gallery in the Monterey Conference Center. The Gallery provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the Monterey area. A call for artwork is usually conducted each fall.

Current exhibit | Location and Hours


Current Exhibit

The City of Monterey, Colton Hall Museum and Cultural Arts Commission, and the Monterey Conference Center are pleased to announce the current Alvarado Gallery exhibit: Along the Way, Photographs by Susan Theodore.  Susan first created photographs in Chicago neighborhoods and lakefront, trying to make visual sense of the streets, buildings and people she encountered.  She began capturing images that resonated with her and sought to evoke memories and emotions in the viewer. 


Susan moved to Monterey in 2003 and was enchanted by the great visual contrast to Chicago.  She explored the historic missions and adobes, private homes and military installations, fishing boats, wharf activity and sea coast that seemed so foreign to her.  She worked to make photographs that gave each viewer a sense of what she saw, offering them an opportunity to enter into a photograph from their individual perspectives.  Her work became more abstract as she attempted to distill the urban landscape into core emotional components.  

This exhibit offers images of Monterey she made over the past six years.  Her work can be viewed online 

The exhibit will be on display August 8, 2014 through October 19, 2014 in the Alvarado Gallery, located at the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza.

Location and Hours

Alvarado Gallery is located on the second floor of the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza (Del Monte Ave. at Calle Principal) in downtown Monterey.

The Conference Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and may be open on weekends for scheduled events. Call (831) 646-3770 for weekend schedule information.

Map and Directions

Phone: (831) 242-8743 / Fax: (831) 646-3917
Address: One Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Alvarado Gallery interior