The Monterey Bay area has lots of art galleries. Many (especially in Carmel-by-the-Sea) are upscale, with big, clean glass windows, and spotlights focused on featured paintings, and when you enter the gallery, it’s very quiet, and people speak in whispers. Moss Landing has galleries too, but perhaps because the village is a working harbor with a history of whaling, sardine canneries, and working-class folks, the buildings, and the business aesthetic tends to be quirky.
Perhaps the quirkiest is “Art for Sail,” a tiny gallery near Phil’s Fish Market, located in what first looked to me like a garage; I learned it was once a boat-building warehouse. When I walked inside, I was greeted by friendly artist Marsha Ercegovic. I saw that much care was taken to hang and display the works of art inside.
Jeanne Manss makes stone and glass etchings. Manss writes: “I make a blasting mask of my design, attach it to the stone, and blast with fine sand grit until the image is deeply etched into the surface. I am now etching on recycled glass as well as granite and marble.”
The Art for Sail gallery is located at 7552 Sandholt Rd., and is run by Jeanne Kester for the “growing art community” at Moss Landing. “Art for Sail catches the spirit of the island. The business is carved out of an old boat building warehouse and is located right next to the award winning Phil’s Fish Market and restaurant. It caters to the collectors of marine art and artifacts. Let the ocean wind blow you right in to a good deal.”