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Warren Chang at the Monterey Museum of Art
A new Monterey Now exhibit opens this week. The Monterey Museum of Art’s Monterey Now series displays the work of artists from the Monterey Bay area who have influenced the direction of art. The new show highlights Warren Chang. Chang began his career as an illustrator and his work earned him awards. Beginning in the year 2000, he turned to fine art paintings. His subjects tend to be figures, often in groups. He’s done numerous pieces depicting farmworkers in the Salinas valley. His work shows clear influences from nineteenth-century artists Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875), and Winslow Homer (1836-1910), among others. His light seems to come from 17th-century artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). His figures tend to be active and suggest a narrative. Chang was born in 1957 in Monterey. The show opens Thursday and will continue through April 6th. More at montereyart dot org.

Robin Apple at P.G. Art Center
Robin Apple’s work begins on an iPhone 5. After she works the images over, they dazzle the eye with bright abstract fields of color and superimposed symbolic or photographed images. Through this abstraction, she evokes emotion and memory. One series, began she says as “funky car shots.” She combined those with color and images of flowers and trees. Another series “In That Crazy Museum Called Life” steps off from human figures. Her highly processed prints are on display at the PG art center beginning Friday. The show is up through November. learn more at pg art center dot org.