Carmel-by-the-Sea continues to be an Aladdin’s Cave revealing many delightful treasures. The mail this morning brought a very special gift.
This photo was sent by E of London from her own collection of paintings though she has now handed it onto a friend. The painting is of the Carmel Mission and was created by Cyril Owen, a Welshman, and pleasure artist who lived in Carmel as did E of London. I must add that Mr Owen was an extremely accomplished painter as you can see from his work. Such a wonderful surprise to get this very personal connection to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
I will also take the opportunity to pass on a little information about the Carmel Mission that Cyril Owen has so beautifully captured in his painting.
The Basilica of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission (Carmel Mission) was founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1770, making it the second of the 21 California missions. Though the Mission was founded in Monterey, it was quickly decided that Carmel-by-the-Sea was a more appropriate location for its purpose. The fledgling establishment was moved to the Rio Road site in 1771 and the Carmel Mission was dedicated in 1797. Fr. Serra was buried within its grounds. (seemonterey.com). It is considered to be one of the most authentically restored Roman Catholic mission churches in California. The Jo Mora Chapel Gallery has ever-changing art exhibits, but its centerpiece is the Mora-sculpted Serra Memorial Cenotaph.
The blog today is dedicated to the memory of another Carmel who was laid to rest today (Sat 3 Oct) - mother of one of my young subscribers; and a close family connection to another of the subscribers. Within Carmel Mission, as depicted above by Cyril Owen, are beautiful gardens. And so once more this week we take time to remember our loved ones through these contemporary photos of the gardens at Carmel Mission.