Exhibit moves to New Orleans

"Steinbeck: The Art of Fiction" will be featured at the Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans beginning July 25. The exhibit, which includes pieces by sculptor – and CSUMB alumus – Lew Aytes and photos by Robert Nease, recognizes the author's Irish roots. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 27.

'The Art of Fiction' includes sculptures by VPA grad

Lew AytesWork by alumnus Lew Aytes will be on display at the National Steinbeck Center through April 20.

John Steinbeck: The Art of Fiction” includes nine sculptures by Aytes, as well as photographs by Robert Nease and paintings by Kevin Milligan.

All three artists have interpreted a trio of Steinbeck’s works – Sweet Thursday, Cannery Row and Of Mice and Men.

Sculpture Lew Aytes helps with installation of exhibitAytes earned a bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State, where he studied music performance and conducting, and an MBA in finance from California Southern University. A re-entry student at CSU Monterey Bay, he earned a degree in Visual and Public Art in 2012.

On his website, he says: “In one form or another, art has existed in my life as long as I have memory. My first conscious production of art was musical . . . Music also transported me into the medium of sculpture later in life.”

The National Steinbeck Center is located at 1 South Main St., Salinas.