Hauk Fine Arts specializes in Contemporary and
Early California artists, showcasing their work in an intimate setting in which the viewer can feel a unique closeness to the works. Gallery owner, Steve Hauk welcomes conversation about the artists over a cup of tea.

Steve and Nancy Hauk’s gallery is an extension of their personal love affair with Contemporary and Early California Art. Nancy’s admiration has been from an artist’s perspective while Steve’s interest lies in the life and history of the artists themselves. This collaboration has resulted in a collection of some of the area’s finest examples of Contemporary and Early California art, and a wealth of knowledge with each and every piece.

Steve Hauk, a former journalist, is a playwright, screenwriter and short story writer. He wrote “Time Captured in Paintings: The Monterey Legacy’’ and ``The Roots of California Photography: The Monterey Legacy’’, award-winning films that have been telecast on public television and were narrated by Oscar- winning actor Jack Lemmon. He has written museum catalogue essays for the Monterey Museum of Art (on Sam Colburn), the Carmel Art Association (E. Charlton Fortune) and National Steinbeck Center. He co-curated the inaugural art exhibition at the National Steinbeck Center.

Two of his plays concern major early California artists.
“Fortune’s Way, or Notes on Art for Catholics (and Others),’’ on major impressionist E. Charlton Fortune, has been given staged readings at the Carmel Mission, Monterey Museum of Art, Carmel Art Association, the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, and the Pacific Grove Public Library. Plans are to base a film in part on the play, the text of which can be found on the Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc. website (

“The Floating Hat’’ concerns the friendships of California
artists Granville Redmond and Gottardo Piazzoni, and Charlie Chaplin. Piazzoni introduced Redmond, who was deaf, and Chaplin, resulting in a long and intriguing relationship.

Nancy Burtch Hauk studied art history at Connecticut College. After arriving on the Monterey Peninsula, she worked with the late Dr. Ross Green breaking down school test biases for McGraw-Hill’s California Testing Bureau.

Traveling around the country to public and private school districts while raising two daughters did not allow as much time as she would have liked for painting and working in the gallery.

Over the years, she studied art with Pacific Grove’s Sam Colburn, a leading California watercolorist, and also with two National Academicians: Californian Gregory Kondos and Don Nice of New York. Jann Pollard, Gerald Brommer and Claire Verbiest were also among her instructors.

In the spring of 2015 she was given a one-person show at the Pacific Grove Public Library’s newly-opened exhibition gallery space. Titled ``Loving Watercolor: Paintings by Nancy Hauk: 2000-2010,’’ it was curated by Julianne Burton-Carvajal with installation by Jewel Gentry.

Following the show, the gallery space was refurbished and – thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors – when it reopened it was named for Nancy and Steve Hauk. The gallery refurbishment is the initial step in restoring the historic Carnegie building to its past glory.

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Hauk Fine Arts specializes in early and contemporary art, with a focus on Northern California and, especially, the Monterey Peninsula. The gallery is also interested in the strong connection of literary and scientific figures to the painters of their time.
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Mission Statement

A vibrant artistic community does
not function in a vacuum – its artists generally engage with the community and other artists, writers, poets, photographers and scientists.

Hauk Fine Arts serves as a forum
for the Monterey Peninsula’s vibrant artistic community.

The Monterey Peninsula encourages artist
collaborations... A few examples:

John Steinbeck knew and socialized with artists Armin Hansen and James Fitzgerald.

The important photographer Edward Weston frequently visited Ed Ricketts’ marine biological laboratory where he could often find Steinbeck and artists Brice Ariss and Judith Deim.

Carmel poet Robinson Jeffers knew and possessed the work of painters Kate Carew and Stanley Wood. Robin and wife Una befriended black writer Langston Hughes during his days in Carmel. Poet George Sterling was a friend of frequent Carmel visitor Jack London.