WHITTAKERS OF CARMEL
When we first moved to Carmel, we brought out a few posters to hang on our bare walls. One day while walking in the Pine Inn Courtyard, we saw a little dog in the window of one of the shops. He was laying on a soft blanket and his owner was painting a colorful landscape of Carmel.
We immediately bought and framed the landscape and later purchased still another of her posters.
The artist is Willa Aylaian, a native Californian who now specializes in landscapes with a French Impressionistic feeling. The next time we came to Carmel, she had opened Whittakers on Ocean Ave.
The building she chose has lots of charm right down to the plants blooming on the shingles.
The window is always colorful and changes with the seasons.
The store is narrow and long with a small garden in the back.
The salespeople are delightful. I love the hand -painted French and Italian pottery and will occasionally pick up a piece for our daughter.
The chairs and tables are hand-crafted.
I find cozy throws, unique lamps
and of course oil paintings by Willa
who now works from her Pebble Beach studio.
Curious about the artist, I found this statement from her about her painting history.
“I have been an artist here in California for over 40 years and started by doing children’s portraits in the 60′s and 70′s to put my daughter through college. After a brief hiatus in the 80′s , my family and I opened a home accessory store/gallery in Carmel where my work has been shown since 1989.”
When I mentioned this store in an earlier blog, several of you commented that you visit the store every time you visit.
Whittakers now has an on-line store http://www.whittakerscarmel.com/store
and a website .
On Ocean Ave between Dolores & San Carlos
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921