Specializing in Early California & American Impressionism
Lorelei Gabel, Gallery Director
Lorelei Gabel has been the Director of Carmel Fine Art Gallery for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where her seminars were held in the prestigious National Gallery of Art. Following university, she pursued graduate studies in Germany where her knowledge was further enhanced by time spent in the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Van Gogh Museum, as well as with prominent European art dealers. She is uniquely trained, knowledgeable, and instrumentally essential in assisting clients with personal art acquisition and sales. Furthermore, she brings a lifetime of experience in helping our clients build an art collection that inspires and provides pleasure for years to come.
Harry G. Parashis, Original Founder and President, 1988 – 2020
Harry G. Parashis founded Carmel Fine Art Gallery in 1988. For over 30 years, he served the discriminating collectors of Early American and Early California Impressionism. With several decades of knowledge and experience under his belt, he was instrumental in securing art for many private and corporate collections in California and across the United States.
In addition to his love of fine art, Harry was fascinated by architecture. Over the course of his lifetime, he acquired several important historical properties in California and personally oversaw their renovation and restoration. For each unique dwelling, he committed to using authentic materials and building techniques appropriate to the original time period. Furthermore, he filled these homes with fine paintings of the era. Harry indeed had a gift for creating stunningly beautiful environments where architecture and art were harmoniously united. Please see the Art in Homes section of our website for photos and descriptions of each home restoration.
Harry’s legacy continues despite his unexpected passing in June 2020. His passion for the creative process and skilled craftsmanship was contagious, as were his witty jokes, hearty laugh, and genuine conversation. He inspired others with his upbeat spirit, positive attitude, and outgoing personality. He certainly will be missed by his family, friends, business colleagues, and acquaintances. Yet his memory lives on in each piece of art, each restored home, and each heart of the countless lives he touched.
Happy Customer Say
While living a few hundred miles away, I travel back and forth California and Maryland, very often indeed. So each time I do that I always try to visit this gallery, either on my own or bringing my friends and relatives in. I am very impressed with the quality of the art on display, the facility (airy and bright rooms, well maintained and with an easy flow in this small space), and of course knowledgeable and attentive staff. We have paintings from this gallery in all of our houses and its a great addition to our collection. Best gallery in Carmel”
The variety of paintings in Carmel Fine Art Gallery is incomparable. We are smitten especially with the interior scenes by Doug Morgan. They are so intimate and warm. But, the artist has great range… we have oft been tempted by the energy of his San Francisco street scenes, the tranquility of his Carmel coastals and valley landscapes. He caries on the tradition of the plein air in a very modern way.”
I visited this fine art gallery back in November 2019: it’s one block from ocean avenue in Carmel on Dolores st. I was interested in a French 1920’s painting of Edouard Cortes, but the gallery also has extensive experience with California impressionist paintings both historic and from living artists. They have an eclectic collection of both, of the most beautiful examples. Especially for California coastal paintings, the place to go to. The 30+ year experience, of the art gallery director, translates into valuable advice on what paintings to focus on. A gallery to visit for the art and advice!”
When I first visited this beautiful gallery and I laid my eyes on paintings by Ray Carpenter, I thought I was viewing one of the giants of the Early California school. His work is nostalgic – it borrows from and pays tribute to the past by interpreting the tonalist, plein air tradition in a fresh new way, keeping all the quality of technique of the Old Masters in the framework of contemporary impressionism.”