Art & Medicine: Edi Matsumoto Show Opens Nov. 2

Art and medicine go hand in hand for local nurse and artist Edi Matsumoto, whose sensitive “Live in Our Hands” artworks will be featured for the next month in the Annand Gallery at Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse. The exhibits open with a free public reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday (11/2/18) and will remain on display until Dec. 13.

Edi Matsumoto holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Tsukuba University in Japan. After traveling in Southeast Asia, exploring cultures and volunteering at the Mother Theresa’s Home for the Dying Destitutes in Calcutta, India, she came to the U.S.

Her experience with Mother Theresa motivated her to go into nursing, she says. She earned her Nurse Practitioner and Master’s degree in Nursing from San Jose State University and has been working at hospitals and clinics in Monterey County since 1995. She currently works at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

Encouraged by her family, Matsumoto began taking art classes at Monterey Peninsula College, then she transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

She took one art class per semester for 7 years while working at a hospital and received a master’s degree in Fine Arts in 2018.

Her work has been shown at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Triton Museum of Arts in Santa Clara, Monterey County Government Building, and the Monterey County Health Department, among others.

“I portray the joys and stresses, some intense and dramatic moments of healthcare professionals,” Matsumoto says. “The models are real-life physicians, nurses, and others, performing their duties at the hospital and clinics. There are great rewards in saving lives and healing the sick and wounded. There are also dilemmas, struggles, and frustrations, which accompany these responsibilities. These are their stories as well as mine, with associated anguish and gratification.”

Her additional work can be seen at

Regular hours at the community, nonprofit Art Center, 568 Lighthouse, are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.


FEEL THE CHANGE OF SEASONS on Friday, Nov. 2 with a public reception from 7-9 p.m. at the nonprofit Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse.

— Come and enjoy Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation’s exhibit, “Autumn Adventures in Art.””

— Does reality measure up to expectation? Find out with Paul Richmond’s “Promiseland.”

— Catch the intense and dramatic moments of healthcare professionals, beautifully portrayed by Ed Matsumoto’s “Live in Our Hands.”

— Finally, enjoy the PGAC’s annual fundraiser TINY TREASURES. The raffle tickets go on sale beginning Nov. 2 at this First Friday New Exhibit Opening — and you can continue to purchase tickets during PGAC regular business hours, until the show closes Thursday, Dec. 13.

— With more than 100 Tiny Treasures art works to choose from, you’re sure to find something to love! One ticket $5 or 10 tickets for $40.

— As usual, admission is free. Donations keep the PGAC doors open, so please give generously!


About VOMB

Voices of Monterey Bay is a nonprofit online news source serving California's Central Coast.