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Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter

Get Into the Holiday Spirit!
Vintage Yuletide Nov. 16-18

Vintage Yuletide at Montalvo

Get into the holiday spirit early! Join us November 16-18 as the Montalvo Service Group hosts its annual Yuletide celebration in the historic Villa. You won't want to miss these grand events, presented this year with a "Vintage" twist!

Yuletide Marketplace
Friday, Nov. 16 - Sunday, Nov. 18 • 10am-2pm • Parking: $5
Get your holiday shopping done early! Shop for gourmet and handcrafted items, plus enjoy light fare and beverages in the café. 

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, Nov. 18 • 9:30am • $15
Your kids won’t want to miss this holiday breakfast! Enjoy pancakes and craftmaking, plus receive a gift from Santa! Note: Breakfast is for children ages 4-8 only. No ticket required for adults, but breakfast is not provided.

Vintage Fashion Show & Holiday Tea
Sunday, Nov. 18 • 12:30pm • $55
Enjoy a truly special tea catered by the Tipping Teapot, with a vintage fashion and car show featuring styles from the Model A era. Dress up in your best vintage attire, if you wish!


Open Select Nights Through March 17, 2019: 
Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light

Sat, Nov. 10, 2pm: 
Cooks with Books

Sun, Nov. 11, 3pm: 
The Saint Michael Trio: Warning: May Cause Mood Swings

Tue, Nov. 13, 6pm: 
Lecture: Diwali - Festival of Lights

Wed, Nov. 14, 6pm: 
Plein Air Painting Noir

Thu, Nov. 15, 7:30pm: 
The Ultimate Queen Celebration

November 16-18:
Vintage Yuletide at Montalvo

November 15-16:

Year Round:
Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

For questions or to order tickets over the phone, call the Box Office: 

Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

Classes Create Community

Ceramics Classes

Enrolling in a class at Montalvo doesn’t just mean exploring artistic practice; it also often means joining a community. On a beautiful fall day last week, fourteen ceramics students came together for a celebratory potluck to cap off their 6-week class. On the picnic table was a multi-cultural spread: noodle dishes from Korea, Italian risotto, Japanese sushi, and American cornbread and chili. Most impressively, every dish was eaten on stoneware that the students made themselves!

Students at all skill levels participated in the class. “When you’re on the wheel, nothing works out if you’re thinking of something else,” explained student Ana Popova. “Life is all about balance. I find ways to force myself to find it. This class is a way to make space for creativity.”

A sense of community thrived from the start, with local business owner Sue Kang leading in both instruction and inspiration. Sue owns Sue’s Gallery Café in downtown Saratoga, which features elegant ceramic pieces and delicious coffee. “She’s so patient. So talented. There’s no problem she can’t solve,” enthused student Juliana Tan about Sue’s instruction.

Even though Sue’s fall class has come to an end, there are still plenty of upcoming chances to “make space for creativity” at Montalvo: in addition to ceramics, we offer classes in visual arts, dance, and botanical design. Come join us!

Concerts to Put On Your Calendar

Concerts at Montalvo

2019 is approaching fast, so it's time to start marking your new calendar with events you won't want to miss -- like exciting concerts in our Carriage House Theatre! We have some fabulous performances scheduled that will help you start off the year right:

  • Kat Edmonson • Sat, January 19, 8pm 
         “One of the greatest [vocalists] I've ever heard" – Boston Globe

  • YellowjacketsThu, February 21, 7:30pm
         “Melodically seductive" – All About Jazz

  • Banda MagdaSat, February 23, 8pm
         “Worldly music with unrelenting energy” – WBGO

  • The ClairvoyantsThu, February 28, 7:30pm
         “The most amazing thing I've ever seen” – Howie Mandel
Don't forget: concerts make great gifts, so if you want to give your friends, family, or loved one an unforgettable experience, why not surprise them with tickets to a performance at Montalvo?

Paint Plein Air Wednesday Night

Plein Air Painting Noir Workshop #1

This coming Wednesday, November 14 at 6pm will mark your first opportunity to experience Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light in an entirely new way: our Munro Winter Nights series of nighttime arts practice classes that are inspired by the exhibition!

Plein Air Painting Noir Workshop #1, taught by artist and educator Chris Sicat, will explore light and color through the Munro works in the Italianate Garden (Bacchus' Spring and Gathering of the Clans), concentrating on the techniques of contrasting values and saturation of colors. 

Additional painting classes, as well as Night Photography, continue through February. Classes don't depend on each other, so you can take any in the series – or take them all!

Upcoming ArtVentures Announced!


One of the benefits of being a Montalvo donor is that you can be invited on ArtVentures, which are trips with fellow art enthusiasts to see amazing art and meet emerging artists -- both locally and around the world. And we've got great news: our two biggest ArtVentures for 2019 have been announced! 

From May 3-10, experience the best of Italy with a trip to Milan and Turin, plus an optional add-on to the Venice Biennale. This trip will include guided tours of some of the city's top museums, visits to multiple private art collections, studio visits and private dining with artists, and a viewing of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Stick around for the 58th Venice Biennale and you'll be part of one of the world's most important international contemporary art exhibitions.  

From September 19-23, get away to Chicago to see the Chicago Architecture Biennial, buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, and a whole lot more. Details on this trip are still to be determined, but spaces are limited, so sign up early!

For information on how you can be invited to join these exciting trips, contact Major Gifts Manager Rupali Jain through the button below.

Photo Credits: Ron Leckie / Bahara Emami / Laura Amador / NZ