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Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter

Master Storyteller Tobias Wolff

We the People

Join master storyteller Tobias Wolff for our next Writers Series event on Monday, August 27 at 7pm for a fascinating conversation hosted by author and moderator Katherine Maxfield.

Known for his thoughtful approach to questions and his quick humor, Wolff will talk about his eventful life and read an excerpt from the book he is currently working on. Books from his catalogue will be available for purchase at the event.

Wolff is one of America’s most revered writers. His short stories, novels, and memoirs have earned him three O. Henry short story prizes, the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an array of other awards. His critically-acclaimed short story collections include Our Story Begins, The Night in Question, and In the Garden of North American Martyrs. His memoir This Boy’s Life details a difficult childhood as he grew up with a con man for a father; another memoir, In Pharoah’s Army, records his tour in Vietnam, highlighting the drudgery and disillusionment that many soldiers experience.

Food & Wine: Silicon Valley's Premier Culinary Event

Food & Wine

Our annual Food & Wine Classic returns September 9 at 4pm. Our historic Villa and gorgeous gardens transform into a gourmet paradise where you can enjoy tastings from dozens of Northern California's best restaurants and wineries, plus bid on unique experiences and rare vintages in our live and silent auctions. Tickets are still available, and proceeds from Food & Wine benefit our arts and education programs. Don't miss out!


Fri, August 10, 6:30pm: 
Starry, Starry Night

Tue, August 21, 6pm &
Wed, August 22, 6pm:

Wed, August 22, 6pm:
Block Printing

Mon, August 27, 7pm:
Tobias Wolff

Wed, August 29, 6pm:
Monotype with Stencils

Wednesdays thru Aug 29
12pm, 12:30pm, & 1pm: 
Summer Luncheons  

Wed, September 5, 6pm:
Mixed Mediums: Watercolor & Oil Pastel

Sun, September 9, 4pm:
Food & Wine Classic

Wed, September 19, 6pm:
A World of Cabernet

Mon, September 24, 4pm:

Beginning Tue, September 25, 10am:
Wheel Form Ceramics

By Appointment:
Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

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

Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

There's Still Time to Enjoy Summer Nights

Montalvo Summer Nights

A warm summer evening at Montalvo is simply magical – we invite you to join us and release your creative side with our after-hours art classes! On Wednesday, August 22, from 6-8pm, learn one of the oldest forms of printmaking with Block Printing: carve your own stamps with foam blocks and practice printing on both a large and small scale to create repeated forms and compositions with infinite variations. You'll also learn how to continue the process at home. 

Also coming up this month on Wednesday, August 29, 6-9pm, use a printing press in combination with stencils and other mark-making methods to create spontaneous artwork in Monotype with Stencils. You’ll be guided through the basics of inking the plate and transferring your compositions onto Bristol paper while experimenting with color, text, and line.

Classes are $45 each and include all materials as well as wine and light refreshments -- and our Summer Nights series is perfect for any skill level, from the casual beginner to the expert!

Photo Credits: Ron Leckie / Linda A. Cicero (Stanford News Service) / David Gonzalez / Airyka Rockefeller