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Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter

Starry, Starry Night Schedule

Starry, Starry Night

Don’t miss our annual art and astronomy slumber party: Starry, Starry Night, starting on Friday, August 10 at 6:30pm and continuing into Saturday morning! Inspired by our fascination with the night sky and corresponding with the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower, this summer arts festival will feature an evening full of fun, family-friendly activities, including:

Cosmic Performances

  • Be amazed by Draco the Juggler, who will wow crowds using magic crystal balls, rope darts, and flaming torches
  • Take in a mesmerizing LED light dance performance by Obsidian Butterfly and Sacred Fire Dance Company
  • Hear Montalvo Artists Fellow Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar read star-related excerpts from her book, The Map of Salt and Stars

Astronomy Education

  • Stargaze with telescopes installed on the Great Lawn, guided by the San Jose Astronomical Association
  • Take part in a dance activity led by artist Matteo Rubbi, replicating the geometry of the planets that form the solar system

Imagination Sparked by the Skies

  • Create your own star-inspired visual art
  • Have a blast in our galactic-themed selfie station and playing glow-in-the-dark games
  • Come away on a contemplative night hike across the property
  • Enjoy a nighttime screening of WALL-E outdoors on Charmaine’s Garden Terrace

A Night Spent Under the Stars

  • Reserve an overnight campsite, and you and your family can spend the night out on the Great Lawn and wake up to hot coffee and a delicious pancake breakfast served in the historic Villa. NOTE: tents permitted without stakes; staying overnight is optional.

Festival-only tickets are just $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under; add a camping plot for $55.


Wed, July 11, 6pm:
Pressed Flower Prints

Sun, July 15, 11am:
Making Together

Wed, July 18, 6pm:
Beginning Bonsai

Fri, July 20, 6:30pm:
We the People

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

Mon, August 20, 6pm &
Tue, August 21, 6pm:

Wednesdays, July 11-Aug 27, 12pm, 12:30pm, & 1pm: 
Summer Luncheons

By Appointment:
Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

Now on sale:
Summer Camps

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

Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

Hear from Award-Winning Author Tobias Wolff

Tobias Wolff

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 will read an excerpt from a manuscript he is currently developing. 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 his difficult childhood growing 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.

Gourmet Tastings at Food & Wine

Food & Wine 2018

For one afternoon only on Sunday, September 9 from 4-7:30pm, join us for our annual Food & Wine Classic as our historic Villa and gorgeous gardens will be transformed into a gourmet paradise. 

Don't miss this sensational culinary event, where you'll sample savory and sweet fare from some of the most celebrated restaurants in the Bay Area, enjoy tastings from many of the region’s finest wineries, and bid on exciting live and silent auction items featuring luxurious wine lots and unique experience packages. 

Wondering who will be participating in 2018? Take a look below, then get your tickets today! (More participants will be added in the coming weeks; bookmark the page and check back regularly to see who else will be joining the party!)

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Last Chance Classes: Flower Prints & Bonsai

Pressed Flower Prints

It's your last chance to register for two upcoming classes in our Montalvo Summer Nights series. Both classes are filling up, so don't wait! This Wednesday evening series is perfect for beginners and experts alike, and you will enjoy light refreshments and wine while you learn from expert instructors.

Pressed Flower Prints: Wednesday, July 11, 6pm, $45

Get inspired by beautiful summer garden blooms with artist Dana Harel! The colors from flowers and plants turn into natural dyes when pressed; these can create vibrant lines and shapes on a page. You'll learn how combining this process with inking and other techniques offers many ways to compose beautiful artwork.

Beginning Bonsai: Wednesday, July 18, 6pm, $65

Learn how to start and care for your own bonsai plant in this hands-on workshop! You will be guided through all the steps, from plant choice and sourcing to container selection, plus caring for your plant at home, pruning, shaping, and watering. The history and tradition of bonsai will also be included as part of a complete learning experience.

Photo Credits: Ron Leckie / Bahara Emami / Linda A. Cicero, Stanford News Service / Trisha Leeper / Airyka Rockefeller