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Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter

New Art Classes and Workshops

New Art Classes and Workshops

Come express yourself creatively in the restorative setting of our historic grounds! We are proud to announce a slew of new offerings, from creating ti leaf leis to learning swing dancing, and the return of old favorites, like wheelform and handbuilt ceramics. Plus, join us for Munro Winter Nights: several new workshops exploring art-making after dark, offered in conjunction to our upcoming exhibition Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light.

All of our sessions are led by established artists, practicing in the fields they teach. Classes are not sequential and may be taken independently. A small group size ensures individual guidance, and enrollment fees include all necessary materials. All skill levels, from the curious novice to the practiced professional, are welcome -- sign up today!

A Look Back on We the People

We the People

This past Friday, we debuted our 2018 summer Art on the Grounds exhibition with We the People, a celebratory festival. It was a night full of community and inspiration: Marilá Dardot wove together stories of home and identity with an installation on our Great Lawn featuring rows upon rows of flags created by first-generation immigrants [Saudade (Our Flags)]; María Magdalena Campos-Pons juxtaposed the deadliness of war with the tranquility and peace of nature [Imole Blue II: Field of Memories]; and Howard Hersh enticed us onto Montalvo's trails to explore the mystery and magic of the forest [Four Bridges]. Poets, musicians, visual and sound artists of all kinds--and you!--explored the central question of who is "we"? throughout the evening, culminating in a powerful performance by singer Jennifer Johns. 

To see photos from the night, visit our Facebook page


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

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

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

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

Wednesdays thru Aug 27
12pm, 12:30pm, & 1pm: 
Summer Luncheons

By Appointment:
Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

Through August 3:
Summer Camps

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

Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

Countdown to the Carriage House

Making Together

October is just a few months away and marks the start of our 2018-19 Carriage House Concert Series. Hawaiian masters Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa kick off the series on Sunday, October 14; followed by two of the freshest groups on the Celtic music scene today, We Banjo 3 & Skerryvore, on Wednesday, October 17. JD Souther, architect of the Southern Californian sound and legendary songwriter, performs Thursday, October 18. 

That's just a sampling of the lineup that includes crowd favorites like Jim Messina, Steep Canyon Rangers, and George Winston. Tickets are going quickly, so be sure to snag seats to your must-see shows before they sell out!

Summer Luncheons

Making Together

Join us each Wednesday from August 1 - 29 as our own Montalvo Service Group hosts their famous Summer Luncheons on the veranda of the historic Villa, overlooking our beautiful grounds and gardens!

These scrumptious salad lunches are the perfect opportunity to create a memorable experience with your friends and family on a summer afternoon -- you can even enjoy an informal fashion show while you dine! Three seating times are offered for each luncheon: 12pm, 12:30pm, or 1pm, or come early for a docent-led tour of the historic Villa. An hour-long tour is offered once at 10:30am each Wednesday (prior to the 12pm seating) and is $10 to attend.

The menu (prepared by Elegant Events Catering, Inc) changes for each luncheon, so check the individual event pages for that week's offerings. Vegetarian options are available upon request and must be ordered at the time of your reservation; reservations must be received a week in advance. For groups of 10 or more or to order over the phone, call the Box Office at 408-961-5858, 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday    

Photo Credits: Ron Leckie / Anita Bora Ceramics /  Margot Helm and Richard Perkins / Puna Ohana Flowers / David Gonzalez / Nathan Zanon