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Gallery Hours: 11.00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday-Sunday

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Current Exhibition

Mi Casa es Tu Casa – Pérdida, Historia y Curación

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa - History, Loss and Healing. October 27 - December 12, 2021

Exhibit Dates: October 27 – December 12, 2021
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 7, 2021, 1:00PM – 3:00pm

Mi Casa es Tu Casa is PVA’s annual exhibit inspired by Día de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead, a traditional holiday in Mexico that commemorates community members and family who have passed away. Altars/Ofrendas are built in homes, churches, schools, cemeteries, and museums that honor and remember the dead. PVA invites you into “our home”.

Mi Casa es Tu Casa is PVA’s annual exhibit inspired by Día de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead, a traditional holiday in Mexico that commemorates community members and family who have passed away. Altars/Ofrendas are built in homes, churches, schools, cemeteries, and museums that honor and remember the dead. PVA invites you into “our home”.

This year the exhibit is focusing on three themes. The 500- year commemoration of the Mexican Pandemic (1521-1600), family and community members who have passed during this past pandemic year and La Cultura Cura/Healing.

History: The commemoration of the 500-year anniversary of the pandemic in Mexico caused by smallpox and other newly introduced diseases resulted in the deaths of millions of Indigenous people. Beginning in 1521, ninety percent of the Indigenous population succumbed to diseases.

Loss: Using altares/altars, art, installations, we invited families and community groups to use the space to honor those they have lost during the time of the 2020 pandemic. Large gatherings such as funerals have been avoided to prohibit the spread of the disease.

Healing: Concha Saucedo writes that La Cultura Cura/Culture Heals. We are all born into cultures that have traditions, beliefs, practices, and other elements that offer healing such as Compadrazco, Temazcal/medicinal, steam baths, hierbas/healing herbs, dignidad/dignity, respeto/ respect, confianza/trust, carino/love for life, esperanza/spirituality, and myths.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

November 20, 12.00PM-2.00PM
Arpillera Workshop with Graciela Vega; 12-2pm at PVA Gallery back yard. Participants will make a brightly colored patchwork picture using scraps of cloth. Please call PVA or email to reserve your space. Limited to 20. History of Arpillera

Date TBD
Watsonville Film Festival showing of La Ofrenda, The Days of the Dead by Lourdes Portillo and Susana Munoz. Information will become available on PVA’s website.

Take Aways: Art to Go 2021
April 9 – May 23

Curators: Jane Gregorius & Chris Miroyon
Assistant Carol Walberg

Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4pm by appointment only.

Pajaro Valley Arts invite you to join us for our fundraising exhibit, Take Aways: Art to Go! This diverse annual invitational exhibit features local artists from Santa Cruz County. The art on view includes a wide variety of mediums including: sculpture, drawing, ceramics, fiber, mixed media, encaustic (wax), printmaking, photography, glasswork, and more. As a fundraising exhibit these artists are presenting works that fit into many budgets. In this wildly popular show everyone benefits; you take home fabulous art the day of your purchase, the artists and PVA get their normal commissions, and new art comes into the gallery every day!

This exhibit features seventy-six of the county’s most notable artists:

Jamie Abbott, Wendy Aikin, Jody Alexander, Susana Arias, John Babcock, Jean Sheckler Beebe, 
Mike Beebe, Eva Bernstein, Joan Blackmer, Linda Christensen, Trina Coffman-Gomez, Judy Cooper, 
Liz Crain, Margitta Dietrick-Welsh, Terry Dowell, Barbara Downs, Susan Else, Fanne Fernow, Linda Fillhardt, Janet Fine, David Fleming, Sara Friedlander, Ome Garcia, Felicia Gilman, Angela Gleason, Connie Grant, Jane Gregorius, Lynn Guenther, Karen Hansen, Deena Haynes, Hedwig Heerschop, Dee Hooker, Christianna Hunnicutt, John Hylton, Sefla Joseph, Bill Kennann, Peter Koronakos, Claire Lerner, Lyn MacDonald, William Marino, Stephanie Martin, Suzanne McCourt, John McKinley, Chris Miroyan, Cheryl Moreno, Michael Mote, 
Margaret Stanton Murray, Mary Neater, Bruce Nicholson, Rosy Penhallow, Paul Roehl, 
Jaime Sánchez, Rose Sellery, Beth Shields, Jeanne Rosen Sofen, Alexis Spakoski, Judy Stabile, 
Kathryn Stowell, Ann Thiermann, Lynne Todaro, Peter Vizzusi, Susanna Waddell, Carol Walberg, Jenni Ward, Lynda Watson, Mary Weeks, Stan Welsh, Melissa West, Daniella Woolf, and Watsonville Artist Movement: Ximena Greatorex, Gabriel Medina, Isa Moreno, Rocio Sanchez-Nolasco, Alejandra Ponce-Rojas, Mayra Ruiz-Valtiérra, Valentina Velasquéz

Gallery Hours:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11.00am – 4.00pm, by appointment only. To request an appointment for you and/or your group please visit PVA’s website: https://pvarts.org/appointment/
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Max group size: 10 persons, masks and social distance is required.

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