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37 Sudden Street, Watsonville, CA
Wednesday through Sunday
11:00am to 4:00pm
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Past Exhibitions & Events

Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice
¡Vote! Su Voto es Su Voz

Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice
¡Vote! Su Voto es Su Voz

Exhibit dates: April 3 – May 26, 2019
Opening Reception: April 7
2:00 – 4:00PM

Curator: Maria Gitin
In Memory of Bob Fitch

Bob Fitch Photography Archive, © Stanford University Libraries

This visual art and history exhibit seeks to inspire, inform and develop greater interest in the nonpartisan democratic process. Monterey Bay residents who were active in the Civil Rights Movement of the1960s and Chicano voting rights movement will share their stories and perspectives through art, educational panels and documentary film.

The exhibit features selections from Stanford University Libraries – Bob Fitch Archives and from Maria Gitin’s archives from their experience as young voting rights workers in the Deep South. Artifacts from Watsonville voting rights history and contemporary art that expresses the meaning of voting rights from a variety of perspectives will be displayed. Take a virtual tour of the exhibit. Download info flier: Tri-Fold Flier

Thursday April 4, 2019 7:00-9:00 PM
Voting Rights Films, Watsonville Film Festival
Films: SPLC Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot
PBS Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice
275 Main Street,
Watsonville Civic Center, 4th Floor

Thursday April 11, 2019 7:00-9:00 PM
Film: Councilwoman, Watsonville Film Festival
275 Main Street,
Watsonville Civic Center, 4th Floor

Sunday April 14th 2-3:30
Curator’s Talk Maria Gitin
Guided Tour in the Gallery

Thursday April 18, 6-8 PM
El Florecer De La Mujer

If you missed this panel, you can watch the video here.
275 Main Street
Watsonville Civic Center, 4th Floor

Latina leaders discuss their history of community organizing that led to Gomez v. City of Watsonville case.
Moderator: Shirley Castillo, MSW
Panelists: Cruz Gomez, Shirley Flores Munoz, Naomi Quinonez, Odelia Galvan Rodriguez, Rosie Murillo, and Raquel Mariscal.

Thursday  April 25, 6-8 PM 
This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight

275 Main Street
Watsonville Civic Center, 4th Floor

Maria Gitin will share historic images and stories
from grassroots workers in the nonviolent army
that risked their lives for voting rights.

Saturday May 18th 2-4 PM
Landmark Voting Rights Victory: Gomez V Watsonville

275 Main Street
Watsonville Civic Center, 4th Floor

Moderator: Samuel Torres Jr., former Santa Cruz County Counsel
Panelists: Paule Cruz Takash, Anthropologist
and Watsonville Chronicler Daniel Dodge, MALDEF paralegal on Gomez v Watsonville, and former Mayor
Karina Cervantez, former Mayor and UCSC
Doctoral Candidate

Exhibit Design by:
Judy Stabile, Carol Walberg and Joshua Moreno

Cultural & Exhibit Advisor:

Ana Ventura-Phares,
Samuel Torres Jr.

This project was made possible with support
from California Humanities, a non-profit partner
of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

Take Aways: Art To Go!

Take Aways: Art To Go!

Opening Reception
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 4:00PM

Exhibit Dates: January 23 – March 10, 2019

We invite you to join us for our first exhibit of 2019, Take Aways: Art to Go! This annual invitational exhibit features seventy of the county’s most notable artists. As a fundraising event 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! Take a virtual tour of the exhibit.

Mi Casa es Tu Casa

Redeemer © by Mary Tartaro
All Rights reserved.

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 celebrates ancestors and others who have passed away. Altars (ofrendas) are built in homes and public spaces to honor and remember the dead. Similar customs exist throughout the world and we share common ground with many cultures in our desire to honor and remember those whom we have lost.

Living Stories/ Historias Vivientes

Loved ones lost are best remembered through the tales we repeatedly tell about them. Of all these, it seems to be the humorous ones that best commemorate the true spirit of the departed. Narrative altars convey these cherished memories through familiar scenes that hope to draw the dead back into the realm of the living where their legacy lives on through shared stories. —Curator Mary Tartaro

Opening reception:

Sunday, October 28, 2018

2:00PM-4:00PM

Performances by:

Senderos: featuring dancers and musicians from Oaxaca tradition

White Hawk Dancers

Workshops: Making La Catrina figurines, and make your own altar

Take a virtual tour of the exhibit!

Learn more about the altars and art in this show by clicking on the the following: Curator Mary Tartaro’s StatementConnectionsGiftsSanta Cruz Children’s School RemembersNuestras Historias que Trascienden el TiempoVó – GrandmaSentinels, The Family Silver, 23 Known, The Web of Life, Our Tree of StoriesMariposa’s Arts, As The Sun Sets, Tree of Life, San Juan – Truth in History, La Muerta Bella, The Little Lost Mariachi, Butterflies of Our Beloved, Mary Catherine, Finding Beauty in Ordinary Places, Honoring My Mother’s Art, Our Ancestors Voted for Our Present, Ancestral Home, Celebrating Our Black Ancestors , Hijos Ausentes de Sta Gertrudis y La Escondida.

 

 

 

Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak: Un Diálogo Visual/A Visual Dialog

Artist Talk: September 15 from 2:00-3:30pm at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room with Susana Arias,  Amy Díaz-Infante, Dionicio Mendoza and Juan R. Fuentes.

Curators’ Tour: September 16 from 2:00 – 3:00pm at Pajaro Valley Arts Gallery with Juan R. Fuentes and Michelle P. Mouton.

Curated by Juan R. Fuentes and Michelle P. Mouton, Hablamos Juntos explores visual dialogs created by prominent California Latinx artists at the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery in Watsonville. In this extraordinarily rich exhibit, you will experience how our artists give voice to and navigate: daily life, current events, social, political and cultural issues, community, ethnicity, as well as personal narratives, myths, and history. Click here for a virtual tour. Visit our Facebook page for additional photos.

Educational Materials: Pre-Tour Discussion GuideTimeline: Latinos in America; Migration, Immigrations, Incorporation- 1492-1990 , Timeline: Latinos in America 1990-2018

Curators: Juan R. Fuentes and Michelle P. Mouton
Curator Statement

Artists:  Susana Arias,  Eduardo Carrillo,  Yreina D. Cervántez,  Pablo Cristi,   Amy Díaz-Infante,  Juan R. Fuentes,  Daniel Galvez,  Lorraine García-Nakata,  Carlos Jackson,   Carmen León,  Jose Lozano,  Dionicio Mendoza,  Amalia Mesa-Bains,  Viviana Paredes,  Pancho Rodriquez,   Michael Roman,  Ivan Rubio,  Manuel Santana,   Linda Vallejo,   Cruz Ortiz Zamarron

A collaboration between Pajaro Valley Arts, Museo Eduardo Carrillo, and the Young Writers Program, this project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Hablamos Juntos exhibit is also presented in partnership with the San Jose Museum of Art, New Terrains collaboration. Through New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, South Bay arts organizations band together to present a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions, programs and experiences that explore how bodies move through spaces—social, political, literal, and figurative. Projects address timely topics such as transportation and urban planning, navigation and orientation, public protest, immigration and migration, and mobility in its many forms. For more information on New Terrains: https://sjmusart.org/new-terrains/connect

What Nourishes Us

Happy 150th birthday, Watsonville, and congratulations on the building of a great successful community over all these years.

Members of Pajaro Valley Arts join in the sesquicentennial celebration with this exhibition, What Nourishes Us, exploring the idea of how our community nourishes our bodies, our souls, our imaginations and our arts. Using a wide variety of mediums, artists from Santa Cruz County and beyond share their interpretations on what nourishes them from this community and from their lives in general.

Image Credit: Loading Docks, by David Fleming

OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, June 3 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Curators: Jane Gregorius, Susan Matulich, Mary Neater & Carol Walber

Take a Virtual Tour Here

 

This exhibit is dedicated and  in memory of our
dear friend and Board Member James Aschbacher

Museum of Curious Perceptions

Terry, (Detail) Copyright by Marie Bergstedt

Enter. Within these walls are works that will confound, surprise and delight. Pajaro Valley Arts presents an eclectic gathering of meticulous collections transforming it into Spoken/Unspoken: Museum of Curious Perceptions.

The story tellers. Their words reverberate throughout the galleries… unsounded whispers, mute cries, gagged laughter, thunderous unheard sighs– the splintering profundity of their unspoken words resound silently throughout each exhibit within this fictional museum. Look, watch and listen with your imagination. The artists in each of the exhibits mold and twist, conjure, proclaim, contort and extract a story from objects mundane and sublime. Be transported. Enter their stories.

—Curator, Rose Sellery

Contributing artists include:
Wendy Aikin, Jody Alexander, Marie Bergstedt, Charlene Doiron Reinhart, Steve Gompf, Hope Kroll, Victoria May, Beverly Rayner, Diane R. Ritch, Judy Stabile and Rose Sellery.

Museum of Curious Perceptions Curator’s Tour with Rose Sellery
April 28, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
This event will be open to the public, and is free of charge. Join curator Rose Sellery, and some of the participating artists to gain insights into our Museum of Curious Perceptions.

Spoken/Unspoken is a countywide collaboration venture organized by Cabrillo Gallery that brings together eleven art venues across Santa Cruz County under a unifying theme. Visit www.spokenunspokenart.com  to see participating venues. Take a virtual tour of the Cabrillo Gallery exhibitSpoken/Unspoken Cyphers.  This project was made possible through the generosity of a donor advised grant from the Roy and Frances Rydell Visual Arts Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. www.cfscc.org

Take Virtual Tour Here.

take aways: Art To Go!

We invite you to join us for our first exhibit of 2018, Take Aways: Art to Go! This annual invitational exhibit features sixty-two of the county’s most notable artists. As a fundraising event 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!

The January 17 – March 4 exhibit will include an opening reception on Sunday, January 21, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM, and a closing & raffle reception on Sunday, March 4, from 2PM-4PM.

The artists are well known from numerous exhibitions and teaching experiences in Santa Cruz County and beyond. Others are known from Open Studios, and all artists bring years of expertise and practice in their submissions. The pieces of art include sculptures, encaustic (wax), painting, printing, photography, and glasswork, almost any medium possible. Diversity is one of many descriptions that fit this remarkable exhibition.

Artists include; Cristie Thomas & Scott Lindberg, Stephanie Martin, Andrew Purchin, Peter Vizzusi, Rose Sellery, Jenni Ward, Charles Prentiss, Barbara Downs, Jamie Abbott, and many others. Visitors are encouraged to visit and “Take Away” some beautiful art. In addition, several donated pieces will be part of a raffle throughout the show with the drawing held during the closing reception on March 4, 2PM-4PM.

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR HERE 

For photos click here