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Wednesday through Sunday
11:00am to 4:00pm
(Closed between exhibitions)

Past Exhibitions & Events

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 

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Mi Casa es Tu Casa

October 18 – December 10
Opening Reception: Sunday, Oct 28 2-4pm

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 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.

Our theme this year is, Lessons from Loved Ones. Family traditions start with a lesson and our loved ones’ lessons leave impressions which outlive us. When we continue family traditions it reconnects us to that which has made us who we are. Family secrets, recipes, arts and crafts, ways of speaking and behavior; these are all passed down through generations. We repeat them to comfort us, build closeness, and strengthen our families. Traditions are the harmonious thread of remembrance we all share.

Curator: Tracy LeCroy

My Mother Thinks I’m a Great Artist

When you were a kid…
what inspired you to make art?
was it encouraged and nurtured?
was it as natural as breathing?

Twenty established local artists explore the history of their own creative development. Each artist is presenting their childhood artwork and responding to it through words and art…reflecting on their own past and process, and how it relates to their contemporary work.

This exhibit illuminates the importance of art education and supporting creative practice for all kids. Especially in a time when the arts are desperately under-supported, we celebrate the importance of art.

Curator: Janet Fine

Artist Statements: Jamie Abbott  Jody Alexander  Andrea Borsuk  Kathleen Crocetti Marc D’ Estout Margitta Dietrick-Welsh Ian Everard Janet Fine Jane Gregorius Bridget Henry Robin Kandel Louise Leong Claire Lerner Victoria May Sean Monaghan Andrew Purchin Beverly Rayner Paul Roehl Rose Sellery Lynda Watson

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Color! MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION 2017

June 7 – July 23, 2017
Reception: June 18, 2- 4 pm

Artists choose colors to produce a certain mood or atmosphere; to create space, light and shadow; or to introduce symbolic associations. Colors can affect the composition of a piece of art and describe a scene in new and creative ways. In art, color allows the creation of individuality and flare. Color can be used to evoke a certain mood or to create a message or evoke a response in the viewer. Artists use the positive or negative attributes of color in their works to subliminally send a message. Click here to tour the exhibit.

Curators:
Arlene Gotshalk, Jane Gregorius, Ann Miya, Mary Neater, Carol Walberg, Teresa Zolar.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters:

Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County 
City of Watsonville
Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Harrison’s Color Corner
Arts Council Santa Cruz County

WITNESS: Photojournalism

Photography has the power to inform, illuminate and instigate change. Witness features the work of Santa Cruz County photographers well known for their artistry and craftsmanship. Each artist has captured powerful images, which reflect our daily lives and changing times. Shown together they underscore the impact of truth within an historical framework. Click here to tour the exhibit. Exhibit photos on Facebook

Sculpture Is: 2017

June 1 – October 31, 2017

Reception: Thursday, June 29, 5-7pm

Ninety plus sculptures are exhibited in the 11th annual show at the beautiful two-acre gardens of Sierra Azul Nursery. Medias range from steel, wood, and ceramics, to bronze, glass and concrete.

Sierra Azul Nursery & Garden
2660 East Lake Ave, Watsonville CA 95076
831-728-2532

Hours: daily 9:00am – 5:30pm

Thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters:

Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County 
City of Watsonville
Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Sierra Azul Nursery & Garden
Arts Council Santa Cruz County

take aways: ART TO GO!