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

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Past Exhibitions & Events

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.

Reflections

Exhibit dates: August 25 – October 3, 2021
Opening Reception:
Sunday, August 29, 2021
2:00PM – 4:00PM

Pajaro Valley Arts presents the exhibit Reflections by the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild, a spectacular display of artisan jewelry and small metal sculpture. It will feature many pieces that are narrative in nature. MBMAG is a nonprofit that is devoted to educating the public about the metal arts, as well as promoting local artists in their pursuit to create new works.

Sculpture IS: In the Garden 2021

Sculpture IS: In the Garden 2021 Sierra Azul Nursery June 7 - October 31, 2021

Sculpture IS: In the Garden 2021 Sierra Azul Nursery June 7 - October 31, 2021

Sculpture IS: In the Garden 2021, marks our Fifteenth sculpture exhibit in partnership with Sierra Azul Nursery
and Garden.

The jurors, Susana Arias and Jeff Rosendale, selected over 100 sculptures created by 42 artists and collaborators.

Visit the stunning two-acre demonstration garden, relax under the umbrellas, and spend an afternoon enjoying the exhibit.

2021 Members’ Exhibit

Mi Casa es Tu Casa: Nuestras Familias
October 28 – December 13

Siempre Con Nosotros – Always with Us © 2020 Priscilla Martinez


Mi Casa es Tu Casa: Nuestras Familias / My House is Your House: Our Families

Online Exhibit Dates: October 28 – December 13, 2020

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 those who have passed away. This year our exhibit features the papel picado collection of Cheryl Marquez and Paul Brennan; regional artists’ interpretations of this holiday; and coloring pages from the Fiesta de Día de Muertos activity book published by the Watsonville Film Festival. PVA hosted Watsonville Film Festival to film  Day of the Dead celebration, which  kicked off on Wednesday, October 28 as well.

Mi Casa es Tu Casa Curator Statement 2020 Engl-Spanish

Virtual Tour

Film Day of the Dead Celebration.

THE GALLERY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

We will not be holding a physical celebration/opening reception

Members’ Exhibit: People, Places and Poetry

“People, Places & Poetry”

We are pleased to present PVA’s annual members show, a collection of fine art works contributed by 58 of our members, includes paintings, poetry, drawings, sculpture and mixed media creations.

PVA annually honors our loyal members, who are comprised of both artists and art appreciators, with an exhibit. Each year these artists are challenged by a theme to inspire them and stretch their creative thinking. The result is always a lively, interesting show.

The theme of this year’s show is “people, places and poetry”. The artists were asked to create a passionate expression of people and places that they have experienced in life. We asked our members to create fresh new and original artwork to make this truly a unique member’s exhibit.

PVA thanks our Curators, laura laura and Lyn MacDonald

To view the online gallery for this exhibit, click here.

Sculpture IS: In the Garden 2020

Sculpture IS: In the Garden 2020, marks our fourteenth sculpture exhibit in partnership with Sierra Azul Nursery and Garden.

The jurors, Susana Arias, Jamie Abbott and Jeff Rosendale, selected over 90 sculptures created by 42 artists and collaborators.

Visit the stunning two-acre demonstration garden, relax under the umbrellas, and spend an afternoon enjoying
the exhibit.

MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED
Funding has been provided by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.