37 Sudden Street, Watsonville, CA
Gallery Hours: 11.00am – 4:00pm


Past Exhibitions & Events

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:
If you have any additional questions, or would like to cancel a scheduled appointment please contact our Office Manager Brianna Flores at:
Max group size: 10 persons, masks and social distance is required.

Online Gallery

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.


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.

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.

Campesinos: Workers of the Land

Campesinos: Workers of the Land

Campesinos: Workers of the Land; Virtual Tour
Campesinos Poetry Reading

Campesinos: Workers of the Land, exhibit will open when shelter-in-place is lifted and be on view in the gallery through October 4, 2020.

We have a spectacular exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery, sitting behind locked doors. While our gallery door is currently closed for the safety of our staff, guests and community, our virtual door is open for you to experience Campesinos: Workers of the Land online at:

We are grateful for the dedication of our agricultural workers, and celebrate their contributions through Campesinos: Workers of the Land.

Exhibit planning started late in 2019 as collaboration between Consuelo Alba, Watsonville Film Festival; Gabe Medina, Watsonville Artist Meet-up; and Pajaro Valley Arts. Ms. Alba was looking for a venue to show the work of two artists who were to be highlighted during the film festival. Farmworkers are central themes for both artists. Together, we expanded this concept so that regional artists would have the opportunity to show their work.

This exhibit was conceived to honor the dignity of our campesinos/agricultural workers and farmers. We asked artists to create and bring us work that represent what they see, feel, and believe as they pass by our fields everyday. We asked for artwork that represents the issues of dignity, labor, workers’ rights, immigration, and the duality of every day living for migrant workers. We received incredibly personal, visual and audio stories that celebrate the lives and contributions of our families and community of agricultural workers.

Artists: Hannah Baldrige • Carlos Campos • Jessica Carrasco • Ruth Carroll • Victor Cervantes  Warren Chang  • Arleene Correa Valencia • Linda Curtis • Kati D’Amore Francisco Joseph Dominguez • Jenny Dowd • Veronica Eldredge • David Fleming  Armando Franco • Juan R. Fuentes • Ome Garcia • Michele Hausman Hedwig Heerschop • Erica Hernandez • Rosa Gabriela Hernandez • Bill Kennann  • Lucien Kubo • Barbara Lawrence • Yesenia Magdaleno-Solis • Mac McWilliams Gabriel J. Medina • Jay Mercado • Jonathan Sánchez Moreno • Don Monkerud Ed Penniman • Joel Rigler • Jaime Sánchez •  Craig Sherod • Leon Sun • Shmuel Thaler  Samuel Torres Jr. • Graciela Vega

Curated by: Gabriel J. Medina and Judy Stabile
Juried by: Consuelo Alba, Gabriel J. Medina and Judy Stabile




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

Exhibit Dates: January 27 – November 6, 2020

At the Santa Cruz County Government Center

701 Ocean Street, 3rd Floor, Santa Cruz, CA

HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY from 8:00am – 5:00 pm

Presented by Pajaro Valley Arts, Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice was invited by County Clerk, Gail Pellerin, to reprise our 2019 exhibit at the County of Santa Cruz Government Center during their most important 2020 election season. This exhibit aims to inform, inspire and develop greater interest in the non-partisan democratic process. Co-curated by Maria Gitin and Pajaro Valley Arts Curator Judy Stabile, the exhibit features Bob Fitch photography from the archives of  Stanford University Library and artifacts from civil rights veteran Maria Gitin.  The exhibit includes contemporary regional artists interpretation of voting rights and informative displays from Santa Cruz County Elections Department and Watsonville City Clerk’s Office. A visual timeline highlights key events in voting rights history including the historic Watsonville v. Gomez case.  The exhibit is presented in partnership with Santa Cruz County Elections Department, and Santa Cruz County Arts Commission.  

TOURS: For history of the exhibit and group tours Monday-Friday 10:00am – 2:pm Contact Curator, Maria Gitin: to make an appointment.

Participating Artists:
Jessica Carrasco, Myra Eastman, Bob Fitch, Jane Gregorius, Hedwig Heerschop, Matt Herron, Lucien Kubo, Joshua Moreno, Helen Ruiz-Thomas,Jaime Sánchez, Sandra Takashima Shaw, Peggy Snider, and Carol Wallberg.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, suitable for students and adults, venue is ADA accessible.

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