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Exposiciones y eventos pasados

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.

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 www.calhum.org.”

Take Aways: ¡Art To Go!

Take Aways: ¡Art To Go!
January 22 – March 8
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 26, 2:00PM – 4:00PM

This annual invitational exhibit features seventy-seven of the county’s most notable artists. As a fundraising event these artists are presenting works that fit into many budgets. Several donated pieces will be part of a raffle drawing during the closing reception on March 8. 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!

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Mi Casa es Tu Casa – Pasajes y Puentes / Passages and Bridges

Mi Casa es Tu Casa

Exhibit Dates:
OCTOBER 23 – DECEMBER 15, 2019

Opening Reception:
Sunday, October 27, 2019
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Mi Casa es Tu Casa is PVA’s annual exhibit inspired by Dia 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.

Our theme this year is Pasajes y Puentes / Passages & Bridges. Passage is the act of moving through, over, under, or past something on the way from one place to another. Boats are symbolic of passages as well as the journeys and transitions that we make in life and in death. Bridges can symbolize progress, connections, transitions, and stability, as well as a way to reach a destination.

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 27
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Performances by: El Sistema and Ballet Fo/k/6rico Olin

November 10, 2019: Poetry Reading at the gallery 2:30PM – 3:30PM

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Our Bounty – Plein Air

Among the Vines © 2019 Erika Perloff

Our Bounty: Plein Air
Curator: Susanna Waddell
Co-Curators: Judy Cooper, Bruce Nicholson

Exhibit Dates: August 14 – September 29, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 18, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

“Love of the land lies deep within the human spirit.”
—Diane Cooley

Fifty-five artists were invited to brave the weather, climb hills, lug easels, paint, and canvases to sites in southern Santa Cruz County. Painting outside on the land, en Plein Air, has long been a traditional pursuit in the Santa Cruz area because of the natural light and beauty of our collective landscape. Generous land owners, directors and ranch managers have granted access during the month of July for the painting.

We hope you will enjoy the different artist interpretations of the  same properties and appreciate the importance of protecting “Our Bounty” and being stewards of the land.

  —Curator: Susanna Waddell, 2019

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Members’ Exhibit “MIRRORS”

Image credit: © 2019 Routine, by Linda Christensen

Annual Members’ Exhibit: MIRRORS
We are pleased to present Pajaro Valley Arts annual members show. This exhibit is a collection of fine art works contributed by seventy-seven of our members. The work in this years’ exhibit includes; paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, sculptures and mixed media.

PVA annually honors our loyal members, who are comprised of visual artists and art appreciators, with an exhibition featuring their own fine art works.  And each year, these artists are challenged by a theme which, it is hoped, will inspire them to stretch their thinking and ideas to contribute a lively, interesting show.

The theme of this year’s show is Mirrors.  A mirror is a reflecting surface that produces an image of whatever is in front of it. As a verb, it means to represent something honestly or to give a representation of something that is similar to something else. The pieces in this exhibit explore these meanings and how language, culture, personal identity, politics, and customs are reflected in today’s society.

Sunday, June 23
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tomar un Tour virtual de la exposición!


¡Votar! Tu voto es tu voz
¡Votar! Su Voto es Su Voz

¡Votar! Tu voto es tu voz
¡Votar! Su Voto es Su Voz

Fechas de exhibición: 3 de abril - 26 de mayo de 2019.
Recepción de apertura: 7 de abril.
2:00 - 4:00 PM

Curadora: Maria gitin
En memoria de Bob Fitch

Archivo fotográfico de Bob Fitch, © Stanford University Libraries

Esta exhibición de arte visual e historia busca inspirar, informar y desarrollar un mayor interés en el proceso democrático no partidista. Los residentes de Monterey Bay que participaron activamente en el Movimiento por los Derechos Civiles de la década de 1960 y el movimiento por los derechos de voto en Chicano compartirán sus historias y perspectivas a través del arte, paneles educativos y películas documentales.

La exposición presenta selecciones de las Bibliotecas de la Universidad de Stanford - Archivos de Bob Fitch y de los archivos de Maria Gitin a partir de su experiencia como jóvenes trabajadores con derechos de voto en el sur profundo. Se mostrarán los artefactos de la historia de derechos de voto de Watsonville y el arte contemporáneo que expresa el significado de los derechos de voto desde una variedad de perspectivas. Tomar un Tour virtual de la exposición. Cronología de los derechos de voto

Jueves 4 de abril de 2019 7: 00-9: 00 PM
Voting Rights Films, Festival de Cine de Watsonville
Películas: SPLC Selma: El Puente a la Boleta
PBS Willie Velásquez: Tu voto es tu voz
Calle principal 275,
Centro Cívico de Watsonville, 4to piso

Jueves 11 de abril de 2019 7: 00-9: 00 PM
Película: Concejal, Festival de cine de Watsonville
Calle principal 275,
Centro Cívico de Watsonville, 4to piso

Domingo 14 de abril 2-3: 30.
Charla del curador Maria gitin
Visita guiada en la galería

Jueves 18 de abril, 6-8 PM
El Florecer De La Mujer

Si te perdiste este panel, puedes ver el video. aquí.
Calle principal 275
Centro Cívico de Watsonville, 4to piso

Las líderes latinas discuten su historia de organización comunitaria que llevó al caso Gómez v. Ciudad de Watsonville.
Moderador: Shirley Castillo, MSW
Panelistas: Cruz gomez Shirley Flores Muñoz, Naomi Quiñónez, Odelia Galván Rodríguez, Rosie Murillo y Raquel Mariscal.

Jueves 25 de abril, 6-8 PM
Esta brillante luz de nosotros: historias de la lucha por los derechos de voto

Calle principal 275
Centro Cívico de Watsonville, 4to piso

Maria gitin compartirá imágenes históricas e historias
De los trabajadores de base en el ejército noviolento.
que arriesgaron sus vidas por los derechos de voto.

Sábado 18 de mayo de 2 a 4 p. M.
Victoria histórica de los derechos de voto: Gómez V Watsonville

Calle principal 275
Centro Cívico de Watsonville, 4to piso

Moderador: Samuel Torres Jr., ex abogado del condado de Santa Cruz
Panelistas: Paule Cruz Takash, Antropólogo
y el cronista de Watsonville Daniel Dodge, MALDEF asistente legal enGomez v Watsonville, y ex alcalde
Karina Cervantez, ex alcalde y UCSC
Candidato a doctorado

Diseño de la exposición por:
Judy Stabile, Carol Walberg y Joshua Moreno

Asesor Cultural y de Exposiciones:

Ana Ventura-Phares,
Samuel Torres Jr.

Este proyecto fue posible con apoyo.
de California Humanities, un socio sin fines de lucro
del Fondo Nacional para las Humanidades. Visite www.calhum.org.