News from the Pajaro Valley Arts Council 
In This Issue
In the Gallery
Event: Conversations
Call for Artists: Mi Casa es Tu Casa
At Sierra Azul
Call for Artists: Plein Air
Exhibit Calendar
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In the Gallery
En Nuestra Imagen/In Our Image
August 26-October 11, 2015
Reception: August 30, 2:00-4:00 pm
Postcard Image Lorraine García-Nakata  
We invite you to come see our fabulous exhibit, En Nuestra Imagen/In Our Image. Curator and artist Juan R. Fuentes has assembled a collection of over 85 works featuring artists from the San Francisco/Monterey Bay area. The exhibit addresses a distinct Chicana/o Latina/o perspective, with a wide range of techniques, mediums and varied styles and approaches. The works respond to unique environments, issues of gender, immigration, labor, culture, nature, humor and beauty.

Conversations: En Nuestra Imagen/In Our Image
August 29, from 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Cabrillo College, Watsonville
Bracero Brothers by Juan Fuentes
In conjunction with this exhibit three Latino/a artists share their experiences as participants in the genesis of the Chicano Movement in California and beyond in, Conversations: En Nuestra Imagen/In Our Image. Having lived through, and contributed to, an important historical time, these artists will help explain the political, cultural and historic impact of Chicano life. Pancho Rodriguez, Juan R. Fuentes (originally from Watsonville), and Michelle Mouton will carry on the conversation with emphasis on fine art. This event is part of our exhibit En Nuestra Imagen/In Our Image, and is co-sponsored by the Cabrillo College Gallery. Join us at Cabrillo College, Watsonville in the Multi-purpose Room 130 on August 29, from 4:00PM - 6:00PM. 
Call For Artists: PVAC
Mi Casa es Tu Casa 2015
De Dónde Venimos Hacia Dónde Vamos
Where We Have Come From To Where We Are Headed

Deadline For Entry: September 18
Exhibit Dates: October 28 - December 13, 2015
White Hawk Dancers
White Hawk Dancers Assembling Their Altar - 2014

Mi Casa es Tu Casa is PVAC'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.
PVAC invites you into "our" home to participate in Mi Casa es Tu Casa by building an altar to remember and celebrate those whom you have lost. 
Read more about the theme, and fill out your entry form here!

Sculpture IS: 2015

At Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens


In and Out by Chris Sawyer
In and Out by Chris Sawyer
Sculptue IS: 2015 is at Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens through October 31st.  Put on your sunscreen, pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy seventy sculptures in the beautiful demonstration gardens. Sierra Azul is open seven days a week from 9:00 to 5:30, and is located at 2660 E. Lake in Watsonville, across from the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

  The City of Capitola is sponsoring a Plein Air event and juried contest November 7th and 8th. Artists are invited to paint within the boundaries provided on their registration information and the public is invited to watch the artists paint. Susan Leask, well-known museum curator, will be the judging. On Sunday Nov. 8th, she will give a brief talk about how the winners will be selected and a little bit about the many styles of Plein Air. While judging is taking place, artists are invited to sell paintings, panels will be available for artists to display their work. Lunch will be provided for all the participants.  

There are two divisions, one for professionals ($45 fee), first prize is $1,500, second place $750. 
The amateur division ($25 fee) will award $100 to the winner. The city is not taking any commission. 

PVAC 2015 Exhibit Calendar

PVUSD Student Art Exhibit at the Watsonville Civic Plaza
May 20 - April 30, 2016
Sculpture IS: 2015 at Sierra Azul
June 1- October 31
En Nuestra Imagen/In Our Image
August 26 - October 11
Mi Casa es Tu Casa
October 28 - December 13


If you are a interested in sponsoring or partnering with us for any of our exhibits, please contact Sharon O'Neil at