Arts Splash! schedule for the day, and Starry, Starry Night returns

Added THU, APR 12TH 2012

Starry, Starry Night

Art & Astronomy Slumber Party returns August 10

Starry, Starry Night


Celebrate mankind's fascination with the heavens and astronomy's influence on art throughout the ages at Starry, Starry Night on Friday, August 10, beginning at 7pm


After a hiatus last summer, Starry, Starry Night, which coincides with the annual Perseid meteor showers, is back this year and better than ever! Join us for stimulating talks by guest astronomers, storytellers' tales of the stars, contemporary art installations, and films. Create your own arts and crafts inspired by the heavens, and sleep under the stars on Montalvo's Great Lawn! In the morning, a pancake breakfast will be served in the historic Villa for those who choose to stay the night.


This event is for adults and kids ages 6 & up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). For more information and ticket prices, click here. Reserve your spot by calling the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday. 

Final Fridays with Justin Lowman, "Conference of the Birds Unfeathered," April 27

"Barn Rays" by Justin Lowman


Join us on Friday, April 27, for two exciting events with artists from the Lucas Artists Residency Program!


At 6pm, Final Fridays will feature artist Justin Lowman in the Residency's Commons building. Lowman, a 2012 Visions from the New California awardee, will discuss his project, Barn Rays, an installation located in a dilapidated two-stall pole barn that Lowman has been excavating since early 2010. His work explores the relationship between time, light, surface, and color. 


Final Fridays is a FREE event! Wine will be served, and you will have the opportunity to mingle with artists and Montalvo supporters.


At 8pm, join us in the Carriage House Theatre for Conference of the Birds Unfeathered. Composed by Laurie San Martin and inspired by a 12th century poem, this performance incorporates voice, percussion, and computer processed sounds and draws on Korean pansori, Iranian traditional music, bird songs, and Western classical music. Haleh Abghari and Chris Froh will be joined onstage by the Empyrean Ensemble in this unique and inspiring musical story.


Tickets for Conference of the Birds Unfeathered are $20 for General Admission, $15 for Members, and $8 for Students. Purchase yours online today, or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.


Haleh Abghari
Haleh Abghari performs in "Conference of the Birds Unfeathered" April 27 at 8pm



Have you registered for

Summer Arts Camps yet?

Summer Camper

Summer is approaching faster than you think, and your kids will be looking for things to do. Why not get them involved in the arts with one or more of our outstanding Summer Arts Camps?


Fun, unique camps such as Circus Arts, African Music & Dance, Comic Book Drawing, Shadow Puppets, Pottery, and Aboriginal Art will inspire your child to explore new forms of art! Musical theatre camps for younger or older children, Missoula Children's Theatre camps (Red Riding Hood or The Secret Garden), and Tools for the Actor will hone your child's performing skills and stage presence with professional actors and teachers.


There are plenty of other camps to choose from. Click here for a complete list, or visit our UltraCamp page to register your child for camp online today!




at a glance:


Fri, April 13, 6:30pm & 9pm

Taj Mahal Trio (9pm show SOLD OUT!)


Sat, April 14, 11am

Glen Roven's "Runaway Bunny"

featuring the Saint Michael Trio


Sat, April 14, 1pm

Historic Villa Tour


Sun, April 15, 7:30pm

Joyce Yang


Thu, April 19

6:30pm: Martini Madness! (still available!)

7:30pm: Women Fully Clothed (sold out!)


Sat, April 21, 11am-4pm

Arts Splash! Open House & Student Arts Festival


Sun, April 22, 3pm

Amstel Quartet


Sun, April 22, 7:30pm

California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio


Sat, April 28, 11am

Br'er Rabbit & other Trickster Tales from Around the World


Sat, April 28, 11am

Native Plants in your Garden with Del McComb


Whole Foods Market Thu, May 3

Shopping Day at Whole Foods Market, Los Gatos to benefit Montalvo!



In the Project Space Gallery:

On view through May 13
Opening Sun, May 20


Arts Splash!

April 21, 11am-4pm

Schedule of the day

Arts Splash!


Wondering what you'll be doing when you join us for Arts Splash! Open House & Student Arts Festival on Saturday, April 21, from 11am-4pm? Well, you will have plenty of options! Take a look at the schedule for the day (subject to change):

  • All Day: Open Studios at the Lucas Artists Residency Program (See schedule below)
  • 11am: Arts Splash! begins
  • 11:30am-3:30pm: Artmaking throughout the grounds
  • Noon: Welcome on the Front Veranda
  • 12:15pm: Proclamation from the Mayor of Saratoga
  • 1:45-4pm: Student performances in the Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre
  • 2pm: Park Ranger-led trail hike
  • 3:30pm: Senator Phelan Birthday Celebration in the Villa
  • All Day: 10 gourmet food trucks on the grounds; beer & wine for sale at various locations
  • All Day: Face painting ($1) & African printmaking ($3) on the Great Lawn
  • All Day: Spring Plant Sale in the Solarium
  • All Day: Self-guided tours of the historic Villa (Docents will be posted in the Villa to answer questions)
Senator Phelan's birthday cake from Whole Foods Market, Los Gatos will be served at 3:30pm
Open Studios & Lucas Artists Residency Events:
  • All Day: Literary fellow Andrew Pham will cook & serve Vietnamese cuisine and discuss his book
  • All Day: Geo Homsy will activate Organograph in the Grove of Generosity
  • 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30: Children's book readings in the Residency Garden with Culinary Fellow Niki Ford
  • 1pm: Sound artist Kianga Ford will discuss her work, which will also be featured in our 2012 Sculpture on the Grounds
  • 2pm: Artists who created the upcoming Conference of the Birds Unfeathered give an overview of their work
  • 3pm: Robin Lasser & Adrienne Pao present the Edible Dress Tent, which will be one of our 2012 Sculpture on the Grounds
  • All day: Residency studios will be open for visitors to come in, meet the artists, and discuss their work.
Student performance groups:
  • Student groups from the Community School of Music and Arts
  • Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company
  • San Jose High School Mariachi Ensemble
  • Students from Schools of Arts & Culture and the Mexican Heritage Plaza
  • Student groups organized by Janetta Coleman 
Student performers at Arts Splash!
A student group performing at the 2011 Arts Splash!
Gourmet Food Trucks & Carts include Sam's ChowderMobile, Little Green Cyclo, Tikka Bytes, MoGo BBQ, No Way Jose, Louisiana Territory, Whisk on Wheels, Scoops Ice Cream, Puff Truck, and Quick Dog.
Photo Contest: Take photos of your day at Arts Splash! and win tickets to upcoming Montalvo events! To enter the contest, post your pictures to our Facebook or Google+ pages, tweet them to @montalvoarts using #ArtsSplash, or email We'll select some of our favorite shots and share them with our fans! Contest Terms & Conditions here.


Click here to read a great article in the Campbell Patch about students at Castlemont Elementary School preparing their piece, "Tapestry of Color, Shapes, Thoughts and Quotes," which will be on view at Arts Splash! 


This fun day for the whole family is FREE! Limited parking is available on-site for $10; free shuttle service will be offered from West Valley College, Parking Lot 5.


The circus is coming to town!

Circus Bella


Montalvo's grounds will be transformed into a full-fledged circus on Sunday, July 29, thanks to Circus Bella!


Beginning at noon, the Great Lawn will be alive with jugglers, clowns, food, and fun in preparation for a performance by the amazing Circus Bella, an open-air, one-ring circus featuring an ensemble of some of the Bay Area's best circus performers and musicians! The performance begins at 2pm.


Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children (Members: $16/$8), and includes access to all pre-show midway games and activities. Call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday to purchase your tickets!


Circus Bella in action!
Watch Circus Bella in action!




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