In case you need some gift ideas...

Added THU, DEC 7TH 2017

Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter
Pro Tip: Concerts Make Great Gifts!
Concerts make great gifts!


Holiday shopping season is here, and we know you're on the lookout for unique gift ideas. So here's a suggestion: tickets to a live performance at Montalvo!

We've got a diverse lineup coming this spring to our intimate, indoor Carriage House Theatre, where you'll be up close and personal with world-class artists. Perfect for a date night away from the kids, a group outing with friends, or catching up with your favorite special someone, a show at Montalvo is always unforgettable.

Here are a few concerts coming up that we think will charm the music lover in your life:

Before select concerts, you can also add 
Bistro Montalvo to complete the experience. Click below to see the entire Carriage House Concert schedule of more than 30 shows, or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.


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Classes for the Artist In Your Life
Classes Make Great Gifts

It’s proven science that experiences give people greater satisfaction than objects. So, if you're looking for a gift to give to the artist in your life, consider an inspiring arts experience at Montalvo. We proudly offer classes in a variety of genres:

Wheel Form Ceramics
Learn how to create simple and complex ceramic forms, working on Montalvo’s pottery wheels and in our charming Creekside Studio space. Enjoy six weekly instructional sessions with ceramics professional Sue Kang, plus additional Wednesday studio time to hone your craft. Choose from daytime classes (January 9-February 13) or evening classes (April 17-May 22) -- or both!

A centuries-old art form, ikebana is the Japanese art of floral arrangement. It is said to calm the spirit, focus the mind, and teach the eye to identify beauty in the details of the natural world. This spring, we are offering new arranging approaches with Mindful Ikebana (February 4), Ikebana Everlasting #1 (March 11), and Ikebana Everlasting #2 (April 8).

Practice different styles of dance in the intimate setting of the historic Villa. These classes are perfect for anyone at any skill level. Sign up as an individual, a couple, or a group. Learn Israeli Folk Dance (February 7), Afro-Caribbean Dance (March 7), and Hawaiian Dance and Art (April 4).

Contemporary Drawing & Painting
In this modern twist on classic techniques pioneered by famous artists, you can experiment with collaging, cutting, painting, and more -- all taught by professional artist Dana Harel. Classes include Photo Transfer Collage: Louise Nevelson (March 5), Drawing with Scissors: Matisse Cutouts (March 12), and Experimental Watercolor: Georgia O'Keeffe (March 19).

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Spark the "Lovalution" with Aquarius
Open Access


Join us next Friday, December 15 at 8pm, when musician/visual artist Jennifer Johns will present Aquarius (an excerpt from a work-in-progress called Ayo and the Aquarian Mind). This audio-visual experience features a fusion of the sounds and sights from around the world and galaxies. In the piece, Johns weaves Afro beat and house music with soul, poetry, and captivating visuals to take us on a journey into Aquarius, a time next to now. In this place we can see clearly our human condition; we are healed and inspired to spark the "lovalution." To learn more about Johns--and to download music from this project for free in advance of the performance--visit

Arrive at 7pm and enjoy a reception in Montalvo's Project Space with a no-host bar and participatory art activity.


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Top Score from Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator

Great news! Montalvo has once again been honored with a Four-Star Rating from the prestigious nonprofit evaluation service Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator provides ratings for over 5,000 American charities based on financial health, accountability, and transparency. A rating of four stars means that Montalvo "exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause."

Our score (a prestigious 94.11/100) makes us the 9th highest rated Arts & Cultural nonprofit in the state of California and 51st in the nation.

Every day, we work to ensure that the dollars you give go into providing important arts, education, and public programs that enrich our community. We are proud to be recognized as an organization worth supporting!

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For questions or to order tickets over the phone, call the Box Office:
408-961-5858, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Sat, Dec. 9, 10am: Getting Physical: Moving the Conversation on Division, Art, and Responsibility
Fri, Dec. 15, 8pm: Aquarius with Jennifer Johns

Sun, Dec. 17, 3 & 7pm: Windham Hill: Winter Solstice 30th Anniversary SOLD OUT! 
Tue, Jan. 9 - Thu, Feb. 13, 10am-2pm: Wheel Form Ceramics
Sat, Jan. 20, 8pm: Poco LIMITED AVAILABILITY! 

Tue, Jan. 23, 7:30pm: Five for Fighting with String Quartet SOLD OUT! 
Sat, Jan. 27, 8pm: 
Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono
Tue, Jan. 30, 9:30 & 11:30am: 
Alphabet Rockers SOLD OUT!
Wed, Jan. 31, 11:30am: 
Literary Luncheon: Shilpi Somaya Gowda
By Appointment:
 Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

Photo Credits: NZ  / Jennifer Johns 

15400 Montalvo Road • Saratoga, CA 95070

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