Exciting news from Montalvo

Added THU, AUG 20TH 2015

OneBeat returns
this October


We are excited to announce that we'll be bringing a whole new group of international musicians to Montalvo this October for a 2-week residency followed by a culminating performance festival. Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 25, from 2-6pm, to see OneBeatbecause this is an event you won't want to miss!

The boundary-breaking fellows of OneBeat come from 17 different countries and territories—including the U.S., Russia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Venezuela, and more. Each has a compelling story, and they range from experimental producers to deeply-rooted traditional virtuosi to indie-rockers to acrobat/activists.

This year’s roster includes Ng Chor Guan, a sound designer, composer, and environmentalist from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia; Jorge Peña, a producer on the forefront of Cuba’s experimental electronic music scene; Dragana Tomić, a vocalist and ethnomusicologist from Belgrade, Serbia; Vieux Cissokho, a Senegalese Griot musician specializing in the kora; and Katherine Suavita Niño, a circus performer and accordionist from Bogotá, Colombia, who works with communities affected by violence. And that's just a few of them!

The festival on October 25 is free to the public, and will feature individual and group performances throughout the afternoon and all around our scenic grounds. There will also be food trucks, beer & wine, and a variety of interactive musical activities.

If you came to see last year's OneBeat festival, you know how amazing this day is. So join our Facebook event and invite your friends! You can also learn more about the performers and follow the OneBeat journey by visiting 1beat.org.

August 20, 2015

Montalvo is a member-supported
non-profit organization
dedicated to the arts.

One more
Summer Night

Monotype Printmaking

Monotype Printing

There are only a few openings remaining for the last in our fun series of Montalvo Summer Nights evening art classes for adults: Monotype Printmaking on August 25 from 6-8pm.

What is monotype printmaking? It's a fun and creative printing style that incorporates both etching and painting, making and each print its own unique creation. Our classes feature simple, low-pressure instruction that ensures you'll come away with works of art to be proud of—no prior exprience required!

All necessary supplies, plus wine and some tasty snacks, are included in the $35 registration fee. So sign up and bring some friends along for an evening of artmaking!

Just click below or call our Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

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Karen Finley's
Shock Treatment

Karen Finley, "Shock Treatment"

Join us as one of America's most provocative and polarizing performance artists, Karen Finley, appears at a special Open Access event on Wednesday, September 16, at 7pm.

Finley was a key player in the tumultuous culture wars of the early '90s, when public funding for the arts was under attack. Her debut book Shock Treatment—denounced by some as "obscene and indecent"—continues to shatter taboos and challenge readers. 25 years after its first publication, the book has been reissued in expanded format by City Lights publishers.

Join Finley and Lucas Artists Residency Director Kelly Sicat in a reading from Shock Treatment and a reflection on her long career as a feminist artist.

Tickets are $10 for the public and free for members. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

Recommended for mature audiences only.

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Open Access


at a glance:

Tue, August 25, 6-8pm
Montalvo Summer Nights: Monotype Printmaking LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

Fri, August 28, 6pm
Open Access: Artist Fellows Present New Work

Wed, September 2, 7pm

The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue 

Thu, September 10, 7:30pm
Lewis Black

Fri, September 11, 7:30pm
Dave Koz & Rick Braun

Wed, September 16, 7pm
Open Access: Karen Finley

Thu, September 24, 11:30am

Writers Series: Meg Waite Clayton

Sun, September 27, 2-4pm
Mindful Ikebana: The Peaceful Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

By Appointment:

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours



Art on the Grounds: Metaphoric States: Five Bronze Works by Stephen De Staebler

In Cottage 2:
Paper Power


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Photo credits (from top): Ron Leckie / Bahara Emami / Michele Guieu / Cameron Hockenson / OneBeat / Public Domain / Courtesy City Lights