Get ready to Rock the Garden tomorrow night!

Added THU, JUL 21ST 2016

5 Hour Sculpture: A Pop-Up Arts Festival

If you only had five hours to present a work of sculpture in a public park, what would you create?

Come see how 35 multidisciplinary artists from the Bay Area and beyond have answered that question tomorrow (Friday, July 22, from 5-10pm) at our spectacular 2016 Rock the Garden festival: 5 Hour Sculpture!

The evening will feature large-scale installations where YOU help create the artwork; fascinating performances "popping up" all over our historic property; and spectacular intrusions that push the limits of contemporary sculpture. Take a look at our Facebook event page, where Montalvo Curator Donna Conwell has been sharing images of works in progress from some of the participating artists. And if you haven't already, join the event and invite your friends!

Throughout the festival, you'll enjoy hands-on art-making, dancing, live music, gourmet food trucks, and more. This all-ages festival is free to attend, with free parking and shuttle service from West Valley College, lot 5.

Event highlights include:

  • A 20-foot tall pop-up sculpture by artist Jason Lazarus
  • A field of poppy pinwheels by artist Karrie Hovey
  • Sharing tall tales around a virtual campfire with artists Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari
  • A dance enactment of the Fibonacci sequence with the Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble
  • A large-scale labyrinth by artist Paz de la Calzada
  • An animal-led political parade with artist Sasha Petrenko
  • Creating a rock sculpture based on the French lawn game pétanque with artist Mary Ijichi
  • Multidisciplinary student art produced at Montalvo’s summer camps and an academic year collaboration with Synapse and Connect schools. 

You can find more information about the artists and the evening's attractions on our Open Access Blog. We hope to see you tomorrow night—you won't want to miss it!

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July 21, 2016

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

Last chance:
Gladys Knight
performing July 31

Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight has been dubbed "the Empress of Soul" and has seven Grammy Awards to prove it. Don’t miss her as she performs live in Montalvo’s beautiful outdoor Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre on Sunday, July 31, at 8pm!

At just 17 years old, she earned her first hit single (“Every Beat Of My Heart”) with R&B family act, Gladys Knight & The Pips, of which she was the lead vocalist for thirty award-winning years. When the band retired in 1989, Knight went on to forge a successful solo career, securing an additional four Grammy awards and releasing a #1 R&B charting solo album entitled Good Woman.

Listen to Knight's soulful stylings in Midnight Train to Georgia through the video below, then buy your tickets today!



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Creative Writing
Through Mindful

Elena Kelly: Creative Writing Through Mindful Movement

Join us on Sunday, August 21, from 11am-1:30 pm, for a unique creative writing workshop with wellness practitioner and E-RYT® 500 certified yoga instructor Elena Kelly.

Creative Writing Through Mindful Movement will invigorate your senses and boost your creative spirit by incorporating a combination of exercises with writing activities that encourage students to express their ideas with a new perspective.

You'll learn dynamic vinyasa yoga poses (suitable for both beginners and advanced students), take a guided hiking tour of Montalvo's grounds, and come away with creative writing pieces that put you in touch with the way you move through nature.

Sound intriguing? Just click the button below to register (or call the box office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday). It's a great way to experience Montalvo in a whole new way, so be sure to bring your friends!


at a glance:

Fri, July 22, 5-10pm
5 Hour Sculpture: A Pop-Up Arts Festival

Fri, July 29, 8pm
Brian McKnight

Wed, August 10, 6pm
Summer Nights: Landscapes From Your Imagination SOLD OUT!

Fri, August 12, 7:30pm
Dave Koz and David Sanborn LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

Sun, August 14, 8pm
Sebastian Maniscalco

Sat, August 20, 9am
Vineyard Bottling Party w/Conrado Cellars 

Wednesdays through August
Summer Luncheons

By Appointment:

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours


Cooking Up Fun SOLD OUT!
• Snapshot: Digital Photography SOLD OUT!
• Mosaic Art
• American Pop Star


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Photo credits: 5 Hour Sculpture, designed by Colleen Corcoran and Tiffanie Tran, 2016