Join us for the opening of Botanica Poetica Sept 25

Added THU, SEP 10TH 2015

Botanica Poetica:
New Work by
Lucas Artist Fellows

Hector Mendoza, "White Wilderness" (2015)

Home to formal gardens, oak and redwood forests, and various exotic plantings, Montalvo's horticultural diversity serves as inspiration for a series of new works created by Lucas Artist Fellows Kija Lucas, Monica Lundy, Hector Dionicio Mendoza, and Fieldworks Collaborative (Trena Noval & Ann Wettrich), entitled Botanica Poetica

Through sculpture, painting, photography, and works on paper, viewers are invited to reflect on the ill-defined boundary between the natural and unnatural, and the intimate entanglement between human history and the landscapes that surround us.

Join us on Friday, September 25, from 6-9pm for a special Open Access event, which will be a unique garden tour along with an opening reception for the new exhibition. 

Landscape designer, historian, and writer Wade Graham will lead guests on the tour, presenting his original talk entitled "James Phelan's Montalvo: Wonders and Worries of the Gilded Age." Afterwards, grab some food and a glass of wine while you mingle with the artists at a reception in the Project Space Gallery.

Tickets to Open Access are just $10 (free for Montalvo members); click below to purchase or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

Botanica Poetica will remain on view through December 13, with free gallery hours Thursday-Sunday, 11am-3pm.

September 10, 2015

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

Mindful Ikebana:
The art of Japanese flower arrangement

Mindful Ikebana

Join us on Sunday, September 27, from 2-4pm as instructor Yuko Tiernan teaches the peaceful art of Ikebana—a beautiful and popular Japanese method of flower arranging.

A centuries-old art form, Ikebana calms the spirit, focuses the mind, and teaches the eye to see the myriad details of the natural world. Participants
 will learn the foundational practices and philosophies of Ikebana and create a simple arrangement to take home. Those who have taken previous classes will build skills through new designs inspired by fall foliage and the transitioning seasons.

The $45 class fee includes a Kenzan (pin frog), a plastic vase, and flower materials—but please feel free to bring your favorite vase or Kenzan if you have one.

Click below to register today, or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

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Insightful author events
Meg Waite Clayton
and Andy Weir

Meg Waite Clayton
Andy Weir's 'The Martian'

Join us in the coming weeks for two illuminating events in our Montalvo Writers Series—conversations with authors about their craft and inspirations, moderated by Katherine Maxfield! Books are available for purchase at each event.

Join us on Thursday, September 24, from 11:30am-1:30pm for a Literary Lunch with Meg Waite ClaytonNew York Times bestselling author, Clayton has penned five novels including The Wednesday Sisters, hailed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time. Her newest, The Race for Paris, is a thrilling tour de force about women who risked their lives to document history. 

Lunch is included with your ticket.

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On Sunday, November 1, from 4-6pm, grab a seat in the intimate Carriage House Theatre as f
irst-time novelist Andy Weir discusses his book The Martian and its meteoric rise to success: from a self-published ebook, to a New York Times bestseller, to a film adaptation starring Matt Damon (which is receiving excellent buzz and opens October 2). 

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See the full Montalvo Writers Series lineup by clicking here.


at a glance:


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

Fri, September 25, 6pm
Open Access: Garden Talk & Walk + Opening Reception

Sun, September 27, 11am
Open Access: Pop-Up Plein Air - Art Escapists

Sun, September 27, 2-4pm

Mindful Ikebana: The Peaceful Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

Thu, October 1, 7pm
The Traveling Kind Tour: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Mon, October 5, 4pm
Professional Development Workshop presented by AXIS Dance Company: Fundamentals of Inclusive Teaching & Working with Diverse Students

By Appointment:

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours



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


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Photo credits (from top): Ron Leckie / Bahara Emami / Michele Guieu / Cameron Hockenson / Hector Dionicio Mendoza, White Wilderness (detail), 2015 / Yuko Tiernan / Adrienne Defendi