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Added THU, JUN 27TH 2013

The Bells are ringing:
Tiffany Singh begins installing
The Bells of Mindfulness

The Bells of Mindfulness


Visit Montalvo in the coming weeks and you can be a part of Lucas Artists Residency fellow Tiffany Singh's The Bells of Mindfulness - the latest work to be installed on the Montalvo grounds as part of our current outdoor exhibition, COME HEALING.

Drawing on the Buddhist tradition of using temple bells as a tool to cultivate mindfulness, Singh is suspending 1000 bells from a persimmon tree in the Italianate Garden, creating a tranquil space for rest and reflection.

Singh’s project will continue to unfold over time: Eventually, visitors will be able to take the bells with them to places they consider shared spaces of calm and peace. Documentation of these spaces will be uploaded onto an interactive online map, creating a portrait of what sacred space means to us today. "In essence," says Singh, "the audience becomes the artist; a co-author."


Join Singh under the persimmon tree to discuss The Bells of Mindfulness, meditate, and make paper cranes on July 4, 14, 18, 20, 21, and 25, from 11:30am-1:30pm. On July 26, at 6pm, we will celebrate the work at our FREE Final Fridays event!

Owen Driggs this weekend

Artist collective Owen Driggs will host a fascinating panel discussion this Friday, June 28, at 6pm at the ZERO1 Garage in downtown San Jose. Presented as part of our Final Fridays series and ZERO1's BRING IT! events, this potluck/conversation/community activity brings together a variety of perspectives to respond to the question, "Can artists heal nature?"

On Saturday, June 29, at 10am, join Owen Driggs again here at Montalvo for a fun and free workshop, "Everything is Medicine" - part of their project Mapping Biointimacy.

June 27, 2013



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

Last chance for
Summer Luncheons!

Summer Luncheon
The front Veranda is the perfect place
to enjoy a Summer Luncheon

On Wednesdays in July and August, you can join us for a delicious Summer Luncheon on the Veranda of the historic Villa - and time is running out to make your reservations!

These relaxing afternoons allow you to enjoy a gourmet lunch with friends and fellow Montalvo supporters, and take in a fashion show presented by a local boutique clothing store. There's a different menu each week with three seating times available: 12pm, 12:30pm, or 1pm.

Limited space remains, so reserve your seats today! Click here to make your reservations online, or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.


Marianne Faithfull

First Summer Concert this Friday

The beautiful outdoor Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre is ready to go for this Friday night, when Marianne Faithfull will arrive for the first performance in our 2013 Summer Concert Series.

If you don't have tickets yet, you're in luck! Limited tickets still remain for this memorable performance from one of rock & roll's living legends. Click here to purchase today - and be sure to add Dining on the Terrace to make the evening complete.

Outdoor concerts continue throughout the summer with Randy Newman, Dave Koz & friends, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Marc Cohn, Lewis Black, Chris Botti, Brian Regan, and Blondie. Don't miss out on your chance to see these great performers in one of the Bay Area's most celebrated venues!


Rare & breathtaking
sight towering over
Phelan Cactus Garden

25 foot agaveIf you enjoy nature's curiosities, now is the time to take a stroll down to the Phelan Cactus Garden (located through the gate at the base of the Great Lawn; follow the path past the Love Temple): Our century plant (Agave americana) - one of the oldest in the garden - is nearly ready to bloom.

This is no ordinary occurence: This variety of agave will only bloom once over the course of its 20-30 year life. The blooming stem itself is a remarkable sight, rising about 25 feet into the sky - truly something to behold!

Yellow flower buds on the towering peduncle will soon open; after it blooms, the plant with wither and die.

Be sure to come and see this spectacular agave in July while it puts on its final show!

The agave bloom from below


at a glance:

Fri, June 28, 6pm (at ZERO1 Garage)

Final Fridays: Owen Driggs, "Can Artists Heal Nature?"

Fri, June 28, 7:30pm
Marianne Faithfull 

Sat, June 29, 10am
Mapping Biointimacy workshop:
"Everything is Medicine"

Sat, June 29, 1pm
Docent Tour of Art on the Grounds

Thu, July 18, 7pm
Randy Newman

Wednesdays, July-August
Summer Luncheons

Ongoing through August 16

Summer Arts Camps

Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours




Art on the Grounds: COME HEALING