See our improved Great Lawn, and find your Happiness!

Added FRI, MAR 15TH 2013

The pursuit of happiness:
Spring events to smile about

Spring is here! Happiness is in the air and our artists in residence are feeling it. Join us for events throughout March and April that explore the subject of happiness in a variety of ways.

Theresa WongWed, March 20, 7pm (FREE)
Celebrate the first International Day of Happiness with poet Genine Lentine and musician Theresa Wong. The two artists will present an evening of poetry reading and musical performance as a way to explore happiness!

The Sound of HappinessSat, March 23, 1-3pm ($25/$20/$15)
Wong and Lentine offer an exciting afternoon of vocal and writing exercises that explore voice, language, and happiness. 
Suitable for all levels of experience and open to all ages, including children. Click here to purchase tickets, or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

You Are Here- Happiness is WALKING: Sat, March 23, 11:30am-12:45pm (FREE)
Explore the colors, scents, and sounds of Montalvo with artists Leah Rosenberg and Susan O'Malley. To RSVP, please take this short two minute survey.
- Happiness is TALKING & LISTENING: Sat, Apr 13, 1-3pm (FREE): Listen and chat with O'Malley in the Project Space Gallery.

The AquilizansApril 6, 13, & 20, 10am-12pm (FREE)
Make artwork for Montalvo's grounds with artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan in a free drop-in workshop. Build small houses out of recycled boxes; work will be integrated into a piece on Montalvo’s grounds! For children & teens ages 11-18. Please RSVP by calling 408-961-5858.


What have I added (Christine Wong Yap)In the Project Space Gallery through May 31
This exhibition brings together work by O’Malley, Rosenberg, and Christine Wong Yap in an exploration of the complex emotional and mental phenomenon we describe as “happiness.”

Happiness is a dog who is good natured & likes to travelContribute to the conversation about happiness!

Send us a photo that best conveys what makes you happy! Select entries will be posted on our website; a winner will be awarded an original inspirational poster signed by Susan O’Malley (a $50 value). Submit on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @montalvoarts and adding and "#Happiness is…" caption, or submit on Facebook or emailEntries must be received by April 25; maximum 2 per person. Official Rules.

March 15, 2013



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

Summer Camp Spotlight
African Drums & Dance:
Learn about the traditions of African music and culture!


In Africa, dance, music, and drums are an integral part of life: everything that happens in a village has a song and dance accompanied by drums. Your child can learn about these traditions in African Drums & Dance, one of more than 30 Summer Arts Camps we are offering at Montalvo!

Led by musician Masankho Banda, students in this exciting camp will learn about to sing and dance in the style of different African cultures. Designed for kids ages 6-10, camp runs from June 10-14, 9am-12pm, and concludes with a performance on Friday.

Click here to register for this camp today. Click here to see our complete list of great Summer Arts Camps.

Did you see the news?

Spy CampMontalvo's fabulous Winter Camps were spotlighted in this week's Saratoga News! Click here to read the article, or find a copy in the neighborhood - the photos are fantastic.

We offered Spy Camp and Circus Arts Camp last month during the week of ski break; both camps will be offered again this summer, so register today!


The new Great LawnGreat Lawn now open
for picnicking and play!

If you've visited Montalvo in 2013, you may have been a little bit surprised to see a big chain link fence around our beautiful Great Lawn, and the lawn itself looking torn up and muddy. Well, we have great news: our brand new renovated lawn is now ready to walk, relax, picnic, and frolic on!

Montalvo's grounds are free to visit and are open every day (with some exceptions for private events); why not take advantage of the great weather and take a drive up? Parking is free, flowers are blooming, and blossoms have appeared on the trees. Bring lunch, walk on the lawn, view our Art on the Grounds and Project Space Gallery exhibitions, and go for a hike on our trails. Dogs are welcome on a leash, and kids will love the fresh air and beautiful scenery!

For more information about visiting, check out We hope to see you soon!


Bouquets to Art 2013Join us on a trip to the de Young Museum
for Bouquets to Art

You are invited to join a special art trip to San Francisco's de Young Museum on Friday, March 22. Bouquets to Art celebrates the work in the gallery with beautiful floral arrangements inspired by the pieces.

Your day will begin at 10:30am at Montalvo with a group of art lovers boarding a shuttle to the museum. You will enjoy a private lunch and a conversation with one of the participating floral designers, followed by a tour of the gallery. It's a great way to experience this annual local art tradition while connecting with fellow friends of Montalvo.

Tickets to this fun day-long excursion are just $125 per person; to reserve your space, contact Annual Fund Manager Emma Moon at or 408-961-5841. Call TODAY; space is limited!


The Saint Michael Trio
returns for entertaining exploration of Debussey
St Michael Trio

Join us on Sunday, March 24, at 3pm, when the Saint Michael Trio returns for another popular Villa Chamber Music performance - this time, focusing on "Debussey: France's Master Impressionist."

Heavy-handed, cantankerous, his personal life a wreck, Debussey nevertheless wrote music of unsurpassed delicacy and refinement. Though he chafed at the label, he became music’s supreme impressionist. The Saint Michael Trio shows you how he did it in one of their entertaining combinations of music and commentary that has made this group a favorite at Montalvo.

Get your tickets now; the Saint Michael Trio performance here last month sold out! Purchase yours online today or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday. 


at a glance:


Sat, March 16, 8pm

Willie K SOLD OUT!

Wed, March 20, 7pm
Happiness Takes Shape

Sat, March 23
11:30am: Happiness is WALKING
1pm: The Sound of Happiness

Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours



Summer Camps

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, June 2
Food & Wine Classic X


 In the Project Space Gallery

Thurs-Sun 11am-3pm, free admission


On view through May 31

Happiness Is...


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