See what's coming in 2013 and beyond!

Added FRI, JAN 25TH 2013

Great Lawn renovation underway

As 2013 began, a long-awaited renovation of our Great Lawn also started, thanks in part to a generous donation from the Hind Foundation.

The renovation will be immediately obvious if you visit the grounds in the coming months: the lawn is currently fenced off and filled with piles of dirt. But once completed, it will be in better condition than ever and ready for another 100 years of picnics and activities!

Changes include new soil and drought-resistant grass, improved irrigation for more efficient water use, underground wiring that will prevent gophers from digging holes, and new steps at the base of the lawn. We have also removed several trees that were ailing; all of the other trees are still standing tall.

Our hiking trails are still open to the public while the renovation is in progress, and there will be no interruption in our calendar of concerts, exhibitions, camps, and classes on the horizon. Expect the new Great Lawn to debut in April!

This project is an exciting step for Montalvo as we move forward into our next 100 years.

JANUARY 24, 2013


  • Great Lawn renovation underway
  • Residency application deadline extended
  • New exhibition: Happiness Is... opens Friday
  • Classic Albums Live presents "Hotel California"
  • New website for 2013 means lower service fees online

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

Apply for a fellowship at
the Lucas Artists Residency

For the first time, we are offering an open application for residency to California-based artists only.

This open application is made possible thanks to the support of the Irvine Foundation. Click here for more information. Deadline to apply is February 8


Forget your troubles and just get happy
New exhibition
Happiness Is... launches 2013-14 theme

Today (January 25), we kick off our new arts programming theme Flourish: Artists Explore Wellbeing with an exhibition entitled Happiness is.... Installed in the Project Space Gallery and also making use of Montalvo's 175-acre grounds, the exhibition showcases work by artists Susan O'Malley, Leah Rosenberg, and Christine Wong Yap as they address the question: How do we foster happiness and build a contented life?

Join us tonight for FREE events beginning at 6pm with Final Fridays with Laurie Rubin and Jennifer Taira, followed by an opening reception from 7-9pm, which includes two activities with the artists: a 15-minute silent walk through Montalvo's grounds led by O'Malley, entitled Happiness is WALKING; and a ritual of sharing, pleasure, and community with Rosenberg and some freshly-baked site-specific cookies.

Leah Rosenberg, Paint Confetti

In the gallery, Wong Yap's series of texts sewn from ribbons and installed directly on the gallery wall convey messages encouraging positive mental habits. Rosenberg explores how color, light, and material impact our sense of contentment with her Illuminated Stripe Works. O'Malley has created A Space (For You), where she invites visitors to relax and reflect.

Happiness is... extends outside the gallery, with Wong Yap's Irrational Exuberance Flags. Activating a flagpole in front of the Lucas Artists Residency, these rotating colorful banners represent the spirit of energetic optimism. In addition, artist-guided walks through our forest trails are punctuated by signs offering positive directives and colorful design elements.

"Everything will Be Okay" by Susan O'Malley

Join the conversation about happiness! Submit a photo that conveys what makes you happy along with a "#Happiness is..." caption. Select entries will be posted on our website and social media pages, and a winner will be awarded an original poster signed by Susan O’Malley (a $50 value). Share your photos on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @montalvoarts. See official rules.

Happiness Is... will be on view through April 14


Classic Albums Live presents "Hotel California" February 17

Classic Albums Live presents The Eagles' "Hotel California"Join us in the intimate Carriage House Theatre on Sunday, February 17, at 7:30pm, for one of the greatest live tribute bands touring today, Classic Albums Live, as they present one of rock's greatest albums, The Eagles' Hotel California.

Known for their pitch-perfect recreations of classic albums, this band of talented musicians will recreate the entire album note for note, cut for cut, just as you remember it. Hear every legendary song, including "Life in the Fast Lane," "The Last Resort," "Victim of Love," and (of course) the iconic title track. This is a must-see concert for any classic rock fan!

Prior to the concert, join us for cocktails in the beautiful historic Villa by adding Martini Madness to your ticket purchase! Delicious appetizers and signature cocktails will be served for just $30 per person. NOTE: Only available through the Box Office. 

Purchase your tickets to this concert online today, or call the Montalvo Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.


New website look,
online ticketing system

You may have already noticed our new orange banner at the top of this newsletter, but if you haven't visited our website at yet in 2013, you're in for a treat! We've had a makeover with a beautiful new color scheme, a cleaner interface, and more visible menus. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Along with the new website, we've also upgraded our online ticketing service! Powered by Vendini, this system allows us to offer better seat selection options and nearly 50% lower service fees than we were previously charging for online sales. You can even see what seats are available and purchase tickets directly through our Facebook page!

Click here for a list of upcoming events, and simply select "Buy Tickets" next to any concert to get started. Enjoy!

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at a glance:


Thu, January 24, 7:30pm

Marc Cohn SOLD OUT! 


Fri, January 25, 6pm

Final Fridays: Laurie Rubin 


Sat, January 26, 11am

Little Red Riding Hood & Other Tales 


Sat, January 26, 8pm

Masters of Motown SOLD OUT! 


Sat, February 9, 8pm

Suzanne Vega SOLD OUT! 


Sun, February 10, 3pm

Saint Michael Trio: "The Music of Love" 


Sat, January 26, 8pm

The Second City: "Laughing Matters" SOLD OUT! 


Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours


February 18-22

Winter Camps: Circus Arts and Spy Camp




In the Project Space Gallery

Thurs-Sun 11am-3pm, free admission


Opening Fri, January 25

Happiness Is...