Share the L O V E.

Added FRI, FEB 21ST 2014

L O V E:
Creativity, Connection, Community
February 28 - June 8

Less than 50 years ago, “the Summer of Love” was more than a pop culture fad: it aspired to bring about a major social and political shift in America. Today, however, we face a near total lack of public debate about love as the basis of connection, understanding, and acceptance in our culture and our communities.

Technological innovation makes it possible for us to be better informed about each other’s lives and feelings than any other time in human history. But is it deepening our connections with others? Or do cell phones, e-mail, and social media strip nuance from our communication and leave us lonelier than before?

L O V E, Montalvo’s latest exhibition, considers the challenges of extending ourselves to commune and connect with others, with an installation of video, drawings, sculpture, and other works. 

Participating artists explore the bonds of friendship; the important role of empathy in our lives; the intersection between desire and new technologies; and the complex relationships between love, belonging, identity and community. 

Featured artists include Elisheva Biernoff, Double Zero, Alexandra Grant, Jon Meyer, Omar Mismar, Fiamma Montezemolo, Stephanie Taylor, and Allison Wiese

This exhibition is organized in association with Flourish: Artists Explore Wellbeing, Montalvo’s multiyear programming theme which examines health & happiness through a series of exhibitions and related programming.

February 19, 2014

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

Share the L O V E

Have your love story turned into a romance novel cover painting
by artist Elisheva Biernoff!

Painting by Elisheva BiernoffSend us a picture of yourself and a loved one posed as you'd like to appear in the painting—steamy, wistful, curious—anything from a passionate embrace to a touch, a gaze, or a smile.

Give the artist some details about your love story, such as characters, the setting, and the time period, then email them with the photo to (By submitting, you agree to our Terms & Conditions.) 

We will create a gallery of entries on our website, and Biernoff will select up to seven pictures to turn into original paintings which will be exhibited as part of her L O V E installation Special Edition. Subjects will also receive their own digital copy of the paintings!

Help us build
a love song playlist!

What song did you first kiss to? Which love song played for the first dance at your wedding? Is there a song that speaks to you by evoking longing, romance, or heartbreak?

We're collaborating with YOU on a love song musical playlist. Listen to it at our L O V E events, or on your own whenever the time is right.

Listen to what we have so far, and help us build the list by sharing your own favorites!

LOVE Playlist


Programs & events

Suggested donation: $10
Connect with artists and join in the creative process as you enjoy music, food, and art: 

↳ Opening Reception • February 28, 6pm

Be among the first to enjoy the new exhibition with performances by Jen Shyu & Double Zero

↳ Love and Voice • March 28, 6pm
Join performance artist Dohee Lee for a participatory singing event and poet Stephanie Young for a series of readings that respond to the role of love in our lives.
↳ Connecting in the 21st Century • Apr 25, 6pm

This salon-style conversation brings together speakers from a diverse range of disciplines to discuss the challenges and opportunities for interconnectedness today.

↳ Closing Reception
 • May 30, 6pm

We bid goodbye to L O V E with an event featuring visual artist and musician Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & others. 


Fri, May 16, 8pm • $47/$42

An evening of poetry and music translations of Sufi Poet Rumi by Coleman Barks in the intimate Carriage House Theatre.


Sat, May 17, 8pm • $90

Join us for a delicious dinner prepared by chef Andrea Blum.


at a glance:

Sat, February 22, 8pm

The Second City: Happily Ever Laughter SOLD OUT! 

Fri, February 28, 6pm
Final Friday Art Party: Opening Reception for L O V E 

Fri, March 7, 8pm
Oleta Adams 

Sat, March 8, 11am
Body as Ecosystem: Making Healthy Babies

Fri, March 21, 8pm


Sat, March 22, 11am & 1pm
Peter Pan

Sun, March 23, 3pm
The Saint Michael Trio: Vive La France! SOLD OUT! 

Thu, March 27, 7:30pm
Jon Nakamatsu-Jon Manasse Duo SOLD OUT! 

Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours




Opening Feb 28: L O V E: Creativity, Connection, Community


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