"Soil to Site" and "O' Great Reverie" in the Project Space Gallery, plus more coming up!

Added THU, JAN 12TH 2012

Coming Up at Montalvo Arts Center

Last chance to see Soil to Site;

O' Great Reverie: Montalvo 1912-2012

opens January 27

Soil to Site
Still from "The Heirarchy of Relevance" (2010)
by Richard T. Walker


Soil to Site, featuring works by Richard T. Walker, Mari Andrews, and Sean McFarland, is on view through this Sunday, January 15. If you haven't had a chance to see the exhibition, be sure to visit the Project Space Gallery this weekend!


Soil to Site examines some of the complex relationships between culture and nature through the works of three very different artists. Click here to read a wonderful review of the exhibition at SquareCylinder!


Senator Phelan and his dog Boz
James D. Phelan and his dog, Boz (1927), photographer unknown. Courtesy Bancroft Library.

Montalvo celebrates its Centennial in 2012, and to honor the anniversary, we will present a new exhibition, O' Great Reverie: Montalvo 1912-2012, opening on Friday, January 27. This exhibition - organized by Montalvo Associate Curator Donna Conwell and Lucas Artist Program Design Fellows Scott Barry and Neil Doshi - serves as both a historical timeline and a unique art installation.


Through archival materials and new works that explore how history is refracted through the prism of the present, O' Great Reverie invites questions about the preservation of the past and its influence on Montalvo's future.


The artists will be present at a FREE Opening Reception on January 27 at 7pm, and will offer a series of talks entitled The Chit-Chat Club over the coming months to expand on the ideas presented in the exhibition. In addition, on Saturday, January 28, the O' Great Reverie opening extends into the weekend with an afternoon of FREE events that pay homage to Montalvo's past and present.


Come early on January 27 at 6pm to join composer George Tsontakis for Final Fridays in the historic Villa, where he will discuss a new project he is developing in response to Going Forth By Day, a video work by Bill Viola. Montalvo Members are also invited to a wine reception in the Phelan Library from 5:30-6pm.


Next Family Theatre show:

Cinderella coming March 18



Rediscover one of the most popular fairy tales of all time as Cinderella is brought to life by the imaginative team at the California Theatre Center on Sunday, March 18, at 1pm, in Montalvo's intimate Carriage House Theatre.


In this family favorite, our heroine Cinderella struggles to escape her wicked stepmother and ugly stepsisters in order to attend the Royal Ball. She'll need a little magical help in order to find her Prince Charming!


Our last two Family Theatre performances both sold out, so be sure to purchase your tickets early! Purchase online or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.


Click here to view the full calendar of upcoming Family shows!


At a Glance:


Sun, January 15, 11am


Historic Villa Tour 


Fri, January 27, 5:30pm

Members' Reception in the Phelan Library


Fri, January 27, 6pm

Final Fridays with George Tsontakis


Fri, January 27, 7pm

Opening Reception for O' Great Reverie: Montalvo 1912-2012


Sat, January 28, Noon

Downward Dog: Yoga in the Villa


Sat, January 28, 1pm

Impressions with Katie Bachler


Sat, January 28, 3pm

Direct Criteria


Sat, January 28, 4pm

Nothing Burger with Fiona Connor


Sat, February 4, 8pm

An Evening with Eric Bibb


February 20-24

Winter Arts Camps


Summer Camp Pre-Sale begins February 10 for Members only!


Young girl drawingOur 2012 Summer Camp calendar will be online in the upcoming week, but if you want to be first in line to register your child in some of the most fun, engaging arts camps in the Bay Area, you will want to become a Member! Members will be able to purchase tickets 11 days before the general public. We are expecting many of our camps to fill up, so if you have kids, this is a great reason to join today.


This summer, we will be offering more than 30 camps! Joining favorites like the Missoula Children's Theatre camps, String Orchestra camps, and Spy Camp will be a wide variety of brand new arts camps for kids, ranging from Pottery to African Music to Acting. You'll be able to find the perfect fit for your child, no matter what her interests! Each camp is taught by a professional educator on the beautiful grounds at Montalvo.


Our Members Summer Camp Pre-Sale runs from February 10-21. Members receive discounts on camp registration, plus other great privileges: concert ticket discounts, special Member-only events, and more. Click here to learn more and become a Member today! 


If you're looking for a Winter Camp for your child during "ski week" (February 20-24), there's still space available in both our Residency Design Camp and Circus Arts Camp. Register today! And remember, you can always keep updated with our latest camp calendar and news at montalvoarts.org/camps.

Kids love arts camps  

Eric Bibb heats up Montalvo

February 4

Eric Bibb:
Eric Bibb performs 
"Don't Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down"

"Smooth, subtle, soulful and sophisticated, his is a beautiful and moving take on classic, coolly laidback acoustic blues." -Time Out New York


Our Carriage House Theatre concert series continues on Saturday, February 4, at 8pm, with Grammy-nominated bluesman Eric Bibb.


Hailed by critics as "a total original," Bibb's creative work occupies the fertile intersection between blues and folk music. He may be, according to Billboard, "the quietest blues player out there," but this more restrained approach allows his smoky, warm voice and precise finger work to shine. In addition to his two Grammy nominations, he has been honored by the Blues Foundation and his music has been featured on numerous British and American television shows.


Don't miss this outstanding, one-of-a-kind performer in the intimate setting of the Carriage House Theatre. Purchase tickets online today or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.


Eric Bibb



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