A Tribute to One of our Most Generous Donors...

Added THU, NOV 2ND 2017

Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter
In Memoriam: Donald Lucas
Don Lucas

Montalvo Arts Center mourns the passing of one of its staunchest supporters and dearest friends, Don Lucas. 

Don and Sally -- his wife of 62 years -- have been intimately involved at Montalvo for decades. The Lucases were instrumental in spearheading the building of the nation’s first LEED certified, discipline specific artist residency at Montalvo, which opened as the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program 13 years ago. Since 2004, the residency has served nearly 1,000 artists. Along with Charmaine and Dan Warmenhoven, they were also the inaugural donors of Montalvo’s Fund for the Future endowment campaign, kickstarting the fund with a gift of $10 million.

In 2012, Don and Sally were awarded honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the San José State University in recognition of the impact they have made in our South Bay community.

We are terribly sad, but what an inestimable honor it has been to know this man, says Angela McConnell, Montalvo’s Executive Director. “Don was loved for his magnanimous, witty, and charismatic nature. He will be dearly missed by everyone.” 

David Benoit Trio
David Benoit


If you love great music, hurry and get your tickets for the David Benoit Trio next Friday, November 10 at 8pm in our intimate Carriage House Theatre -- very few seats remain!

For three decades, Benoit, a five-time Grammy-nominated pianist/composer/arranger, has reigned supreme as one the founding fathers of contemporary jazz. With his trio, he will perform pieces from his 2010 release Earthglow, featuring “Botswana Bossa Nova” and “Will’s Chill,” two pieces he composed while an Artist Fellow at Montalvo’s Lucas Artists Residency.

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Go Somewhere Different With Us!
Art of the Silk Road / Sarah Scoles & Jill Tarter


This is your last chance to be transported -- around the globe and to the edges of the Universe -- by two truly enlightening events taking place next week: a fascinating lecture on the Art of the Silk Road: Past and Present next Wednesday, November 8 at 6pm; and an interview with science writer Sarah Scoles and astronomer Jill Tarter on Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm.

Dr. Mariachiara Gasparini, a noted cultural historian, will present a fascinating overview of the art, culture, and history of the Silk Road -- an ancient network of trade routes that served as a thoroughfare linking Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Today, the region is subject to acts of cultural “inappropriation” on the part of the West, including looting, misguided restoration, and removal of objects to foreign museums. Sites are also vulnerable to destruction by militant forces, who demolish them as acts of cultural terrorism. Dr. Gasparini will guide you through this complex history with a multimedia presentation, including newspapers, videos, texts, and artifacts to study


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Sarah Scoles is a science writer and former editor at Astronomy magazine whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Discover, WIRED, among others. Her debut book is Making Contact, a brilliant examination of the science behind the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and its pioneer, Jill Tarter -- the inspiration for the main character in Carl Sagan's Contact. The two will have an in-depth conversation in the historic Villa with moderator and author Katherine Maxfield. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Halloween Progressive Dinner
Halloween Progressive Wine Walk!


At Montalvo’s Food & Wine Classic this past September, guests raised their paddles to purchase the opportunity to participate in a Halloween-themed “Progressive” dinner in Los Gatos. This past Sunday, the fabulous event took place! Over 70 winners strolled to four different houses in the historic Almond Grove District. They sampled delicious cuisine and fine wine from local vintners at each home, and enjoyed the festive Halloween decorations on display in the yards of the neighborhood as they walked.

Browse the SmugMug album to check out the fun that was had by all!

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Plus, please save the dates of June 16, 2018 for our biennial gala and September 9, 2018 
for our 15th annual Food & Wine event. More information will be sent out in the coming months, but one important detail is already confirmed: You don't want to miss either event!


For questions or to order tickets over the phone, call the Box Office:
408-961-5858, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Sun, Nov. 5, 12:30pm: An Afternoon of Sound: Closing Reception for Now Hear This!
Sun, Nov. 5, 3pm:
St Michael Trio: Romanticism in Music SOLD OUT! 
Tue, Nov. 7, 9:30 & 11:30am: 
Coyotes and Rabbits SOLD OUT! 
Wed, Nov. 8, 6pm:
Lecture Series: Art of the Silk Road -- Past & Present 
Thu, Nov. 9, 7:30pm: 
Sarah Scoles & Jill Tarter 
Fri, Nov. 10, 8pm: 
Tue, Nov. 13, 6pm: 
Maiolica Inspired Glazing Workshop 
Nov. 16-19: 
Bedazzled! Yuletide at Montalvo 
By Appointment:
 Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

Photo Credits: NZ / Shepherd Johnson / Linette Leong

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