Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Montalvo Arts Center: Sculpture on the Grounds

The Montalvo Arts Center (aka Villa Montalvo) in Saratoga can be a magical place. The estate has 175 acres of land that includes formal gardens, wooded hills, creeks and trails that lead up the Santa Cruz Mountains to gorgeous views. Montalvo's great outdoor spaces are inspirational -- to visitors and artists alike. Throughout the year, artists are invited to explore the realm of outdoor public sculpture with site-specific works of art on the property, or to exhibit their existing sculptural works on the grounds. Beginning in late 2010, Montalvo began acquiring works to be permanent sculptures placed on the grounds for visitors to view year round. Broken Wing (2004), by David Middlebrook, located in the Phelan Cactus Garden, is the first such piece.
Broken Wing: A bronze by David Middlebrook (Photo by Donna Guldimann)
Montalvo is throwing a party to introduce the new 2011 installations of Sculpture on the Grounds: Traces, Twigs & Time. The free event will be held at Montalvo on Friday, July 29th, 6pm - 9:30pm. The program will include lively music, the opportunity to meet the artists, libations and food, and some surprises!
Control Tower: Environmental artwork by Cameron Hockenson (Photo courtesy of Montalvo)
O California Best Beloved Land: Impermanent sculpture constructed of recycled cardboard by Ann Weber (Photo courtesy of Montalvo)
Nest: A paper sculpture by Steven Siegel (Photo by Nathan Zanon)
The Sculpture on the Grounds are open to the public for viewing during Montalvo's normal park hours, Monday - Thursday, 8am - 5pm, and Friday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm.

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