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Judy Gittelsohn, owner of Studio Judy G in downtown Watsonville, readies her latest exhibit, “Trees to Be” which runs Jan. 21 to Feb. 29. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

A new art exhibit, which includes workshops and a public tree planting, is set to open at Studio Judy G on Main Street in Watsonville on Jan. 21.

“Trees to Be” features works by more than 50 artists and local organizations who deal with the central topic of trees. 

“Studio Judy G loves being a part of this thriving community,” said Judy Gittelsohn, studio owner. “We love art, nature and culture. We are pleased to support Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) in its efforts to increase our tree canopy from the current 9% to 30%.”

Gittelsohn said she is working in concert with WWW, students from Hope Services, the Western Flyer Foundation out of Moss Landing, Parks and Recreation and others.

“The show is about community support for planting trees in Watsonville,” Gittelsohn said. “It includes sculptures, three-dimensional wall hangings, wood, ceramic, metal and photography.”

During the show, members of WWW plan to plant more than a dozen trees in downtown Watsonville.

Two workshops are on the calendar with artist-in-residence and writer Mary Guterson on Jan. 22 at noon and Jan. 25 at 4pm.

“We invite everyone—artists, citizens and non-conformers alike—to join us in planting more trees,” Gittelsohn said. “We eagerly welcome you to participate in this adventure. Ten percent of sales from ‘Trees to Be’ will be donated to Watsonville Wetlands Watch.”

An artist reception will run Jan. 21 from 3–6pm.

For information, call Gittelsohn at 650.248.5381 or visit studiojudyg.com. Studio Judy G is at 430 Main St. in Watsonville.

Rona Foster artwork
Rona Foster entered this acrylic on canvas painting in the show.
Wing Fung artwork
Wing Fung this painting on rice paper in the show.
Kathy Coulston artwork
Kathy Coulston used a pallet knife to create this painting.
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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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