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Members’ exhibit hits the walls at PV Arts

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Artwork by more than 130 local artists has filled the walls of the Pajaro Valley Gallery in Watsonville with Pajaro Valley Arts’ first show of the year. “2024, Pajaro Valley Arts: 40 Years of Inspired Expression,” which runs Jan. 17–Feb. 25, spans a wealth of...

Art meets nature in latest exhibit in downtown Watsonville

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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...

New mural adorns Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz

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A new 200-foot mural has gone up across the front of Hotel Paradox on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz.  Artist Jeremiah Kille, who has completed scores of large-scale murals around town, Sacramento and elsewhere, finished the work in November. The mural spans the front of the...

PHOTO: Traditional steps in downtown Watsonville

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Musicians, dancers and the public take part in a Mexican holiday tradition called La Rama Friday night in Watsonville Plaza. The first-ever such event in Watsonville was hosted by students in the dance class, Estrellas de Esperanza, taught by Ruby Vasquez. The purpose of...

Q&A: ‘Alice By Heart’ director describes passion for theater

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The community is invited to see “Alice By Heart” at the Mello Center, which kicked off Nov. 24, and continues its run Dec. 2 at 7:30pm and Dec. 3 at 2pm.  This free, open-to-the-public performance is among the first productions of “Alice By Heart” outside...

Artists create ‘Curious Narratives’

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Larger than life eyeball models stare from a desk drawer; a paper bird clings to a swing inside an antique cage; a set of pastel crayons are tucked neatly into a vest pocket; globes, candles, early day photos, antlers—the visual explosion goes on and...

Study reveals economic impact of arts in Santa Cruz County

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Arts Council Santa Cruz County announced that Santa Cruz County’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $68 million in economic activity in 2022, according to the newly released Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), a national economic and social impact study conducted by Americans...

Traditional dance performances arrive in Watsonville, Aptos

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Students in the local dance class, Estrellas de Esperanza, taught by Ruby Vasquez, hosted an information session for the public Wednesday evening to learn about a Mexican holiday tradition called La Rama.  Maestro Claudio Naranjos Vega traveled from Vera Cruz, Mexico, to run the class...

Q&A: Consuelo Alba on Dia de Muertos

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The community is invited to celebrate Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos in Watsonville Plaza Oct. 27 from 4-9pm. It is a free event, produced by Watsonville Film Festival, filled with tradition and activities for the whole family. Watch the movie “Coco”...

Day of the Dead exhibit returns at Pajaro Valley Arts

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The annual “Mi Casa es Tu Casa” exhibit, centered around Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a traditional holiday in Mexico, has opened at Pajaro Valley Arts in Watsonville. “Mi Casa es Tu Casa: Honoring Our Ancestors” features a range of participants, including...

Photo story: Watsonville chase ends at levee

Watsonville Police search for two men who jumped out of this Honda sedan late Friday on the Pajaro River levee. The incident began at...