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April 22, 2021

Arte del Corazón brings open-air exhibits to Watsonville

WATSONVILLE—How can art be exhibited in the time of Covid-19? Ask Watsonville artist Monica Galvan. Take it outdoors is her simple reply.  That’s part of the mission of Arte del Corazón, a Watsonville-based organization that has been staging open-air art shows around the city to...

Cabrillo Gallery exhibit explores history of Black photographers

Since the start of the pandemic, Cabrillo Gallery has had to adapt exhibits through its website and social media. But the gallery’s newest show, “Bearing Witness: Manifesting Black History from Photographic Archives,” is one that might not have existed outside a virtual format. “Honestly, it’s...

Watsonville Film Festival taking submissions for community project

Watsonville Film Festival
Last March, film director Melissa Elizondo was about to board a plane from Mexico bound for the Watsonville Film Festival (WFF) when she got a call from Executive Director Consuelo Alba. The festival had been canceled due to the pandemic, and international travel was...

New historical novel explores Watsonville’s Croatian history

Author Barbara King was holding an event at Kelly’s Books for her novel “The California Immigrant” when inspiration for her next project, “The Apple King,” struck. A woman approached her and recommended that King read a book called “Blossoms Into Gold,” which follows the history...

Passing day | Photo Gallery

Do you have a recent photograph you’d like to share? Send it to us for consideration by emailing it to [email protected] or mailing it to 21 Brennan St., Suite 14, Watsonville, CA 95076. Please include a brief description of the photo as well as the name...

Exhibit displays pandemic-era artwork, stories and more

Tonight, members of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) will have an exclusive sneak peak of the new exhibit, “In These Uncertain Times: Creativity, Community, and Compassion During a Global Pandemic.” The virtual event will be the only time people can...

Second stimulus bill to support arts and culture venues

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—On March 10, 2020, the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz held a live performance, complete with a large audience, full band, and an open kitchen and bar. What staff, musicians and patrons didn’t know at the time was that the concert would...

Under the arch | Photo Gallery

Do you have a recent photograph you’d like to share? Send it to us for consideration by emailing it to [email protected] or mailing it to 21 Brennan St., Suite 14, Watsonville, CA 95076. Please include a brief description of the photo as well as the name...

Watsonville Brillante extends open call for local artists

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville Brillante, the ongoing community mosaic project spearheaded by Community Arts Empowerment (CAE), has extended its deadline for art submissions to Feb. 10. Organizers are looking for local artists’ work to be featured on the six-story parking garage on Rodriguez Street, which is attached...

Photo: Mural restoration receives helping hand

Watsonville mural
Xipetotec Galindo helps his daughter, Coral Gonzalez, 3, apply paint to a large outdoor mural on the walls of La Manzana on West Lake Avenue in Watsonville. Watsonville artist Yermo Aranda, who originally created the mural, has been working with community members in restoring the mural. The...
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O’Neill Sea Odyssey hosting Virtual Earth Day event Thursday

SANTA CRUZ—On Thursday, April 22, O’Neill Sea Odyssey and its partners will celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day with a free virtual event...