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Q&A: Watsonville printmaker describes process

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We spoke with Melissa West, printmaker and visual artist, about Watsonville’s arts ecosystem, what inspires her to create, and where you can see her work in the coming weeks. What do you love about Watsonville’s arts community and being an artist living and working here? A...

Wine and beer meet art in downtown Watsonville

Wine, Beer and Art Walk downtown Watsonville
For the fourth annual Wine, Beer and Art Walk, locals and visitors can stroll downtown Watsonville to sip local wines and craft beers, sample food, and experience artwork created by local artists and artisans.  On Aug. 19 from 1-5pm, the City of Watsonville and Pajaro...

Fired-up art show coming to PV Arts

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“Out of the Fire” is the latest art exhibit to showcase at the Pajaro Valley Arts Sudden Street Gallery. More than 55 artists are in the show with artwork that was created or affected by fire, such as a kiln, welding, blown glass and...

Watsonville Strawberry Festival returns Aug. 4-6 to downtown

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The community is gearing up for the Watsonville Strawberry Festival 2023, a beloved annual event that celebrates the region's rich agricultural heritage. This year’s festival promises to be a delightful extravaganza, with a special focus on showcasing local arts and crafts vendors, a Berry...

Murals on the move: New artwork installed on City Hall building

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A new phase of the ongoing Moveable Murals project, at the City Hall building, 250 Main St., went up on the exterior walls Tuesday.  Seven murals, ranging in size from 4-by-8-feet to 8-by-20-feet, were installed to showcase the artwork of Watsonville and Aptos High School...

PHOTO: Cabrillo Stage visits Rotary Club

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Kristi Garcia and Omar Rodriguez of Cabrillo Stage sing “Some Day” at Watsonville Rotary Club's lunch gathering Wednesday as a sampling of the theater production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Joined by actor Juan Castro and music/vocal director Michael McGushin, the group performed...

Q&A: Watsonville Taiko sensei describes Obon

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The community is invited to the Obon Festival at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple (423 Bridge St.) Sunday, July 16 from noon to 5pm. Watsonville Taiko will perform at 3pm. The event is free and open to the public.  We spoke with Ikuyo Conant, Sensei and...

Cabrillo Stage presents ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

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Cabrillo Stage’s diverse cast, crew and choir are bringing the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” to life. The production, opening July 6, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo and contains songs from the 1996 Disney film. Set in the Paris cathedral, the...

Watsonville Center for the Arts celebrates one year

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The Watsonville Center for the Arts announced its one-year anniversary as a thriving arts and culture hub in downtown Watsonville. This milestone marks the realization of a long-held dream for the local community, providing a dedicated space to nurture cultural arts, provide creative opportunities...

Mastering the perfect slice of ‘za

A lot comes to mind in the art of mastering the perfect slice of pizza. For starters, portions are important because nobody wants to have too much sauce or too much cheese below a mountain full of toppings that prevents the dough from fully baking.  Slice...

Remembering the fallen: community celebrates Memorial Day

For Michelle Martinez Kamalani and her mother, Judy Martinez of Watsonville, Memorial Day meant setting time aside to visit Valley Catholic Cemetery.  With an electric...

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