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Lyn McDonald is one of the curators for the new art exhibit, "Take Aways: Art To Go!” at Pajaro Valley Arts. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—The 10th annual “Take Aways: Art to Go!” exhibition has opened at Pajaro Valley Arts in downtown Watsonville. More than 900 works, spanning a wide range of mediums, from sculpture and jewelry to ceramics, paintings, photography, assemblage and collage, fill out the entire Sudden Street Gallery.

“The amount of color that came into this show is just amazing,” said Lyn McDonald, one of the curators of the exhibit. “We have some really exciting new artists in this show. This show is wide open. The artists work on a series that are consistent and we laid it all out so it worked together. We had to mix it up to make it flow as a cohesive show.”

McDonald said the show also includes numerous works in bins around the floor that are unframed and easier on the wallet.

“These works are available at affordable prices,” she said.

The invitational show features the works of 73 of the county’s most notable artists, organizers said. As a fundraising event, artists are featuring works that fit a range of budgets.

The show is designed to allow people to purchase art right off the walls the day of purchase while new art will then fill that void on the gallery wall every day.

“It’s an honor to curate this exhibit as we approach the 40th anniversary of the PV Arts,” reads a statement from the body of curators. “This has been a year of ‘new beginnings’ within PVA, as we have acquired the historic Porter Building in downtown Watsonville. As curators, we made a concerted effort to bring in 28 artists new to the show. We are excited to welcome nine of them as new PVA members. The talent displayed by all 73 artists makes creating such an exhibit a pleasure.”

Curators also include Rosy Penhallow, Judy Stabile, Chris Miroyan, Roberta Valdez, Joan Blackmer and Jane Gregorius.

The show is now open and runs through May 7. An opening reception takes place Sunday from 2-4pm at 37 Sudden St. For information, visit or call 722.3062. 

A body of donated raffle pieces—with 100% of proceeds going PVA—will be raffled on the last day of the show, May 7 at 3:15pm.

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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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