ARTSY - A 20-year party for the Lucas Artists Program was held last weekend at Villa Montalvo. (Dinah Cotton / Los Gatan)

This past Saturday evening, Villa Montalvo came alive with art, in spite of the unexpected rain.

Over the past 20 years, the Lucas Art Program has hosted over 1,300 resident artists at Montalvo.

Eleven studios were open for tour and exploration.

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After a few tweaks due to the rainfall, an incredible evening went forward. (Dinah Cotton / Los Gatan)

This evening started with appetizers, then got into full-swing with a modern dance performance and announcements of Marcus Prizes for 2024.

A welcome was provided by Angela McConnell, with remarks by Kelly Sicat and Madeline Lucas was the special guest speaker.

Afterwards, a bus began to take attendees around these beautiful grounds to the studios.

A “light show” was offered after dark by Akiko Yamashita, with music provided by DJ Chale Brown. “Poetry Out Loud” was curated by Sally Ashton.

After snacking on what was the longest sushi table that I have ever seen, we were treated to some modern interpretive dance.

Dancers from Kinetech Arts, wearing electronic devices, performed an interactive dance.

With a few adjustments, due to the surprise rainfall, this was a perfect evening to
get your art on.”

The book “Hello, Goodbye, Hello,” chronicling past artists-in-residence, was available for purchase. 

Jennifer DiNapoli spearheaded significant fundraising and local generous contributions were made by: The Lucases, Barry and Jo Ariko, George and Judy Marcus.

This was a marvelous, well-planned experience with most of the arts represented: dance to poetry—and everything in between.

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POSTER POSE – The Fall Guy, starring Ryan Gosling, was the movie the audience was treated to. (Dinah Cotton / Los Gatan)

Los Gatos goes to the movies to support Older Adults

Monday, May 6, was the first get-together of “Los Gatos Thrives Foundation for Older Adults” at the Los Gatos Theatre.

About 100 folks had signed-up for the very first viewing in the new movie series.

This event will continue to be held on the first Monday of the month, unless it falls on a holiday.

Mayor Mary Badame and Paul Gunsky (owner of CineLux) were said to be particularly excited for this inaugural event, presenting “The Fall Guy.” 

This new 501c3 nonprofit’s mission is to “make Los Gatos an age-friendly community for older adults to live engaged and meaningful lives.”

Sponsors included CineLux Los Gatos Theatre and Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Co.

Part of the Town’s agreement with CineLux is that they provide six non-profit events per year.

The Art Deco-style cinema proved quite the magnet for locals on Monday, as $10 included the movie, coffee and a pastry.

Paul Gunsky, owner of CineLux, said it was an “absolute pleasure” to host this for Los Gatos Thrives.

“It is a wonderful event to bring the community together on a Monday morning,” he said.

To Women Who Lunch (and Beyond)

On Friday, May 17 from 11am-2pm, the Salvation Army Silicon Valley Women’s Auxiliary is holding its fifth annual “Work of A.R.T.” This luncheon will be held in the garden of a historic Los Gatos home and will feature a silent (but live) auction of a fabulous variety of art.

This garden party showcases a variety of works, pieces that have been generously donated by our local artists.

This event’s fundraising will allow underserved children to attend the Salvation Army Camp at Redwood Glen Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains this summer.

Limited tickets are still available at $125 / person.

This event will be held on a grass lawn, so make sure to bring your flat-bottomed shoes. And get ready to put on the most outrageously-beautiful hat you can get your head under.

For tickets:

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