The Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery is showing over 50 artists in its first show of 2014: Take Aways: Art to Go! The artists are showing smaller, â€œaffordableâ€ pieces in a fundraiser that benefits the gallery itself, the artists who receive their normal gallery price, and the public can become fine arts collectors in one day. The January 15- February 16 exhibition will include an opening reception on Sunday, January 19, 2-4 pm and a closing reception on February 16 from 2-4 pm.
The artists are well known from numerous exhibitions and teaching experiences in Santa Cruz County and beyond. Others are known from Open Studios, and all artists bring years of expertise and practice in their submissions. The pieces of art include exotic wire sculptures, encaustic (wax), painting, printing, and glasswork--almost any medium possible. The question "What is Art?" will be answered in as many artists as are being shown. According to curator Jane Gregorius "Art can be so many different things: a painted photograph, a sculpture made from rusted pieces found in the street, lovely jewelry fit for any person, a painted landscape that reminds people of places they once knew, a hand printed dog that looks like an old friend. Diversity is one of many descriptions that fit this remarkable exhibition.â€
Artists include Lynda Watson, Angela Gleason, Fanne Fernow, Jane Gregorius, Diane Ritch, Jamie Abbott, Bruce Nicholson and many others. Visitors are encouraged to visit and â€œTake Awayâ€ some beautiful art.
In addition, several donated artworks will be awarded at a drawing during the closing reception. Visitors may obtain tickets throughout the exhibition.
The Pajaro Valley Gallery is located at 37 Sudden Street in Watsonville. Hours are Wednesday through Sundays from 11-4 pm. There is no admission fee and the gallery is ADA accessible. Information may be received at (831) 423-8433 or (831) 722-3062.