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Call for Artists for Moveable Murals
Apply by September 25, 2020  

An Act of Love-Wearing Masks During the Pandemic
Apply/Enter by: September 25, 2020
Movable Murals located at 250 Main Street, is a public art project of Pajaro Valley Arts in collaboration with the City of Watsonville that provides a venue for artists and community members to showcase large-scale paintings and digital work in a public setting, visible to and enjoyed by all who pass through Watsonville. You can participate in either or both of the projects described below.
Photo Project/Call for Photography: Submit up to three photographs of you, your family, friends (including furry friends), and/or essential workers wearing protective masks. You can submit individual or group photographs. We want to demonstrate how our personalities can shine while staying safe and protected by our masks. Show your sense of humor and creativity. PVA will design a photo collage from selected images, then print and apply the images to the mural panels. Images may also be included in the PVA online gallery and in other promotional materials. Please submit high-resolution color images along with the required photo entry and release forms. Click on the links below for more information:
 Call for Artists: Muralists  
Mural Project/Call for Muralist: Four 4' x 8' (vertical orientation) panels at 250 Main Street have been reserved for muralists who will design and paint one to four panels dealing with the theme, An Act of Love: Wearing Masks During the Pandemic. Selected artists/community groups will be provided 4' x 8' sheets of primed marine plywood or MDO upon which the painting, will be applied. Completion of artwork will take place at artists' studios, or location of artists' choice, and will not be created on-site. Completed panels will then be installed by the City of Watsonville. Your mural/artwork will be viewed in this location beginning in November of 2020 for approximately 6-12 months, at which time different artists/community groups will be offered the opportunity to create upon the same surface/plywood. Artists will be paid a $250 per panel (4' x 8') stipend to offset costs of painting.
Please read the entire call for artists linked below:

Call for Artists: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa   
Apply by September 20, 2020 

Dia de Los Muertos: Oaxaca by Judy Stabile
New this year! Because we cannot guarantee safe installation procedures of ofrendas/altars during the pandemic and we are not sure the gallery will be allowed to open to the public, PVA invites you into "our home" virtually to participate in Mi Casa es Tu Casa by sending us digital images that interpret the theme of honoring family members who have passed away.  Here are the five ways in which you can participate:
1. Submit photographs of your original 2d or 3d work that deals with honoring family members who have passed. (If this work has been in a previous PVA exhibit, it will be included in the online gallery, but might not be considered for the physical show). The artwork photographed must be your own (unless you are a parent submitting your child's work).
2. Submit your favorite photographs taken during one of our past Mi Casa es Tu Casa exhibits. Our visitors bring the exhibits to life, so consider sharing your favorite photo taken during a past Mi Casa es Tu Casa exhibit. Possibilities include photos of reception activities such as: dancers, crafts, people interacting, or people enjoying an altar that you built.
3. Submit your personal photos of cultural celebrations that honor the dead. A few examples: Dia de Los Muertos (perhaps your own family altar); Japanese Obon Festival; Guatemalan Kite Festival; Korean Chùseok; Nepalese Giajatra; Malaysian Ari Muyang; Hindu Pitru Paksha; Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival and/or Quing Ming; and Cambodian Pchum Ben.
4. Help PVA build a virtual ofrenda/altar by providing images of traditional items that are used in altars. Most cultures recognize food, flowers (marigolds/paper flowers/lilies), and photos as essential items to honor those who have passed. Consider representations of the four elements: earth (food: salt, pan de muertos, sugar skulls, loved one's favorite food); wind (papel picado, paper items); fire (candles/lanterns); water (glasses, bottles or pitchers containing water) or consider photos of additional items that might be found on an ofrenda/altar: loved-ones' favorite items; corn seeds; copal/incense.
5. Are you a musician, dancer, videographer or writer? Please consider sending a short mpeg, jpeg or pdf file for us to include.  
How Many Entries? Please be selective, we ask that each person/group submit up to three images/files. If you are representing a family or group, you might consider creating a collage of photos, or photographing groups of items. For entry information click on the links below:

2020 Exhibits 
Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice/¡Vote! Su Voto es Su Voz
January 27 - November 6, 2020
At 701 Ocean Street, 3rd Floor
Santa Cruz
Campesinos: Workers of the Land
TBD - October 4, 2020

Annual PVUSD Student Art Show
 Year-round: Exhibit Change (TBD)

Sculpture Is: In the Garden 2020
July 1 - October 31, 2020
At Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens

Movable Murals 
250 Main Street, Downtown Watsonville  
Members' Exhibit: People, Places & Poetry
Coming Soon to the Online Gallery 

Mi Casa es Tu Casa
October 28 - December 13, 2020

Current and Past Exhibits: Virtual Tours
Would you like to revisit one of our fabulous exhibits, or did you miss one altogether? Please take a few minutes to explore the 360 degree tours of our gallery by clicking on the links below:   

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