The ninth Sculpture IS exhibition is on display now through October 31st at Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens in Watsonville. Eighty sculptures (by 33 artists) are nestled among a diverse array of native and drought-resistant plants. I’ve always considered this event (presented in partnership with the Pajaro Valley Arts Council) to be the crowning achievement of my hometown’s quietly vibrant art scene. (In November 2011, The Atlantic ranked the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area as the fifth most artistic in the United States. A lot of people don’t mention that Watsonville received equal billing with Santa Cruz in that article, but I will!) At any rate, I can’t resist the synergy of sculpture and setting. Witness The Wave, by Stephanie Schriver:
I love Sculpture IS enough to have included it twice in Going Coastal. It’s first praised in my directory of county arts venues, “Your Endless Summer of Art.” The exhibition gets a chapter of its own later in the book, where co-creator Judy Stabile and artist Susana Arias explain the show’s history and evolution over the years. (Arias and Sierra Azul owner Jeff Rosendale are the jurors of this year’s exhibition.) You can see the newest edition daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens, 2660 East Lake Avenue in Watsonville (across from the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, off Highway 152). Phone (831) 728-2532 or visit www.sierraazul.com for more information.