“Tasty: Everyone Has a Place at Our Table” Art Show

PVArtsTastyCityHall Update – February 18, 2014.

Article as it appeared in the Register Pajaronian’s February 15th Edition. By TARMO HANNULA and ERIK CHALHOUB OF THE REGISTER-PAJARONIAN 

Parts of downtown Watsonville took on a new look Saturday during the installation of more than 70 large photographic prints as part of the outdoor exhibit “Tasty: Everyone Has a Place at the Table.”

The project, a collaboration between the Pajaro Valley Arts Council and the Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program, features photographs by students that were plastered against various buildings. The PVAC was invited by the San Jose Museum of Art to participate in an exhibit interpreting the theme “Around the Table.”

Renaissance High School photography instructor Karen Lemon asked her students for their interpretation of the theme. Students from E.A. Hall Middle School and Renaissance were joined by numerous adult and youth volunteers for the one-day installation.

Lemon, a professional photographer for more than 20 years, has been an instructor of photography for the last six years through the Regional Occupational Program at Renaissance High School. Lemon and her students worked with the PVAC in 2012 on the public art project “Peace in Our Streets: You Only Live Once,” a part of the global Inside-Out Project. Most of the photos measure approximately 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall, with some being 6 by 9 feet. A large 20-by-14-foot photo was installed in seven different sections.

“I introduced the idea of the collaborative project in October,” Lemon said. “And although I showed my students some of the posters from the previous project many of them really had no idea of the magnitude of the project until we started hanging it. So it was really fun to watch them as the images were unfurled, especially the 6 by 9 foot panels. They were all smiles and excitement.”

Lemon said that many of the kids involved with the project are just beginning to realize that they make dreams come true through creativity, skills, organization and hard work.
E.A. Hall instructor Daniel Levy teamed up with Lemon in coaching students with their photographic skills.

“I am so proud to say that the body of work represents student shots,” Lemon said. “It was their composition and timing when the shutter button went click. I love the sense of ownership they took in the project and how it makes them feel like they have a place and a voice in their greater community. Everyone has a place at our table.”
Watsonville Mayor Karina Cervantez was also on hand for a ceremonial ribbon cutting and to meet the students and instructors. The photographs are printed on biodegradable paper, and were installed with an adhesive that will not damage the buildings or the environment .



Note: The installation date has been moved to Saturday, February 15 at 9:30 a.m. There is still time to sign up to volunteer. To volunteer, follow the link to doodle.com at the end of this post.

With a Celebration of the Agricultural Community of the Pajaro Valley

On Saturday, February 8th the City of Watsonville is set to experience it’s second major public art installation brought to them by the Pajaro Valley Arts Council (PVAC).

“It’s been such a dry winter but, wouldn’t you know, rain is forecast for this Saturday the 8th, our installation date.

In the event of rain the installation for Tasty: Everyone Has a Place at Our Table will take place on Saturday, February 15th at 9:30 a.m.

In 2012, the walls of the city were covered in posters for peace in the “Inside Out” project “Peace In Our Streets”.  This year the show’s theme is: “Tasty: Everyone Has a Place At Our Table”.  The photographic posters, artwork of students in PVUSD, will celebrate the people of Watsonville and our food. This year’s show is part of a much larger exhibition that started in October at the San Jose Museum of Art. Called Around the Table: “You are What You Eat,” the SJMA show focuses on our relationship to food in all possible ways. The museum invited PVAC to be one of 30 partners in the Bay Area to explore this compelling and more than current subject.

“The City of Watsonville loved the last installation and kept wanting to know when we were going to do another one!” said PVAC representative, Jean Beebe who brought the “Inside Out” project to town. “Celebrating food, healthy food, is perfect for our city.”

When Karen Lemon, a professional photographer for more than 20 years and teacher of  the Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) photography class at Renaissance Continuation High School for 6 years, asked her students for words to describe food, TASTY was the big winner.  The students were quick to add that they wanted to be sure that everyone had enough to eat and were invited to the table. Lemon said that the students were “very aware and concerned about hunger. For the 15 students participating in the project, it allowed them to see themselves as part of the greater community and to really value that sense of community. Through art they can see themselves as leaders, creators, and visionaries and feel that their voices will be heard.”

The ROP students then sought out places and faces to photograph the bounty of the Pajaro Valley. They teamed up again with Daniel Levy’s students at Edward A. Hall Middle School to have a day with vegetables!  Levy’s 2012 computer graphics students led and titled the “Peace in Our Streets: You Only Live Once” project. Second Harvest Food Bank came for a photo shoot, then to celebrate more than produce, the students were able to visit cooking classes, celebrating both Mexican and Asian heritage by making, photographing, and eating tamales and noodles.

PVArtsTasty2These future professional photographers and PVAC are asking for volunteers to help install the posters on the exterior walls of DOWNTOWN WATSONVILLE on FEBRUARY 15TH at 9:30 AM at the Old City Hall Building at 250 Main St. Please bring wide brushes for paste, squeegees, ladders (extension ladders if possible) and join the fun.   To volunteer go to: http://doodle.com/cgfvtibhyqrpvxih

If you have questions regarding this show, contact the Pajaro Valley Arts Council at 722-3062.

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