The Villages Arts & Crafts Association


The Villages Arts & Crafts Association was founded 48 years ago to provide a creative outlet to artists and crafters who live in The Villages, an active senior community, in the beautiful hills of east San Jose.  Our vision is that within a decade The Villages would feature the amenities of an arts and crafts colony as an enticement (in addition to golf and tennis) for seniors to make The Villages their home.

If you want any information about Arts & Crafts, please contact 2017 President Monita Bowman at 408-440-8591 or  We always need volunteers to serve as committee members with small jobs, so call Monita if you are willing to help our art club in any way.

We provide classes, workshops, excursions, quarterly exhibits in Cribari Center, and annual events such as Art in the Park, Sidewalk Arts & Crafts Sale, Open Studios, and Holiday Faire.  Membership is open to all Villagers, artists and supporters, with annual dues of $10 per year.

A monthly general meeting and guest artist demonstration is held on the first Monday of each month in Cribari Conference Room at 1:45 pm.    No demos are held in January, July, August, September or December.

To register for an art class advertised in The Villager or by flyer on Cribari bulletin boards, call or e mail Barbara (who is the 2017 Class and Workshop Scheduler) at 531-9402 or  by the deadline indicated.  Contact her if you want additional information or go to the instructor's page on our website.

Notice:  The Boutique is closed now until the renovations in Cribari Center are completed. If you need an emergency gift or card, call one of the Boutique members listed on our "Boutique"  webpage.

                                   2017  ARTS & CRAFTS ASSOCIATION OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE                             

President Monita Bowman                                                                

First Vice President Michael Sunzeri            

Second Vice President Mary Wollesen         

Secretary Claudia Welch                                                                                                                                                

Treasurer Linda Planting                                  

Past President Shanah Cole                           


Art Films:  ________________________  

Bingo:  Betty Stednitz

Ceramics:  Diane Finley

Events Coordinator/Director:  Diane Finley

Exhibits Coordinator/Director:  ____________________

Excursions:  Karen Honaker

Programs Coodinators:  Sunni Gibbons & Colleen Mirassou                                                                                    

Class/Workshop Scheduler:  Barbara Gottesman

Communications Coordinator:  Ciel Duke


July 14:  Contracts due to Monita Bowman for Home Studios Art Tour

July 22:  The Art of Journaling with Wendy Fitzgerald

July 30:  Contracts due to Michael Sunzerit for Annual Members Juried Art Show

August  3 & 4:  Annual Members Juried Art Show

August 3:  In Take Day for AMJAS.  No afternoon watercolor class.

August 4:  Reception for AMJAS at 1:30 pm in Cribari Conference Room

August 12:  Interactive Free Demo of Pastels - Dabblers' Delight - with Sandy Jones   11 am - 12:30 pm.   10 only.

August 15 and 22:  GlassFusing Jewelry Making with Carol Norden:  2 part class

August 26:  Home Studio Art Tour

September 18:  Block Art Display at Wine & Cheese Reception for New Members.

                         Blocks available now in Art Room $1 each

Look for:  another 2 classes with Carol in wire-wrapped pendants

A beginners' watercolor class with Ciel Duke when she returns from Nova Scotia

July 22:  The Art of Journaling with Wendy Fitzgerald

August 12:     Free Interactive Pastels Demonstration with Sandra Jones.  All materials are furnished by the instructor and Barbara.