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March 31, 2023

Local Scene: ‘Curvas Audaces’ at Gallery 1202; Rotary grants open

Gallery 1202 presents two-artist exhibit

Gallery 1202 presents “Curvas Audaces: Explorations of Strength,” featuring the works of sculptor Elisa Ortega Montilla and painter Sandra De la Torre.

An opening reception will take place on Oct. 8 at 6pm at the gallery, 7363 Monterey St. in Gilroy. The exhibit runs through Nov. 20.

Spanish artist Elisa Ortega Montilla’s abstract works draw on layered themes of femininity, memory and identity. Mexican artist Sandra De la Torre has a multifaceted art practice that focuses on photography and painting.

In this exhibition, Montilla showcases works from two different series: “Body Impressions” and

“Lacescapes.” Her “Body Impression” pieces are made of laminated wood that she shapes into curved forms. She encourages physical touch with these objects, allowing a platform for

interaction between art and the body. Her “Lacescape” series incorporates her woodworking craftsmanship with reconstructed found colorful lace. 

De la Torre presents her newest figurative acrylic paintings on wood panels. Themes of light and darkness, geometry, and human consciousness weave in and out of these pieces; variety in color, form and pattern creates vivid figures in relatable states of the human condition.

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Rotary Club of Gilroy opening grant applications

The Gilroy Rotary Club will formally kick off its 2022-2023 Community Grants Program on Oct. 10.

Last year Gilroy Rotary’s Community Grants Program distributed nearly $40,000 to support local agencies and programs. Since Gilroy Rotary began its program in 1991, Gilroy Rotarians have distributed close to $1 million to address community needs.

Program guidelines and applications for funding will be available after Oct. 10 on the Gilroy Rotary website ( or by contacting the club at: Gilroy Rotary Charitable Giving, PO Box 1912, Gilroy, CA 95021. 

Completed applications (and Compliance Forms if applicable) must be received by Nov. 14.

“As an organization, we are proud to help support the needs of community groups through our charitable giving program,” Rotary Club of Gilroy President Laura Brown said.

Gilroy Rotary meets Tuesdays at noon. For information, email [email protected].

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