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The Hollister Art League brings fine art to the community with ongoing exhibits at the San Benito County Library. The group's artists also take part in the annual San Benito County Open Studio Tour.

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Caltrans Seeking Input on Hollister Project


Caltrans is engaging with the public on the sculptural concept to be installed at Hwy 25 and Meridian Street. Titled “Woven,” the geometric sculpture interlaces painted aluminum panels.

Nonprofit Gives Youths a Voice Through the Arts


The children of San Benito County will have a new opportunity to express their creativity as the Silicon Valley-based nonprofit Audacity Performing Arts Project opens its doors in Hollister.

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Gilroy concert lives to see another Day on the Ridge

Day on the Ridge, a popular benefit rock concert held at a home in the Eagle Ridge community, is back after a three-year pandemic-related hiatus. To celebrate its return on May 28, organizers hosted a party at the Milias Restaurant …

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Jennifer Laine honored as Assembly District 29 Woman of the Year

Hollister resident Jennifer Laine—who has had a lifelong passion for art and creativity and dedicated her career to arts advocacy—was honored this week as the 2023 Woman of the Year for the 29th Assembly District. Assemblymember Robert Rivas, who represents …

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Local Scene: Bach to Blues; Community Solutions gala

Bach to Blues Concert returns March 18 The Bach to Blues Concert returns to the Gavilan College Theater on March 18 at 7:30pm. Bach to Blues is a fundraising concert that showcases faculty, students and local talent. This year's guest …

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Balers get creative in upcoming art show

Students at Hollister High School are drawing up plans in preparation for an art show designed to help art students prepare for their finals. The show, titled “Forest of Mind” will feature over 100 works of art—from scientific illustrations and …

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Crave Wine Bar celebrates new look

A champagne reception was held at Crave Wine Bar & Shop on Feb. 28 to celebrate the completion of a mural depicting a vineyard silhouetted against a mountain range. Guests including Hollister Mayor Mia Casey, Grillin & Chillin Alehouse owner …

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Poppy Jasper International Film Festival announces 2023 lineup

The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival (PJIFF) on Feb. 27 announced its full film lineup for its 2023 edition.  This year’s festival—which will screen at venues in Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister and San Juan Bautista—will take place April 12-19. The …

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Colibri Gallery donates to 6th Street Studios

Colibri Gallery in Morgan Hill recently donated $2,345 to a local nonprofit, 6th Street Studios & Art Center in Gilroy, to support its children’s art programming. Colibri Gallery hosted its second annual Morgan Hill Plein Air Paint Out in October. …

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Marine Corps veteran delivers public art

Hollister is more often associated with agriculture and motorcycle rallies than a bustling art scene. However, if you look hard enough while driving throughout the city you might notice a splash of color breaking up the otherwise earth-toned streets.   Adorning …

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Hooray For Hollywood: All About California’s Most Glamorous Industry

From its early days of hard-charging, Jewish immigrant moguls to today's domination by megacorporations, here's how Hollywood continues to hold its place as one of California's most important industries.

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Could Mastodon Become the New Twitter?

Following Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, droves are fleeing the social network and joining Mastodon, an open-source federated service in the 'Fediverse.'

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