Events May Downtown

Artisans Gallery – Nancy Brookie-Connor

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1368 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz Nancy Brookie-Connor, a long time resident of Mt. Hermon, CA, grew up in the Bay Area and went to college in the Northwest where she studied literature and art, as well as earning her teaching credential.  During her teaching career in elementary schools throughout California, [...]

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Berdels – Sander & Olin Borgeson & RECESS

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm 1233 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz Berdels 1st ever First Friday featuring recent works from Sander Borgeson, Olin Borgeson and art from Recess brand clothing.   The Borgeson brothers  have been drawing and painting since before they were born.  The impressive thing is that they’ve both kept it up — and [...]

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Camouflage – Megan Kennedy

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1329 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz Megan Kennedy is a Bay Area based artist who graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2013 with a fine arts degree focusing on painting and printmaking. Her artwork explores the complexities and dualities of the natural world from a biological perspective. Her [...]

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Downtown Branch Library – Women Peace Power

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm 224 Church Street Santa Cruz The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.   Ten artists join the Santa Cruz chapter of WILPF to explore women’s roles in changing attitudes through art and activism.  Two floors of inspirational art and information present the work [...]

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Felix Kulpa Gallery & Sculpture Garden – Coeleen Kiebert and Co.

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 107 Elm Street Santa Cruz Felix Kulpa Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming show: Personal Collections II Opening reception Friday May 1, 5-9pm A body of work by each artist shows how their imagery began, came forth in clay, developed and became sculpture. The power of their engagement with their [...]

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Food Lounge – Chris Hogeland

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1001 Center Street, Suite 1 Santa Cruz Food Lounge artist for the month of May – Chris Hogeland A local Santa Cruz artist who describes her work as largely abstract expressionist, exploring movement in nature, in both real and implied forms. Many of her paintings reflect elements of her extensive [...]

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Good Times & SantaCruz.com – CHIP SCHEUER & KEANA PARKER

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1101 Pacific Ave. Suite 320 Santa Cruz Good Times presents AROUND HERE SELECTED IMAGES OF LOCAL PHOTOJOURNALISTS CHIP SCHEUER | KEANA PARKER First Friday Santa Cruz | May 1, 6-8:30 pm Celebrating 40 years of serving Santa Cruz!

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Home/Work – Uncovering the Cool

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 765 Cedar Street, Ste 103 Santa Cruz Uncovering the Cool Join us at HOME/WORK this First Friday where you can enjoy a martini or glass wine, while peeking into the candid life of history’s most celebrated musicians and actors. The private photography collection of Lane Jouvet captures the spirit of [...]

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Jade – Maureen Shields

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 107 Locust Street Santa Cruz Come join us at Jade on Friday, May 1st to view the art of Maureen Shields. Maureen creates colorful collages from found and re-purposed materials. Her mixed media works on wood combine paint, collage, handmade stickers, glitter, and gold leaf. Her printed matter and source [...]

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Kuumbwa Jazz – R.R. Jones

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 320 Cedar Street Santa Cruz R.R. Jones For the past decade Ron Jones (r.r. jones) has been the house photographer for Kuumbwa Jazz, capturing the moment through his creative lens. Originally known as a portrait photographer, Jones’ captivating global representations are displayed in permanent collections throughout the country. Celebrating the [...]

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Mutari Chocolate House and Factory – Eleanor Scholz

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 1001 Center St Santa Cruz This May 1st, Mutari Chocolate House and Factory will host its first Santa Cruz First Friday event: a pairing of art by pyrographist Eleanor Scholz and the smokey old-timey songs of Meredith Axelrod. Visual Artist: http://eleanorscholz.bigcartel.com/ Eleanor Scholz, a Palo Alto native, recently returned to [...]

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Notorious Teaze – Shirt Printing

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm 131 Front St #C Santa Cruz Join us for our “Print a shirt” First Friday event on MAY 1st, from 5:30 – 9PM Notorious Teaze, Santa Cruz’s Green Certified Screen Printing Company, is celebrating its 8th Anniversary by showing people how to print shirts!  This family-friendly event is a great opportunity [...]

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Palace Art, Downtown Santa Cruz – Lizz Aubrey Hill

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm 1407 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz Palace Art in Santa Cruz is very excited to feature Lizz Aubrey Hill for the month of May.  Lizz Aubrey Hill, a Texan currently residing in Capitola, studied art and communication at Trinity University in San Antonio. Primarily working with oil paint, Lizz Aubrey enjoys [...]

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Pure Pleasure – Frank Leonard

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 204 Church Street Santa Cruz Human Landscapes “Since the age of 12 I have loved photographing land and seascapes.  Then ten years ago I began to add nude female figures to my landscapes.  What a perfect match!  The beauty of the female form, in line and curve, and light and [...]

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Santa Cruz Atelier – Lisa Joseph

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 303 Potrero Street Bldg 47-202 Santa Cruz Paintings and Drawings by Lisa Joseph to celebrate the Grand Opening of Santa Cruz Atelier Join us for champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to win a free drawing class Lisa’s intimate classical paintings are part of a tradition which considers what is [...]

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Santa Cruz County Bank – California Dreaming

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm 720 Front Street Santa Cruz February 20 – August 7, 2015 When you think of California, what images come to mind? Opening February 20th, five local contemporary painters explore new frontiers of expression in California Dreaming in answer to that question. Presented by Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative, this [...]

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Santa Cruz County Government Center – Student Art Exhibit

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 701 Ocean Street, 1st and 5th floors Santa Cruz Free Family Fun at First Friday! Butterflies! Spiral designs! Whimsical works and daffodils! 500+ student works from across the county created in the Arts Council’s SPECTRA and Mariposa’s Art programs. Come on down for a hands-on art activity, light refreshments, and [...]

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Stripe – Elizabeth Vines

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 107 Walnut Ave Santa Cruz Artist Statement I like the idea that in each moment there is an element of mystery that cannot be truly captured by any word, story, or thought. Poetry and the arts can only attempt to mimic an interpretation of a moment. For this reason, I [...]

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Stripe MEN – Wyatt J. Hesemeyer

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 117 Walnut Ave Santa Cruz Wyatt J Hesemeyer is a life long artist based out of Winters, CA.  For the last four years he lived in Santa Cruz which inspired him to explore many different medias. Through watercolor, woodcuts, and tattoos, he developed his distinctive style. This series is an [...]

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The Nook – Simon Gilbert

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1543 Pacific Ave, Suite 215 Santa Cruz Simon Gilbert is a fifteen year old photographer, born and raised in Santa Cruz.  His work is mainly action sport photography with a focus on surfing and water sports.  He takes pictures of everything he can from landscapes to portraits.  He started photography [...]

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Village Yoga – Ed Martinez & Erika Ismerio

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 1106 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz The Dryad Yggdrasil – tree of life By Edward Martinez III 2015 Butterflies are among the many indicator species showing clear signs of biological stress. If we do not make the immediate decision to respect even the most insignificant creatures on this planet that we [...]

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