Events May Downtown

Agency – Doug Ross

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1519 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz   “Velo Moderne” Bikes by Doug Ross Friday, May 5th:6-8pm

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Ann Baldwin May Art Quilts – Ann Baldwin May

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1001 Center Street #4 Santa Cruz Ann Baldwin May celebrates Cinco de Mayo with several new Mexican Inspired art quilts. Mexican Folk Dance  inspired Skirt Quilts will be on display. She is also celebrating her First Anniversary at the Art Center. Check out the discount table. Kaiser Permanente recently bought […]

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Artisans Gallery – M.E. Bailey

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 1368 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz M.E. Bailey In mid-life, Mike answered a long-percolating desire to paint. A few lessons, lots of books and an occasional workshop got him started. His intense curiosity led him to learn and study design and composition, which led to his being called to teach that […]

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Bhody – Christopher Allen

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm 1526 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz Bhody is happy to be showcasing Christopher Allen this May for First Friday! His recycled art is so inovative and extremely creative. Come join us for Wine, and snacks and view Christopher Allens incredible work.  Artist Statement: My name is Christopher Allen, and I came to Santa Cruz […]

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Botanic and Luxe – Coco Virostko

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm 701A Front Street Santa Cruz Please join artist, Coco Virostko’s, on Friday May 5th as she features her gorgeous ocean inspired watercolors and oil paintings on the walls of Botanic and Luxe. Coco Virostko’s work reflects her love of the ocean and the surrounding coastlines of Santa Cruz.  Being an avid surfer […]

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Cornucopia Real Estate – Russell Brutsche

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1001 Center Street, Suite 5 Santa Cruz Judy Zeigler of Cornucopia Real Estate invites you to join Russell Brutsche for First Friday Santa Cruz, May 5th, 5-8 PM Held Over! Come join us and listen to original songs performed by Russell Brutsche! Russell has been painting here in my Santa Cruz studio since the early […]

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Faust Salon & Spa – Gary Irving

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 110 Cooper Street Suite 100F Santa Cruz Gary Irving is a multimedia artist with a digital studio located in Santa Cruz, CA who is known for his highly stylized narrative photo-composites. Irving uses Photoshop to combine subjects from different frames within a background to create a story in the manner […]

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Felix Kulpa Gallery & Sculpture Garden – MPC Printmakers

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 107 Elm Street Santa Cruz Open For Business “Open For Business” An exhibit at the Felix Kulpa Gallery featuring prints, paintings, drawings and cut paper by 11 artists responding to the current political and environmental situation.   There will also be a selection of art from the Mission Middle School […]

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Food Lounge – Miguel Zafra

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1001 Center Street, Suite 1 Downtown Santa Cruz Artist: MIGUEL ZAFRA   Miguel Zafra is an Indigenous photographer from the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, Mexico.  For the past 15 years, Zafra has been documenting people and nature with his charged mixture of fine art photography and photojournalism.  Zafra has worked as […]

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Mandala Holistic Hair and Wellness Studio – Courtney Kalinowski

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 107 River St. Santa Cruz We welcome you to our First Friday party and art show, featuring artist Courtney Kalinowski, at Mandala Holistic Hair & Wellness Studio.  Artist’s Statement: Patterns are an integral part of my work.   I draw from entoptic phenomena- the source of imagery being within the eye […]

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Pacific Wave Surf Shop – Jimbo Phillips

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1502 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz Jimbo Phillips is an artist from Santa Cruz, Ca born and raised in the surf/ skate culture and the art it inspires. He has been creating art work professionally for over 20 years and still loves to surf and skateboard. He has been drawing his […]

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Palace Art, Downtown Santa Cruz – Natalie Brescia

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm 1407 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz Stop by the Downtown Store for a meet and greet with this month’s First Friday Santa Cruz artist, Natalie Brescia!Natalie Brescia is a fine art portrait and travel photographer currently studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Brescia first started her photographic career when she was […]

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Pure Pleasure – May is for Merkins

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 111 Cooper Street Santa Cruz Pure Pleasure is hosting a show that will celebrate the everyone’s favorite warm fuzzy: The Hair Down There. In sexy, playful defiance of any personal and private beauty standards, it’s time to get creative and celebrate The Hair Down There. What are we talking about? […]

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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 Head on over to the County Government Building at 701 Ocean St. to see amazing work done by our SPECTRA and Mariposa’s Art students. With nearly 400 works of art on display, there’s something for everyone! This year’s exhibit includes watercolor […]

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Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History – Bike Night

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 705 Front Street Santa Cruz Pedal down to the kick-off celebration of Ecology Action’s Annual Santa Cruz County Bike Week with a costumed ride, jaw-dropping stunts and environmentally focused art and activities. Hosted by Ecology Action and Bike Santa Cruz County, First Friday: Bike Night is a family-friendly, inclusive experience for community members to celebrate biking […]

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Solaire Restaurant + Bar @ Hotel Paradox – Santa Cruz Shakespeare

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 611 Ocean Street Santa Cruz First Friday May, hosted by Solaire at Hotel Paradox, will feature: Santa Cruz Shakespeare 2017 Season Celebration: Artists in costume design, set design and photography – a multimedia experience! Specials will include Hitchcock-inspired signature cocktails and Solaire bar bites, plus a Sones Cellars tasting table.

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Stripe – Kate Jaffe

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 107 Walnut Ave Santa Cruz My recent work has been an exploration across three mediums – drawing, painting, and printmaking. In my paintings, the surface is developed by pouring puddles of solvent and pigment on the canvas and later going back into the work with opaque marks. In my drawings […]

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Stripe MEN – Brian Rounds

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 117 Walnut Ave Santa Cruz Art has the power to instill within us a sense of belonging.  I grew up in the Bay Area where rapid suburban development resulted in a dichotomous landscape–places of commerce and consumption intermixed with patches of land left somewhat wild.  While “the grid” provides certain […]

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The Nook – Scott Johnson

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1543 Pacific Ave, Suite 215 Santa Cruz Scott Andrew Johnson, AKA “Scottie”, was born to Marian and Ralph Johnson in Danville, CA, in 1975. Raised in the bay area, Scott was influenced by the diverse culture and artistic mecca of San Francisco. After attending art school, Scott began an introspective […]

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The True Olive Connection – Ali Punzalan & Nick Craig

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 106 Lincoln Street Santa Cruz Plein Air Paintings of favorite places in Santa Cruz County Local Featured Artists: Ali Punzalan and Nick Craig started painting outdoors as a way to spend time together and now, more than a year later, they continue to explore new places in the county with […]

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