Events May Downtown

Agency – Mott Jordan

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1519 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz Mott Jordan draws upon a host of influences encompassing American pop culture, circus sideshow banners, Soviet and Communist Chinese propaganda posters, northern Renaissance painting, vintage children’s books, antique zoology and botany illustrations, Indian miniature art, underground comix and 1960s psychedelia, His work is a quirky [...]

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Artisans Gallery – Sydney Zentall

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1368 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz Sydney Zentall is an oil painter whose primary subject matter is the sea and its energy, danger and solace.Her work is unique in its close perspective and dramatic emphasis on the motion and fluidity of the ocean. Sometimes this encounter is violent, as when a magnificent force [...]

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Buttercup Cakes & Farm House Frosting – Mezza9

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1411 Pacific. Ave. Santa Cruz Join us for a night of whimsical circus performances, art and delicious cupcakes from 5pm-9pm!  Mezza9 is an established artist and has been a professional painter of cirque for fourteen years. She received grants from the North Carolina and the Arizona Commissions on the Arts. [...]

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Cornucopia Real Estate – G-Stone

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1001 Center Street, Suite 5 Santa Cruz ADVENTURES IN ABSTRACTION featuring artist Grant Stoner, AKA “G-Stone” I drew as a child, but only started creating semi serious art a few years ago. I tend to prefer abstract art. I like that way it can represent the subconscious both to me [...]

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Downtown Branch Library – Printed

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm 224 Church Street Santa Cruz Printing is a process for reproducing text and images using a master form or template with the earliest examples dating back to 556 B.C. With the invention of the printing press, the printed word spread knowledge to the common people, allowing them to know their [...]

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Felix Kulpa Gallery & Sculpture Garden – Ann Altstatt & Bridget Henry

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 107 Elm Street Santa Cruz A joint exhibition by Ann Altstatt and Bridget Henry that includes collaborative mixed-media pieces, installation and film. A series of 16th century emblematic woodcuts with titles such as, “Whom it happened unto” and “Force cannot be overcome by force” are the basis of 13 collaborative works on paper.  [...]

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Food Lounge – Mark Yanowsky & Vince Broglio

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1001 Center Street, Suite 1 Downtown Santa Cruz Artists: Mark Yanowsky:  Mark grew up around tools, metal and wood. Finding ways to put them together was experimentation that he continues today. He is an art teacher in Castroville, California and professes that this kind of experimenting keeps himself and his [...]

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HealthMarkets – George Haas

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 505-A River St Santa Cruz for the month of May we have George Haas! https://www.facebook.com/…/George-Haas-Photography you can see his work at Gallery 505 for one whole month.  505 River St, 95060

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Home/Work – Whimsy Spot

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 765 Cedar Street, Ste 103 Santa Cruz Join Home/Work this First Friday as we host the talented Alexa Shoemaker Brooks of Whimsy Spot. The native Santa Cruzian was first exposed to the unique world of fine papers through her printmaking studies with local poet and printmaker Gary Young. Using just an [...]

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Nectar Creations – Deanna Glenz

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1325 pacific ave Santa cruz Hello come join us for First Friday on May 6, 2016 at our downtown location…..Spring Clothing & Accessories Collections on Display! ….. Local Art by the Talented Photographer Deanna Glenz…. Also previous First Friday art on display!…… Come enjoy Art, wine and great tunes….. 

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Network Chiropractic Wellness Center – The Photographers of Santa Cruz Waves

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 149 Josephine Street, Suite A Santa Cruz JOIN THE HEALING TEAM AT NCWC IN CELEBRATING THE WORK OF 3 INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHERS REGULARLY FEATURED IN SANTA CRUZ WAVES MAGAZINE! PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDED BY PATRICK BREMSER, JOE DOWNIE AND VAUGHN VISNIUS (COURTESY OF HIS WIDOW, TAMMY SWEENY) WILL BE FEATURED IN OUR HEALING [...]

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Palace Art, Downtown Santa Cruz – Audrey Takeshta

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm 1407 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz iPad Illustrations by Audrey K. Takeshta “What? this was drawn on your iPad?!” This is the typical reaction Audrey Takeshta gets when she shows her work. Whether she shows her work displayed on a wall, online or on her phone, people are always so surprised [...]

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Pure Pleasure – Aisha Hudson

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 111 Cooper Street Santa Cruz It’s celebration time! Join us for our grand opening party at Pure Pleasure’s bigger, better, BEAUTIFUL new location at 111 Cooper Street! In collaboration with First Friday, Aisha Hudson will be exhibiting her paintings in her show titled “From There to Here”. But wait, there’s [...]

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Rare Bird Salon – Kent Bond

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 227 Cathcart Street Santa Cruz Kent Bond Born 1953 San Jose California BFA California College of the Arts 1975 Master of Fine Arts – Painting UC Berkeley 1979 Kent Bond is a figurative painter. He was trained early in childhood as a watercolorist. Influenced early on by renaissance artists such [...]

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Rivendell – Carolyn Reynolds

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1001 Center Street Santa Cruz I became a tile maker when I needed specific colors for mosaics.  Thinking to make my own in the colors I craved, I got more interested in the tiles themselves and the possibilities.  While studying Buddhism at Land of the Medicine Buddha, I took an [...]

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Sanctuary Exploration Center – Jodi Frediani

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm 35 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz Threatened and Thriving: A Family Art and Science Evening at the Sanctuary Exploration Center Please join us for an evening of family-friendly art, science and discovery at the Sanctuary Exploration Center’s First Friday! Come learn about Monterey Bay’s Threatened and Thriving species with art activities, [...]

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Santa Cruz County Bank – Unbridled

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm 720 Front Street Santa Cruz January 25 – June 17, 2016 Where would be without horses?  Known to have evolved over 55 million years ago, no other animal can match the contributions these majestic creatures have made to human civilization and societies around the world.  Santa Cruz County Bank’s newest [...]

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Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History – FREE First Friday: Bike Night

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 705 Front Street Santa Cruz Pedal on down to the MAH for an amazing First Friday Festival all about bikes. We’re partnering with Ecology Action and Bike Santa Cruz County to kick off the 29th Annual Santa Cruz County Bike Week. This is your night to connect with local cycling [...]

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Stripe – Brian Rounds

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 107 Walnut Ave Santa Cruz For me, the act of painting outdoors provides an escape from the humdrum, a respite from an increasingly pervasive culture of commodification in which we live. In searching out a quiet place to paint outdoors, I am seeking a temporary sanctuary, a meditation, a point [...]

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Stripe MEN – Melody Overstreet

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 117 Walnut Ave Santa Cruz Subtle Groove Works by Melody Overstreet Melody Overstreet is an artist and teacher who is interested in the microscopic and macroscopic details of our world. She actively works in diverse mediums inclusive of painting, printmaking, and writing. She draws upon observations of dynamic living systems [...]

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The Nook – Connie Williams and Audrey Sa

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1543 Pacific Ave, Suite 215 Santa Cruz This statement by Connie Williams says it all “If my efforts can leave a person with happiness, a sense of beauty in design, or a strong visual implact, then I have accomplished what I work hard to achieve.” Joining Connie will be jeweler [...]

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The Treehouse – Alex Krause

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 108 Locust St, suite C Santa Cruz Alex is a 16 year old Sophomore in high school. He loves creating art in a Zen tangle form using Sharpies and his own freehand expression. He loves making music, acting and singing as well. His art will be for sale and he [...]

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The True Olive Connection – Cindy Mori

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 106 Lincoln Street Santa Cruz I had a jar filled with my mother’s paint brushes that were given to me…and this is the connection and inspiration of my art. That jar sat on my shelf for 17 years and then…I started to paint. I thought why not? I used to [...]

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