Events May Downtown

Annieglass – Fran Battendieri

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 110 Cooper Street, Suite 100F Santa Cruz Artist Fran Battendieri grew up in a creative household. Her talents range from custom painted clothing, to childrens’ books illustration, to spectacular one of a kind jewelry designs, to name a few. She will be with us sharing her gorgeous jewelry creations, just [...]

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Artisans Gallery – Doug Ross

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1368 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz Other Mothers In honor of Mother’s Day, when we honor our human mothers, this show of prints by Doug Ross honors mothers of other species. Show: May 1st-31st Reception May 2nd, 6:00-8:00pm 

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Camouflage – David Steinberg

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1329 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz BIOGRAPHY David Steinberg is an author, editor, photographer, and publisher of artistic, imaginative sexual and erotic material. His books include Divas of San Francisco: Portraits of Transsexual Women; Photo Sex: Fine Art Sexual Photography Comes of Age; Erotic by Nature: A Celebration of Life, of Love, and [...]

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Felix Kulpa Gallery & Sculpture Garden – Luminous Color

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 107 Elm Street Santa Cruz Felix Kulpa Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming show: Opening Reception Friday May 2nd Longtime friends, Heidi Hybl and Kathleen Crocetti, inspired by each others work, are mounting a joint exhibition titled Luminous Color. Oil Paintings by Hybl, and sculptures by Crocetti will be [...]

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Kuumbwa Jazz – Carol Bowie

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 320 Cedar Street Santa Cruz Carol Bowie “Miles to Mingus”  South County visual artist Carol Bowie presents “Miles to Mingus” paintings expressed, inspired and fueled by listening to and living with this music dubbed “jazz.” Bowie describes her work as, “guided by her desire to become a conduit for what [...]

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Motiv – Kate Daly

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1209 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz Kate Daly is a San Francisco-based fine artist/illustrator working with traditional media. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2008 Kate moved to NYC, where she lived for a few years before returning to the Bay Area [...]

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Notorious Teaze – Shirt Printing

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 131 Front St #C Santa Cruz Notorious Teaze, Santa Cruz’s Green Certified Screen Printing Company, is doing our ”Print a Shirt” First Friday event!  This family-friendly event is a great opportunity for the community to get hands-on experience of the screen printing process. Notorious Teaze will offer a range of garments to print [...]

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Om Gallery – August Duurvoort

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1201 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz Om Gallery is proud to showcase the work of local artist August Duurvoort: August Duurvoot was born on Java Indonesia and his mother use to say,”born with color crayons in his hands.” He went through much of his youth constantly drawing and painting. His family [...]

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Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church – Tatiana Romanova Grant

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 223 Church Street Santa Cruz Welcome to the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Santa Cruz.  We are located across the street from the public library.  We will be featuring our parishioner, and Russian trained Iconographer, Tatiana Romanova Grant who has created all the icons in our sanctuary over [...]

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Salon on the Square – Westlake Elementary School

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 110 Cooper St. Suite 100E Santa Cruz Please come join us at Salon on the Square to celebrate the work of a selection of young artists from Westlake Elementary School. The artists, a group of children from Kindergarten through 5th grade, used mixed forms of media including oil pastels, chalk pastels, [...]

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Santa Cruz County Bank – Off the Wall

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm 720 Front Street Santa Cruz January 15, 2014 – May 2, 2014 In “Off the Wall“, six local artists explore the beauty and space of our 3-dimensional world.  The artwork in the exhibit includes sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, and other 3-dimensional pieces that have been specifically created and designed to [...]

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Santa Cruz County Government Center – Student Art Exhibit

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 701 Ocean Street Santa Cruz Everyone’s favorite show returns! Lions and tigers and bears – oh my! Sea otters, birds in flight – 500+ student works from across the county created in the Council’s arts education programs. Reception will have an art activity. Check out their work at the First [...]

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Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park – Summer Rhee-Pizano

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 144 School Street Santa Cruz Summer’s style gives a nod to traditional Dia de los Muertos Folk style, but with updated features, such as adding local and personal interests in the subject matters. Always colorful and whimsical, if it makes you smile, it has met it’s objective! The fun will [...]

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Sockshop and Shoe Company – Vaughn Visnius

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1515 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz “Santa Cruz Scene” works by Vaughn Visnius Vaughn Visnius migrated to California from New York in the mid-seventies to enjoy the amazing sunsets.  Before his trek west, he was an apprentice to Frank Polbanz, a wonderful old-school photographer in New Hampshire. Once in California, he studied and taught at [...]

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Stripe – Chris Crossen

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 107 Walnut Ave Santa Cruz “Mountains to Sea” Works by Chris Crossen  Chris Crossen’s work engages deeply with color and pattern. Interactions of cells, waves, circles and other primary shapes and patterns center upon delivering sensations of contrast and balance, movement, depth and stasis. Inspired by landscapes around the world (including [...]

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Stripe MEN – Tyler Speas

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 117 Walnut Ave Santa Cruz “I’m Me” Works by Tyler Speas at Stripe MEN Tyler Benjamin Speas was born in Waukesha Wisconsin on October 26th 1984.  He moved to Milwaukee in 2003 where he attended the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin, Peck School of the Arts and graduated in 2008 with [...]

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The Happy Herb Shop – Abi Mustapha

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1125 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz The Happy Herb Shop is excited to premiere “MIXED MEDIA JOURNEY; ART BY ABI MUSTAPHA.” Join us for delicious kava drinks, damiana tea, pu-pu’s, wine, and music during Santa Cruz’s First Friday Art Walk!

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The Nook – Briya Serrano

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1543 Pacific Ave, Suite 215 Santa Cruz Briya is an emerging local artist that creates one of a kind multi-media art that is rich in vibrant colors with many layers of texture. Her work is primarily acrylic paint on canvas, glitter, sequins and other embellishments.  Briya’s work is inspired by the [...]

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The Relating Gym – Mystery Artist TBA

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 215 River St Santa Cruz **It’s the Relating Gym’s VERY FIRST First Friday celebration!** You won’t want to miss this brand new downtown venue on your First Friday art tour. Join us for refreshments, music, and art viewing from 5pm to 8pm. Stay for our open house from 8pm to [...]

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The True Olive Connection – Tom Kennedy

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 106 Lincoln Street Santa Cruz “Working with my hands has always been comfortable, painting is my pinnacle of expression” Tom Kennedy BIOEDUCATION:  BFA, Painting and Sculpture, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA  SOLO EXHIBITION:  Homegirls Cafe Grand Opening, Los Angeles, CA Charity Auction, Mission Dolores, Los Angeles, CA  GROUP [...]

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Vinocruz – Will Marino

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm In Abbott Square off Cooper Street Santa Cruz Works by Will Marino THE ART OF RECYCLED MATERIALS, WOUND & FOLDED PAPER Paper dartboards make up the bulk of the raw material I use in my work.I start by taking a hammer and smashing out the center of the board, then [...]

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