Events May

Apricity Gallery – Incense for the Void: A Tribute to Stephen Lynch

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 1060 River St, studio #104 Santa Cruz Artists Jack Howe, Robert Larson, William Marino, Kathleen Crocetti, Diana Hobson, Robbie Schoen, Glenn Carter, Maha Taitano, and Susan Vaughan come together for a group show in honor of their dear friend, prolific assemblage artist Stephen Lynch. Stephen was an introspective, methodical and [...]

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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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First Friday Felton Art Walk – Sarah Shaver, Marcia Stein, Afrid Ghoffrani, Jason Goldberg, Pete Logan, Dana Weigand

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Shops along Hwy. 9 Downtown Felton. Each image posted is of a different downtown Felton venue hosting local art. Featuring artists For Friday May 1st., 2015: Sarah Shaver, clay figurines at Mountain Spirit, 6299 hwy. 9 – Afrid Ghoffrani, “My Nepal” oil on canvas at: Garimo’s Real Soap Studio, 6225 hwy. 9 [...]

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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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Gayles Bakery – Erin gafill

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 504 Bay Ave. Capitola “Sweet Dreams” Many of these works were created especially for this show: still lifes of sweet treats from the bakery – cheesecake with cherries, buttery croissants, chocolate eclairs, and flower-shaped cookies.. Other paintings include images of fruits and flowers, teapots and vases, and special objects from Erin’s [...]

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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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Michaelangelo Studios – Paul Rangell

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 1111-A River Street Santa Cruz Michaelangelo Gallery presents Paul Rangell Not Guilty Paul Rangell, local artist and musician, and his wife, Emily Abbink, have recently returned from a 6-week music residency in Venice Italy. Paul returns just in time for his new exhibit, Not Guilty, opening May 1, at Michaelangelo [...]

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Miss Mae’s House of Beauty – Caia Koopman

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 527 Seabright Ave. Santa Cruz Devils Dance in the Details

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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: Eleanor Scholz, a Palo Alto native, recently returned to [...]

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Nectar Creations – Sanda

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1325 pacific ave Santa cruz Hello come join us for First Friday May 1, 2015 at our downtown location….. We just got our spring collections….. Local Art by the talented Sanda….  …… Also previous First Friday artists on display!…..Live DJ and wine…. Come join us and mingle….. 

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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 doing our “Print a Shirt” First Friday event! This family-friendly event is a great opportunity for the community to [...]

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5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 2343 Mission St. Santa Cruz Title: Ken the Painter- Images by Conklin Artists: Ken ‘The Painter’ Conklin Description: Oil on canvas May 1st-31st First Friday Reception: Friday, May 1st 5:00-8:00pm May 2015

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Palace Art, Capitola – Sarah Pitel

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm 1501-K 41st Ave Capitola Palace Art in Capitola is very excited to feature Sarah Pitel for the month of May. Here are a few words from Sarah. I have been drawing since I was old enough to pick up a pencil at age 3. I took private art lessons at [...]

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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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R. Blitzer Gallery – A Figurative Affair 2015

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2801 Mission Street Santa Cruz Curated by Susan Hancey and Sefla Joseph.  This is the third Figurative Affair exhibit held at the R. Blitzer Gallery and features 19 accomplished local artists.  Paintings by Barbara Bartels, Linda Christensen, Lois Cole, Barbara Downs, Myra Eastman, Jane Gregorius,Dee Hooker, Carol Jeneid, Sefla Joseph,Linda [...]

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Radius Gallery – Stephen Lynch Retrospective

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1050 River Street #127 Santa Cruz STEPHEN LYNCH RETROSPECTIVE  1958 – 2015 April 4 – May 24, 2015 Stephen Lynch was a California assemblage artist.  He was deeply connected to nature and to his community. Stephen Lynch Retrospective is an exhibition featuring a collection of his work from the past [...]

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Santa Cruz Art League – 60th Annual High School Show

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm 526 Broadway Santa Cruz “60th Annual High School Show”- Come out and see this wonderful event where we support our local high schools. May 2 – 24, 2015, Reception: May 9, Saturday, 3-5pm. Call us at (831) 426-5787 with any questions. Visit our Facebook page at “Santa Cruz Art League” [...]

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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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Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park – fashionTeens

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 144 School Street Santa Cruz Dress pants made of bike innertubes and an evening gown made from grocery bags are two of the 25 designs to be featured on the fashion runway at the romantic Mission.Select winners from the recent  fashionTeen show represent the talent, surprise and ingenuity of this [...]

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Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History – FREE First Friday: Bike Night, Dear Jerry Exhibition Opening

Event: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 705 Front Street Santa Cruz Free First Friday: 11am – 9pm Three steps to celebrate Bike Night and the opening of Dear Jerry at the MAH this First Friday: 1. Find your finest tie-dye. 2. Pull up to the MAH and park your bike at the valet. 3. Head [...]

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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History – California Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

10:00 am – 8:00 pm 1305 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz The Art of Nature | April 10 – June 21, 2015  The Museum welcomes back the California Guild of Natural Science Illustrators for its annual exhibit highlighting the amazing detail and artistry of local science illustrators. Come experience 40 works in a variety of media, depicting botany, [...]

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Stockwell Cellars – Jared Leake

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1100 Fair Ave. (Entrance is located on the Ingalls St. side of the building) Santa Cruz Stockwell Cellars, the westside’s newest winery will be hosting artist Jared Leake. Jared is a high school art teacher and practicing artist in Santa Cruz. Jared’s artwork is a blend of his love of [...]

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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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TANNERY ARTS CENTER – Artists of the Tannery

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1050 / 1060 RIVER STREET SANTA CRUZ FEBRUARY FIRST FRIDAY Find diversity in ART at the Tannery Arts Center. The Tannery Arts Center is dedicated to providing an affordable, accessible and sustainable home for Santa Cruz County artists and arts, cultural, education and heritage organizations so that all offerings on this [...]

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The Blue Lounge – Michelle Kelly

4:00 pm – 1:30 am 529 Seabright Ave Santa Cruz Michelle Kelly is a Bay Area Symbolist and Absract Expressionist. Her works are on display at The Blue Lounge. Please stop by 529 Seabright Ave and see her exhibition. Art,Music,Socially conscious events! A Fabulous selection of liquor presented in an equally fabulous atmosphere. Open 7 [...]

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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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Tomboy – Lori Penner

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1207 Soquel Avenue Santa Cruz Join us for an Art reception with Lori Penner We’ll also have live music by The Painted Horses, you can check them out at Food, wine and good times. Join us!

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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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Vitamin Answer – Kendra Morrison

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2801 Mission Street, 2nd floor Santa Cruz Vitamin Answer is honored to welcome talented artist Kendra Morrison for May’s First Friday. Kendra is a local artist and educator. Morrison completed her BFA with Honors at Indiana University Bloomington, and was awarded an Honors Grant to study American Indian art of [...]

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Wargin Wines – Lori Lester

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 18 Hangar Way, Ste C Watsonville Welcome to Wargin Wines’ First Friday in Watsonville Each month – We feature different artists in a mixed show of multiple artists in our tasting room with wine tastings and nibbles catered from Cafe Ella at the Airport! This month our featured artist is [...]

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work. shop.- a mobile gallery –

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm parking lot on the corner of cedar and locust streets santa cruz join work. shop. with a solo show from Bridget Henry.  prints, woodblocks and her short animated film, “let it rain,” will be shown, as well as a sneak peek into her process for the upcoming ebb and flow [...]

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