Events May

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

Featured, May, May Downtown Read more

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. [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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.  [...]

Featured, May, May Downtown Read more

First Friday Felton Art Walk – Aldina Rubino, Darci Shea Bogdan, Samantha Stone, SLV Student Fashion Sketches

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 6th., 2016: Aldina Rubino, Stained Glass, at: Mountain Spirit, 6299 hwy. 9 – Darci Shea Bogdan, Oil paintings and Enamel on Sterling Silver, at: Garimo’s Real [...]

May, May Felton Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria – Susan Howe

6:30 am – 8:30 pm 504 Bay Avenue Capitola Please join us on Friday, May 6th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the opening of Susan Howe’s show. Susan Howe studied painting at San Jose State University and worked in the graphic arts business in the San Francisco Bay Area. Later she moved to [...]

May, May Capitola Read more

HealthMarkets – George Haas

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

May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

Inspire Salon – Whitney Mitchell Wirtz

3:00 pm – 7:30 pm 1220 41st Ave Capitola Group Showing- First Friday Art & Spring Pop-Up Party event at Inspire Salon. This event will feature Whitney’s newest abstracts and mixed media paintings along with other local artisan’s hand crafted gifts and food. The perfect Pop-Up for Mother’s Day weekend! The event offers local art, [...]

Featured, May, May Capitola Read more

Miss Mae’s House of Beauty – Chris Zollna

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 527 Seabright Ave. Santa Cruz Reverie Reverie is a collection of drawings done after a long day of work. The images are inspired by dreams and abstraction observed from life.

May, May Midtown Read more

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….. 

May, May Downtown Read more

Network Chiropractic Wellness Center – The Photographers of Santa Cruz Waves


May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

R. Blitzer Gallery – Santa Cruz Woodworkers

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2801 Mission Street Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz Woodworkers once again present the cutting edge of one-of-a-kind designs in wood made by nationally known Santa Cruz craftsmen! Om Anand, Ron Cook, Ron Day, Roger Heitzman, Joshua Salesin, Michael Singer, Patrick Stafford, Gary Stevens, and Matthew Werner will be exhibiting new [...]

May, May Westside Read more

Radius Gallery – Santa Cruz Shakespeare Kick-Off at Radius!

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1050 River Street #127 Santa Cruz Shakepeare Kick-Off at Radius Gallery! Come party with Santa Cruz Shakespeare on First Friday at Radius Gallery in the Tannery to celebrate our 2016 Season. Meet Artistic Director Mike Ryan and other artists to learn about our 2016 shows, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. Also, you can purchase tickets that evening in [...]

May, May Tannery Read more

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 [...]

Featured, May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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, [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

Santa Cruz Art League – 61th Annual High School Art Show

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm 526 Broadway Santa Cruz First Friday at Santa Cruz Art League 61th Annual High School Art ShowSanta Cruz Art LeagueApril 29 – May 22, 2016 The Annual High School Show is coming April 29 through May 22, 2016. It has been a cornerstone of the Art League’s community outreach and [...]

May, May Midtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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

11:00 am – 8:00 pm 1305 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz The Art of Nature | April 9 – June 19, 2016 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, [...]

May, May Midtown Read more

Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios – June Glenn and Brescia Rose

10:00 am – 12:00 am 118 Coral Street Santa Cruz “Wheels of Life” Artist Reception: Friday, May 6 – 6-8 p.m. Includes the work of two artists: June Glenn and Brescia Rose. They will be showcasing contemporary street photography centered on the current cultures of skateboarding and vintage cars in Santa Cruz County.

May, May Harvey West Read more

Smooth Body Lounge – Nadia Borysenko, D J OL’Right and Pole Diversity

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 2345 Mission Street Santa Cruz Summary 2016- This Zen botanical series is inspired by the essences and cycles of life, and looks at energies, senses, and impressionsfrom nature. Made with inks, acrylics and rice mediums on canvas, paper and birch panel. Recent inspiration was born from time spent throughout Mexico [...]

Featured, May, May Westside Read more

Stockwell Cellars – Sefla Joseph’s Thursday Painting Community

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, invites you to join us as we celebrate a community of local artists.  Sefla Joseph’s very talented students will be sharing their abstract figurative paintings with us. Please [...]

May, May Westside Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

TANNERY ARTS CENTER – Artists of the Tannery

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1050 / 1060 RIVER STREET SANTA CRUZ MAY 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 [...]

May, May Tannery Read more

The Loft Salon and Spa – John Webster

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 402 Ingalls St Suite #8 Santa Cruz Join us May 6th from 5:00pm-8:00pm for John Webster! Featuring gorgeous mixed-media work. Enjoy refreshments, and as ussual enter our FREE RAFFLE – Massage and haircuts! We Look forward to seeing you there! For more information:

Featured, May, May Westside Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more

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 [...]

May, May Downtown Read more