Events May

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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Coffeetopia Mission St. – Freedom Forge/Kirk McNeil

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 1723 Mission St. Santa Cruz This is a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. We’ve forged 12 steel, architectural-scale safety pins as a community project at Freedom Forge in Santa Cruz. They are on display at Coffeetopia through May 15th. Come by Friday, May 5th between 4 and 6 pm and meet […]

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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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First Friday Felton Art Walk – Steve Booth, Soosan Mostowfi,

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Shops along Hwy. 9 Downtown Felton. Rain or no rain, participating Felton shops will host local artist exhibits and receptions. Images posted are of a exhibiting artists being hosted by downtown Felton venues. Featured artists for First Friday Felton Art Walk – May 5th., 2017 are: , : Mountain Spirit, […]

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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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Gallery 125 – Joan Hellenthal, Andrew Purchin, Jean Sheckler Beebe, Lynne Todaro, Chela Zabin, Fanne Fernow, Beth Shields, Chris Miroyan

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1050 River St. Space #125 Santa Cruz Join the 8 diverse artists of Gallery 125 at the Tannery Arts Center on May 5 for our monthly fabulous and fun First Friday party! Our newest artist, the amazing Chris Miroyan, will be present to discuss her beautiful, strange and magical work! […]

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HealthMarkets – Nora Sarkassian

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 505-A River St Santa Cruz for the Month of May we have Nora Sarkassian! You can see her work at Gallery 505 for one whole month.  505 River St, 95060 Nora Sarkissian enjoys pushing the boundaries of the clay medium: She uses the techniques of studio pottery to convey the philosophies […]

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Hive & Hum – Cindy Mori

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm 415-B River Street Santa Cruz Painting is so much fun and also so much “inner work”. I like to call the process I do…”Joyful Detachment”. I use a layering process of various marks and colors with acrylics, pastel crayons, pencils etc. and try to find images in my painting. It […]

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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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Michaelangelo Studios – Kathleen Crocetti & Fanne Fernow

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 1111-A River Street Santa Cruz Michaelangelo Gallery’s May Show, “Dashes and Dots,” features encaustic paintings by two artists, Kathleen Crocetti and Fanne Fernow. These local artists use different styles with this medium but their work brought together for this show create true synergy. Kathleen’s work uses encaustic medium to create […]

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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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R. Blitzer Gallery – Catamaran Literary Reader Art Gala and Sale

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2801 Mission Street Santa Cruz Catamaran Literary Reader brings the best of literary and visual art to your home four times a year, but you can only see the original artwork once-at the annual Art Gala and sale.  The annual Art Gala is on First Friday May 5, 5-9 pm. […]

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Radius Gallery – NEW WORK

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1050 River Street #127 Santa Cruz NEW WORK Four artists premiering new bodies of work. Sarah Bianco / Ann Hazels / Peter Hiers / Margaret Niven BIANCO: paintings on wood with acrylic, oil, and graphite / HAZELS: sculpture and installation in clay and copper / HIERS: sculpture created with repurposed […]

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Santa Cruz Art League – 62nd Annual High School Show

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm 526 Broadway Santa Cruz Since 1955 the Santa Cruz Art League’s High School Show has been providing one of the only professional gallery exhibitions for high school age artists in our county. Students from local public, private, charter, home and at -risk schools are invited to benefit from the Art […]

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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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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History – Megan Gnekow and Elizabeth Romanini

11:00 am – 8:00 pm 1305 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz The Art of Nature April 8 – June 18, 2017 Explore nature and science though the lens of art in our beloved annual exhibit of scientific illustration. Featuring the work of 20 artists from Santa Cruz, Monterey and the San Francisco Bay Area, the […]

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Sesnon Gallery at UCSC – Crochet Coral Reef

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1156 High Street at Porter College, 2nd Floor Santa Cruz Visit us on  First Friday! The Crochet Coral Reef  project, by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. Residing at the intersection of mathematics, marine […]

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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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Stockwell Cellars – Danielle Rahe Fox

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 1100 Fair Ave. (across the street from New Leaf Market) Santa Cruz Stockwell Cellars, the Westside’s newest wine cellar / gallery, invites you to join them as they celebrate local artist Danielle Rahe Fox. They will be offering flights and glasses of wine to enjoy while perusing the art and […]

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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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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 […]

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The Claraty Arts Project – The Claraty Arts Project

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1725 Seabright Ave SANTA CRUZ The Claraty Arts Project is proud to present a new collection of artwork from the artists that have developed a studio into their community. We would like to invite you to join us for an evening of art, music and connecting with community. Refreshments and […]

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The Loft Salon & Spa – Karen Lorey

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 402 Ingalls St Suite #8 Santa Cruz Join us May 5th, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm for Karen Lorey’s Beeswax and mixed media reliefs! Meet the artist, enjoy refreshments, and as usual enter our FREE RAFFLE – Massage and haircuts! We Look forward to seeing you there! For more information: www.theloftsantacruz.com

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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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Wargin Wines – Marie Massey

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 11 Hangar Way Watsonville Wargin Wines is thrilled to present our First Friday Artist Marie Massey with her stunning collection of paintings at our Watsonville Winery. Join us this Friday for a celebration of Art & Wine. Light nibbles, and a great way to come together and take a collective […]

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Wargin Wines Soquel Village – Nick Barrett

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 5015 Soquel Drive Soquel Spring is in our Soquel Tasting Room! We will be open until 7pm (ish) with our artist reception from 4pm – 7pm including light nibbles, new wines and a perfect pairing of Art & Wine. Hobbyist turned artist – we are excited to present Nick’s first […]

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