Artisans Gallery – Shawn Dollar and Nancy of Blackbirddagger

1368 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, 95060
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6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join us in welcoming Shawn Dollar and Blackbirddagger as our December First Friday artist

Friday, Nov 2nd 6-8:30pm

The ocean has been my joy and surfing my lifeblood since I was a child. I love the symmetry a wave makes, the lines it draws and the way it bends across a reef. Every wave is unique but the patterns are similar. I guess through my years I've become a student of waves. My ability to understand them has led to a professional big wave surfing career where I paddled into 2 world records. I studied graphic design at Cal Poly SLO and during that time I was further able to developed my art skills. These painting merge my love for fine art and design.



Artisan jewelry by Blackbirddagger

I like to say that “I create to create” and have always enjoyed making things with my hands.  I love experimenting with different mediums and continue to be drawn towards wearable and useful art.  Right now my focus is on beaded jewelry. It thrills me to push the boundaries with beads, to utilize them in various ways and still be able to produce something that is still aesthetically pleasing and functional.  As I evolve so do my pieces and so the majority of what I make have subtle difference in design. Working with beads is a slow process that requires attention and being present. While some might find this tedious, I find it to be meditative.  Art is a considerable part of who I am and beading fills that creative need for me.
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