Downtown Branch Library – Mark Holsapple – Sky and Sea: A Celebration of Central California Wildlife | Virginia Becker – The Blue Tarp Project

224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, 95060
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5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Sky and Sea: A Celebration of Central California Wildlife

Mark Holsapple, a local artist and photographer, shares his wildlife photography, emphasizing birds (from hummingbirds to raptors),  as well as sea otters, seals, and whales.

Mark considers his photography a passion, a meditation, and an observation of  light, life, composition, and color. Our busy schedules so often prevent us from appreciating nature’s magical world. Mark captures and shares these moments in an effort to encourage creativity, trigger emotions, and perhaps allow the viewer to look into the subject instead of just at it. 

The Blue Tarp Project

The Blue Tarp Project is the brainchild of photographer Virginia Becker, executive director of The Family Album Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to healing and wholeness through free portraiture. The exhibit is comprised of two components. On display throughout the first floor you will find studio portraits of people experiencing homelessness. The portraits are of volunteers from San Jose, Salinas, as well as 18 participants from Santa Cruz, many of whom are currently working with the Downtown Streets Team. Informational posters were made using local data from the 2017 Point-In-Time Survey, an annual blitz-count census and survey, coordinated by the Homeless Action Partnership, and compiled by Applied Survey Research. This is the best data we have on homelessness locally. Let’s educate ourselves about the realities of this issue in Santa Cruz, furthering understanding and compassion.

Both exhibits are on display through June 2018.

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