California Dreaming {with the California Art Club)

Curated by the Sea Contemporary Art Gallery 703 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA

CALIFORNIA DREAMING We have a very special First Friday artists reception this month in partnership with the California Art Club. "California Dreaming" is a juried exhibition of the work of 49 artist from their San Francisco and Monterey chapters. January 19 - March 11, 2023 Link to View or Purchase All of the Exhibition Artwork […]

Marc Shargel First Friday Art Display and Talk

Sanctuary Exploration Center 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

Photographer, author, and marine conservationist Marc Shargel will bring 40+ years of marine imagery and ocean observations to the Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. The event will have drinks and family-friendly crafts, and feature a talk by Marc Shargel in which he will discuss the coast's changing marine ecology, including the dramatic loss of […]

Art at the County Government Center

Santa Cruz County Government Center 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA

A wonderful collection of artwork from 5 local artists - Karuna Gutowski (painting), Robert Maher (photography), Katie Simpson (mixed media), Marie Massey (painting), and Randie Silverstein (glass). Free parking!

Johanna Keefe: La Bete Blanche Opening Reception

MUD Gallery of Studio Ceramics 1111 River St #A, Santa Cruz, CA

Johanna is a Monterey artist using sculpture, photography and the history of art to create a visual conversation about desire. Using a sense of humor and play, she distorts imagined value within contemporary culture and art. The show also includes ceramic work by: Jasper Marino, Alanna Stock, Carlos Dye, Mary Louise Carter, Patty Lezin, Beverly […]

Avant Garde Fashion Show and Artist’s Reception for Looking in on Outsider Art: 5 Artists Creating Against Convention

Felix Kulpa Gallery & Sculpture Garden 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, CA

Fashion and art have always had a complex relationship. Particularly during the mid 20th century, the surrealist movement in art found its way into fashion through the collaboration of Salvador Dali and Edith Schiaparelli. This Schiaparelli tribute fashion show consists of fashion ensembles created from an assemblage of items for sale at Love Me Two Times […]

February First Friday at the Homeless Garden Project!

Join the Homeless Garden Project for February First Friday on 2/3/23 from 5-8 pm! The event will include the following: First Friday Artist Alexandra Sanders Aolani Brewer Original Greeting Cards Music by HGP Farm Manager Danny Weir Samples of HGP Savory Herb Biscuits and California Jam Queen jam!

Mystical Ground

Minnow Arts 204 Locust St, Santa Cruz, CA

Mystical Ground is an exhibition at Minnow Gallery featuring original, limited edition collagraph prints by artist Melody Joy Overstreet. Each collagraph print is made by hand and is centered around the sacred life-giving power of seeds. Through a cosmic, microscopic, and telescopic visual approach, the artist explores themes of belonging, interconnectivity, and change. The show […]

Eli Torres at Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations 111 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, CA

**POSTPONED**   Join us at Good Vibrations this February First Friday as we host local artist Eli Torres! Eli Torres (They/He/She) is a Queer Latinx multi-disciplinary artist creating images and sculptures of queer love, erotica, and kink with colors and symbols inspired by dreams and nature. Also a Drag And Burlesque performer known as Cherry […]

Hearts for the Arts

Artisans & agency 1368 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA

Hearts for the Arts is back and Artisans and Agency is honored to be hosting the event! This 11th annual silent auction benefiting Arts Council Santa Cruz County's arts education programs runs from February 1 through 13. Swing by between February 1 and February 13 to view and bid on love-inspired art created by local […]

2023 Member’s Exhibition

Santa Cruz Art League 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA

Join us to celebrate the creativity of our community of members. We're starting 2023 highlighting these wonderful, local artists that are part of the rich fabric of our County’s artistic community. Stop by the gallery this First Friday from 6-8pm to check out this colorful and creative exhibition!

Karen Potter–Awake All Night: Insomnia in the Years of Covid, featuring Paintings, Drawings and Poetry–

Big Basin Vineyards Tasting Room and Wine Bar 525 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

Awake All Night: Insomnia in the Years of Covid This show represents a difficult but grace-filled chapter of my life that was also, in many ways, a chapter in all of our lives.The images are from 2020 and beyond, a dark time for me and us all: the  pandemic, the shutdowns, riots, the anger and […]

Far West Fungi First Friday Featuring Naturalist Scientific Illustrations by Andrea Dingeldein

Far West Fungi 224 Laurel Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Come join us for an evening of natural wonders and curiosities at Far West Fungi, as we host illustrator Andrea Dingeldein and her beautiful studies of local flora, fauna, and FUNGI. Andrea will be selling original works, as well as merchandise from her brand, The Local Naturalist. Each purchase (from her or Far West Fungi) […]