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 […]

First Friday – Live Glassblowing at Chris Johnson Glass

Chris Johnson Glass - Glassblowing Studio and Gallery 131 Old Coast Rd, Davenport, CA

Chris Johnson is excited to  open  his glassblowing studio and gallery for First Friday on February 3 from 4PM-8PM. In addition to recent works by Chris, he will be hosting works by other glass artists and apprentices who work in his studio, including Chris Corvetti (jewelry) and Tyler Clark (blown and sculpted glass). The event […]

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!

The View From Here Opening Reception

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center 9342 Mill St, Ben Lomond, CA

No matter where artists find themselves, they are constantly affected, influenced and inspired by the physical world around them. It could be at the beach, in a high-rise city, or out in the wilderness. And what artists see before them, will often become the subject of their art. For this first exhibit of 2023, we […]

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 […]

Printmaking Station!

Radius Gallery 1050 River St #127, Santa Cruz, CA

PRINTMAKING STATION! Back by popular demand! An evening of hands-on printmaking at Radius Gallery THE EVENT : 5-8pm Artist Crystal Contreras is leading a “Printmaking Station” for F R E E ! They will guide you through the printmaking process using traditional linoleum blocks. All materials are provided (including cards, paper, shirts, bandanas, and totes) […]

VIRYNS lilly spooner

Salt 1050 River St #115, Santa Cruz, CA

Viryns creates wearable garments by hand with new and upcycled leather. The pieces are one of a kind and made with the intention to create and support intimacy within oneself. "Our designs intend to encourage self-expression and show that adorning the body is cause for celebration and truly an act of love." Opening Friday February […]

February First Friday @ Treehouse!

Treehouse Dispensary 3651 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA

FIRST FRIDAY at TREEHOUSE We offer specials on our featured cannabis brands, discounts on artists who have work on display, and a penny wheel for you to spin when you spend over $50! Specials run all day! Event is from 5 - 8p! Live Music by Justin Mosley & The Lovebryds from 6- 7:30p! Artists on Display: Sabino […]

Illuminée Studio presents Gene Holtan Encore Show

Illuminée Studio 719 Swift St, Suite 59, Santa Cruz, CA

Illuminée Studio welcomes you to a First Friday encore show for abstract paintings by Gene Holtan. Born in Saskatchewan Canada, Gene Holtan was a commercial artist and cartoonist in the 60s and 70s. His work was published in The Saturday Evening Post, Rolling Stone, and Ramparts magazines. In 1974, he settled on Beach Hill in […]

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 […]

First Friday at Studio 105

Studio 105 - Tannery Arts Center 1060 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Amanda Hess & Bree Karpavage open their studio at the Tannery Arts Center for First Friday on February 3 hosting works by both in studio artists. Amanda Hess (EV&NO) will be showing her recent collection of fine jewelry as well as hosting a sale on all wall riders. Bree will be showing her body of […]

exTANt

Tannery Arts Center 1050-1060 River St, Santa Cruz, CA

Drop in between 5 to 9 for a special pop-up exhibit at Studio 112 to engage with the installation, explore different historical artifacts, and participate in hands-on activities. Bring your smartphone and headphones if you have them. Hot beverages will be available from Rica de la Luz, a live DJ and a warm welcome to […]

Studio 122 Grand Opening

Studio 122 1050 River St. #122, Santa Cruz, CA

Celebrate the opening of Studio 122, a collaborative Ceramics Studio. Studio 122 houses 3 resident ceramic artists. Aria McCamant of Charys Ceramics. Anna Cummins of Annacanart. And Abigael Elizabeth of Pottery by Abigael. It's a studio housewarming! Live Music by Curve Sharpens and Coastal Erosion from 7:00-8:30.

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 […]

Gallery 125 at The Tannery

Gallery 125 at The Tannery 1050 River St #125, Santa Cruz, CA

Gallery 125 is showing the work of 6 diverse and intriguing artists: Lynne Todaro, Wendy Meg Siegel, Joan Hellenthal, Melissa West, Linda Fillhardt and Beth Shields. Paintings, prints, cards, sculpture, jewelry, of all types and sizes. Lots of affordable art! Come see us! Masks and social distancing required, for the health and safety of us […]

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!

PATT: GROUP SHOW

Printmakers at the Tannery 1060 River St #107, Santa Cruz, CA

Come join us for First Friday February 3. We will be featuring the work of PATT members: Sue Gilchrist, Jane Gregorius, Cindy Haug, Andrée LeBourveau, Lu Lee, Margaret Niven, AV Pike.

Chris Maltese

Surf City Billiards 931 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

ARTIST BIO: After studying art in New York I was drawn back to good friends and the healing landscapes of Santa Cruz California. Here I was able to explore new modalities of painting, with a focus on figurative work. It caters to my fascination with ancient stories and mythologies, in particular their otherworldly and esoteric […]

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) […]