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What Was, What Is, What Will Be

What Was, What Is, What Will Be

by Bree Karpavage Coming back to the center, the source, the radius - this idea, the theme and inspiration around the upcoming anniversary exhibit at Radius Gallery, DECADE. Celebrating 60+ art exhibits & experiences, representing hundreds of artists, in the books...

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Episode #109 Trevor Jones – Minnow Arts

Episode #109 Trevor Jones – Minnow Arts

by Content Magazine | content-magazine.com Trevor Jones is a family man, building designer, and co-owner of Minnow Arts Gallery in Santa Cruz, California. Trevor was born and raised in Cupertino before studying economics and international studies during his undergrad...

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5 Artisan Gift Shows to Shop for the Holidays

5 Artisan Gift Shows to Shop for the Holidays

Holiday shopping season is here and its the perfect time to shop small and support our local small businesses and artists. In addition to your shopping adventure on the First Friday Santa Cruz Art Tour on December 1, we put together five of our favorite shows and...

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A Community in Clay

A Community in Clay

by Bree Karpavage What has 12 wheels, a pingpong table, shelves of handmade pottery and a wall painted by Jasper Marino? Santa Cruz Clay! This 3000+ square foot warehouse space designed as a working studio co-op, classroom and gallery showroom is the latest project of...

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Into the Waters of Empowerment

Into the Waters of Empowerment

by Bree Karpavage Circles. Raindrops. The four directions. The river meets the ocean meets the clouds. Facing the San Lorenzo River from the River Front Parking Garage is one of Santa Cruz’s newest public art pieces, an expansive mosaic mural telling the story of...

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Totally Artrageous

Totally Artrageous

by Bree Karpavage Colorful and illustrative, the newest addition to the Capitola Mall, Artrageous, features the collective flavor of eight local Santa Cruz street artists. Brands like Jimbo Phillips, Made Fresh Crew, Rugged Coast and Lemon Tree have taken over this...

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Indexical’s Founder Finds a New Stage

Indexical’s Founder Finds a New Stage

by Bree Karpavage Indexical’s journey began in 2011 in a converted chapel in Brooklyn, NY as a hub for experimental music and those who love to play it. Founder and Executive Director Andrew Smith and a handful of friends saw the need for a space dedicated to...

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Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

by Bree Karpavage Archways, stained glass, bricks, white walls, metalwork, and a sculpture garden. A culmination of materials comprising a quirky old building in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz, the Felix Kulpa Gallery. Perhaps the oldest gallery in Santa Cruz, over...

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Sights & Sounds of Public Art

Sights & Sounds of Public Art

by Bree Karpavage Twenty-four rotating stainless steel arms give voice to the spring breeze, expressing a soothing tinkering sound along the walkway at the Tannery Arts Center. Looking up, this magnificent kinetic sculpture created by Moto Ohtake stands proudly in the...

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FashionTeens – A Platform for Santa Cruz Youth

FashionTeens – A Platform for Santa Cruz Youth

by Bree Karpavage This winter over 50 teens from seven schools around the county were busy envisioning and creating unique outfits inspired by social justice, climate awareness, recycling and other impactful issues for a special youth centered runway show at the Rio...

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In the Liminal

In the Liminal

by Bree Karpavage Liminal space - a time between what was and what’s next. A fitting name for the creative project unfolding over at the Westside’s Circle Church. A vision of founder, Weston Mossman, his series of immersive art events “Northern Lights” and...

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Flowers in the Sand

Flowers in the Sand

by Bree Karpavage Walking along the cliffs above Panther beach, Brighton Denevan’s sand mandala stands out with an almost ancient energy. What appears to be mounds of sand in a circle, is actually a carefully thought out work of art, circles and radiating lines in the...

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On the Road to Open Studios

On the Road to Open Studios

by Bree Karpavage The roads were diverse and the artists were many as we ventured out on the North County Open Studios Art Tour last Sunday. Meandering through the traffic of Downtown, Midtown and the Westside, the wild open road of the north coast and the switchbacks...

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Curated – Downtown’s Newest Gallery Inspires

Curated – Downtown’s Newest Gallery Inspires

The Great Morgani at Curated's Opening Reception for "Exhibitionist." by Bree Karpavage In August of 2020 in the midst of the pandemic and a bit under the radar, local gallery curator, Melissa Kreisa opened Santa Cruz’s newest white wall gallery, Curated. Located at...

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The Tannery Arts Center – A First Friday Destination

The Tannery Arts Center – A First Friday Destination

  by Maha Taitano As First Friday reopens in venues across Santa Cruz county this year, keep an eye out for the happenings at the Tannery Arts Center. Artist studios and galleries are reopening post pandemic and creating a First Friday experience full of fresh...

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Remembering Angelo Grova

Remembering Angelo Grova

By Molly Ressler Angelo Grova was an accomplished artist across mediums, from bronze casting and stonework to painting and fashion. He was a trailblazer within the Santa Cruz artist community and a dedicated teacher who devoted the lion’s share of his time and energy...

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Megan Gnekow: Wildlife Conservation Through Art

Megan Gnekow: Wildlife Conservation Through Art

Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History  As a scientific illustrator inspired by her home state, Megan Gnekow’s watercolors and drawings star the diversity of plants and wildlife here in California. She’s spent weeks closely observing the habits of...

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