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Sep
1
to Oct 2

Luz Donahue at Coffee Cat

I've been making watercolor abstract art for the last decade. I was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. Five years ago I moved to Santa Cruz and found inspiration in the ocean, mountains, forests, and sunsets.

The beauty here reminds me of where I came from.

Beauty crosses all cultural boundaries. I believe that through art, we canbetter connect to the humanity inside each of us--something our country desperately needs more of.

Until September 30th all proceeds from work sold on Etsy will go your hurricane relief charity of choice.  You may send a receipt of your direct donation to the organization over Etsy. You can choose to purchase over Etsy and I will donate to the Texas Hurricane Relief Fund. 
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Sep
1
to Oct 2

Ed Smiley at Pacific Avenue

Thoughts on painting

I believe in the elusive. I believe in the poetic. I believe in ecstasy and in joy. If there is night, dawn approaches. Color is life.

My subject is multiple, indeterminate, and unlimited. I subtract only to add.

Those things that can unite with eccentric success and yet should not work together attract and amuse me. Taste is overrated.

For me narrative dilutes vision. I believe visual works are neither theory nor text and should not too easily be put into words.

I choose to express myself in an abstract way. This for me is the purest pursuit of reality, a reality that is fundamentally hilarious, interconnected and non-local.

Notes on my art practice

I use laserjet prints in my current work, transferred directly into the paint combined with glazes and direct gestural painting, masking, and spraying, worrying the surfaces using scrubbing, scratching and sanding. I also include charcoal, ballpoint pen, and occasionally paper, glitter, twigs and transferred paint skins.

I scan forms while moving them through the scanner create gestural effects which mimic but have uncanny dissimilarities to the brush. These form the “drawing” or skeleton of the work. The forms can come from found objects, fabrics, or be produced in fractal programs. 

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Mar
2
to Apr 9

Janet Silverglate at Coffee Cat

Although she has been part of the Santa Cruz art community as curator for Oswald Restaurant for the last eight years, Janet Silverglate has only recently been creating her own artwork. Janet has a B.A. in Art History/Dance from the University of California Riverside and a M.F.A. in Dance from Mills College. She danced in the Bay Area for many years until her move to Santa Cruz County. Janet has taught dance and Pilates at UCSC and choreographed for Cabrillo College.

Janet has always been a designer of many disciplines. Along with choreography she has designed gardens, interiors and worked in textile arts. An avid treasure hunter she has finally found her art form in Assemblage and Mixed Media. Using salvaged, found, recycled materials to create her work, Janet has come to love the process of design and construction. She participated in her second Santa Cruz Open Studios tour this past October and has been showing her work at various venues throughout Santa Cruz County. Recently Janet was part of the SCRAP program for the City of Santa Cruz. This pilot program allowed artists access to the Resource Recovery Center on Dimeo Lane.

She may be reached at jansilver@earthlink.net.

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Mar
1
to Apr 2

Drawn2Art at Pacific Avenue

Drawn2Art teaches students realistic drawing and painting. Curriculum is varied to include teaching still-life, the figure, landscape, portraiture, cartooning, animation, clay sculpture and more. This high quality fine art program offers art instruction that goes far beyond cut and paste, and arts & crafts. It teaches a student how to "see" in a new way and offers basic understanding of how to draw and paint.

Realistic drawing and painting skills help strengthen confidence, which in turn lessens frustration. Drawn2Art drawing and painting instruction helps students avoid continual dissatisfaction with their artistic abilities, so that they will not eventually give up pursuing art as a viable interest. Drawing and painting are learned subjects, just like any other.

In this art Exhibit we proudly present artwork done by our students over the past few years. The students are all local children ages 6-15 years old.

Drawn2Art is located in the King's Villiage Shopping Center.

218 D Mt. Hermon Rd

Scotts Valley, CA 95066

KidsArtSCoffice@gmail.com
(831) 439-9233

 

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Feb
2
to Mar 2

Christianna Hunnicutt at Coffee Cat

Statement from the Artist

These pieces are about bringing together aspects of previous work. I had not worked with the female figure since I stopped making figurative sculpture a few years ago. Instead, I explored the areas of two dimensional mixed media using color, texture, photographic images and parts of cell phones to create landscapes and cityscapes, some abstract and some more representational. The desire to work with the female figure took over once more, so I went back to my earlier life drawings which were starting points for some of my sculptures. These were scaled down and transformed into simple cut-out shapes to be incorporated into mono printed, collaged environments that tell a story. Some fairly obvious, others may be a little more complex. All open to individual interpretation.

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Feb
1
to Mar 1

Human Spaceship: Paintings by Sarah Bianco at Lulu's on Pacific

My paintings, although the style and format have changed over time, always have been exploring the relationships between the internal & external worlds.  The spiritual versus material elements of human being have been attempted to be deciphered through pure abstract oil paintings.  The figure then, in a more identifiable form, started showing up and having a direct relationship with those abstract landscapes and how it moves through them.  Recently the work has been more of a direct inquiry, depicting the body as a container in which we are traveling though space.  Figures became more realistic as the space expanded and abstracted.  Questions arise such as... how do we, as these fragile bodies, contain the vastness and enormity of the whole?  What have we signed up for and what is our responsibility on this particular journey, in this particular body, during this time? What is especially interesting is the unseen, the element of mystery, wonder and magic of it all, that which is present naturally as children and then available to return to as we are invited to grow and evolve.   This work tries to capture the beauty of the search without a map of the universe, the innocence and determination of being directionless, yet on a specific path and the courage it takes to all travel in these spaceships, to play this game and connect the dots.  

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Jan
2
to Feb 2

David Fleming at Coffee Cat

David Fleming: 

 After graduation from San Jose State with a B.S. in industrial design, Dave went to work for Ford in Detroit as a car stylist, his most notable success being the rear-end of the '69 Mustang. After two years he returned to California to work for Lockheed as an off-road vehicle designer. He spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany, working for Porsche. Returning to the USA, he put in a few more years at Lockheed and in 1974 decided to return to school to study painting. Two years later he left industry to devote himself to teaching (San Jose State) and painting.

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D. Hooker at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific
Dec
1
to Jan 7

D. Hooker at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific

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I am primarily a mixed-media artist and although the nature of my work varies, it almost always involves paper and unique finishes. These collaged, mixed-media pieces juxtapose the realism of photos with a loose painting style. The series combines digital rendering and traditional painting techniques but settles deeply into the mixed media realm. This system of borrowing, manipulating and distorting, using digital tools (PhotoShop and BuZZ) is then integrated with the mixed media world using everything from rust to smoke.

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Jason Cowan at Coffee Cat
Dec
1
to Jan 7

Jason Cowan at Coffee Cat

an unexpected burn of events. a life lived near the bottom of an empty container. in the space between agincourt and the little big horn there is a rented room; webster str, chicago. i have not been there yet. but it has made a great impression upon me.

looking back, art is the one thing i have always had. for a long time i struggled against it. i still struggle against it. sometimes we push away the best things in our lives without understanding why. 

there is a story that i started to tell myself when i was a child. someday when i have the strength and the courage i will paint it

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Dave Fleming at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific
Nov
1
to Dec 1

Dave Fleming at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific

After graduation from San Jose State with a B.S. in industrial design, I went to work for Ford in Detroit as a car stylist, my most notable success being the rear-end of the '69 Mustang. After two years I returned to California to work for Lockheed as an off-road vehicle designer. I spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany, working for Porsche. Returning to the USA, I put in a few more years at Lockheed and in 1974 decided to return to school to study painting. Two years later I left the industry to devote myself to teaching and painting.

-DAVID FLEMING 

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Nov
1
to Dec 1

Edith Laslow at Coffee Cat

Edith loves to paint indoors and out. She is most interested in light and color. Viewers of her paintings often say, "I know where that is," or “I want to go there". Another frequent comment that always pleases her is, “I like your colors”. She likes to experiment and learn with mixed media work.

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Maddie Lewis at Coffee Cat
Oct
1
to Nov 1

Maddie Lewis at Coffee Cat

Maddie Amelia Lewis is a female, queer artist driven by passion and her empathetic nature. She is a surrealist and abstract acrylic painter, but also dabbles in other forms of art. Her surrealist landscape paintings are influenced by wanderlust, internal dreamscapes, and a lifelong obsession with fantasy worlds.

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Joh Flores at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific
Sep
9
4:00pm 4:00pm

Joh Flores at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific

John Flores began watercolor painting fourteen years ago.  Largely self-taught, he has been prolific – painting hundreds of landscapes primarily based on places he has travelled.

Growing up in Sunnyvale, and a Santa Cruz resident for seventeen years, he has always expressed himself through art. He’s done work in pencil, charcoal, stain glass, and furniture design. 

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Drawn2Art at Coffee Cat
Sep
1
to Oct 1

Drawn2Art at Coffee Cat

Drawn2Art teaches students realistic drawing and painting. Curriculum is varied to include teaching still-life, the figure, landscape, portraiture, cartooning, animation, clay sculpture and more. This high quality fine art program offers art instruction that goes far beyond cut and paste, and arts & crafts. It teaches a student how to "see" in a new way and offers basic understanding of how to draw and paint.

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Various Authors at Coffee Cat
Aug
1
to Sep 4

Various Authors at Coffee Cat

This show features covers from four local authors: Charise Olson, Katherine Hyde, Shelley Adina, and Sherry Kyle. Book covers are designed to tell just enough of a story through color, font and image inviting the reader to step inside. It is an art and science. The four authors participating in this show write a variety of genres in fiction and even non fiction. 

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Carrie Clayden at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific
Aug
1
to Sep 4

Carrie Clayden at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific

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All of Carrie's themes resonate with her life, following closely with the idea that painters tend to paint what is important to them. Carrie's love of nature helps to inspire her two main themes: flowers and water. The sunlight of the spirit infuses Carrie's flower paintings making the flowers dance off the canvas and merrily into the air. Her water series come from her lifelong love of the ocean and its ability to both make a body weightless, and dance dappled light upon its surface. Carrie expresses her hands-on personality by literally putting her paint-covered hands to the canvas. Carrie finds that connecting physically with the painting without the interference of brushes helps her connects to its soul.

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Barbara Lawrence at Coffee Cat
Jul
1
to Aug 2

Barbara Lawrence at Coffee Cat

I was born in San Francisco and spent my early years walking the hills and beaches, exploring the parks and museums and sailing on San Francisco Bay, all the time absorbing the rich visual information which later became my paintings. I received my B.A. degree from San Francisco State University and an M.A. degree from San Jose State University. I taught Life Drawing and Advanced Painting at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto and am currently painting full time in my Santa Cruz studio. I have had many one person shows as well as involvement in invitational and juried shows. 

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Jul
1
to Aug 2

Kirby Scudder at Coffee Cat

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When I was a child, I had two rabbits as pets and for some strange reason they loved the smell and taste of coffee. My mother and I would spend hours talking about why they loved coffee, but you never saw rabbits drinking coffee and were there other rabbits that loved coffee. that lead to us writing several short stories about rabbits and their habits.

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Jun
1
to Jul 3

Tom Jacobs at the Coffee Cat

The Photographer

Through my art, I seek to tell a story about a moment and place in time. Sometimes the story centers on a lone character - a derelict gatehouse, a cobblestone path, an abandoned tricycle in the snow. Other stories express the poetry in nature such as the sea, birds in flight, sun rays in the forest. The photographs I make are ones that are meaningful to me, and ones I hope will speak to others. Much like original paintings, my art provides a unique window to the world rather than simply an often-photographed pretty scene. The natural colors and textures in my images actually often lead the viewer to think they are paintings rather than photographs. I seek to create art with a timeless quality, so that it can be appreciated long into the future.

Applying my expertise in lighting, composition and photographic technology complements the stories I tell with my camera. I have been a self-taught and passionate photographer for over 20 years, and became a full-time professional in 2002. My background in computer software provided me the expertise to fully embrace the transition from traditional film to digital photography long before it became popular among most photographers.

The formats I currently present include custom-framed prints, canvas giclees, and matted prints.  In all cases, the materials used are archival with a long life expectancy. The custom-framed prints, which I call “Gallery Design,” and the canvas giclees both allow the viewer to step into the image without the glare of glass. I perform all the processes in creating my art, with one exception for mounting the print for the Gallery Design.

My art work is available at fine art fairs, several retail stores, open studios, and on the web. I am a member of the Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz Community of Digital Artists, Aptos Chamber of Commerce, and the Carmel Center for Photographic Art. In addition to photography, my other loves are my wife, Pamela, traveling, and playing finger style guitar. We live on the Santa Cruz coast with our dog, Weston, and our two cats, Ansel and Sierra. And please don’t ask Pamela about her horse - she’ll never stop talking!

Contact:

tj@tomjacobsphotography.com

 

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Kristian Echenique at Lulu Carpenter's at the Octagon
Apr
4
to May 5

Kristian Echenique at Lulu Carpenter's at the Octagon

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Kristian Echenique is a Santa Cruz native who feels grateful to live here on the Central Coast. He spends his days gardening and painting when days allow. Kristian uses a mixture of acrylic, oil, and spray paint in his pieces. He is inspired by nature and human culture. Time spent living in Oakland, California and a childhood climbing Mayan ruins have influenced his art greatly. 

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Frosty Hesson at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific
Mar
1
to Apr 3

Frosty Hesson at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific

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Expanding the adventures of living a full life Frosty Hesson continues to seek personal challenges. He continues to be on the ocean, surfing, paddling and supporting the water community sharing his expanding knowledge and experiences. He returns to the deserts and mountains to add balance to his perspectives of community, family, friends and personal observations and goals. 

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Anne Scott-Chambers at Lulu Carpenter's at the Octagon
Feb
1
to Apr 3

Anne Scott-Chambers at Lulu Carpenter's at the Octagon

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I arrived in Santa Cruz in 1944 at age 3 months: a sleepy little kid in a once sleepy little town. I have been rooted here since, with many rich forays out, always to return. I began scratching away with crayon, chalk, pencil from my first vertical years and haven't stopped since, having hopefully strengthened technique since those early days. 

-Anne Scott-Chambers

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Maureen Gordon at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific
Feb
1
to Mar 3

Maureen Gordon at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific

I have been embroidering for over 40 years, since my mother taught me my first stitches at the age of 9. 

In college, inspired by the Impressionists, and particularly Van Gogh’s bold, separate strokes of color in Starry Night, I thought that this energy could be captured in thread. And so I embroidered it. Thus began a new medium for me, which has become my main form of expression over the past thirty years.

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D. Hooker at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific and Coffee Cat
Jan
1
to Feb 6

D. Hooker at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific and Coffee Cat

"I am primarily a mixed-media artist and although the nature of my work varies, it almost always involves paper and unique finishes. These collaged, mixed-media pieces juxtapose the realism of photos with a loose painting style. The series combines digital rendering and traditional painting techniques but settles deeply into the mixed media realm. This system of borrowing, manipulating and distorting, using digital tools (PhotoShop and BuZZ) is then integrated with the mixed media world using everything from rust to smoke."

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Nancy Graham at Coffee Cat
Jan
1
to Jan 31

Nancy Graham at Coffee Cat

Nancy Graham is a Santa Cruz artist specializing in watercolor still lifes and portraits. Her colors are bright and designs are lyrical. She has an approach to life that is emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. She loves drawing and coloring in her drawings with a calm and meditative frame of mind and heart. 

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Nov
16
to Jan 1

Brad Orsburn at Lulu Carpenter's at the Octagon

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My studio practice centers on drawing and sculpture.

I believe that ambiguity is an asset and responsibility to visual imagery. It is my intent to create images that are not any one thing in the world. Ultimately I am striving to intensify the dynamic of the viewer by objectifying feelings that manifest themselves via individual and collective interaction with my work. 

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Gary Carpenter at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific
Nov
1
to Dec 31

Gary Carpenter at Lulu Carpenter's on Pacific

"Funny how little I've changed after all this time. I started playing guitar and drawing when I was very young and I'm still doing the same thing almost 50 years later. My music and my visual arts are intertwined on a deep level and although it's created some consternation as to where to put my energies, somehow things have worked out and over the years they both have provided me with a livelihood."

-Gary Carpenter

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Mary Anne Carson at Pacific
Oct
1
to Oct 31

Mary Anne Carson at Pacific

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“For me photography is a joy, a passion, and a form of expression. When I am behind the lens, I’m in my “happy place.”  I’m attracted to lighting, weathered objects, the play of shadows, and capturing the activities of everyday people in their environment.  My favorite photos capture ephemeral moments in time; the once in a lifetime shot that’s already changed the moment you hear the shutter click, in the blink of an eye." 

-Mary Anne Carson

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