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Rydell Visual Arts Fellows Exhibition-Opening Reception First Friday December 1, 5-9 pm

Three Santa Cruz County artists were awarded the Rydell Fellowship which is made possible through a donor-advised fund established by Roy and Frances Rydell at the Community Foundation, to support the arts in Santa Cruz County in perpetuity.


Helen and Newton Harrison are pioneers of the eco-art movement. For over forty-five years they’ve worked with biologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to explore ideas that use the arts as a vehicle for environmental change. They've presented their work in two Venice Biennales, two Sao Paolo Biennales, the Museums of Modern Art in Chicago, San Francisco, Bonn (Germany), Ljublijana (Slovenia) and the Museum of the Revolution in Zagreb (Croatia).

Irene Lusztig is an associate professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. Born in England to Romanian parents, she grew up in Boston and lived in Europe, China and Russia. Her film and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings and has been screened around the world and on television in the US, Europe, and Taiwan. Filmmaker Magazine listed her among “25 New Faces of Indie Film” in 2003. She holds a MFA from Bard College.

Kathleen Crocetti brings people together to talk and make art around a place or common interest, as a way to strengthen and build community. She uses a range of material including fabric, clay, steel, glass, paper and recycled items. Her work has been shown at the Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, and the Wood Gallery (Vermont). Her public engagement works can be seen throughout Santa Cruz County. She holds a M.A from Norwich University.

Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday noon - 5 pm.

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Kalie Granier West Coast Debut-Opening Reception First Friday November 3, 5-9pm

November 3- 17, 2017

After moving from Paris to Santa Cruz one year ago, Kalie Granier will present her works on the west coast for the first time.  The impetus of "Women's Swim," an underwater variation of the worldwide Women's March, is to question the Feminine in-and-of itself.  Kalie's work offers visual fields where realities can overlap.  Her paintings invite both close inspection and a view from a distance.  The variability of perception is emphasized by her pieces rotating nature, as one layer appears, another disappears, blurring in and out in a fluid orbit.


Open Studios Art Tour Preview Exhibit-First Friday Reception October 6, 5-9 pm

Preview Exhibit featuring artists exclusive to Davenport, Bonny Doon, San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, La Selva Beach and Watsonville.  Preview their work at the gallery to plan your tour to their studios.  Open all three weekends of Open Studio and Tuesday -Friday noon -5pm

Link to Artist Guide and App

Mark Wainer Photographs
Lynne Hubenette Japanese Woodblock Prints
Robert Hyatt Large Abstract Painting

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R. Blitzer Gallery, 2801 Mission Street, Santa Cruz

Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday noon - 5 pm
Special Open Studio Hours include first three Sundays of October noon -5 pm


Metal Masters- September 1-30

Opening Reception First Friday September 1, 5-9 pm

Artists who work with metals- shaping with torches, cutting, pounding and bending-to explore limitless possibilities for amazing works of art.

Artists include Pierre Riche, Jamie Abbott, Marilyn Kuksht, Wendy Ballen, Mandy Spitzer, Roy Holmberg, Robert Blitzer, Kirk McNeill, Doyle Foreman, Roy Johnson, Joe Cosentino, Mark Leadenham, Fred Hunnicutt and artists from the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild.

2017 SCWS postcard front- email

Santa Cruz Watercolor Society-August 4-26-First Friday August 4 5-9 pm

Opening Reception First Friday August 4, 5-9 pm

A cooperative group consisting of plein air and studio watercolorists who are centered in Santa Cruz, California.

Artists:  Linda Lord, Ari Avalos, Nancy Howe, Lenore Doler,  Jere Ann Hall, Aimee Bagur Nelson, Shirley Motmans, Carol L. Riddle, Heidi Michelle Woodmansee, Dale Johnson, Paul Lachance, Lee Taiz, Anne LeBlond Harding



Robert Blitzer

Robert Blitzer

Robert Blitzer

Robert’s metal work is direct welded brass, copper, steel and found metals.  Most of the works feature natural stones, crystals and semi-precious stones, reflecting the artist’s love of natural and refractive materials  Figurative forms are mostly dramatic in ...

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Metal Masters- September 1-30

Opening Reception First Friday September 1, 5-9 pm Artists who work with metals- shaping with torches, cutting, pounding and bending-to explore limitless possibilities for amazing works of art. ...