Located on the West Side of Santa Cruz showing the work of local and regional artists.

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Santa Cruz Woodworkers Opening Reception First Friday May 6, 5-9 pm

The Santa Cruz Woodworkers once again present the cutting edge of
one-of-a-kind designs in wood made by nationally known Santa Cruz craftsmen!

Om Anand, Ron Cook, Ron Day, Roger Heitzman, Joshua Salesin, Michael Singer,
Patrick Stafford, Gary Stevens, and Matthew Werner will be exhibiting new
furniture, sculptures, musical instruments, and artwork May 6 through May

Wood block prints by guest artists Andrea Rich and Aaron Johnson will also be

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In Conversation with UCSC Studio Art Faculty-Opening Reception Friday April 8, 5-7 pm

Exhibition Dates April 8 - April 30, 2016

The first large-scale faculty show in over ten years features 23 UCSC Art Department faculty at both the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery on campus and the R. Blitzer Gallery.  The artwork will range from computer technologies, such as video mapping, transmedia storytelling, and photo-digital intaglio printmaking with laser-cutting processes, to classical painting, drawing, and sculpture.
Participating Artists:

Elliott Anderson, Brandin Barón, Tra Bouscaren, Noah Buchanan, E.G. Chrichton, Frank Galuszka, Melissa Gwynn, Jeff Hemming, Dee Hibbert-Jones, Enrique Leal, Jimmin Lee, Norman Locks, Peter Loftus, Kyle Lane-McKinley, Wes Modes, Sean Monaghan, A. Laurie Palmer, Kathleen C. Perry, Ian Pines, Susana Ruiz, Beth Stephens, Lewis Watts.




Catamaran Literary Reader- Closing Reception First Friday April 1, 5 -9 pm.

Original works from artists featured in the last four quarterly issues of Catamaran Literary Reader.  The magazine brings the best of the literary and visual arts to homes four times a year but you can only see the original artwork once a year at the annual exhibit.  Exhibit runs March 4 - April 1.

On First Friday, April 1 at 6 pm, Christina Waters, Santa Cruz arts writer, columnist for GTWeekly, and UCSC Adjunct Professor in Digital Arts/New Media, will provide a brief walking tour of highlights of the exhibit. Waters will share interpretive insights into the techniques and styles of presenting artists, including Melissa Gwyn, Ralph Joachim, Frank Galuszka, Noah Buchanan, Ian Pines, and Margaret Niven.
A portion of the sales of the art benefits Catamaran Literary Reader.

Artists in the exhibit are:
Richard Bennett, Andrea Borsuk, Noah Buchanan, Carol Camp, Poppy de Garmo, Jessica Dunne, Frank Galuszka, Melissa Gwyn, Julie Heffernan, Molly Cliff Hilts, Gary Hughes, Ralph Joachim, Barbara Lawrence, Peter Loftus, Tim Matthews, Adrienne Momi,  Larry Morace, Margaret Niven, Yari Ostovany, Ian Pines, Cher Roberts, Christina Sayers, Charles Schmidt, Colby Sempek, Neal Snidow,  Marc Trujillo, Robin Winfield.


ABSTRACT SANTA CRUZ – Opening Reception First Friday February 5, 5 – 9 pm

A show of nineteen premiere artists working in the Santa Cruz area, curated by Cher Roberts and Ed Smiley.  Music will be provided by The Great Morgani who promises to be in his best abstract form.  Exhibit runs February 5 - 27, 2016.

Gallery hours are noon - 5 pm Tuesday - Saturday.

Phone: 831-458-1217
Fax: 831-458-0141
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January 2016 Events-New Hours: Noon – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday. Closed First Friday January 1, 2016 for the New Year’s Day holiday

Saturday, January 9, 2 - 4 pm
Jody Alexander will be at the gallery and will give an informal talk about her Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship exhibit, KEEP: Modern Library, beginning at 2:30. Her artist's book, KEEP, that accompanies the exhibit will be available for purchase at that time.

Saturday, January 23, 2-4:30 pm

The Santa Cruz-based Sister Brothers, a vocal trio performing American roots music, will perform an unamplified concert consisting of two half-hour sets, with a 15-minute break between sets.

The performance will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.; since seating will be limited, we recommend arriving early. Following the concert, we recommend that you take time to enjoy the current exhibit (2014-15 Rydell Visual Arts Fellows Exhibition), partake in refreshments, and socialize. One of the 2014-15 Rydell Fellows, Jody Alexander, will be attending the concert and will remain in the gallery afterwards to answer any questions you may have about her work.

ADMISSION: While no admission fee will be charged at the door, we are asking audience members to make a small donation to help defray concert expenses (space and chair rental, etc.).
The Sister Brothers are Dan Landry, Jim MacKenzie, and Heidi Rentería. We sing songs with roots in the Appalachian, bluegrass, and old-school country music traditions, in close, three-part vocal harmonies. Usually accompanied by a single acoustic guitar or sung a cappella, our music is performed the old-fashioned way - without amplification.We sing songs by folks like the Carter Family, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, the Stanley Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and the Louvin Brothers, plus traditional songs whose composers are unknown.Although each of us has extensive and varied singing experience, we've been singing together as a trio only for the past three and a half years, building our repertoire and developing our own unique arrangements.

The Rydell Visual Arts Fellows Exhibition continues through the month of January.  If you have not seen the work of these three Fellows, we hope you will make a point of coming in to see it.

Jody Alexander, the fellowship recipient for 2015, is a bookmaker, librarian and teacher. She binds books with found and discarded papers and fabric in a number of historical and modern binding styles and combines them with found objects to create sculptural works and installations.

Jim Denevan, fellowship recipient for 2014, is a surfer, chef and internationally renowned land artist known for his monumental, temporary drawings on California beaches.

Elizabeth Stephens, artist fellow for 2014, is an activist and educator whose art has explored sexuality, gender and feminism for over 25 years. Recently, her film, Goodbye Gauley Mountain, An Ecosexual Love Story, done with her collaborator Annie Sprinkle, opened the 2013 Santa Cruz Film Festival.



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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