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

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Concerts: Raymond Gonzalez, Jeff Titus and Fred Carlson Friday June 23 7:00 pm and Sister Brothers Saturday June 24 3:00 pm

Raymond Gonzalez, Jeff Titus & Fred Carlson

Doors Open at 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Raymond Gonzalez is a composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist. A professional guitarist since the age of 16, he has traveled extensively throughout the US performing on concert stages, festivals, radio, TV,coffeehouses, house concerts, and most things in between. Classical, celtic, jazz, folk, blues, rock and the avant-garde are all in Raymond’s arsenal ofmusical styles. He began composing for solo guitar, piano, and small (classical)ensembles at a very young age, which ultimately led to a Master's degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music. He continues to
compose and perform in the classical and modern music arenas. Raymond taught guitar (all styles) at University of Massachusetts, Boston for 11 years. He currently is a professor at Salem State University where he teaches classes in
songwriting and the music industry as well as private classical and jazz guitar. In addition to his commercial writing, and production work at blue fish sound productions, Raymond has written and produced twelve albums of original songs
and solo guitar pieces. His solo guitar recording, “Open Tuning,” released 2012 was voted top 20 from Metronome Magazine 2012. In addition there were numerous wonderful reviews - see the website: raymondgonzalez.net His most
recent CD, “One Bright Light” was released in 2013 and also received fine reviews and international airplay. His latest solo guitar project, “UnknownMariner,” is due out June 2017.

Without a doubt the unique 24-string Harp Sympitar "Oracle" Jeff Titus brings is worth showing-up to see. This one-of-a-kind beautifully designed Fred Carlson wood and steel creation is dedicated in loving memory to the music of Michael Hedges. If that isn't enough, Jeff also brings another Fred Carlson masterpiece to the stage, the magical and multi-dimensional "Taproot" 18-string Harp Sympitar, rarely played in public. Percussive, tap note filled runs over the fretboard compliment Jeff's original music and intricate Fingerstyle arrangements. No lover of stringed instruments should miss this show!

Luthier, banjoist and songwriter Fred Carlson has been building and playing stringed instruments for 45 years.  As a player, his main focus has been on old-time mountain banjo styles.  As a builder, he is known for creating unique, one-of-a-kind guitars and harp guitars featuring sympathetic resonating strings and highly sculptural shapes. In the concert on the 23rd, Fred will demonstrate his most recent, banjo-like creations, and also will talk a bit about the unusual harp guitars that Jeff Titus will be performing on

 

Sister Brothers Vocal Trio with Guitar

Sister Brothers Vocal Trio with Guitar

Come early. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The Sister Brothers (Dan Landry, Jim MacKenzie, and Heidi Renteria) is a Santa Cruz–based vocal trio favoring close, three-part harmonies. We sing songs by folks like Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Nolan, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Hazel Dickens, the Stanley Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and the Louvin Brothers; traditional songs whose composers are largely unknown; and a few tunes from recent decades. These songs generally have their roots in, or have been influenced by, the Appalachian, bluegrass, and old-school country music traditions of the United States. Accompanied by acoustic guitar and tenor ukulele, or sung a cappella, our music is performed the old-fashioned way—without amplification.

 

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Santa Cruz Art of Guitar Exhibition and Festival

 

This six week festival- June 2 - July 15- is a series of events that feature twenty of the world's most admired guitar builders who live and work here in Santa Cruz County.

The Santa Cruz Art of Guitar provides an opportunity for a group of highly skilled artisans - the stringed-instrument makers of Santa Cruz County - to be celebrated by their community and recognized for their unique contribution to the bohemian spirit that has characterized local entrepreneurialism over the past four decades. Join us in exploring a craft that, through the melding of art and artisanry, transforms strings and wood into exquisite objects designed and built to serve a single purpose: making music.

 

Concert Series at the Gallery featuring instruments made in Santa Cruz:
Doors Open at 7 pm, downbeat at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted
$15.00 at the door

SATURDAY JUNE 3 CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Friday June 9

Giacomo Fiore: music of Robert Strizich

Carlitos de Santa Cruz and friends: Flamenco

Friday June 23
Raymond Gonzalez
Jeff Titus & Fred Carlson

Saturday June 24
Sister Brothers vocal trio with guitar
Doors open at 2:30 pm, downbeat at 3

Friday June 30
Bill Walker
Steve Palazzo & Rachel Goodman

Saturday July 15
Closing Concert
William Coulter and Chris Mallet

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Debut Presentation of Baroque Guitar, Charles Sutton and Danielle Peters

This Guitar is the result of a collaboration between Charles Sutton, Luthier and Danielle Peters, Artist, who met at the gallery during the first Santa Cruz City sponsored SCRAP show.  Charles was absolutely knocked out by Danielle's artwork some of which lends itself perfectly to the baroque guitar rosettas.  The result of this collaboration is beyond stunning.  Please join us to see and hear the guitar and talk to the artists.

BeachBreak,2006,oil on canvas,32x39in

Catamaran Literary Reader Fourth Annual Exhibit- May 5-27, Closing Artists’ Talk Saturday May 27 3-5 pm

Gallery Talk 3-5 pm Saturday May 27 with participating artists:

Milo Reice, Allison Carrillo, Frank Galuszka, Christina Waters,Stuart Presely, Chip Scheuer.  Free event.

Catamaran Literary Reader brings the best of literary and visual art to your home four times a year, but you can only see the original artwork once--at the annual Art Gala and sale.  The art show will feature works from artists featured in the last four quarterly issues of the magazine, among them David Campbell, Steven Carelli, Frank Galuszka, Christine Hanlon, KK Kozil, David Ligare, David Molesky, Tina Newberry, Stuart Presley, Milo Reice, Chip Scheuer, Christina Waters and Chris Winfield and Eduardo Carillo.

 

Image credit:  Beach Break, Oil on Canvas, David Molesky

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Fiber Reflections: Shared Dimensions Opening First Friday April 7, 5-9 pm

The New Fiber Group is composed of textile artists celebrating their work through the media of batik, felt making, paper making, quilting and weaving. NFG members exhibiting their work in the April show entitled “Fiber Reflections: Shared Dimensions” are: Ann Baldwin May, Marilou Moschetti, Carole Rossi and Alexandra Sanders. Guest artists are Nora Grant and Tracey Appleton.

April 7 - 29, 2017

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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Santa Cruz Art of Guitar Exhibition and Festival

Santa Cruz Art of Guitar Exhibition and Festival

  This six week festival- June 2 – July 15- is a series of events that feature twenty of the world’s most admired guitar builders who live and work here in Santa Cruz County. The Santa Cruz Art of Guitar provides an opportunity for a group of highly skilled ...

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