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

Ross Jones-Opening Reception First Friday August 1, 5-9 pm


Celebrating Santa Cruz native Ross Jones’s lifetime commitment to the fine arts and his impact on the many students at Santa Cruz High School and beyond during his decades of teaching and inspiring young artists.   Ross began painting and drawing at an early age, and art courses were always of prime interest to him.  In 1950, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University.  In 1965 Ross obtained a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Ross taught drawing, design, composition, and painting at Santa Cruz High School, junior college and university level for twenty years.

Ross has worked in watercolors, acrylics, and oils. His most recent work-inspired by several late nineteenth and early twentieth century impressionists and landscape painters- focuses on the landscapes of California’s Central Coast.

Ross has exhibited his work throughout California.  In August 2002 he received an honorable mention in the National Landscape competition.




Richard Stephens Presents the Out of Towners-June 6 – 30, 11 am -5 pm Tues-Sat

Richard Stephens presents The Out of Towners -7 artists, best known in southern California cities, display a wide variety of styles.  Wilfred Sarr has been painting portraits and landscapes for 50 years.  Robert Mackie’s wire reson pictures are incredible in design and color.  John Lamar is a sculptor of functional art.  Kenny Kolda has been a wood carver for forty years and has shown in Carlsbad and Northern San Diego cities but nowhere else.  Cie Gumucio is a photographer who works in non-traditional mediums and creates unexpected combinations relating to the meaning and mystery of being human.  Deitrich Keffel draws studies in black and white with attention to fine detailing  and has published two books of his work.  Richard Stephens is a former gallery owner of Cannery Row Studios in Hermosa Beach and a painter.  Live original music by Karie Hillery from Boulder Creek.  This is a rare opportunity to see cutting edge art and meet artists from Southern California.

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Gallery Hours:  11 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday


7 at Blitzer – May 2 – 31, 2014 Hours 11 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday



7 at Blitzer features seven award-winning Santa Cruz artists: stone sculptors Jeff Arnett and Michael Bashista; metal sculptor Marilyn Kuksht; painters Charles Prentiss and Taz Childress; printmaker Eva Bernstein, and photographer/painter Virginia Draper. Similar in their enjoyment of the processes of making art and in their openness to mysterious accidents, these seven artists present an exciting diversity of compositions, textures, styles, and intentions.  Kuksht, whose “Virgin Moon” is at the intersection of Front and Pacific in downtown Santa Cruz, draws in space with steel.  Bashista also works intuitively, with no outcome in mind, inspired by the unique relationship that develops between him and each stone.   Arnett, who is working on an outdoor marble sculpture for the Arboretum at U. C.  Santa Cruz, savors the hours he spends hammering, rasping, sanding, and polishing stone.  In his abstract images, Arnett’s work calls our attention to the way sculptors “shape light and dark, reveal stone’s memory of minerals, and smooth the calluses of time.  Bernstein embraces printmaking because it “makes me let go of complete control over my art-making. Nothing is predetermined.”  Typically, her monotypes are bold, evocative, and nonobjective with strong color and fine lines, though her longtime practice of figure drawing and her rural surroundings sometime lead to unintentional references.  Also committed to letting the process guide him, Childress paints with “an empty mind.” This commitment and his frequent use of saturated acrylics contribute to an abstract expressionist style. Much of his work eludes categorization with unusual elements and images that belie his offbeat humor and cultural insights.  Prentiss, a museum exhibit designer and architectural and color consultant as well as a widely admired painter, has won two Best in Show awards at MAH Plein Air exhibits.  Best known for his colorful, regional oil paintings and eclectic style, Prentiss is a frequent participant in invitational and solo gallery shows.  Often considered a painterly photographer, Draper will be showing subtle, enigmatic images of sand patterns and recent work that combines paint and digital prints. Inspired by Gerhard Richter’s overpainted photographs, she explores how painted gestures interact with and challenge the documentary quality of photography.

Quartet-Stefani Esta, Sam Farr, Kenneth Parker, Tracy Valleau. Special Evening with Sam Farr April 24, 5-7 pm



Stefani Esta is a contemporary visual artist who creates 3 dimensional and wall sculptures from steel, copper brass, stone and mixed media.  Her interplay with stone and metal reveal the light and energy that lie within the materials she uses.

With camera in hand, Sam Farr captures more than an image; he captures the essence and spirit of the person and place.  His photographs, displayed publicly for the first time, offer a glimpse into his larger world, and through them he shares with us a piece of himself.

Kenneth Parker is a large format landscape colorist working principally in remote pristine wilderness areas throughout the world.  He is currently completing a compelling new portfolio Big Sur/Gentle Fury with intimate compositions of the rugged granitic outcrops, tide pools and powerful wave crashes along this magnificent shore.

Tracy Valleau has been shooting fine art photography for over 55 years and is in the collection at the Crocker Museum.  He is past instructor of photography in the graduate school at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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Featured Artists

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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The Creative Collective 2011

The Creative Collective 2011

UCSC Students and Instructors present an exhibition of the years work at the Robert Blitzer Gallery.  Another great feature for the First Friday Santa Cruz Art tour.  The 2011 Creative Collective features 8 UCSC art students and 5 faculty who have inspired them. A ...