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

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the 1950s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art criticism, film narration, and essays. Often concerned with politics and social issues, Ferlinghetti's poetry countered the literary elite's definition of art and the artist's role in the world. Though imbued with the commonplace, his poetry cannot be simply described as polemic or personal protest, for it stands on his craftsmanship, thematics, and grounding in tradition.

Ferlinghetti's paintings have been shown at various galleries around the world, from the Butler Museum of American Painting to Il Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.

He has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Los Angeles Times' Robert Kirsch Award, the BABRA Award for Lifetime Achievement, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Award for Contribution to American Arts and Letters, the American Civil Liberties Union's Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award. Ferlinghetti was named San Francisco's Poet Laureate in August 1998, and he used his post as a bully-pulpit from which he articulated the seldom-heard "voice of the people." In 2003 he was awarded the Robert Frost Memorial Medal, the Author's Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Catamaran Art Show-Opening Reception First Friday November 7, 5-9 pm

 

Twenty-six artists who have been featured during 2014 in the Catamaran Literary Reader will be on exhibit from November 7 - November 29,2014.  Featured artists are Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Frank Galuszka, Philip Rosenthal, Andrew Purchin, Poppy de Garmo, Fanne Fernow, Paul Fortis, Jane Gregorius, George Hitchcock, Gary Irving, Ralph  Joachim, Mary Karlton, Katell LeBourdonnec, Heejin Lee, Michael Mote, Anna Oneglia, Catie O'Leary, Brad Orsburn, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Andrew Purchin, Cristina Sayers, Ronna Schulkin, Emily Silver, Ed Smiley, Matthew Taylor, Zach Weston and Jan Wurm.

The opening reception on First Friday is a free event.

The Catamaran Art and Jazz Gala will be a  special evening on Saturday, November 8 featuring the Santa Cruz Jazz Ensemble.  Tickets are available at:

http://catamaranliteraryreader.com/art-and-jazz/

 

 

Open Studio Art Tour North County Satellite Exhibit October 11-12 and 18-19, 2014 11am-5pm

 

Preview twenty artists' work from Davenport, Bonny Doon, San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley.  Second and third weekends in October.  Gallery is open from 11 am - 5 pm Tuesday - Sunday October 19.

Maia Negre – October 10 – 19, 2014

 

Vallerys_and_Mist.negreMaia's artwork carries a passion for the beauty of the ocean, action sports, and the quintessential California lifestyle. Working with oil paints, her work captures the ethereal quality and fluidity of the ocean itself, whether she is painting a surf scene, coastal landscape or a vineyard sunset. An avid athlete and visual artist, her work is a unique reflection of energy, action and aesthetics.

Ralph Joachim and Marilyn Kuksht-The Beauty of Abstract Form Last Day of Exhibit Saturday October 4,2014

 

The exhibition features large geometrically themed acrylic paintings by Ralph Joachim and large scale abstract steel sculpture by Marilyn Kuksht.Ralph Joachim was an attorney for over thirty-three years until he and his wife retired to Santa Cruz.   After becoming involved with the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center he began to spend more time on his art.  His work attempts to appeal to the viewer’s imagination, sense of design and visual harmony.  Metal sculptor Marilyn Kuksht, whose “Virgin Moon” was displayed at the intersection of Front and Pacific in downtown Santa Cruz, draws in space with steel. She explains, “The individual pieces of metal are like notes of music that can be intellectually orchestrated or intuitively improvised to communicate directly with our imagination and emotions.”

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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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

A prominent voice of the wide-open poetry movement that began in the 1950s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art criticism, film narration, and essays. Often concerned with politics and social issues, Ferlinghetti’s poetry ...