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


William Coulter, Chris Mallett, Paul Hostetter and Robin Petrie: Closing Concert Saturday July 15 Doors Open 7:00 pm

William Coulter, Chris Mallett, Paul Hostetter & Robin Petrie

  • R. Biitzer Gallery

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

William Coulter is an American Celtic guitarist, performer, recording artist, and teacher. Since 1981 he has explored the world of traditional music as a soloist with ensembles including Isle of Skye, Orison, and the Coulter-Phillips Ensemble.

Christopher Mallett is gaining recognition as one of America's promising up and coming classical guitarists. He has been described by Soundboard Magazine as "Virtuosic,"  and by Classical Guitar Magazine as "Superb." Mallett began teaching himself to play guitar at the age of 13. In 2003 at the age of 19 he met Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda who introduced him to classical guitar. Since then Mallett has earned a Bachelor's Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Stephen Aron and a Master's Degree from the Yale University School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery on a full-tuition scholarship.

Robin Petrie has been deeply involved in dance (Scottish, ballet, flamenco, middle-eastern, Balkan) since childhood and has played santour (hammered dulcimer) and recorded numerous albums since 1980, touring the US, Europe and Southern Hemisphere extensively. Though focusing initially on British Isles and French music, her more current work is with music not only from the five corners of Europe, but on to north Africa, India, and the Middle East. She is a 28-or-so year veteran teacher at the Lark In The Morning camps in Mendocino. She has recorded two solo albums for the Gourd label, as well as participating in a great many other recordings on Gourd and other labels, having worked with Danny Carnahan, Junji Shirota, Martin Simpson, Henry Kaiser, Richard Thompson, Panacea, and many, many others.

Paul Hostetter has been exploring global music since taking up the guitar in 1960 in his native Detroit, where his earliest musical influences included classical music, old jazz, R&B, bluegrass and country, Indian and Greek music. Between 1974 and 2004, he accompanied Italian mandolinists Riccardo Tunzi and Tony Flores, and has collaborated with such luminaries as Benton Flippen, Rossy, Rakotofrah, Bertram Levy, Johnny Puleo, Dewey Balfa, Mike Seeger, Henry Kaiser, Neal Hellman, Marvin Gaye, Jody Stecher, and Martin Simpson. He programmed world music on KUSP-FM from 1973 until 2001. He has worked as both a studio musician and producer, including projects in Madagascar, recording and producing albums of Malagasy music for the Shanachie label. Since 1970, he has restored violins and other stringed instruments. In 1978, he began developing the Santa Cruz Guitar Company model known as the H and particularly the H-13, and enthusiastically plays SCGC guitars.

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Santa Cruz Art of Guitar Exhibition and Festival until July 15

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

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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