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Addi Somekh's balloon art at the MAH

Ballooniverse: Balloon Art by Addi Somekh at the MAH

Addi Somekh is expanding the ways we experience balloons. What began as Somekh’s entrepreneurial hobby has evolved into a worldwide art movement that has brought joy, color, and creativity to people across the globe. The self-taught balloon twister is now recognized as one of the most inventive and accomplished international balloon artists in the world today. […]

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Case Finkel's previous float: "Inter-Galactic Begonia Explorer". Grand Prize Winner, 2016.

Begonia Festival Float: “Miss BUgonia”

Article by: Fleur Williams, originally posted at Bizarre Bay Since 1952, hundreds of people have participated in the Capitola Begonia Festival’s nautical parade. It has brought together families, friends, organizations and people from near and far for designing, building, decorating, and cheering on the colorful floats that travel Soquel Creek. Local Santa Cruz went behind […]

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A previous float from the 1970s by Depot Hill Athletic Society.

Begonia Festival Float: “Shipping Out to Sea”

Article by: Fleur Williams, originally posted at Bizarre Bay Since 1952, hundreds of people have participated in the Capitola Begonia Festival’s nautical parade. It has brought together families, friends, organizations and people from near and far for designing, building, decorating, and cheering on the colorful floats that travel Soquel Creek. Local Santa Cruz went behind […]

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Metaface, by Pierre Riche. Welded Steel.

Sculpture Is 2017: In the Garden

Santa Cruz County’s stunning natural environment has inspired several fantastic outdoor art galleries, open to wander in some of the most beautiful months of the year. Every year since 2006, one of this area’s most popular outdoor exhibits happens in Watsonville at the Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens. Serving the community as retail center and […]

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Mathew Taylor (Beast) and Emily Mairi Marsilia (Belle)

BEAUTY & THE BEAST : Interview with Scenic Designer Skip Epperson

Every summer since 1981, the local musical theatre company, Cabrillo Stage, has produced entertainment for thousands of Santa Cruz residents and visitors. Their annual musical productions are created in the artistic styles of Broadway, and are one of Santa Cruz County’s highly anticipated summer performing arts events. For Cabrillo Stage’s 36th Summer Festival, the company […]

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Jeff and Some Aliens, by Sean Donnelly and Alessandro Minoli

Sean Donnelly : Local Artist on Comedy Central

Local artist Sean Donnelly has made contact with extraterrestrials. In this case, the ET’s are animated characters he co-created for Jeff & Some Aliens, a Comedy Central TV show that celebrated its premier in 2016. The recent Comedy Central show is one among many music videos, commercials, and films that feature Donnelly’s unique drawing, animation, writing, and direction. He grew […]

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PNW Beachcruiser, by David Tinsley.

Local Driftwood Artwork

Santa Cruz beaches have been awash with driftwood following recent storms and large swells. With all the wood that’s been drifting to shore, there have also been plenty of creations taking shape into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. These Santa Cruz locals take driftwood from the sand to the studio to transform them into sculptures, structures, […]

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Judy Foreman's Memorial Retrospective - R. Blitzer Gallery.

Judy’s Cabinet of Dada Curiosities and More – R. Blitzer Gallery

In 1916, a group of pacifist and anti-hierarchical Europeans gathered in Zurich, and as a reaction to World War I, generated Dada – an artistic and literary movement that questioned society and challenged the concept of art. To celebrate the centennial of Dadaism, three local galleries have brought together whimsical works from a collection of modern […]

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Artwork by Ed Smiley

Ed Smiley : Featured Artist

If you’re familiar with just a few local artists, abstract painter Ed Smiley is probably one of them. The artist walked us through his technical process of making these exquisitely wild paintings: “My art practice incorporates acrylic transfer of digital printing and xerography into a acrylic painting, as well as inclusion of drawing media, and […]

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