Views of the Cruz: Featured Exhibit

“Boardwalk Palm, Early Morning” by Barbara Bailey-Porter.

“Boardwalk Palm, Early Morning” by Barbara Bailey-Porter.

"Sea Cliff Rising", by Kelly Broitman. Acrylic.

“Sea Cliff Rising”, by Kelly Broitman. Acrylic.

Santa Cruz has always been a place that inspires art, and there seems to be no better way to convey the natural beauty and creative vivacity of this region than through the eyes of local artists. To kick off 2017, the Santa Cruz Art League is presenting Views of the Cruz, an exhibition showcasing mixed media work by member artists.

"Rio Theatre", by Joan Davisson. Acrylic.

“Rio Theatre”, by Joan Davisson. Acrylic.

Art league members have been invited to submit one piece of work per artist that shares their creative perspective of Santa Cruz. The show features various media, including paintings, wood, copper wire, photography, and more. The work shares scenes from across the county, and impressions of familiar places and personal experiences depicting how the artists live, work, play, and perceive the area. While many of the pieces are traditional in nature, some are more abstract, and several appear as provocative social commentary. All of the work has been influenced by Santa Cruz and reflects its unique, multi-dimensional atmosphere.

"It Takes Years of Practice", by Wendy Balley. Copper Wire.

“It Takes Years of Practice”, by Wendy Balley. Copper Wire.

"Venetian Dream", Tom Jacobs. Photography on Metal.

“Venetian Dream”, Tom Jacobs. Photography on Metal.

Views of the Cruz is a two-part presentation. The first exhibition will feature work by Art League Members A-L. A following show, Views from the Cruz, Members M-Z, will be held later in the year from June 2 – 25. The exhibitions provide exciting opportunities for the public to experience professional and emerging Santa Cruz County artists and their creations. The member shows also encourage people to join up with the league and share their work in a supportive environment.

"Happy Hour at the Catalyst", by David Fleming. Oil.

“Happy Hour at the Catalyst”, by David Fleming. Oil.

The Santa Cruz Art League is 98 years old this year. As it approaches its centennial, it continues to serve the community as an active art gallery, theater, classroom, gift shop, and membership organization that is open and welcoming to anyone. The Art League promotes a wide range of visual and performing arts and artists through classes, exhibitions, productions and events. There are eight more exhibits scheduled for 2017 following Views of the Cruz. Exhibits are always free to the public.

Views of the Cruz – Members Exhibition A-L
Exhibition: January 6, Friday to February 5, Sunday, 2017
Reception: January 14, Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

"Forming Sea and Land", by Ralph Joachim. Acrylics on Canvas.

“Forming Sea and Land”, by Ralph Joachim. Acrylics on Canvas.

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