Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California, non-profit Arts Organization

"The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center supports and encourages the arts

through education, exhibition and cultural activities,

reflecting the unique and diverse environment of the mountain communities."

 

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS ART CENTER

9341 Mill St.      Ben Lomond, CA      (831) 336-3513

 

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Events

Join Us for a Celebration
Heart & Soul
August 17th, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Heart & Soul, a volunteer thank you party

The time people invest, keeping our doors open, priceless. Please celebrate with us on August 17th, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Summer Art Show
Mellow Yellow
July 16 - Sept. 27, 2014

Gallery Hours:
Tues-Sun. 12PM-6PM

SCMAC Mellow Yellow art exhibit

Color it yellow! Bring us those days you strolled along the lazy river, dipped your toes in the swimming hole and dined with outdoor melodies. All mediums welcome by artists 18 years and older!

Dates to remember:
July 13: Delivery of work and entry form.
July 18: Open reception
July 16 - Sept. 27: the exhibit
July 28: art pick-up

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Test Drive the New Website!

We've been working on a new website. Join us on June 22nd at the Art Center to take her for a spin and let us know how she handles.

New Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center website coming

The site will be rolled-out June 27 - 30th. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience during our transition

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The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

 

 

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June Yard Sale - June 7th

Saturday, June 7th, 9am - 1pm
We've done our spring cleaning! Lot's of deals on books, picture framses, jewelry cabinets, plastic display items, pedestals, kilns, ceramic equipment, chairs, art supplies, and more.

Stop by and find yourself a bargain, while supporting SCMAC!

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Feed Creativity - May 29th

New Leaf Community Day
Support young artists

On May 29th when you shop at New Leaf Markets, a generous percentage goes to support Youth Art Scholarships at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center.

Visit us between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Felton or Boulder Creek stores for information, demos and fun!

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Mom's Day Sale - May 10 - 12th

Mom's Day Sale

Struggling to find Mom that unique gift? Search no further!

Stop into the SCMAC gallery this coming weekend, and find that one of a kind, locally hand-made gift.

The SCMAC Mom's Day sale is May 10 - 12, 12 - 6pm.

Poster artwork by Jenni Fox, just a little sampling of art to explore at our gallery.

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The Art Center hosts one to three selected Open Studio artists at the Art Center every year.

ACSCC launched the Open Studios Art Tour in 1986 to connect artists directly with art lovers. The program has become a model for art tours across the country. The self-guided tour gives 300+ artists across Santa Cruz County a chance to welcome art admirers and buyers into their studios. One of the most popular annual events in the county, the Open Studios Art Tour welcomes thousands of locals and visitors who come from all over to see the creative process at work and experience first-hand the artistic diversity of our community.

Arts Council Santa Cruz County

Applications for 2014 Open Studios Art Tour are now available.

Click here.

Questions about Open Studio applications? Contact Ann Ostermann, our Open Studios & Events Manager, at 831.475.9600 x17 or ann@artscouncilsc.org

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January 24, 2014

 

Annual Membership Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 PM
 
Join us in an evening of refreshments surrounded by artwork

from local artists in our Prime Time Exhibition.

Vote for new Board Members.

See what is coming up at the Art Center for this year. 

Renew your membership!


Your continued support has helped us reach our goals to:

 

Provide Arts Education opportunities & experience for Youth & Adults

Offer an inspiring Community Center for the Arts

Present a gallery to showcase our local talented Artists

 

Make Art a Part of Your Life!

 

Bring in a new member signup during the month of February

& get $5 discount on your membership renewal.

Your membership is tax-deductible.

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Days of Clay!
"Ceram-A-Rama
At the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, CA

 

FOR A FULL PDF PRESS RELEASE

A three day weekend event in September.

 

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Our annual "Ceram-A-Rama - Days of Clay", starts off on Saturday, September 7 with a workshop with renown ceramic artist, Tiffany Schmierer. Tiffany shares her handbuilding / sculpture techniques, glazing tips and stories. You can register for this workshop on-line.

The workshop is followed by a potluck BBQ with the artist and a video/movie presentation. For free admission to the potluck, bring something to share.

Here's your chance to experience clay and be inspired!
Sunday, Sept. 15, is a FREE event, featuring demonstrations by local ceramic artists Geof Nicastro and Juan Ramón Gimeno, along with clay contests (wheel & handbuilding), raku firing, kiln-fired pizza, kid's clay play area and more. Come and work on a collaborative sculpture lead by Tom Watson. Fun for the whole family.

This community event is brought to you by the Art Center's Ceramics Committee, and is sponsored by Phoenix Ceramics (Santa Cruz), Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Bruce Bangert, Earth Retreat Foundation, Clay Creations (Santa Cruz Camp Climax Pottery
 

 

 

 

 

Annual Open House & Mother's Day Sale

May

 

Open House & Mother's Day sale, May 11, at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center- Postcard front    

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HOLIDAY Exhibiton

Artists will be displaying more of their great gift-minded works of art: 

jewelry, ceramics, paintings, textiles, glass, wood and more! 

Come and find that unique, hand crafted gift for that special someone in your life!

 

 

     Postcard for Open House & Holiday Sale at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center

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Congratulations to Award Winners in "Resolutions"

January, 2013   PDF Press Release

 

Santa Cruz County’s 2013 Artist of the Year, Susana Arias, held sway over an appreciative audience presenting cash and recognition awards during the Opening Reception for the new “Resolutions” exhibition at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center.   The Art Center is proud and honored to have had Susana jury this show for awards.

 

Reflecting Susana’s ceramics background and experience, she selected a soda-fired vessel created by local ceramist Paula Prekowitz to receive the “Best of Show” award.  Susana commented on the interaction of the organic form with the soda produced glaze effects.  Congratulations Paula!

 

First place was awarded to Mary Comfort for her abstract watercolor painting, “Carnival”.  Susana commented she passed the piece a few times, and then really had to stop and look.  “Typical approaches to this kind of abstract are usually stiff and very geometrical.  This one has a lot of movement generated by the patterns and color, and evokes a carnival in action.”

 

Susana created the “Juror’s Choice Award” to honor a ceramic wall hanging piece by Mardeen Gordon, “B-Cup”, a torn torso figure with a cup for one of the breasts.

 

Honorable Mentions went to Elizabeth Payne for a small ceramic piece whose delicacy defies the medium; and a large oil painting by Dana Weigand, “Santa Cruz Potluck”, which caught Susana’s eye with its use of color and light.  Congratulations one and all!   More images from the show

 


Memorial / Remembrance

Gloria Benedetti Seneres 2013

  

Press Release PDF Document

 

Glorious Memories (PDF)

 

We have established a "Gloria Seneres Memorial Fund" which directly supports our Art After School programs.  If you wish to make a contribution on-line, or send a check to the

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, 9341 Mill St.  Ben Lomond, CA  95005

All contributions are tax-deductible.  Thanks for helping make this happen!

 

OLDER NEWS:

 

Roof Raising Fundraising Success

 

Photos from the Fundraiser

 

Ukuleles Gone Wild - 2012

 

Julie Mackie Memorial

Community Day @ New Leaf

 

Muir Trail Ramble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roof Raisin' Fundraiser a GREAT success!

If you didn't make it to Friday night's fun fundraiser (Aug. 24, 6 - 8:30 p.m.), you missed a rousing time, with lively music by the Plateau Jazz Band, and a host of activities, desserts and raffle fun! 

By all accounts, this event was a wonderful success, bring us close to our Roof Raisin' fund goals.  Thank you one and all for your generous support!  And thank you to all who helped make this event such a fun time!   Big thanks to the Plateau Jazz Band for donating their time & talent!  And mucho thanks to big donors: the Earth Retreat Fund (Jody Snyder & Noel Littlejohns), Shahn Spratt, Stephen King.  And support from local business North Glass (Elizabeth North), Debbie Manning for providing such delicious gluten free desserts, and our Board of Directors whose creative and talented efforts provided the wonderful array of raffle baskets.  Special thanks to the Mountain Feed and Seed for their kind donation to our raffle.

 

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Scenes from Friday's Frolic!   Please click on the thumbnails for larger images.

Photos by Dan Hennig

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Plateau Jazz Band Rocks!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Making cards and groovin' to the music!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Swingin' Bass!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Creative Card Making

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Creative Card Making

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Creative Card Making

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Food!  Yum!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

More food!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Hands-on Clay!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Happy Couple!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Wild Women!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Partying late into the evening!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Raffle Baskets

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Raffle Lady!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Happy Raffleer!

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Wine & Ice Cream

Who knew?

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Creative Card

Fundraising fun at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California

Ice Cream Sundaes & Floats!

(And wine, of course!)

 

 

 

Ukuleles Gone Wild! 

 

At the Highlands Park Ballroon

The line up for August 25,    3 - 7 p.m.

Rhan Wilson

 

Rhan Wilson leads The All in Good Time Orchestra

Uke-n0Singers

Marty Carlson

The Crazy Racoons

Beth & Sandor

Pat Tracy & Any Window

Burning Bacon

Ran leads the audience in sing-along songs

Bring your ukulele and songbooks

Bring finger food to share

Water & Juice available: BYOB

$5 donation to the Art Center

Wheel Chair friendly

For more info, email Carolee Burrows

 

 

Julie Mackie Memorial - Sept 1, 6 p.m.

PDF invite

Sculpture by Julie Mackie

 

Community Day

Thursday, May 31

 

New Leaf Felton

New Leaf Boulder Creek 

 

Shop at either New Leaf on Thursday, May 31,

 and a % of your day's sale goes toward our Youth Art Scholarship fund. 

Save up your major vitamin purchases for this day.  It all adds up!

 

We use this fund to provide art scholarships to budding talented artists in our community who come from families in need or crisis, giving out about 30+ scholarships each year.

Help us make this year's Summer Art Camps truly a great gift for those in need.

 

The Gift of Art - It keeps on Giving!

 

And THANK YOU New Leaf for your continued support!

 

 

 

MUIR TRAIL RAMBLE with Peter & Donna Thomas

SATURDAY - MAY 19TH, 2012   7:30 P.M.    Free & Open to the Public - Limited Seating

The Muir Ramble Route:  a walk from San Francisco to Yosemite in the footsteps of John Muir.   In April 1868, only days after arriving in San Francisco by steamship, John Muir set out on a six-week-long walk across California to Yosemite.  Inspired by Muir’s 300-mile journey, book artists Peter and Donna Thomas walked his route as closely as possible–138 years later, then wrote a guide book so others could do it too. Join Peter and Donna for a digital presentation of their 2006 ramble across California, which led to their creation of the Muir Ramble Route (MRR) from San Francisco to Yosemite over Pacheco Pass. 

 

Peter and Donna will show you some of the unique landmarks of this cross-California route, designed for urban backpackers/cyclists to discover still-wild places in the greater Bay Area and beyond. As they share highlights from their new book, “Muir Ramble Route:  Walking from San Francisco to Yosemite in the Footsteps of John Muir”, they will also tell the story of their reconstruction of Muir’s first trip to Yosemite from his various writings, which they present in entirety and in a first-ever published account in a section of their book.

 

Information about their book:

 

Author: Thomas, Peter & Donna.

Title: Muir Ramble Route

Subtitle: Walking from San Francisco to Yosemite in the Footsteps of John Muir

ISBN: 978-0-9824276-6-8

 

This book is really three books in one. It is a guidebook for a walking/cycling route across California that follows John Muir's footsteps from San Francisco to Yosemite via the Pacheco Pass. It is an adventure book, telling the story of Peter and Donna Thomas' 2006 ramble across California to discover that route. And finally it is a history book, presenting in its entirety and for the first time, the complete story of John Muir's first trip to Yosemite. That trip was taken in 1868, the year before Muir's 'First Summer in the Sierra,' 

and it has never been published before, existing in obscurity, in Muir's various writings, until it was reconstructed by Peter and Donna in preparation for their walk to Yosemite in his footsteps.

 

Copies of their book will be available for purchase.

PLEIN AIR DAY @ CAMP JOY -

SUNDAY - MAY 20TH, 2012  9 a.m. - 3: p.m.

Co-sponsored with Camp Joy Gardens, proceeds from this day of painting outdoors in the open-air benefit youth scholarships for both non-profits. Come when the morning is fresh and the light is new. Bring your gear and a brown bag lunch; paint on into the afternoon if you wish.   Cost is $25/per person and pre-registration is required

 

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:   

 Arts Council Santa Cruz County   Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County

         California Arts Council   Bruce Bangert   North Glass   Phoenix Ceramics  

       Earth Matters Foundation    Valley Women's Club    New Leaf Market Felton

 

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