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Current Online Exhibition:
Califas: The Ancestral Journey/El Viaje Ancestral

Califas: The Ancestral Journey/El Viaje Ancestral Exhibition at the Santa Cruz Art League, in partnership with Museo Eduardo Carrillo (MEC), tells an untold story of Latino artists in the Central Coast. Art historical narratives about Latino artists in the US is primarily centered in large, urban environments such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. This exhibition is part of a commitment from Museo Eduardo Carrillo (MEC) to showcase the work of Eduardo Carrillo and other Chicano and LatinX artists outside of those urban areas. The artists include: Eduardo Carrillo, Guillermo Aranda, Ralph D’Olivera, Carmen Leon, and Amalia Mesa-Bains. Califas Legacy Project includes other partners such as: Monterey Museum of Art, Moving Parts Press, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Watsonville Public Library, UCSC Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, UCSC Institute of Arts and Sciences, and UCSC Library Special Collections & Archives.

Our commitment is to secure the preservation of these artist’s heritage and awaken a new generation to the richness of the Central Coast Chicano artists contributions.  Theirs is an uncontained influence – linking the powerful social movements of the 1960s to the next generation of Latinx and other artists. The exhibition surveys work from over four decades per artist and shares historic ephemera provided by artists to contextualize the exhibition and make visible what has been here all along.

Missed the Califas Charla? Watch the Charla/conversation here.

Header image: Sueno del Colibri by Carmen Leon, Acrylic, 36 x 28, 1998

Notes from the Board

The Santa Cruz Art League Board wishes that 2021 is off to a great start for you. We are excited to move through 2021 with you all and hope to be able to provide enriching experiences to our members. Although we are still navigating through an unprecedented pandemic, there are several online classes that can be found at HERE. These classes cover a variety of artistic topics and are available Monday- Saturday, this is a great opportunity for anyone looking to polish off some skills or just dive into something new. 

In December of 2020, we held our annual Luck of the Draw fundraiser. We would like to thank everyone that purchased a ticket or donated a piece of art! The event was a great success and we were able to sell out of the available tickets, 56 artworks found a new home!

During these trying times, the Santa Cruz Art League Board would like to remind our community members that we are here for you. Please feel free to reach us at (831) 426-5787 or email us at with any input or suggestions. Lastly, I’ll leave with a quote from the great Eleanor Roosevelt as she talks about the future,” The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. Let us dream big and create a future that we will all be proud of! 

In Solidarity,

Edward M. Ramirez, Board Member

Notes from Val

Welcome to our new member newsletter format: lean and digital! We have stopped printing and mailing newsletters to save trees and because of our limited capacity as a small but mighty staff of two: myself and our amazing Marketing Coordinator Mia Sotero.

Like many of you, we are happy that 2020 is behind us and we are looking forward to lighter times, longer days, and some respite from fires, the pandemic, and political upheaval. As creatives, art is often where we go to escape or make sense of what surrounds us, and I hope you are managing to stay creative in addition to healthy and safe.

We are getting ready to open with limited capacity in May, along with many other galleries and museums in the County. We look forward too see you, please click here to schedule a time to visit us. Check out our Weekly News for opening details.

We want to thank again, YOU, our members: we would not have come this far without your passionate support. Your financial support and your participation in classes have been an amazing help. 2020 was a great year where we faced numerous challenges, learned, and continued to grow, and we appreciate you being along for the ride!

Join me in welcoming Susan Kuznitsky to our teaching team, introduced by acrylics instructor and amazing painter Wayne Jiang. Susan’s Capturing Light with Pastels class was a big hit. Stay tuned for her next classes. Get to know her on this recorded Art League Live.

Our first youth class Anatomy Sketching with Ink went super well, and we are so happy to welcome Malisa Suchanya to the teaching team. Get to know her on this recorded Art League Live. More youth classes really soon, ready for your children, grandchildren and other creative kids in your circle. arrival to the  Check out our website for new classes.

Artist and instructor, Malisa Suchanya

We are also happy to report that we are continuing to organize online exhibitions and conversations with artists and you can buy artworks online. Please consider checking off gifts in your list by supporting local artists. Give it a try! And the Art League Gift Shop is also online now.

Our Luck of the Draw, online edition, was a sold-out success back in early December, with our favorite MC Rod Caborn, at the helm. Thanks to all of you that helped to make it such a success!

We look forward to welcoming you when we are open again in May.

Thank you for your support and for keeping alive the local creative spirit in these unprecedented times. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with ideas, suggestions, etc. I can be reached at

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine and keep washing your hands!

Valeria (“Val”) Miranda

Upcoming Classes

LIVE ONLINE Pencil Drawing the Easy Way with Robert Dvorak
LIVE ONLINE Essential Acrylic Techniques Jun-Jul 2021 with Wayne Jiang


Highlights from recent online classes

We miss you at the gallery!

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