Member’s Exhibition

We extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of our dedicated members whose support has been instrumental in keeping our organization alive. As we draw the curtains on 2024, we take great pleasure in showcasing the exceptional talents of our diverse group of artists. Embrace the beauty of artistic expression in all its forms, as we welcome a myriad of mediums that is truly representative of our artistic community.

Luck of the Draw: Annual Arts Fundraiser

Luck of the Draw is an annual fundraiser for the Santa Cruz Art League. Ticket(s) purchased to the event support Santa Cruz Art League operations. Donated artworks will be “won” by ticket buyers who will be assigned ticket numbers in the order that tickets are sold. This event is a great community building event, where we see the talent and creativity of our local community of artists!

Open Studios 2024

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93rd Annual California Landscape Exhibition

The Santa Cruz Art League’s first Statewide Landscape Exhibition was held in 1928.  For nine decades, this Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists who depict California’s foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

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Juror Information:

Calvin Liang was born in Canton, China. He began painting in high school and completed his art education at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, recognized as one of China’s most prestigious and competitive art academies. In China, his skills as a fine artist were applied to the theatrical industry where he designed and created sets for operas and musical dramas for the Canton Opera Institute. Liang moved to the United States in 1987 and continued his profession asa full-time artist. He had a long and successful career creating visual art for the entertainment industry in animation, which included the Walt Disney Studios and Nickelodeon Studio where he worked for the Little Mermaid and Spongebob Squarepants. However he decided to quit working for the studios to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist, painting themes of his choosing. Since leaving his animation career in early 2002, Liang has definitely been noticed.

His accomplishments include winning several top awards in important exhibitions including the Irvine Museum Award in the California Art Club 110th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition 2021, The Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational in 2016, The Bronze Medal in the 25th National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters of America in 2016, Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape in California Art Club 104th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition 2015,  Juror’s Best Show-28th Annual C.M. Russell 2006, “Art-Talk Award of Excellence” Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibition 2005, “People’s Choice Award” 6th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Event in Bowers Museum 2002, “Best of the Show” American Impressionist Society’s 4th Annual Juried Exhibition 2002. Thus assuring his position as one of the nation’s leading artist. National art magazines also took notice. In 2004, Liang’s work graced the cover of Art of the West’s special 16th Anniversary Edition; and in 2006, 2007, and 2008 three years he had a full feature article in American Art Collector Magazine. Also he received a full feature article in Southwest Magazine in 2005, American Artist Magazine in 2005, American Artist Workshop Magazine in 2007, and American Artist Magazine in 2010. Again, he had a full feature article in Art of the West Magazine in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 he was selected into the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, which was at the Autry National Center in Lost Angeles.

Calvin Liang is a Master Member of Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society, and a Signature Member of California Art Club and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

66th Annual High School Show

Since 1955, the Santa Cruz Art League’s High School Show has been providing one of the only professional gallery exhibitions for high school-age artists in the county. Students from public, private, charter, home, and at-risk schools are invited to benefit from the Art League’s state-of-the-art space, giving the community a preview of the next generation of local artists. This exhibition aims to encourage young artists to new heights and support the growing creative community. This year, 11 schools are participating with over 140 pieces gracing our gallery, showcasing the vibrant creativity of the next generation. Join us as we celebrate and support our local young artists, this exhibition will run from April 26 – May 18!

Schools: Aptos High School, Delta Charter High School, Harbor High, Kirby High, Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz High School, Scotts Valley Arts Center, Scotts Valley High School, Soquel High School, St. Francis High School, and Watsonville High.

Millennial Garden: A Solo Show by Abi Mustapha

Artist Talk: March 9, 1:30-3pm

 

Millennial Garden: A journey through the hopes, dreams and fears that grow in the garden of millennial minds.

 

From the Artist:

“Millennial Garden” is a captivating portrait show that explores the multifaceted lives, dreams, and aspirations of millennials through a semi pop surrealist lens. I invite you to experience my imagination and introspection of this dynamic generation. I will share colorful portraits born out of dreams and awkward moments, as well as a very personal series of digital collages inspired by my love of Oracle and Tarot decks. In “Millennial Garden,” I hope to elicit a though provoking window into the heart and soul of the millennial spirit, capturing the diverse range of emotions, hopes, and struggles that define this era.

 

 

About the Artist:

Hello.  My name is Abi Mustapha. I’m a Sierra Leonean-American artist based in Santa Cruz California.  Graphite, charcoal, acrylic and oil paint have been my preferred mediums although the freedom of digital illustration, graphic design and mural work are quickly beginning to compete with my studio practice.

I have been showing work as a full time Artist in the bay area since 2013. My work has been exhibited in several galleries and museums in the Midwest and Bay Area including the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, The Richmond Art Center, Garret Museum of Art, and Joyce Gordon Gallery among others.

Born in Indiana, I am also a graduate of Indiana University earning a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in sustainability and a passion for permaculture. Outside of the studio I enjoy camping, traveling the world and snuggling up with a book when I can. I was the 2020 Santa Cruz Museum or Art and History artist in residence.

She/They: Pacific Rim Sculptors

Artist Talk: February 10, 2024, Saturday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

She/They: Pacific Rim Sculptors will showcase a wide range of art by 27 contemporary sculptors from across California. Celebrating women, non-binary, and transgender artists, this exhibition unveils stunning masterpieces crafted in various sculpting mediums. These sculptors present a variety of themes and approaches and traditional and innovative techniques.

 

Artists: Heidi Alonzo, Susan Amode, Barbara M Berk, Jan Blythe, Catherine Bohrman, Catherine Daley, Lynn Dau, Marguerite Elliot, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Jane Grimm, Briona Hendren, Marilynn Host, Kathleen King, Pamela Merory Dernham, Stephanie Metz, Margaret Michel, Rosy Penhallow, Courtney Scruggs, Rose Sellery, Lucy Snow, Barbara Stevens Strauss, Gudrun Thomspon, Leitha Thrall, Lynne Todaro, Colleen Wilcox, Tori Wilson, Susan Zimmerman

 

Artist Talk: https://youtu.be/fCRVmSzPFz4

 

JUROR – Lauren Baines, Assistant Director at the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.

Lauren Baines has over 13 years experience as an arts and culture leader in the non-profit sector, including art centers, artist residencies, performing arts companies, professional associations and university museums.

In addition to her own practice as a professional choreographer and dancer, Baines currently serves on the board of the California Association of Museums and for 10 years was on the Steering Committee of genARTS Silicon Valley, a program of SVCreates.

Baines holds an MFA from Mills Collage in Choreography/Dance and BA and BS degrees in Art History, Theatre Arts (Dance Emphasis), and Psychology from Santa Clara University.

 

212 F°, Lynn Dau

Generations, Catherine Bohrman

Tic-Tac-Toe, Pam Merory Dernham

Being Seen

Being Seen aims to connect people from all backgrounds by highlighting the stories and experiences of LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists from San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Salinas, and Monterey. Many of these artists are at the precipice of their careers, beginning their personal explorations and defining who they are to the world and to themselves. These artists were asked to share work that represents these facets of their identity and how they have shaped their personal histories.

Curious Narratives – Imagined Memories: Wendy Aikin + Judy Stabile + Jean Sheckler Beebe

Artist Talk: December 2nd, time 1:30-3pm

Family Day: December 9th, 1:30-3:30pm

 

This exhibition will feature creations by Santa Cruz County artists Wendy Aikin, Judy Stabile, Jean Sheckler Beebe. Curious Narratives is an expansion of Wendy Aikin’s installation The Curator’s Office which was part of The Museum of Curious Perceptions exhibition at Pajaro Valley Arts in 2018. She created a life-size cabinet of curiosities of an imaginary museum curator. Within the cabinet were assembled boxes that contain imagined collections gathered by fictional characters. Collaborating for the first time, Aikin, Beebe and Stabile are expanding on selected themed boxes with their interpretations of the characters depicted in Aikin’s  assemblages. Through their media choices of sculpture, collage, assemblage, painting, found objects and fiber arts the artists are expanding upon these fictional characters and creating environments for their imagined lives. While their modalities of execution are widely varied, their creative electricity lights them up.

 

Wendy Aikin is fascinated by the Cabinets of Curiosity or Wunderkammer, that were the precursors to museums. She channels her curiosity for the unusual through her art, creating assemblages and installations that become visual narratives of imaginary characters.  Inspired by antique photos of forgotten people and items they might have possessed; discarded painter’s boxes serve as the perfect receptacles for her visual storytelling.  “I become pretty attached to the characters I create.  It’s been exciting to see how Judy and Jean have taken the stories and developed magical installations and paintings to expand and interpret the stories in their own way.”

 

Jean Beebe’s paintings are complex, having layers of paint, paper, drawing and sometimes found objects, but they are not nearly as complex as human beings are. While her painting may be figurative, narrative, or non-objective, they are expressionistic and abstract. She strives to create a symbolic language to represent the emotional themes of her work. As in most of her work, her interest here is how to portray the seen and unseen aspects of the imagined figures.

 

Judy Stabile works in a variety of media, materials, and processes. While employing a variety of techniques, her work describes the everyday of home, family, and friends both real and imagined. Curious Narratives affords her the opportunity to explore the personalities of imagined figures through sculpture, fiber, and painting. Regardless of where her explorations take her, she always return to the familiar, the emotional pull of the human story.

 

Can’t come in person? Enjoy a 3-D Virtual Tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=k6t9KwSakwj

 

If you’d like to learn more about the characters in this exhibition, visit the Curious Narratives, Imagined Memories Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/@CuriousNarratives3

65th High School Show

Each year, high school artists in Santa Cruz county are given space to express themselves and their creativity in a professional gallery setting at the Santa Cruz Art League. This opportunity is to encourage young artists to new heights and support the growing creative community. For over 100 years, the Santa Cruz Art League has proved to be a space for artists to gather, create and display their work. We eagerly look to the future by nurturing and expanding the expression of that vision by supporting these young artists.