Water & Metal

An invitational exhibition showcasing the artworks by members of the Watercolor Society and the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild.

Members Exhibition M–Z

Drop-off dates: May 28th (3-6pm), May 29 (1-3pm)
Pick-up dates: July 15th (3-6pm), July 16th (1-3pm)

64th Annual High School Exhibition

Drop-off dates:
April 16th (10am-6pm), April 17th (10am-6pm)
Pick-up dates:
May 22nd (10am-6pm)

Each year, high school age 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!

89th Annual Statewide CA Landscapes Exhibition

The first Santa Cruz Art League Statewide Exhibition was held in 1928. For nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League’s Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists who depict California’s foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions. In 2019 the Santa Cruz Art League will be celebrating its centennial year.

Juror: Ed Penniman; Painter, Author, Curator and Collector

Members Exhibition A–L

Drop-off dates: January 7th (3-6pm), January 8 (1-3pm)
Pick-up dates: February 24th (3-6pm), February 25th (1-3pm)

The Member’s Exhibition A–L is a group of diverse works by our creative Santa Cruz Art League members. Members are invited to represent themselves with one artwork.

Cynthia Armstrong in the Spotlight Gallery

We are warmly welcoming back Cynthia Armstrong to The Santa Cruz Art League and her wonderful classes!

“For as long as I can remember, science and art have been twinned influences in my work.  Drawing and painting brings me close to my subjects, and as a meditative practice, these artistic practices allow me to slow down enough to ask questions.
When drawing anything, it seems that many more questions arise than are
answered by mere observation, keeping me coming back for more. The interplay of rendering and questioning is my primary learning mode and is very  gratifying. It is not surprising then that I would gravitate to Jean Cocteau’s quote, “Art is science made clear,” a concept I whole-heartedly embrace. 
I’ve tried to introduce various aspects of
the method of ‘draw-question-draw’ when
I teach, and my students often surprise
themselves with their discoveries. And
really, isn’t that what it’s all about, to revel in the joy of discovery?”

—Cynthia Armstrong

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate
certificate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree
in Education from Stanford University.
She has been a freelance illustrator and
artist for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years. Clients include The New York Botanical Garden, The National Park Service, and The California Native Plant Society.
Cynthia, as a published
illustrator, has traveled and journaled
extensively throughout her career.