Creative Encounters: Moze & Jaime Sanchez

This exhibition will feature the works of Watsonville based painter and Muralist Jamie Sanchez, and Santa Cruz based glass artist Moze.
Support these emerging artists by visiting their exhibition and celebrating with them on First Friday, May 6th.
“210520,” by Jaime Sanchez, 2021, wax pastel and acrylic on paper, 28×20
“Inner Fire” by Moze, glass sculpture

David Fleming Retrospective: Then & Now

David Fleming is a painter of many styles and techniques. He explores and expands on earlier American and European painting, while making these traditions “his own.

“I am a painter of many styles and techniques. I explore and expand on earlier American painting, particularly the Ashcan School, and earlier European painting, such as the Post-Impressionists and the Fauves. The San Francisco School, including Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff, as well as contemporary painters, such as Adrian Ghenie, Christopher Brown, and Henry Taylor, have also been highly influential. I am proud to stand on the shoulders of the greats, while making what I’ve learned from them “my own.” This retrospective of my oil and acrylic paintings covers about three decades. Lately, I’ve been attempting to become “innocent” in my work, shedding more traditional ways of doing art.”

Join us at the gallery for an Artist Talk on August 20th.

After graduating from San Jose State, David Fleming was a car stylist for Ford in Detroit, and for Porsche in Germany. Fleming also designed at Lockheed before returning to San Jose State to study painting and to teach art and design. Fleming has won many awards.

David Fleming participates in Santa Cruz County Open Studios. He has shown his work at Cabrillo and Monterey Pacific Colleges, Pacific Grove Art Center, Santa Cruz County Government Building, Santa Cruz Art League, and Smith Gallery at UCSC, Pajaro Valley Arts; Blitzer, Radius, and Triton Galleries; Museum of Art and History, and other locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Autumnal Vase” by David Fleming, oil, 48″ high x 36″ wide, 2022


“Color Wheels #3″ by David Fleming, oil, 30″ high x 40” wide, 2022

Grounded In Nature—The California Central Coast

The Santa Cruz Art League is pleased to present a solo exhibition of iconic Santa Cruz native Ed Penniman’s artworks.

This vibrant collection will encompass more than 50 recent oil paintings of the California Central Coast, selected self-portraits, and decorative pottery. The main gallery will feature Penniman’s distinctive interpretation of the shimmering coastal beaches, oak-studded velvet hillsides, enduring redwood forests, and other natural wonders of his home region. His interpretive self-portraits express the varied, often humorous facets of Penniman’s personality.

Ed Penniman is a past president of the Santa Cruz Art League. He is also guest curator of The California Statewide Landscape Exhibition, one of the longest-running art retrospectives in California. The annual Landscape Exhibition at the Art League was originated by his grandmother in 1926, along with her two painting partners. Together, they became renowned as the Santa Cruz Three. After taking his first art lessons under her talented guidance, Penniman built his own career in commercial and fine arts.

Ed Penniman
Pastel Lupin III, Ed Penniman, Oil on canvas, 30×40

Member’s A-Z Exhibition

Join us for a closing reception, on First Friday, April 1st from 6-8pm.

Celebrate the creativity of our community of members. This year, we are starting 2022 highlighting these wonderful artists in an exhibition of 100 artworks. Stop by the gallery to support these artists during our open hours, Wednesday-Saturday from 1-4pm.

Exhibition Pick-up: Saturday, April 2nd from 4-6pm

Renew your membership here.

Luck of the Draw

Luck of the Draw event: November 13, 2021 at 2pm, at the Art League and online via Zoom. Preview the works available during our open hours (Wednesdays-Saturdays from 1-4pm). If you plan to attend the event on Zoom, please arrange to pickup the piece(s) you receive during the event, on Sunday, November 14th from 1-4pm.
Looking for affordable art for your home or to share with loved ones? Search no more—it’s time for Luck of the Draw!
Each Luck of the Draw Ticket is guaranteed to receive one original artwork! The Luck of the Draw event is an annual fundraiser that helps to support the operations of the Santa Cruz Art League. Always a highlight of the year, and great opportunity to find unique gifts for family and friends, the Luck of the Draw brings us together to enjoy time with fellow creatives and art enthusiasts from our community and abroad.
Join the fun on November 13th, in an hybrid edition of Luck of the Draw with our favorite emcee, Rod Caborn! 
How the HYBRID event will work:
The emcee Rod Caborn will be in the gallery with the artworks and participants can choose to attend in person (masks are strongly encouraged) or from the safety of their homes, connecting to the event through Zoom (Zoom information will be sent to ticket buyers on Wednesday, November 10th). The event will begin at 2pm. If you plan to attend the event on Zoom, please plan to pickup the piece(s) you receive on Sunday, November 14th from 1-4pm.
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Open Studios Preview Exhibition

Welcome back to Open Studios 2021! Preview the work of artists across Santa Cruz County in the Open Studios preview exhibition at the Art League.

Meet us at the Art League on First Friday, October 1st from 5-9pm for an opening reception, kicking off the Open Studios season!

SCAL open hours during the Open Studios Preview Exhibition:
Wednesdays-Fridays   1-4pm
Saturdays & Sundays   11am-4pm

OS 2021 Artist Guide Page 3


Can’t make it to the gallery? Take a virtual tour of the exhibition online.


Creative Encounters PopUp: Milo Halperin & Sean Balto

Milo Halperin and Sean Balto will exhibit their work at the Santa Cruz Art League in a pop-up exhibition! Support these young artists from Santa Cruz County and visit us on First Friday, September 3rd, to celebrate. We will enjoy music, light snacks, and meet & greet with the artists.

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Milo Halperin
Sean Balto


Creative Encounters: Maha Taitano & Heejin Lee

Creating art is a key to building community and one’s own freedom. The work of 3D artist, Maha Taitano, and 2D artist, Heejin Lee, are a visual representation of the time we spend finding our freedoms, being free to create, and build an art community. Through art we find balance, within one another and our cultures. This exhibition is a representation of these subjects, as individuals and as collaborators. We have our personal stories, but are each going down the same path of freedom and expression through our art practice. These forms, line gestures, colors, and geometric compositions are our visual language of breaking free again and again.

Join us for a limited First Friday event on Friday, August 6th from 6-8pm.

Heejin Lee
Maha Taitano


91st Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

For over nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League’s Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists across the Golden State who depict California’s foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

Winners of the 91st Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

First Place: Summer Storm by Mark Roberts, Oil
Second Place: Salt Point by Johnathan Matatyaou, Acrylic
Third Place: Afternoon in the Garden by Jeff Ishikawa, Watercolor

Honorable Mentions

  • Summer Flowers at Elizabeth Gamble Garden by Sayaka Panchul, Oil
  • Bioluminescence at Torrey Pines I by Robin Street-Morris, Watercolor, and Soft Pastel
  • Wilder Redwoods by Aaron Johnson, Oil

Juror Carolyn Lord

Hats Off Santa Cruz Grads

The graduates of the class of 2020 faced more uncertainty and collective hardship than any other graduating class in recent memory because of the pandemic. The graduates, at an inflection point of their own lives, will only know the post-pandemic’s “new normal” world as an adult.
These photos were first intended to be a record simply to prove to future generations that the events that unfolded last year actually occurred. However, the project quickly grew and an oral history component was added. The stories paired with the graduates’ portraits give a rich account of what life during the pandemic was like for our town’s young people.
The result is a truly comprehensive study on how the pandemic affected our lives. Students’ stories about spending time gardening, doing zumba on Zoom, reconnecting with family near and far, standing up for justice, and rethinking post-graduation priorities all help us capture this extraordinary moment in history. The graduates, as role models, continue to provide our community with examples of how to make our voice heard, ways to solve problems, and what it means to connect with community.
The Santa Cruz art league is happy to host  this collection of  photographs and oral histories as we have not been able to hold two of our annual High school exhibitions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. You can learn more about this project at Read a Good Times article  or Lookout Santa Cruz article about the exhibition.