Friday, March 1 – Saturday, April 13, 2024
Reception: March 1st, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: March 16, 1:30-3pm
Millennial Garden: A journey through the hopes, dreams and fears that grow in the garden of millennial minds.
From the Artist:
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.
Friday, April 26 – Saturday, May 18, 2024
Reception: Saturday, April 27 from 2-4pm
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.
Wednesday, July 17 – Saturday, September 14, 2024
Reception: First Friday, August 2nd, 6-8pm
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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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.
Entry Deadline: May 17 at 11:59pm
Friday, September 27 – Sunday, October 20, 2024
Reception: Sunday, September 29, 3-6pm
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Wednesday, October 30 – Sunday, November 17, 2024
Reception: Sunday, November 17th, 2-5pm
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!