Welcome! The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center (SCMAC) supports and encourages the arts through education, exhibition and cultural activities. Explore our site to find art classes and specialty workshops. Join us for good times and friendships through art.

What’s Happening?


Sunday, Dec. 7
12:30 pm – 3 pm

Join us for artistic gift making fun for the whole family. Drop in any time during the three-hour workshop to make a variety of beautiful holiday gifts and have some festive snacks. This event is intended for families; children must be accompanied by an adult.


If you wish to make a contribution to the youth program through the Gloria Seneres Memorial Fund, which directly supports our Art After School programs, please send a check to the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, 9341 Mill St. Ben Lomond, CA 95005. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Thanks for helping make youth art happen!

Generous donations of time, materials, and money help keep the Art Center going. Thank you to our members for making a creative community and supporting youth art programs.

In addition to the $2,257 raised from local shoppers during the New Leaf Market sponsored Community Day “Feed Creativity” on May 31, 2014, SCMAC has received two grant awards.

Beginning this November, the Community Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the SCMAC Youth Program. Funds will support the program for the next two years.

​SCMAC is also the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Art Council Support Grant.

Winter Art After School classes have recently been posted. Learn more about the January youth classes.

Our Youth Scholarship Program provides a sliding scale fee for families in need. To learn more, call 336-4ART.

with Brenda Berg

Eight Wednesdays, Jan. 21 – Mar. 11
6 – 9 pm

Award winning artist Brenda Berg paces the class to fit the individual concerns of each student, so development naturally occurs in an enjoyable learning environment. Attention is given to observational studies, form, light and shadow, as well as color theory, composition, painting materials, historical art movements and selected master artworks. Beginning oil painters are given a structured curriculum, while Intermediate and Advanced students will chose individual direction and projects.

For Adults, Skill level: Beginner – Advanced

Members $195/Non-Members $210 plus $20 Model Fee

 $215 Members   $230 Non-members 


Painting by Christina Ensminger

Two big shopping days! Nov. 29th and Dec 13th, 12 – 6pm

This holiday season shop locally at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center.

Find that unique gift of art for someone special: jewelry, ceramics, glass, scarves, sculpture, woodworking, paintings, photography, and cards.

Come in and enjoy the music and refreshments too.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm
Admission is free to the public.

It’s a Wonderful Life! – a look at the beautiful things that make life wonderful.

A visit to the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center’s Thomas Gallery is always free, open to the public Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 6 pm.

Oct. 1 – Dec. 23, 2014

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm
Admission is free to the public.

A little goes a long way If ten people donate $25, that’s $250 or is it? Actually, it’s lights, power, art materials and glazes, newsletters and postage, school programs and special events…

Just think if ten was really fifteen or twenty people? Together, we donate a little and watch it go a long way, enriching everyone’s experience at the art center.

Your contribution is tax deductible. Thanks for helping us “make art a part of your life.” Donate now.

The generous donation of Barbara and Jim Thomas continues on. Since 2004, the property/building that the Art Center resides in is a life gift that continues to give to the community.

Barbara is a weaver, acrylic painter, writer and participated in the life drawing sessions at the Art Center. They had a strong desire to encourage arts in the area.