Welcome! The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center (SCMAC) supports and encourages the arts through education, exhibition and cultural activities. Centrally located in the San Lorenzo Valley, we serve a large mountainous region that stretches from Santa Cruz to Los Gatos providing a venue for cultural activities, exhibition space and arts education programming for our membership and the general public. Explore our site to find art classes and specialty workshops. Join us for good times and friendships through art.


What’s Happening at the Art Center?


FromTheEarthWebHeader-CALLBring In Artwork: 
Sunday, July 12  /  2 – 5 p.m.
Opening Reception: 
Friday, July 17  /  6 – 8 p.m.
Exhibit runs: 
July 15 – September 19, 2015

Prospectus: page 1 page 2

We incorporate the fruits of the earth in our work in every piece we create, from the minerals in our paints to the clay in our ceramics, to the wood in our brushes, and the sunlight to process our photographs.



Fingerprint-LineMAKING MULTIPLES USING MOLDS with Nick Moen
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
10 am – 5 pm
More info

CarolynsHousesHOUSES – THE BOX TRANSFORMED with Carolyn Lee
Sunday, July 26, 2015
10 am – 3 pm
More info


SAC Session I: camper showing instructor Brenda Berg’s parrot her nicely observed pastel drawing.

SAC Session I: camper showing instructor Brenda Berg’s parrot her nicely observed pastel drawing.

Discover a world filled with inspirational art projects that will unleash your child’s creativity. Our week-long Summer Art Camp classes encourage artistic expression, art appreciation, understanding, imagination and fun for Kids ages 6 – 12 and Tweens & Teens.

Register now  – Classes fill quickly!

Session II,  July 6 – 10:  It’s Like Magic
Session III,  July 20 – 24:  Bright Ideas
Session IV,  August 3 – 7:  All A-Flutter

We couldn’t be happier with [Super Summer Art Camp] classes and the skills our child is learning. The inspiration spreads into other interests and projects at home, too. Thank You!
    –Camp Parent

A CLOSER LOOK: Spring Exhibit
April 25 – July 11, 2015

Stop, slow down, take a closer look at the details around you. Focus on the piece of the whole that catches your eye. This exhibit entices the viewer to feel the texture and breathe in the color.

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


When you become a member, your support helps us reach our goals to:
• Provide arts education opportunities and experience for youth and adults
• Offer an inspiring community center for the arts
• Present a gallery to showcase our local talented artists

Annual Memberships
Associate  Associate Membership: $45 (Individual)

Family   Family Membership: $65 (2 adults plus children living at home)

Lifetime   Lifetime Membership: One-time donation of $1000+

Membership Benefits:
As an exhibiting artist you receive
• Show prospectuses in mail
• Discounts on entry fees
• Great commission rate on sales
• A listing on our website and a personal web page (for an additional fee)
As a class participant you receive
• Discounts on classes
• Monthly calendar and class listings in mail
As an art lover you receive
• A bimonthly enewsletter and special event invitations
• Our full-color biannual newsletter
• A vote for Board members and attendance at annual meeting

And… your membership is tax-deductible!

Memberships remain in effect for one year from the date of enrollment.

Join us!



SHOP WITH AmazonSmile
When you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1877043 and support us every time you shop.

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.

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.

Thanks for helping make youth art happen!