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?

Instructors vary

Oct. 25 – Nov. 15
Times vary

Join us for Art Saturdays at SCMAC!

Spend four Saturdays with paint, clay, found objects and much more! Students will spend time looking at, talking about, and making art.

Session II in the series has Drawing & Painting Expressive Portraits, Awesome Autumn Art!, and Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel.

  Join the fun!  
with Jeannine Calcagno

Sunday, Nov. 16
11 am – 3 pm

Take a SCMAC ceramics class with Jeannine Calcagno!
Students will learn about mixing colored porcelain slips using commercial stains and natural oxides on stoneware forms. Jeannine will demonstrate her decorative techniques and then each student will be provided with a leather-hard stoneware form to decorate themselves. These pieces can be fired and glazed at the Art Center for later pick-up.

Numerous tubs of different colored slips and squeeze bottles will be used to decorate, along with many different types of brushes to experiment with. Students will have access to the potter’s wheels to try out the spiral decor.

For Adults, Skill level: Beginner – advanced
Class size: 4 – 12 students

 $45 Members   $55 Non-members 

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.

Newsletter, vol. 18

SCMAC newsletter vol. 18, Jul - Dec 2014

July – December, 2014

The SCMAC newsletter is now available.

Stories include:

  • SCMAC Launches New Web Site
  • Summer Learning
  • Volunteers in New Roles
  • KBCZ-Radio for the San Lorenzo Valley
  • Cynthia Armstrong: Continued Support for Youth Education Program
  • Clay Making Its Way
  • Congratulations to SCMAC sponsored Open Studios artists Honora Bacon and Jennifer Hennig!

Much thanks to Laurie Hennig for volunteering her time to produce this latest issue.

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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.