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?


Holidays are approaching quickly, and we hope you’ll be enjoying the time off with family and friends, like we will be at the Art Center.

The gallery will be open Monday, Dec. 22nd and Tuesday, Dec. 23rd from 12-6 pm. After that, the gallery will be closed, reopening to the public on Jan. 14th.

Art intake for the War + Peace exhibit will be on Jan. 11th from 2 – 5pm.

Life drawing sessions are taking the rest of the year off, and will start again on Jan. 6th.

Have a safe and happy holidays!

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

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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!

Call for Artists!

Crisis and surrender, chaos and calm. How is life affected by these ever-existing extremes that surround us? How does it affect the work we create? For this show artists are asked to demonstrate the war, the peace, or the struggle between them.

All 2-D wall work and sculpture submitted must reflect the theme. Other work, e.g. jewelry, woodwork, and functional ceramics, are welcome and do not need to adhere to the theme.

Deliver Artwork: January 11, 2015

Cash Awards: $200 for Best of Show, $100 for 2nd place, and Two $50 Honorable Mention Awards.

Event Details: War & Peace Entry Details: PDF

Event Submission Form (PDF):War & Peace Form: PDF

Event Submission Form (DOC): War & Peace Form: Word Doc

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.
Closed 12.23.14 – 1.12.15

Camp Saturday! – NEW! Starting in January…

Kids ages 6 – 12
Camp Saturday offers one day workshops for kids ages 6 – 12 and separate classes for tweens. Spend a whole Saturday making amazing art! Sign up for any one, or all, of the Camp Saturday workshops.

Workshop hours: 10 am – 2:30 pm
Cost per workshop: $60 members | $65 non-members (plus $5 materials fee)

Classes for kids: Hold the Presses!, Drawing Safari, Weave It Wild, Make It with Metal, “Let’s “Face” It, Clay Creation, Mask Magic, “Pop” Art

Learn more about Camp Saturday for kids!

Kids ages 10 – 17
For this age group, Camp Saturday is a five day series, five Saturdays from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.
Cost per series: $150 members | $160 non-members (plus material fees between $10 – 15, depending on class)

Classes: Fantastic Felting, Come Play with Mud, Getting Centered, Mixed Media Collage
Learn more about Camp Saturday for tweens!

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.