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?

with Brenda Berg
Eight Thursdays,  April 9- May 28, 2015
6 – 9 pm


Adults, Skill level: Beginner – Advanced

Let your creative soul come out to play. This class offers inspiration for artists and aspiring artists of all skill levels. If you want the biggest boost for your art, take Painting on Wednesday and Mixed Media on Thursday. Liberate and expand the boundaries of your art by exploring the range of media available for painting and drawing. Approach the relationship between drawing and painting dynamically and experiment with a variety of techniques and materials, including charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, ink, watercolor, encaustics, acrylic, gouache, pastel, collage and found objects.

Members $195/Non-Members $210 plus $25 Materials Fee
$220 Member $235 Non-Member

Artwork by Sally Eastman

with Brenda Berg

Eight Wednesdays, April 8-May 27, 2015
6 – 9 pm


Adults, Skill level: Beginner – Advanced

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.

Materials List   Syllabus,Winter 2015
Members $195/Non-Members $210 plus $20 Model Fee
 $215 Members   $230 Non-members 

Artwork by Johanna McCormick

18th Annual Youth Art Show

Opening Reception
Friday, March 27, 6 – 8 pm


Join us for the opening reception for our young art exhibit “Spring into Art” on Friday, March 27th from 6 – 8 pm. Unable to make it? Artwork will be on display from March 25th to April 11th.

Important dates:
Exhibit Dates: Mar. 25 – Apr. 11, 2015
Opening Reception: Mar. 27, 6 – 8 pm
Pick Up Artwork: Apr. 12, 6 – 8 pm

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 12 – 6 pm

Artwork by Ethan Powers

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.

Bring In Artwork:  Sunday, April 12  /  2 – 5 p.m.
Opening Reception:  Friday, April 15  /  6 – 8 p.m.
Pick Up Artwork:  Sunday, July 12  /  6 – 8 p.m.

A Closer Look Prospectus: page 1  page 2

Thomas 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.

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!