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?



Discover a world filled with inspirational art projects that will unleash your child’s creativity at Art After School!

To help fill the gap of art education in our public schools, the Art Center offers a hands-on Art After School enrichment program on location at local schools. Our experienced art instructors travel to the schools with a variety of fun four-week art sessions throughout the school year, for grades 2 – 5 at Boulder Creek Elementary, Bonny Doon Elementary and San Lorenzo Valley Elementary. Grades 6 – 8 meet at San Lorenzo Valley Middle School and our newest addition Scotts Valley Middle School.


SCMAC ceramics classes

with Travis Lange

September 7 – 30
Eight Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 – 9 pm

An introduction to wheel throwing techniques and aesthetics.
Sign up today


By Susan Archibald

with Brenda Berg

September 23 – November 11
Eight Wednesdays, 6 – 9 pm
Adults, Skill level: Beginner – Advanced

Beginning painters are given a structured curriculum, while Intermediate and Advanced students will chose individual direction and projects.
Learn more.



with Vanda Lavar

September 17, 10 am – 2:30 pm
One day workshop
Adults, Skill level: Medium – Advanced

Add new techniques in the genre of realism.
Learn more.


Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center (SCMAC) Ceram-A-Rama

Who can throw the tallest pot? You? Join in the food and fun of Ceram-A-Rama!

Three amazing days of entertainment, clay, artist demos, contests, food and fun happening September 4 – 6 at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center.

Friday, September 4
Movie night! Come watch Play Faire starring Dan Hennig and Oceanus Love. Movie starts at 7 pm at the Ben Lomond Park Hall. Watch the trailer.

Buy Movie Tickets $3


Saturday, September 5
10 am – 4 pm
with Dan Hennig
Dan’s demonstration covers throwing, sculpting and decorating techniques, including slip trailing. Dan will discuss glazing, providing handouts about his preferred glazes. Sign up now.
Lunch is included!

$40 Members & Non-members


Sunday, September 6
11 am – 5 pm
Free fun for the whole family! Artist demos, contests with prizes, Kids’ Corner and a Raku firing will be running throughout the day. Stop by. Food and beverages will be available.

This event is sponsored by Bruce Bangert, Earth Matters Foundation, Phoenix Ceramic Suppliers, Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, and Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

From The Earth: Summer Exhibit
July 15 – September 19, 2015

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.

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


Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center (SCMAC) membership benefits include:
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 and helps the Art Center with funding initiatives.

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

Join us!




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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!