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 speciality workshops. Join us for good times and friendships through art.

What’s Happening?

Call for Artists

Join us in this unique exhibit, a look at the beautiful things that make life wonderful!

When you begin to look back on this year, what represents the greatness of it? If you could wrap this year up in a box, what would it look like? What makes your life wonderful?

This is an open invitational to participate in this all-media exhibition by local artists. The exhibition will be held in our Santa Cruz Mountain’s Art Center Thomas Gallery from Oct. 1 to Dec. 23, 2014.

Please deliver your artwork along with completed entry submission form on Sunday, Sept. 28th between 2 – 5 pm.

Entry forms:

PDF: SCMAC It's a Wonderful Life exhibition entry form

Word doc: SCMAC It's a Wonderful Life exhibition entry form

Important dates:
Deliver Artwork: Sunday, Sept. 28, 2 – 5 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 3, 6 – 8 pm
Pick-up: Tuesday, Dec. 23rd, 2 – 6 pm
Pick-up, alternate date: Sunday, Jan. 4th, 2015 2 – 5 pm

Poster art by Jenny Fox


September 13 – October 4

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

The fall series begins with Fabulous Fall Fun, Fantasy Sculpture, or Manipulating Metal.

  Join the fun!  

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.

  View newletter PDF  

Mellow Yellow

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.

July 16 – Sept. 27

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

On May 29th New Leaf Markets donated over $2300 dollars, a generous percentage of the day’s sales, to support Youth Art Scholarships at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center. Together, as a community, we make every dollar count. Thanks!

To apply for a Youth Art Scholarship, please call us at (831) 336-3513 for complete information about this SCMAC program.

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.