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?


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!  
with Travis Lange
August 25 – September 15

An introduction to wheel throwing techniques and aesthetics. Basic stylistic approaches to the craft of creating pottery. Working through the process step by step till the finished product is formed. Come get your hands dirty and make some pots!

  Learn more.  
Steve Allen, special guest instructor

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.