"Art After School (AAS)
program receives Grant support from the California Arts
The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor of California
California State Capitol Building.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Our organization, The Santa Cruz
Mountains Art Center, recently received a grant from the
California Arts Council as part of their Creating Public
Value through the Arts (CPV) program.
The CPV Grant will help support the current Youth Arts Programming at the
Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center: providing Spring and
Summer week-long Art Camps; a Gallery Exhibit
for youth; free workshops; Art After School
(AAS) Classes (at 5 local schools); mentorships
for teens and parents. It will help our community
outreach efforts: class flyers, advertising, as well
as support staff efforts.
Our board is strongly committed to providing arts
experience and education to the youth in our community.
We believe arts are NOT an elective, but play an
integral part in forming a “whole” child. In today’s
current environment, where art classes have been
eliminated from our public schools, our ability to
provide these classes and experience is vital.
Members of our organization, the
young people we serve, their families and in general our
audiences are your constituents and we want you to know
that we appreciate your support of the arts in
Public funding for the arts
supports broad public access to the arts for the
citizens of California. The California Arts Council has
consistently recognized the importance of the arts and
their role in building community by providing funds that
enable Californians throughout the state to participate
in the arts.
The legislature’s continued
financial investment in the arts is critical to this
community and our entire state. Thank you for your
ongoing support and interest in the arts.
We would welcome an opportunity to
have you attend our activities or to speak with you on
the phone about our organization. Office hours:
Tuesdays, 2 – 5 p.m. Office phone: (831) 336-3513.
“Scholarships Get a Big Boost!”
Thanks to the successful Community Day at New Leaf
Markets in Felton and Boulder Creek (May 31), the Youth
Scholarship Fund at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center
is fatten up by $1,930! Thank you all who shopped at
New Leaf’s great community markets…we can start off our
Summer Art Camp program with plenty of funding for
scholarships through the season. This is truly the
“gift that keeps on giving”: scholarships are given out
to young budding artists in our community whose families
are in crisis or need. The value of arts education and
experience in helping build a “whole” child is
invaluable and we are extremely thankful to New Leaf
Markets for their continued vital support to worthy
organizations in our community.
APPRECIATION FOR “FILLING BOWLS”
Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Margarita Cortez
and event coordinator Lin Colavin, presented an
Award of Appreciation to the Santa Cruz Mountains
Art Center Board on Monday evening, November 14.
Margarita expressed her sincere appreciation for the
Art Center’s donation of 60 beautiful bowls to help
Loaves & Fishes “Empty Bowls” fundraising efforts.
She shared her belief in the value of volunteers and
collaborations within our community, noting that
over the past few years, Loaves & Fishes has
distributed over 300,000 pounds of food to feed the
hungry in our community. Their “Empty Bowls” event
this year raised almost $30K to help them continue
Happy we can all fill bowls to feed hungry people in
Loaves & Fishes Executive Director, Margarita Cortez
(above, center) & Event Coordinator Lin Colavin
(right) presented an Award of Appreciation to the
Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center Board Chair Shahn
Spratt (left) and Ceramics Committee Co-Chair
Stephanie Triolo (bottom)
Paying it forward:
The raw clay for the Art Center’s Ceram-A-Rama event
was donated by Phoenix Ceramics owner Kevin Wahl.
He has supported our annual event for the last 10
years, with donations of tools, clay and talent.
Local potters participating in the event created 100
bowls on the potter’s wheel using the donated clay.
The Art Center’s Ceramics Committee trimmed, glazed
and fired the bowls, choosing the best 60 to donate
to Loaves & Fishes “Empty Bowls” fundraising event.
PDF of Article
/ Annual Holiday Gift Sale - November 26, 12 - 6
displaying their works at the Santa Cruz Mountains
Art Center in Ben Lomond are stocking the gallery
with handmade treasures for the Art Center's
upcoming big event: the annual Holiday Sale &
Open House, a one-day extravaganza with
50 artists participating, is set to take
place November 26.
Hand-crafted jewelry, ornaments, glass, scarves,
ceramics, cards, paintings, prints, baskets,
sculpture, textiles and additional items suitable
for holiday gifts will be offered to shoppers at the
Art Center's gallery in Mill Street. The gallery
will be open from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Take a video tour of the
"Santa Cruz residents are invited to stop by, enjoy
the festivities, and find a unique, handmade gift
for that special someone in your life," said Linda
Levy, the Art Center's executive director.
"Out-of-towners sampling the mountain wineries or
looking for Christmas trees can add an extra treat
to their excursions by stopping by the Art Center on
Ben Lomond's quaint Mill Street." Levy added.
Gallery visitors are invited to meet exhibiting
artists throughout the day, enjoy refreshments and
For those who can't attend the November 26 Open
House/Holiday Sale, the Santa Cruz Mountains Art
Center "The Gift of Art" exhibit runs through
December 24. The Santa Cruz Mountain
NOT SO EMPTY BOWLS!
PDF of article
At the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center’s 10th
(held September 16, 17, 18, 2011), ceramic artists to
created close to 100 bowls thrown on the wheel. These
bowls have been finished and glazed fired and are being
Loaves & Fishes
Watsonville/Pajaro Valley to help raise funds to feed
hungry people in our community. Their event, “Empty
Bowls”, will take place this year on October 15. For
more details, please contact Loaves & Fishes at
FORWARD: September 20, 2011
PDF of article
In today's trying economic environment, we all realize
the value of contributions to our community. At the Art
10th annual Ceram-A-Rama event
(held September 16, 17, 18, 2011), we invited ceramic
artists to create bowls thrown on the wheel. Each potter
was given 2.5 pound balls of clay for each bowl. Last
year, more than 20 local talented hands pitched in
during the event. Over 50 of the bowls were trimmed,
bisque fired, then glazed and fired by the Art Center's
ceramics crew. This year, we have close to 100 bowls
that are being trimmed and glazed for this effort.
These bowls are donated to Loaves & Fishes Watsonville
to help raise funds to feed hungry people in our
community. Their event, "Empty Bowls", will take place
this year on October 15. For more details, please
contact Loaves & Fishes at 831.722.4144
Paying it forward: The raw clay for our Ceram-A-Rama
event is donated by Phoenix Ceramics owner Kevin Wahl.
He has supported our annual event for the last 10 years,
with donations of tools, clay and talent.
Lin Colavin (Loaves
& Fishes) and Kevin Wahl (Phoenix Ceramics)
meet for the first time during the 10th Annual
Ceram-A-Rama where Kevin's donated clay is turned into
ceramic bowls donated to Loaves & Fishes "Empty Bowls"
event which raises significant money to feed the hungry
in our community!
July 2011 -
Ukuleles Gone Wild!
Sentinel Article Review
Gone Wild: Summer series draws enthusiasts for fun,
Posted: 07/31/2011 01:30:33 AM PDT Santa
Click photo to
ukulele strapped to his back and a glass of wine in
his hand Jack... (JOHN WILLIAMS/SENTINEL)
BEN LOMOND --
Songs from the
the 1986 movie
"Stand By Me"
area behind the
blasts from a
of the Shirley
and Lee song,
"Let the Good
by members of
the newly formed
Ukulele Club of
the second in
from Three in a
soloists, all of
them playing on
while about a
dozen members of
with their own
and member of
Club, also sits
on the board of
support of the
started in 2004,
mainly as a
to get community
to bask in their
shared love of
is just bringing
in music because
it's so easy to
play -- I mean,
it in 15
said as --
from the "Stand
By Me" theme --
Three in a Chord
rendition of The
the Kind Grind
at the Santa
"they have 150
people who don't
know each other
been enjoying a
as a guitars and
Bill Coombs, a
singer with the
band All Shook
Up, who died
June 2011 -
Summer in the Mountains!
Yes, summer seems
to have finally arrived! And in the Mountains there’s a
LOT happening! During this wonderful season, the Santa
Cruz Mountains Art Center is offering it all: from art
classes for young and old, music classes & concerts,
plein air painting, hands on clay, sidewalk sales &
demos, Raku Fridays…truly a place to celebrate your
PDF Press Release
April 2011 - Board of Directors
At their April 11 board
meeting, the board unanimously appointed Linda A.
Levy to the position of Executive Director, Shahn
Spratt as Chairperson, and Erica Siegal as Board
PDF Press Release.
March 2011 - CBS
visits Ben Lomond
A crew from CBS
Eye on the Bay visited Ben Lomond mid February, and
traveled to all the various sites to see in Ben
Lomond. The Art Center being one of them.
Video of Eye on the Bay
November 2010 - Welcome Travis John Adams
A big welcome
to Travis John Adams,
who comes to us with a wealth of
experience and knowledge of
ceramics. Travis says: “I
have an addiction to ceramics that I
love to share with the world. I
believe in the infinite potential of
clay; it can serve as an amazing
form of therapy and expression. I
try to include my life experience in
my work, from stylistic, functional
pottery to conceptual, figurative
sculpture. Over the years I have
developed a personal philosophy
derived from the process of art and
its relation to life. I studied
ceramics and fine art at San
Francisco State University, and have
taught sculpture and pottery classes
in Puerto Rico, Alaska, and the Bay
Area. My most recent work has been
an ardent attempt to mirror the
intricacies and delicate properties
of nature, extracted from
observations of my home in the Santa
Cruz Mountains in California, as
well as from my travels.”
September 2010 -
We Get and We Give! PDF Press Release
from Ceram-a-Rama go to Loaves & Fishes in
Watsonville for their annual fundraising campaign,
raising over $30K for the hungry in our community.
PDF Press Release
August 16, 2010 - THANK YOU NEW LEAF MARKET, FELTON!
the Art Center set up information tables and
“hands-on” art opportunities in front of New Leaf
Felton on July 29 for a “Community Day” event. New
Leaf Market donates a percentage of their sales on
Community Day to local non-profits. This generous
donation for the day, over $1100, will help match
funds supporting our Youth Art Programs - free
afterschool art classes at SLV High, SLV Elementary,
Boulder Creek Elementary, and Bonny Doon Elementary
schools, and scholarships for young artists in our
Thank you New Leaf
Market Owners, Bob & Terry Locatelli, for their
continued generous support for non-profits in our
community. It is truly a “gift that keeps on
giving”. And thank you to all who shop at New Leaf
for helping them help us all.
PDF Press Release.
August, 2010 - THANK YOU
VALLEY WOMEN'S CLUB!
the Art Center helped with this year's Redwood
Mountain Faire, and a percentage of the proceeds
were presented to the Art Center at the beginning of
August by Bobbi Faulk, representing the Redwood
Mountain Faire committee. This Award of over $1300,
will help match funds supporting our Youth Art
Programs - free afterschool art classes at SLV High,
SLV Elementary, Boulder Creek Elementary, and Bonny
Doon Elementary schools!
Thank you to
all our great volunteers who helped make this
happen! And thanks to the San Lorenzo Valley Women's
Club for helping us "Make Art a Part of Your Life!"
PDF Press Release.
July, 2010 - The Art Center
receives support from the Rydell Visual Arts Fund
to support our youth education programs.
PDF Press Release
Thanks to the
efforts of the
Community Foundation of Santa
Cruz County, the Art Center's youth
education programming will be supported by a grant
from the Rydell Visual Arts Fund. We are
slated to receive $11K each year for the next 2
years, which means we can continue to provide our
free teen classes (after school hrs at SLV), support
our Art Saturdays, Spring & Summer Art Camp, as well
as embark on providing after school art classes at
local elementary schools.
believe in the great value arts education brings to
building our community (see Lisa's article below),
and appreciate any contributions to help us match
April, 2010: The Value of
Arts - Article by Lisa Alexander
What do we value? As a species, we
have created wondrous things: skyscrapers, iPods, satellites,
the Mona Lisa, and countless other miraculous works of
art and science. We have also created every problem that exists
in our world today. Through shortsightedness, greed, and
intolerance, we have designed overpopulation, poverty,
pollution, depletion of natural resources, war, a tanking
economy, and a government that spends 10,000 times more money on
arms and armed forces than it does on educating its young.
If we had
decided consciously what world to create together, would this be
it? What are we creating today, and how will it look tomorrow?
In this country we claim to value things such as freedom,
fairness, intelligence, tolerance, and respect. The time has
come for each of us to take action in a more global, conscious
way with regard to these values.
action begins with whole education for our children. We must
equip them to face the challenges they will inherit. Now, more
than ever, our children need an education that includes more
than just information. It must also provide the creative
experience to sharpen the cognitive tools that can build new
solutions. Every advance ever made by humanity, every problem
ever solved, sprang from creative minds. And yet arts programs
are being cut from public education almost universally. Can we
really afford to eliminate creative training for our young
people? To ignore it as though it was unimportant?
function is facilitated not by particular centers in the brain,
but by systems of interaction—like webs—among many areas. The
ability to access many parts of the brain at once allows one to
gather numerous bits of information and formulate something
completely new. The arts help to build and strengthen these
interconnecting pathways in our brains.
correlation between arts education and SAT scores is well
established: more arts exposure equals higher verbal and
math test scores. Higher scores hold not only for standardized
testing, but also in the scholastic areas of reading, English,
history, citizenship, and geography. Students who play a musical
instrument score up to 34% higher on tests that measure spatial
and temporal ability. Studies show that within two to three
years after arts programs are cut in schools, attendance and
test scores go down; incidents of vandalism (crime) and
disruption go up.
Some of the
skills that are developed by arts education are:
Abstract reasoning, which is vital
in problem solving, forming theories and ideas, understanding
subjects on a complex level, and thinking about and combining
things symbolically (i.e. adding in your head rather than
counting on your fingers)
Discipline and focus
Spatial thinking, which is critical
for learning in the areas of complex mathematics, science, and
Enhanced communication and
education fosters original thinking—and healthy, adaptable,
tolerant human beings. Imagine, for a moment, a world in which
individuals and societies were able to:
Creatively find peaceful
resolutions for conflicts between individuals, groups,
Design homes, buildings,
transportation, and lifestyles that are sustainable and
symbiotic with the planet (rather than parasitic and
Create community, family,
and individual health through fair trade, fair wages,
fair prices, and universal access to excellent education
Design ways to clean up and
eliminate environmental toxins.
These are not
outlandish ideas. They are real solutions to devastating
problems. If we value these things, they are possible. They are
simple ideas to be orchestrated and embraced by creative,
well-educated minds. But well-educated minds need to be
supported and nurtured.
In 2009, the
U.S. Government spent roughly $1,784,000,000 (that’s Billion)
per DAY on defense. On Education, for the entire YEAR:
$64,882,384 (that’s million).
What DO we
your representatives that education be made a priority. That
priority needs to be expressed through substantial financial
support. Refuse to allow the arts to be cut from curricula;
demand that arts programs be expanded and integrated with other
subjects. Support your local school’s arts department with
money, supplies, and/or volunteer time. At home, expose your
children to the arts through attending community classes,
galleries, and live performance.
take conscious action that is aligned with our highest values.
We can provide a better world for our children. The arts
can help to make it happen. Imagine that. Create that. Do
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688-6384 Sacramento, CA
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March, 2010: Welcome new Board
Members Shahn Spratt and Stephanie Triolo!
attended Portland State College for 2 years with intention to be
a Art History teacher, but ended up getting married and having
kids. I Needed to work and just by chance started working for
the Alvin Duskin Co, an apparel manufacturing company. This
started the 32 year journey that was truly exciting, fun and
stimulating. Along the way, I owned and operated a factory,
consulted for Wage and Hour for Womens Division for the State of
California, and consulted for small apparel firms. In 1980 I
began working for Corporate Apparel Companies (Jessica
McClintock, Esprit and Fritzi) as Vice President of
Manufacturing and retired in 2002. I then pursued, planting, and
maintaining a Vineyard until 2005 and then moved to Santa Cruz.
I would really enjoy the opportunity to be on the Board of the
Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center. I have the time and energy to do
whatever it takes to participate in all aspects of the Gallery
and Art Center. I hope that I could contribute, using the skills
that I developed during my many years in business. I have the
ability to work well with everyone. Last but not least, I really
love the place.”
Shahn Spratt has stated he
would like to rejoin the Board. He was our Board President
in past years. His father was artist Fred Spratt, who taught
at San Jose State for many years and owned a gallery in
downtown San Jose. Shahn currently works for NASA – as a
project manager. On our Board, he directed facilities
development (remodeling) and singlehandedly rewired much of
the Center. Shahn would like to get back into working in
February, 2010: The Art Center Receives
The Art Center received a grant
award of $7000 from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
for this year. This grant is an Operations Support grant, and
helps us cover a little bit of everything we do. We thank the
Cultural Council for their continued support! Information about
the Cultural Council can be found at their
January, 2010: Private Donation of $3000 for
Bruce Bangert, longtime local
sculptor, ceramic artist, ceramics instructor, has provided
a grant this year to support the Art Center's Ceram-A-Rama
event and our local ceramics activities! Bruce! You are an
January, 2010: Volunteer of the year!
Susan Archibald, Board Member
on the Board of Directors for the SC Mountains Art Center,
was named our "Volunteer of the Year" in recognition of her
beyond the call of duty hard work. She keeps our doors open
and the Gallery staffed, organizing participating artists to
docent, training new docents, calling to remind them of
their scheduled docent times, helping curate and hang just
about every exhibit, putting up all the title cards, helps
with the Opening Receptions and all our other events! She is
such a nice person on top of it all! It is a joy to have her
in our lives! Thank you, Susan!
Slide Show from Ceram-A-Rama 2009
An overview of our free community event
Youth Art Shows: 2001 - 2009
- visual retrospective of Youth Art
in our Gallery & classrooms.
ART CENTER GETS A FACE LIFT!
May, - June 2009
Jon Wagman and helpers
are giving the Art Center a great Face Lift!
Based on Jon's uplifting
abstracts, our Center will soon sport a wild new look!
After priming, Jon and Michael English have applied
the first coat of purple lines.
Jon hamming for the
Blue color added.
We're stopping traffic!
SLIDE SHOW OF
JUNE 21, 2009 - "Face-Off" in Ben
A letter from
Phyllis Mayfield: April, 2008
To Linda and all
you fantastically creative Mountain Art People,
I thank Linda for
her appreciative article recognizing me for my ten years of
heading up Verbal Moonshine. I want to thank each of you who
keeps the center such a alive place, for all of us who touch it
in any way.
Many times new
people, or the usual stalwarts coming to the monthly read, have
told me how impressed they were with the quality of work on
display. "It makes a warm, inspiring area so I can read better,"
they would say.
I have always
known how important you all have been in making
"Moonshine" run. It's wheels were greased by your artistic work.
Your new ideas always made me look forward to discovering which
creative genie was let out of the lamp to help you complete your
work this time. It continued to inspire me as well as the
readers and listeners attending.
know I've had your help always, but I
want to mention a couple of angels who distributed the great
posters Linda made about our final celebration. I was too dizzy
(remember that?) to take them around. I thought there'd be a
stack of them in the back room someplace on the last night. I
saw Susan Archibald and Julie Erreca
in the office. They gave me the last four copies, and told me
they'd heard I wasn't well and wanted to help. I was touched.
I'm sure their effort played a big part in having at least 42
people at the event. Only one example, of many, of your
Thank you all. I
hope juicy creativity, yours and mine, will continue to flow for
years and years.
P.S. Wish me luck
on my memoir.
GREAT NEWS! (2007
proud to announce they have received
The California Arts Council, (Arts License Plates), as
part of their pilot program to Create
Public Value (CPV), has provided grant funding to support
the current Youth Arts Programming. Our Youth Arts
Programs consists of: Spring, Fall &
Winter "Art Saturday" classes, (2- & 3-D); Spring and Summer
week-long Art Camps (ages 6 - 12 yrs); "Spring into Art"
Annual Gallery Exhibit, (youth ages up
to 21 years); Free 2-D & 3-D workshops; After school
Teen Art Classes (ages 13 - 18); Mentorships for teens
The Carol Anika
Mihalik Memorial Fund, administered through the Community
Foundation of Santa Cruz County, has awarded the Art
Center a grant to upgrade existing
digital classroom facilities as well as expand current
digital class offerings, sponsor an all digital gallery
We wish to thank
all our community members, participants and donors for
their generous support through the years. Both of these
grants rely on matching funds from our
community, so your continued support helps us
realize our goals to "Make Art a Part of Your Life!"
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Christa Shanaman & her mother, Betty
Country Real Estate)
for their generous donation and continued support of the Art
Center. This dynamic duo donates 10% of their net profit on any
real estate transaction that comes to them from our membership.
They recently handled the sale of a Felton property owned by
members Pat and Larry Worley.
And an even
to the Worleys
for their MATCHING DONATION!!!!!
FELTON NEW LEAF MARKET Community day
benefits youth art scholarship program.
you New Leaf Market for supporting our youth program again this
year with a handsome donation (over $1K). Thanks for providing
us the opportunity to present our organization to the public
during the Community Day, July 26th. Frank Borovich wowed New
Leaf customers with his awesome skill on the potter's wheel.
Julie Erreca provided lessons in Ikebana flower arranging
(beautiful flowers donated by Camp Joy!), and creative
bookmaking. We handed out a LOT of literature. THANK YOU again,
you one and all for your generosity, thoughtfulness and