The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center is located at 9341 Mill Street. Ben Lomond, California 95005. The facility was deeded to the Art Center by Jim and Barbara Thomas in 2003. Our brightly colored building is across the Mill Street from the Ben Lomond Market. Parking is available along Mill Street.
You enter directly into our gallery/gift shop which is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 6pm. The Thomas Gallery is staffed by artist and volunteer docents.
Classes are held in the gallery, classroom and ceramic areas. Classes are given day and evening hours during the week. Equipment provided include easels for painting and life drawing, and art supplies for children’s classes.
The ceramic area, with a throwing room and deck work space, is located in the back yard. There are gas and electric kilns and ample glazing space. There is a soda kiln and raku equipment. At the far end of the property is a stage and the San Lorenzo River. Clay can be purchase at the Art Center for those taking classes or participating in Clay Studio. Independent studio time is available for members taking ceramic classes.
In an effort to save energy and emissions, we have converted our Cone 10 clay bodies and glazes to cone 6, and have been working to build a stable of Cone 6 glazes for both oxidation and reduction atmospheric firings. Soda firings are still conducted to cone 10, and we fire our Soda kiln three to four times each year.
The Art Center has a small library with books on art and ceramics. Books may be checked out by members.
The stage and out door space is used during the summer for music and other events.
The Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center is a community facility for the arts and culture. People are welcome to contact our 4Arts phone line for information about offering classes. Board Members can be contacted about using and or renting our facility for events.