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Call for Artists: Red Hot!

Due to the CZU Lightning fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, we have decided to cancel this exhibit for the time being. The fire has claimed the Red Hot theme for now.


Red is the color of passion and adventure. Of energy and primal life forces. Of good luck in […]

Our Plan for…not reopening yet

We started composing this update a few weeks ago when the prospects of opening up for in-person activities seemed promising. Local officials had given the go-ahead for Stage 3 businesses (galleries & museums) to start reopening.

But as of July 13, the California Governor revised those guidelines due to rising Covid-19 cases in the State […]

From the Mountains to the Sea

From the Mountains to the Sea : A Themed Open Invitational Online Exhibit

July 1–August 29, 2020

Located in this liminal zone between the mountains and the sea, we’re keenly aware of the wonders of both.You are invited to share in our favorite landscapes and seascapes.


Wild Things

Wild Things : A themed & judged exhibit

Exhibit artwork by Karen Whitaker, Michael Singer and Svargo Florian

January 22 – March 14, 2020

Kick off the New Year with a walk on the wild side. This show features creatures great and small, vehicles real and imaginary, and people who walk on the wild side—in any media that expresses your inner wild.


Holiday Happenings at the Art Center

Make and/or find your perfect Gift of Art this holiday season:

Annual Holiday Craft WorkshopSunday, December 1, 2019  12:30 – 3:00pm FREE for the whole family!

us for an afternoon of creativity and fun for the whole family. Drop in
any time during the workshop to make a variety of beautiful holiday
crafts and gifts, […]

Halloween Haunted House – October 31, 2019

Dare to join us for a Halloween Haunted House, where the skeletons of artists past will gather to play tricks and give out treats. Kathryn Pierno, Mistress of Weird Illusions and our Youth Education Director, will be revealing how art and science can be joined to create creepy illusions and Halloween fun. Ghosts, ghouls, […]

Open Studios Art Tour – October 4 & 5 / October 19 & 20, 2019

The Art Center hosts ceramic artist and member of our Clay Crew, Molly McCarthy, #162 in 2019’s Open Studios of Santa Cruz County.

Come by the gallery and pick up your free guide which lists over 300 artists and includes detailed maps. While you’re here, check out our current ceramics themed exhibit, “All Fired Up!”

What: […]

2019 Annual Report To Membership

The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center continues to
provide many opportunities to enjoy art through exhibits, education, workshops,
events, and classes.   

The leadership and management of the Art Center
is done through the Board of Directors. Currently the Board of Directors has
nine members.  Johanna McCormick does the graphics and marketing.
Karen Asherah is with Curatorial, social media and marketing. Frank
Bauerle, […]

Wild Roots Market Community Day

UPDATE: Thanks to Wild Roots for contributing $1631 to our Youth Scholarship Fund!

We all have to run errands, and Tuesday, August 13 when you go to Wild Roots Market in Felton, a generous percentage of your purchase will be donated to support the Youth Art Scholarships at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center. So […]

Ceramics Seconds Sale! – July 28, 2019

On Sunday July 28, the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center will be having a sale of pottery seconds.

What’s a second? It’s pretty subjective. You see, potters are pretty picky people. So the color may not be what they wanted, or be different from the others they made. Maybe the glaze dripped a bit. The […]