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Past Exhibitions 2011

Andrea Borsuk

Rydell Award Winners: December 17, 2011–March 18, 2012

This is the third in the series of exhibitions that feature the works of the Rydell Visual Art Fellowship recipients. After Roy Rydell’s death — two years after his wife Frances died — their estate was bequeathed to the Community Foundation to establish a fund that would be used to give financial support to help […]

The Espresso Police

The Espresso Police: December 17, 2011–March 18, 2012

Café Pergolesi, the first generation of modern coffee shops in Santa Cruz, was founded by Frank and Judy Foreman. In conjunction with Futzie Nutzle, this installation will serve as a gallery/café with a performative bent.  The Espresso Police will make unannounced visits and offer coffee to Museum visitors throughout the exhibition. There will be musical performances […]

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Futzie Nutzle: December 17, 2011–March 18, 2012

Artist Futzie Nutzle, aka Bruce Kleinsmith, is an arts activist who helped make Santa Cruz the rich artist-oriented city it is today. This exhibition highlights his drawings and assemblages, some of which have been collected by and featured in the Museum of Modern Art, Rolling Stone Magazine and The Japan Times. Nutzle’s work was shown […]

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The Butterfly Effect: December 17, 2011-March 18 2012

Can the flutter of a butterfly’s wings set off atmospheric changes that alter events? Graham’s photographic installation allows you to step into a world of light drawings, hanging scrolls, magnifying glasses and specimens for close observation. Artist and curator Shelby Graham creates a delicate installation of fragile wings that can melt when held too close to the light […]

Studio Made

Studio Made: Santa Cruz Woodworkers

July 30 – November 13, 2011; Solari Gallery. Come explore the process and intricacy of contemporary woodworking. This exhibition showcases Santa Cruz professionals who are dedicated to fostering appreciation for locally-produced, one-of-a-kind handmade woodwork. Participants include Om Anand, Ron Cook, Ron Day, Roger Heitzman, Joshua Salesin, Jefferson Shallenberger, Michael Singer, Pat Stafford, Gary Stevens, and […]