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Santa Cruz Art League

The Santa Cruz Art League is an art gallery, theater, classroom, and gift shop. The gallery exhibits are free to the public. The Santa Cruz Art League encourages and supports a wide range of visual and performing artists, professional and recreational alike, in a welcoming environment which celebrates the arts and makes them accessible to the community.


Through a Curious Lens

Through a Curious Lens is a National Exhibit of Photography. This exhibit is open to photographic processes including film and digital capture, and prints created by digital methods, as well as traditional and alternative processes. Digital modifications, enhancements, and transformations such as multi-image composites are welcome. The show will be juried by fine art photographer and educator at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Seán Duggan.

  • Dates: July 10 - August 9, 2015
  • Reception: July 18, 2015 from 3-5pm
Background Photograph: "Marasmius plicatulus" by Justin Ciccone

Mix It Up - Mixed Media

Mixed Media art takes inspiration from life, from the forgotten or overlooked... be it disparate images, a whisper of a pencil, an old letter, paint dribbles, textiles, a rusty screw. We can see the wonder and engagement with materials and processes by using found ingredients to form new poetic visions. Look around and see what you have, you may give birth to a dancing star! Juried by Andrea Borsuk - Artist/Teacher/Curator.

  • Exhibition: August 14 - September 13
  • Reception: August 22, Saturday, 3-5pm

Beasts on Broadway

Beasts on Broadway is a National Exhibit. The show will be juried by Melissa R. Pickford, Art Gallery Director, Monterey Peninsula College.

  • Dates: October 24 - November 15, 2015
  • Reception: November 1, Sunday, 3-5pm
  • Juror Meet & Greet: November 1, Sunday, 2pm
The deadline for entry is Monday, August 31, Monday (11:59pm) 2015. For more information about entering the show, see our Exhibition Schedule and Entry Info.

In the Lobby

Maria Cecilia Freeman

"Locally Grown" watercolors and drawings that merge scientific illustration with botanical fine art. Beauty is in the details. These plants all grow nearby, and I’ll tell you where I found the model for each painting. Limited-edition giclée prints on view July 10 – August 9. See more of her work at her website or sign up for her Botanical Art Weekend Workshop at our Art Classes Page.


Monday Night Figure Drawing

Live model. Drop-ins are welcome. No instruction. Facilitated by Open Studio Artist Richard Bennett.

  • Date and Time: Monday Nights, 7:00 - 10:00pm
  • Location: in the SCAL classroom
  • Fee: $16 non-members, $14 members, $10 students
  • Instructor: Susie Wilson
View more classes at our Art Classes page.