Monday, February 11th, 2013

Christa Martin: C&C Press and the art of the book; the calligraphy of Carl Rohrs; Rachel Riot’s Manic Designs; the Harrisons’ art of geography

If you’re unfamiliar with book art, do yourself a favor and check out The images are nothing short of striking, especially the collection of three-dimensional poems by the beloved late Santa Cruz poet Morton Marcus. Credit goes to the founders behind C & C Press, Matt Cohen and Sher Zabaszkiewicz. Recently, I had a

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Christa Martin: Amee Chapman’s search for musical grace

By CHRISTA MARTIN As musician Amee Chapman says, “Grace is hell to keep.” No arguments here. But it can be argued, as evidenced by Chapman’s latest album of the same name, the very attempt to...

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Kirby Scudder: PVAC shows ‘Sleight of Hand’ in new exhibit

 It’s 1:30 on Monday and members of the Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery Committee grab coffee at Peet’s in downtown Santa Cruz. I meet them at Java Junction where I grab a coffee to go. Traffic on...

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013


  NEXT WEEK GAIL RICH AWARDS Call it Santa Cruz’s version of the Lincoln Center Awards. From the among the vast numbers of artists, performers and writers making their home in Santa Cruz, six individuals are chosen...

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Past Gail Rich Award Winner

1997 Rick Walker, musician Peter, Diana, Marina and Lyle Troxell, family of artists Holt Murray, sculptor Bob Lowery, blues musician Laura Ellen Hopper, radio pioneer Sara Wilbourne, dancer Eric Schoeck, talk-show host Joe Ferrara, comic-book merchant Philip...

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Christa Martin: Amanda Martinez dives into the Atlantic

In the mid 2000s I was working as the Features Editor at Good Times when along came a new cubicle mate, Amanda Martinez. Not only was she a remarkable writer and journalist, but she also became a...

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Kirby Scudder: Camille Krilanovich and the skin as canvas

Camille Krilanovich pulls up to 1010 Fair Avenue on the Westside of Santa Cruz. Camille walks to the far corner of the shop and checks her irons then takes a seat next to Jason who has sketched...

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

2013 Gail Rich Award Winners

Santa Cruz County is that place where the guy behind the café counter is a singer/songwriter, the woman showing you a house for sale is a landscape painter and your next-door neighbor is writing her third novel....

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Christa Martin: Metal, jewelry and prints

At age 13, Denny Beck entered his first art competition. It was sponsored by his junior high school library in the redwood mecca of Humboldt County. His entry? A hand-carved wooden sculpture of a bear in the wilderness,...

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Kirby Scudder: Santa Cruz a leader in the art of the luthier

The oldest known iconographic representation of an instrument displaying the essential features of a guitar is 3,300 years old. Since then, different cultures have taken the design and sound of the stringed instrument in a multitude of...

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