Those who’ve been around the Santa Cruz cultural scene for a while will recognize the unique name of Futzie Nutzle, who first gained widespread acclaim for his pointed but hilarious line drawing cartoons in several local newspapers, as well as Rolling Stone magazine.
Since those days as a cartoonist, Nutzle has been engaged in a career as a serious artist and the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz is hosting an exhibit that features Nutzle’s work going back many years.
“Creating the Path” features 100 pieces of Nutzle’s work which, just as his cartoons did, draw the eye and engage the mind with images that are never obvious or overwrought. Most are paintings but there are various other drawings and assemblage pieces for public viewing as well.
Nutzle is one of six winners of the 2013 Gail Rich Awards for excellence in the arts, sponsored by the Sentinel. Photos of the Gail Rich winners will be featured in the Sentinel on Sunday.
“Creating the Path” runs through Jan. 26 at the R. Blitzer Gallery, 2801 Mission St., in the old Wrigley building, Santa Cruz. Details: rblitzergallery.com.