Summer Art Series

Each month this summer, the Museum will feature a different local artist who is inspired by the natural world of the Santa Cruz region. Join us every First Friday July-September, from 5-8pm to meet the artists as we debut their work. FREE Admission for First Friday.

July: Light Through the Leaves 
Cyanotypes by Marlene Mirassou

Marlene Mirassou’s cyanotype images are of plants native to the forested upper reaches of Branciforte Creek, near her former home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. These camera-less images show the light that passes through or is blocked by their leaves and other parts. Join Marlene for a Cyanotype Workshop at the Museum on July 8th at 10am.


August: Our Coastal California 
Pastels by Sandra Cherk

Sandra Cherk uses soft pastels to capture scenes of our much-loved shorelines, foothills, mountains and forests. Learn more about Sandra here.


September: The Art of Wonder 
Natural History Etchings by Stephanie Martin

Stephanie Martin’s art celebrates the exquisite design and diversity of California’s flora and avifauna. She observes her subjects in the field, sketches specimens in museums, and creates intaglio etchings that bring these dead birds to life. Her work is a graceful meld of science and art.  Learn about Stephanie here.


Summer Art Series is supported by the Santa Cruz Arts Commission and Gayle and Joe Ortiz.