KUSP Visual Arts Calendar
The Art of Fort Ord
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History presents a multimedia exhibit about the history and present of Fort Ord. For several years CSUMB professor Enid Baxter Ryce has explored the abandoned buildings and collected people’s memories of the fort in a “Fort Ording” blog. Along with some of her students, Ryce has created a pictorial geography demonstrating that the fort is really an abandoned city and that the city was full of art and design. Her team curated the MAH exhibit, which continues through July 20th.
Cyphers and Symbols at Michaelangelo Gallery
Paper artist John Babcock’s “Cyphers and Symbols” is an exhibition of handmade paper . The show includes a series of tapestry-like pieces which represent of Babcock’s love of symbols and marks. Among the works are caligraphic creations employing translucent kozo fiber, conveying an earthy natural human feeling.
John Babcock has been working with papermaking for 40 years. forty years ago. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern art in New York, the Louvre at the Museum of Art Décoratifs in Paris, The Albright Knox Gallery and many of the major art museums in the United States and Europe. His work is in many public and private collections throughout the United States including The Museum of Art and Design in New York. Learn more about this and other First Friday Santa Cruz exhibits at First Friday Santa Cruz dot com.
A New Approach to Monterey Bay Landscapes
The Monterey Museum of Art hosts an exhibit of large-scale landscapes by realist painter David Ligare. Ligare’s work is celebrated for fine natural detail and for delicate depiction of light. He describes himself as a neoclassical artist, carefully representing his subjects.
The works on display are panoramas of the Salinas River, the Pacific coast and Mount Toro. The works were painted especially for this exhibit. The museum’s Monterey Now exhibits show the work of artists from the region who have made significant contributions to the visual arts.
Prints Prints Prints
The Pajaro Valley Arts Council present a show of printmaking from artists at Monterey Peninsula College. Fifty artists used lithographs, screen printing, woodcut and other techniques to create 2-dimensional work as well as books, installations and other 3-dimensional creations. Subjects range from the abstract to the familiar. The show continues through April 19. For more information visit pajarovalleyartscouncil.org.
7 at Blitzer
…is the May exhibit at the R. Blitzer Gallery on the westside of Santa Cruz. It features seven award-winning local artists: stone sculptors Jeff Arnett and Michael Bashista; metal sculptor Marilyn Kuksht; painters Charles Prentiss and Taz Childress; printmaker Eva Bernstein, and photographer Virginia Draper. These artists offer an exciting diversity of compositions, textures, and styles. First Friday reception isMay 2, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Regular gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. The exhibit runs from May 2-May 31 at 2801 Mission Street, Santa Cruz.