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11am – 9pm

Free admission and extended hours. From 5-9pm, enjoy a no-host bar and live music while enjoying art and mingling with friends.

The Cradle Project exhibition opens tonight on the 3rd floor. This powerful exhibition showcases cradles made by international artists to raise awareness of the challenges and hope of children orphaned by AIDS in Africa.

The Fun-A-Day group art show opens tonight in the auditorium. Participants created a piece of art every day during the month of January. The show features a wide variety of works including  photographs, drawings, blogs, collages and books. This is the 10th Annual Fun-A-Day, brought to you by the Art Clash Collective and organized by Elaina Ramer and Ann Alstatt.

If you are interested in the future of Abbott Square, join us in the hallway linking the plaza to the Museum (by VinoCruz) to share your thoughts on four bold proposals for public artworks that will lead into the Square.

Tonight we are collaborating with the Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival at the R. Blitzer Gallery, coordinated by Jayme Kelly Curtis. A stellar line-up of bands will highlight the art of the guitar. Join Addam Stark in the classroom for an “Art of Guitar Finishing” activity where you can stain guitar shaped wood pendants. At 5PM join David Winters for a presentation on the Harmonics for the Guitar in the boardroom. There will be live lutherie demonstrations by Hill Guitar Company- Kenny Hill and sons from Hill Guitar company will set up shop and show the making of fine classical guitars. Enjoy a guitar strap weaving demonstration with Annie MacHale. Relax with a cup of coffee and a snack and enjoy a slide show of lutheirs art work by Jim MacKenzie and Renee Flower and Charles Sutton will answer questions about guitars on the second floor.

The live bands will be playing from 6-9PM and include:

Jayme Kelly Curtis – Tony Graziano Guitars
Kenny Hill – Hill Guitar Company
Ben Bording – Matthew Mustapick Guitars
Bob Basa – Andrew Sacco Archtop Guitars
David Winters – Fred Carlson Guitars
Doug Young – Ed Claxton Guitars
Tess Dunn and Rory Freeman – Jeff Traugott Guitars
Robby Eckert – David Morse Guitars
William Coulter – Santa Cruz Guitar Company Guitars
Patti Maxine, Colin Alder and Rhan Wilson – CruzTone Lap Steel Guitars and Rick Turner/Renaissance Guitars
Bill Walker – Scott Walker Guitars

Marty O’Reilly- CF Holcomb Guitars

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  • Renaissance Guitars

    Bring your sets of used guitar strings to donate to the Second String Project. The project distributes these strings to instrument builders in undeveloped parts of the world – where even a used set of strings is like gold.

    • Why don’t I just give them new sets instead of ones you’d cut your fingers on?

  • Renaissance Guitars

    Annie MacHale will demonstrate the weaving of colorful guitar straps on her loom, too.

  • Kenny Hill

    Kenny, Simon, Quillan Hill and Owen Kelly will be demonstrating guitar building and finishing at the museum Friday night. Stop by and see how worldclass Hill Guitars are built.

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