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Free First Friday

Free First Friday: Screaming Hand Exhibition Opening

Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 11  am–9 pm

Celebrate the iconic Screaming Hand image and its creator Jim Phillips in the new exhibition Screaming Hand produced in collaboration with NHS, Inc. Explore original art by Phillips and 200 other contemporary international artists influenced by this fundamental icon of youth skate culture. ARTIST TALK | 5:30-6:30pm | Catch an Artist Talk by Jim Phillips, the creator of the Screaming Hand and Bob Denike, the CEO of NHS from 5:30-6:30pm. Hear from the people who made skateboarding and skate graphics…


Let’s Gather at the Table

Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 5–9 pm

A time to test recipes, cook together and talk about all things food-related. Come and inhabit the kitchen together and share stories and memories about food! Abigail Han Visit Abigail in the gallery from July 12th – August 22nd, 2016 Taste the recipes of historical and contemporary Santa Cruz in our gallery kitchen. Abigail Han is a practicing artist originating from Singapore and currently living and working in Los Angeles. She makes experimental films and uses performance, video, installation, and drawing in…


Embroidery 101

Thu, Aug 18, 2016, 2–4 pm

Join Stef for a beginner’s class all about embroidery — french knots, daisy chains, and satin stitch. Participants will learn basic stitches and be offered a variety of pre-made designs to try their hand at. Supplies will be available. Best for ages 6 and up. Stef Wolf Visit Stef in the gallery from August 9th – September 25th, 2016 Tell your own stories of movement and place through the art of embroidery with Stef Wolf. Stef is a Santa Cruz based artist…


3rd Friday: Bodies

Fri, Aug 19, 2016, 6–9 pm

Bodies are beautiful. Bodies are weird. Explore the wonders of our body through interactive workshops, hands-on demonstrations and performances about massage, laughter, musicmaking and death. Want to participate in 3rd Friday: Bodies? Contact Helen at   DROP IN WORKSHOPS AND INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES:   Chair Massage with Rising Root Wellness | Get affirming, safe, and complimentary massage care from Rising Root Wellness who focus on quality and affordable care for the dehumanized residents of Santa Cruz County. Safe and complimentary…

Free First Friday

Free First Friday

Fri, Sep 2, 2016, 11  am–9 pm

Join us for a Free First Friday with extended hours from 11am-9pm. Every 1st Friday of the month, enjoy live music, an all ages art activity, artist and history talks, and a MAH Bar.