• January 2022

    New Year Local Artist

    Joaquin Cruz Local Artist My name is Joaquin Cruz, I’m 17 and currently a senior at SLVHS. I’m what feels like inches away from the end of high school which is somewhat terrifying but at least that means I’m growing. The paintings and art I do has meaning and no meaning, it really varies. While painting, sketching, testing different mediums regardless of how it looks, etc. I did my best to create somewhat of a surreal look, even though that look and mindset changed frequently. The majority of my art revolves around the themes of my ethnicity, how I see myself (portraits), how I see the political climates during the…

  • December 2021

    Tony Hernandez

    Tony Hernandez Local Artist Tony is a teen who enjoys the simple things in life. In his short life, he’s experienced quite a bit; however, you wouldn’t be able to tell, given his lighthearted spirit and humor. Tony’s overcome many obstacles, one of those has been learning how to navigate life as an individual diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. Although this diagnosis can be quite scary for many, we’ve learned to help Tony find ways to navigate its complexities. One of those ways has been exploring new hobbies. Over the past couple of years, he’s acquired a passion for the arts. Thanks to his aid, Lou, Tony is now excited…

  • August 2021

    Gavin Gasparotti

    Gavin Gasparotti Local Artist Hi, I’m Gavin Gasparotti, and I am a recent graduate of Soquel High. Art has been one of my hobbies ever since I was a small child. As I was growing up, I put a lot of practice into developing my natural gifts. By the end of elementary school, I had developed a reputation as an artist, and I even had my art displayed at a gallery in Ben Lomond. During my time at New Brighton Middle School, I drew a picture used as the yearbook cover. I also designed the look of the school planner one year. My art was included in a display of…

  • July 2021

    Ava Barret

    Ava Barret Local Artist You don’t need to be good at art to call yourself an artist. My name is Ava Barrett, and I am an artist. I have been dancing at the tannery arts center for seven years. And I know what your thinking. What does dance have to do with these pictures I have painted? Well, dance is my main outlet for creativity. Recently I have been given fantastic opportunities to work with professional dancers to further my artistry. Within those seven years, I have seen tremendous growth in my body and mind, now onto the subject of painting. I took art classes as a kid but never…

  • June 2021

    Killian Rose O’Brien

    Killian Rose O’Brien Local Artist Killian is finishing up the 2nd grade at SLV Elementary. She was first drawn to art when her Aunt Laura took her to some Drawn-2-Art classes when she was in preschool. She is currently taking weekly art classes with our small pod of friends from her other Aunt Suzanne, she is so lucky to have such artistic people in her life! In her own words: “Art is fun to me and it is just a thing I do to calm myself down. It is fun to me to draw weird shapes and make it into a creature. I like shading and that is what I…

  • April 2021

    Mom and Son Artists

    Zephy Pfotenhauer and Dante Clark Mother and Son Duo Mother and son Zephyr Pfotenhauer and Dante Clark (11) have been working together creatively for as long as Dante can remember. A professional artist and designer, Zephyr is often inspired by Dante for her own work and regularly enlists his help in completing various projects, from murals to printmaking. Dante is a longtime member of Art Lab in Boulder Creek and particularly enjoys building in Lego, Minecraft, wood and clay in worlds both real and virtual. A 6th grader at the Nature Academy, he is looking forward to returning to school, seeing friends and exploring the county with his classmates. Until…

  • February 2021

    Local Artist Mimi Chappelear

    Mimi Chappelear local artist Mimi Chappelear is a 22 year old self-taught local artist who grew up in Santa Cruz. Mimi has a passion for nature and vibrant colors. She is also a beachcomber, who has a great interest in paleontology, archeology and science illustration. She uses acrylics on paper, canvas and wood. Mimi takes pictures of all things beautiful on our local shores. You can find her art on @daysdreamin_ and her beachy photography, @beach_scavenger on Instagram.

  • October 2020

    Bree Karpavage

    Bree Karpavage Local Artist Local artist, Bree Karpavage uses the timeless art form of cut and paste collage as a way to process life. She fondly calls it her “soul work” and uses collage as a way to empower, heal and express her personal growth. Using mostly magazines both vintage and new, she cuts images that resonate with her and later combines them to create simple yet powerful artwork. “When I collage, I get in a zone…it’s hard to describe, I’m able to check out for a bit and tap into a more spiritual, heart centered space. That for me is empowering.” Bree lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is…

  • September 2020

    Selena Zontos

    Selena Zontos Local Artist Santa Cruz Mountains. My work is has been an ever-evolving journey of learning and creating. I continue to be inspired by the mystic nature of the local landscapes and wildlife. The paintings tend to be about our connection to each other and the natural world. I received a Bachelor of Fine Art from San Jose State. My experience there was fundamental in me trusting myself as an artist. From there it took some time before I really found my path in what I call “Living a Life Uncommon.” Making a path where there isn’t one, and trusting the unfolding of it. I now have a gallery…

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    August 2020

    Jovanna Vera

    Jovanna Vera LOCAL ARTIST When I was young, I loved arts and crafts and found out that I enjoyed being creative. However, it wasn’t until I started high school that I began to pursue art passionately and started focusing on improving my technical skills. I’ve had the opportunity to work as an assistant art teacher a few times in different schools and teach arts and crafts at the Castroville Public library before the state lockdown began. I even got to work on an art website for six years. I love art, and I love to share my passion with others and to get others to enjoy it as I do.…