Group invitational art show at R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz
Exhibition Title: EDGE: Art on the Westside
Artists: Jamie Abbott, Gloria Alford, Susana Arias, Hildy Bernstein, Andrea Borsuk, Barbara Downs, Jill Faragher, Lisa Hochstein, Marlies Hoevers, Roy Holmberg, Lila Klapman, Majio, Kirk McNeill, Andrew Purchin, Andrea Rich, Michelle Stitz
Where: R. Blitzer Gallery, 450 Natural Bridges Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Date: May 6-29, 2011
Opening Reception: May First Friday, May 6, 6-8pm
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, May 21, 4-8pm. $5 donation requested, proceeds will be donated to MAH’s children’s education programs.
Once just an industrial area, the westside of Santa Cruz is now a happening place. To showcase the vibrant new westside art scene, local artists present EDGE: Art on the Westside, at the R. Blitzer Gallery.
Show curator Lila Klapman said, “Looking around my studio neighborhood, I realized that the general public probably has no idea of the wealth of artistic talent to be found on the westside of town. When the R. Blitzer Gallery opened, at the edge of Santa Cruz in the old Wrigley Building, I approached Rob Blitzer and he said he would love to host a show for us”.
Lila enlisted her studio neighbor Barbara Downs to help with the show. “I was excited about the idea of bringing the westside artists together, since we have traditionally been dispersed throughout the area, and I’m especially pleased to be instrumental in putting on a show that will donate to MAH’s children’s education programs”, said Barbara.
Lila and Barbara invited a range of artists from Santa Cruz’s westside to participate in the show. The 16 artists will present paintings, woodcuts, ceramic sculpture, steel sculpture, mixed-media works and collage.
There will be both a First Friday reception and an Artists’ Reception. There is a $5 donation requested at the Artists’ Reception, which will feature food, live music, and a no-host bar provided by Hula’s Bar and Grill. Proceeds from the donations will go to the Museum of Art and History’s children’s education programs.