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Open Studios Artists at the Tannery
October 8-9, 15-16, 2016

The Tannery Arts Center is delighted to announce that 7 Tannery artists will open their doors on October 8th, 9th,15th and 16th for the Open Studios Art Tour, including 1 artist, Linda Cover, who is entirely new to Open Studios.

The Tannery Open Studios artists include:
Andy Ruble, artist #166 in the Open Studios Artist Guide. Andy makes handmade ceramic sculpture and pottery. The heart of his work is the hybridization of organic and architectural structure. Andy is currently the Director of Ceramics at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills. His studio is at 1050 River Street # 121.
Beth Shields, artist #168, creates abstract oil, wax, and graphite paintings and drawings on paper and canvas. “I knew from my first remembered thought that I wanted to draw and paint. That desire has imparted a central theme to my existence. I don't know where my art comes is just there waiting for me to find it. If I don't go looking (meaning work and take risks) it does not get expressed.” At 1050 River Street #125.
Fanne Fernow, artist #169, creates two and three dimensional encaustic pieces with beeswax and pigment. She paints with bright color and dots. “My work is about prayer and meditation. I am not particularly religious, mind you, but I do believe that there is a holy presence in the world.  A presence that is so amazing that our tiny little human minds cannot conceptualize it.” At 1060 River Street # 125.
Chela Zabin, artist #170, paints marine creatures and florals in rich saturated watercolor. “As a marine biologist, scuba diver and surfer, I have long been inspired intellectually and artistically by the beauty of beachscapes and the life forms below the tide line.” At 1050 River Street #125.
Linda Cover, artist #171, has been making art her entire life, but October 2016 will be her first time as an Open Studios Art Tour artist. She started out drawing, then doing videography, documentaries, and is now focusing on photography and encaustic painting. Her subjects are all images from the natural world, “A plant in a crack in the sidewalk says “look at me” and I do.” At 1050 River Street #116.
Sarah Bianco, artist #172, uses oil, polyurethane and graphite on repurposed canvas tarp as well as oils on panels.  “The way in which I paint is a meditative practice for me. It is an invitation to enter the unknown and trust. Similar to abstract expressionism, it provides an opportunity to witness creation in progress in the absence of control and structure. It is an exploration and attempt of bringing the nondescript and unattainable into form through color and shapes.” At 1060 River Street # 104.
Devi Pride and Brenda Leach, artists #173, are portraying the human form as a canvas. Brenda Leach paints the body and Devi Pride photographs the painted body. Brenda stumbled upon body painting. She started face painting for a charity event a few years ago, and found it was so fun, she continued. Devi Pride specializes in portrait photography, including weddings, engagements, pregnancies, and business portraits. At 1060 River Street # 103.

Open Studios: Saturday-Sunday,
October 8-9, 15-16
Oct. 7: First Friday. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Oct 8-9 – Open Studios North County 11-5pm
Oct 8 – Santa Cruz World Arts Festival performance at Colligan Theater. $22.
Oct 9 – Dance all day for FREE! All ages. 
Oct 14 – Print & Paint! Fun for the whole family. Use images from your cell phone. 7-8:30pm. Studio #116. $20.
Oct 15-16 – Open Studios Encore Weekend 11-5pm
Oct 16 – Curator’s Talk at Radius Gallery. “Simple Life Instructions: DADA” 2:00pm. Studio #127. FREE.

Oct 22-23 – Looping Festival at the Colligan Theater.

Oct 29 – Night of the Living Dance. $15 Costume dance party. All ages. 7-11pm.

Tues & Thurs: Animal Art & Animals from Around the World- classes for kids 5-13yrs. Draw animals from the watershed! Student exhibits every First Friday. Watershed Art Studio #116. 4-5:30pm. $10 drop in. 

Wednesday: Smorgasbord: October is Animal Art t-shirts! Ages 7-13. October 5,12, 19 & 26. 4-5:30pm. $50 plus $10 material fee.
No drop-in. 

Thursday Art Market! Featuring artists, food, demonstrations, and music every week, rain or shine. 4:00-7:00pm. FREE!
  • Oct 6: music by Speakeasy 3
  • Oct 12: music by Wireless Lovebird, demo by Amy Allen
  • Oct 20: Shalom Takeover!
  • Oct 27: Dr. Mercurio's Traveling Menagerie, demo by Stella Marie
Simple Life Instructions exhibition at Radius Gallery. Wed- Sun 12:00-5:00pm. FREE.
Flora & Fauna in Studio #127. Pop Up Markets every week!
Members Show at PATT.  Printmakers at the Tannery, Studio #107




Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center presents the Santa Cruz World Arts Festival!  This month-long event has classes, performances, and world art demonstrations. The festival includes music and food from around the world, complementing the incredible line-up of local and international dance companies set to take the stage.
Saturday, October 8
11:00-4:00pm: FREE outdoor performances in the Theater Plaza
7:30pm: Performance at Colligan Theater at 7:30pm featuring Antara Bhardwaj, Oumou Faye, John and Nancy Lingemann and Susana Pedroso. $22. Purchase tickets.
Sunday, October 9
9:00-5:00pm: FREE classes for both children and adults in Studio #111

Full schedule



Fashion designer Sonia Le can make anything you ask her to, but her real passion lies in custom wearable art-pieces as demonstrated at this year’s fashionART Santa Cruz. Her illuminated garments are inspired by her South African roots and great sense of adventure.  She started sewing at age 9 after being taught by her mother and grandmother, studied fashion in her 20s in South Africa, and is currently enrolled in Style Design College Milan, Italy online program.

In her second year participating in fashionART Santa Cruz, Sonia completed an entire runway line that was selected as the event’s showcase:
“I love making costume and art pieces because there is more freedom for creativity. I have always been inspired by the history of fashion as well as the energy and culture of the local people of South Africa. Shopping for fabric is my favorite part and transforming that fabric into art garments that make every woman feel beautiful and confident, no matter their shape or size is what I strive for.”
For more information and to schedule a fashion fitting with Sonia, visit:

event photo credit: Jana Marcus
The start of each week just got a whole lot better! The ArtBar hosts an ALL DAY Happy Hour with wildly discounted wines, cocktails, and draft beers.  Full food menu!
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