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Tannery Artists Make Public Art

The river continues to be the muse of our great city and the Ebb and Flow Project proves it.  A new permanent art installation is underway at the Tannery Arts Center. The sculpture is titled “We Are All Downstream” and measures about 40 feet in length and about 20 feet in height, incorporating the original Salz Tannery power shed. If you’ve visited the Tannery in the last month, you’ve seen the art team led by Kathleen Crocetti welding, landscaping, mapping the ground for a concrete “fish roe” seating area, and building the frame for an overhead canopy. “We Are All Downstream” invites viewers to contemplate life on the San Lorenzo River from an underwater fish-eye view.

As you look up you will see that art has floated onto the river—these are all paintings, poems, drawings, and collages. A jury selected 15 river-themed images from artists that will be transferred to metal plates and measure 3 to 4 feet each.  The art-filled metal plates form a canopy, creating a shaded area to experience the “fish roe” seats and read, sketch, meet friends, and enjoy the beautiful Santa Cruz weather. For all those drone users, stilt walkers, and 2nd and 3rd floor visitors, the river imagery continues on the top surface of the metal canopy with water lines by Margaret Niven. The river flows from every angle of  “We Are All Downstream.”

Selected artists went through a competitive process and received a stipend from the Arts Council as part of Ebb & Flow River Arts Project. Of the adult artists, 7 live at the Tannery and 5 have spaces in the Working Studios.  Congratulations to Johanna Atkinson, Sarah Bianco, Nathan Ciarlegio, Linda Cover, Fanne Fernow, Margaret Niven, Devi Pride, Brian Sarinova, Jacob Seedman, Andrew Shachat, Beth Shields and Mariel Weinbender.  The children created their art with Linda Cover at Watershed Art Studio in Studio #116.

We are eight weeks away from the unveiling of this magnificent work of art. As you visit the Tannery for First Friday, a play at the Colligan, an exhibition at Radius Gallery, or even as you cruise up to Pogonip on your bike, stop by and see the work in progress of  “We Are All Downstream.”

Work in progress and artist's rendition
Apr 7 – First Friday! 6:00-9:00pm Studios open!

Apr 8  Experimental Ideas and Techniques with AL ZARUBA! Daylong workshop of watercolor, mixed media with award winning visual artist and Fulbright Scholar, MICA professor from Baltimore, MD.  Register:
Studio #102, 9-4pm, $50 Adults
$40 for Seniors & Students.

Apr 9 –  Artists’ Talk – exhibitors of NEW WORK at Radius Gallery. Studio #127, 2:00pm, FREE

Apr 14 – Print & Paint! Fun for the whole family. Use images from your cell phone.
Studio #116, 7-8:30pm, $20

Apr 20-May 11 –  Mindfulness & Writing: Writing Awake with Sara Michas Martin.
Studio #118, 7-9pm

Apr 29 – Poetry, Meditation, & Therapy with Dane Cervine. Studio #118, 10-5pm

Tues & Wed: Kids Sewing Classes. Studio #117, $30 Register at
Tues & Thurs: "Animal Art & Animals from Around the World"- classes for kids 5-15 yrs. Draw animals from the world! Student exhibits every First Friday. Watershed Art Studio #116. 4-5:30pm. $10 drop in.

Wednesdays –  Initiate, Create, and Persist–How to Finally Start and Sustain Your Writing Project. 4 week workshop led by Joan Rose Staffen. Studio #118, 6-8pm, $175

Thurs – Sun: The Dance of Death at the Colligan Theater. March 15- April 9. $37-43
Fridays, 6pm: Bitch ‘n Stitch. Sewing classes at Cosmo Chic.
Studio #117, $30.
Fridays, Tango Cruz - Friday Night Tango Dancing/Beginners, Intermediate and Private Lessons. Studio #110, 8-11pm Open Dance.
$10 adults/$5 students.

NEW WORK – an exhibition at Radius Gallery.
March 22-May 14. Wed-Sun 12:00-5:00pm

Collagraphs at PATT.  Printmakers at the Tannery, Studio #107
Stacy Frank at Flora & Fauna!
Studio #127, Wed-Sun 12:00-5:00pm facebook event!

DANCEArts! Registration now open!



Spring Art Market

Outside vendors and Tannery artists join forces to produce a memorable outdoor art market just in time for Mother’s Day*! Enjoy an art-filled weekend at the Tannery and find art and handmade gifts for graduations, birthdays, mom or yourself. Vendors will set up outside Radius Gallery and along the promenade.  Live music, food, and art activities for the littles are available while you shop.  

Cosmo Chic is coordinating vendor sign-ups and the youth activity booth will be led by a Mariposa’s Art Teaching Artist to make Mother’s Day cards.
Saturday & Sunday, May 6th & 7th from Noon - 5pm each day.

*Our friends at Mission Industrial Studios and 17th Avenue Studios are also hosting Mother’s Day markets. Fill your whole weekend with art!


Jacob Seedman


Jacob Seedman is a designer, manager, peacemaker, and artist. Located in Studio #114 in the Tannery courtyard, Jacob’s curiosity for graffiti - the underground subculture that spawned what’s known today as street art - continues to fuel his creative path.  He launched Shalom Clothing in 1999 to spread peace through apparel and merge all his passions into one platform. If you love quality products, innovative design, fresh style, and embrace peace, then Shalom Clothing is for you.
Jacob moved his business to the Tannery two years ago. “It's one thing to make clothes and put them on the internet, but I believe in having a shop to showcase what you do. When you can create the vibe of your brand and stand behind it, that speaks much more to me than just having a cool website or Instagram account.”

Since the day he opened Shalom Clothing Company in Studio #114, Jacob has been planning music events and label release parties that all dip into the subtext of his work: skate culture and street wear. The studio’s urban vibe offers an entirely different (and much desired!) experience at the Tannery. This Friday Jacob hosts a printmaker screening shirts and a DJ in the courtyard. Shalom Clothing Company will be open (and selling) new merchandise. Their company motto remains “Make peace, not war – Peace Every Wear!”
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