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The Tannery Arts Center is no stranger to the Gail Rich Awards and 2016 is no exception. Thirteen artists who are tied to the Tannery have received the coveted award recognizing contributions to the arts in Santa Cruz County.

This year, Catherine Segurson, editor and art director of Catamaran Literary Reader, will receive a Gail Rich Award during the Jan. 27 presentation at the Rio Theater. The free event begins at 7:30 p.m.

“Literary magazines are on front lines discovering new work,” Segurson said. “A lot of times it’s the first place you’ll see a piece of literature.”

Segurson founded the Catamaran Literary Reader, whose offices are located in Suite 118 at the Tannery Arts Center, in 2011 and published the first issue in 2012.

Previous Gail Rich Award winners with ties to the Tannery are Kathleen Crocetti, Carolyn Hyatt, Julie James, Robert Kelley, Elizabeth McKenzie, Barry & Shelley Phillips, Rowland & Pat Rebele, Kirby Scudder, Nikki Silva & Charles Prentiss, and Cat Willis.

“Arts truly define the community, and if we love artists we lose artists we lose that definition,” said
Carolyn Hyatt, an arts philanthropist who served as co-chair of the Tannery Arts Center Capital Campaign. “That is why the establishment of the Tannery is so important because we were losing artists.”

Meet Segurson and other Gail Rich Awardees on Jan. 27.
Jan. 5-26: Winter Sketch workshop in Monterey instructed by Tannery artist Margaret Niven. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tues & Thurs. More info.
Jan. 8: Print & Paint transfer print workshop. Create your own pet, family or travel cards or portraits, up to 10 cards or 4 standard prints in one workshop, ready to take home. Studio #116. 7-8:30 p.m. $20.

Jan. 12: Catamaran Literary Reader features contributor Stephen Kessler at Gabriella Cafe in downtown Santa Cruz, 6 p.m.

Jan. 14: Tan of Dreams at the Crow's Nest, Santa Cruz Harbor. Live music 8:30-11 p.m. $5. 

Jan. 16: Boro Bags: Beta Workshop. Wish Washi Studio. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75, including materials. Register. 

Jan 16: Intersection exhibition opening reception at Radius Gallery. Studio #127. 6-8 p.m.

Jan. 20: Life Drawing Sessions. 60-second gestural warm-ups, followed by 5-7 minute poses. Studio #125. 1-3 p.m. $10.

Jan 27: Gail Rich Awards, Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. 7:30 p.m. Free. 

Jan 28-Feb. 21: Jewel Theatre Company presents Fallen Angels at the Colligan Theater. Tickets and showtimes.

Tues & Thurs: Animal Art classes for kids 6-13. Create an animal book. Student exhibits every First Friday. Watershed Art Studio #116. 4-5:30 p.m. $10.

Tues & Wed: Sewing classes for kids 9-16. 1040 Building #117. 4-6:30 p.m. $30. Register.

Wednesdays, Jan. 13-Feb. 17: Smorgasbord art for kids 7-13. Create 3D art using recycled materials. Sewing classes for kids 9-16. 1040 Building #116. 4-5:30 p.m. $60.

Wed & Sat: Paint and play with Coral. 1040 Building #117. 4-6:30 p.m. $10.

Thursday Art Market: Featuring artists, food, demonstrations and music, rain or shine. 3-6 p.m.

Saturdays beginning Jan. 30: Sutter Baby Days! ACSCC hosts art classes for children born at Sutter in the past 20 years. 1040 Building #127. 1-4 p.m. Free! Register.

Catamaran Literary Reader winter issue available at BookShop Santa Cruz through March 15. 

Intersection at Radius Gallery. Peter Hiers and Terese Garcia exhibit. 12-5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.

"Emanations 2 + 2 =5," a book of poems featuring Tannery artist Tracy Majerczak is available online. 

Nancy Teller Tuscany Watercolors by appointment. Email

KEEP: Modern Library by Jody Alexander. Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship Exhibit at Blitzer Gallery through Jan. 29.

Middlearth Editions presents “Image & Letter Art - New Works by Ann Miller” through Jan. 15. Studio #115.



Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center presents Dent-Drop-Bend by dawson dance sf in the new Colligan Theater at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27.
The triptych is a mesmerizing journey that explores the fantastic athleticism of Artistic Director Gregory Dawson’s artists. The composition brings together dance and visuals. Each movement is a testament of the company’s vision of breaking down barriers placed on classical ballet, and bringing to light the strength, and beauty embodied in his artists, allowing them to explore their voices through choreography and vision.
The score for Dent-Drop-Bend is Dawson’s fourth in collaboration with San Francisco-based artist Dalmacio Payomo.
Tickets are $15-45 and are available at the 
Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center.



Three years ago, Catherine Segurson, a lover of fine art, creative writing, poetry and painting, created the perfect vehicle for all her affections: a literary journal based at the Tannery Arts Center called the Catamaran Literary Reader.
“How do you cross these different genres and do something that is relevant together?” Segurson asked herself after graduating in 2003 from the California College of Fine Arts in San Francisco. “A lot of literary journals don’t take art seriously.”
Segurson was working as a fashion photo and film editor when she was inspired to marry genres: “It started to come together for me because it is a visual narrative.” Segurson moved to Santa Cruz after earning her master’s degree with a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in creative writing. Also a painter, she had a studio on 17th Avenue and at Michelangelo before she was offered a space at the Tannery’s working studios. There was no literary journal located at the Tannery then.
“Now is the time if I’m ever going to do it, to do,” she thought.
Segurson funded the Reader with Kickstarter campaigns and other contributions. The journal is part of a nonprofit organization with an editorial board.

“Our mission is to discover the best new poetry fiction and creative nonfiction that we can, original never been seen before,” said Segursn  explaining how she selects content for the journal. “It can be from emerging poets and writers, as well as midcareer writers interested in trying something new. Then we also go to well-known poets and writers who don’t need to be published in literary journal anymore but they are supporting the community of artists. That is our mix.”
Open for submissions to artists internationally, the quarterly journal first published in November 2012 is sent to 3,000 subscribers and bookstores. Segurson estimates the reach to be eight times that because it is a collectible and is shared among colleagues, libraries and arts education institutions.
Besides bringing new literary and artistic work to the public in a lovingly crafted journal, she has helped authors and inspired readers by organizing literary events all over California. In recent years, the Catamaran brand has morphed into an education organization known as the Catamaran Center for the Literary Arts. Segurson founded the first Catamaran Writing Conference in 2014 with 60 participants and five faculty members. The 2015 conference grew to 100 participants and nine faculty members.
In January 2015, Segurson moved the center from Tannery Studio #113 to #118 to accommodate a regular schedule of classes and workshops. Go online to subscribe to the journal or view a schedule of classes and other events.
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