May 2015 Workshop • Introduction to Linoleum Block Printing with Melissa West


Melissa West is offering a weekend workshop that will introduce students to the basics of linoleum block printing. Students will learn how to plan, carve, and print a linoleum block print. Easy enough for beginners, challenging enough for experienced artists.

Discussions will include how to think in black & white; how to plan your block; transferring a drawn image; carving techniques; different methods of printing; and easy ways to add color to your print. Focus will be on how you can easily carve and print at home without a lot of expensive equipment.
Class size is limited to 10, so sign up early!

Saturday and Sunday, May 30 / 31, 2015

9:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

Cost: $150.00

Location: Michael Angelo Gallery & Studios, 1111-A River Street, Santa Cruz

Follow this link to register:

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Call for Entries 2015 – Streams, Rivers, Bay to Sea – Santa Cruz and the Essential Element: Water

Artists as Visionaries – Call for Entries

A 2015 Summer Exhibit

 Streams, Rivers, Bay to Sea – Santa Cruz and the Essential Element: Water

Seeking a means to raise up artists and their role in society, Michaelangelo Gallery presents a new annual exhibit: Artists as Visionaries. As familiar paradigms break down locally and globally, artists can be poised to take on an important role as creative problem-solvers, philosophers, and inventors.

Often thought by non-artists to exist only for decoration and entertainment, artists’ careful observations can yield ideas that change our collective lives for the better.

Each year, Artists as Visionaries will ask artists of every media to research and respond to an issue that affects our environment and culture. Creative responses will be shared during a two-month exhibit at Michaelangelo Gallery each June and July.   Complimentary programs with music, artist workshops and writer readings related to the issue will take place at the gallery throughout the exhibit.

 2015 Call for Entries

Streams, Rivers, Bay to Sea

 Santa Cruz and the Essential Element: Water

 Deadline for Entries: (April 30, 2015) – EXTENDED: MAY 5, 2015

Notification of Jury Results: (May 5, 2015) – UPDATED: MAY 7, 2015

Show Opening Date: Friday, June 5, 2015

Show Re-Opening Date: Friday, July 3, 2015

Show End Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015

Submission Fee: $25.00

Michaelangelo Gallery accepts online submissions. Email letter of intent and high definition photos of your original work to: , ATT: Roberta.

This call is open to all artists in the US, 18 years of age or older. Entries must be original work completed within the last three years. Open to all media. There is no size limitations for entries. Please include specific dimensions with your entry. Michaelangelo Gallery reserves the right to not accept exceptionally large, heavy or cumbersome pieces. Work must be framed (when applicable), and ready to hang (wire, d-rings, or cleat).

Artists chosen to exhibit in the Streams, Rivers, Bay to Sea show will pay a fee of $25.00, check or credit card at the time of delivery of work for exhibit. Artists will be asked to attend First Friday Opening (6/5) and Re-Opening (7/3) Artist Receptions.

Questions regarding this Call for Entries? Contact: Roberta Valdez, Curator at or (831) 426-5500.

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May  1 – 30 • 2015 Exhibit

Opening reception •  First Friday, May 1 • 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Closing event • Saturday, May 30 • 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Raul Rangell, local artist and musician, and his wife, Emily Abbink, have recently returned from a 6-week music residency in Venice Italy.

Paul returns just in time for his new exhibit, NOT GUILTY, opening May 1.  The May exhibit includes lithographs, collages, and hand-made metal and wood constructions.

A closing celebration for NOT GUILTY will take place on Saturday, May 30, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Michaelangelo Gallery.  Paul, along with other notorious local musicians, will perform during the exhibit’s closing event.

Paul Rangell taught printmaking and drawing full-time at UC Santa Cruz for thirty years.  Music and art are now his full-time job.  He can bee seen playing in Santa Cruz where people congregate to eat and drink.

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April 18 – Memorial Art – “Pillars of the Community” – Workshop with Lori Van Meter

Pillars of the Community Workshop

Saturday, April 18, 9:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00

Two half-day workshops where community members can make a memorial dedication for Pillars of the Community.  Each workshop will include a brief presentation about the Pillars project and the topic of memorial art.

Materials will be provided, and you may bring copies of photographs, writings, or other non-plastic items to include in your creation.

Seating is limited for this FREE workshop, so reservations are recommended.

Call Lori VanMeter at (831) 498-9079 to reserve space.

Background reading:
The Temples at Burning Man” by Lori Van Meter

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Printmaking Workshops at Michaelangelo Studios – March 7, 2015

Saturday, March 7th

Morning class from 9:30 – 12:30 

Afternoon class from 2:00 – 5:00

 Interested in trying out printmaking?

Stephanie Martin and Stacy Frank will be teaching two identical three-hour classes on Saturday the 7th of March.  For $60 you will learn drypoint and monotype, after three hours you will have created finished monoprints to take home with color variations.  All supplies including paper, ink and plates will be provided.

The classes will be held at Michaelangelo Studios, 1111-A River Street near the Tannery.  Expertise in art is NOT a requirement.

Enrollment is limited, so sign up through the WORKSHOP page of Stacy Frank’s at where you can pay with Pay Pal.

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Students learn how to create a plate, apply inks and pull a print off of the hand-cranked Griffin press.

Lovely work produced by some students in March 26, class.

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Nature and Design by Stephanie Zeiler Martin and Stacy Frank

Friday February 6, 2015 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Stephanie Zeiler Martin
 is a painter and printmaker on the California coast. Her etchings explore the relationships between people and the natural world across time and cultures. Plants and birds are persistent images, and her work pays homage to their diversity and fascinating design.Stephanie studied California botany as an undergraduate, and after a twenty-year career in education, began studying art.  She draws plants and birds in botanical gardens, natural history museums, and in the wild, and then winnows her sketchbook images, transforming the most arresting ones onto the printing matrix -a copper plate- using traditional etching techniques.  Stephanie is best known for her fine aquatint technique, the mercurial process in which tonal areas are added to the image.

A member of the California Society of Printmakers, Stephanie exhibits primarily in California, and her work is held in private collections around the world.

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Stacy Frank

…For the past twenty years I have had the good fortune to live in Santa Cruz.  As a student at UCSC I began my art training as a member of the Scientific Illustration program my last year at the university.  I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in scientific illustration. Years after graduation I learned of a printmaking course offered at Cabrillo College in the evenings.  From the first night class I was hooked.  Each semester, two nights a week for the following four years I could be found at the printmaking studio.  I had the pleasure of working with Howard Ikemoto, Julie Connell, Paul Rhoel and Karen Tossavainen. I now work out of my home studio equipped with a Griffen IV press, a large work surface and a well-ventilated drying area for new prints. My art is clearly influenced by my natural history and scientific illustration training.  Animals, botanicals, treescapes and scenics predominate.  This region offers an unlimited source of inspiration for my sketches and prints. I enjoy all facets of printmaking but my favorite technique is the most direct one – drypoint.  The soft feathered lines, rich blacks and delicate nature that set this method apart are pleasing to me.  Since this is a fragile technique the print runs are much smaller, which makes the image more fleeting and precious.  Recently I have been happily exploring the techniques of polyester lithography and gelatin monotypes.

My prints can also be seen at my website, I encourage you to visit:

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Día de los Muertos en Santa Cruz

(Day of the Dead)

Friday November 7, 2014   6:00 – 9:00

Featuring local artists and special ofrenda

by  Lisa Litten and Adelia Griffin

“Our Grandmother’s Kitchen”

Día de los Muertos focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  Come celebrate your loved ones and our grandmothers and take home a special recipe.



Art by Briya Serrano and……

 Don Monkerud

T. Mike Walker

Melissa West

Rebecca McKenzie

 Angelo Grova

Ed Smiley

Dejon Weldon

Chuck Overley

Ralph Marquez

…and more…

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