Current Exhibit


Current Show : “Steamed Up” Linoleum Block Prints by Melissa West

February 3, 2017 with an artist conversation and slide show on February 4,2017 at 12 noon (free admission). The Gallery is also hosting a Linoleum Block Workshop with Melissa West on February 18 and 19 from 10AM to 4PM.  See to sign up

FashionART Santa Cruz

FashionART Santa Cruz.

This is the 10th year of FashionART Santa Cruz.  We are very excited about this years designers and artists.  Check us out.

The Art of Tapestry Weaving

Friday – Sunday, August 7, 8, and 9

Friday – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday – 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (lunch 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Michaelangelo Gallery • 1111-A River Street, Santa Cruz, CA

You’ll weave with fine wool yarns and learn traditional tapestry techniques for creating shapes and blending colors such as plain weave, straight and diagonal lines, curves, hatchings, and hachures. You’ll learn about patterns that allow for endless exploration and eccentric (non-horizontal) weaving.

All levels are welcome. If you have some tapestry experience you can try more advanced techniques or bring a design you would like to weave.

I have taught tapestry weaving for over 30 years. I weave com- missioned tapestries as well as my own work, which has been widely exhibited. My work appears in various collections and publications. I studied at the San Francisco Tapestry Workshop and am a member of Tapestry Weavers West and the American Tapestry Alliance.

Maximum 8 students. All materials and equipment will be provided.

Tuition is $250. To reserve your place in the class, please send a check for $50 payable to Tricia Goldberg at the address below. The balance is due on the first day of class.

Tricia Goldberg 1833 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94703

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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.

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

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.

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…

October 2014 Sam Pearson


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Join us on Friday October 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Through my plein air pastels, nuances of light and shadows are quickly recorded, allowing me to  share fleeting tranquil moments observed in the natural world. The essence of pastels encourages the tendency to paint in raw bold pigments, thus challenging me to observe the subtle color in nature.

Early morning is a favorite time to paint, where warm light and defining shadows may be captured. Starting with a small value sketch to simplify my composition, a quick underpainting is next completed using complementary colors, followed by the brushwork of the painting using alcohol mixed with water. Once dried, soft pastels are applied, dark to light. I take the painting to about ninety percent completion in the field, then return to the studio for the final touches several days later.

Nothing satisfies me more than comments about a particular painting, describing the effects and enjoyment others receive from it.

Surrounded by my mother’s fine art growing up, it wasn’t until my mid forties that I seriously began painting.

Through this undertaking, I have discovered, that art is simply the delivery system of my soul.

Sam Pearson

About Sam

Sam was born on the East Coast, but was transplanted to the Bay Area in 1956, where he was raised with his six other brothers. Since his mother, Delores, was an artist, he was surrounded by art through his childhood and young adulthood.

After completing college and serving as a military policeman in the Army National Guard, Sam joined the San Jose Police Department . During his  21 years of service, he attained the rank of lieutenant, and launched both the mounted unit and the helicopter program.

In 1993 Sam left the department to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. Just four years later, in 1997, one of his paintings earned Sam the prize of a workshop with renowned portrait artist Daniel Greene at his New York studio, presented by the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Sam’s other training includes a recent intense workshop in Idaho with Scott Christensen, an accomplished plein air painter.

Sam’s wife of 36 years, Addie, owned and operated Adeline’s, a popular hair salon in Los Gatos, where many of his paintings are on display. Together with Addie, Sam enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, skiing,and running. But his favorite pastime is plein air painting (painting quickly outside in the style of the impressionists). Sam and Addie also love to travel the world together, which provides the inspiration for many of Sam’s paintings. k

Sam lives and maintains his art studio in Los Gatos, Ca.  He frequently teaches art to first-graders

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