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Art Exhibits and First Friday
Join us as we celebrate local artists at our Downtown and Scotts Valley Branches.
First Friday is coming to the Downtown Branch on February 1st with a reception for “No Place Like Home,” a dynamic mix of artwork by eight local artists. Milton Barber, Russell Brutsche, Beth Gripenstraw, Greg Fetler, Barbara Lawrence, Richard Merrill, Winnie Mucklow, and Neil Simmons each exhibit a recent series of work inspired by their home, California. The resulting selection demonstrates the many ways California artists are influenced and inspired by their home environments. The exhibit will be up at the Downtown Branch through March 30th.
The Friends Bookstore will remain open during the First Friday Artist's Reception. To celebrate the Artists' Reception, the selections will be expanded with books united by the No Place Like Home theme. Keep an eye out for books by Steinbeck, the focus of the upcoming Big Read!
At the Scotts Valley Branch, “About Face” is an exhibition bringing together 8 local artists focusing on faces and how they communicate personality and aspects of character. The subject matter is presented in various styles of art including painting, mixed media, photography, and sculpture. Faces are a fascinating subject in the world of art. Every face has history with a story behind it. This show explores the different methods and stories the artists choose to express. Artists include: Selfa Joseph, Susan Hancey, Katharina Short, Richard Bennett, Liz Crain, Mary Altier, Dee Hooker, and June Pace. "About Face" will be at the Scotts Valley Branch until April 27th.