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Lots of artists, not many galleries.

For decades, those words summed up the limitations of the Santa Cruz art scene. This art-inspiring seaside city is awash with expressive souls who draw, paint, sculpt, design and construct, but for years there were only two galleries downtown. And one of them was a Thomas Kinkade.

A few years ago, the arts community came up with a novel solution: pop-up galleries and multiple art openings throughout downtown on the first Friday of every month.

The Santa Cruz First Friday art walk started small, with 40 or 50 people strolling in a group from exhibition to exhibition. Venues included bank lobbies and coffee shops, retail stores and beauty salons, as well as the city’s handful of dedicated galleries.

https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/A-cultural-convergence-at-Santa-Cruz-First-Friday-4738591.php

 

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