Portrait of Artist, Kirby Scudder by George Milo Buck

Interviewing Elijah Photenhauer

Poster for the First Friday Excellance Awards

Launch of “Crispy Culture Carrot”

Crispy, Culture Carrot is a look at Culture and the Arts throughout Central California.  We will over the next month be focusing on podcasts, fashion, art venues, music, performance and commenting on what’s… Continue reading

First Friday turns 100 in April

First Friday Santa Cruz has continued to grow with each passing month. To celebrate the culmination of this development, we are planning a First Friday that will flourish throughout Santa Cruz– from our… Continue reading

Interview – Big, Black and White – Artist Stephen Laufer

Laufer finds that black, white and all the shades in-between offer him plenty to deal with in his current ‘Big, Black and White’ series, on display at Motiv in downtown Santa Cruz until… Continue reading

Interview at The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

The The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is celebrating it’s 35th year of operation. Listen to an interview with Executive Director Christine Jeffers and Curator Deborah Corsini. Their current show Invisible Lineage features… Continue reading

Lemonade Label

Eye Portraits

Biking along the coast

Moderating “24 in 21” a lecture series on film in Northern California

Funny family memories

My aunt, when she first moved to New York City from Philadelphia landed a job at the Museum of Modern Art working for Alfred Barr.  Over time, my aunt got to know pretty… Continue reading

  • Half Moon Bay Poster

    Half Moon Bay is a small city on the California coast, south of San Francisco. A string of beaches along the bay includes Half Moon Bay State Beach. The Coastside Trail leads north to Pillar Point, near the huge waves of the Mavericks surf spot. Nearby, Montara Mountain rises in the protected Rancho Corral de Tierra area. The Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve is on the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

    Half Moon Bay is a small city on the California coast, south of San Francisco. A string of beaches along the bay includes Half Moon Bay State Beach. The Coastside Trail leads north to Pillar Point, near the huge waves of the Mavericks surf spot. Nearby, Montara Mountain rises in the protected Rancho Corral de Tierra area. The Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve is on the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

  • “Lake Tahoe Poster”

    The lake was formed about 2 million years ago as part of the Lake Tahoe Basin, with the modern extent being shaped during the ice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.

  • “Pasadena Poster”

    Pasadena is a city in California, northeast of downtown Los Angeles. In the center, Old Pasadena is a shopping and dining district known for its Victorian and art deco buildings. The strikingly modern Norton Simon Museum houses notable European and Asian art, plus a sculpture garden. The Rose Bowl is a sports stadium known for hosting the Rose Bowl Game, an annual college football clash usually held on January 1.

  • “Watsonville, CA Poster”.

    Watsonville, California is known all over the world as a center for agriculture, especially berries. Watsonville is in the heart of the Californian vegetable and fruit growing area within the fertile Salinas Valley and Pajaro Valley.

  • “Palo Alto, CA Poster”.

    Palo Alto, California has to be considered among one of this country’s great cities. It is a city that strives for and lives by a standard of excellence.

  • “Ventura, CA” Poster

    Ventura lies along U.S. Route 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, which was one of the original U.S. Routes. The highway is now known as the Ventura Freeway, but the original route through the town along Main Street has been designated El Camino Real.

  • “Sacramento, CA” Poster

    The city has always been a hub of river transportation and is a major deep-water port connected to the Pacific Ocean. Sacramento's economy is highly diversified and, along with state government and military installations, its industries include aerospace, high technology, furniture, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, meat packing, and food processing of crops from the Central Valley.

  • “Tannery Arts Center Poster”

    For years Santa Cruz has been missing a central hub for the arts – a place near downtown for artists to live, work, and share their creative process and its results with the public. The Tannery Arts Center has been actively working to create that hub since opening 100 affordable live-work units for artists in 2009 and 28 working studios in 2012.

  • “The Santa Cruz Poster”

    Santa Cruz is a city on central California’s coast. Its long wharf, with eateries and shops, stretches into Monterey Bay. Nearby, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s vintage rides include the 1911 Looff Carousel and the Giant Dipper roller coaster. Downtown, Pacific Avenue has vintage clothing stores, cafes and galleries. Along West Cliff Drive, Natural Bridges State Beach is known for its bridge-shaped rock formation.

    The present-day site of Santa Cruz was the location of Spanish settlement beginning in 1791, including Mission Santa Cruz and the pueblo of Branciforte. Following the Mexican–American War of 1846–48, California became the 31st state in 1850. The City of Santa Cruz was incorporated in 1866 and chartered in April 1876.

  • “The Davis, CA Poster”

    Davis is a city west of Sacramento, in California. It's home to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame, which has a collection of antique bikes and trophies. To the southwest, the UC Davis Arboretum features acres of gardens, with trails and a lake. Locally grown produce is sold at the Davis Farmers Market. The Hattie Weber Museum has exhibits on the area's history, including dresses from the 1920s and ‘30s.

    Davis grew into a Southern Pacific Railroad depot built in 1868. It was then known as "Davisville", named after Jerome C. Davis, a prominent local farmer. However, the post office at Davisville shortened the town name simply to "Davis" in 1907. The name stuck, and the city of Davis was incorporated on March 28, 1917.

  • The Palo Alto Poster, Puzzle

    This is a 418 piece puzzle of Kirby Scudder's imaginative map of Palo Alto, California. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley (and right next to where we make these puzzles), Palo Alto is a city of innovation. This puzzle follows suit with innovative patterns designed by Jef Bambas and whimsies designed by Kathryn Flocken representing many of the city's history and features.

  • “The Cruz” Poster.

    The 'Cruz Poster' is a visual exploration of the culture and perspectives of a unique Northern California coastal community whose creative influence is global.

  • “Capitola, CA” Poster.

    The original settlement now known as Capitola grew out of what was then called Soquel Landing. Soquel Landing got its name from a wharf located at the mouth of Soquel Creek.

  • ‘The Cruz’ book. A look inside the creative force that is Santa Cruz, CA. 200 Pages

    Buy it now! $22

    A Northern California Coastal Community that became one of the Nation’s important creative meccas. A look at the people who made that happen and why. In my recent book 'The Cruz' profiles the artists and creative thought leaders that have shaped the artistic direction of this community for years to come.

  • “Rabbits that don’t fit in” Paintings

    “Rabbits that don’t fit in” a series of portraits of rabbits that no longer fit in. Once contributing members of society, these rabbits, through personal choices and circumstances now find themselves as outsiders. The stories about Thumper & Bella, Captain Flopsy, Cynthia O’Hare, Pelt, Velvet Sheen, Jack Cotton, Energizer, Brer and Jessica Rabbit, Trix, Sir Grey March and more.

  • Cow sculpture at the Tannery Artbar & Cafe. Summer photo layout for Interior Design Magazine.

    Cow sculpture, commissioned by Rebecca's Cafe in 'Interior Design Magazine' Summer edition. In the summer of 2012 Interior Design Magazine hired renowned Architectural photographer Art Gray to spend 3 days documenting the newly renovated Tannery Arts Center for the summer edition. Here is my interview with Art Gray. Art shot a picture of my recently installed cow head sculpture at the Tannery cafe.

  • Gail Rich Award. Photo by Shmuel Thaler. A great honor to be amongst the creatives in Santa Cruz.

    Artist, collaborator, salesman, curator, idea man, hustler, fixer, midwife to the very scene that inspires all those Keep Santa Cruz Weird’ bumper stickers: You can call Kirby Scudder all those things and more. A refugee of the 1990s dot-com bust, Kirby has lived a dozen lifetimes since moving to Santa Cruz in 2003. He was the artist who created the enormous papier-mache cows in the early days of the Salz Tannery art project, at the same time, opening art galleries in several downtown spaces in an effort to create a welcoming environment for edgy visual arts. He set up spotlights along West Cliff Drive as a commemoration to the ideal of world peace. He established the First Friday Art Tour, a prominent event on the local arts calendar, and curated shows at the Attic, the Mill Gallery and the Dead Cow Gallery. As the resident visionary at the Dead Cow and the director of the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art, Kirby has also become the symbol of the emerging Tannery Arts Center and worked closely with the city to create a vibrant Santa Cruz scene, one crazy project at a time. Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel

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