SCM Bulletin - First Friday Art Walk

Newspaper, Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin, “First Friday Art Walk”, Boulder Creek CA, Volume 3, Issue 11, Art & Music page 15, author & photographer

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This event was so fun to cover and since them I have very much enjoyed these monthly art gatherings. Jane Ann Clemens was the artist I covered, and I still can't believe she had never shown her artwork before. She has such amazing talent.

One of the featured artist in this months First Friday Felton Art Walk was Jane Ann Clemens. She has taught classes before but never shown her artwork publicly. Mediums she works in range from altered books, collage, color pencils, glass mosaic, photography, and water colors. What drew me to her artwork was her focus on the book arts and recycled materials, as well as poking fun at the naughty side of life. Her greeting cards are $4 each and her altered books are $15 each. The cards that caught my eye was a series she made from a 1957 Sears catalog. On the outside is a well dressed gent or lady and on the inside is a similar looking model in undergarments. In a similar fashion she has a book series called Quirky Plant People which includes the regular edition and the abridged edition suitable for children. The series sells for $25 or you can buy the books separately at $15 each. Sayings inside the book range from things like “little sprout” to “pickle in my pocket”, and they are all executed in a fun vintage way.

Besides being a wonderful artist she is also a great teacher. In her classes she focuses on inspiring and teaching you to make your own original art, not just copy her class examples. Previous class topics have included animal guides and nourishing your positive energy. She has also created many personal shrines out of small mint tins and in the future may teach a class on how to make a personal shrine for a loved one that has passed.

She was the featured artist at Mountain Spirit, which has been participating in the event for eight months now. During the art walk they have live music by The Crooked Road Céilí Band, astrology readings by Laurie Twilight, light refreshments and of course that months featured artist.

Since February, Felton has been having a First Friday Art Walk every month from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Originally there were three stores participating but it has now grown to seven stores along Highway 9, four of which have a featured artist each month. It’s also aligned with First Friday Santa Cruz which was founded by Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts. I highly encourage you to attend next months First Friday Art Walk on December 5th and find an artist that inspires you. Remember Christmas is just around the corner. For information on featured artists visit https://www.facebook.com/FirstFridayFelton .

Participating Locations
Felton Feed & Pet Supply (host to featured artists)    
6221 Highway 9, Felton

TrendSetter Boutique (host to featured artists)
6223 Highway 9, Felton

Garimo’s Real Soap Studio (host to featured artists)
6225 Highway 9, Felton

ArtisTree
6237 Highway 9, Unit A, Felton

SCM Bulletin - New Gallery in Boulder Creek, Sgt. Penguin's

Newspaper, Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin, “New Gallery in Boulder Creek – Sgt. Penguin’s”, Boulder Creek CA, Volume 2, Issue 12, Art & Music page 14, author & photographer of 2 of the images

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I am sorry to report that this gallery is no longer, it is very much missed by all of us.

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How did Sgt. Penguin’s come to be, you ask? Well, it is a very interesting string of events. Laurie Hennig was walking by the day the tenant of 12599 Highway 9 was moving out. They made an offer to the landlord that day, snatching up what is a wonderful location before it was ever put on the market.

So that explains how they got the location, but where did the name come from? Well they already had a large group of artists together (most of them family) and Lynn Markley was the leader of the group. One day as she was driving she heard Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the radio and it just came to her, Sgt. Penguin’s Lively Arts Designs. Lynn has been collecting penguins forever and the whole idea just started rolling like a large snow ball down a hill. They wanted a gallery name that would capture the whimsical feeling of their art and they found the perfect one.

They wanted, and have created, a gallery that is funky, whimsical, and so Boulder Creek. This art gallery is not stuffy at all, it is fun and fresh. There are ceramics throughout that look like animals but are actually functional pieces of art by the Hennig’s. Watercolor paintings by Arline Anderson sit behind the front door. Acrylic paintings by Stephanie Allison are in every room that give us a glimpse into her dreams. Tile work is in the back room by Sam Markley who does custom orders. Stain glass work by Christine Moorhead is in the windows and a few lampshades in the store. The free flowing sculptures made out of found natural materials are made by Donna Stewman. Sprinkled throughout the store and complementing the art are collectibles and vintage items found by Lynn Markley also known as the Sgt. Penguin. The combination of art and vintage items gives the gallery a very lived-in and inviting feel. There are two chairs in the front for you to sit and lounge while you enjoy the art.

So what is in the future for the Sgt. Penguin’s? Lots, they chose this location because of it’s ample parking. Their vision is for this gallery to become a destination spot, kind of like Mountain Feed in Ben Lomond. They want to have a sculpture garden outside by summer time, possibly live music a few times a month, and maybe wine tasting in the future.

Artist:
Dan & Laurie Hennig – One of the oldest ceramic studios in Santa Cruz, 40 years young in Boulder Creek.

Iver & Jennifer Hennig – Iver is the head of the Santa Cruz High ceramics department. He and his wife Jennifer have been creating together and living in Boulder Creek since 1995.

Arlene Anderson – Lived from 1920 – 2009, she was a Salinas girl who painted what she knew. The gallery is selling framed and unframed prints of her water colors.

Stephanie Allison – Is based in Clovis, California and is currently teaching ceramics and painting to middle and high school students. In her free time she paints.

Sam Markley – Is based in Salinas, California and takes custom orders for tile work.

Christine Charter Moorhead – Combines stain glass with natural items to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Lives and works in Boulder Creek.

Donna Stewman – Is based in Ben Lomond, has been a house designer for years, and is now enjoying a new found love of making art out of found natural items.