Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative Presents Color & Light Color & Light brings together four area artists: John Babcock, Kathleen Crocetti, Heidi Hybl and Stacy Frank, whose works explore the [...]
Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative Presents Color & Light
Color & Light brings together four area artists: John Babcock, Kathleen Crocetti, Heidi Hybl and Stacy Frank, whose works explore the mercurial nature of light and color to convey emotion and delight the viewer. An ambitious exhibition of 98 works of art, spanning throughout the Bank’s five countywide banking offices, Color & Light features two and three-dimensional works, including large paper and resin sculptures, glowing neon mixed media works, meditative oil paintings and smaller, intimate collages.
A pioneer of the paper art movement and 2014 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year, John Babcock, incorporates specific papermaking fibers which reflect light differently to create unique characteristics in his works. The resulting imagery changes focus; some images recede or appear as the viewer moves from side to side in front of the work or as the light of day changes. Some of his large format paper works have been constructed into 3 dimensional sculptures, which appear both delicate and concrete at the same time.
Also inspired by shifting color and light, Kathleen Crocetti incorporates glass, encaustic, resin and the use of neon lighting in her two dimensional wood “light boxes” which can be displayed “lit” or “unlit”. Kathleen’s light boxes and constructions of towering resin, encaustic and neon sculptures in each of the Bank’s five locations take on a split identity; each having a completely separate and vibrant personality and new aesthetic that comes alive when illuminated, revealing mysterious shapes and patterns cast by a neon that are otherwise unseen.
Reductive abstractionist, Heidi Hybl, works in response to the mercurial lighting conditions she experiences living in the Coastal hills, pushing layers of color to the point where the resulting image appears as an ephemeral moment in time and is reduced to the two components of color and light. Her meditative work is testimony of a close involvement with her environment.
Printmaker Stacy Frank’s vibrant and playful Stripes and Linear monoprints explode with color. Created using collograph, drypoint, carborundum and ghost printing, the Stripes series are mounted on cradled panels and feature jewel tones with mesmerizing color combinations. In her Linear series, Stacy deconstructs and rearranges her stripes to invent one of a kind collages. Each piece is unique, yet they amount to a cohesive collection of imagery.
Curated by Mary Anne Carson, Director of the Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative, Color & Light is on display at all Santa Cruz County Bank branches through January 17, 2017.
Exhibiting artist Heidi Hybl states, “These paintings are abstracted landscapes….Colors are delicate or striking depending on the season, climate, or on the time of day. I reduce these visual, auditory and tactile experiences to light, motion, and simplified form.”
John Babcock shares, “I speak about my work as a documentation of feeling, emotional responses to an idea… I take in and reflect on earth’s patterns, the beat of the music in the studio, or the ripples in the sand at the ocean’s edge. When working on the concept for a piece, I explore that feeling and work to illuminate the essence of the idea.”
Exhibition Calendar and Reception Date:
June 27, 2016 – January 17, 2017 Santa Cruz County Bank exhibit dates, all five branches
First Fridays of the Month Santa Cruz County Bank participates in all First Fridays, 720 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 12-6pm.
October 5, 2016 Santa Cruz County Bank Artists’ Reception, 720 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Exhibition Locations & Hours:
Santa Cruz County Bank
Mary Anne Carson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 831.457.5003, ext. 2118Exhibition & Media Contact:
The Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative is an outreach effort to promote professional artists and art education by providing exhibiting artists with promotional assistance and by mounting public exhibitions in its banking offices throughout the county. Santa Cruz County Bank received the 2007 ArtWORKS Emerging Business Award granted by the Santa Cruz Arts Commission for its support of the arts.
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June 27 (Monday) 1:00 am - January 17 (Tuesday) 1:00 am
Local organic beer meets local organic chocolate October 2nd. Soquel, CA -- Discretion Brewing and Mutari Chocolate have teamed up to create an extremely unique [...]
Local organic beer meets local organic chocolate October 2nd.
Soquel, CA — Discretion Brewing and Mutari Chocolate have teamed up to create an extremely unique and decadent Chocolate Porter.
In preparation for this special brew, Brewmaster Michael Demers and Chocolatier Stephen Beaumier tasted through many different single origin cocoa nibs looking for the right flavor and balance.
“We chose Bolivian and Ecuadorian, both classic dark and rich nibs, mixed with a portion of nibs from Madagascar, uniquely bright, fruity, and a little spicy, to create the profile best suited to the vision of the beer,” said Beaumier.
Once the nib varieties were decided upon, the base beer was brewed with care at Discretion. Meanwhile, Stephen worked in small batches, hand-roasting the selected nibs to perfection. Once primary fermentation was complete, the nibs were added to the fermentor in two separate additions.
“The resulting beer expresses a complex balance between the cocoa and dark roasted malts. The flavors maintain their individuality while joining together in beautiful harmony. I love exploring how different flavors work together this way,” says Demers.
“Being two small, local purveyors of craft, this was a logical partnership. I remember meeting Stephan and Katy at a benefit dinner for the Coastal Watershed Council. I was pouring beer and they were pouring chocolate. One sip of their delicious and complex chocolate and I knew we had to collaborate on a beer! Keeping it small. Keeping it local. Keeping it organic. Beer. Chocolate. What’s not to love?” says Discretion’s Chief Beer Ambassador, Dustin Vereker.
The beer will be released on Oct. 2, 2016 at the Discretion Brewing tap room. The Kitchen will have several chocolate inspired menu items, Stephen and Katy will be on hand to discuss all things chocolate and Mutari single-origin bars will be available for sale.
About Discretion Brewing
Discretion Brewing® is a family-owned company in Santa Cruz, CA dedicated to producing handcrafted organic beer of consistent high quality. We have defined “Discretion” with the words, “wisdom,” “wit,” and “kindness.” These are qualities we hope define our interactions with each other, our customers, and our community. We encourage the notion that we all have the freedom to decide what we consume. Whether it’s Uncle Dave’s Rye IPA®, Shimmer Pils®, Oh Black Lager®, or one of our latest one-off seasonals, our beers exhibit balance and are best enjoyed in the company of others. Visit www.discretionbrewing.com for more information about who we are, what we do, and the beers we make.
About Mutari Chocolate
Mutari Chocolate is a Santa Cruz based craft chocolate company focused on producing sustainable, traceable, single origin chocolate bars and drinking chocolates. We hand sort, roast, winnow, grind, conche and age our chocolate in order to highlight the origins full potential. We believe the the betterment of the livelihoods of the farmers we support through strategic purchasing is and will always be the base for a great product. In a business inherently opaque, we work to bring transparency through chocolate by working only with farmers and importers that share our enthusiasm and dedication to the sustainability of cacao and will continue to offer only the best origins produced in the most careful manners with the utmost integrity.
(Sunday) 1:00 am - 1:00 am
Reel Rock 11 Film TourOctober 6 at 7 pmRio Theatre, Santa CruzREEL ROCK is poised once again to deliver a new slate of the year's best climbing films. From remote Arctic [...]
Reel Rock 11 Film Tour
at 7 pm
Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz
REEL ROCK is poised once again to deliver a new slate of the year’s best climbing films. From remote Arctic big walls to the youth movement resetting the standards, REEL ROCK 11 follows the stories and climbs that define the cutting edge of rock climbing.
The REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences in over 400 locations across the globe. REEL ROCK shows are spirited events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and sample the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for non-profit organizations are always part of the party at REEL ROCK events.
Founded in 2006 by groundbreaking filmmakers Josh Lowell (Big UP Productions) and Peter Mortimer (Sender Films), REEL ROCK has grown to over 400 events per year, reaching over 100,000 audience members and raising over $20,000 for non-profits.
Peter Croft will join us for this show! Peter is a world renowned climber and North Face Athlete. Join us at Seabright Brewery any time on the day of the show with your ticket stub (or mobile confirmation) to get happy hour prices!
Tickets available at
Locally sponsored by Seabright Brewery, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym and Treks and Tracks
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm