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Tannery Arts Center Spring Art Market returns May 7

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 | April 7, 2022

The Spring Art Market returns to the Tannery Arts Center! Shop local art and fresh flowers, dine with a variety of local food vendors, enjoy live music and family-friendly activities.

SANTA CRUZ, CA  — The community is invited to experience art, music, flowers, food and more at the Tannery Arts Center Spring Art Market, Saturday May 7 from 10am to 5pm.

Produced by Arts Council Santa Cruz County, the Spring Art Market is a free family-friendly event, featuring more than 40 booths with local artisans and makers, live music, food trucks, coffee, wine and beer, activities for children, and open studios on the Tannery campus.

This year’s lineup includes local farms including the Homeless Garden Project, Happy Patch Flowers and Quaintrelle Farm. Music from SambaDá and Yaya’s Kitchen and more than 40 participating artisans from around the county.

“The Spring Art Market is a beautiful way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend,” says Mercedes Lewis, Tannery Program Manager for Arts Council Santa Cruz County. “Bring the whole family down, enjoy music and food, and find the perfect gift for the mother in your life.”

“The variety of creatives at this market is going to be really special,” says Bree Karpavage, Spring Art Market Coordinator and founder of Santa Cruz Maker’s Markets. “The market will feature everything from jeweler Albion Smith’s museum quality work and Maha Taitano’s intricate woodworking to candles from Santa Cruz Candle Co and jam from Twin’s Kitchen.”

The Tannery Arts Center is located at 1050-1070 River Street in Santa Cruz, CA. Parking is free.

Featured artists

Mother Earth’s Treasure Hunt challenges youngsters and the young at heart to explore the Tannery’s public art works. Treasure seekers follow the clues and gather tokens at each piece of art to win a prize from Mother Earth.

Contact Mother Earth’s Treasure Hunt: Suzanne Shrag 831-236-4369

SambaDá For over ten years, SambaDá has been mixing contemporary sounds with the roots of Brazilian culture. Papiba is a master of Capoeira, an Afro Brazilian martial art form created by Brazilian slaves, which draws on music and acrobatic movements. Dandha was born into the rich Afro Brazilian traditions of Salvador, Bahia and the Carnival Group Ile Aiye, and started her dancing career at age 6. Ile Aiye has been in the forefront of Civil Rights in Brazil, promoting equality and justice, and is widely recognized as the first Afro Brazilian BLOCO or group to perform in Brazil’s notorious Carnival celebrations. The other members of SambaDá come from a wide range of styles, generations, and sensibilities. What unites this band from such diverse backgrounds is a magic that can be felt by both the band and audience. SambaDá brings joy to each performance, and keeps their fans asking for more!

More info on SambaDá : www.sambada.com

Albion Smith creates jewelry and containers in sterling silver with 18k gold and gemstones. All work is formed, fabricated, pierced and engraved by hand. His work is in the permanent collections of the Oakland Museum and Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

Albion Smith IG handle: @albionsmith Albion Smith email: albionsmith@yahoo.com

Maha Taitano is a multidisciplinary artist. The patterns in her handcrafted cutting and charcuterie boards are Micronesian-inspired designs that reflect her heritage.

Maha’s Instagram: @maha_taitano Maha’s email: mahataitano@gmail.com

Happy Patch Flowers and Localife Farm Local florists Chistina McCutcheon and Anne Walsh have small flower farms in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They often collaborate to create inviting flower booths selling specialty cut flowers to their local community. “Flowers feed our bodies, our senses, our creativity, and our spirits. Our mission is to give back more than we take. Our flowers nourish you, and nourish the Earth, as well.” – Christina McCutcheon.

Happy Patch Flowers Instagram: @happypatchflowers Localife Farm Instagram: @localifeflowers

About Arts Council Santa Cruz County

The Arts Council generates creativity, vibrancy, and connection in Santa Cruz County. For 40 years, we have fueled our creative community, supporting individual and collective artistic expression and building bridges and bonds between people throughout our county. We know that art changes lives. In Santa Cruz the arts are also an economic driver ($32 million of economic activity annually), contribute to civic pride, and are one of the most powerful vehicles for bringing people together, creating community dialogues, and strengthening relationships.

Through grants to artists and arts organizations, arts education programs that serve more than 17,000 youth across Santa Cruz County, and community initiatives such as Open Studios, the Tannery Arts Center and the Watsonville Movement for Arts & Culture, we help Santa Cruz County thrive. Learn more at artscouncilsc.org.

About the Tannery Arts Center

The Tannery Arts Center is a first-in-the-nation art community that provides a sustainable, accessible and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County. Home to 100 live/work lofts, 28 artist studios, Jewel Theatre at the Colligan Theater, Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center, Radius Gallery, and the North County offices of Arts Council Santa Cruz County. Members of the public can experience the Tannery through classes, exhibitions, Open Studios, and First Fridays.

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