Save the Date: Art in the Arboretum Opens May 20th

Save the Date: Art in the Arboretum Opens May 20th | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureUC Santa Cruz Art in the Arboretum : Environmental Installations

May 20 – November 17,2017
reception for the artists May 20th 3-6

This exhibition will be the third sculpture exhibition at the Arboretum. This new exhibition emphasizes the symbiotic connection of art and horticulture. There are 12 sculptors participating in this exhibition: Jamie Abbott, Lucia Bruer, Wendy Domster, Barbara Downs, Ethan Estess, Jayson Fann, Diana Hobson, Roy Holmberg, John Hylton, Sharon Loper, Jenni Ward and Liz Whittaker bringing a variety of media to the gardens.

Art in the Arboretum is being curated by local artist and sculptor Susana Arias to promote art and artists in Santa Cruz.

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Save the Date: Annual Spring Studio Sale 2017

Mission Industrial Studios Open for Spring Sale

May 6th & 7th | 1 – 6 with evening art activities May 6th from 6 -9

Eleven artists in the Mission Industrial Studio complex will open their studios to the public for a weekend of creativity. The artists will have works on display for sale and will be available to discuss their process, some will offer demos and have hands-on activities for visitors.

The eleven artists include, Jamie Abbott, Lucia Bruer, Barbara Downs, Nora Dougherty, Sefla Joseph, Joey Kochlacs, Majio, Kirk Mc Neill, Stacey Pollard, Susan Wagner & Jenni Ward. These studios are typically only open during the county wide Open Studios Art Tour in October and some rarely open to the public, making this weekend event a unique opportunity for the public to visit the artists in their work space. The artists range in medium from painting, to glass, to metal, wood and clay, offering something for everyone’s artistic taste. This event hopes to offer a creative experience for both locals and visitors to the Santa Cruz area.

Save the Date: Annual Spring Studio Sale 2017 | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

The studios are located on the westside of Santa Cruz on Mission St extension between Swift St. and Natural Bridges Dr. and will be open on May 6 & 7, 2017 from 1 – 6 on Saturday and Sunday with additional art events from 6 – 9 on Saturday evening.

Highlights planned for the event include Nora Dougherty’s trailer, a mobile art gallery on location, a clay seed bomb making activity at Jenni Ward’s earth art studio, and Kirk Mc Neill’s large scale sculpture the Sharky-Go-Round on display. Food Trucks AGoGo will be onsite in the late afternoon on Saturday offering tasty local tacos along with live music from The Dooners. After the sun sets, art movies around a campfire with marshmallows will round out Saturday’s activities.

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The Evocative Garden

The Evocative Garden | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

2017 NCECA Annual Exhibition:
The Evocative Garden

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center | Portland, OR
March 8- April 1, 2017
Opening Reception March 23, 2017 6-9pm

JUROR/ CURATOR: Gail M. Brown, curator will select works for the exhibition in coordination with NCECA Exhibitions Director Leigh Taylor Mickelson.



The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is pleased to announce that in 2017, esteemed curator of contemporary craft Gail M. Brown will launch this new series with The Evocative Garden, an international juried and invitational exhibition exploring natural and cultivated worlds. Invited artists include Megan Bogonovich, Jess Riva Cooper, Kim Dickey, Linda Sormin and Dirk Staschke.

A breadth of implied and articulated dramas will be staged as a personally defined natural landscape or more formalized garden scenario. In works of ceramic sculpture, installation, object and vessel format, each participant will offer a new or recent work- some potent objects-as-metaphors, with sub-text and, others as choreographed scenes with figuration or the figure/s implied in a verdant location, in vocabularies from nuanced realism to personal symbolism. Each will be designed to reference an array of issues- nature’s fragility and sustainability, the wild and the tame, life’s appetites and dilemmas, conflict and resolution, the everlasting and the temporal- social and historic events, of the natural world and the human condition. Artists remind us that nature and the articulated garden, as context, stimulation and tactile allure, is a seductive, universal, ever present enticement.

~Gail M. Brown, Curator

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Pop Up Art Show!

Pop Up Art Show: Sunday February 12th,  4 – 8 | Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery

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Join us at the brewery for an afternoon with local artists sharing their creations. Affordable and unique gifts just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Oh yeah, did I mention you can drink beer while you shop?

See you in the Beer Garden!

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
402 Ingalls St | Santa Cruz

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Take Aways: Art to Go!

Next week, I drop off artwork at Pajaro Valley Art Gallery for Take Aways: Art to Go! and I’ll be showing some new work from my Lichen Series. The image below is a prototype for the final pieces, I’ve been working on so you’ll have to come to the exhibit to see the real deal! The exhibit is a major fundraiser for PVAC and all work sold is immediately removed from the show and replaced with new work, so the exhibit is always changing. All work is created by local artists and is priced under $300, so come find some sweet deals at the show! Details below…

Take Aways: Art to Go! | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

February 8 – March 19, 2017
Opening Reception February 12th from 2-4
Closing Reception March 19th from 2- 4

37 Sudden St | Watsonville

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Open Studios 2016

SAVE THE DATE! So excited to launch the new studio space with my 12th year participating in the Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | events | Open Studios 2016


Artist #228

October 8,9, 15 & 16 | 11 – 5

Join us at our NEW LOCATION:
2523 C Mission St Santa Cruz

For more information about the art tour visit:
Arts Council of Santa Cruz County

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First ‘First Friday’ at the Arboretum

Mark Your Calendar: August 5 is ‘First Friday’ at the Arboretum!

The Arboretum will host its first ‘First Friday’ free event on August 5 from 2:00 pm–7:00 pm. Visitors can meander the paths of the Aroma Garden to view the beautiful, one-of-a-kind outdoor sculptures by nine local artists: Jamie Abbott, Jeff Arnett, Jennifer Henning, Coeleen Kiebert, Marilyn Kuksht, Anna Martin, Kirk McNeill, Cristie Thomas/Scott Lindberg, and Jenni Ward. Two of these artists will offer workshops or demonstrations.


artistJamie Abbott’s sculptures are inspired by biomorphic forms, which he encapsulates with organic elements. Using thin gauge wire and wire tools, Abbott will guide participants in the wrapping and connecting of branches, pods, leaves, and many other materials collected from the Arboretum gardens.

• Sessions at 2:00-3:15 pm and 3:45-5:00 pm;
• Limited to 20 persons per session; to sign up, call the Arboretum office at 831.502.2998;
• $10 for Arboretum members; $20 for non-members;
• Participants are welcome to take their sculpture home or have it installed in the Art in the Arboretum exhibition until it ends October 10.


Kirk McNeill is the artist-blacksmith of Freedom Forge, located on Santa Cruz’s West Side; McNeill works with hot forged iron, bronze, and copper, creating unique sculptures, in both modern and historical designs, to enhance buildings and landscapes. He will bring his portable forge to give blacksmithing displays.

• Demonstrations from 3:00-5:00 pm; visitors will be able to watch how an artist uses his skills and tools to create pieces of art.

Susana Arias, the curator of the exhibit, will be on hand to answer questions about Art in the Arboretum, an on-going event showcasing local sculptors and their work.

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Save the Date: Reflections | Shadows

Save the Date: Reflections | Shadows | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

My Bone Series Wall Installation will be included in the upcoming Reflections | Shadows exhibit at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts in downtown Healdsburg California.

About the show:
The physical aesthetics and conceptual connotations evoked by reflective material or projected dark shapes of shadows may create intriguing design, trick the eye, or distort our view. The exhibit presents artists’ interpretations using these phenomena as design, metaphor, layers of reality, a state of mind or mythology to evoke images of truth and poetry.

Show Dates:
July 21 – August 28
Artist’s Reception July 23, 5 – 7pm
Artist’s Salon July 28, 5 – 7pm
Poetry Night August 17, 7pm
Closing Tea August 28th 2 – 4pm

130 Plaza St., Healdsburg, CA 95448

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