Color at the UCSC Arboretum

Color at the UCSC Arboretum | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Artist and curator Susana Arias has been working at the UCSC Arboretum to install her second show there titled ‘Color’. Work from 14 artists are exhibited within the South African Garden area and create eye catching moments around every corner. Be sure to check out this beautiful exhibit!

October 15 – January 10

First Friday Reception November 4th 4 – 6

UCSC Arboretum 

South County Open Studios This Weekend

South County Open Studios This Weekend | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureThe Open Studios Art Tour launches this weekend with South County Artists! Studios will be open October 1 & 2 from 11 – 5. Support your local artists and BUY ART!

With over 100 artists participating in the South County area, you can’t see them all so get your FREE guide or download the FREE app to start planning your tour today!

Be sure to include my studio in your North County or Encore Weekend Tour:
North County Studios Open October 8,9,15 & 16 from 11 – 5
Artist #228
2523 C Mission St
Santa Cruz CA

Last Chance to See SCULPTURE at the Arboretum

Last Chance to See SCULPTURE at the Arboretum | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

 

There are only a few weeks left to see SCULPTURE at the UCSC Arboretum in Santa Cruz. This exhibit, curated by Susana Arias showcases Santa Cruz sculptors Jamie Abbott, Jeffrey Arnett, Jennifer Hennig, Coeleen Kiebert, Marilyn Kuksht, Anna Martin, Kirk McNeil, Christie Thomas & Scott Lindberg, and Jenni Ward. The 9 pieces are displayed throughout the Aroma Garden. Be sure to check it out before it’s gone!

May 18 – October 10, 2016

UCSC Arboretum

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

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.

WORKSHOP:

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.

artistDEMONSTRATION:

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.

My Art, Your Space: Cruz Family

Here’s this week’s share from the Cruz Family:

“I am amazed by how each piece is intricately made.  And, these two pieces look like they were meant to be together.  One is growing and exploring out of its shell. The other one is still nesting and carefully watching.  

These two pieces are suspended by hidden wires placed high on my loft’s wall.  They cast different shadows depending on the time of day.  They are very cool and one of a kind, I love them.”
My Art, Your Space: Cruz Family | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I love seeing where my art ends up and hearing why you connect with a piece, if you have some of my work that you’d like to share, please email me! Thanks for sharing!

 

 

Sculpture IS: In the Garden OPENS!

Join me at the 10th Anniversary of Sculpture IS: In the Garden, this Thursday June 9th from 5-7pm at Sierra Azul Gardens in Watsonville. The garden is filled with pieces from every medium and style. The exhibit is up through October 31st, Sierra Azul is located at 2660 East Lake Ave, Watsonville across from the fairgrounds.

Sculpture IS: In the Garden Opens! | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

My Art, Your Space: Arias-Kolb Family

Last summer these two sculptures from the Bone Series were hanging out on a shipwreck under the Atlantic Ocean and now they are beautifully displayed in the Arias-Kolb home surrounded by a lot of other incredible art works. I love how these pieces have a pulsating energy to them, if jellyfish had bones, this might be what they look like.

I love seeing where my art ends up and hearing why you connect with a piece. If you have some of my work that you’d like to share, please email me! Thanks for sharing!

My Art, Your Space: Arias- Kolb Family | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Art at the Arboretum Opens Tomorrow!

Art at the ArboretumArt at the Arboretum Opens | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

May 18 – October 10, 2016
Opening reception June 1st 5-7
UCSC Arboretum

Join us for the inaugural “Art in the Arboretum Opening Reception” on Wednesday, June 1 from 5-7 p.m. in the Aroma Garden. Refreshments will be served at Norrie’s Gift & Garden Shop entrance.

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is thrilled to partner with Susana Arias who is one of the curators of Sierra Azul Nursery & Garden’s Sculpture IS exhibits and welcome an exceptional group of local Santa Cruz artists for Art in the Arboretum “Sculpture’.