FORM AND FLOW WORKS IN METAL, WATERCOLOR AND OIL BY CJ FLORES, PEPE TIGER AND MIKE WELSH. FLORES For the past thirteen years local artist and performer CJ Flores has been sculpting lights, mirrors and outdoor art out of metal and wood. His signature lights cut out of recycled olive oil tins can be found in sacred spaces throughout the county. Constantly inspired by the female form, many of his pieces depict women’s innate sexuality and power. Also a tattoo artist, his latest series is inspired by flash and the rockabilly subculture. TIGER Santa Cruz native, Pepe NUnez, aka Pepe Tiger paints your grandmother’s caricature at the Boardwalk by day, and your wildest dreams by night. Taking inspiration from the streets, his paintings depict modern interpretations of everything from the girl next door to the Virgin Mary. www.myspace.com/pepetiger WELSH Describing his art as “collaborative interactive” Mike Welsh embraces the impermanence of life itself. His latest collection of skim board art was created with ink/oil on wood and then tested for function in the surf. The waves and sand add a dimension of texture to pieces that are not just decorative. Please join us for our First Friday debut on Friday, May 7 from 6-9 pm at Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios, 118 Coral Street (in Harvey West next to Polar Radiator), as we toast these fine local artists. Music & libations will be provided.
First Friday Art Tour is a community event that takes place the first Friday of each month throughout the City of Santa Cruz. The event is free and open to anyone. Between twenty and forty art venues are open between 5PM and 9PM for the Art Tour. Some venues have openings, talks, music, or other special activities. Others are simply open late. Individuals start their art tour by visiting any participating venue and picking up a copy of The First Friday Art Tour Brochure, the official publication of First Friday Art Tour.
Buy Art Nearly all of the art on view is for sale. If you like it, buy it. Not only will you have a treasure that you can cherish for years to come, you will be supporting the local art scene and making it possible to see more great art in the future.