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Opening Reception: First Friday, November 2, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

In November, CPA expands its reach beyond Carmel with an exhibition and related events in Santa Cruz, CA, at that city’s premier art space, the R.Blitzer Gallery. A broad-ranging and exciting invitational exhibition, STATE OF THE ART (SOTA) features fifteen Northern California photographers who have embraced traditional and contemporary processes that reflect a powerful personal esthetic and vision.

Participating Artists: Brigitte Carnochan, Linda Connor, Binh Danh, Janet Fine, Sara Friedlander, Shelby Graham, Chris Johnson, Karolina Karlic, Bob Kolbrener, Robin Lasser & Adrienne Pao, Kathryn Mayo, Ryuijie, Jerry Takigawa, Lewis Watts, and Huntington Witherill.

SOTA events run throughout the month of November. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

  • A Freestyle Photographic Supplies digital printing workshop is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, from noon to 4:00 pm
  • Following the digital printing workshop, a panel discussion, “Breaking Boundaries,” moderated by Wallace Baine and Brian Taylor, with exhibiting photographers Binh Danh, Sara Friedlander, Karolina Karlic, and Robin Lasser will take place at 6:00 pm and conclude with a reception until 8:30 pm.
  • On Wednesday, November 14, an evening lecture and recognition award with photographer and retired Congressman Sam Farr. Free, open to the public. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
  • SOTA Online Juried Competition: The Human Spirit.

Schedule of Events at R. Blitzer Gallery:

Digital Printing Workshop with Freestyle Photographic Supplies

Saturday, Nov. 3, Noon to 4:00 pm

“Breaking Boundaries

Saturday Nov. 3, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, reception 7:30 to 8:30 pm

Panelists, exhibiting artists: Binh Danh, Sara Friedlander, Karolina Karlic, and Robin Lasser. Moderators: Wallace Baine, veteran arts & culture journalist, Santa Cruz, and Brian Taylor, Executive Director of CPA

General admission: $75 for both events (includes one year CPA membership).

CPA Members: $35 for both events.

Students (with ID): $45 for both events (includes one year CPA membership).

Panel discussion only: $10 General, CPA members free.

Enroll early, space is limited! Tickets for both events via Eventbrite, https://bit.ly/2DnMoeY


Reception and achievement award with retired Congressman Sam Farr

Wednesday, November 14, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Free to the public. Free tickets are available via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2O2YwWJ


State of the Art (SOTA) Online Competition

The Human Spirit

Entry period: September 26 – November 10

Jurors: Ann Hazels, Radius Gallery, Santa Cruz; Rick Murai, Assistant Director, CPA

The online contest has concluded.