First Friday PopUP Museum Sketch Crawl!


About: An ephemeral ‘happening’, in collaboration with the Museum of Art & History, check out the MAH link to learn more!

Where: Abbott Square, brick patio near LuLu Carpenter’s

When: First Friday, October 4th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

What to bring: Bring yourself, your work and your enthusiasm.  We will display your journals on folding tables in empty frames. These popup museum are open to the public, can people are allowed to touch exhibited content. Keep this in mind in deciding what journals or pages to share.

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June First Friday Downtown Santa Cruz

Talk about an embarrassment of riches….I’ve been invited to take part in TWO First Friday events for the month of June!

Oil paintings and watercolors on display at Chefworks First Friday.

I’ll be meeting and greeting people at Chefworks, 1527 Pacific Avenue,  Santa Cruz from 6pm to 9pm.  I have several new oil paintings I’ll be showing and a watercolor or two.





Science Illustration installation on display at the Art Loft First Friday in June.

I’ll also be taking part of an invitational group show at the Art Loft, 1319 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.  The show “Reflections of Nature” will feature my installation – on being a science illustrator, and will feature many original plates prepared for the NY Botanical Gardens, private journals, and random, cool,  science stuff (yup… a highly technical term).

On being a science illustrator – part of the “Reflections of Nature” group show at the Art Loft, First Friday Santa Cruz. in June.

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June Sketch Crawl – June 29 Gilroy Gardens Free Artist Access Day!!!!

Wonderful topiary at Gilroy Gardens.

Our second June sketch crawl is a visit to the Gilroy Gardens to take advantage of their FREE Artist Access Days!

It’s a great opportunity to have fun and make art at a truly unique venue.  And a great deal: admission is normally $30 and parking $10 per vehicle. But for us it’s all FREE!!!

Normal weekend hours are from 10am to 6pm.  We get to meet their Docent Coordinator, Jan Froom, at 9:00am, before the park opens to scope out our spots and set up to make great art.

But, you have to contact Gilroy gardens to register for this event.  Contact Jan Froom at (408) 840-7130  or email at

If you need to contact me re: this….my cell is (408) 966-5214.

Hope to see you there!!

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June Sketch Crawl – Sierra Azul Nursery – June 22

Sierra Azul Sculpture Garden

The first of our June sketch crawls will be at the Sierra Azul Nursery and Sculpture Garden, Watsonville.  Let’s meet up from 2 pm to 4;30;  don’t forget all your outdoor essentials and be prepared to spend quality quiet time among the plants and art! Bring an empty pill container or Daniel Smith half pans and a favorite tube of watercolor to share with others.

Click here: Directions to Sierra Azul

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Santa Cruz Art League Weekend Workshop – Journaling/Field Sketching – June 1 & 2, 2013

SCAL weekend workshop june 1 and 2, 2013

Yvonne, Joan, and Pat work on color theory assignment.

The sun was super HOT, but that didn’t diminish enthusiasm among class participants.  What a lovely and dedicated group of artists!









Kris sketches Eucalyptus pods

We met at the UCSC Arboretum and took advantage of the amazingly strange and beautiful plants in the Australian section of the garden.      


Dan’s sketch of Banksia framed!

It was pure serendipity that the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History was hosting a Pop-Up Museum near us!  We were invited to exhibit our sketching efforts as part of their exhibit.  Fun and gratifying to have our work admired.

Sangjun & Estrella: celebrate her birthday by taking the workshop.


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November Sketch Crawl – San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista Mission garden

The little town of San Juan Bautista is chock full of fun things to sketch and paint. Let’s meet up at the Mission on November 11 from 2 to 4 pm. Dress for the weather……


Town chickens roam the streets. Many colorful characters!










For those who enjoy architecture….the mission is fun to sketch.

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Open Studios Art Tour 2012 – October 13-14 & 20-21

Santa Cruz Open Studios Art Tour 2012

Shared studio space at Linda Cordy’s home


Through my friend Linda’s encouragement and support, I screwed my courage up to apply to this year’s Open Studios Art tour…..and was accepted. It was a fun and successful 2 weekends. Below are pix of the studio space and set up just before the tour began.

Entrance to Linda’s studio and my shared space







Work in progress and process board







Display area in Linda’s back yard….I’m grateful for the fine weather we had!







Display area. I loved Linda’s whimsical pedestal sink planters.



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Open Studios Art Tour, 2012


Open Studios Art Tour - Cynthia ArmstrongHello Friends,

You are cordially invitedto come visit the next two weekends during Open Studios Art Tour.

I’ll be featuring oils and watercolors. You can find me sharing the studio space with my friend and fellow artist, Linda Cordy at her home studio in downtown Santa Cruz (308 Maple Street, across from Louden Nelson Center). Look for the bright green Open Studios signs, #231 -Armstrong, and #232 – Cordy

Bring a friend! I look forward to seeing you.




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October Sketch Crawl – 10/28 UCSC Arboretum, 2pm to 4pm

October Sketch Crawl - UCSC Arboretum

October Sketch Crawl – UCSC Arboretum


While the good weather lasts, let’s get out and enjoy it! This month’s sketch crawl will be on October 28 at the UCSC Arboretum, from 2 to 4 pm. Of course, if the weather changes, I’m still game. (Have you ever sketched in the rain? Try using salt on those watercolors and experiment).

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Field Sketching at the Marin Headlands

Sketching at the Bolinas Lagoon.


Foggy weather didn’t keep us down! Saturday, we headed to the shelter of Bolinas Lagoon to sketch the misty hills and marshlands.

Sunday’s weather was glorious! Great views of SF/Golden Gate from the headlands.

View from the Marin Headlands


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