Art Events

Fort Ord Ensatina, Gilia, and Blue Butterflies. Copyright Jenny Keller 

Reserves of Inspiration: Exploring UC Santa Cruz Natural Landscapes

The Norris Center for Natural History and the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves will be hosting a show at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery in Cowell College focused on works from the UCSC Natural Reserves from November 6 - December 8, 2018. The gallery is open 12PM - 5PM Tuesday through Saturday.

The exhibit will consist of artwork created on the five UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves. This show will reflect the diversity of the reserves and the ways in which interacting with nature can spawn scientific inquiry, artistic creation, and imaginative thought processes. Featured artists include UCSC alumnae Jenny Keller, Stephanie Martin, and Erika Perloff, whose work will be exhibited alongside other local professional and student artists. 

We will also be hosting two Open House Events. There will be specimens from the museum, facepainting, and more! They will be: 

November 10th from 12-5PM & December 7th from 5-8PM. 

Directions are here. Click here for a map to the closest parking lots

Featured Artists

Jenny Keller: With help from Ann Caudle, Jenny helped design, admisiter, and teach the Scientific Illustration Certificate Program at UCSC starting in the 1980's. Today, the program is administered at California State University, Monterey Bay. Jenny remains an important and well-known artist in Santa Cruz area and beyond.

Stephanie Martin: Stephanie's series of intaglio etchings depicts the flora and avifauna of her native landscape. She sketches birds and nests at regional natural history museums, and finds botanical subjects in local gardens, farms, and wildlands. She is currently working on etchings to illustrate her husband Orin's book on growing fruit trees organically.

Erika Perloff: Erika's education, career and life experiences have kept her almost continuously out of doors, where she has focused her attention and sketchbook on the California landscape. Her background in biology and natural history and work as outdoor educator, park ranger, naturalist, garden educator and classroom teacher have given her a unique perspective as a plein air painter.

Plus work from dozens of community members and students!

flyer for the reserves of inspiration art show