Let It Fly: A reading so various it will make your dreams spin
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Let It Fly: A reading so various it will make your dreams spin

Thursday September 5th 6-9pm at the Little Giant Collective:

Sponsored by The Opening: A Center for Courses in Writing. A warm and convivial evening where you will hear excerpts from fables, novels and memoirs, plus poetry, music, something improvised, as well as philosophical, historical, political and activist writings that refuse to be categorized.

You will hear excerpts from fables, poems, novels and memoirs, as well as music, something improvised, and writings of the feminist, philosophical, historical, and activist types.

The event is FREE, but if you love one of the prints in the gallery, let it fly and buy one! Handmade cards start at $5.

Featured Readers:

Charity Dasenbrock
Jo Fleming
Allison Anthony
Steven Macramalla
Bruce Fessenden
Nora Sarkissian
Cynthia Copple
David Anthony
Deborah Lashever
Aaron Clegg
Keith McHenry

BONUS! The writers Bruce Fessenden and Steven Macramella have just published new books! (Both written in our classes). You can meet the authors, ask questions, and buy a signed copy of their books.

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Aug
1
to Aug 31

AUGUST FIRST FRIDAY

The Sea is Rising: Reflections on the state of California Kelp Forests,
an exhibit of new works by Janina A. Larenas is on view for the month of August. Join us for the opening reception this Friday, August 2nd

About the exhibit:
The Sea is Rising: Reflections on the state of California Kelp Forests is a visual and emotional portrait of the Monterey kelp forest from 2013-2019. In this new exhibition, Janina A. Larenas explores the impacts of climate change on local kelp forest ecosystems, now in ecological collapse linked to a perfect storm of extreme water temperature, a disease outbreak on sea stars, and a population explosion of a voracious kelp grazer, the purple sea urchin. By visually interpreting the data collected by Reef Check California over the course of six years, Larenas gives the viewer a physical and emotional experience of this rapidly disappearing ecosystem. The Sea is Rising frames unprecedented extinction and environmental loss not simply as the consequence of human action but as inextricably tied to the imperatives of capitalist development.

Artist Bio:
Janina A. Larenas is a printmaker and book artist who works with a variety of mediums to create narrative imagery. Her pieces range from science illustration to stickers and posters, embroidery to zines, prints to paintings, often merging technical crafts with fine art presentation. She is a trained California Naturalist and AAUS certified diver, founder of Print Organize Protest, and co-founder of Little Giant Collective and People's Disco.

Detail of yoy fish, linoleum print on unryu paper by Janina A. Larenas

Detail of yoy fish, linoleum print on unryu paper by Janina A. Larenas

ALSO ON VIEW

LGC-member Vincent Waring has new cyanotypes in a split show with Paul Rangell at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz.

Segni di Vita = Señales de Vida = Signs of Life
== Vincent Waring & Paul Rangell ==

Parish Publick House
841 Almar Ave
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Hours: M-F 11am-12am, Sat/Sun 10am-12am

One of Vince Waring's cyanotype prints on view at the Parish Publick House.

One of Vince Waring's cyanotype prints on view at the Parish Publick House.

Detail of a lithograph by Paul Rangell.

Detail of a lithograph by Paul Rangell.

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Jul
1
to Jul 31

CARS: new paintings by Louise Leong

LGC member Louise Leong is opening a new solo exhibit of gouache paintings at Stripe Men. Reception 6pm onwards.

CARS: new paintings by Louise Leong

I love cars. I love my car. I love the Cars. I love songs about cars and driving. Cars are sleek, sexy, shining, and also busted, boxy, and ugly. I love those too.

STRIPE MEN
117 Walnut Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Jun
7
5:00 PM17:00

STEAM ROLLER PRINTMAKING ALERT

SOMETHING BADASS HAPPENING AT THE MAH THIS FRIDAY
THE WORLD IS YOUR PRESS BED
THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!! I REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A DRILL

Museum of Art and History: Do It Together
705 Front Street
June 7, 2019 5pm-9pm
Free First Friday event


Melody, Campbell, Ash, and Louise of Little Giant Collective will be printing a 4'x16' wood block on Cooper Street with a little help from a big ole steam roller. You may have witnessed this badass printmaking spectacle a few years ago, also at the MAH. The following photos are from the steam roller print event in 2013.

Here we go, one more time!

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Jun
7
to Jun 30

PEOPLE'S DISCO RETROSPECTIVE

LGC member Janina Larenas will be having a retrospective exhibit of People's Disco posters at the Tabby Cat Cafe. The People's Disco is a free disco / funk / boogie / revolution dance party started by Janina and her partner, Jared Gampel.

Tabby Cat Cafe hours
M-F 7am-6pm
Sat/Sun 9am-6pm

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May
3
to May 31

6TH ANNUAL CATAMARAN MAGAZINE EXHIBIT OPENING AT R. BLITZER GALLERY

6TH ANNUAL CATAMARAN MAGAZINE EXHIBIT OPENING AT R. BLITZER GALLERY
LGC MEMBERS LUCAS ELMER AND LOUISE LEONG ARE INCLUDED IN THIS EXHIBIT

R. Blitzer Gallery
2801 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Opening reception May 3rd 5pm-9pm

Original works from these artists featured in the 2018 quarterly issues of Catamaran:
Robert Bilensky, Jack Chapman, Hallie Cohen, Tom Bottoms, Kit Eastman, Alan Feltus, Sara Friedlander, Lisa Hochstein, Lucas Gasperik, Peter Hiller, Enrique Leal, Louise Leong, Stephanie Martin, Ursula O’Farrell, Minerva Ortiz, Hearne Pardee, Ed Penniman, Roland Peterson, Dorothy Robinson, Robynn Smith, Susan Solomon, Danielle Torvik Staffen

All events are free and open to the public
Exhibit runs May 3 – June 1.
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday noon – 5:00pm

Closing Reception and Artists Talk
Saturday June 1, 2-4 pm

Participating Artists:
Sara Friedlander, Peter Hiller, Louse Leong, Minerva Ortiz, Ed Penniman, and Susan Solomon

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May
3
to May 31

Little Giant Collective at The Art Cave

Little Giant Collective is being hosted by the Art Cave gallery for an exhibit for the month of May. We're stoked to show our work in this new contemporary gallery. Keep an eye out for other events at the Art Cave.

Art Cave (in the Wrigley Building)
2801 Mission St, #2803
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

We'll be having a closing reception at the end of the month. Stay tuned!

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May
3
4:30 PM16:30

YOU'RE INVITED! MAY FIRST FRIDAY AND MORE

YOU'RE INVITED

"BREAKUP WITH THE OCEAN"
New works by Ash Armenta
Opening reception May 3 6pm-9pm
COLD BEER - KARAOKE - BREAKUP JAMS - LIVE BLOCK PRINTING

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Little Giant Collective is proud to present our next exhibit, "Breakup with the Ocean" featuring new relief prints and woodblocks by LGC member Ash Armenta. Please join us at the opening reception this Friday, May 3rd from 6pm-9pm with a block printing demo from 7pm-8pm.

Ash’s all new work looks at the relationship they have with the ocean and some the coastal animals. The show is Ash’s bittersweet farewell to the Pacific coast as they will be starting an MFA program at University of Wisconsin Madison. 

Ash Armenta is a print media artist based in the Bay Area of California. Ash concluded the two year program at Tamarind Institute and received the title of Tamarind Master Printer in 2017. The program included several collaborations with artists such as Matt Shlian, Rashaad Newsome, Nicola Lopez, and Nina Elder.

Ash enjoys printing collaboratively with artists as well as printing personal work, painting outdoor murals, illustration, woodworking, sign painting, and anything involving handmade fine details. Ash also teaches studio art and art history lecture classes.

Other interests include organizing collaboration, investigating how queer bodies navigate public spaces and visual manifestations of community. Additionally what constitutes the multiple or edition and how principles of traditional printmaking can be expanded in similar practices of making.

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Apr
5
to Apr 30

"WE'RE STILL HERE" OPENS APRIL 5TH AT THE MUSEUM OF ART AND HISTORY

"WE'RE STILL HERE" OPENS APRIL 5TH
AT THE MUSEUM OF ART AND HISTORY


Ry Faraola, Little Giant Collective member, is an artist-in-residence in the Museum of Art and History's latest exhibit entitled "We're Still Here." The exhibit explores senior isolation in Santa Cruz county and was created with local seniors and advocates. 

Ry Faraola uses art to create empathy. For this project, Ry worked with seniors to design an interactive Game of Life. These prints explore some of the challenges and triumphs seniors experience each day.

Social isolation impacts all of us and is a growing health epidemic in our community. In 2017, people over 60 who reported feeling lonely saw a 45% increase in their risk of death and in that same year over 1 in 3 seniors in Santa Cruz reported feeling socially isolated. (Source)

Over the course of seven months, a community group of local seniors, advocates, and artists called C3 (the Creative Community Committee) poured their ideas, art, hopes, and stories together to create this inspiring exhibition. C3 created personal artwork about loneliness, brainstormed solutions to build connection and offered their words of wisdom for future generations.

Featured artists: Wes Modes, Gina Orlando, Ry Faraola, and Cid Pearlman.

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Apr
3
to Apr 30

HOMEGIRLS VS. MEGABABES: WORKS BY AMANDA PAYNE AND LOUISE LEONG

HOMEGIRLS VS. MEGABABES:
WORKS BY AMANDA PAYNE AND LOUISE LEONG

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 2019 @ LITTLE GIANT COLLECTIVE
115 RIVER ST SOUTH
SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060
6PM-9PM

LIVE SCREENPRINTING - COLD BEER - HOT ART
This event is wheelchair accessible: ramp to the right of JC Nails

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Homegirls vs. Megababes

A joint exhibit of art by Amanda Payne and Louise Leong featuring screenprints and ink illustrations of women in sensuous repose, solitary, in their squad, and ready to kick your ass. Whose team are you on?

Join us for the opening reception, Friday April 5th from 6pm-9pm at the Little Giant Collective studio. We will be live screenprinting Homegirls and Megababes paper pennants to show off your team of choice. BYO shirts and fabric to print on if you'd like!

Louise Leong:
The title of this show came from a daydream I had inspired by the movie A League of Their Own of two competing women's baseball teams called the Homegirls and the Megababes. Both teams were full of women that I couldn't tell if I wanted to be or be with (a timeless queer dilemma). The big twist was that the same women played on both teams (ha-ha).

My work for this show includes one of my recurring woman characters who has embodied both the casual badass-ness and unabashed sexiness of the "homegirl" and "megababe" type to me. My images also referenced other women who embodied these qualities including Chinese-American nightclub performers from the 1940's, Hong Kong actresses from the 1960's and 1980's, the musicians La Luz and the Ronettes, and of course the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940's.

Follow @louleo_ for more art and minutiae 


Amanda Payne:
Making art featuring attractive naked ladies with full manes of luscious hair is a very easy thing to do. The nude female form has been celebrated throughout the ages, lounging about, eating fruit, ignoring cherubs.

These women, from Venus to Salomé, were depicted as soft and delicate, eyes cast away. Despite goddesses, warriors, or noble ladies, they all lack agency over their bodies as could easily be viewed as sexual objects.

As time went on, with the invention of photography, nudity for the sake of readily available erotica became more prevalent. From the run of the mill nudie shots to highly specialized fetishism, erotic photography allowed women the opportunity to simultaneously be admired for their form, admonished for being naked, and judged for making the choice to do so.

My goal is to give agency to the naked. Often looking you in the eye, asking you to enjoy, respect, and possibly even find a piece of yourself, in size, shape, or attitude. Some of my proudest moments as an artist are when ladies take a print because the woman in the piece felt like it was a reflection of themselves. 

You can find more of Amanda’s work on Instagram.
@_kupferdach_ for paintings
@amanda_payne for tattoos
@thegettysburgundress for performance

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Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

ORIGINS: A Collective Art Opening

ORIGINS is a show that features 11 artists and their ongoing relationship to printmaking. Each artist shares an early hand-pulled print alongside their most recent work, engaging in a conversation with how we each began on this path, as well as where we are now. It is our hope that through sharing this work, that we make visible the magic that emerges from the learning process. Join us as we celebrate endless beginnings and the threads that connect our past to our ever-evolving present.

Join us this coming Friday, March 1st at 115 River Street South from 6:00-9:00pm. We hope to see you there!

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Mar
17
6:00 PM18:00

Politics and Poetry at the MAH

On Friday, March 17th the Little Giant Collective will be partnering with the MAH for their Poetry and Book Arts Fair! You will find us in the atrium with Print Organize Protest hosting a Politics and Poetry workshop. During the workshop we will be live printing political haiku on t-shirts and posters as well as live printing the collective's Political Haiku book for participants to cut, fold, and take home! We will also have a large accordion book for people to contribute their own political haiku, a pamphlet bookmaking station, and a print/make your own book mark station. Artwork from the collective will be available for purchase.

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Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

(UN)PRESIDENTS DAY - P.O.P.

Janina A. Larenas will be hosting a mini Print Organize Protest event at the (UN)PRESIDENTS DAY Resistance Resource Fair at the Louden Nelson Center this Friday, February 17th from 4-7. She will have two designs on hand to screen print on any fabric or paper folks want to bring in.

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