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50th Anniversary Seal Serving you in our 50th year, Lenz Arts offers the largest selection of fine art supplies and the oldest custom frame shop on the Central Coast. Described as "one of the last real art stores on the West Coast," people drive for hours to take advantage of our comprehensive stock and knowledge. From the finger-painting toddler to the professional gallery artist, we've got you covered!
Andy & Cynthia Lenz, founders of Lenz Arts, were presented with the International Art Materials Association's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to honor their significant impact on the fine art materials industry.
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Andy & Cynthia Lenz - Lifetime Achievement

 

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(Yes, unrelated and yes, not paid!)

 

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RIVES BFK SALE!
Rives BFK Printing Paper.
22x30 white, 250 grams, acid-free. 100% cotton, 100 Pack.
List $800.00
Only $400.00!
You save huge...!


 

In-Store Workshop

Golden Brand Acrylics WORKSHOP - $65
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2-5 p.m.

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In Judy's own words about this 3-hour hands-on workshop . . .

Create colors that are off the charts – blend with interference paints and iridescent paints – wow!   Color mix with Gels – blending and glazing. 

This will be a magical three hours.  

We will start painting a color wheel mixing primary mineral pigments and primary modern pigments. Then, you will create many small paintings; exercises mixing colors that you take home for reference. Experience first hand materials, methods, and applications that suit your style and that expand your materials and color toolbox. Find colors and applications that get you going, that pique your interest and that point you in the right direction.

I supply the boards, brushes, Golden paints and Golden Gels. More materials than you can use. Experience Golden Paints. Join us.

All materials provided. Come ready to paint.

Spots are LIMITED. Call us at 831-423-1935 with your credit card number or come by to register. There's still room, but don't wait!

Judy Gittelsohn, our presenter, has been painting in the Bay Area for over 30 years. She is represented by Anne Loucks Gallery, Art Dimensions Los Angeles and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Gallery. Her paintings have been published in TIME magazine and Metropolitan Home Magazine.

She will demonstrate and discuss Golden Acrylic paints including Golden's slow-drying Open Acrylics. Judy demonstrates up and down the West Coast. Learn more about Judy at her website: judyg.com

 


In-Store CLASS - Free!

Drawing for Absolute Beginners
Saturday, Sept. 29, 1-3 p.m.

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The easy-going and encouraging Rob Court, local drawing coach from The Scribbles Institute, will be conducting a hands-on introductory drawing class for people who are scared of drawing. He'll cover how to hold a pencil, drawing from observation, and basic composition. This is a session for rank beginners!

Class space is limited so registration is required. The class is free but there is $5 deposit which will be refunded in the form of a store credit when you arrive for the class. ("No-show = no dough!") Students are required to have a 9x12 sketch pad and 2B, 4B and 8B drawing pencils. Students may buy a sketch pad at 30% off for the class!

*** Register soon to reserve your spot! ***


And more demos coming. . . check back for more information!

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You'll hear about our demos and we'll include news, art information, specials, some humor and otherwise keep you in touch with happenings at Lenz Arts, the art mecca of Santa Cruz!
 

Wow! Charbonnel Aqua Wash Etching Inks!

Silk Cut Lino
Lenz Arts is now stocking Silk Cut Lino, the pinacle of printing linoleums!

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Our 10,000 square foot location—wall to wall supplies for you!

Art Materials/General Information: (831) 423-1935
Custom Picture Framing: (831) 425-7111
Hours, directions, and full contact information.

Free Onsite Parking

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