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45th Anniversary Seal Serving you for over 45 years, 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 selection of materials. From the finger-painting toddler to the professional gallery artist, we've got you covered!

Hear what one of our young customers says about Lenz Arts:
(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 $510.00
Only $258.97!
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In-Store Demonstrations - Free!

Logan Mat Cutting & Framing
Saturday, May 30, 1-3 p.m.

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Ken Eastman has been in the art materials trade for many decades. As the Logan factory rep, Ken will be demonstrating how to use Logan products to cut your own picture framing mats.

Andrew Lenz, Jr. has grown up in the art supply trade but also in picture framing having cut his first mat at the age of 12 in the late-1970s. Andrew will dispel some of the myths regarding the term "acid-free" and will explain what it really means for a product to be museum-ready. He'll also be on hand to answer questions regarding any aspect of picture framing.

Please stop by the store or contact us to sign up for our demo reminder e-mail list!

And remember that we will have lots of one-day sales on the day of the demonstration!

 


Sennelier Watercolors
Saturday, June 6, 1-3 p.m.

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Bay Area artist Rick Kitagawa will be explaining and demonstrating Sennelier Watercolors. Rick—a protege of Camille LaPointe-Lyons—is an award-winning visual artist, storyteller, and arts educator based in San Francisco. With degrees from UC Berkeley and Academy of Art University, Rick is a multidisciplinary artist weaving together digital with traditional media, text and imagery, abstract and figurative, painting and printmaking.

Rick's work has been seen in venues all over the SF Bay Area, including SPACE gallery, 111 Minna, and Big Umbrella Studios.

As an arts educator, he has taught workshops for Apple, the Museum of Craft and Design, and the Academy of Sciences, and teaches business courses for artists at the Academy of Art University.
www.rickkitagawa.com

And remember that we will have lots of one-day sales on the day of the demonstration! Plus a free raffle and free samples for those who attend the demo!

 


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Canson Art Papers - "Make Your Mark"
Friday, June 12, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Ed Brickler, who lives in Indiana, is director of the Canson Art Education program, is a working artist, and has been an art materials consultant for over twenty years. His previous employment includes Grumbacher and Koh-I-Noor. Ed has lectured in over 150 art schools in North America on materials and techniques. Ed also conducts workshops on color mixing, pen and ink, painting, and composition. In the past he has taught drawing and painting. He has published articles in The Artists' Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Art Materials Today, was contributing editor for Palette Talk, and has been acknowledged in more than a dozen art books for his contributions. Ed is the author of the book Making Art: Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist. Ed's formal art education was received at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA. Ed is entertaining and very knowledgable!

Ed will cover the properties of different papers and will cover:
• Paper making and paper materials
• Weights and textures
• Archival properties
• Sizing
• Paper choices
• Paper applications
• Digital Papers
• ...and MORE!

Please stop by the store or contact us to sign up for our demo reminder e-mail list!

And remember that we will have lots of one-day sales on the day of the demonstration! Plus a free raffle and free samples for those who attend the demo!

 


In-Store Demo - Free!

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Daniel Smith Watercolors
Saturday, June 13, 1-3 p.m.

Join us for an intimate conversation with John Cogley – owner of DANIEL SMITH ARTISTS' MATERIALS! John visits us from Seattle, Washington. Curious about Quinacridone pigments, wonder where in the world the color Serpentine comes from, how a color gets its name or how DANIEL SMITH tests pigments for lightfastness?

John's presentation will start off with the history of DANIEL SMITH and the many aspects of developing DANIEL SMITH products. You will see firsthand lab paint-outs, minerals used to manufacture colors in the PrimaTek line and more. A paint-to-paper hands-on opportunity will follow the presentation.

Bring your favorite brush, all other materials are provided. Handouts to take home include a 66 color sample dot card, brochure, and ground sample.

And remember that we will have lots of one-day sales on the day of the demonstration! Plus a free raffle for those who attend the demo!

Please stop by the store or contact us to sign up for our demo reminder e-mail list!


In-Store Demo - Free!

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Golden Acrylics
Saturday, June 20, 1-3 p.m.

And another guest of honor! Seth Golden, grandson of Golden Artist Colors founder Sam Golden!

Join Seth Golden for this hugely informative demonstration. Seth will briefly go over the history of Golden back in upstate New York, then progress into an information-packed presentation covering all the lines of paint that Golden offers... Golden Acrylics, Williamsburg Oils, OPEN Acrylics, QoR Watercolors and more! He'll touch on the huge variety of mediums, primers, and their applications. Seth is a wealth of information, so get ready with your tricky questions!

And remember that we will have lots of one-day sales on the day of the demonstration! Plus a free raffle and free samples for those who attend the demo!

Please stop by the store or contact us to sign up for our demo reminder e-mail list!

 


In-Store CLASS! ($5 Credited Deposit)

Drawing for Absolute Beginners
Saturday, June 27, 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. 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!


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!

Lenz Arts storefront
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.

 

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