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Art in the Library

The Friends have sponsored numerous shows over the past 12 years including group and solo shows showcasing painting, photography, and sculpture. A recent favorite featured art created by library staff and volunteers. Most shows include opportunities to meet the artist, with receptions and snacks provided by Friend’s volunteers. Since its inception, this program has showcased the work of more than 250 local artists.

Current Art Show

The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library present the photography of Jim Bourne. His show, “Seeing Things,” features subjects ranging from famous jazz musicians to amazing bird studies, and will be on display from December 3, 2022 to March 30, 2023.  

Jim has exhibited at the Santa Cruz Art League, the Santa Cruz Public Library, the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, and Stripe in Santa Cruz, and has taken part in Open Studios Art Tours in the county. His work is represented on a number of websites, and he has provided photographic services on several occasions to the Santa Cruz Public Library. Visit Jim’s website for more information.


Oil paintings & woodcut prints by Aaron Johnson
August 6 - November 28, 2022

AARON JOHNSON'S oil paintings and woodcut prints explore the natural world and our human relationships within it. Gestures of California trees draw his eye to their underlying structure and geometry of forms. His paintings use the traditional materials of oil on linen canvas. The woodcuts are printed from multiple woodblocks with a 1947 Vandercook hand press.

For more information, visit


Art by the Library Volunteers and Staff of the SCPL

This unique show was curated by our own


Photo Credit: Jim Sullivan

Book Lover's Mural

The Friends commissioned a new mural to adorn the library’s back patio. The muralist, Bruce Harman, designed a magical scene showcasing the love of reading. It features a squirrel reading, flying books, a bookworm, and the perfect oak tree for shady reading.

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Mural by
Bruce Harman

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