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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.

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Current Art Show

Myra Eastman is a narrative, mostly figurative painter living in Santa Cruz, CA. She is the 2018/19 recipient of the Santa Cruz County Rydell Fellowship. Her solo and group exhibitions include the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Museum Educado Carrillo, and Monterey Peninsula College. She was invited to the Santo Foundation’s 2019 10th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, the Painting Center in NYC and most recently a two person show at the Gearbox Gallery in Oakland, CA. Her work is included in the Catamaran Literary Reader, American Art Collector and Studio Visit. She is showing art from two series.


The Voting Series is a body of work narrates the collective awakening after the vote of 2008. "These paintings are intentionally small, seeking an intimate connection with the viewer. To see the detail you must come up close. Using gouache paint gives the paintings a graphic and chalky texture, intentionally highlighting the illustrative quality of the subject matter."


The second set of paintings is from Family Portraits. “This series of family portraits were inspired by old black and white slides that were recently discovered and digitized. This work was painted with acrylics on thrift store frames with surfaces ranging from glass, masonite, cardboard to canvas. The painted decorative frames are crucial to the paintings as they are conceived as symbolic altars to the figures. They seek to celebrate the figures by containing them with bright colors, patterns and repetition."

Click on photo to see slide show.

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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