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Big trees in focus

SANTA CRUZ — “Big Trees,” an art exhibit assembled by the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, is now showing at the Santa Cruz County Building.

Six artists are in the show, which features 14 works on the first floor. The show features woodburning on birch panel, oil on panel, acrylic on canvas, oil on canvas, watercolor and charcoal on paper. The show runs through the end of September.

The artists

• Jamie Ciraolo was born and raised in Newark, California. Her work is a mixture of landscapes and abstract figure studies exploring textures, surfaces and palettes. She graduated with Honors from Chabot Community College and then UC Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in art.

• Devin Fleschute was born and raised in Santa Cruz and is from a family of artists and musicians. After high school he went through Cabrillo College’s music program and earned an associate’s degree in music.

• Nicky Gaston was born in 1987 in Emerald Hills, California, and has spent most of her life creating artwork in varying mediums. She recently discovered a passion for woodburning. Her artwork is influenced by outdoor elements, especially the history and backbone behind Northern California. She is a full-time graphic designer.

• Jon Golling was born in 1977, and was raised in the Santa Cruz mountains. From a young age he showed a talent for art and music. In 2015 he took an online landscape painting class with professional fantasy artist Noah Bradley, which he said opened doors to the art world for him.

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“Let’s Dance!” is a charcoal drawing by Kaelin O’Hare.

• Kaelin O’Hare is a graduate from the illustration course at Norwich University of the Arts in the UK. She currently lives and practices in Santa Cruz. Her work explores environments through narrative, looking at myth, as well as cultural and natural history, in order to build curiosity about a place.

• N. Drew Fenton enjoys ridings, painting, sculpture, gardening, hiking and capturing Steelhead Trout by underwater videos. She is a California native and Coast Redwood tree advocate.

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The Boulder Creek Historical Society was founded in 1976. The first museum, the Boulder Creek Museum, lasted 20 years just outside of downtown Boulder Creek. The Boulder Creek Historical Society was eventually able to purchase the Grace Episcopal Church building in the town of Lorenzo between Brookdale and Boulder Creek. In 1999 the Boulder Creek Historical Society officially opened its new museum, broadening its scope to include the entire valley. The San Lorenzo Valley Museum is located at 12457 Highway 1 in Boulder Creek.

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