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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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Rives BFK Printing Paper.
22x30 white, 250 grams, acid-free. 100% cotton, 100 Pack.
List $800.00
Only $400.00!
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In-Store Demo - Free!

Gamblin Oils - Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials

Saturday, November 10, 1-3 p.m.

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Tom Colcord, Artist Representative for Gamblin Artist’s Colors, will present a practical, hands-on educational presentation on Gamblin Oil Colors. This 90 minute presentation will cover all aspects of oil paints, mediums and varnishes, including:

  • Color Theory and Practical Color Mixing
  • Navigating Color Space
  • Mineral vs. Modern Pigments
  • Understanding Color Names
  • Oil Paint Manufacturing
  • Professional Grade Oil Paint vs. Student Grade Oil Paint
  • Mediums and Varnishes
  • Indirect vs. Direct Painting Techniques
  • Supports, Sizing and Grounds
  • Studio Safety

The goal of the presentation is not only to educate participants on oil paints but to provide information that will enable attendees to create their personalized palette. All attendees will receive FREE Gamblin Product & Literature Samples.

About the Presenter:
Tom Colcord is an oil painter based in San Francisco, CA. He received his BFA from Indiana University Bloomington and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to this he has completed residencies at the Florence Study Abroad Program and the Art Students League in Vytacil, NY. He has dedicated his initial teaching experience in helping young artists and has taught at SFAI’s Young Artist Program as well as the Meridian Gallery Interns Program. His work can be viewed at: tcolcord.wixsite.com/tomcolcord.

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, December 1, 1-2:30 p.m.

Join us for an educational presentation with Scott Stevenson – representative for DANIEL SMITH ARTISTS' MATERIALS! 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?

Scott'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 1-hour presentation.

Bring your favorite brush, all other materials are provided. Handouts to take home include a 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!

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.

Free Onsite Parking

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