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50th Anniversary Seal

Serving you for over 50 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 comprehensive stock and knowledge. From the finger-painting toddler to the professional gallery artist, we've got you covered!

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Lenz Arts
will be CLOSED
on Monday, May 27
in observance of
Memorial Day



A Mural was painted on our building in September 2021 by Jimbo Phillips as part of the Sea Walls Santa Cruz project.
Click on the photo to the left for more!
Andy & Cynthia Lenz, founders of Lenz Arts, were presented with the International Art Materials Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 to honor their significant impact on the fine art materials industry.
Learn more about our story.
Andy & Cynthia Lenz - Lifetime Achievement

Hear what one of our young customers says about Lenz Arts:
(Yes, unrelated and yes, not paid!)



Rives BFK Printing Paper.
22x30 white, 250 grams, acid-free. 100% cotton, 100 Pack.
List $958.00
Only $527.00!
You save huge...!

In-Store Demo!

Winsor & Newton Oils - $5/FREE*
Saturday, June 1, 2-4 p.m.

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*Your $5 registration fee is refunded on the day as a credit toward any Winson & Newton brand product in our store!

Oil color has been around for 600 years but it can still be daunting. Luckily, Winsor & Newton has been at it for long time too! In this demonstration, Kristen Brown will help take the mystery out of oil painting and the products used to create them. All 119 of the Artists’ Oil Colours have the highest level of pigmentation consistent with the broadest handling properties which gives artists excellent covering power and tinting strength. Artists in attendance will learn rules such as 'fat over lean' that will help them create paintings of long-lasting permanence as well as fundamentals of colour mixing, pigments, proper varnishing and an introduction to Liquin mediums.

Kristen Brown is a San Francisco-based painter originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, and an artist for Winsor & Newton. She has exhibited at the de Young Museum, San Francisco Arts Commission, Joyce Gordon Gallery, and CICA Museum in South Korea, among others. Kristen has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in Montreal. Kristen’s work has been featured in Fresh Paint Magazine (now Create Magazine), RELISH Magazine, Art Maze Magazine, Suboart Magazine and elsewhere. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

We will have lots of one-day sales on the day of the demonstration!

Important! You must register to attend!
• All seating will be reserved and limited.


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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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