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February's Second Friday Event

  • Alliance Physical Therapy 7887 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA United States (map)

artist - Whitney Mitchell Wirtz

Artist Reception with light snack and drinks, 7-9 pm || FREE


A local Santa Cruz Artist and Interior Designer, Whitney works from her home art studio in the Pleasure Point area. She has been drawing & painting since early youth and studied art at Cabrillo College. She went on to receive an Associate of Arts in Design and Humanities & a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design / Design Management. After taking an extended absence from painting for over a decade, she renewed her passion for painting in 2015. It started with a small special request commission and I haven’t been able to stop painting since. I am compelled to paint to share the joy I find in our connections with nature and our community.

My painting process starts with a plan but frequently it’s an undefinable feeling. The art has a direction and a life of its own on the canvas. It’s a meditative experience every time I pick up the brush. For me art is a chance to escape the mundane, the stress and constraints of this overscheduled life. I believe art should be more than a visual notion, I want it to be an experience that truly nurtures and leaves you feeling fully at peace.

My recent series of Coastal Abstraction focuses on the beauty & strength of the ocean and the ethereal & atmospheric qualities of the coastal environment. I am completely captivated and in love with moving water, wave energy, bold & beautiful color, organic detail & the geological diversity of the California coast. I’m also the founding interior designer and owner of Whitney Design Studios where I continue to make art an essential part of my everyday life.

Contact info:
Instagram: WhitneyDesignStudios

congolese afro beat dance class

7-8:30 PM in The Wellness Studio || $15/person

Zim Zim is a Master Percussionist, a Dancer and a Choreographer of International caliber, born and raised in Congo Brazzaville. He was trained in the renowned dance and percussion school in Congo, Générations Loketo, where he learned Congolese artistic techniques and has been instilled with the Powerful Spirit of the Congo.