Past Exhibitions



A Group Show

February 2019-March 2019

In honor of February, the month of love, “Come-hither” will feature artists, poets, and performers who celebrate the body in all of its sensuality.
Romantic latin guitar and other sweet tunes will be strummed throughout the evening by the oh-so-heavenly, Dominic Clément. Come celebrate YOUR senses this First Friday through words, art, wine, and music with this incredible line-up of cutting-edge contemporary artists:
Ally White, Alphachanneling, Danielle Peters, Eli Torres, Eric Hull, Janet Allinger, Jen Dwyer, Joan Bogart, Kayla Paige, Kyle Harter, Leah Thompson Beech, Leigh Erickson, Livingston Stout, Meegan Barnes, Michele Guidarini, Natalie Bessell, Neal Breton, Olivia Barney, Sara Birns, Sonia Calderón, Vanja Vukelic, Zoe Toscano

Later in the month, SF's infamous poetry collective, Red Light Lit, will be reciting poetry and singing songs written in response to these artworks!

Contemporary Artifacts

A Group Show

December 2018- January 2019 

Contemporary Artifacts is an exhibition with a modern twist on how we view artifacts. What would our decedents find left behind from our generation thousands of years from now?

This show includes art from 16 Bay Area Artists and 1 Canadian Artist. Artists include: Suki Berry, Romy Paige Schlick, Olivia Barney (Blot Girl), Cobra Vida, Angela Tannehill, Helen Adilia Arceyut Frixione, Alyse Lattanzio, Nicole Shek, Daniel Velasquez, Javier Saavedra of PACO Movement, Anna Yuhkyung of Merritt Ceramics, Nancy Tobin, Zac Hoffman, Nikko Axzul, Human Shaped Animal, Danielle Peters, Leigh Erickson, and Louise Leong.

The Art of Umijoo

A Solo Exhibition
by Caia Coopman

August 2018- September 2018 

The Art Cave is proud to present Caia Koopman and her intricate new painting series for her "Umijoo" Indiegogo Launch Party. "Umijoo" is a book about ocean conservancy that Caia has been working on for two years with author and fellow nature lover Casson Trenor. Caia's original paintings on wood panels, which will all be exhibited at The Cave, will be used to illustrate this beautiful book. 

Andre Hart - Forming Motions

A Solo Exhibition

July 2018-August 2018 

We are proud to announce Bay Area’s Andre Hart,
as The Art Cave's very first solo exhibiting artist. Hart's painting series, Forming Motions, combines expressive figurative, sharp geometric fragmentations, and landscape to create
fantastical depictions of the human condition.

These Mundane Pleasures

A Group Illustration Show

July 2018-August 2018 

These Mundane Pleasures: A Group Illustration Exhibition celebrates the little things in life that bring us joy. 

This astounding group of illustrators includes Patrick Woolf, Allison Marie Garcia, Taylor Williams, Sarah Williams, Amanda Payne, Amber Wallin, Jules Henry Payne, Danielle Peters, and Leigh Erickson.

Plant Life

A Group Show

June - July 2018 

"Plant Life" is an exhibition of plant-inspired art by an array of local and international artists.

Artists: Rachel Betz (KY), Anna Marishina (Budva, Montenegro), Ethan Estess (CA), Hello Marine (London, UK), Ana Paula Prado Teeple (CA), Human Shaped Animal (CA), Danielle Peters Studio (CA), Leigh Erickson (CA), Katherine Weber (CA), Christopher DeLoach (CA), Stacy Frank (CA), & Stephanie Zeiler Martin (CA), Elliot Walters (San Francisco, CA), Donna Thompson (CA)


A Group Exhibition

March 2018-April 2018

The Art Cave presents "Figment", an exhibition of total abstraction by a vibrant cast of local Santa Cruz artists: Scotty Greathouse, Courtney Kalinowski, Greer Linksvayer, Danielle Peters, Leigh Erickson, Olivia Barney (Blotgirl), Nicole Shek, E.M.J., Diana Viacheslavovna Walsworth (Studio DVW), and Nikko Quinones. 


A Group Exhibition

February 2018 - March 2018

In honor of February, the month of love,
The Art Cave presented "Lovebirds" a group exhibition of bird-inspired art by local artists Noelle CorreiaVictoria GalitzineHuman Shaped Animal, Adam Horwitz, Bridget Mary HenryAllison Marie GarciaJanis O'DriscollEmily Livingston StoutLauren Ringelman, Felicia Gilman, Leigh Erickson, and Dana Peters. There will be live music by Chris Lynch, prints and Valentine's Day cards by the artists, and jewelry by Tienda De La Luna!

In Cahoots

A collaboration piece by
Danielle Peters & Leigh Erickson

January 2018 - Feb 2018

In Cahoots was an installation created by The Art Cave co-founders and artists Danielle Peters and Leigh Erickson. They constructed 100 pieces of recycled wood and created a grid wall of tiny abstract paintings.


Open Studios 2018

The Art Cave Co-Founders, Leigh Erickson & Danielle Peters

October 2018- November 2018 

The Art Cave co-founders, Leigh Erickson and Danielle Peters, will be taking over the gallery and opening their workspaces to the public this month for Open Studios. Be the first to see their latest work and learn about their studio practice by joining them for an Opening Reception, First Friday, October 5th from 5-9 p.m. They will be showcasing their collaborative piece, "The Wall of Merit" where they hand painted 50 tiny laser-cut triangles made from birch wood. 

gallery hours:
Weds - Friday  2 - 6pm.

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