While Watsonville has become a recent hub for independent artisans, a pioneer of its burgeoning craft scene is Annie Morhauser who founded her Annieglass glassware studio amidst the town’s sprawling agriculture fields in 1983. Today, her luminous pieces are featured at high profile hotels and retailers-Four Seasons, Neiman Marcus, the Bellagio in Las Vegas-and two of her pieces are on permanent display at the Smithsonian. Yet, each elegant piece continues to be handmade here in Santa Cruz County. This year, we honor Annieglass’ 35th anniversary with three reasons to visit this spring, as well as a chance to win a free experience at Annieglass’ fun and innovative Craftbar!
You needn’t be a fan of the Parks and Recreation series to know what it means to treat yo’ self. With three liberating words, you can blow the budget, ditch the diet, and fill your day with massages, cupcakes, and sparkling wine—and not necessarily in that order. So, drop the kiddos with the sitter, don
One can hardly describe Capitola Village without using the word quaint, but it’s true! The beauty and charm of this Mediterranean-inspired seaside town oozes out of nestled buildings with colorful exteriors, as if the picturesque ocean views weren’t enough. The atmosphere in Capitola Village is unique, as are the plentiful shops and galleries, many of
A bubbly brunette with a background in fashion, Jaclyn Bridges of Queen of Succulents (@queenofsucculents) hated dirt when she received her very first succulent from a friend’s mom. “I wasn’t a plant person at all,” recalls Bridges. “I didn’t even like touching mushrooms at the grocery store.” Succulents, though, were different. Her first succulent “looked
Photos by Molly Ressler
As the director of Radius Gallery, Ann Hazels has her finger on the pulse of Santa Cruz County’s art scene. Every few weeks, she fills the bright and airy gallery space with a new exhibition of selected works, curated by herself or a guest curator. The exhibits often combine multiple mediums, from acrylics and photography to metal, clay, and even rubber sculptures that create interactive, thought-provoking experiences.