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Thank you Santa Cruz and Good Times for voting us the Best of Santa Cruz 2022!

Curated by the Sea art gallery concept was founded in Capitola Village in August of 2019. During the strange and chaotic summer of 2020, we regrouped and relocated to a light filled, 4,600 sq. ft. empty storefront in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. In the gallery, we now showcase the work of 30+ local and regional artists as well as exhibit a rotating series of themed shows and special events. We are becoming known for our quirky, eclectic, yet elegant collection of contemporary art inspired by the unique natural beauty and creative culture that is Santa Cruz.

My name is Melissa Kreisa. I am an internationally exhibiting artist and the owner of Curated by the Sea art gallery in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. I am passionate about promoting, connecting and providing opportunities for artists and building creative community. 

I have exhibited and worked with galleries, art fairs and arts organizations in England, across the U.S. and California - curating, hosting and organizing a variety of exhibitions including The Art Agency in Surrey and Russell Gallery in London, England; Fibre Arts Design in Palo Alto, Gallery 85 in San Jose, JCO's Art Haus in Los Gatos, Anne & Mark's Art Party in San Jose, California.

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