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The gallery concept was founded in Capitola Village in August of 2019 with the name, Curated [by the Sea]. During the strange and chaotic summer of 2020, we regrouped and relocated to a large, 4600 sq. ft. empty storefront located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz.

We have spent the years transforming the space into a bright, spacious art gallery and recently rebranded as M.K. Contemporary Art.


We now showcase the work of 40+ local and regional artists. In addition, we 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.

An image of the mural on the side of M.K. Contemporary Art Gallery painted by the Made Fresh Crew
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Thank you Santa Cruz for voting us 'Best Retail Gallery' in Good Times Magazine for 2022 & 2023!

"Talk of the Bay"

link to our interviews with local artists hosted by Christine Barrington of KSQD radio

4/17/23 with Robynn Smith, Jane Gregorious & Melissa Kreisa

1/5/2023 with Dag Weiser and Melissa Kreisa

9/23/2023 with Rose Sellery, Sara Friedlander & Melissa Kreisa

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