Beth Tobey

Soquel St. Bridge to display digital art as part of the Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival

Beth Tobey @ 5/17/2018

Join us for the grand celebration/unveiling and dance party at the corner of Soquel and River St. (right behind CVS/Trader Joe's) on Friday June 1, 2018 at 9:00pm. After the lighting of the artwork by Aron Altmark and Rachel Stoll, titled River Motion, a DANCE PARTY will kick off with Samba Stilt Circus and DJ Sparkle!

River Motion on the Soquel Bridge is a responsive art display made of LED neon as envisioned by local artists Aron Altmark and Rachel Stoll. The artwork will be display for a year and will respond depict changes in the River, including pH, oxygen, salinity, turbidity, and temperature. Check out the accompanying website that goes deeper into the meaning of the piece and explains the data. A coinciding gallery show is being featured at the Radius Gallery on the Tannery Campus from June through early July.

This is just one of many exciting elements for this year's annual Ebb and Flow River Arts Festival!

The Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival celebrates and enlivens the San Lorenzo River and the Tannery Arts Center through activities that unite arts and river enthusiasts, and connect the greater community. Through Ebb & Flow, together with artists, activists, neighbors, and strangers we’ve built relationships and energized the use of the river and the Tannery campus. 

Ebb & Flow is a two-day, family friendly festival that will kick off with First Friday art making and performances on Cooper Street—followed by an evening dance party with DJ, new public art and firedancers adjacent to the Riverwalk. The revelry will resume on Saturday with a March for the River along the Riverwalk and a Festival at the Tannery Arts Center, which is located adjacent to the river. All activities are free and open to the community. Drop in for one or participate in the whole thing.  

Ebb & Flow is led by Arts Council Santa Cruz County with the following partners: City of Santa Cruz, Coastal Watershed Council, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Radius Gallery, Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center, Santa Cruz City Arts, Downtown Santa Cruz, First Friday, Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, local artists, musicians and dancers.

For a full schedule of Ebb & Flow events, go to

You can also read more about the River Motion artists here.