lille æske in Danish means “little box.” Nestled in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this handcrafted arthouse features an intimate venue for visual arts, live music, culinary events, performance and private space rentals.
Our mission is to keep arts, music, and culture alive & thriving in the San Lorenzo Valley from within the eclectic and unique space of our little box. This treasured arthouse has been a source of inspiration to the community of Boulder Creek since James and Sarah Mackessy opened its doors in 2014, and as we embark on its latest iteration we hope for it to continue to evolve as a source of fun, refreshment, creativity and expression for locals and visitors alike.
As a community-centered space, we at lille æske are always open to the potential of collaboration with other artists, musicians, performers and makers who want to share their own vision for the space and our town. If you are interested in being involved in the evolution of lille æske, contact us, follow us on facebook & instagram, or stop by and say hi.
Anil Prajapati, owner & director
Anil has had a passion for art since childhood. He developed his drawing and painting skills by taking studio art classes in high school and college in his hometown of Santa Barbara. In his professional career, he worked for Adobe Systems for 12 years where art and creativity were strongly encouraged. He participated in several art shows hosted by Adobe throughout the years in their gallery in downtown San Jose. In 2010 and 2011 he fueled his passions by curating art with a team of 50 artists in San Francisco in collaboration with Scream, Inc. at boutique hotel called Hotel Des Arts. In this intimate venue, he learned how important art is to our community and how it touches the artists and many who are graced by its presence. In 2012 to 2015, Anil explored his own creativity in mixed media painting and lamp making and had a few shows throughout Santa Cruz County including the Redwood Mountain Faire, Abbott Square and the Santa Mountains Art Center. He is happy to now return to the art scene this precious gem, lille æske, where he plans to continue fueling his passions for art, music and more.
Bree Karpavage, music & arts curator
Artist, mother & event curator are just a few of the titles following Bree around these days. Through the years of her journey — the accomplishments she's achieved and those she hasn't — she’s found herself immersed in the local Santa Cruz art scene, creating events and peddling her art.
Bree’s support of local art is at the heart of her work, having founded the Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market in 2014. She has crafted many innovative events with local art & music at their core, bringing together a community of artists, musicians & all those who love to support these amazing things. Bree’s own artwork is a catalyst for empowerment, healing and personal growth. She finds therapy in cutting and pasting, creating collage the old-school way.
Zephyr Pfotenhauer, visual arts & design curator
Born in Santa Cruz sometime in the prior century to a large extended family of prolific storytellers, preachers, artists and educators, Zephyr has been attempting ever since to individuate herself via visual means from those whose voices carry much further than hers. After an idyllically aimless youth spent reading, drawing and dressing-up, she left the west coast for 10 years abroad (Boston ⊳ London ⊳ Zürich ⊳ Chicago) and returned home in 2009 with a MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a baby on the way.
In addition to running her own design and illustration studio, Zephyr works for Discretion Brewing as an in-house artist & label designer and regularly contributes to Edible Monterey Bay. She lives in Boulder Creek with her husband Ben, son Dante, two cats, two pigs, a number of chickens and several thousand bees.