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“La Femme”

A San Luis Obispo High School Exhibit about women, for women

Artists Reception during Art After Dark,
Friday, March 2nd from 6-8pm. Show runs through April 3rd.

All proceeds from sales will be donated to the Women’s Shelter Program in San Luis Obispo



With the media exploding with allegations, assault and inequality, it forced the students to ask, “What does it mean to be a women in our society today?”  Each student has taken their own interpretation of the importance of women. Some simply highlighted the female form, others created controversial works that speak to student-believed injustices.

This project idea began with San Luis Obispo High’s Art Club, and has grown into a multidimensional exhibition. The excitement of the students was contagious across all the classes, not just Art Club, but indeed high school students from a broad spectrum.


This exhibit includes contentious content–students of San Luis Obispo High School have embraced the controversial subject with passion and honesty.  Some viewers may find certain parts of the show difficult to look at, but some of the art is meant to stir discourse and discomfort.  We are forced to examine our personal views on the role of art and how it reflects the society in which it is created.  Some of the subjects addressed are beauty, equality, kindness, menstruation, and body shaming.

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The beauty of this show is who it truly benefits. The student artists have decided to put the art for sale with all the proceeds of the exhibition to be donated to the Women’s Shelter Program in San Luis Obispo, making it a show about women to help women in our community.
The art department teachers helping with this exhibition consist
of Mike Norton, Zach Roper and department head Amanda Eedle.







New Workshop on the Way!

Check out Mary Lou Johnson’s
Exciting new workshop 

Grown Up Finger Painting; Making your own paste paper with Mary Lou Johnson.
Saturday March 3rd, 10:30am-12:30pm
Fee: $20 with $10 Material Fee
Demonstration of making paste paper with paste and acrylic pigments, ink spray, stamps and texture tools. Using Arches Text Wove paper, to be supplied. Play stations will have all tools and materials needed. Paste paper can be used with multi media art, cards, hand lettering and book binding. Bring aprons, its messy fun. Take away will be small booklet including recipes, tips and samples to make in class.
Limited to 4 people per class.
Contact Mary Lou Johnson, 805-441-3246, for questions and registration.

This workshop offers a whole new element to lettering and card making!
Sign up early and don’t miss out!

What a fantastic day!


Thank you for waiting patiently for us to welcome you at 10am…


I’d like to believe that you couldn’t wait to see us, but I imagine that those gift bags packed with goodies might have had something to do with it, too!


Some folks jumped right into the Play stations – This is the best way to learn about and play with new products – Shirley helped folks with Posca markers


Sandy offered artists the chance to try Graham watercolors, Fabriano soft press paper and other watermedia  thumbnail5

KC and participants experimented with pastel pencils, Ampersand Pastelbord, and Pastel Premier sanded paper.  KC is also spearheading a new Pastel Society for our area – this is wonderful news for pastel artists!

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Painting a banner with Abstract Acrylics and Catalyst Silicone blades      thumbnail4

Spencer Poulter did an awesome demonstration in the gallery during the morning. She used Sennelier oil paints and assorted collage materials, and enchanted her audience.  (By the way, she’ll be doing a workshop here at Art Central next month – stay tuned!)

thumbnail3 And you took advantage of the dynamite deals we were offering – everything from the discount on membership renewals to the amazing sales on many cool products!


But the fun didn’t end there …

David Limrite held his viewers spellbound for 3 hours with an opportunity to watch him paint and ask questions –


And children of all ages enjoyed the Play Stations in the afternoon!  

We create this special event as a way to celebrate our success and your creativity – we’re so grateful that so many of you chose to spend a good part of your day with us.  Thank you all!    thumbnail19  





Getting ready to celebrate!

Do any of you remember my very first blog?  I still laugh when I see it – & I still think I’m at least a bit nuts to do this. 

Anyone in the art supply business will tell you that you’ll never get rich selling art supplies – so you either have to have a passion for the products, or you have to be a wee bit insane.  In my case, I’d say both are true.  It’s been a wild ride so far, that’s for sure.  

The funny thing is, when I opened in February 2011, I thought I knew most of the artists who live in our area… WRONG!

I’ve met such incredibly talented, warm, generous people in the last 7 years.  You have enhanced my life.

This Saturday is my way of saying thank you, and celebrating what you’ve given me.  I feel like Art Central really has become a part of the community, and it’s because you believe in what we are trying to achieve.

Thanks are due in no small part to my incredible staff – wonderful talented people in their own right, and patient as anything to deal with me every day.  Will, Melissa, Shauna, Kate – I appreciate you so much. 

And thanks to our wonderful manufacturers and distributors who graciously give us amazing supplies for our gift bags and our play stations.  We appreciate your generosity!

Thank you!






PRE-book sale!

(pay this Saturday, get next week!)

Cradled Panels, Ampersand Pastelbord and Aquabord, and this beautiful Beechwood Easel…


Please e-mail me at to request pre-order forms for the panels.  Bring completed form in during our anniversary event this Saturday (Feb 10th) with payment, and we’ll order for you.  Delivery expected by Friday, February 16th.

(yes, we’ll have extra forms here at the store!)

Can’t wait for Saturday to arrive … we’re so excited!


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Saturday, February 10th ALL DAY!

What can you look forward to?    Demonstrations  ~  Play stations  ~  Great Deals  ~  gift bags STUFFED with amazing art supplies for our first 50 customers

  Come in and try all kinds of products at our Play stations – for all ages and experience levels!  

– Morning Play stations –

Posca markers with Shirley 
Pastels with KC 
Graham watercolors and Connoisseur brushes with Sandy 

And… Try Abstract Acrylics with all kinds of cool tips!  A canvas covered table awaits you!

– Afternoon Play stations for kids –

At 2pm we invite kids ages 7 – 97 to come enjoy more Play stationsThe first 25 will receive gift bags filled with fun, colorful products perfect for younger artists!


 what will be going on in our GALLERY? 

SPENCER POULTER will demonstrate abstract oil painting from 10-12pm.  She combines oils and collage materials to create expressionistic art!

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DAVID LIMRITE  will be painting with acrylic paints and mediums – an “Open Studio” from 1-4pm … Stop by, ask questions, watch his process, then come back and check his progress! 

(Please note, this is not a “sit-down” demonstration)

More gift bag giveaways for kids AND adults at 2pm!  

 And, of course… DEALS GALORE… Don’t miss out!

Look for great prices on these products and so much more…  Saturday ONLY!

* * * (Furniture & large items will be displayed in the gallery!) * * *


Check your inventory on Cradled Panels, Aquabord and Pastelbord, then order Saturday – get the best prices of the year!  (Order forms must be submitted during our event, and delivery should be about 1 week.)





Print making at its finest

Join us for the show opening during Art After Dark, Friday February 2nd from 6-8pm. Show runs through Feb 28th.


“Heavy Weight Red” by Rosey Rosenthal

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“River Refuge” by Barbara Rosenthal

Ybi Van Ekeren - Spooner's Cove

“Spooner’s Cove” by Ybi Van Ekeren

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“‘Gone Fishing’ Series III Sashimi Watch” by Tricia Reichert

Our Anniversary is Coming!

Art Central
is turning 7 years old!



Celebrate this important milestone with us
at our Annual Anniversary event!
– February 10th! –
All Day!


We are excited to welcome amazing wood turner Barry Lundgren into our Gallery this Art After Dark, Friday January 5th from 6-8pm.  

Stop by and talk to Barry during our artists reception.


Barry Lundgren Artists’ Biography

“I have been working with wood for 30 years and have been woodturning for over 20 years. I’m basically self-taught, but have been fortunate enough to have have taken classes from some of the world’s best woodturners;  David Ellsworth, Stuart Batty, and Betty Scarpino.

My inspiration comes from the wood itself. Every piece is different in color, texture, scent, and character. Some pieces are turned green and I find it fascinating how they warp and distort into finished pieces. Other pieces, such as lidded boxes, threaded urns, and salad bowls have to be rough-turned and left to dry and stabilize. They are then remounted and turned to finish their shape, and will actually dry and stay symmetrical.

The shape of the pieces are equally as important as the wood. Whether they are the classical shapes from the past or the natural-edge pieces that warp into their own shape, my goal is to make them all pleasing to the eye and touch.”

Connect with the Artist:
cell phone: 805.550.3819

dear printmakers of SLO county!

Time to shine, and show SLO what you do! 

This exhibit, aptly titled: “Once is not enough” is for you!  We want to show off your lithographs, etchings, silkscreens, woodcuts, linocuts, monoprints…  etc, etc.  

We’re looking forward to your participation!

Please download the entry form: 2018-2 Once is Not Enough 

and PLEASE send us JPEGS of your work to use in advertising the show!

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Rosey Rosenthal:  “A Warm Bath”