Your Creativity – Our Supplies!

Creative Wine Glass Painting


We had a blast recently at The Villages, painting wine glasses! This painting class was organized through Art Central’s Outreach program for these art and wine lovers.  


Using Marabu Porcelain Paint and Paint Markers.  What FUN!


These lovely ladies had a great time learning to paint on glass.  The wine glasses were their canvases, and the party was enhanced by a nice white wine (using other wine glasses!)  They practiced first on little ceramic tiles to get used to the paint and paint pens – then they dove into painting the glasses with much laughter and more confidence.  All had a great time, enjoying each other’s company and experimenting with this great medium.  

Does your organization or business want to enjoy our Outreach program?  Send us an e-mail, at  You’ll be glad you did!

Every year, manufacturers of art supplies have sponsored artists demonstrating art materials at trade shows.  We were delighted to see that one of our distributors decided to record this year’s event!  Click on the images below to see cool videos where experts showcase each of these products, and explain their uses and techniques.  This is a great way to learn from artists who know these products inside and out!

Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink

Hand lettering with Winsor Newton Drawing Inks

Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground

Watercolor Your World beyond paper with Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground

Yupo Paper

Legions Yupo Paper and Jacquard Pinata Alcohlol Ink

Pebeo’s 4 Artist Markers

Pebeos 4artist markers

Pentel Solarpop, Popcolor, and Milky Gel Pens

Pentel Adds a POP of Color With Milky, Sparkle and Solar Pop Gel Pens

There are some great tricks and techniques in these videos.  And if you haven’t seen these products yet, get ready to

get inspired!

Those of you who have been coming to our workshops and classes have heard me repeat (ad nauseum) about our plumbing issues here at the store.  We are getting the problem fixed next week!  (SNOOPY DANCE!)

What that means is that while our store will be open, our gallery  and parking lot will be closed most of next week.   (Please park on the street, not in the 7-11 lot, next door.)

We expect the work to begin early Monday morning, and to be completed sometime on Thursday.

So sorry for the inconvenience!

Thanks, etty

Look at all of the great things happening in the next three weeks at Art Central!

  • Saturday, September 22 –  Watercolor Painting Workshop with Woody Benton
  • Sunday, September 23 – Oil Painting Workshop with Sydney Hall
  • Saturday, September 29 – Mixed Media Workshop with Lynn Bacigalupo
  • Sunday, September 30 – Landscape Oil Painting and Watercolor Pencil Workshop with Spencer Poulter
  • Saturday, October 6 – Art Business Workshop with Sydney Hall
  • Sunday, October 7 – Acrylic Painting Workshop with Drew Davis

To get all of the details and information on how to register: Read the rest of this entry »

Workshop: Acrylic Painting – POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 7th – Sorry!
Friday, September 14 – 1-4pm  
Deconstructed Flowers
with Drew Davis
Fee: $45

Drew has over 16 years’ experience as a professional artist and 4 years of teaching art workshops. In this 3-hour acrylic painting workshop, he will break down his creative process used to construct vibrant, energetic paintings in an easy-to-understand way. We will explore how to break down images of flowers to create vibrant representational abstract paintings of them.  Read the rest of this entry »

There seems to be a problem with the original e-mail given to us.  To sign up, please e-mail Woody’s wife Joni:

Sorry for the problem!

“Personal Best”


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Lisa Million “Spanish Flea”


We’re looking for the best work of our local talent for our October show! 

Please Send us images of the artwork you intend to submit to our show by September 20th!

Art work drop-off date is October 2nd or 3rd between 10-4pm, Artist’s reception and opening will be during Art After Dark, Friday October 5th from 6-8pm. Artwork will hang through Oct 29th 2018. 


We are accepting ALL MEDIUMS

2-D artwork should be no larger than 16″ x 20″, (framed prints acceptable),sculptures no larger than 16″ (in any direction), and jewelry must be one piece or set per artist, and must fit in our enclosed 12×12 shadow box frames.

Please print out this attached PDF: 2018-10 Personal Best and bring it with you when you drop off your artwork on Oct. 2 or 3rd.

We can’t wait to see what you bring us… please send us a jpeg to use in our advertising!

hi, all – Our August exhibit of M.L. Burdick’s exquisite mixed media ink paintings will continue to hang in the gallery through September 20th, but we will not be participating in Art After Dark for September. 

Please stop by the store during our regular store hours to enjoy her incredibly vibrant inky masterpieces, along with the beautiful work of our resident gallery artists: Chet Amyx, Guyla Amyx, Flo Bartell, Eileen Braun, Ellen Jewett, Cheryl Strahl, Ardella Swanberg, Jan Swarbrick and Hilda Vandergriff.

Our next Artist reception will be on October 5th during Art After Dark – please join us then for “Personal Best” – a special group exhibit, where every artist will offer what they feel is their best piece.  This show is filling up fast, so if you’re interested in participating, please let us know soon!  For details, click here:

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?

Morro Bay Art in the Park
Saturday-Monday, September 1-3
Morro Bay Park

Now in its 62nd year, Morro Bay Art in the Park has 108 booths representing 125 artists.

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Happy Labor Day!

We will be closed on Sunday & Monday, September 2nd & 3rd, for Labor Day.  

Have a GREAT holiday!