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Ho, Ho, Ho! Professional Wooden Easels on SALE!

Been thinking about a new easel?  Many MABEF & BEST professional wooden easels will be 40% off thru November and into December!  This includes special orders – and we encourage special orders!*

If you wish to order an easel, and have it here before the holidays, please come in and order it by mid November!  

If you want to take your easel home UNASSEMBLED & still in the box, we will give you an extra 5% off! – (Not applicable on Backpacker Easel!)

Some of the easels that are available are shown below…   For more information on other styles, please come in!*


  •    Deluxe Studio Easel  by MABEF   # MBM-06D

Retail:  $599.95    Sale Price $359.95  (Assembled)  

The Deluxe features a variable length adjustment with simple ratchet action. Made from oiled beech wood, it has a sturdy base with 4 lockable casters. Includes a storage area below the canvas ledge for tools, brushes and paints. Overall storage height is 69″ with a maximum canvas height of approximately 65″. Weighs 40 lbs. and is easy to assemble.

  •       Basic Studio Easel by MABEF  #MBM-10D  

Retail $289.95    Sale Price $173.95  (Assembled)

This beautiful oiled beech wood easel has a maximum canvas height of 47.5″. Comes in an easy-to-assemble kit. Weighs 20 lbs.

  •      Backpacker Easel by MABEF   # MBM-23

Retail:  $349.95    Sale Price $209.95 

This 10 lb. easel incorporates every accessory that a traveling painter could want, including a padded leather luggage handle and adjustable leather shoulder straps for backpacking. Includes an 11-1/2″ x 16″ folding palette and a tin-lined drawer (6″W x 16-1/2″D x 1-3/4″H) for storage. Accommodates canvases up to 33.5″.

  •       Basic Lyre Easel byMABEF    # MBM-13D

Retail:  $199.95    Sale Price $119.95  (Assembled) 

This simple but elegant & sturdy three-legged easel, crafted from stain-resistant oiled beech wood, features variable height adjustment. It has a maximum canvas height of 49″ and weighs 11 lbs.

BEST EASELS – Rebates of  up to $50 are available from the manufacturer on the following easels! 

  •       Halley Easel by BEST #880600   

Retail:  $925.00    Sale Price $555.00  (Assembled) 

Beautiful and strong, the Halley will tilt into a table for gessoing, varnishing or watercolor work. It will tilt forward for pastel artists to allow the pastel dust to fall from the work surface. Plus, the Halley has a multitude of height and tilt settings for the oil, acrylic or airbrush artist.  Max canvas height: 80″ vertical, 82″ horizontal / Base width/depth: 24″ x 27″  / Highest easel height: 84″ / Wood:  Oak / Table height: 36″ / 52 lbs.

  •  University Easel by BEST  #880400  

Retail:  $850.00    Sale Price $510.00  (Assembled) 

For painters and pastel artists, this easel offers a wide range of tilt adjustments including forward tilt of nearly 60 degrees to allow pastel dust to fall away from the surface or to reduce the glare. Many professional artists work in both oils and pastels, and this easel accommodates this by tilting forward so dust falls down, rather than into the painting. The easel was designed to shift the weight to the rear when the easel is leaning forward. This gives the easel the necessary stability required for this position. With a double laminated base and hinged joints, this easel has maximum strength. With the added middle painting tray for smaller work and optional locking casters, this easel will last you a lifetime.  Max canvas height: 84″ / Wood:  Oak /  Base width/depth: 22½” x 30″ / Painting tray: 30″ w/2 stainless solvent cups. / Lowest easel height: 75″ / Highest easel height: 120″ / 65 lbs.

  •     European Easel by BEST   #880525  

Retail:  $1150.00    Sale Price $690.00  (Assembled)

Quickly adjustable, the European easel accommodates a wondrous range of media, from watercolor, acrylic, oil paint, airbrushing and pastels. This easel offers versatility that enables it to grow with you and adjust to your changing needs. With a double laminated base and hinged joints, this easel has maximum strength. With the added middle painting tray for smaller work and optional locking casters, this easel will last you a lifetime.  Max canvas height: 84″ / Wood:  Oak / Base width/depth: 22″ x 30″ / Painting tray: 30″ w/2 stainless solvent cups. / Lowest easel height: 80″ / Highest easel height: 120″ /  76 lbs.

  •   Classic Santa Fe I Easel by BEST  #880399    

Retail:  $1095.00    Sale Price $657.00  (Assembled)

This single masted easel comes with two canvas holders and a painting tray. The middle canvas holder can be used for smaller works and the self–leveling bottom tray/palette measures 30″ wide by 7½” and features a melamine paint mixing surface with 2 large stainless steel canisters.  Max canvas height: 96″ / Wood:  Oak / Base width/depth: 24″ x 30″ / Lowest easel height: 78″ / Highest easel height: 120″ / 75 lbs

* Please note – While we do have some of these easels here at Art Central,  we will NOT be stocking all of them…some will be available ONLY by special order!   By ordering these easels on an “as-needed” basis, we are able to offer better pricing and selection than we otherwise would.   Thanks!


Newest additions to our gallery… Artists EXTRAORDINAIRE!

Over the last 3 months we’ve brought in several new artists, and you GOTTA come by and see their work!  Wonderfully diverse selection of acrylics, pastel, oils and gourd art.

  • Denise Schryver, who has her own lovely gallery “The Olive Tree” in Atascadero,  has joined us, with several of her gorgeous pastels gracing our walls.  Her serene landscapes will evoke an emotional response deep in your soul.


  • George Karamitsos has hung his bold, dramatic acrylics up,  the colors leaping out to grab your heart!   He describes his work as loose and colorful California landscapes.


  • Lauren Birkhahn, my creative sidekick at the store, has some of her expressive oil paintings hanging. Her work depicts our region’s flora and fauna in poetic homage.


  • Margo Ryzi-Ryski, our sole long-distance artist, has a love affair with feline whimsy – her paintings are delightfully irreverent – you can’t help but chuckle when you see them!


  • Carrie Meadows is our newest addition, with exquisite gourd art adding to our variety.  She describes her work as making art from a natural canvas.


Please come and see these and all our other fabulous artists!


Artists wanted for Santa’s Workshop in Grovers Beach

Santa’s Workshop Fine Art and Craft Faire on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Avenue in Grover Beach.   Santa’s Workshop will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m, and  is just one component of a full day of fun for the entire community, beginning with the Holiday Parade at 10 a.m. and concluding with a holiday themed movie shown outdoors on a big blow-up screen.  The Holiday Parade ends at Santa’s Workshop, guaranteeing a steady stream of customers.  Entertainment is scheduled all day and the Holiday Tree Lighting event will wrap up the craft faire with the Mayor presiding over the lighting of the City’s Holiday Tree at 5:30 p.m.   Please contact Nora O’Donnell, Recreation Coordinator, City of Grover Beach, (805) 473-4585 or e-mail for application.

Join our November / December EXHIBIT! 2 and 3D work wanted… priced Under $100 for “Little Treasure” … our show at Art Central Gallery!

Call for ARTISTS! 
GROUP SHOW at Art Central Gallery!  We are looking for great art priced under $100 what a great opportunity to sell small work for the holidays!!!   The exhibit will hang from November 1st through Jan 3rd, and we’ll participate in Art After Dark on November 4th… a great time to meet with the public and to invite friends and relatives. Ask us questions or sign up via e-mail:  Original art, prints, & 3-D work are all welcome, as long as there is room!  $10 entry fee.  (Sorry, but no jewelry at this time!)  
If you have small, inexpensive items, like artistic ornaments, tiles, mugs, etc, then you may put in up to 6 items for $10!  Be creative, and show us what you’ve got!  
ARTWORK priced up to $25-   $10 per 6 pieces    

ARTWORK priced $26 – $50-   $10 per 3 pieces 

ARTWORK priced $51 – $100-   $10 per one or 2 pieces

Gallery takes 30% of all sales. 

We have room for Greeting Cards on our rack, too – no extra charge for participating artists!
Art Central Gallery & Art Supply1329 Monterey Street   San Luis Obispo, CA 93401    805 747-4200   artcentralslo@yahoo.comStore Hours Mon – Sat 11am-5pm