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WOOF! “Fur, Feathers and Fins” is the April exhibit in Art Central’s Gallery!

Art Central Gallery is so proud to present our first fundraising event …

“Fur, Feathers, and Fins”
*  *   *  Friday, April 6th , 6-8pm  *  *  *
This exhibit is the labor of love of a lot of people – the artists themselves, the folks at Second Chance at Love Humane Society, and some very special people who worked tirelessly to get the word out about the event.   We are very excited about the incredible artwork that will be part of this show,  and cordially invite you to join us this Friday, April 6th, from 6-8pm during Art After Dark for this event.
50% of all animal-theme art that is sold during the month of April at our gallery will be donated to Second Chance at Love Humane Society.  Please help us to support this amazing organization.
Exhibit will run from April 5th through May 1st, 2012.
Art Central hours are Monday thru Saturday, 10am-5pm.
1329 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo
Every Dog Deserves a Second Chance   In a world  where animal “shelters” are often just stopovers on the way to euthanasia— where  abandoned, neglected, abused, and troubled pets are condemned for the  carelessness of humans— there is a place where dogs get a second chance at life,  love, and happiness.
Second Chance at Love Humane Society  We are a  no-kill animal welfare organization, was founded in 1994 for our society’s dog  outcasts:  Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and other strong-willed breeds; “widowed”  senior citizen dogs; dogs without leaders or advocates; dogs trained to fear and  fight. Few humans have a heart for sick, old, troubled or intimidating dogs.  Few  dare to take on the challenge these animals present. Few realize that, if given  the chance, there is certain hope for these tragically misunderstood  animals.
Second Chance at Love Humane Society dares to  care  These mutt misfits and condemned canines are the voiceless,  helpless souls for which our hearts break.  But to truly save them takes more  than just compassion and shelter. With each rescue comes the challenge to turn  around a lost-cause dog and make it adoptable and balanced so that its next home  will be its forever home. The process takes patience, fierce determination, constant leadership, lots of exercise, and diligent discipline. Since many  Second Chance dogs never received this sort of stability and security, this is  often their first chance at being a dog.

FINALLY!!! Classes and workshops at ART CENTRAL! Yippee!!!

HI!  We are SO proud to announce our first offering of classes & workshops at Art Central!  Look below …  you’ll find ample opportunities to improve your skills with all kinds of media…   pencil, pastel, oils, watercolors, bookbinding, & encaustics – kind of hard to decide, isn’t it?

Please take advantage of the earlybird registration costs – you’ll save some cash, and we’ll be better organized!  We are excited about starting this program, and we hope to expand it to include life drawing and a variety of other classes & workshops for the summer.  

To sign up, or for more information, please contact the instructor.  

Note – Most of these courses are aimed towards adults, although mature teenagers are invited to sign up for most of the classes.  Please discuss with the instructor if you have any questions.  

Also – our classroom is available to rent as studio space by the hour or by the day – give us a call!  

And last, please keep an eye on our blog – we’ll be offering a few demonstrations in the near future – as time approaches, I’ll let you know what’s on the menu!

Thanks!  etty



1  4-hr workshop $65 per person, materials supplied.  Earlybird registration (prior to 4/20) $55.

Description: A one session workshop to provide basic information about the tools, techniques, and safety precautions of encaustic (wax) painting. No experience needed. The instructor will introduce materials and demonstrate techniques. Students will have time to experiment. All supplies will be provided. Contact Flo at 805-528-7983, or e-mail


FLO BARTELL:  BEGINNING ENCAUSTICS – 6/18 – 6/21, 1-4:30pm

4 day class $200 per person + materials.  Earlybird registration (prior to 6/11) $185 + materials.

Description: A four session class for those who want an in-depth introduction to the tools, techniques, and safety precautions of encaustic (wax) painting. Heat tools will be provided; students will provide recommended materials. Students may expect to learn a wide variety of approaches/techniques to encaustic art and complete three or more paintings. Contact Flo at 805-528-7983, or e-mail


JOY KRULL:   CLASSICAL DRAWING WORKSHOP – Series of 2 Mondays, April 23 (#1), April 30 (#2) 10-5pm.

Attend one or both, $60 each class or 2 for $104 + materials.  Earlybird registration (prior to 4/19) 1 class $50, or 2 for $94 + materials.

Description: #1 will include basics of measuring, perspective, foreshortening, line and tone, values and creating volume. #2 Intermed./Adv/ will include creating forms in proportion and volume, shapes and spaces in composing, cast shadows and using edges. Contact Joy Krull or call 831-386-0612 to register and materials list.


JOY KRULL:   COLOR AND COMPOSITION WORKSHOP – Series of 2 Wednesdays, May 23(#1), May 30 (#2) 10-5pm.

Attend one or both, $60 each class or 2 for $104 + materials.  Earlybird registration (prior to 5/16) 1 class $50, or 2 for $94 + materials.

Description: #1 will include using your current medium (call if you want advice on this) we will learn mixing, pigment characteristics and technical uses in painting, values and varied applications. #2 We will incorporate our color study and pursue other devices and guidelines to create unique compositions in completed works. Contact Joy Krull or call 831 386 0612 to register and materials list.



5-day workshop. $190 + materials.  Earlybird registration (prior to 6/4) $175 + materials.

Description: This beginning to intermediate level workshop week is designed to introduce you to the medium of Pastel and show you how to use it to paint the world around you. After watching a short demonstration each day of how to approach painting a landscape or still life subject, you will then make your own painting. I will help you individually to understand how to paint all of the different elements that are involved in all of these subjects. Contact Tricia via e-mail:, or tel: 805-473-8961


JASON MAYR:   UNDERSTANDING OILS – COLOR – 6/1 & 6/2 10am-5pm.

2-day workshop. $160 + some materials. (Instructor will provide paint) Earlybird registration (prior to 5/25) $145 + materials.

Description:  Ever been befuddled by color? What color is that and how do I mix it? This class will give you what you need to answer those questions. Whether you are brand new and do not know where to start, or a seasoned oil painter looking to sharpen your color skills this class is perfect for you. Gain the knowledge and skill to mix the color you need. This class consists of group talks with demonstrations and lots of individual attention during the color mixing exercises. Contact Jason Mayr:  805-234-6941,


DAN MARTIN:   BEGINNING DRAWING – Mondays, 5/7 – 5/21 and 6/4 1-4pm .

4-week class. $72 + materials.  Earlybird registration (prior to 4/23) $60 + materials.

Description: Fundamentals, basics and techniques are presented in the class. Several assignments and projects will be given. Instructor demonstrations are included. Beginning drawing is a course in pencil.

Contact Dan at 805-489-7717 or 805-773-4493.



MERYL PERLOFF:   BASIC BOOKBINDING – Thursdays 4/26 – 5/31 10-1pm

6-week class. $100 + materials. Earlybird registration (prior to 4/19) $90 +materials.

Description: Learning the basic skills of bookbinding will give you the opportunity to explore your creative ideas and put them to use in a series of guided projects. We’ll learn the terminology related to bookbinding and explore several methods of binding books: sewing, adhesives, and non-adhesive methods. Content and page decoration will be included as well as construction methods for casing books. This hands-on class requires only basic craft skills. Contact Meryl at 805-544-4554, or e-mail her at



6 week watercolor class $165 + materials.  Earlybird registration (prior to 4/19) $150 + materials.

Description: This course will introduce the student to these basic techniques of watercolor; wet into wet, washes, layering/glazing as well as a complete review of color theory and how it applies to this medium. We will complete a series of related exercises as well as projects during this 18 hour course. Students of all levels are welcomed! Contact Jo-Neal at 831-345-9052, or e-mail her at

New classes and workshops around the town (or county…!)


Learn How to Photograph Your Art with professional photographer Deborah Denker. In the first hour, Deborah shows you the professional approach to photographing all artistic media (paintings, glass, ceramic, fiber, & more). The second hour, Deborah demonstrates how to use your own digital “point-and-click” without a professional lighting kit or studio. March 19 4:30pm only $10 for ARTS Obispo Members call (805) 544-9251 to sign up now!

Oil Painting with Jason Mayr. Ongoing classes meet each Monday from 9:00am – 12:00pm $25 per session. Open to the public. Art Center Morro Bay welcomes members and non-members of all skill levels into our classes. Please call Art Center Morro Bay at 805-772-2504 or email your instructor to register. For more information or to register e-mail Jason at

Make art in 2012 with local artist & instructor, Larry Le Brane:   New Beginning Fused Glass Class: 3 Saturdays March 10-24 1-4 pm. $120/3 weeks (3-5 projects.) Request Workshop Flyer at 805.528.8791 or Limited enrollment, save space now for fun, fun, fun!!

Abstract, mixed media collage. Two Day Workshop With Lynn Kishiyama Date:  Thursday & Friday, March 22 & 23, 2012 OR  Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25, 2012  Time: 10 am to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $195 Includes materials & lunch & handouts Where:  Lynn’s Ranch Studio  6055 Vista del Paso Way, Paso Robles CA  93446 Contact: Studio:   805-423-2500. In this two day workshop you will explore color theory, compo¬sition, and texture.  Use these elements as a foundation for planning and creating your dynamic collage. You will experi¬ment with different materials, mediums and techniques and use them to expand your creative expression to achieve the ef¬fect you desire. Your creativity and passion will be rewarded when you complete an original ready-to-frame collage during this action packed and fun workshop. Sign up with a friend and you both deduct $15 from your workshop fee.

Weekend Workshop with Ken Christensen March 24, 25, 2012:      Ken Christensen is offering a special weekend workshop for oil painting. Ken will share his wonderful technique for on-site painting. Participants will work at two of Ken’s favorite sites in the Morro Bay, Los Osos area. Each day Ken will paint a demo and then coach participants as they paint their own works. The Saturday session will begin at 10:30 to noon with an opening talk in Ken’s studio. After a lunch break, work will continue on-site from 1:30 to 5:30. The Sunday session will also be from 1:30 to 5:30.  Tuition is $190. A list of suggested materials and possible accommodations for out of town students will be supplied upon registration. A small deposit is required.  Call Ken at 805 528 1498, or by email at You can see Ken’s work and learn more about him at

Oil Painting Workshop with Ken Christensen June 19-22, 2012:     Join Ken Christensen for a stimulating and fun four day plein air workshop. Each day Ken will paint a demo while explaining his bold and colorful technique, and then participants will paint their own interpretations of the beautiful landscapes chosen. Artists will work in four different locations in the Morro Bay, Los Osos area with a variety of subjects from seascapes to mountains. The first day of the workshop will begin with an opening talk in Ken’s studio from 10:30 to noon. Then, the painting sessions will be from 1:30 to 5:30 each day.   A list of suggested materials and possible lodging for out of town students will be made available upon registration. Class size is limited so early registration is encouraged. Tuition is $380 for the four days. A small deposit is required. Contact Ken at or calling (805) 528 1498. See Ken’s work at

Seeking volunteer artist from the central coast area to assist our seniors here at The Villages of Garden Creek the assisted living for our beauties! We would like to have a short 45-60 minute art class once a month or every other week depending on your schedule. Please if your interested contact :  Gabrielle Villegas /  Life Enrichment Assistant / The Villages of San Luis Obispo / 73 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo CA 93405      Phone: (805) 543-2311

Dave’s Art Farm in Arroyo Grande:    Painting Classes for All Levels:   Mar. 14-16 & 19-21:   “The Artist Workshop” /  April 23 – 27:    Painting Head, Hands, and Feet  /  May 18 – 20:   Painting & Drawing Objects in Dimension  /  July 9 – 13:      Figure and Portrait Painting  /  Sept. 3 – 7:      Landscapes with Greg LaRock  /  For details, go to:  or email:

The 2012 Paso Robles Festival of the Arts is proud to present two exciting 2-day painting workshops by award-winning artists Ray Roberts & Peggi Kroll-Roberts.  Get into the spirit of Central California’s premier art festival with instruction from these master painters! Sign up for both workshops by April 1st and receive a $50 discount. Space is limited to 12 students so don’t delay! This is a rare opportunity to learn from the very best!  Ray Roberts:  Back to the Basics Plein Air & Studio Workshop – Tues, 5/22 – Wed, 5/23, 9 am – 4 pm.   Peggi Kroll-Roberts:  Costumed Figure Painting & Still Life Workshop – Thurs, 5/24 – Fri, 5/25, 9 am – 4 pm.   For more info, e-mail

Bill Eckert is offering a new class! “Getting to Know Color”.    4 hour class, all materials supplied. Limited space available. Also, in April, his very popular “Getting to Know Acrylics” class will also be available. Check here for info on his upcoming classes and registration:

Spend a “Day in the Shade”!

Day in the Shade!!  10th Annual coming up on May 12.  This juried, beautiful art show is open to fine artists and craftsmen.  Flat fee, $95.00, gets you a 10 X 10′ space; no commission fees.  As always, great live music, wine from a dozen wineries, and this year a wide variety of food selections.  Check out our facebook page, or email pkcoelho78@gmail for an application!