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Call for Artists: Its not too late to submit for our next show!

We’re still accepting entries for our upcoming show “The Vine and the Wine!”

Art Central wants YOUR wine related art for the months of July and August!  Whether your muse is the beauty of the vine or an overflowing table set for a warm summers evening; let our county’s pristine wine country inspire you. Or bring out your inner Bacchus and let lust, revelry, or debauchery be your guide… anything goes as long as it relates to wine!

“The Vine and the Wine” receptions will be held during Art After Dark – Friday,  July 6th and Friday, August 4th, 6-8 pm.

To be a part of the exhibit and to receive an entry form, please e-mail us at, and tell us the medium and size of your work.  If you have one, send us a jpeg of your work – we’ll include it in our advertising!

And remember – the summer is here, and with it, the tourism that makes our area flourish!  Many visitors want to take home a momento of their visit – Lets help them take home YOUR art!

PRODUCT INFORMATION regarding Cadmium Colors

Dear Artists – I just received this bulletin from ColArt America, which is the conglomerate which owns manufacturers Winsor & Newton & Liquitex.  Take a look…

As a leading manufacturer of top fine art brands we have had to make choices concerning the production of some of our products which contain raw materials that are not environmentally friendly. With a vision to being more environmentally responsible, we have decided to reduce our production of colors which contain these specific raw materials; heavy metal pigments.

There are obvious benefits of Cadmium Colors to fine artist and for that reason we are being very selective on where these reductions will be taken, i.e. not across every brand and every range we manufacture. Therefore, we will continue to make Cadmium Colors for the most important fine art ranges in our portfolio on a daily basis. By reducing the number of cadmium containing colors across our product ranges, it will allow us to more safely and ecologically manufacture these items.

The following ranges represent the artist grade ranges/sizes that will continue to carry their existing color range of Cadmiums:

Artist Oil Color 37 ml

Winton Oil Color 37 ml & 200 ml

Artisan 37 ml

Artist Acrylic 60 ml

Artist Watercolor 5ml, 14 ml and Half Pans

Designers Gouache 14ml

Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic 59 ml

We will cease production of all Cadmium colors in the following ranges:

Artist Oil Color 200 ml

Artisan 200 ml

Griffin 37 ml

Artist Acrylic  200 ml

Artist Watercolor 37 ml & Large Pans

Cotman Watercolors – All Sizes

Galeria – All Sizes

Liquitex Soft Body 59 ml & 237 ml

Liquitex Heavy Body 138 ml & 946 ml

Thank you in advance for your support and understanding in this matter, and your continued patience as we work through this significant undertaking.

how about increasing the “CENTRAL” in Art Central?!

Every so often, you might have tools or furniture you’d like to sell or trade out of your studio.  I’d like to offer an opportunity for artists to do this.  For example, Michaela Doud wants to sell her printmaking press.

I’m not sure if the Blog is the best way – maybe on Facebook?  Tell me what you think!

In the meantime, if you know someone who is looking for a printmaking press, give her a call!

Call Michaela at 772-7778  (Check out specs at:

Used Press for Sale $1000

It is the large table sized unit.  Works great. Dick Blick 999 Etching Press – Originally listed $2469 in catalog – Now $1530 in catalog Plus Blankets and Shipping. Used Press for Sale $1000, Blankets Included!


Join us on Monday, June 25th, from 1-3pm for another encaustic demo by Flo Bartell.  She is amazing!  If you have been interested in Encaustics, and wanted to know more about them, this is the perfect opportunity to learn about them.

She will also be teaching an introductory 4 week class July 23rd thru August 13th, Monday afternoons.  If you enjoy the demo, sign up for the class!


The Demo is FREE – but please call (805-747-4200) or e-mail us( to let us know you’ll be attendingspace is limited!

NEW EXCITING Classes and Workshops for the summer!

Want to try a new medium?  In a slump?  Intimidated by the very IDEA of creating art?  We have a fantastic line-up of classes & workshops, designed to fit your budget, schedule, and artistic desire!

Please call the instructors to sign up!

Summer Classes at ART CENTRAL

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!  We will continue to offer demonstrations … please keep an eye on our blog!  

ARDELLA (Jo) SWANBERG:  BEGINNING DRAWING FOR TEENS AND ADULTS  6 Classes, Tuesdays, July 10-August 21, 2-5pm.   Fee: Earlybird registration $100 (prior to 7/1). After 7/1 $120 + materials.

Description:  Everyone can draw!  All you need is a new way of seeing. We will follow the exercises in the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. You will learn how to “get into the artistic zone” through a step by step process.  By the end of the class you will understand perspective, spatial relationships, and shading. You will be able to draw a portrait that looks like the person you are representing. 

Contact Jo Swanberg at, or call 995-3181 to register and receive materials list.


FLO BARTELL:  BEGINNING ENCAUSTICS   4 Weeks, Mondays, July 23 – August 13, 2-5pm.   Fee: $100 per person + $35 material fee (for students who need supplies).

Description: A four session class for those who want an in-depth introduction to the tools, techniques, and safety precautions of encaustic (wax) painting.  Students may expect to learn a wide variety of approaches and techniques to encaustic art and complete three or more paintings.

Contact Flo at or call 805-528-7983 to register and for specifics on materials.


JEANNE MILLER:  OIL PAINTING ESSENTIALS ( LANDSCAPE)  6 Weeks Mondays July 9 – August 13  10-1pm.  Serious teens are welcome.   Fee: Earlybird Registration (prior to July 1st) $195 + Materials.  After July 1, $245 + materials. 

If you have some drawing or painting experience in any medium, you may be interested in trying oils. This class is best suited to those with some experience in drawing (or painting) but who are beginning or intermediate oil painters. The approach will emphasize composition and the use of a limited color palette. We will cover materials, color theory, safety issues and presentation and will review Value, Line, Shape, Form, Space, and Texture.

Contact Jeanne at or call 602-7817 to register and receive materials list.


LARRY Le BRANE:  BEGINNING DRAWING   6 Weeks, Tuesdays, June 19 – July 24, 10-1pm.   Fee: $110/6 classes + materials not to exceed $20/student.

Description: Learn basic drawing skills using pen, ink, charcoal, & pencil. This 6-week class explores use of line, shape, perspective, artificial & organic forms & shading using an easy ‘right-brain’ approach, with lecture, demos, student practice & instructor coaching. Students get a Drawing Materials List in the 1st session.

Contact Larry at or 805-528-8791 to register.


LARRY Le BRANE:  NEW ‘THE  DRAWING STUDIO’  6 Weeks, Tuesdays, July 31 – Sept.4, 10-1 pm.   Fee: $110/6 classes + materials not to exceed $20/student.

Description: Beyond ‘Beginning Drawing,’ students in this NEW hands-on 6-week class will apply composition, perspective & shading using diverse drawing media: pen/ink, scratchboard, charcoal & colored pencil. Weekly instructor critique & coaching with individualized student attention. Students get a Materials List in the 1st session.

Contact Larry at or 805-528-8791 to register.


Summer Workshops at ART CENTRAL

LORRI TROGDON:  ACRYLIC WORKSHOP   July 12, 13, 14    3 session Workshop, 4 hours each day   12-4pm   Fee: Earlybird registration (prior to 7/1)  $120 + materials.  After 7/1, $135.

Description: – All artists, all levels – join in the fun!  Learn and experience painting with fluid acrylics… they have a life of their own.  They are beautiful, colorful & transparent.  See how easy & fun they are to paint with.  The paint will do the work, with a loose wash it will run & drip, giving you the look of watercolor.  Exciting!  We will use different surfaces to achieve varied effects, including Ampersand Claybord and stretched canvas.    Day 1- Still life wine motif.  Day 2- Floral still life.  Day- 3 roses. 

Contact Lorri at or call 481-7545 to register and receive materials list.


JO-NEAL BOIC:  INTRO TO WATERCOLOR    July 20 & 21    2 day Workshop  10-5pm.   Fee: Earlybird registration (prior to 7/10) $100 + materials.   After 7/11, $115 + materials.

Description:  This course will cover the 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 practice mixing colors as well as reinforce our knowledge of color theory as we complete a series of exercises/small projects over these 14 hours…and WE WILL HAVE LOTS OF FUN DOING IT!!!!. Students of all levels are welcome. IF you have been painting a while and are simply looking for some help, you are certainly welcome. Teenagers encouraged.

Contact Jo-Neal at or call 831-345-9052 to register and receive materials list.


JASON MAYR:  PLEIN AIR KNOW HOW     July 27 & 28    2 day Workshop  10-5pm.   Fee: Earlybird registration (prior to 7/20) $145 + materials.  After 7/20 $160 + some materials. (Instructor provides paint)

Description:  What you need to know before heading outside… the gap between being inspired and the finished painting is ENORMOUS!  This class bridges that expanse.  We will go from how to look and see with a painter’s eye, to the skills you need to get your vision onto the canvas. This is a studio class with talks, demonstrations and exercises designed to help you be more successful with your landscape paintings en plein air and the studio. Whether you have never painted outside or are looking to take it to the next level this is the perfect class for you.

Contact Jason Mayr at or call  805-234-6941 to register.


SHIRLEY HORACEK:  WATERCOLOR MONOPRINTING    August 4th   One 3-hour Workshop.   11-2pm    Fee: Earlybird registration (prior to 7/25) $30 + some materials (about $10 worth).   After 7/25, $35 + some materials.

Description: Expand your watercolor horizons and learn two fun and simple monoprint processes that reward you with one-of-a-kind artistic results. One process creates monoprints using only watercolors and a printing plate. The other process combines watercolor, ink lines, and collaged rice paper for a textured print.  Demonstrations of materials and techniques.  Some materials provided.

Contact Shirley at  or call 805-929-1614 to register.


JEANNE MILLER:  SILK PAINTING EXPLORATIONS  August 17th  One 3-hour Workshop.   11-2pm   Fee:   $75, all materials included.

Silk painting is fun and challenging, and yields beautiful results even for those inexperienced in any kind of painting or drawing. Geometric or abstract shapes, repeated patterns, and simplified leaf and flower shapes can result in gorgeous and colorful finished pieces. Previous art training is not required! This method uses water-based French dyes and water-based resists. You will learn about fabrics, dyes, resists, and special effects, and will complete a handmade art piece, ready to frame or wear.

Contact Jeanne at or call 805-602-7817 to register.


JEANNE MILLER:  WILD AT ART  August 24 & 25  Two 3-hour sessions 1-4pm   Fee:   $145, all materials included.

This monotype/collage workshop is a time to play, explore, and have fun while using nontoxic, water-based materials to create abstract art. For participants of all experience levels; there is no prerequisite except a willingness to nurture the creative spirit within you. This approach will elicit your creativity and curiosity; it is not a formal presentation of traditional art techniques. You will create gorgeous and unique abstract monotypes and may choose to create abstract collages as well.

Contact Jeanne at or call 602-7817 to register.


ART CENTRAL ART SUPPLY & GALLERY    1329 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo    805 747-4200    STORE HOURS: Mon – Sat 10am-5pm  Closed Sundays

Call for Artists “The Vine and the Wine”

Call for Artists!

Passion, Refinement, Abundance, Camaraderie…Art Central is seeking wine related art for the months of July and August!  Whether your muse is the beauty of the vine or an overflowing table set for a warm summers evening; let our county’s pristine wine country inspire you. Or bring out your inner Bacchus and let lust, revelry, or debauchery be your guide… anything goes as long as it relates to wine!

“The Vine and the Wine” receptions will be held during Art After Dark – Friday,  July 6th and Friday, August 4th, 6-8 pm.

To be a part of the exhibit and to receive an entry form, please e-mail us at, and tell us the medium and size of your work.  If you have one, send us a jpeg of your work – we’ll include it in our advertising!

A little of this, a little of that……..

Hi, artists! 

Keep an eye out for our upcoming Classes & Workshops schedule – coming soon…  (if you’re a teacher and would like to teach at Art Central this summer, please contact me IMMEDIATELY!!!)  I’m also looking for artists to do Demonstrations.  Interested?  E-mail me!  (

Some of you have admired  (or laughed at) my bumper sticker: “Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup”.  I got this from Earthtones Gifts and Gallery up in Paso Robles – 1319 Park Street.  Greg tells me they got some more in.   I’d recommend checking out their store in any case …  They have some beautiful things.

I just ordered some SOLTEK french-style easels – they are amazing – should be here in about 3 weeks … We also just got in a shipment of Drafting Tables.  Logan will be assembling them as time permits, but you’re also welcome to buy them in the box!  (Extra discount if you do!) … I’ll be going to another trade show next week, will probably have to buy some new fun stuff – watch out …

A reminder that I LOVE special ordering products for you…. please don’t hesitate to ask.  If I can get it for you, I will.

I will send out a “Call for Artists” very soon, but July & August will be about “Wine & Vine” …  this is an open group show – watch for details!

Please stop by the gallery to see our new artist, Gail Sheley Davenport.  She has a real love affair with color & photography, and she combines them in some WILD ways!


Thanks, and happy painting!  etty


Artists are invited by the Nipomo Arts Commission and the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos to submit artwork for a juried exhibition, “Celebrate the Beauty of the Central Coast”. The exhibition is part of the third annual “Arts at the Adobe” on Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe. Prize ribbons will be awarded by category. The public will participate by selecting a “People’s Choice” award. Artists also have the opportunity to rent booth space to sell their artwork.

“We are looking for fine arts pieces including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass. mixed media, woodcarving, quilts and photography,” stated Shirley Horacek, President of the Nipomo Arts Commission (NAC). “Last year’s winners were also exhibited at the Betteravia Government Center Gallery. We plan to have a show in another venue this year as well.”

Participating artists will need to bring their work to be juried on Saturday, August 25, to the Blacklake Community Room, 498 Colonial Pl., Nipomo, CA. There will be a $10 fee for one submission and $5 fee for each additional submission to be juried.

“Arts at the Adobe” also features music, food and refreshments. Admission to the event is free.

For further information on the art exhibit, contact Shirley Horacek at the Nipomo Arts Commission, (805) 723-1306. Interested vendors may contact the Dana Adobe for more information at 929-5679.