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Archive for May, 2013

Artist looking for studio space in SLO

Hi, Artists – The below is a request by one of my customers – he is looking for a space to work.  He’s a nice guy, easy-going and quiet;  I’m happy to give him a good recommendation!

Hope someone has a space to help him out!  Please contact Dalton directly, at his phone # below.  Thanks, etty

I am looking for a work space (no intention for live-in) in the community of San Luis Obispo that is at least 150 sq. feet that would cost anywhere from say, $250 to $400, up to a maximum of $500/month if it is particularly appealing.

It is important that the space has good natural light and adequate plumbing (a toilet and a sink).

I am an oil painter that paints on relatively small sized canvases so odors associated with oil paints are pretty minimal, in case that is a factor for someone who is within close proximity. I have good references, I am quiet, and a non-smoker.   My phone #: 805-295-0071

Best regards,

Dalton Jamieson

(p.s. thanks again Etty!)

hoping to hire!

We are actively looking for a bright new person to join our team here at Art Central.  Interested?  Please stop by for an application!

This is part time – ideally about 20-25 hours / week.

Must have previous retail experience (knowledge of POS systems a plus), know a fair amount about art supplies, be fantastic with people, and be willing to do what needs to be done.

We do work hard, but we have fun, too!  Salary determined by experience.

CALL FOR ARTISTS! “Music to My Eyes”


 note … this is our theme for June – and we want your art to be a part of it… 

This exhibit is open to ALL artists!

Musical notes, instruments, composers, musicians, symphonies, overtures, guitarist, pianist …. If your art relates to music, we want to include it in our exhibit!   Abstracts, realism, 2D, 3D are all welcome!

Here is the entry formMusic To My Eyes June 2013…  please print it out and bring it with you when you drop off your work!

notePlease, please, please send us JPEGS to use for advertising if you have them, (send to, and please let us know what you intend to put in the show.

We are also looking for some nice acoustic music for the evening – if you know of anyone, ask them to contact Etty by e-mail.

We’re looking forward to a great exhibit!

“I Madonnari” PAINTER Wanted!

Hi, Artists – Art Central wants to sponsor a 10’x10′ square for I Madonnari this September (7th & 8th)!!!

If you have ever wanted to be a part of this wonderful festival, and you think you’re up to the task, we’d love to talk to you!  Please make sure that you are available on that weekend before you contact us!

i madonnari

 If you aren’t familiar with this event, please go to

“Art from the inanimate” – Article from May 13 Tribune, by Monica Fiscalini

Art from the inanimate

 ‘Centerpiece & Still Life’ at Art Central Gallery answers the question, ‘What is still life?’

By Monica Fiscalini — Special to The Tribune

A whole lot of lemon, apple and cup paintings have found their way into my Facebook feed the past few months. I’m always inspired and impressed when my friends take on a new creative endeavor, and I’m getting used to the stream of still life studies coming from Fresno.

Still lifes date to the Middle Ages, and never seem to fall out of fashion with beginning and professional artists. Art Central Gallery’s May exhibit, “Centerpiece & Still Life,” answers the question, “What is still life?” Local artists have captured inanimate objects, both natural and man-made, in old ways, such as two-dimensional oil paintings, and newer, such as photography and broken ceramics.

I hoped to see fruit and found pastel peaches by Jim Peacher.  I wanted to see something old world and was rewarded with Jason Mayr’s garlic and onions.  Mayr also offers a Buddha in a completely different style.    Twila Stofer shows how an artist’s eye for arrangement can also work for still-life photography.

The gallery, which shares the space with Art Central Art Supply, features an assortment of work by area artists in addition to rotating exhibits.

What: “Centerpiece & Still Life”

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Show runs through June 4

Where: Art Central Gallery, 1329 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo

Contact: 747-4200

This article is reprinted from the Tribune

Journaling workshop May 18th!!!

Join Ardella Swanberg on May 18th for a VERY cool workshop!  Here’s what she says:

26 Tahiti illuminated letter and collage

I will  be giving a 3 hour workshop on Travel Journaling Saturday, May 18 from 1 to 4 pm  at Art Central on Monterey in San Luis Obispo.

14 Calvi Italy

I will talk about the different  blank books available, the advantages and disadvantages of media and how… to start.

09 Seward Alaska

You will be able to try out watercolor pencils, pens, paper, collage and other  materials.

08 park in Spain

Come and see how much fun it is to create a permanent record of your  trips.  Contact me if you are interested in attending, space is limited, cost is only $15!

Contact Ardella at 805-995-3181, or e-mail her at

What do I get her for Mother’s Day?

This year celebrate Mother`s Day with a unique gift!  We have so many different things to choose from…

We have gorgeous paintings Paula Schroeder - Chinese Brush Painting ….

photography DCoronel …

ceramics GAmyx …

mosaics… gourds … handmade cards  and more in our Gallery – come and browse!   

Have you tried “Zentangles”zentangle  This is a relaxing and fascinating hobby and great fun for all skill levels. 

One of our favorites (just ask Margaret!) is Pinata ink –  pinata   easy for anyone to use, and provides hours of fun for anyone who loves rich, bright color.

We have stunning easels & drafting tables – has Mom been hinting lately?  Halley 880600

Or beautiful watercolor journals,

a handmade Pochade box , Pochade boxes

or a set of pastels or paints

AND – We recently bought a variety of close-out items from one of our distributors, and everything went straight to our SALE table – Great deals, some of them more than 50% off! 

Still can’t decide?  We have GIFT CERTIFICATES, too!

We hope to see you soon!


Studios on the Park would like to invite you to their 1st Annual Arts-Inspired Progressive Dinner Party! 

This fundraiser is part of  “Festival of the Arts”, which takes place on Memorial Day weekend.  Please click on this link for more information:

Studios on the Park invitation

Support the ARTS!

For more info about Studios on the Park, please visit their website: