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Classes with Tricia Reichert this summer

Tricia is offering several week-long classes this July.  There is still some room in a couple of them, please contact her for more information:

Summer Workshop Classes, Cal Poly, July 2013

Each class will meet Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm

These classes all take the form of workshops with an instructor demonstration to start each session and student practice to follow. Instructor direction and personal help to each student follows throughout the morning and also further specific technique demonstrations, depending upon the class and the subjects.  Relevant printed handouts and source material for each class will be supplied, discussed and used where necessary in each class. Materials lists will be supplied for all classes.

Painting with Gouache (gwash) – the other watercolor – July 15th– 19th

During this week you will learn how to use gouache to paint still life studies and landscapes. The advantages of this opaque water color medium are many and varied. It can be used transparently like traditional watercolor, but also in the same painting, layered opaquely like acrylic or oil paint. Fine detail is possible or more impressionistic styles can be achieved easily. Blending and clean up are simple and the paint dries quickly. You will be painting on white and toned surfaces during this class. Local landscape and coastal scenes will be the subjects for this class.

Sumi  ink drawing and painting – July 22nd – 26th.

A bottle of ink, a bamboo pen, a brush and paper open up a world of possibilities.  In this workshop week you will learn how to make your drawings with pen and Sumi ink and then add ink washes, with a little watercolor too if you wish, to create a variety of beautiful ink wash drawings. The subjects that you will be drawing during this class include birds, animals, fish, flowers and landscapes. You will start all of your drawings with pencil until you are ready to draw directly with the ink.

Watercolor Explorations on Yupo paper  – July      29th – Aug 2nd

During this week you will be painting with your choice of either traditional watercolor or gouache on Yupo paper.  Yupo is a unique alternative to traditional watercolor papers. It’s an incredibly durable, stain-resistant non-absorbent synthetic paper. As a watercolor paper it has the advantage of being non-absorbent so colors lie on top of its surface producing brilliant vibrant effects. Best of all it allows you to wipe off unwanted sections of your painting and start again with a fresh surface.  You will learn many techniques to control and use the paint on this paper while you are painting flowers and landscapes this week.

Change of plans for July exhibit!

Dear artists,

We haven’t received enough interest in our upcoming group exhibit “Politically Incorrect”, so we are cancelling the show. 

We will continue the “Music to My Eyes” show for a second month, through July 30th.  
We will not charge an additional fee for the art that is already on exhibit for the second month.  However, if you don’t wish to keep your art in this exhibit for the month of July, please let us know as soon as possible.
If you would like to put new art in the show for July, please download & print out contract:  Music To My Eyes ll July 2013.
Please notify us this week if you wish to bring in work. 
We will have an Art After Dark reception on Friday, July 5th from 6-8pm for Music to My Eyes.
Sorry for the change, but apparently the idea wasn’t a “hit”!


Tricia Reichert is leading a workshop at Art Central this summer to benefit the Youth Arts Academy.

The YAA is for students ages 14-20 who desire training in the arts, and programs will include drama, dance, music, theatre and visual arts. The program and facilities are currently being built in Grover Beach.

Click for the YAA Website


When: Saturday, August 3rd, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Where: Art Central Art Supply & Gallery

1329 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

What: Line and Wash Workshop: Exploring ink line with watercolor washes.  We will be using india ink, walnut ink and colored inks, along with a little watercolor to make studies and small paintings of a variety of subjects including birds and animals, flowers and landscapes.

Who: All levels: beginners to advanced

Cost: $75 (materials list will be supplied)

Due to class size limitations, spots are filling up fast!
Once the spots are filled there will be a wait list.
All proceeds of this workshop will benefit the YAA.

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To register for this workshop, contact Tricia Reichert or 805-473-8961


Our very own FLO BARTELL, amazing local encaustic artist, will be leading several demonstrations and a workshop this summer!

Why not try something exhilarating and new this summer?


“I paint with encaustic because the smooth, glossy surface, the pleasant aroma, the soothing rhythm of my torch, the unpredictable nature of the medium, and the intense color and movement possible with hot wax and pigment are seductive and satisfying.”

Flo Bartell 


Flo will be doing a demonstration of encaustic painting techniques at the El Camino Art Association. Doors open at 1pm, and the demo begins at 2pm.

The address is 1200 E. Grand Avenue, Arroyo Grande.

Questions may be directed to


Flo will be doing a demonstration of encaustic painting techniques at Art CentralDemonstration will begin at 12pm.

The address is 1329 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo.

If you wish to participate, please contact Art Central at or (805) 747-4200.


Flo will be holding an encaustic workshop for beginning and intermediate students at Art Central from 11am-4pm.

This class will include beginning and some advanced encaustic techniques, safety precautions and studio requirements

Workshop Fee:  $65 plus material fees.

The address is 1329 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo.

If you wish to participate, please contact Flo Bartell at or 805-528-7983.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot early!



Exhibit Calendar Update!

We have the updated list of monthly show themes for the rest of the year!

Hopefully this will give all you artists more time to prepare and participate in our featured shows!

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July’s Exhibit: “Music to My Eyes” continues…

New work welcome, see our blog post dated June 24th for more info.

Reception: Friday, July 5th, 6-8 pm during Art After Dark


August’s Exhibit: “Reverse Portraiture”

Inverse, backwards, upside-down, you name it! We want your own personal interpretation on reverse portraiture for this exhibit!

Drop Off: July 31st

Show: July 31st – September 4th

Reception: Friday, August 2nd, 6-8 pm during Art After Dark


September’s Exhibit:  “Mythological Mischief”

Stick to a legend, interpret an old favorite in a new way, or even come up with your own! We want local artists to explore their mythological side for this epic exhibition!

Drop Off: September 4th

Show: September 4th – October 2nd

Reception: Friday, September 6th, 6-8 pm during Art After Dark


October’s Exhibit:   “Shiny Rails – 135 Years of Railroads on the Central Coast “

Art Central Gallery is participating in the October Central Coast Rail Road Festival. The Pacific Coast Railway started operations in 1882 in SLO County and the first trains started running from San Luis Bay (Avila) to SLO in 1876.  What a better way to celebrate than with art?!

Drop Off: October 2nd

Show: October 2nd – October 30th

Reception: Friday, October 4th, 6-8 pm during Art After Dark


November and December Joint Exhibit:  “Little Treasures”

Talented local artists get to show off their little treasures for two months! Our end-of-the-year show is reserved for work that is priced under $100, perfect gifts for loved ones during the holiday season! 

Drop Off: October 30th

Show: October 30th – December 30th

Reception: Friday, November 1st, 6-8 pm during Art After Dark


SORRY! – one of the paintings in our upcoming show “Music To My Eyes” should have been attributed to Susan Lee Clark, not Lori Lerian.  My apologies!

Thanks – etty

THIS FRIDAY!!! “Music to My Eyes” Artist Reception!

Please join us this Friday, June 7th, from 6-8pm for one of our finest exhibits to date! 

“Music to My Eyes” is an outpouring of visual harmony – incredible art ranging from realistic to abstractions …   sonatas, overtures and introspective musical musings!


Debi Basile - Scheherazade

dianne oquinn burke

lori lerian

Lori Sonnabend


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E Klinger - 1 blue note

Shown above are works by Patti Robbins, Debi Basile, Lori Sonnebend, Patti Sullivan, Pat Cairns, Susan Lee Clark, Dianne O’Quinn Burke & Etty Klinger.  Do you know which work belongs to which artist?!!!

Come join us for the reception and see!