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Archive for September, 2014

It’s going to be BIG … and YOU’RE Invited!

Come Join us For the “8 x 8 x (8) Preview/Kick off Show 2014”

Art Central is delighted and honored to be hosting this year’s Open Studios Tour Preview Show! Please join us and the fine artists that are participating in this year’s tour at our opening reception during Art After Dark!


Artists Reception – FRIDAY, Oct 3rd, 6-9PM

Exhibit will run through Nov 3rd!

Betty Scanlan-AMorningMountainCabin Oil CarolMortensen_OpuntiaVillacea_oilon Catherine Lemoine-Friesian Lookout 5x7 DianaBittleston_Cliff_oil

Betty Scanlan, Carol Mortensen, Catherine Lemoine, Diana Bittelston

  Dotty Hawthorne_Pacific Coast Morning_oil HollyBeals_two_swallows Margaret Bertrand Who will Bite_encaustic JasonMayr_Apple on Rug_oil

Dotty Hawthorne, Holly Beals, Margaret Bertrand, Jason Mayr

Mary McCrea-Paris Market Kale Acrylic "green Pitcher & Grapes"  8x8 MikeBauer_santa lucias_and_syrah Pastel RosemaryBauer_close-encounter Acrylic

Mary McCrea, Marylin Pusanik, Mike Bauer, Rosemary Bauer

ChetAmyx-yosemite valleyNancyVest_CigarEnvy_MixedMedia_ClayWoodPaint Tracy Taylor-Strike me Pink LaurelCarlisle_PinkandOrangeNecklace_polymer clay LindaHendler_TibetanDragonPendant_jewelry

Chet Amyx, Nancy Vest, Tracy Taylor, Laurel Carlisle, Linda Hendler

LindaJean_NestofPearls_jewelry PatHarkness_Pendant_jewelry WendyDaly_NewZealandBeachCombing_Silver shells with 3 gemstones on chalcedony chain BeverlyBrown_Necklace_Sterling silver, ruby in Zoisite LindaLewis

Linda Jean, Pat Harkness, Wendy Daly, Beverly Brown, Linda Lewis

Come and see these and many other fabulous examples of the art you can expect to see at this year’s Open Studios Art Tour!

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Play-Date: Creative Collage!

Saturday, October 11th is Creative Collage!!!


Play-Dates are a chance for you to try new mediums, materials and techniques in our friendly space.   For a small fee, lots of materials are provided as you explore a new avenue of artistic expression!

Our October 11th Play-Date will be Creative Collage!  

Use all kinds of mixed media to create compelling collages.  Printing ink, watercolor, collage paper, feathers, sparkles and other fun stuff will be provided – See what kind of magic you can create!


This Play-Date will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, October 11th.  Stay for an hour or two, or for the whole time, all materials are included with a $15.00 fee.  Please call 805-747-4200 or email us at to reserve your place.  We look forward to creating with you!

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open studio tour artists – are YOU ready?!

Ah – getting down to the wire, now – tidy up the studio, figure out pricing, mat some of those new pieces…

If you’re going to need board soon, please call, e-mail or stop in by Monday – I’ll be placing my next order for mat and foam board on Tuesday morning!

Also, don’t forget we have all the scrap mats in a zillion colors – bring your artwork in with you and take advantage of those smaller pieces!

Need clear sleeves?  Our stock is still great, so stop by and grab what you need!

We hope to see all of you for the 8×8 (x8) PREVIEW show!  Don’t forget – October 3rd, 6-9pm!

AND … let your friends know that we have Open Studios Catalogs here!


Don’t forget about our “Monday Art Space”!

Monday Art Space!

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Monday Art Space is a fun way to be creative and social!  You bring the fun and we’ll provide the space.  Just come to Art Central any time between 11am and 4pm on Mondays with your own art materials and projects. 

Can’t or don’t want to paint at home?  Wish you had some nearby artistic company?  Art Space is a great way to meet other artists and work in a casual, easygoing environment.   We provide tables and chairs, but if you use an easel, please bring one!    

Come in, make art, have fun!

Monday Art Space is an ongoing event (unless we are closed for a holiday).  

Also, please remember that we ask participants to park on the street (Pepper Street has all day free parking).  Thanks!

Check out our Square!!!

We sponsored a square at Via De Colores this year!

Three of our staff members; Shauna, Will and Ryder created a Cezanne Inspired Serro San Luis mountain landscape. Please stop by and check it out as well as the rest of the wonderful chalk art festival today!




This festival ends sunday night so make sure so stop by before the art is taken down!

Encaustic Demo and Workshop coming soon!

Join us here with Flo Bartell!


Are you curious about encaustics, painting with hot wax? If you think you would like to try this medium or if you just want to know how it’s done, join us for an encaustic demo, Saturday, October 18 at 1pm. Flo Bartell will provide an overview of basic encaustic materials, techniques, and set up requirements. She will demonstrate painting basics and answer all your questions. 

Demonstration is free, but please sign up in advance!  E-mail us at to sign up.



Introduction to Encaustics. Learn how to paint with hot wax! On Saturday, November 1 from noon to 4pm, o Bartell will provide a hands on introduction to encaustics with a discussion of studio set up and safety requirements. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with basic techniques and a variety of materials. $65 plus supplies.   (Materials, including painting panels, will cost approximately $30.)
To sign up, please e-mail Flo Bartell!
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“Reunion 1974-1978” brought together old friends and new!


Our Artist’s Reception last friday for the “Reunion 1974-1978” Show brought together old friends from Cal-Poly & Cuesta Art Departments.

Joyce Rezendes moved to Manhattan to continue her artistic career after her four years as a teacher at Cal-Poly and Cuesta.  She recently reached out to those who had welcomed her into the San Luis Obispo art community 40 years ago to create this wonderful show.  The opening reception was delightful and successful.

Do be sure to stop by before September 30th to see this unique exhibit!



i madonnari festival this weekend!

via dei Colori SLO Italian Street Painting Festival is coming to San Luis Obispo at Mission Plaza again! 

If you’re going to be painting a design, please be aware that we are stocking the KOSS  and other color pastel sets, as well as black and white sets of Alphacolor, and they will be on sale at 20% off thru SATURDAY, SEPT 13th!  Stop in soon and get your colors while the selection is still great! 

If you aren’t painting a design, make sure you stop by the Plaza on September 12th and 13th and enjoy the incredible artwork that will be created before your very eyes! 

Art Central will have a square… be sure to stop by and cheer on our hard working artists – Shauna, William and Ryder! 



Are You an Artist in this year’s Open Studios Art Tour?


Please e-mail your jpeg to:  Make sure to include your name, the image title and medium.  (we assume it will be 8×8 or 8x8x8!)


A special thanks to ARTS Obispo for this opportunity!