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SPECIAL Golden Artist Colors Demo and Workshop! Saturday, March 14th!


We are hosting a Golden Artist Colors demonstration and workshop on MARCH 14th!

TO SIGN UP for demo and / or workshop, please e-mail us at  Please include your name and phone#! 

Demonstration (morning, 10-12pm) is free, but sign-up in advance is required.  We have room for 25 MAXIMUM.

Workshop (afternoon, 1-4pm) is $65, and includes paints and brushes.  You will need to purchase your own canvas, board, etc.  (4 are recommended, try working on different surfaces!)  no larger than 9×12 or 10×10, please.  We have room for 12 MAXIMUM.  If there is a huge response, we will do a second workshop on Sunday, March 15th, from 12-3pm.  Registration must be accompanied by payment, please!  Cash or check only.  Please make checks payable to Art Central. 


Saturday, March 14    

Time: 10 am-12 noon.

Instructor:  Certified Golden Paints working artist –  Judy Gittelsohn (


This is a free educational presentation on acrylic paints and mediums is a fantastic overview – including “new kid on the block”, Golden High-Flow Acrylics with its remarkable ink-like viscosity.  The lecture is an advanced technical explanation of acrylics.  You will be shown some examples of gels and mediums which work very well with the High Flow and the traditional Heavy Body and Fluid Acrylics.  We’ll cover the different types of pigments & their qualities of light fastness, and compare them to traditional Heavy Bodied Acrylic and Fluid Acrylic.  Will also discuss health and safety concerns.  Literature and free samples of paint and mediums for all those who attend. (See instructor info below.)


A Great Workshop with Fantastic Golden High Flow Paints and Mediums  – $65

Saturday, March 14, 1-4 pm.  (Min. 6; max 12.)

Instructor:  Judy Gittelsohn (

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This is a fantastic opportunity to explore with gusto!  Participants will engage in 6 exercises (or more) using a range of Golden products with an emphasis on the new High Flow Acrylics. We will understand how the Golden High Flow differs from Heavy Body and Fluid Acrylics and how to best enjoy these “ink-like” acrylic paints in our own artwork.

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You arrive ready to paint with a curious mind. I bring the brushes, refillable markers and Golden paints.  You may purchase your surfaces of choice, no larger than 9×12, 10×10, etc.  We will experience grounds such as micaceous iron oxide and light molding paste, and will discuss layering and glazes.


About Judy Gittelsohn


Judy Gittelsohn has been painting in the Bay Area for over 30 years and has been a Golden Paints Working Artist since 2001. She studied at the SF Art Institute and has exhibited widely in California. Gittelsohn has received grants to teach art to developmentally disabled individuals, people recovering from illness or injury, and at-risk youth.

 Judy Gittelsohn Flower catching a bird 2014


Artist Statement

My recent paintings are large acrylic color studies of words, letters, symbols and potions. These characters are placed in an atmosphere and rendered like a portrait. I like to take philosophical turns and twists on these everyday symbols. It is their emotion and character that I aim to reveal. My letters do not have to stand or support; they can float and fly and disappear and reveal. Paint can take us where physics cannot.

While my subject is contemporary, my approach is traditional. Layers of blended paint, shaped and forged, form my oversized view of each subject. The final image resembles enlarged pop art. The traditional painting approach and my close look at language and symbols is unexpected. I enjoy translating common symbols into visual compositions and telling a new story.


Judy Gittlesohn Odyssey, 2013 40 x 72


Call For Artists!!! April “Macro” Show

“MACRO”– Magnify Your World

Art Central is looking for art with a “Macro” theme… 

(OUR definition!):  “extreme CLOSE UP ART… usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the image is greater than life size.”

Do you have a piece of art for this exhibit?  All media, all ages!

This exhibit will be on display for the month of April.

We want to see what you’ve got!


 Art take in will be Wednesday, April 1st 2015 and Artists Reception during Art After Dark on Friday April 3rd, 6-8pm.

Please send us some images of your artwork to our email ( so we can advertise the show!
Print out the attached contract and bring in with your artwork.  Thanks!

Show runs through April 28th. More information on the attached PDF contract:  2015-3 Macro

Join us in welcoming Cheryl Strahl into our gallery!!!

Cheryl Strahl, an amazing photographer based in Atascadero will be joining our Gallery in March and we are thrilled!!!

“Light is my guide.  Where it leads, I follow – camera in hand – as it paints color and shadow, emphasizing lines and shapes, shifting its magic from moment to moment. I am a traveler, but wherever I go, it’s the light that calls to me, offering new perspectives and revealing bits of the world in a way I’ve never seen before. My camera grants me a personal window to the world, allowing me to capture an image frozen in time… and make it mine.”

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“I am a retired engineer whose passion has gone from writing and managing software to capturing and processing photographs. My photography has gained both local and national recognition, and won several awards as well as acceptance into juried fine art photography shows both in San Luis Obispo county and San Diego. I enjoy donating both my art and photographic services to several non-profit groups in our community.  I am loving my photographic journey and am so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place!”

  -Cheryl Strahl

Come Join us this Art After Dark March 6th from 6-8pm to welcome Cheryl Strahl Into our gallery!

Meanwhile check out the March show “Bubble and Squeak” featuring artist M.L. Burdick.

Love Art Central? Come, and have fun!

We have been working SO hard to make our 4th anniversary event a fantastic day for you… great deal$, great demos, great opportunities to try product…  thank you so much, all of our awesome customers, for helping us to achieve this milestone!

Here is some of what you can expect to see this Saturday! 

Our “main attractions” demonstrations will be held in our gallery, each will be about an hour long:

Laure Carlisle  will offer a colorful demo in the morning, using the new Golden High Flow acrylics!

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Tricia Reichert will demonstrate the new NITRAM Charcoal Sticks in the early afternoon!


Both artists will have some examples of their art hanging in the gallery all day – (if you fall in love with one of their paintings, they will be available for purchase!)

In addition, we will have demonstrations and play-stations throughout the day in the store.

Check out the NEW colors by Art-Graf called “Earth Colors”, and use them on Global’s new 100% rag cold press watercolor paper.  These beauties can be used dry on dry paper, dry on wet paper, wet on dry paper – OHHH!  THE POSSIBILITIES!  Meet Dawn, our sales rep for this company – she can answer all of your questions!  (Morning, again late afternoon)

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We’ll be offering the opportunity to try a “blind taste test” with the Nitram Charcoal  (no, you won’t actually taste them!)  See if you can tell the difference between 4 different brands of charcoal sticks!  Sandy will be handing out samples freely – don’t miss out!  (Morning, again late afternoon)

Watch as William demonstrates how easy it is to do GOLD LEAF.  I have been selling this product for years, and I always thought it was so complicated!  Wow – it’s actually pretty easy!  We’ll have plenty for you to try – check it out!   (Mid-day)


Stephanie will be doing a demonstration using very cool metallic water-based paints & PATINAS made by Sophisticated Finishes – watch as the items she paints oxidize before your eyes!   Imagine adding touches of these paints to your paintings, or refinishing a tired old frame?…   (Mid-day)


Sandy has never done a Gelli-Plate monoprint before, but she’s such a trooper, she’s going to show everyone how to do it!  Be there to cheer her on, and try it yourself!  You can try all kinds of fun products at this table – the High Flow Acrylics, Catalyst Blades, Gelli-Plates…  have a love affair with color and texture!  (early afternoon)


And …….

WHAT else, you ask, can you expect?  what kind of deal$?…

Far too many to list them all, but all of the above products will be on sale, of course, and LOTS more…

Select Easels and Chairs… great discounts!

Select brushes… 50% off… Holbein Watercolors and Gouache… 50% off… Grumbacher Oil Painting Mediums… 50% off…

Print bins, both canvas & wooden ones – up to 60% off!

Select Frames on Clearance – great prices!

Select Portfolios – 30 – 40% off!

Select Higgins Inks – 35% off!

And, as always, a deal on renewing your membership!

(there’s more, but you’ll have to come in to see!)

And don’t forget the pre-buys on Montana Gold spray paint and the Cradled wood panels!


* We have gotten a TON of support from our manufacturers and distributors – They are the ones to thank for all the goodies that will be in the gift bags that our first 50 customers will receive.  

Amazing Deals… you gotta LOVE ’em!


Here are just 2 of the GREAT deals we’ll be offering during our Anniversary Event ! 

Order on or before February 14th, and we’ll order them for you the following week!

HUGE discounts* on
Gallery Style Cradled Wood Panels
&  Montana Gold Spray Paints


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As a part of our 4th anniversary celebration, Art Central is pleased to offer the following deal on Montana Gold spray cans:
Just order ahead using this form here:   
Montana Pre-Order form

Save BIG … 30 – 40% off!!!



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Art Central is also offering a great deal on Art Alternatives 1.5″ deep cradled wood panels.  Order ahead using this form:   Pre-book Wood Panels 

Save BIG … 40 – 55% off!

  * when you order in advance! *

(All orders must be received
on or before Feb 14th with payment)


Would you love to play at our PlayStations?


Our 4th anniversary event will be a great time to see and try exciting new materials!!!

All day Saturday, February 14th, (yes, it is Valentine’s Day!) we’ll have play stations in the store, showcasing inspiring products to see and try.

Click on the product names for informative videos and websites!

Gelli-Plates (with Catalyst tools) and Golden High Flow Acrylics


Learn how to utilize Gelli-Plates and other great products to create expressive mono-prints!

Art-Graf EarthColors Water-soluble discs and Fluid 100 Rag watercolor paper

Earthcolors Disks


See how these earth-toned water-soluble pigment blocks can be used to create beautiful tonal drawings!

Sopisticated Finishes Patinas



Discover how to age and accent just about any surface with this versatile line of patina products!

Nitram Charcoals

Nitram Charcoals

Try these ultra-smooth charcoals for yourself and see what a difference sanded pastel papers can make on your drawings!

Old World Art Gold Leafing


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Use gold, silver and copper leafing on just about any surface to dazzle and shine!


Saturday, Feb 14th, 10am to 5pm.
Mark your calendar so you don’t miss out!!!