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Archive for November, 2016

Graphite and Erasers… the choices are ENDLESS!

Why are there so many graphite pencils?


“H” indicates a harder pencil which leaves a fairly light mark.  The higher the number, the harder the lead, the lighter the line.  

“B” indicates a softer lead, which leaves a darker mark.   The higher the number, the softer the lead & the darker the line.  

This wide range allows for rich and realistic depth and perspective.  imageshv5gm88f


AND… Just as important as your grade and type of graphite is the eraser to match it!

Erasers like the Art Gum crumble away with the removal of graphite, thus being very gentle. artgum


Vinyl erasers are very tough and will even erase some pen. imagesYC5S4BIQ.jpg



Kneaded erasers are very versatile in shape and can be renewed by kneading them.  (They don’t make a mess, so if you’re sketching someplace that might frown upon eraser shavings, kneaded erasers are pretty handy.)kneaded.png


For small areas there are clickable erasers and electric erasers.



 For extra fine details, use an eraser pencil. These sharpen just like a regular pencil.


Keep sketching, feel free to erase…. and create something beautiful!

This Saturday’s Workshop! *Handmade Ornaments*



Just a reminder to join us THIS Saturday, Dec. 3rd for Jeanne Miller’s festive workshop…

Come and get into the holiday spirit!

“Holiday Treasures- Handmade Paper Ornaments”


$15 for adults, or only $25 for adult and child pair

Create lovely handmade holiday ornaments using papers, wire, glitter and other embellishments! Just a time for to play, relax and connect, and take a break from the holiday rush. Children 10 and up (when accompanied by an adult) are welcome! Some materials provided.

Contact Jeanne Miller for questions or registration by phone: 805-602-7817, or email her at

‘Black’ Friday (and Saturday) Flash Sale!

-This Friday and Saturday –


(Don’t blink, you may miss it!)

Micron Black 6-Pen & 3-Pen Sets
40% Off!*



Daniel Smith Watercolors
40% Off!*


All Children’s Sets

20% Off!*


R&F Encaustic Cakes
25% Off!*


Montana Spray Paint
30% Off!*

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All Pastel Sets
30% Off!*

Come in this

Friday Nov 25th
& Saturday the 26th
to save BIG!

*May not be combined with other discounts.  Sorry, NO rainchecks, limited to in-store stock only….

so come in early for BEST selection! 

We’re housecleaning again…!

Hi, all!

I know it’s a bit early for Spring cleaning – but I decided it was time to let some products go!


Take advantage of our clearance prices on…




by Winsor Newton – High performance natural and synthetic blended bristle brushes for oils and acrylics. Featuring a unique blend of hair that combines the spring and character of natural bristle with the long-lasting quality of man-made fiber. Their attractive, dark green enameled handles come with nickel-plated, seamless brass ferrules. 


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Tee- Juice FABRIC Markers!

 by Jacquard.…. Design your own fashions, decorate, make keepsake items and have fabric fun with Tee Juice fabric markers. The excellent flow of these markers provides great color coverage on absorbent fabrics. They are lightfast, and fabric that they are applied to is washable after heat setting the ink with a hot iron or hairdryer. The broad tip markers have a wide, round tip which allow them to glide over fabric without snagging. The fine line tip markers are perfect for outlines, detail and writing.


36″ BASSWOOD Sheets!


varied thicknesses and widths – great for architecture modeling projects!




nitram-drawing-by-marcy-villafanaThe Nitram Beaux Arts line takes charcoal to the next level of softness while maintaining its form and ability to sharpen to a very fine point. It is designed for the traditional artist in search of deep, rich black tones with the shape and feel of an extra soft vine or willow charcoal. It has a very smooth consistency that blends easily and provides a diverse range of tonal values. It is made using a proprietary old world manufacturing process that ensures reliability for artists of all proficiencies. Unlike vine or willow charcoal sticks, Nitram charcoal will not crumble or skip when used expressively. Artists have discovered that Nitram charcoal erases better and is easier to work than other less expensive charcoal brands.




 by Winsor Newton -These soft white nylon fiber brushes are ideal for use with acrylics. Excellent results may also be achieved in conjunction with oils and alkyds. Particularly suited for fine detail work, glazing or blending with thinned down color, they are constructed with seamless nickel-plated ferrules and polished red handles.


Some great closeout deals that we bought … visit our CLEARANCE section to see what’s up for grabs!

AND……..  can you say OVERSTOCKED?

WAY too many of these babies, so for a VERY limited time

we’re marking them down 50%

just til we get our stock levels back to normal! 

xl mix media  9″ x 12″ & 11″ x 14″ 

SR457 9″ x 12″ & 11″ x 14″

AA1770523″ x 26″

Call for Artists!

Call for artists – ‘Stories’

Dear friends,

Our upcoming exhibit is titled “Stories”. We welcome artists of all ages to participate.  Share your art that tells a story… maybe a visual interpretation of your favorite piece of literature… The idea is purposefully open-ended; after all…. a picture is worth 1000 words!!

This will be a two-month show with an Art After Dark Artist Reception on Friday, January 6th from 6-8pm. Take-in for this show is Wednesday, January 4th, 10am – 4pm

For all information, please download this PDF ->  2017-1-stories

REMINDER – WE NEED YOUR IMAGES TO ADVERTISE! Please send us JPEGS of art you know you’ll be including in the exhibit, as soon as you can – it helps us advertise, and it gives YOU great exposure!   Please e-mail images to us at:

Handmade Ornaments Workshop!

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Come to Jeanne Miller’s
festive workshop and get into the holiday spirit!

Jeanne Miller: “Holiday Treasures- Handmade Paper Ornaments”
Sat. December 3rd, 10:30am-12:30pm
Fee: $15 for adults, $25 for adult and child pair
Create lovely handmade holiday ornaments using papers, wire, glitter and other embellishments! Just a time for to play, relax and connect, and take a break from the holiday rush. Children 10 and up (when accompanied by an adult) are welcome! Some materials provided. Class materials list on hand at Art Central.

Contact Jeanne Miller for questions or registration by phone: 805-602-7817, or email her at:

Welcome, Tamara Walter!

Art Central is happy to welcome Tamara Walter as our newest gallery member!


Born in 1957, Tami remains a child of the 60s. While obtaining a degree in science and devoting over 36 years in the black-and-white world of engineering, she maintained her internal creative balance by continuing to pursue her love of various art disciplines. Involved in the stained-glass world of the 1980s, she has been involved in design and creation of many multi-disciplined projects.


Practicing the arts of weaving, writing, various jewelry making techniques, mixed media, mosaic and welding, she returned to her first love when she discovered the wild and wonderful world of Kiln fused glass. After many classes with well-known artists, she has set up her own studio today to dabble with the various effects temperature, color and texture have on fused glass pieces. An avid antiques collector and animal lover,  many “found” items are currently being incorporated in a line Tami is creating called “Inclusions.”  Much like steampunk art, “Inclusions”  include items such as old keys, gears and nails captured in fused glass pieces. While creating this line, she continues to achieve an even balance of right and left brain activity by using the techniques learned while designing electrical and civil engineering projects and incorporating the textures and designs ingrained from her “flower child” past. She continues to use vibrant colors and specialty glass to achieve beautiful garden art, vessels, wind chimes and whimsical glass creatures while continuing to learn the newest and latest fusion techniques. 

Come meet her, and see her amazing glass work, tonight at Art After Dark, along with the wonderful work of all of our guest artists participating in our new show “Little Treasures” …

and… here are some more treasures that you can see tonight…








You’re invited!


Art Central’s December show:

“Little Treasures”

Just in time for the holidays,
“Little Treasures” will showcase work priced at or bellow $100!


Lasting all of November and December, this show is a great chance to add an original piece of art to your collection… Or find a great gift for the holidays!

Artists Reception is Friday,
November 4th, from 6-8pm.
(Since there is no Art After Dark in December, this is a 2-month show.)


Demonstration Reminder!


-This Saturday-

Timothy Smith:
Gamblin Oil Paint & Mediums Demonstration

Sat. November 5th, 1-2:30pm… Free!

We still have some room…. email us at to reserve your space!

We ask if it is not a physical hardship, please do not park in Art Central’s lot.  Nearby streets like Pepper Street are a good location for parking.