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Varnish with Gamvar!

We thought we’d share this informative article from the good folks at Gamblin:

Gamvar: The perfect picture varnish

What can be varnished with Gamvar?

In addition to varnishing oil paintings, Gamvar’s mild solvent makes it the perfect varnish for acrylic paintings.

When can Gamvar be applied?

When the thickest areas of the painting are thoroughly dry and firm to the touch. For most paintings, there is no reason to wait 6-12 months.

How is Gamvar applied?

In a word – thinly. Gamvar is best applied in thin layers with a bristle brush. For more information, please visit our video demonstration on varnishing.

Additional information can be found in our article Why Varnish.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 503-235-1945. From all 25 of us, thank you for supporting an independent and American Colorhouse.

Warm regards,

reminder – Call for Artists for March/April Exhibit

Take-in for our exhibit “Spring Succulence” is this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from

10-4pm.  Please download and print the PDF: 2017-3-spring-succulence

Think Spring, think verdant, think abundance…. think renewal, awakening – We’re looking forward to your participation!

AND… Join us for the Artists Reception during Art After Dark on Friday, March 3rd, 6-8pm!


You’re Invited!!

Come join us for our March and April show:

“Spring Succulence”

A show representing the ripeness of spring in various mediums and interpretations.

Artist’s reception on Friday March 3rd from 6-8pm here at Art Central Gallery, show runs through May 3rd.



Tom Frey “Santa Rita Opuntia”


Charlotte D’Aigle “Giverny III


Mary McCrea “Verdant succulent

Deborah Hobbs

Workshops on the way!

Art Central is working hard to bring you a lineup of great workshops taught by amazing instructors.

Check out this great workshop
that is just around the corner!


Hilda Vandergriff: Chinese Brush Painting Workshop
Sat. March 4th, 1-3pm
Fee: $30. Materials list on hand at Art Central

Have you ever wanted to earn how to paint using Chinese Brush Painting Techniques? Join Artist, Hilda Vandergriff, for a fun learning experience.  You will be learning century old techniques of the orient.  Simple brush strokes you can use for fish, lotus leaves, bamboo, calligraphy word for fish and backgrounds too.  You will receive a lesson handout and follow along the demo step by step.
To sign up contact:  Hilda Vandergriff at 559-322-6557 or email at

Further down the line, we have a whole slew of workshops to get excited about!  Check back for more details as we approach the workshop’s date.

Flo Bartell: 3D Encaustic Workshop
2 day workshop. Sat. March 18th 10:30-4:30, Sun. March 19th 12:30-4:00
Fee: $250 for two day workshop
To enroll, contact Flo by email: or phone: 805-528-7983


Larry LeBrane: Drawing Foundation Series “The Magic of Line”
Thurs. March 30th 5pm-8pm
Fee: $45
To enroll, contact Larry by email: or phone: 805-528-8791


Joan M. Skinner: East Meets West Watercolor Workshop
4 day Workshop. April 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd 10:45-2pm
Fee: $100
To register, contact Joan by phone: 805-473-1202 or 661-972-3688 or email:


Lynn Bacigalupo: Calm & Centering Mandalas
Sundays April 9th, May 14th 1-3pm
Fee: $25 per workshop
To enroll, contact Lynn by email: or phone: 805-242-6802


Larry LeBrane: Drawing Foundation Series “Perspective”
Thurs. April 27th 5pm-8pm Fee: $45
To enroll, contact Larry by email: or phone: 805-528-8791


Judy Gittelsohn: Golden Acrylic Painting Advanced Workshop
Sat. April 29th 10am-4pm
Fee: $125
Contact Judy Gittelsohn for questions or registration by phone: 650 248 5381, or email:


(This is – I hope – a complete list of play-stations and our sale products during our event. Some corrections and time changes have been listed.)

We’ll open our doors at 10am sharp!  Our first 50 customers will receive an awesome bag of goodies, compliments of our very generous manufacturers!  What’s in the bags?  Products from some of the biggest names in art supplies… be here early to get one! 

MEMBERS – need to renew your membership?  Been thinking about getting a NEW membership?   This Saturday only, 20% OFF! 

Nearly ALL of our furniture … easels, tables, chairs, mat cutters, print racks, carts… are on sale – come early for best selection, limited to in-store stock!

ALL DAY – Montana Marker Graffiti Walls – one white, one black – We’re really hoping to see 2 super-cool collaborative pieces by the end of the day.  We’ll have markers out to use… Please participate!  Montana Markers on sale all day – buy 3, get 1 free (free markers are at register)

10am:  PLAYSTATION – JohnMark will be showing people how to use Liquitex pouring medium on Ampersand Gessobord.  We have more than 50 panels – which should be enough for everyone who wants to try it!   About 1½ hours.  Liquitex mediums & Gessobord 8×8 panels will be on sale all day! 

DAKOTA BRUSHES – New to us, but a proven fantastic synthetic brush for oil and acrylic – Buy 3, get 1 free!  (Free brushes are at register)

Gamblin Artist Oils DELUXE set – 35% off, while they last! 

10:30am:  PLAYSTATION – Margaret will invite you to try Pinata alcohol inks on Yupo paper.  About 1½ hours.  We’ll have plenty of materials to play with here, too!  FREE Pinata extender with purchase of any 3 Pinata colors! (Free bottles of extender are at register)

11am:  PLAYSTATION – Kurtis will be showing off Derwent Inktense watersoluble pencils on Global Hot Press watercolor paper, and will be giving out samples to the first lucky participants, for 1 hour!   Our 6, 12, and 24 sets of Intense will be on sale!

11:30am:  PLAYSTATION – William has done some great sketches with the Winsor Newton Pigment Markers on several different types of paper.  He’s learned that laying down the Blender marker first will allow the artist to more readily blend the other markers successfully.  Come and try for yourself!  Pigment Markers sale – buy 3, get 1 free!

12pm:  PLAYSTATION – Kurtis will show the differences between Derwent’s pastel pencils and Carb-Othello’s pastel pencils.  About 1 hour.  Try these great pencils on Global’s Premier pastel paper!  Both brands of pastel pencils on sale – buy 3, get 1 free!

1:30pm – More GIFT BAGS, while they last – Thanks again to our generous manufacturers!

1:30pm – 5pm:  ARCHES 10-packs of 140lb Cold Press 50% off, while supplies last! 

2pm:  PLAYSTATION – Kurtis and children (with parents, please!) try out our new kids art supplies… Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencil Sets and Gel-Stick Sets!   Faber-Castell kids sets 20% off! 

2pm:  DEMONSTRATION – Tricia Reichert – “Playing with Techniques” in the gallery!   

3pm – 5pm:  GAMBLIN Sale – buy any 3 artist-grade Gamblin Oil colors, get a free 150ml WHITE!  (Free whites are at register)  (Please note – GAMBLIN Happy Hour is a 2-hour sale.  We forgot to include the time in our original post.  Sorry!

LOTS of items on clearance, as well as some close-outs that we picked up just because we can’t turn down an amazing deal!  Too much to list, and we’d rather keep you in suspense, anyway!

We’re excited about turning 6 years old & we look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

♥ ♥ ♥ 10am – 5pm… don’t miss it ♥ ♥ ♥














hard to believe it’s been 6 years…

Dear friends –

I’d like to thank you all…  

In this day and age, it’s so easy to ‘click’ on an item on your computer, and order product that way.  It takes effort to visit your local businesses, and we are aware every day that we need to earn your trust, your time, and your loyalty. 

We always strive to give you the most accurate information on products and how to use them, and we do our best to give you the most competitive pricing that we can.  I don’t ever want you to feel that you are sacrificing price to get awesome customer service, and I hope that during the last 6 years we have made you happy.

When I opened Art Central 6 years ago, I hung a sign outside my office that reads:

“If you’re happy with our service, tell your friends … If not, please tell us!”

Word of mouth has always been our best means of advertising, so I guess that you ARE telling your friends.  But I’d like to remind you that if we ever make you unhappy, the only way that we can fix it is if we know about it! 

Thank you for the last 6 years…  I hope you’ll join us this Saturday with our celebration!  I’ll be sending out one more blog, hopefully later today, with a review of everything you can expect to see and enjoy during the day!

Gratefully –


you will LOVE the deals this Saturday, Feb. 11th!


25 – 50% off on select products!

♥ easels ♥


♥ drafting tables ♥

Pavilion drafting table

♥ storage carts ♥


♥ print racks ♥


♥ children’s easels ♥

kids easel

♥ mat cutters ♥


♥ closeout, clearance items ♥

clearance sign

♥ AND… LOTS OF GIVAWAYS at our “TRY-ME” tables!  ♥

♥ gotta love it! ♥

Please note – Most items are limited quantity – store stock only, no rainchecks.   Sale prices may not be combined with other discounts.  Thank you for understanding! 


Art After Dark & Collage Play-date Recap

Just want to thank all those that participated in our “different” Art After Dark Friday night as well as our awesome collage play date on Saturday… 


We decided to have a play event during Art After Dark, and with Tracy Taylor’s loving ♥ guidance, a bunch of folks created amazing prayer flags.



Both events were absolutely fantastic… So many good vibes at Art Central!


Check out these pics from this past weekend, and be sure to stay in the loop with our future classes and workshops.









says it all…..

NEW! A ‘Try-Me’ table for kids at our Anniversary Event – 2pm!

Take this opportunity to see and try these great quality children’s materials, and have your little one try them, too!  Please…  play together with your children!

faber-castell-gel-sticks-12             faber-castell-metallic-gel-sticks


Gel Sticks – Color that glides on paper like magic!  They are water-soluble and can achieve watercolor effects when water is added. They can be layered and multiple colors can be mixed together for amazing artistic creations.  For ages 5 and up. 


 FABER CASTELL Watercolor Pencils!

Made of reforested wood, these quality watercolor pencils are SV (secure all) bonded for break-resistant leads that do not fall out. They feature smooth colors that dissolve instantly in water. The grip-dots and triangular shape provide better control and prevents the pencils from rolling off tables and desks. These sets include richly-pigmented colors that are non-toxic, acid-free and conform to ASTM D-4236.

Remember – this play station will start at 2pm!


Great opportunities to try great products during the day!

We’ll offer opportunities to learn about and play with different products during our Anniversary Event!


  • 10am… a play-station with Liquitex Acrylic Pouring Medium, and Ampersand Gessobord panels
  • 10:30am… a play-station with Pinata Alcohol Inks and Yupo paper
  • 11am… a play-station with Inktense pencils and Global Hot Press Watercolor paper


  • 12pm… a play-station with Carb-Othello & Derwent Pastel Pencils on Premier Pastel sanded paper
  • Try out Winsor & Newton’s Pigmented alcohol-based markers – see how they blend!
  • 2pm… this is a FIRST for us during our Anniversary Event – a play-station for KIDS!  We recently brought in some great products by Faber Castell – high quality art supplies for children – and we’ll have some great products out for your little ones to try!   Mommy and Daddy… please play with your children!

more to come…  stay tuned!

February 11th is going to be THE day to be at Art Central!

Save the date!! Art Central’s Anniversary Event February 11th!!!

What can you expect in the afternoon during our Anniversary Event?

what else is “in store” for you on Feb 11th?(punny!…)