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Archive for July, 2018


Join us for the opening reception of local contemporary abstract artist M.L. Burdick’s SOLO Show


Art After Dark, Friday, August 3rd from 6-8pm
Show runs thru September 4th.


BF (She Knows), M.L. Burdick, 20x26, Mixed Media, 2015

“BF (She Knows)”

Weeping Willow - Margaret Burdick 40 x 60 (1)

“Weeping Willow”

Staircase 12-14-16 Margaret Burdick


'The Grid', M.L. Burdick

“The Grid”

plankton arise ML Birdick

“Plankton Arise”

Tempest Up All Night - Margaret Burdick 20 x 26

“Tempest Up All Night”




M.L. Burdick (Margaret), is a contemporary abstract painter who lives and works on the Central Coast of California. Her mixed-media work combines alcohol-based ink, acrylic, and oil pigments to make abstract paintings inspired by the microscopic world.


These works reflect the artist’s deep interest in natural processes. Details, detached from context, produce abstract and inspiring components.

From the small to the large, from the muted to the vivid, every painting begins with the same basic materials. The end results range widely, and while always in the domain of the abstract, the paintings are often strangely realistic.

Burdick’s highly intuitive process uses diverse painting techniques applied spontaneously. This free and impulsive painting style allows the energy of both the forms and the colors to fully emerge.

The paintings seem straightforward. However, they lead the viewer into a unique universe of abstract form and vibrant color and give rise to many unexpected and intriguing interpretations.

Come meet Margaret on August 3rd, from 6-8pm, during ART AFTER DARK!!!


Call For Artists – WE WANT YOUR BEST!

call for artists


We want YOUR art for our October exhibit:




What do you think is YOUR best artwork?

Art work drop-off date is October 2nd or 3rd between 10-4pm, Artist’s reception and opening will be during Art After Dark, Friday October 5th from 6-8pm. Artwork will hang through Oct 29th 2018. 

Entries limited to one per artist (your best one!)

We are accepting ALL MEDIUMS

2-D artwork should be no larger than 16″ x 20″, (framed prints acceptable), sculptures no larger than 16″ (in any direction), and jewelry must be one piece or set per artist, and must fit in our enclosed 12×12 shadow box frames.

Please print out this attached PDF: 2018-10 Personal Best and bring it with you when you drop off your artwork on Oct. 2 or 3rd.

We can’t wait to see what you bring us!

Last chance to see this great pastel exhibit!



–  show ends July 30th  –


for more information on this fab new organization, please visit

Two Great Workshops!

It’s Summer! What better time for an inspiring workshop?

Acrylic Workshop with Drew Davis


Chinese Brush Painting with Hilda Vandergriff

Sunday, August 12 Chinese Brush Painting Lesson: Cat with Blossoms,  Hilda Vandergriff


Friday, August 10 Acrylic Painting with Drew Davis

3-Hour Acrylic Painting Workshop with Drew Davis
Friday, August 10, 2018    2 – 5pm
Fee: $45

Drew has over 16 years experience as a professional artist and 4 years of teaching Art workshops. In this 3 hour acrylic painting workshop, Drew will break down his creative process used to construct vibrant, energetic paintings in an easy-to-understand way. You will explore how to use a photograph and break it down into its simplest painted form. He will share various techniques in how to use color and brush strokes to create movement, balance and energy.

There will be individual focus that is unique to each person’s needs. This class is for all skill levels! We will be working from printed photos, but you are welcome to bring your own images. We will be doing one small warm-up piece and one larger. Paints, brushes and other materials will be provided. Canvas and additional materials can be purchased at Art Central. You are welcome to BYOB. Come join the fun!

Contact Drew for info by phone: 805-234-2302, or email: or purchase your spot by clicking here.

Chinese Brush Painting Lesson: Cat with Blossoms, with Hilda Vandergriff
Sunday August 12th, 12:30 – 2:30pm
Fee: $40 

Have you ever wanted to learn about Chinese brush painting? Sign up and learn how to paint a cat, a bee and blossoms, using simple strokes. Learn to paint cat fur and how to write a Chinese calligraphy word for “Happiness.” Learn how to load a brush with colors and how to paint with Chinese ink.  Learn about seal chops and the variety of papers you can paint on. You will receive a lesson handout and follow along the lesson step by step. You will go home with a beautiful painting and gained knowledge about Chinese brush painting techniques. Hilda is passionate about her teaching and wants people to learn and have fun. Her goal is to bring out creativity; she brings lots of enthusiasm and positive thinking in her teaching style.  Come and have a fun time painting and learning.
Please bring or purchase a Chinese brush (or two) for class at Art Central that day!

To enroll, contact Hilda by phone:  559-322-6557 or email:







Saturday July 21st from 11-2pm

– Come get CREATIVE and MESSY –

Try it all! 

 Cool new stuff you’ll see:

Derwent Procolor colored pencils, Pebeo ‘4Artists’ paint markers, Pentel Pop Gel Pens, New types of Yupo paper, Ampersand Smooth Primed Artists Panels, Marabu Fashion Sprays and liners AND MORE!

Check out our last blog for more details Wow! Another NEW PRODUCT showcase! 


Don’t forget!  The same day we will be holding an oil painting demonstration in our Gallery with

SYDNEY HALL! Sydney Hall Sonoma

Sydney Hall Painting Demo: A Peek into Exploring the Vibrancy of Color
Saturday, July 21st – STARTS at 11 am.
Meet the artist, see pigment in action as the dollops of paint and notes of color make their way to the canvas layer by layer.  After you see her demo, you’ll want to sign up for her upcoming workshop!

Sydney is a Contemporary Impressionist oil painter, and local to the Central Coast. From still-life to landscape, her paintings are about bringing the kaleidoscopic moments of what surrounds us into focus.


A Great Demo Saturday along with our New Product showcase!

Art Central is excited to have
the outstanding painter
Sydney Hall
demonstrate her artistic process

Sydney’s demonstration of painting and color will begin at 11am this Saturday, July 21st, alongside our
New Product Showcase

Sydney Hall Painting Demonstration: A Peek into Exploring the Vibrancy of Color
Saturday, July 21st – STARTS at 11 am.
Fee: Free!
Meet the artist, see pigment in action as the dollops of paint and notes of color make their way to the canvas layer by layer.  And, after you see her demo, you’ll want to sign up for her upcoming workshop!

Sydney is a Contemporary Impressionist oil painter, and local to the Central Coast. From still-life to landscape, her paintings are about bringing the kaleidoscopic moments of what surrounds us into focus.

Pop in for this splendid Saturday event and be inspired! Don’t miss out!  

Save the date
Saturday, July 21st from 11 am to 2 pm
Amazing demonstration and our
New Product Showcase!

Workshop Reminders!

Art Central is happy to host these AMAZING upcoming events…


Lynn Bacigalupo: Calm & Centering Mandalas
Saturday July 28th, 1-3pm
Fee: $25 per workshop

When you create space in your life, a world of possibilities open up.  Come experience the calming benefits of meditation through the art of creating mandalas. We will explore this ancient art form of using symmetrical patterning to center your mind.  All materials are provided, simply bring yourself 🙂  Class includes guided meditation and mandala creation.  All levels welcome, no experience needed. 
To enroll, contact Lynn by email: or phone: 805-242-6802

Spencer Poulter 2

Abstract Silhouette Painting in Oil with Spencer Poulter
Sunday July 29th, 12:30 – 3:30pm
Fee: $40

This class encompasses creating a fun abstract background with use of oil paints and collage materials. the second half of the class focuses on cutting a silhouette from the background and pulling it forward with contrasting color. This is a three-hour class from 12-3pm at Art Central. Some materials provided. Other materials available for purchase at Art Central. All skill levels welcome!
To Enroll (559) 250-3081

Art Centrals New Product Showcase!



Wow! Another NEW PRODUCT showcase!

    SATURDAY, July 21st

11 – 2pm

Art Central
wants to inspire you with fresh and unique new materials

Take the opportunity to try out some great new art supplies… for FREE!

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of course, as usual, we’ll be offering HOT prices on ALL of these items! 

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Check these out…

The 4Artist Marker is an oil-based, multi-technique paint marker that is ideal for a wide array of applications including writing, drawing, flat washes and traditional oil painting techniques. It can be used plein-aire for underpainting. The extremely versatile 4Artist Marker integrates perfectly with mixed media applications and can be used in tandem with LOTS of other mixed media products, as well as a number of craft applications. Use 4Artist Markers on paper, canvas, plastics, wood, metal… ENDLESS possibilities!



Get your BLING on!  Milky pop gel pens offer vivid pastel ink contrasts well with dark colored paper, Solar pop gel pens are vibrant fluorescent neon ink colors, and Sparkle pop gel pens have glittery iridescent ink that is reflective and sparkling, producing different results when writing on black or white paper.  Awesome for detail, bling, mixed media, or colorful writing.  Check out the Solars under black light, too!



The Procolour range of colored pencils feature a strong pencil core with a smooth formulation and highly pigmented color laydown. Suitable for a wide range of pencil techniques including blending, layering and cross-hatching. These pencils offer increased blendability while maintaining a very strong core and are designed with a clean no-dust formula. 72 brilliant colors!

Customize your outfit! Draw, stencil, decorate on shirts, pants, skirts…you name it! These fabric sprays and liners are so easy to use, and the color is BRILLIANT! Bring a fabric that is at least 80% cotton or other natural fiber, to try them out! Metallic sprays shimmer beautifully on light or dark fabric, and the regular colors work best on light colored or white fabric.

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IT’S ABOUT TIME… We’ve brought in the TRANSLUCENT & THE HEAVY WEIGHT!  This synthetic paper made of 100% polypropylene is one of our most popular surfaces – it offers a unique alternative to traditional art papers. Waterproof and stain-resistant, it is exceptionally strong, durable and will not buckle or tear. It is acid-free, archival and has a smooth surface. 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!  A favorite for artists who work with alcohol inks and markers, also great with Posca Markers and the new 4Artist Markers!

Come and try out these new varieties!



These panels feature an ultra-smooth finished surface that is GREAT for oils, acrylics and mixed media. A warp-resistant, non-flexible alternative to canvas, the panel is made of top quality 3/8″ MDF with a smooth acrylic coating. The surface allows for fine brushwork and palette knife painting. It is also perfect for mounting papers, prints and canvas. The uncradled panels feature slots on the back for easy hanging. 


But wait, there’s MORE… (more cool new stuff, that is!)

Join us on Saturday, July 21st

11 – 2pm!

GET CREATIVE. no sign-up necessary! 

We will have lots of different surfaces for you to try that day, but if you prefer, B.Y.O.S! (Bring Your Own Surface) Want to try these products on an old pair of shoes? Shirts? Handbag? Rocks? Bring it in!



WOW – what a show!

We had an overwhelming response from pastel artists for our new exhibit, “Introducing Pastels” – nearly 60 beautiful paintings!

Please join us tomorrow evening, for our Artists’ reception!

Friday, June 6th, from 6 – 8pm

And…  be certain to visit the new website of the California Central Coast Pastel Society:

See you tomorrow night!

Happy Independence Day!

We will be closed Wednesday, July 4th

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Have a great holiday!

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