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Archive for December, 2018

You’re Invited! Join us for our January Silk Exhibit!

“Wild Silks – Three Perspectives”

Featuring silk artists: Jeanne Miller, Dana Kimberly Hixson, and Martha Sparta. 

First Show of the year!!
Join us during Art After Dark for the opening on Friday, January 4th from 6-8pm. Show runs thru January 29th.

Wild Silks – Three Perspectives showcases the work of three silk artists who paint together, sharing their talents and insights with one another.  Jeanne Miller has been an artist and art instructor working in silk, pastel and oil for more than 25 years. After sharing a work studio with accomplished oil painter Dana Kimberly Hixson, Jeanne convinced Dana to try silk painting. Mutual friend Martha Sparta brought a solid foundation in drawing, painting and sewing to the group, and quickly mastered silk painting as well. These three artists, while focused on their own favored subjects and approaches, enjoy collaborating on projects too. This show celebrates their art, friendship, and love of the natural world, and also offers a peek at the handmade clothing they create.  

 

Jeanne Miller

My landscape paintings celebrate earth, water and sky. I love the American west, and paint as a way to honor and stay connected to my favorite places. I am also passionate about oil and pastel, and continue to work and exhibit in those media as well, but I find that silk so beautifully captures the amazing scenery, vistas and rock formations that I love! And as an instructor, it’s always fun for me to share the magic of dye on fabric, and to see how other artists express themselves on silk. (jeannemillerart.com)

 

Dana Kimberly Hixson

My oil painting technique involves many thin, detailed glazes of pigment on a prepared hardwood surface. The art and immediacy of dyeing silk provides a stark contrast to this approach, and is a wonderful challenge for me. The silk allows me to step outside my comfort zone to just ‘see what happens’ as this fluid medium is exciting and unpredictable. I’ve never worked with watercolor but can imagine it might be similar. I’ve always had a love of silk and consider it a privilege to work on it – it’s a true miracle of nature.(danakimberlyhixson.com)

 

Martha Sparta

I’m particularly drawn to complex, intricate patterns such as in cloisonne, paisley, tree bark,or snakeskin. I have enjoyed a lifetime of creative practices ranging from calligraphy, ceramics and pastels to textiles, pencil, and ink drawings – and now silk painting. When I started working in silk, it just grabbed me! I love the versatility of this medium, creating a beautiful wearable art piece or mounting on canvas or for wall hangings and pillows.

More great stuff added to our fundraising sale!

Have you ever looked in my office?  It is the equivalent of a junk closet.  Why? because when we get samples, or products that aren’t perfect, I hoard them.  Not for myself, but to give away – there is always someone who will appreciate a slightly dented tube of paint, a sample pad of paper, etc, etc.

Needless to say, it can get to be too much, so this morning I ruthlessly grabbed 80% of aforementioned bits and pieces, and carted them out to add to the sale.  

Come in and take advantage!  There are still some great items, like print racks, easels, assorted odds and ends, and we probably still have about 50 frames left. There is also some lovely artwork that was donated.  

The sale will go through 4pm today, and since we’ll be closed Monday and Tuesday, last chance will be Wednesday, until about 1pm.  After that we’ll box up what’s left and donate it.

Happy New Year!

Our Fundraiser SALE has begun!

So much great stuff! 

Sketchpads and journals, canvases, various paints, fine papers (mostly printmaking and watercolor), print racks, books, light fixtures, palettes, and a TON of frames – all  styles and sizes – (I’m guessing we have between 200 and 300!)

There are so many frames, we realized we just can’t start to price them!

SO…  make us an offer! 

Keep in mind we appreciate generosity because this is, after all, a fundraiser, but we also don’t want to pack up what is left over – so come, browse and help us help an art student get a scholarship!

Come in Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during our regular store hours and get while the selection is great!

Please – Cash or check ONLY – no credit or debit cards can be accepted for fundraiser items.

 

STORE HOURS – Thursday and Friday 10-5:30pm, Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm

and remember… we will be closed Monday and Tuesday – happy New Year!

2018 was an amazing year for us! Let’s do it again next year!

THANK YOU!

As 2018 comes to its end, we want to thank you for an amazing year.  We love to see you, whether it’s because you need supplies, or you’re enjoying one of our many classes, or because you’re enjoying one of our events. You keep us going and we wouldn’t be here without you… thank you!

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We created together…

20181007_141131We learned together…

20180907_160415We played outside of our comfort zone together…

nov. 17th playdate 2We made greeting cards together…

nov. 17th playdate 1We tried new mediums together…

thumbnail7We waited patiently in line together… 

MomnmeWe SMILED together…

Shabang 1We danced together…

Shabang painting 2We inspired each other…

IMG-9797We LOVE each other…

blog image We saw some spectacular shows and artists come through our gallery together…

IMG-0110We made new friends together…

IMG_5608We poured together…

thumbnail4AND we have celebrated 7 creative years together!

Happy holidays – William, Shauna, Kate, Melissa, Greg and Etty

We wish you a wonderful holiday,

and a healthy, happy and colorful new year!


Monday, December 24 – End of our Holiday Sale and Close at 4pm
Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED
Thursday, December 27 thru Wednesday, January 2 – Fundraiser at Art Central – find bargains and help fund a scholarship for a young artist: https://artcentralslo.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/a-memorial-to-benefit-others/

Monday, December 31 – CLOSED
Tuesday, January 1 – CLOSED

Friday, January 4th, join us for Art After Dark, and our reception for “Wild Silks”.

Hurry in!!  Our Holiday Sale ends TODAY and “Little Treasures” show ends soon. 

AND – Save the Date –

Saturday, Feb 9th – Art Central’s legendary ANNIVERSARY event

 

Can’t get to Art Central?

We’re pleased to announce you can now purchase our gift certificates online!

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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, GIVE YOUR LOVED ONES THE GIFT OF ART WITH OUR ART CENTRAL GIFT CERTIFICATES!

May be picked up at Art Central by the recipient with valid ID  

 

What’s Happening at Art Central – December 17 – December 31


From all of us at Art Central, we wish you a joyful and creative Holiday Season!

We look forward to providing you with lots of opportunities to enhance your creativity in the coming year. 

Thursday, December 20 – Painting Seascapes with Strong Values with Harwood “Woody” Benton continues
• Monday, December 24 – End of our Holiday Sale and Close at 4pm
• Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED
Thursday, December 27 thru Wednesday, January 2 – Fundraising Sale!!
Monday, December 31 – CLOSED
• Tuesday, January 1 – CLOSED

Time is running out for our Holiday Sale and “Little Treasures” show’s gifts for under $100. This show will be gone at the end of the month.

* SAVE the Date of Saturday, February 9th for Art Central’s legendary ANNIVERSARY SALE *

To get all of the details and information on how to register: (more…)

A memorial to benefit others…

Fundraising sale for a deserving young artist after Christmas, at Art Central

I sometimes look around my studio and pity whoever will have to go through it when I’ve come to the end of my journey. There are some really great materials – watercolors, oils, beautiful brushes, assorted papers and pads, frames, tons of pencils, markers, etc. Of course there are also the drawers of “STUFF” that I can’t bear to part with – I just know that someday I’ll make a mosaic, or something out of all the clutter… (yeah, right…)
Sound like your studio?

One lovely lady, Anna Unkovich, came to the end of her journey several months ago, and her husband Don came to me to see if I could help him find a home for all of the items that were a part of her studio.

I love facilitating events like this. Once again, Art Central will host a fundraiser, and like last year, all proceeds will be given to Morro Bay Art Association to offer a scholarship to an art student. And a generous friend of mine, who is in the process of downsizing, heard about this upcoming event, and decided that she would like to offer some of her own excess materials to benefit the scholarship.

As we did last year, this sale will be held in our gallery, and there will be a wonderful array of art supplies to choose from. There will be a LOT of frames, mostly new, in a plethora of shapes and sizes. Please come, browse, and buy, and help us to help another young artist get the financial assistance to pursue his or her passion!

Our sale will run from December 27th thru January 2nd, but please note that we will be closed December 31st and New Years Day.

Help us create a wonderful memorial for Anna, and a fantastic opportunity for a young artist.

“Anna was a creator. In both words and art pieces, she loved to produce something that ignited a feeling. As a lifelong teacher, it was her wish that she be able to go on teaching even after she left this existence. Anna would be thrilled that this fundraiser will benefit future artists.”

Happy Holidays –
Etty and the awesome staff of Art Central

and more!

 

 

 

 

What’s Happening at Art Central – December 10 – December 31


Happy Holidays to You and Your Family!!! 

• Friday, December 14 – CLOSED for Art After Dark
Saturday, December 15 – Painting with Strong Values with Harwood “Woody” Benton
• Sunday, December 16 – Paint Your Pet with Karyn Blaney
• Thursday, December 20 – Painting Seascapes with Strong Values with Harwood “Woody” Benton – last class of 5 class series.
• Monday, December 24 – Close at 4pm
• Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED… Merry Christmas!
• Thursday, December 27 thru Wednesday, January 2 – Fundraising Sale!

Monday, December 31 – CLOSED
• Tuesday, January 1 – CLOSED

Looking for creative gifts? Check out our Holiday Sale and don’t miss “Little Treasures” show’s unique gifts for under $100. Here are some of the beautiful pieces of art on display. This show will end on December 30th.

* SAVE the Date: Saturday, February 9th *

Art Central’s legendary ANNIVERSARY SALE *

To get all of the details and information on how to register: (more…)

What’s Happening at Art Central – December 3 – December 31


The Holidays are here! 

Looking for creative gifts? Check out our Holiday Sale! 

*** Please note our holiday schedule ***

Thursday, December 6 –  Painting Seascapes with Strong Values with Harwood “Woody” Benton continues
• Saturday, December 8 – “3CPS” Pastel Society
• Saturday, December 15 – Painting with Strong Values with Harwood “Woody” Benton
• Sunday, December 16 – Paint Your Pet with Karyn Blaney
• Thursday, December 20 – Painting Seascapes with Strong Values with Harwood “Woody” Benton continues
• Monday, December 24 – Close at 4pm
• Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED

Monday, December 31 – CLOSED
• Tuesday, January 1 – CLOSED

The “Little Treasures” show’s unique gifts are rotating as new ones replace ones that have been purchased. Here are just a few of the items you’ll find!

* Watch for our Fundraising Sale – expected to begin Dec 27th *

To get all of the details and information on how to register: (more…)