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A Kickstarter Art Central is proud to be a part of!

Turning pollution into Art.

How a small group of visionaries is using  this big idea to improve the world!
And Gamblin Paints is on board:

-– Gamblin Artists Colors is excited to be partnering with John Sabraw and his colleagues at Ohio University to help turn pollution into beautiful, non-toxic paint.

“The idea of turning pollution into pigment, which can live in the world for centuries within an oil painting, while having a net-positive impact on the environment is so exciting – we wanted to be part of it,” says Scott Gellatly, Gamblin Product Manager. “The idea was the first thing – but the fact that it yields such beautiful, inspiring colors is what secured our interest in partnering with John and his team.” 

“The Kickstarter campaign is the first step in Ohio University’s efforts to produce these pigments on a larger scale. Once their goal has been realized, we will be working together to make these colors more broadly available to painters, so their project can economically sustain itself in the future. We greatly appreciate the support John and his team has received from our community of painters and from independent retailers such as Art Central Art Supply.”


Art Central has contributed to this amazing program and we hope you will, too!
Take a moment to view their Kickstarter page and find out more.

A few days ago, I spoke to Scott at Gamblin, and expressed my excitement about this project.  I asked him if I could get a tube of the color to give to Libby Tolley, so that she could try it out and let me know what she thought.  She stopped by Art Central yesterday, picked it up, and painted with it today.  She called me this evening, buzzing with enthusiasm, and was happy to share her thoughts, which she then e-mailed to me.  I am attaching her letter here:

“Today I had the opportunity to try Gamblin’s Reclaimed Earth Violet.  Before I painted with it, I gave it the mixing test.  I mixed it with my palette that I use for painting on location or for studio landscape paintings. 

As an artist that chooses to paint natural light and color, I found the hue (color) to be a companion to my palette. The  Reclaimed Earth Violet is a grayed violet that can be pushed warmer or cooler and it does not take over another mineral color…   The pigment and brush ability passed my test.  If this paint becomes available I will incorporate it on my palette. 

To this end, hoping there will be new earth friendly archival colors that we as artists can choose to use, I have donated to help this research.”

Elizabeth Tolley


Gamblin Limited AMD paint + pigments


We CAN make a difference.

New Product Showcase! Saturday, September 16th!

Art Central
wants to inspire you with awesome new products!

On Saturday, September 16th, from 12-3 pm we’ll be offering you the opportunity to try out some great new products… for FREE!

Check out some of the cool new items you’ll see… (click on the pictures for videos of each product!  COOL!)

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Marabu Easy Marble Paint –
A truly easy way to give a marble pattern to almost anything.  Just dunk it!

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– Marabu Porcelain & Glass Paint Markers –
Decorate everything from wine glasses to mugs to windows!

Marabu Fashion Design Produkte

– Marabu Fashion Sprays & Liners –
Customize your outfit!  Write, draw and decorate on shirts, pants, skirts…you name it!

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– Sennelier Abstract Acrylic Paints –
A great line of quality acrylic paints, from a renowned company, that’s also economical?  Yes, PLEASE!

Jacquard screen printing ink

– Jacquard Screen Printing Ink –
Beautiful colors, archival, light fast, enhanced open/working time, and wash safe once heat set.  What more could you want from a screen printing ink?

Amazing deals will be offered on these products… but ONLY if you come in  Saturday! Don’t miss out! 

Saturday Sept. 16th!

12 – 3pm!

GET CREATIVE… no sign-up necessary! 

Bring your own wine glass, T-shirt, or whatever you want to try out these products!


TAKE 10…. this week only!

This week – thru Saturday, May 20th…

ALL CLEARANCE – extra 10% off !

 This week ONLY!


What’s the line-up for the BIG day’s events?!


We have such great stuff lined up for you to see and try! 

In the gallery – Demonstrations and an opportunity to TRY STUFF!!!

10:30am – Winsor & Newton NEW Pigment Markers – totally blendable – and they won’t fade!  JohnMark will offer you the opportunity to try them!


12pm – Ever want to just try encaustic briefly, to see if it’s as much fun as it seems to be?  With Flo, you’ll get the opportunity!  We’ll have R&F Encaustic cakes and pigment sticks, & Ampersand Encausticbords to work with!


1pm – Try FW Acrylic Ink and Golden High Flow Acrylics with Sandy, and learn about some great gesso, too!  Try it, you’ll like it!


2pm – Watch Sandra paint using Holbein Watersoluble DUO Oil paints.  And while she is doing this, Dawn will have canvas so that you can try it, too!



10am – Play with Dawn & try a whole bunch of great stuff made by GLOBAL – they have great papers, and all kinds of amazing products to use with them – including a NEW product that I’m not going to tell you about, other than to say it is SO cool!  You’ll have opportunities to try everything!


10am – Sandy will be showcasing a product that WE DON’T SELL!!  Huh?  Kuretake has some fantastic markers – and we want to know if you like them!  She will have an assortment out for you to try, AND… if you like ’em, buy some!  We have a display of them that we brought in JUST for the anniversary, and they will all be on sale.  If y’all like them, tell us, and we’ll make them a permanent part of our inventory!


11:30am – Sandy will give you the opportunity to try NITRAM Charcoal – tell us how you like it!  Beautiful velvety sticks – YUM!


12pm – Try GOLD LEAF!  It is so much easier than it looks!


2pm – Do you love the look of PATINAS? Have you ever wanted to try to mimic that wonderful oxidized look of antique metal?  Come and play  – it’s so easy to do, and the effects are awesome!


2pm – Join Will as he shows off the pigment markers that JohnMark will have demonstrated earlier – along with a couple of other awesome new products!  FUN!


ALL DAY PLAYSTATION:  Try CRETACOLOR Woodless Watercolor Pencils – rich creamy color and awesome detail to go with it!   We’ll have Ampersand Aquabord and Global Watercolor paper to try them on!


ALL DAY PLAYSTATION:  Try Fabric painting with TEE-JUICE MARKERS!  Paint on our canvas bags, or bring your own cloth to color!  Great markers, rich and vibrant – easy heat-set and go!



save the date… Saturday, Feb 20th!

Can you believe that Art Central is about to celebrate its

5th anniversary?

(I can’t believe how fast time goes!)

Please join us Sat, February 20th 

ALL DAY, 10 – 5pm!

We’ll have gift bags for our first 50 customers…

Demonstrations, play-stations, informal workshops thru-out the day…

AMAZING sales on so many products…  and LOTS more!

Save the date!



We want your artwork in our November/ December Show!


Eileen Braun Ornaments

GROUP SHOW at Art Central Gallery!

We are looking for your art priced under $100…What a great opportunity to sell small work for the holidays!!! This exhibit will hang from November 6th through Jan 4th.   Artists reception Art After Dark on November 6th… a great time for artists to meet with the public and to invite friends and relatives. If you make small items like artistic ornaments, tiles, or mugs, bring them in!

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  Got questions? e-mail us:

And we’d love to use your work in our advertising!   Please email us images of your artwork you plan on submitting (be sure to include your name, artwork title and medium!)

Artwork drop-off is Wednesday, NOVEMBER 4th!

Original art, prints, & 3-D work are all welcome! 

(Sorry, no jewelry at this time!)

Be creative, and show us what you’ve got! 

DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM HERE!  2015-11 Little Treasures

The 12×12 Sale is Coming to an End

Our deals on 12×12
gallery wrapped canvases and cradled panels
is over at the end of July

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12×12 Sale!

Great Deals on 12″x12″ Panels & Gallery Wrapped Canvas!

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Once again, Art Central is proud to be hosting this year’s

Open Studio Art Tour’s

 “ 12x12x12  Preview Show “ 

 Proudly presented by 
Arts Obispo

Thru the end of JULY, Art Central will be selling select 12×12 cradled panels and stretched canvas at AMAZING discounts…


You’re Invited!

 Join us for our June show

" L O C A L  V I S T A S "

An exhibit of work showcasing the inspiring beauty of the central coast’s landscapes

  Roberta Fountain CerroSanLuis

Roberta Fountain, “Cerro San Luis”


Guillermo Willie Bishop PeakGuillermo Willie, “Bishop’s Peak”

Diane Broyles Santa Margarita
Diane Broyles, “Santa Margarita Walk”

Cheryl Strahl Sunset From The Vineyard
Cheryl Strahl, “Sunset from the Vineyard”

Peter Carnes AM Frost LOVR
Peter Carnes, “AM Frost”

Come check out these beautiful Landscapes and many more during our Artist’s reception on Art After Dark, Friday, June 5th 2015 from 6-8pm.

Show will run through June 30th




National Juried Encaustic Exhibit

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Cash and product awards

Juror:  Eileen Goldenberg

New submission deadline:  JUNE 15th!

CD’s containing artwork  must be submitted to Art Central by 6/15/14

Please view the attached prospectus for details:  2014-8 Wax Effects

Sponsored in part by RF Paints  RF Logo

Art Central Gallery & Art Supply    

1329 Monterey Street     San Luis Obispo, CA  93401