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It was a great weekend!

This past weekend was packed with creative fun… here are some highlights!

Art After Dark at Art Central 

We had an awesome turnout at the opening reception of David Limrite’s students in “Figuratively Teaching” last Friday during Art After Dark! It was so much fun talking with the amazing artists in the show (some are pictured below).

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Watercolor Workshop with Tracy Taylor

Tracy’s under-watercolor class filled our gallery on Saturday, everyone had a blast creating vibrant watercolor paintings of sea animals and plants. The finished pieces are breathtaking! 

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Abstract Acrylics with Drew Davis 

Drew taught another amazing workshop on Sunday! Working mostly from imagination, we used various techniques in color and brushstroke to create movement. Everyone had a blast learning from Drew and creating energetic abstract paintings!

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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?    https://www.jacquardproducts.com/jacquard-screen-ink.html

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!

 

Exciting Events at Art Central!

We have two
very exciting, very different
events this weekend at Art Central!

Saturday, May 21st, 12 – 2pm
 SolarFast Play-Date

This workshop is limited to 8 maximum.  Don’t wait to reserve your space!

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SolarFast dyes natural fabrics without stiffening the material.  Use stencils, or just about anything to create unique designs and silhouettes.  Photographic negatives work great!  You can even draw and  paint it on directly with a brush!  SolarFast is activated by sunlight… SO easy!  Just apply the dye, create your design, and put in the sun!

Bring $10, your own natural fiber substrate (shirt, pants, scarf, etc.) and any stencils or objects you would like to use.  We’ll supply the rest! 

To register for this Play Date, call us (805) 747-4200, or email us at artcentralslo@yahoo.com

For more information, click here!

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Sunday, May 22nd, 1 – 3pm
David Limrite’s oil-stick demonstration

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Oil Paint Sticks are versatile, direct, immediate, expressive and, at times, unpredictable. Working with them allows the artist to both draw and paint at the same time. This demonstration will explore basic drawing and painting techniques, as well as, a wide range of advanced techniques such as blending, washes, wiping, scraping, scratching back into, and Alla Prima. Please contact Art Central to reserve your place: (805) 747-4200, or e-mail us at artcentralslo@yahoo.com

FREE Demo!   (approximately 2 hours)


Don’t miss out on all the fun and these great learning opportunities!

SPECIAL Golden Artist Colors Demo and Workshop! Saturday, March 14th!

Exciting!

We are hosting a Golden Artist Colors demonstration and workshop on MARCH 14th!

TO SIGN UP for demo and / or workshop, please e-mail us at artcentralslo@yahoo.com.  Please include your name and phone#! 

Demonstration (morning, 10-12pm) is free, but sign-up in advance is required.  We have room for 25 MAXIMUM.

Workshop (afternoon, 1-4pm) is $65, and includes paints and brushes.  You will need to purchase your own canvas, board, etc.  (4 are recommended, try working on different surfaces!)  no larger than 9×12 or 10×10, please.  We have room for 12 MAXIMUM.  If there is a huge response, we will do a second workshop on Sunday, March 15th, from 12-3pm.  Registration must be accompanied by payment, please!  Cash or check only.  Please make checks payable to Art Central. 

DEMO: 

Saturday, March 14    

Time: 10 am-12 noon.

Instructor:  Certified Golden Paints working artist –  Judy Gittelsohn (www.judyg.com)

 

This is a free educational presentation on acrylic paints and mediums is a fantastic overview – including “new kid on the block”, Golden High-Flow Acrylics with its remarkable ink-like viscosity.  The lecture is an advanced technical explanation of acrylics.  You will be shown some examples of gels and mediums which work very well with the High Flow and the traditional Heavy Body and Fluid Acrylics.  We’ll cover the different types of pigments & their qualities of light fastness, and compare them to traditional Heavy Bodied Acrylic and Fluid Acrylic.  Will also discuss health and safety concerns.  Literature and free samples of paint and mediums for all those who attend. (See instructor info below.)

 

A Great Workshop with Fantastic Golden High Flow Paints and Mediums  – $65

Saturday, March 14, 1-4 pm.  (Min. 6; max 12.)

Instructor:  Judy Gittelsohn (www.judyg.com)

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This is a fantastic opportunity to explore with gusto!  Participants will engage in 6 exercises (or more) using a range of Golden products with an emphasis on the new High Flow Acrylics. We will understand how the Golden High Flow differs from Heavy Body and Fluid Acrylics and how to best enjoy these “ink-like” acrylic paints in our own artwork.

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You arrive ready to paint with a curious mind. I bring the brushes, refillable markers and Golden paints.  You may purchase your surfaces of choice, no larger than 9×12, 10×10, etc.  We will experience grounds such as micaceous iron oxide and light molding paste, and will discuss layering and glazes.

 

About Judy Gittelsohn

 

Judy Gittelsohn has been painting in the Bay Area for over 30 years and has been a Golden Paints Working Artist since 2001. She studied at the SF Art Institute and has exhibited widely in California. Gittelsohn has received grants to teach art to developmentally disabled individuals, people recovering from illness or injury, and at-risk youth.

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Artist Statement


My recent paintings are large acrylic color studies of words, letters, symbols and potions. These characters are placed in an atmosphere and rendered like a portrait. I like to take philosophical turns and twists on these everyday symbols. It is their emotion and character that I aim to reveal. My letters do not have to stand or support; they can float and fly and disappear and reveal. Paint can take us where physics cannot.

While my subject is contemporary, my approach is traditional. Layers of blended paint, shaped and forged, form my oversized view of each subject. The final image resembles enlarged pop art. The traditional painting approach and my close look at language and symbols is unexpected. I enjoy translating common symbols into visual compositions and telling a new story.

 

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Love Art Central? Come, and have fun!

We have been working SO hard to make our 4th anniversary event a fantastic day for you… great deal$, great demos, great opportunities to try product…  thank you so much, all of our awesome customers, for helping us to achieve this milestone!

Here is some of what you can expect to see this Saturday! 

Our “main attractions” demonstrations will be held in our gallery, each will be about an hour long:

Laure Carlisle  will offer a colorful demo in the morning, using the new Golden High Flow acrylics!

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Tricia Reichert will demonstrate the new NITRAM Charcoal Sticks in the early afternoon!

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Both artists will have some examples of their art hanging in the gallery all day – (if you fall in love with one of their paintings, they will be available for purchase!)

In addition, we will have demonstrations and play-stations throughout the day in the store.

Check out the NEW colors by Art-Graf called “Earth Colors”, and use them on Global’s new 100% rag cold press watercolor paper.  These beauties can be used dry on dry paper, dry on wet paper, wet on dry paper – OHHH!  THE POSSIBILITIES!  Meet Dawn, our sales rep for this company – she can answer all of your questions!  (Morning, again late afternoon)

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We’ll be offering the opportunity to try a “blind taste test” with the Nitram Charcoal  (no, you won’t actually taste them!)  See if you can tell the difference between 4 different brands of charcoal sticks!  Sandy will be handing out samples freely – don’t miss out!  (Morning, again late afternoon)

Watch as William demonstrates how easy it is to do GOLD LEAF.  I have been selling this product for years, and I always thought it was so complicated!  Wow – it’s actually pretty easy!  We’ll have plenty for you to try – check it out!   (Mid-day)

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Stephanie will be doing a demonstration using very cool metallic water-based paints & PATINAS made by Sophisticated Finishes – watch as the items she paints oxidize before your eyes!   Imagine adding touches of these paints to your paintings, or refinishing a tired old frame?…   (Mid-day)

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Sandy has never done a Gelli-Plate monoprint before, but she’s such a trooper, she’s going to show everyone how to do it!  Be there to cheer her on, and try it yourself!  You can try all kinds of fun products at this table – the High Flow Acrylics, Catalyst Blades, Gelli-Plates…  have a love affair with color and texture!  (early afternoon)

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And …….

WHAT else, you ask, can you expect?  what kind of deal$?…

Far too many to list them all, but all of the above products will be on sale, of course, and LOTS more…

Select Easels and Chairs… great discounts!

Select brushes… 50% off… Holbein Watercolors and Gouache… 50% off… Grumbacher Oil Painting Mediums… 50% off…

Print bins, both canvas & wooden ones – up to 60% off!

Select Frames on Clearance – great prices!

Select Portfolios – 30 – 40% off!

Select Higgins Inks – 35% off!

And, as always, a deal on renewing your membership!

(there’s more, but you’ll have to come in to see!)

And don’t forget the pre-buys on Montana Gold spray paint and the Cradled wood panels!

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* We have gotten a TON of support from our manufacturers and distributors – They are the ones to thank for all the goodies that will be in the gift bags that our first 50 customers will receive.  

Studios on the Park Hosting Lian Zhen Workshop* in February!

 

 

 

Hi, all! 

*We are just helping to get the word out.  For more info, PLEASE contact http://www.studiosonthepark.org directly.  We are not taking sign-ups at Art Central!

Lian Zhen will also be teaching a Watercolor workshop on Feb 16 17 18, in Orcutt. Some spaces are still available!   For more info, contact Sheila at (805) 929-1440 or sunderwoodartist@charter.net.

Chinese Watercolor Techniques

with Lian Quan Zhen
Thursday, February 19 – Saturday, February 21: 9 am – 4 pm
Click here for the downloadable supply list.
Click here for more information or to sign up.

Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique methods including “Color Pouring and Blending” and “Paint Around”. There are 4-6 short demos each day with student practices between. In critics Lian helps students by touching up their paintings. At end of workshop students may be able to finish couple of paintings, or learn enough techniques to complete them later.

Maximum 24 students. $225 per student.

About Lian Quan Zhen
Lian Quan Zhen is a popular watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books.

Lian started sketching and painting in his childhood and continue as hobby while he practiced medicine as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996. He has many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and developed an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings.

His art teaching credentials include at the University of California at Berkeley where he taught watercolor outdoor sketching for 8 years; watercolor and Chinese painting workshops nationwide in US, and other countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, China, South Africa and Australia. Also, Lian has been an invited juror for California, Colorado, New Mexico and Kentucky Watercolor Societies’ exhibitions and other local shows. His paintings are featured in many magazines and books.

Studios on the Park  1130 Pine Street (between 11th and 12th), Paso Robles, CA 93446

Hours: 

Thursday: 12 pm – 6 pm
Friday: 12 pm – 9 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 9 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm
Closed Monday – Wednesday

Attention Animal Lovers – Fundraising workshop!!!

Animal drawing workshop at Art Central!

 

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This workshop is geared toward the ‘animal lover’ with proceeds benefitting Second Chance at Love animal rescue in Templeton.

Artist and animal lover Deborah Kyle Hintergardt will be the mentor in this pencil drawing workshop.

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Participants (all levels are welcome!) can expect to have their creative side wakened, their seeing abilities sharpened, and their drawing skills honed in this fun informative workshop.

 $50 fee includes instruction, materials, refreshments and fun!  Limited to 10 participants.

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ALL proceeds will benefit 2nd Chance at Love – Help us to support this amazing organization!

Saturday, July 26th, from 1pm to 4pm

 Let us know you are coming…   Sign up & payment in advance, please!
Phone: 805-747-4200
Email: artcentralslo@yahoo.com

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And – this workshop is for everybody!  Even if you don’t know which end of a pencil is up, you’ll learn, and have a great time doing it! 

STILL don’t think you are up to the challenge?   Want to support 2nd Chance anyway?  Our amazing exhibit:  “Fur, Feathers, and Fins” will be up through the end of July!  Stop by and see the incredible animal art of some of our finest local artists!  50% of all sales of this exhibit will go to 2nd Chance!

Collage Play Date was GREAT!

If you missed it, you missed out!

Fun was had and art was made at our Collage Play Date!

Check out the wonderful work created by our enthusiastic crew of artists.

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New friends and new art!  What could be better?

Our next Play Date:   Magnificent Masks will be on Saturday, June 14th! 

Check your calendar and don’t miss out on the fun!  Sign up by phone 805-747-4200, or e-mail us at artcentralslo@yahoo.com

Two Great Encaustic Classes Coming Your Way!

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Come join Flo Bartell and learn the hot” encaustic technique!

 

Beginning class- May 31st

Advanced (including 3 Dimensional!) class- June 21st!

This is a hot new old technique!

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Each workshop runs 12-4pm

$65 plus materials

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Register and Sign-up thru Flo Bartell at flo.bartell@gmail.com and

be sure to check out her website at http://www.flobartell.com!

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Coming in January – Lian Zhen workshops!

       This is SO exciting!

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Lian Zhen, who is very well known, (read his bio below!) is doing workshops here at Art Central, and in Paso Robles at Studios on the Park www.studiosonthepark.org  in January!

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We expect these workshops to fill up very quickly, so please don’t delay!  You may sign up for either workshop at Art Central.  Please download this PDF:  Lian Zhen Jan 2014 workshop and materials list   For questions or more info, please e-mail us at artcentralslo@yahoo.com.

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Course Title:  East Meets the West – Chinese painting and Watercolor    

Class description for Art Central in San Luis Obispo (2-days):

One day Chinese painting in spontaneous style

Students learn how to use the Chinese brushes,

ink and colors, as well as the theory of the Asian Art.

Subjects will be flower and animal.

One day watercolor

Students learn basic techniques such as compositions

and coloring, as well as Lian’s techniques including

the “Color Pouring and Blending”.

Use 3 primary colors to achieve beautiful effects.

Subject: bird or frogs.

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Class description for Studios on the Park in Paso Robles (3-days):

First day: Chinese painting in spontaneous style

Students learn how to use the Chinese brushes, ink and

colors, as well as the theory of the Asian Art.

Subjects will be flower and landscape.

Second and third day: watercolor

Students learn basic techniques such as compositions

and coloring, as well as Lian’s techniques including

the “Color Pouring and Blending”.

Use 3 primary colors to achieve beautiful effects.
Subjects: animal – Elephants or buffalos or moose

(one and half day) on 1/2 sheet watercolor paper;

Grapes or fish (half day) on 1/4 sheet watercolor paper.

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Lian Quan Zhen is a popular watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books.

Lian started sketching and painting in his childhood and continue as hobby while he practiced medicine as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996. He has many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and developed an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings.

His art teaching credentials include at the University of California at Berkeley where he taught watercolor outdoor sketching for 8 years; watercolor and Chinese painting workshops nationwide in US, and other countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, China, South Africa and Australia. Also, Lian has been an invited juror for California, Colorado, New Mexico and Kentucky Watercolor Societies’ exhibitions and other local shows. His paintings featured in magazines such as Watercolor 94 Spring, Splash4, Collectors (Hong Kong) and books of Landscape on Watercolor (UK), Finding Your Visual Voice and Painter’s Quick Reference books by North Light Books: Flowers and Blooms, Dogs and Cats, Birds and Butterflies, Landscapes and Drawing and Painting Animals – the Essential Guide.
Lian’s three books are distributed internationally. The Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolor, published in October of 2000; the Chinese Watercolor Techniques – Painting Animals, published in December of 2004, with demos on video tapes and DVDs made by Teaching Arts in UK; Chinese Watercolor Techniques for Exquisite Flowers published in 2009. They were main selections for North Light Book Club members. In Fall 2013 North Light will publish his fourth book: Chinese Landscape Techniques for Watercolor.