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Workshop Reminder!

Don’t forget about
this fun and relaxing
workshop next Saturday!


Lynn Bacigalupo: Calm & Centering Mandalas
Saturday April 28th, 1-3pm
Fee: $25 per workshop
Embrace this ancient art form to calm and center your mind. Learn how to create mandalas, using symmetrical patterning as a form of meditation. We will begin with a guided meditation and set a personal intention for our practice. All levels are welcome, no experience needed.
To enroll, contact Lynn by email: or phone: 805-242-6802

What a great way to spend your Saturday.
Art, good company and FUN!

Sign up today!

Team up with Art!

This stunning mixed-media collage project was a combined effort of members of  “BizBuySell & BizQuest, divisions of CoStar Group, Inc., during their team-building day!   


Artist/instructor Jeanne Miller led this team in creating a beautiful collage landscape made from unique handmade papers. Their combined effort resulted in a whimsical and creative art piece — such a fun way to work together and get to know each other!

WOW!  This is what the team had to say:

“This was an event for the books! It was great to get our team of Engineers and Designers to come together and build something we can actually feel and touch. On a daily basis we are in a cube testing, coding and designing – this team event allowed us to get in closer quarters, roll up our sleeves and make something that is tangible that we can be proud of. Everyone had a blast and we would definitely do this again – We have a few more walls that need art work in our office. Thanks again Jeanne, Etty and Greg!


“BizBuySell & BizQuest, divisions of CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ – CSGP)  Commercial real estate’s leading provider of information and analytic services.”


pour it on at 2pm!

This 2nd workshop is now full. If you’d like to be on a waiting list, please e-mail us at, and include your phone #.   Thank you!


Our 11-1 Pouring Workshop on Saturday, May 5th filled up FAST! 

Fortunately, Mia is a real sport and is willing to do another workshop from 2-4pm.

Please call us – 805-747-4200 to reserve your spot, and remember…
Payment secures reservation, and is required before workshop.

(check or cash only, please!) 

(only 8 spaces left, so don’t delay!)

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Open Spring show – We want your art!

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This show is open to all mediums. Be creative with the theme but tie into the idea of Spring. Use your imagination and join us!


Please Print this Artists entry form for more information: 2018-5 Spring Vistas 

Share with your friends!
Artwork credit, Artist Robin Noble

Pour it on!

Have you heard of
Pouring Medium Painting?

It’s all the rage, and Art Central is excited to offer a
– Paint Pouring Workshop –

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Pour Your Painting: Acrylic Pouring Medium Workshop
Saturday May 5th, 11am – 1pm
Fee: $20 (includes all materials)

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Work with Mia to explore the fun and exciting process of painting with acrylic pouring medium.  This workshop will supply all the materials you need (paint, pouring mediums and 2 wood panels) and instruct you on the basic techniques of this popular new painting medium.  Come to learn, create and have FUN!

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To enroll, Contact Art Central by email:

or phone us: 805-747-4200

Payment secures reservation, and is required before workshop. (check or cash only, please!)  Max enrollment of 10 students.
Wear cloths you can get color on, it can be messy!

Don’t miss out on the fun.  Sign up today!

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did you accept Art Central’s challenge?

Last week we donated, and challenged our customers to donate to John Sabraw’s Kickstarter campaign.  His team needs a little more than $6000.  If everyone who reads this blog post donates $10 or more, we can help them meet their goal. 

Here’s a bit of info about what they are doing, in case you didn’t watch the video…  

We’re cleaning up polluted streams and turning that toxic pollution into non-toxic pigments, paints and art.
The Problem:
For decades, pollution from abandoned underground coalmines has been killing aquatic life in our waterways. This high concentration of acid and heavy metals is called acid mine drainage, or ‘AMD’, and pollutes over 1,300 miles of streams in Ohio alone.
Some of these AMD polluting mine seeps release over one million gallons of toxic water each day. There is so much pollution in this water it’s like junking two cars a day into a stream.Oreton+AMD+site+1   We think we found a way to fix it. We need your help to make it a reality.
Our Solution:
Our team of artists, engineers, watershed specialists and students are working to prove a process that will intercept this pollution, extract the heavy metal (iron oxide) and turn it into stunning pigments and paints, and then return the clean and safe water back to the stream, restoring aquatic life.

IMG_5075   The collected pigment is fired at different temperatures to make new colors. The pigment can then be blended with different binders to make oil, acrylic, watercolor and other paints.

Right now our process works at the lab level in small batches. We are building this scaled pilot plant to prove it can work at a sustainable, industrial scale.”

John Sabraw:  Artist, Activist, Environmentalist and Professor at Ohio University School of Art + Design

to see video, click:

AND – 

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Free Giveaway!

Posted by John Sabraw (Creator)
I’m telling you Gamblin Artists Colors are the best people to work with, just amazing!
Anyone in the US, including you generous backers, can be one of 10 lucky people to win this Gamblin set free!
For details on how to enter – go to my Instagram @john_sabraw and see the caption for the picture above. Good luck!
US residents only, must be 18 +
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

OSAT 2018 Early Bird Registration deadline ends SOON!!


Local artists wanting to participate in San Luis Obispo County’s Open Studios Art Tour 2018 this coming October shouldn’t miss Early Bird Registration.  The Deadline is Friday, April 20th for a discounted registration fee.  If you miss the deadline, the cost goes up $50.  For more information, Click Here.

OSAT is a great opportunity for artists to share their love for art with visitors at their studios. Artists and visitors can learn from each other, and artists can, and do sell their art!

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.

Workshop Reminders!!!

THREE outstanding workshops
coming to Art Central.
And we mean soon!!!

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Creative Handmade Journal Making with Rochelle Niemerow
Saturday April 7th, 11am-3pm & Sunday April 8th, 12:30–3:30pm
Fee: $45
A great class full of twist and turns for the imagination!!
Two days of fun creating a stunning Handmade Journal, wrapped in fabric, or papers, found objects, sculpted item’s it’s boundless!!  It all falls together in the beautiful pages of your handmade book! 
Supplies: Sculpting, Fabrics, Paper, Firm cardboard, Glue, Cutting tools, Rubber stamps AND a great imagination!!!
To enroll, contact Rochelle Niemerow by email:

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Paperclay Kids Camp with Rochelle Niemerow
Wed. April 11th, 11am-2pm & Thur. April 12th, 11am-2pm
Fee: $35
This is a two day class for beginning clay art, we will work on dragons, trolls or fairies for this spring class!!
Supplies: Paperclay, Foil, Some clay tools, Water bowl, Apron or large shirt and Brushes (all avalible at Art Central)
To enroll, contact Rochelle Niemerow by email:

Teen Class 2

“Let’s Start with Lines!” A Beginning Observational Drawing workshop for Teens
With Shirley Hazlett (Certified, K-12)
Sat. April 14th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Fee: $25
Materials list sent upon registration (available for purchase at Art Central).
Have you always wanted to draw things as they really look? Whether you wish to create accurate portraits, the human figure, or anything else…you’ll find this skill essential to achieving a realistic likeness, enhanced by your own personal style. In this introductory 2-hour class, we’ll take the first steps toward that goal by getting acquainted with your new best friend, “contour lines,” then discuss where we’ll go from there. No previous skill required!
To Enroll: or (517) 242-2950

Art Central is proud to be
building such a robust and amazing
workshop schedule!

Sign up today and don’t miss out!!!

Two Amazing Upcoming Workshops!

Art Central is Excited
to Announce Two
This April!

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Mary Lou Johnson: Cardzilla, DIY Greeting Cards
Saturday April 21st, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Fee: $30 with $5 Materials Fee
Fast paced class will incorporate paste paper, hand lettered elements, back-ground stencils, embossing, lining envelopes, handlettering, stamping, assembling, stitching and folding. Card stock will be used for basic cards, with other papers discussed along with how to make custom cards. Meant to be an overview of basic tools and techniques with instructions for basic elements. Class members can make several cards and/or learn techniques to take home. Class members to bring scissors, exacto knife, ruler, pencil, eraser, glue stick and cutting mat along with their hand lettered or stamped sentiments.
$5 material fee for paper, envelopes and glue. Limited to 8 people.
Contact Mary Lou Johnson, 805-441-3246, for questions and registration.


Lynn Bacigalupo: Calm & Centering Mandalas
Saturday April 28th, 1-3pm
Fee: $25 per workshop
Embrace this ancient art form to calm and center your mind. Learn how to create mandalas, using symmetrical patterning as a form of meditation. We will begin with a guided meditation and set a personal intention for our practice. All levels are welcome, no experience needed.
To enroll, contact Lynn by email: or phone: 805-242-6802

Don’t miss out on these great chances to learn, relax, explore and have fun.
Sign up today!!!