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We believe no one should go without food or the opportunity to express their creativity!

Art Central has come up with a way to both raise funds for our local food pantries and get art supplies into the hands of children from disadvantaged families.  We are asking our community for help. 

Click the donate today button to the right to donate $10.  100% of these donations will go to fill our local community food pop-up pantries. Art Central will match each $10 donation with a gift bag of art supplies to be donated to disadvantaged students at Pacheco Elementary School.

We were on KSBY! Check out their interview with us below

A huge thank you to those of you who have generously contributed!

Now please enjoy this week’s fruitful


“Poppy Alert”
“Zip Here and Now”
“Reggie Welcome”

Dog portraits by
Susan Robinson

“I have actually had time in the studio in the last month. What a treat! I can’t seem to tear myself away from pastels. All of these are pastel on 8×10. I love painting Poppy and Zip but when I want to branch out I have to rely on photos I took of our previous dogs (Woof, Roo, Imp, Max, Radar, and Sashi) or our visiting dogs. Reggie and his family were the first visitors we had had for a year. They were most welcome.. I hope to make an Art Central visit this week!”
– Susan

“Imp Glorious Abandon”
“Serious Zip”

“A Magical Place” by Bobbye West-Thompson
16 x 12″, Pastel on Sanded Art Spectrum Paper.
“This image was from a reference photo I took at the Oaks Preserve early one morning. The foreground was totally dark so lots of artistic license was used.  However, the light filtering through the trees seemed magical – therefore the title. Thanks, Etty, for allowing artists to share their work on your virtual gallery page.”
-Bobbye West-Thompson
Los Osos

“Sunflower on Gold Background”
“Sunflowers, Vessels and a Blue Fish”
“Sunrise Sunflower”

Sunflowers by
Patti Robins

View Patti Robins Artwork at Gallery Los Olivos April 1 – 30th. “The red and black one is the 40 x 60 canvas I bought at Art central.” – Patti

“Embracing Happiness”

” GALACTIC ” by Steve Andrews
Acrylic, Water Color, Pencil
 with Himalayas – Cave Gray paper on white mat board.
31.75 ” x 19.50 “
  “This is the third work of my : Creature
Series.  The Title is ” Galactic “, this forces
One to consider other possibilities may
exist,  or not.  For myself the series has
Been absolute Fun.    The Eyes are always
Important, so I used the good Himalayas
Paper,  it just worked.   Enjoy” – Steve

“Ashley Pond” by Sammie Bankston – 9” x 12”
watercolor on Fabriano cold pressed
“Painted from photo taken of a friend’s pond in Northern California”

Want to be featured in our next Virtual Gallery on Friday, April 23rd?
Here’s what to do!

Send images of your recently created artwork to with subject “Virtual Gallery Submission” & please attach your image as a jpeg. Include your name, along with the title, medium & size of artwork. Although not required, we’d love a few words about your artwork or inspiring thoughts for our viewers! We have now started posting new virtual exhibits every two weeks.


Before April 28th!

Paint a mini-masterpiece on one or more of our NEW mini-canvases and enter to WIN!


Check out this amazing exhibit in our gallery during your next visit!

“Nowhere to Land”
Artwork by Antonio Garcia

Exhibit runs thru May 3rd

Just in at Art Central!

Welcoming Silver Brush Company’s “BLACK PEARL” Series to our selection of acrylic and oil brushes:

Black Pearl™ brushes are made with Mightlon™ synthetic filaments that can withstand rigorous treatment with heavy bodied and tube acrylics. These are great value brushes for not only acrylics but oils and water mixable oils as well. Ideal for canvas, large murals and plein air painting.

Check out some of our new HOT CLOSEOUT finds! Limited quantities – be sure to get them while they are here!

Stay up-to-date with our Art World in and around SLO

Be sure to tune into Facebook for a Virtual Art After Dark, follow instructions HERE

SLO County Arts’ Newsletter

Morro Bay Arts Association’s Newsletter

Virtual Field Trips

Arts Educational Resources

Classes with Tricia Reichert:

NATURE SKETCHING: For the month of April on Tuesday mornings there will be a new *Nature Sketching* class where we will be drawing with a pen and using a little watercolor to depict subjects both from life and photographs. You will find this class under Live Sessions as above, look for the options for other *Webinar* classes under Webinars on
RAINY DAY SCENE: If you would like to paint your own Rainy Street Scene, I am offering a Two Day Workshop on April 10th and 11th. (Select _Live Sessions_ on the home page and scroll down to find this class).
FIX-IT SESSION: If you would like some individual help with any of your paintings you can schedule a Fix-It session with me on Monday mornings. (Select_Live1-to-1_ on the home page and scroll down to below the text to find
this option_)
– If you prefer to work at your own pace, or on your own schedule, there are many skill building watercolor video classes available under *Videos* and *Courses* on or watch her YouTube videos HERE

Classes with Jason Mayr:

April Session of Online Painting Classes:  “Exercises & Finishing What You Started”
Have you worked on a painting and got “stuck” or put it aside to work on later?? Well you’re in luck as Jason’s next Session of Classes for the month of April are “Exercises & Finishing What You Started”.
Online painting classes start on Monday, April 5th and the classes meet on Monday & Fridays from 9:45am – 11:00am (pst). The feedback from Students has been AMAZING and watching each artist grow has been so rewarding!
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Come paint with us. To register go to

Brand new Class starting Wednesday, April 7th – Introduction to Procreate
Exciting news!!! Jason is launching an Introduction to Procreate class during the month of April. What is Procreate you ask??? It’s a program that you can use on your iPad that helps Artists sketch, paint & create.
Classes will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 8pm (pst) where the first half an hour will be lesson & questions. Then the second half hour will be a group sketch where you can try out your new skills.
Come join us! Class is only $25 and you can register here:

Paint with Thomas W. Schaller:

WHAT: LIVE ONLINE WORKSHOP, “Architecture of Light”
WHEN: APRIL 16, 17 & 18, 2021 9am – 4pm
COST: $250. MBAA Members or $310. Non-Members
Discover why it’s better to be less concerned with technical expertise and more about inspiration and observation. This workshop is provided online from the safety of your home or studio. Appropriate for all skill levels. 
For More information about Thomas W. Schaller and this workshop, please visit:

Children’s Classes with June Li:

“As a mother, I feel a special connection to children and supporting their creativity. It is so beautiful to share with them the world of possibilities of color, line, shape, and expression, watching their delight as they create something of their very own.
I know that during this time, kids and families are experiencing some of the most difficult times, with school being mostly online and parents juggling a lot more than ever before.
Painting and making art together can deeply help soothe the stress and anxiety of life, bringing balance, joy and wonder.
Contact June to set up a private class for your family or your kids.
View her site HERE

Paint with R&F:

Two R&F Virtual Demos in April
Join R&F Core Instructor Dietlind Vander Schaaf for a virtual demo on working with R&F Pigment Sticks or encaustic paint via Zoom. Free and open to the public. Prior registration required.

Saturday, April 10: 11am – 12pm EST  R&F Pigment Sticks
Saturday, April 17: 11am – 12pm EST  R&F Encaustic Paint

Are you on Instagram?

We are looking for artists to contribute to our INSTAGRAM LIVE ARTIST DEMOS on our Instagram TV, if you are able to film a live video from your phone at home or at your studio, have an Instagram, and use our products with your artwork we would love to work with you! Give us an email at

We also are currently running a program on our Instagram we call “SHARE FOR SHARE” where we share posts from local artists on our story in return for them sharing one of our posts on their stories.

Please DM us at @artcentralslo if you are interested in participating!