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Happy New Year, everyone! Lots going on – please enjoy the first Art Central blog of 2023!

We just got in another huge selection of closeout products! Stop by soon to enjoy the most amazing selection! And if you need cardboard boxes, please stop by – we usually put them outside, but because of the rain, we’re keeping them in our garage. Help!

Please stop in to fill out an application or e-mail us for more info Must be able to work 2-3 days a week, mostly weekdays. Mondays a must.

Are you an artist with business & people skills? We are looking for someone to be a key part of our team. Our primary focuses for our customers are exemplary service and competitive pricing. We’re looking for someone with some retail experience, including inventory management, merchandising, marketing and sales, as well as a solid knowledge of various art supplies.

This is a part time position:  2-3 days week, 14-20 hours (may occasionally include weekends, and [rarely] evenings.)

Job Duties:

Greeting customers, offering assistance, escorting them to appropriate products; suggesting items.

Providing information on products.

Receiving shipments, checking stock, pricing product.

Assisting with social media, gallery exhibits, workshops & events.

Cleaning and organizing product and store.



must be able to lift up to 50lbs.

must have basic computer skills.

must be a team player.

must be VERY self-motivated.

must be VERY comfortable in a busy, multi-tasking environment

Save the Date!

“Little Treasures”

If you haven’t yet had a chance, stop by and find a sweet, handcrafted gift! All artwork in this show is $100 or less, and everything is made with love by local artists. This exhibit runs through Jan 30th, 2023.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find this year…

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Please remember that we have a small parking lot. If you are attending one of our demonstrations or workshops, and it is not a physical hardship for you, please park on one of the nearby side streets. We appreciate your consideration.

For more info on each class, click on the “click here” button for more info about each class, or click on the class title which will take you to our calendar!

“SLO Drawz” Drawing & Social Club

ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS in SLO County! Want to improve your drawing skills while also building a community of supportive creatives? Then join the drawing group SloDrawz!

Next session (Figure Drawing) is Monday, January 9th from 5pm to 7pm

Fee is $20 per session or $60 for a month’s pass. We suggest advance registration – maximum of 15 people per session! Please sign up by messaging the Instagram @SloDrawz or email Chantelle at

Homeschool Art Sessions with ArtSocial805

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Know anyone who homeschools? Help us spread the word about these awesome classes offered in our studio by ArtSocial805!

Segment 3 begins on January 9th

Art Explorations for Kids with Spencer Collins

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When: Second & Fourth Sunday of the month, starting January 15th, 2pm-3pm

Ages: 5-11

Beginning Watercolor with Jan French

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When: Fridays, January 13th, 20th, 27th & February 3th, 10:30am-1:30pm

Ages: All

(Class is full, please contact Jan to be added to the waiting list.)

Acrylic Painting with Catherine Lemoine

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When: Friday, February 17th AND/OR Saturday, February 18th

Ages: All

Painting Eucs & Hills with Pastels with Jim Tyler

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When: Saturday, January 21st, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Ages: All

Painting Lupine View to the Ocean with Pastels with Jim Tyler

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When: Friday, February 24th & Saturday, February 25th, 10:30am-4:30pm

Ages: All

Acrylic Painting with Catherine Lemoine

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When: Friday, March 24th AND/OR Saturday, March 25th

Ages: All

Beyond the Basics Watercolor with Virginia Mack

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When: Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm

Ages: 16-100

Watercolor Without Fear with Virginia Mack

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When: Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm


Intro to Oil Painting with Spencer Collins

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When: Thursdays, 10:30am-1:30pm

Ages: 16+

Beginning Drawing for Kids with Spencer Collins

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When: Thursdays, 3:30pm-5pm

Ages: 8-13

Local Art News

Plein Air Coastal Artists – Art Center Morro Bay

Join Art Center Morro Bay’s casual group of plein air painters on Wednesdays! This is a self-directed fun group of dynamic artists who enjoy painting and sketching outdoors. The group meets at pre-determined locations each week.

Next meeting is Wednesday, January 11th

For more information, contact: Kirsti Wothe, Director of Adult Education at Art Center Morro Bay

(805) 996-0937 or

Aquarius 2023 – Call for Artists – Art Center Morro Bay

The Central Coast Watercolor Society announces Aquarius 2023 California Open Watermedia Exhibition, to be held February 23 – April 3, 2023, at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA.

Aquarius 2023 presents the best in watermedia painting, representing a wide range of subject material and techniques, from experimental to traditional, and encourages support for watermedia painting as a vital, enduring and expressive artistic medium.

The call for entries is open to CCWS members as well as to non-member watermedia artists residing in California. Submissions open December 1, 2022 and close at midnight January 8, 2023.

Submission Form

Painting the Head in Oils with Warren Chang – Art Center Morro Bay

In this oil painting workshop, participants will get an inside look into Warren Chang’s art practice and learn how to paint a head to the final painting, using a limited palette.

Warren will give a slide presentation revealing his process of creating his unique narrative paintings. By the end of this 2-day workshop, each participant will have a final painting inspired by Warren’s unique approach to painting that gives a window into his practice.

When: January 14-15, 2023

For the Birds – Call for Artists – Art Center Morro Bay

Art Center Morro Bay is proud to present For the Birds. This exhibition celebrates the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival and everything about the birds and habitats that are indigenous to the Central Coast.

For this exhibit, please submit artworks that celebrate birds! This exhibit is open to all mediums, MBAA Members and Non-Members. There are no size requirements for this show. Artists are limited to (3) wall hung entries, (10) note cards or (2) packages of note cards, (5) portfolio prints, (3) sculptures and jewelry.

Please submit artwork with entry forms and wire tags in person on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 10am – 2pm.

Entry form:

Back to Basics with Charlene Martyn – Atascadero Art Association

Join the Atascadero Art Association for their meeting on January 19th, the third Thursday of the month from 3:00 to 5:00 at the Atascadero Library in the Polin room upstairs.

The meeting will feature Charlene Martyn who will be giving a demonstration called, “Back to Basics.” She’ll demonstrate Contour Drawing, Blind Contour, Shapes and Shadows…There will be audience participation and the hope that everyone will share her excitement in art and learn a few techniques.

Professional Fine Wire Wrapping with Li Li Clever – Art Center Morro Bay

Learn fine wire wrapping technique utilizing 3 tools; needle nose, flat tip and cutting pliers along with ½ hard silver-plated round wire and a great variety of beads provided by the artist. Please feel free to bring existing jewelry projects for inspiration from the artist.

WHEN: January 28, 2023, 1-4pm
COST: $110 Members; $125 Non-Members for the 1-day workshop.
REGISTRATION: Pre-register online at
Refunds will be given up to 7 days before the workshop.

Telling Your Story & Bringing Vibrancy and Energy into your Work with Toni Danchik – Art Center Morro Bay

Join Art Center Morro Bay for an afternoon of learning about how living in South Africa impacted Toni Danchik and her heart to tell the stories of women and children, especially those living in shanty towns and rural Africa, and how she endeavors to connect her work to purpose.

Now she resides in Southern California where she has been exposed to the Plein Air movement. She will do a demo on her process & procedures to bring vibrancy into her work. Toni will also show slides and a video about South Africa which will precede her painting demo.

This is the Morro Bay Art Association’s free monthly demo meeting.

When: February 13th, 2023

Time: 3:00-5:00 PM

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You can’t use up creativity; the more you use it, the more you have.

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