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12th Anniversary Highlights

Thank you so much to everyone that came to celebrate our anniversary with us!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 raffles!

We had a blast watching everyone try new things at the playstations, learn from amazing local artists, and take advantage of all the great deals. Here’s to another year of fun with art!

New Exhibit Alert!

We’re excited to announce our new gallery show “Needling”!

Provoked by the critical issues of the past few years, individuals in the Cutting Edge Fiber Arts Group responded by creating art to express their points of view and frustration. Needling seemed an appropriate title for these heartfelt works which address politics, war, equality, gun rights, COVID, environmental issues and democratic values.

The Cutting Edge Fiber Arts Group is comprised of fiber and textile artists from the California Central Coast. Members work with a variety of innovative techniques and materials to create art quilts and fiber art that transcend functional craft into the realm of fine art.

Artists’ Reception will be held March 4th from 2-4pm

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!

Beginning Watercolor with Jan French

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When: Tuesdays, February 14th, 21st, 28th, and March 7th from 1pm-4pm

Ages: Ages 15 and up

To sign up, contact Jan at

Acrylic Painting with Catherine Lemoine

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

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

Art Explorations for Kids with Spencer Collins

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When: Second & Fourth Sunday of the month, 2pm-3pm

Ages: 5-11

Homeschool Art Sessions with ArtSocial805

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Segment 4 “Australian Art” is held February 13th, 20th, 27th, and March 6th from 11am-12:30pm

“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) is Monday, February 13th 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

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

Blank China Painting Pieces

 Rickie McComb is looking to donate several ‘blank’ items to a China painter. The only thing asked for in return is a picture of the finished items (if they survive the firings). The pieces are a pitcher (12 inches tall) and a bowl (12 inches in diameter). Included is a picture of the type of work her mother used to do. The ‘Chocolate Pot’ is all hand painted.

To contact Rickie about the China items, email

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.

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, 3:00-5:00 PM

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, February 15th

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

(805) 996-0937 or

Expressive Plein Air Painting with Pat Watson – Workshop – Art Center Morro Bay

In two all-day sessions with Pat Watson, attending artists will be guided through basic strategies to create on-site, plein air paintings that have unique and expressive qualities that embrace both a clearly recognizable sense of place and a personal expressive statement. This course is designed for those painting in oil. A watercolor version will be offered at a different time.

When: Saturday, February 18 and February 19, 2023

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, 9:30am -4:30pm Sunday

Storytelling Through Character Design with Amelie Butkus – Workshop – Art Center Morro Bay

This workshop Amelie will begin with an introduction of herself and share how she works her way through a single rendered full-body character in pencil, talking about motion and fluidity in blocking shapes, and expressing emotion in both facial and body language.

Students are asked to arrive with a short story, for a character they wish to draw as an accompanying illustration. Students will learn how to add character, body language, accessories, clothing, weight and a time period to convey a story.

WHEN: February 18 & 19, 1pm – 4pm

Opening Minds Community Arts Show – Call for Artist – Transitions-Mental Health Association

TMHA is in the midst of launching a public, call for art for an upcoming art show and fundraiser – the 2023 Opening Minds Community Arts Show; a biannual event, inviting people of all ages to submit art inspired by living mentally well.

They are currently are taking submissions, through a Jot Form online form, hosted by SLO County Arts; the deadline for submissions is March 3rd. They are seeking 2D and 3D art this year, as well as literary and performance art. Later this spring, we will jury all submissions and select art for the show, including a featured piece.

Click HERE for the application!

Colors of Conservation – Exhibit – San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment

 SLOPE and The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County announce “Colors of Conservation”, Spring 2023, an annual exhibit of original landscape paintings from local artist members of SLOPE.

The event will be held in the Milking Parlor at the iconic San Luis Obispo landmark, the OCTAGON BARN CENTER.

 Friday, March 3, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, and Saturday, March 4, 10:00am – 4:00pm.  

Original paintings and prints will be available for sale. A portion of art sales will benefit The Land Conservancy. Enjoy live artist painting demonstrations at the Saturday event. In addition there will be tours of the Octagon Barn Center and refreshments.

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– and remember –

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

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