We’ll Be Closed Thursday, November 24th for Thanksgiving!
But don’t worry, we’ll be back Friday the 25th!
Little Treasures – Call for Artists
Artist Reception will be held December 3rd, from 4pm-7pm (changed from 2pm-4pm)
Tell your friends to save the date! We’re one of 12 locations participating in the Holiday Treasure Stroll of Monterey Street!
Holiday Treasure Stroll!
“Just Add Water”
Clockwise from top left: “Tyger, Tyger” by Leslie Parsons, “Pot of Gold” by Larry Kappen, “Estuary Evening” by Sarah Delong, “Pretty Prickly” by Shirley Horacek, “Laguna Lake Springtime” by Chuck Crotser, and “Let’s Fish” by Pamela Haste
Though subject and style vary, this exhibition celebrates six accomplished local watercolorists and their devotion to this time-honored tradition. Come and experience the ethereal qualities of this immersive medium in our upcoming show… “Just Add Water”
Exhibit runs through November 28th
“My paintings begin with a rather preliminary sketch of an idea, taking into account basic composition, shapes and values. However, when painting with watercolor, I enjoy letting the watercolors lead the way. Because I usually mix most of my colors on the paper, I continually enjoy the unexpected. Painting for me is ‘experimental play’.”
“The six paintings […] I painted from sketches. Many of the sketches were completed on plein-air paint outs and at least one painting was painted plein-air. I try to capture my feelings about the subjects, the story, the light, and atmosphere of the day. I like the wet, transparent vibrant quality of watercolor and prefer to wet the paper before I start and hope to work with the spontaneous nature of watercolors to express my feelings about the scene and beauty around us. I sometimes use sticks, old credit cards or other implements when painting.”
“This exhibit represents three types of my explorations with watercolor. Each painting emphasizes my love of texture and color as well as pushing the boundaries with the addition of collage.”
“I do almost all of my watercolors on Yupo. Yupo is like ‘hot press’ paper, only more so. It’s extremely slick, and it’s not paper at all. It’s polypropylene plastic. When you paint on it, it has no ‘tooth’ so it doesn’t absorb the paint. The paint dries only by evaporation. Because of the way the paint flows on the surface, Yupo lends itself to subjects that are organic or have movement such as florals or trees or animals. It also works well for portraits, surprisingly!”
“I have worked in watercolors for over 35 years, and I am in my element painting outside near a rushing Colorado stream or sitting on a dock in a harbor. I’m mainly a landscape painter but have painted people, animals, and flowers. Watercolor has allowed me to have a loose realistic interpretation of a subject. I love the transparent and glowing colors one can create with watercolor when they are mixed on paper.”
“I have always equated painting in watercolor with creating and playing my own game. While building each image within the whole, I contemplate each move, each decision, carefully selecting each exact value, texture and color that will result in a successfully finished work. I began this series this summer while revisiting locations around San Luis Obispo where I had painted before, but in acrylic. This time, working in watercolor, I hoped to see the places again, but in a fresh new way, and I did.”
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 “click here” button for more info about each class, or click on the class title which will take you to our calendar!
Homeschool Art Sessions with ArtSocial805
Know anyone that homeschools? Help us spread the word about these awesome classes offered in our studio by ArtSocial805!
Segment 3 begins January 9th
Beyond the Basics Watercolor with Virginia Mack
When: Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Local Art News
Steve Andrews is displaying some of his work at The Clark Center in Arroyo Grande! Andrews has been a longtime supporter of our virtual gallery and participated in our last gallery exhibit, “The Good, the Bad, and the Lovely”.
Steve’s work is dynamic and explorative – he uses found objects to create geometrically pleasing visuals. Make sure to stop by The Clark Center on Saturday, November 19th from 2pm-4pm to talk to Steve Andrews himself!
May I enter some art for your holiday bazaar coming up? I make alcohol ink cards.