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Thank you to everyone who participated
in our Mini-Masterpiece Contest

We received SO MANY beautiful Mini-Masterpieces!

So difficult to decide, but we’re thrilled to share all the talented entries and announce the winners!

Congratulations to our 1st place winner:


Sandra Ronda is our chosen winner of a $100 Gift Certificate to Art Central!

Congratulations to our 2nd place winner:


Lorriane Cote is our chosen winner of a $25 Gift Certificate to Art Central!

Congratulations to our 3rd place winner:


Jackie Starr is our lucky winner of a $25 Gift Certificate to Art Central!

Congratulations to our 3 honorable mentions:

First Honorable Mention goes to
Andrew Olson 

Second Honorable Mention goes to
Maria Carroll

Third Honorable Mention goes to
Susan Robinson

Thank you to all of the participating artists,
we were blown away by the art created on our mini-canvases!

If these tiny masterpieces inspire you, we still have plenty of the mini-canvases in stock! They’re SO much fun!



Do you have used art supplies or equipment you want to sell?

Take advantage of our Spring Cleaning VIRTUAL GARAGE SALE – we will post on MAY 14th!

Send us images of what you have to sell NO LATER THAN MAY 12th! Include a good description – size, condition, price, etc., and the best way for buyers to contact you. We will not handle transactions, and do NOT take any commission. All we do is connect buyers and sellers through our blog post. If you are uncomfortable having someone you don’t know come to your home you may use Art Central’s parking lot as a meeting place.

CALL FOR ARTISTS – Want to be featured in our Virtual Gallery?

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 are now posting our virtual exhibits every 2 to 3 weeks, our next one will post on May 21st.

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

Open Studios Tour Artists Information 2021

Morro Bay Arts Association’s Newsletter

Virtual Field Trips

Arts Educational Resources

Did you know about our HONOR-SYSTEM LIBRARY, organized by CCWS?

Were you aware that we have a honor-system book library, created by the Central Coast Watercolor Society? Many thanks to our customers who donate these fantastic books! Come by and grab a book or two!

This little library can be found at the far wall in our gallery. (Be sure to enjoy the beautiful art in our gallery while you are here)

Our aim is to help encourage, inspire and provide everything you need to create your next masterpiece.


Classes with Tricia Reichert:

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

PLEASE NOTE – Tricia hopes to resume live classes later this Spring – stay tuned for more info!

Classes with Jason Mayr:

Find more information on Jason’s online Painting Classes here:

Fused Glass Class with Larry Le Brane:

Try Larry Le Brane Design’s NEW Beginning Fused Glass Class in June!
NO PREVIOUS ART SKILLS ARE NEEDED! Colorful fun happens on 3 Sat, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, June 12, 19 & 26 … IF you are 2 weeks PAST GETTING YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS. Make colorful home & garden décor, custom gifts, dishware, jewelry, or add to your own art media. Get class DETAILS, REGISTER & PAY at
This popular 3-week class teaches basic skills to create fused-glass artwork. Design, cut & prepare items for glass fusing & slumping for at least 3-5 projects.
CLASS FEE is $135/3 weeks & includes ALL MATERIALS + tools, molds, equipment & firings. There are only 3-6 students for safety, maximum learning, & student attention. Sign up SOON to save your space for a fun, creative time at our cozy coastal studio: 1279 2nd St, Los Osos-Baywood Park, CA!

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

Encaustic Demos with R&F Artists:

Virtual Demo: Encaustic & Photo Collage 
We are gearing up to offer another in our series of free virtual demos. Join R&F Core Instructor Jodi Reeb on Wednesday, May 19 from 1:30 to 2:30pm CT for a virtual demo using encaustic with photo collage. This process involves printing photographs on lightweight tissue paper and embedding the image with encaustic medium and paint. Image transfers will also be explored. Beautiful, translucent layers are created by adding Pigment Sticks® for color and depth. Editing your photographs to print large with software and apps will also be covered. All levels welcome. There will be time for a Q&A. 

Pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit our Virtual Demos page and fill out the form. Please note this demo will not be recorded for future viewing purposes. 

Join Jodi in Anchorage, Alaska at Spenard Art Studio July 23, 24 & 25, 2021 for Encaustic Essentials.

In this three-day encaustic workshop co-hosted by Gayla Ranf and Jodi Reeb, you will explore creating translucent, layered paintings with molten beeswax. A brief history and description of encaustic painting will be discussed, as well as basic supplies and tools, safety, preparation of supports including application of grounds and fusing. You will learn a variety of techniques including how to build layers, texture, fuse, make your own stencils, embed objects, incise, image transfer, collage & incorporating mixed media. There will be lots of studio time and one-on-one instruction. You will create paintings that will develop your aesthetic and artistic voice with this medium.

Spenard Art Studio is a 1,000 sq. ft. spacious studio in Anchorage, Alaska and is fully-equipped with standing-height work tables, ventilation, heat guns, and torches. Many supplies will be provided including R&F encaustic medium, paint, gesso, and Pigment Sticks®. Also included is an Ampersand Encausticbord panel. A supply list will be provided after registration.

Register Early Discount – $395 until May 30th. $450 after June 1st. To learn more, visit

Happy Painting!