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It’s that time of year again! Get ready to sell your


in our annual holiday exhibit!

Artwork must be priced to sell at $100 or less. Perfect for our holiday shoppers!

Check out the details here:

To participate, please download and fill out this artist contract
and bring it in with your artwork on Dec 1st between 10am-4pm

Exhibit runs Dec 3rd – Jan 31st


Check out what Art Central employee Chris has contributed to our INKTOBER Virtual gallery! Please remember to send in your ink creations throughout the month of October!

Inktober Rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it and/or email it to us at
3) Hashtag it with #inktober #inktober2021 and #artcentral
4) Repeat for the whole month of October.

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. Whatever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

That’s it! Now go make something beautiful.

Send us what you create so we can publish an INKTOBER Virtual Gallery!
All you have to do is email us your images to with the subject INKTOBER entry and include your name, title if you have one, if you chose a prompt/which one, and your experience with Inktober!

And for our not-so-inky…


“Metolius Memories”: A Study By Tom Frey
8×8 pastel on watercolor paper. Art Spectrum clear primer for ground. Watercolor underpainting
Steve Andrew’s “Passage” was selected for the Las Laguna Art Gallery Open Theme Exhibition!  
Check out his featured art HERE
“Nazca Lines III” by Steve Andrews
Sculpture, Wood / Acrylic and Clear Poly.
19″ h 22″ x 20″
“Part of series, includes hardwood cabinet
door, chair base for structure, old seat
To bottom. The straight lines are shallow
Cut into top. This took myself out of the
Usual comfort zone. Enjoy” – Steve

Thank you to those who continue to contribute to our Virtual Gallery!
Keep on sending in your latest creations to


Check out these amazing new face paintbrush pens!
Just twist the bottom and start creating!

Workshops with Virginia Mack here at Art Central!

About our Instructor: Virginia Mack is a native Californian. She has been exploring and savoring the wildlands of the state throughout her life. She has been living on the Central Coast for over 15 years. She is a part-time instructor at Cuesta College in the fine arts department.

Virginia works primarily in watercolors and mixed media and is a colorist at heart. She often mixes the watercolor process with work using colored pencils, pastel, charcoal, and pencil.

Virginia received her education in fine arts at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taken additional classes at The California College of Arts and Crafts and in independent workshops.

Beginning Watercolor
Watercolor without Fear

Price: $35/session
To register: contact Virginia Mack: 


We will work with various subjects and with all subjects, we will explore different approaches. You will find your best approach, along with your favored palette of colors.

As we progress, we will experience and develop the basic techniques of watercolor painting and realize the characteristics of the medium.

This class is designed for beginners and for those with watercolor experience who wish to expand their knowledge of painting in watercolors.

Intermediate-Advanced Watercolor
Beyond the Basics

1st and 2nd Wednesdays of the month
10:30am – 12:30pm
Price: $35/session
To register: contact Virginia Mack: 


This is a class for those who love imagining ways to further their visual expressions. We are mostly watercolor-based but branch out into other media. We discuss all elements but mostly color and its interactions, and we explore composition, intention, and process.

Enter Your Art in ‘Imagine a Day Without Water’ Contest

Can you imagine what a day would be like without any water?  

The City of San Luis Obispo Utilities Department invites community members to explore their imagination for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.  

For the first time, community members of all ages are invited to participate in the City’s annual ‘Imagine a Day Without Water’ art contest, which raises awareness about the importance of water. Winners of each age range will receive a $50 gift certificate to a local business (including us at Art Central) and have their artwork displayed on the City’s website and in downtown SLO at 879 Morro Street. 

How to Enter 

  1. Complete your artwork. (Original artwork only, please.) 
  2. Fill out this entry form.
  3. Mail your artwork and completed form to 879 Morro Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 – OR – email your artwork and completed form to no later than Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. 

Many Americans take water for granted every day. Imagine a Day Without Water is a national education campaign that brings together diverse stakeholders to highlight how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. This year, the day of action will take place on October 21, 2021, and will include events, resolutions, student contests, social media engagement, and more, all across the country.  

For the complete rules for entry, please review the 2021 Imagine a Day Without Water Art Contest Entry Form.  

Children’s book illustrator Craig Orback has two new online/zoom illustration classes starting November 6th. To register you can email His website is 
Craig is an award-winning children’s book illustrator with over 20 books published for such clients as Simon and Schuster, Little Brown books, and Henry Holt books.

For adults & teens 15+
Saturdays 9:30pm to 12pm (Pacific Time)Nov 6th – Dec 18th (6 week workshop)
$275Online using Zoom.
Are you interested in creating art for children’s books? In this first course of a three-part series you will learn the beginning steps of completing illustrations for young readers. In this first course, we will concentrate on generating ideas, thumbnail sketches, Storyboards and creating larger drawings for several of your illustrations. We will also study picture books and learn about structure and what makes for a successful reading experience for a child. 

For adults & teens 15+
Saturdays 1:00pm to 4:30pm (Pacific Time)Nov 6th – Dec 11th (5 week workshop)
$250Online using Zoom.
Explore a fundamental and fun part of creating children’s books and learn how to create compelling children’s book characters for your own project or an existing story. You will also learn how to create environments that best match your expressive creations. Craig will provide examples of character studies, environments and research materials from his own published children’s projects as well as a diverse selection of examples from his extensive children’s book collection. Be prepared to draw and have fun!