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“The Good, the Bad, and the Lovely”


It’s finally here! This exhibit runs from August 5th through October 3rd, 2022

Artist’s Reception will be held Saturday, August 6th from 2-4pm, come meet the local artists of our western-themed exhibit!

How Making Art Helps Improve Mental Health

“Research has found that making art can activate reward pathways in the brain, reduce stress, lower anxiety levels and improve mood.”

“But why art? When patients have a hard time putting feelings into words, drawing, painting, sculpting, making collages, creating personalized papier-mâché masks and engaging in other practices can help them unlock their emotions and translate them into something real. In the process, they’re able to share a bit of what they’re going through with the folks around them. Like other forms of therapy, art is also a safer, healthier way to channel stress and other negative emotions into action compared to destructive or harmful choices.”

Read the whole Smithsonian article here

Fall Class Kits Available!

While many have been enjoying the lazy days of summer, our staff has been hard at work putting together class kits for the Fall! If you’re taking a class at either Cal Poly or Cuesta in architecture or art, chances are we have a kit for you – and at a great price! Cuesta kits have been assembled and are available for purchase online. They may be picked up at Art Central.

Cuesta kits: ART220, ART221, ART223, ART230 and ARCH221.

We are now starting to build CalPoly kits for the following classes: ARCH131, LA170, ART209, ART102, ART101-Pines

Upcoming Workshops and Classes

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 class title which will take you to our calendar!

Intro to Drawing with Spencer Collins

For Kids!

When: Sunday, August 7th AND/OR Sunday, August 14th

Ages: 5-11

Painting Sunflowers with Spencer Collins

For Kids!

When: Sunday, August 7th

Ages: 5-11

Intro to Oil Painting with Spencer Collins

4 week program

When: Monday, August 8th

Ages: 16-100

Intermediate Oil Painting with Spencer Collins

4 week program

When: Monday, August 8th

Ages: 16-100

Printmaking Bouquets with Meagan Robbins

For Kids!

When: Thursday, August 11th

Ages: 5+

For Kids!

When: Saturday, August 13th

Ages: 5-11

Blue and Yellow Makes Green with Spencer Collins

For Kids!

When: Thursday, August 18th

Ages: 5-11

Painting Planets and Stars! with Spencer Collins

For Kids!

When: Thursday, August 18th

Ages: 5-11

Milk Carton Bird Houses with Meagan Robbins

For Kids!

When: August 25th

Ages: 5+

Painting Big Sur with Pastels with Jim Tyler

When: Saturday, August 27th OR Sunday, August 28th

Ages: 16-100

Intro to Printmaking with Tricia Reichert

When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays starting September 13th
Dates: September 13th & 27th, October 11th & 25th, November 8th & 22nd

Ages: 16-100

Painting a Central Coast Pastoral with Pastels with Jim Tyler

When: Friday, September 30th & Saturday, October 1st

Ages: 16-100

Recurring Workshops

Beyond the Basics Watercolor with Virginia Mack

When: Wednesdays

Ages: 16-100

Watercolor Without Fear with Virginia Mack

When: Wednesdays


Local Art News

Pastels USA – 99 Voices in Pastel – Art Center Morro Bay

This juried event is a collective of exceptional pastel artworks, featuring some of the finest contemporary artists in the world. Many of the artists are internationally acclaimed. Former entries have come from all over North America and as far away as Africa, Turkey, Asia and Europe!

Closing reception will feature the award ceremony on Sunday, August 7, 2022, 2-4pm.

These events are free and open to the public. Make sure to check it out before the show ends!

Call for Artists – Art Center Morro Bay – “UNLOCKED”

During this exhibit, artists are asked to emancipate themselves from artistic boundaries and unlock creative freedom!

Inspired by the freedom of captivity, this exhibition focuses on the power of dreams, love, forgiveness and the power of letting go! Liberate your artistic boundaries and set your creative spirit free.

WHEN: August 9, 2022, 10am – 2pm
Contact Patricia Newton,

Submission information, fees and entry forms are located on the website:
Artist may become a member by going to or

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, August 10th

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

(805) 996-0937 or

“Wild About Art” – Charles Paddock Zoo

The Charles Paddock Zoo presents ‘Wild About Art’ on August 6th from 10 am until 3 pm.

Everyone will have an opportunity to watch as the zoo’s animal residents create their own, unique and artistic pieces. Zoo visitors will also be able to create lots of fun arts and crafts too, with plenty of opportunities for children to color, paint, and more. In addition, talented local artists will be on hand to showcase their artwork for sale.

Quick Studies in Clay – Art Center Morro Bay

This is an opportunity to work with a live model in a more spontaneous, more emotional arena, focusing on movement and gesture. Participants may choose to sculpt the whole figure, a torso or a bas relief during this workshop with a short pose of 3.5 hours.

This is also an opportunity for artists who would like to experience sculpting the human form in clay. You probably won’t have time to detail the small features, like hands, feet and facial features.

WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442
WHEN: Sunday, August 7, 2022, 12:30pm – 4pm

For more information, contact Kirsti Wothe: (559) 314-5043 or

Keeping it Simple with Pat Watson – Art Center Morro Bay

Bring your sketchbooks and soft pencils and join Art Center Morro Bay for an interactive monthly meeting with special guest speaker Pat Watson!

During this enlightening art presentation and slide show, Pat will take you through a little background and historical precedents, transitioning to current themes and practices in visual art. He will then guide you through practice projects to reinforce those concepts.

This discussion will explore how applying concepts that emphasize simplicity can dramatically improve our efforts during the process of creation, resulting in a pleasing drawing, painting or design.

When: Monday, August 8th, 3pm-5pm

Call for Artists – SLO Botanical Garden – Fall Art in the Garden

Apply for a booth at Art in the Garden and the Plant Sale!

Art in the Garden will take place on November 4, 5, and 6, 2022 at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. They are currently accepting applications for artist booths for this event.

Local artists will have the opportunity to show and sell their work in the Oak Glen Pavilion and throughout the Garden. The Garden’s semi-annual Plant Sale takes place this weekend as well.

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