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Welcoming HOLLY BEALS to our Gallery!

With insatiable creative curiosity, Holly’s mixed media works combine acrylic painting and paper collage techniques, walking the line between dream world and reality. Deeply held convictions propel and permeate Holly’s work. Some things she will never stop believing: life has meaning, each person is significant, and the one who made all things is beautiful beyond comprehension.

About the artist:
After graduating from Chico State with a BA in communications, I worked as a graphic designer for six years. But new adventures were calling and I was blessed with the opportunity to teach conversational English to college students in Tibet. What a wild and beautiful ride that was, full of ups and downs.

One day, in my tiny teacher’s apartment, I grabbed some scrap paper, acrylic paint and magazine clippings. In the midst of a really rough day, painting was so satisfying and the perfect soul therapy. So began my love for mixed media painting. Now, I find myself in the midst of yet another great adventure, being a mother to two young (energetic!) boys. If I’m not in the studio, you’ll probably find me chasing after said kiddos, spending time outdoors, or in my comfy pants watching episodes on Hulu with the hubs.

Stop by our gallery during store hours to see her beautiful work first-hand!

– While you’re here –

be sure to check out our current exhibit
“Snail Mail Prints” with the Central Coast Print Makers!

This Exhibit ends August 30th

About the exhibit:

“Because of Covid isolation advisories, we printmakers stopped in person meetings. Not surprisingly, we really missed them and the intimacy and friendship our group had developed over the years. To keep connected we started art projects that we Snail Mailed to each other often with written comments and explanations.

One project was the Exquisite Corpse game. It was popularized, but not really invented, by the Surrealists in the early 1920’s. In our version every member artist began an original print and mailed it to the next artist on their list who added to it and so on until the print returned to the original artist.  The idea was to complete your addition within one week and mail it on.

These projects kept us working and talking to each other. For me it was so very valuable. I felt less alone and more motivated to make art. We sometimes communicated by phone or email to discuss ideas or to figure out who really was next on the list. These projects were a life saver.”


We have a couple of “in-person” spaces left for David Limrite’s free demonstration this Sunday – Please e-mail us at to grab one of these last spots – See below for details!

We are looking for art instructors

We are grateful for our customers and want to do our part to help where we can! Connecting artists and supplying them with the right tools to grow in any direction – Join us in helping our local art community. From painting to drawing to sculpting and much much more!

Would you like to partner with us in teaching at our gallery? This is how it works:

  • We host, you coordinate! Teachers are responsible to communicate with students and handle registration/payment.
  • Our maximum number of students per class is limited to 12.
  • Art Central will provide tables, chairs and table easels if needed.
  • Workshops or demos must be held during store hours.
  • Art Central charges a set fee the first 3 hours of class, and a small fee for each additional hour.
  • Art Central does not charge a fee for free demonstrations.
  • Students and Teachers must adhere to current pandemic safety guidelines – ask us about them!

Contact us to start teaching at our gallery!

Workshops and Demos at Art Central:

Be sure to read the information and register with the correct contact for the classes you are interested in.

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.

Until further notice, we ask all participants must be masked during classes.



Live demo with David Limrite
Expressive Figure Drawing using oil paint sticks 

August 15th, 1pm – 3pm

In this two-hour demo, David will demonstrate creating an emotionally charged, expressive figure drawing with oil paint sticks from a live model.


To register, please contact us at, please include your phone number.

LIMITED TO 12 in-person participants. We still have room, register now!

*This Demo will be streamed LIVE on our Instagram account @artcentralslo so if you can’t make it, please watch the demo on our Instagram.

We ask that all attendees wear masks during the demo.

Imaginative masks with Dorothy

Aug 21st from 10:30am-12:30pm
Ages 7yrs -11 yrs old (parents may participate)
Cost: $20 per student, plus purchase a mask from Art Central ($4 ea)

What: Come join in the fun! Use brightly colored paper, maps, feathers, pictures and text from magazines, beads and all kinds of bling to adorn your mask!  Make it happy, spooky, silly… make it a reflection of yourself or something or someone you’d want to be.  The possibilities are endless!

*we will photograph images of completed projects to use as advertising in future classes

(Children must wear masks)

To register, contact Dorothy by email:

In Stitches – Bookbinding Workshop with Mary Lou Johnson

August 28th from 10:30am – 4:30pm with an hour lunch break

Learn the basics of bookbinding, paper folding, punching, and stitching for 3 book structures: Stab Binding, Long Stitch File Folder Book and a Clarkson Book made from one sheet of paper. Limited to 6. Complete kits to be provided. Bring tools. Tools list available for those registered. 
materials available at Art Central.

Fee: $45 plus $10 material fee

Stab Binding
Clarkson Binding

To register, Contact Mary Lou by email: or text: (805)441-3246

Hilda Vandergriff – Bird of Paradise Watercolor Lesson

Thursday, September 9th 10:30am – 12:30pm

Learn how to paint a beautiful Bird of Paradise flower painting using watercolors.  In this lesson, you will learn how to paint a loose background and how to bring out flowers with vibrant colors. Your main star attraction will be the colorful flowers. A lesson handout will be emailed to you so you can prepare your watercolor paper once payment is received. You will watch demo steps on the painting process. This is a class for anyone, no experience is required. Come have fun painting and learn about watercolors. 

To enroll contact: Hilda Vandergriff
Phone: 559-679-5099
Fee: $49.00 per person, payable by cash or check
Ages: 8 Years and older

Hunakai Studio What is the Difference Between Oil Paints and Acrylic Paint?

Spencer Poulter – Color Theory using Oil Paints!

Saturday, September 25th from 12pm-2pm

Have you ever wanted to try oils without having to make a huge investment? This is a perfect class for beginners or those making the switch from acrylics or watercolors to oils. Color mixing is a skill that translates to all art mediums! In this class, students will learn about how to properly mix and match oil colors. Some Materials provided. 

To register: email Spencer at
Ages: 11+
Price: $40 per student – Venmo or cash preferred 
Materials needed: Any Palette Knife, Grey palette paper (12″x16″), 1″ Bristle Brush, 1″ synthetic flat or filbert brush. (paints provided)

Monthly Printmaking workshop with the Central Coast Printmakers

Cost: $15 per person
(High School and College students will receive a discount if they show student ID).

The first workshop is NOW FULL on Tuesday, August 10th from 10am-4pm AND September 14th from 10-4pm

Register now for the next available workshop, October 12th from 10:30am-4pm

To register: Contact Tricia Reichert at

For more about this opportunity and the group click HERE

Learn more on other local classes and Art events in our area

Be sure to check out the new page on our website – lists of other local Art Classes, Demonstrations, online sessions, gallery exhibits, artist opportunities, and more. Press this button:

and last, but certainly not least…


Hello everyone,  I am so excited to announce that I have been accepted into SLO Gallery, at 1019 Broad Street in San Luis Obispo! We are having our grand opening Saturday, September 4th from 6 to 8 pm. 805.926.5050  
All are welcome!
Hope to see you there!
Greg Moni

Happy Painting!