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As more folks get vaccinated, I think we are collectively holding our breath, hoping that we are past the worst and that we may soon see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We are ready to talk about resuming workshops and classes here at Art Central – If you are interested in teaching, please e-mail me and we can discuss options. At this time I am insisting that both teacher and class participants be vaccinated, and I want to keep the classes small enough to allow for ample elbow room. Please reach out to me at, and write art class in the subject line.

Thank you, etty

We will be closed on Sunday, May 30th and Monday, May 31st for


Will you be getting together with family? Want to enjoy a creative project together?

Let us help! 20% off thru MAY 29th!

(Discount will be applied at checkout – good on all art supplies excluding clearance/sale items. May not be combined with member or other discounts.)


We just restocked our Schmincke soft pastels, and have we got a deal for you!

WERE $7.60ea, NOW $7.25ea!


Plus the first 20 customers (that ask) will get a little *extra something*
Sale ends June 5th, sale on open stock only

Finest extra-soft artists’ pastels

400 colours as rich as velvet and soft as silk. Superbly creamy with rich lustrous color, Schmincke Extra Soft Pastels are truly exceptional.

Each stick begins with only the most brilliant and permanent artists’ pigments in the highest concentrations, bound together with minimal binder and no unnecessary chalks or fillers, so the pigment practically melts into the paper, making them perfect for both soft blends and the finishing layer of highlights. Our pastels are so soft they must be labeled individually, by hand!

The meticulous attention of on-site lab guarantees that the colors are consistent over time, so if you buy a gorgeous 45D blood red or the heavenly sky blue 62M this year it will match the one you bought back in the 20th century.

Check out our Schmincke sets too!

And without further ado – welcome to this week’s


“Poppies from a hike”
by Virginia Murtaugh

“Delicate Arch from Arches National Park, Utah” by Virginia Murtaugh

Virginia Murtaugh’s recent pastels

“Harmony Headlands hike to the ocean” by Virginia Murtaugh

Steve Andrew’s recent acrylic paintings

“Outskirts” by Steve Andrews
Acrylic on Canvas, 36″ x 24″
“The work consists of layers of Acrylic –
Opaque’s and Transparent,  giving movement & constant change, and the wonderful surprises,   Enjoy.” – Steve Andrews
“Journey” by Steve Andrews
Acrylic on plastic Table Top.
36″ x  29.5″
“This work gave satisfaction, as I went back to my Series:  Found / Known / Objects. In this case used one half of a old discarded plastic table. The hard plastic Surface firm workable, also lightweight. I always re-discover,  Art has no particular Preference. Enjoy” – Steve andrews

“Zion Magic” by Lia Anisgard
“while cooped up I looked at past trips this one said ‘paint me’ so here it is”

Lia Anisgard’s recent pastels while out on hikes!

“Here are a couple of new ones. Thanks for letting us share with others. It is such a safe way to put myself out there a bit.” – Lia Anisgard

“I walk Bob Jones trail weekly and this spot catches my eye each week and says ‘have a seat’ so that is what I call this one I am fascinated with shadows lately”

Who else found found new creativity during Quarantine?

“Abby 1”
“Abby 2”

In our last virtual gallery, a customer sent us a heart-warming email about his wife who had started creating these beautiful collages during the pandemic despite finding continuous frustration with other mediums!

We are so happy she found a medium that works for her! Nothing better than the feeling of finding a medium that brings you happiness.

This was their response to us after we expressed our appreciation of her art:
“Your comments brought Bethanne to tears she was so overwhelmed.  The whole family has been talking about your comments including one of the grand children that is an art major in college.  We can’t thank you enough. She was really surprised when you requested to see some more of her art so I have attached two new ‘dog’ pics that she did for a friend. Hope you like them.  We will be making a point of introducing ourselves next visit to the store.  Have a wonderful week!”
– Tom

“Serenity” by Randolph Torres
Acrylic and aerosol on a 18×36” wood panel


Acrylic paintings by Denise Gimbel

“I get such a warm, safe feeling as I notice the various barns I drive by on my drives around the Central Coast. They have such varied profiles and rooflines, and I was inspired to begging a new series of paintings ‘Shape of Shelter’ that would combine an abstracted shape of a barn layered with a quilt or tile pattern. All these shapes evoke home, hearth and safety for me. The combination of warm (interior) and cool (exterior) colors is meant to reinforce the sensation of shelter. Can you spot The Octagon Barn? 36×36” acrylic on canvas” – Denise Gimbel

Mini painting by Colleen Gnos
Mini painting by Colleen Gnos

Dee Trent’s recent oil paintings

“Hollister Peak” by D.D. Trent
Oil on board, 12×16 D.D. Trent (805) 439-1668
“Spring day at Yosemite” by D.D. Trent
Oil on board, 8×10 D.D. Trent (805) 439-1668
“Vestige of the Past: Froom Ranch” by Dee Trent
Oil on stretched canvas, 9×12
D.D. Trent (805) 439-1668

“Can’t Keep a Good Pelvis down.” by Kabe Russell
10X15 Photo
Magritte said that “the surreal is reality that hasn’t been disconnected from its mystery.” I say when she took the mushroom to the desert, she untied her inhibitions and became light as air. The mushroom leaned in and said, “Ahhh.”

Reduced to drawing my houseplant during the pandemic. It’s nice to be vaccinated. 

Negative space drawing by KC Caldwell

This is an ink drawing on a multimedia sketch pad, done from the negative space. Approximately 10″x12″.
Title? Hmm, how about “Plantdemic?”
– KC Caldwell

Eye of the Needle  19″x 4″x4″
Suzette Morrow   
Healing – Ceramic 9”x 6” x 4”
Suzette Morrow

Hand built ceramics with mixed media by Suzette Morrow

Find more about Suzette on her website:

Girl with Cord 8″x 7″x 3″
Suzette Morrow
Manzanita Torso 24″x 7″x 14″
Suzette Morrow

“Making art about human struggle has always been my passion. The shared emotions, the circumstances in common  and the repeated testimonies of transcendence drive the need to make this work. The process of making and sharing it brings a realization that I am not alone.” – Suzette Morrow

“Spring on Kepler-1649c” by Tom Frey
Pastel Pencil 7 x 5.5″

Tom Frey’s pastels in progress, click the right arrows below to see his artwork come to life!

Tom Frey also led a friend’s daughter through a step by step process of his pastels and now she’s hooked and even taught her brother – check out what they made!
We hope this inspires you to reach out and help our younger generations start their creative journey

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their artwork to participate in our Virtual Galleries!

Want to be featured in our next 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.

Your donations made a world of difference!

We were able to stock up local food pantries with our most recent fundraiser. Your donations filled our local pantries, and we donated art supplies to give back to disadvantaged children. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Thank you to everyone who contributed and supported this fundraiser; we are so lucky to be a part of this kind and generous community!

We teamed up with HelpSLO to get our donations into the right hands!

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

Enjoy an exhibit at Four Sisters Ranch Winery featuring a dear friend and talented artist – KC Caldwell
To make reservations
please call: 805-467-2046

“I hope you don’t have chores planned for Saturday. Come out to Four Sisters Ranch and see some of what I’ve been working on during the pandemic. There are 12 artists showing their work, and it’s a beautiful place to relax, listen to music (dance on the grass!) and enjoy a beverage of your choice. Food truck fare sounds really good, too! What else is a Saturday for, anyway?
Vaccinated hugs for you… live and in person. It’s been much too long since we’ve done that.” –
KC Caldwell


Classes with Tricia Reichert:

Find a full list of Tricia Reichert’s Classes HERE

In other news:
Tricia has opened up a new Outdoor Watercolor Journaling class on Wednesday mornings June 9th – 30th from 9am-12pm
(The Tuesday morning journaling class will also continue into June and
is currently full). Please contact Tricia if you are interested in coming outside to paint in your sketchbook once a week in different locations. (Fee $125.00). To register, please call 805-473-8961.

Tricia will be giving the last Watercolor demonstration Webinar for the
Central Coast Watercolor Society on Wednesday June 2nd at 2pm. All are
welcome to attend, you just have to register with your email ahead of
time to receive reminders and the link to enter. Go to
and select Webinars, scroll down to below the text and you will see this listing. The subject of this demo will be ‘The Power of the White Paper’.

Now she is also getting ready to start the Watercolor classes up again here in my garage Studio!!! You will find all the information about what will be
coming up and when on my web site at
(on the Classes and Workshops page).  If you are interested in joining
any of these classes, please contact her.

Pastel Classes will stay online until the Fall. There are a few places
still left in the latest Pastel class – ‘Foregrounds and Foliage’ on
Friday mornings starting next month. Look under Live Sessions at

Finally for those of you who live out of the area or prefer to work from
home, some Live Session drawing and painting classes and Webinars will
also continue at The first one, ‘Exploring Color with Trees and Negative Painting’ starts at the end of June. (Look for that listing under Live Sessions).

It feels so good to be getting back to (at least a new) normal now, any questions? please contact Tricia 805-473-8961

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!

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