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Welcome to this week’s Virtual Gallery

Acrylic Paintings by Denise Gimbel

“Rising Tide” by Denise Gimbel 36×36”

“I feel lucky to be able to see a number of barns as I live my life on the Central Coast, and began noticing what a warm and comforted feeling I got as I saw those familiar shapes. I am working on a series ‘Shape of Shelter’ that combines an abstracted profile of various barn architecture with quilt patterns, to convey a sense of home in the midst of real and existential threats.” -Denise Gimbel

“Wolf at the Door” by Denise Gimbel 36×36”

“August 26, 2020 I purchased two 30 X 40 Gessobord  Boards from your store.  I wanted to share with you my first completed Acrylic painting on the Gessobord Board.”

Thomas Ross 

Be sure to stop by our gallery to enjoy our current exhibit “Controlled Chaos” featuring Judy Maynard

This exhibit runs thru June 28thopen during store hours

About the artist:

Over the years, Judy has worked in many art mediums and has been recognized with awards. For her, nothing really compares to the creation of art. She starts by imagining a design and then allows the process to talk to her. Applying intense color and achieving maximum color saturation, while staying loose with her design. Alcohol ink art is the one medium that allows all of this for her. Today Judy works exclusively in Alcohol Inks from her home studio.

Judy Maynard “October Treasure”
Judy Maynard “Fire & Ice”
Judy Maynard “Little Different”
Judy Maynard “Zenith”


Art Central’s Virtual Gallery


Here’s how you can participate!

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.

Mid State Fair Art Exhibit

Don’t Forget…Adult and youth will have their own competition handbooks and online registration. (4-H/FFA, Special stars & Industrial education will be in the youth handbook)


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

Classes and workshops

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:

Mayr Studio: New Online Courses for Artistic Development

This has been something Jason and I have wanted to do for a really long time and to see if happening is really exciting.  On the school site you’ll find ongoing live classes as well as individual courses you can take at your own pace on your own time schedule.  For instance right now we have a Charcoal Sketching – The Fundamental Forms course that’s been wonderful for all levels of sketchers.

Our next session of Online Painting Classes “Exploring Color” is starting on Monday, June 7th and you won’t want to miss this one! During this new course you will be starting with the fundamentals of mixing oil paint. Then you’ll explore color scheme & color runs from a portrait reference, later from a still life and then moonscape reference. There will be Artist exercises of color mixing & charcoal sketching, you will explore Master’s color runs and also have 3 demonstrations.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out Jason and Cindy Mayr.

Don’t miss out – this is something that many never teach!

Sculpture class with Deborah Flocco and Bill Gnictel

Start your journey in clay scupture with a new online class with amazing ceramic artists Deborah flocco and Bill Gnictel.

Learn to sculpt the human form in clay, beginner’s are welcome and encouraged.

No experience necessary, all skill levels accepted for these classes. For more information on dates, prices, and registration call (845) 598-4453

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

Happy Painting!