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First, please enjoy this week’s

Virtual Gallery!

Then, please continue reading to keep up with all that’s going on here and around our county!

“This is a sunset view of Artist’s Palette along Artist’s Drive in Death Valley National Park, photographed last month. The peak intensity of the colors of the minerals and rock structures pop just after the sun dips below the mountains.   What a magnificent site!”

Cheryl Strahl Photography
” PROWLER ” by Steve Andrews
Mixed media,  Pencil, Acrylic, c. Cards, 30 ” h  x 22.5 ” w  Rives. Gray.
“I do my art to excite the senses, especially myself. Abstract shapes and vibrant color. Seem to be correct. This work was a instant decision, yes, I had a great time.” – Steve

“Daisy, Otis in Sedona and Yosemite Falls” all done in soft pastel on 145lb sanded paper by Ginny Murtaugh

Here’s all you have to do to be featured in our next Virtual Gallery:

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. And although not required, we’d love a few words about your artwork or inspiring thoughts for our viewers!

Last chance to see our current gallery exhibit open during store hours

“Rosey ‘N’ Barb”
Still at is after all these years

“Spooners Ranch House 2020” by Barbara Rosenthal
Gouache-Dancer by Rosey Rosenthal

Exhibit ends March 29th


We believe no one should go without food or the opportunity to express their creativity!

Art Central has come up with a way to both raise funds for our local food pantries and get art supplies into the hands of children from disadvantaged families.  We are asking our community for help. 

Click the donate today button to the right to donate $10.  100% of these donations will go to fill our local community food pop-up pantries. Art Central will match each $10 donation with a gift bag of art supplies to be donated to students at Pacheco Elementary School. Our goal is to raise $1000 for the food pantries & 100 gift bags for these students in need.

Thank you to all of those who donated their used art supplies and who came in and purchased our fundraiser items.
We raised enough for 9 Scholarships!
We couldn’t have done it without your generosity.

Morro Bay Art Association will be distributing these scholarships to local High School students that will be continuing their art studies in college.



We found these cute mini canvas and easel sets and needed to share them with you!

Box of 96 mini-canvases & 20 mini easels for $20! 
Great for paint parties, kids projects, art classes, party favors, dorm parties, teambuilding, zoom painting with friends, SO many creative ways to connect! Come in and take advantage while supplies last!

We have new Frames!

With the amount of requests we’ve gotten, we figured it was time to increase our framing options –

Come in and check out these beautiful new frames, and tell us what you think.

Construction on Monterey Street, Tuesday, March 30th

The City will be resurfacing our side of Monterey Street on the morning of March 30th.

If you need to visit us on the 30th, please come after 2pm!

Artist Spotlight

Ellen Jewett

“I want my art to convey the mystery and sensuality of woman. To do this I must create and destroy the image (often again and again) until it grabs me.” -Ellen Jewett

We are proud to represent Ellen Jewett a mixed media artist in our gallery. View her work during your next visit to our store, on display in the Gallery during store hours.

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

Morro Bay Arts Association’s Newsletter

Virtual Field Trips

Arts Educational Resources

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

 Classes with Tricia Reichert:

For the month of March on Tuesday mornings there will be a new *Nature Sketching* class where we will be drawing with a pen and using a little watercolor to depict subjects both from life and photographs. You will find this class under Live Sessions as above, look for the options for other *Webinar* classes under Webinars on
– If you prefer to work at your own pace, or on your own schedule, there are many skill building watercolor video classes available under *Videos* and *Courses* on or watch her YouTube videos HERE

Classes with Jason Mayr:

Mayr Studio – Online Courses for Artistic Development
Charcoal Sketching – The Fundamental Forms. Only $25 for 28 lessons within the course.
Jason resides in San Luis Obispo, California with his wife Cindy, their daughter Isabella and their dogs Millie & Beau, where his time is divided between painting and teaching painting. For 4 years straight (2003-2006) he was voted one of the Best Local Artists, quickly establishing his reputation in San Luis Obispo County. View Jason’s YouTube series HERE

Paint with Thomas W. Schaller:

WHAT: LIVE ONLINE WORKSHOP, “Architecture of Light”
WHEN: APRIL 16, 17 & 18, 2021 9am – 4pm
COST: $250. MBAA Members or 310. Non-Members
Discover why it’s better to be less concerned with technical expertise and more about inspiration and observation. This workshop is provided online from the safety of your home or studio. Appropriate for all skill levels. 
For More information about Thomas W. Schaller and this workshop, please