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Since we extended our deadline for our contest,
please enjoy our latest virtual gallery exhibit a week early!
A big thank you to everyone who sends us art! You make our Virtual Gallery possible!

Welcome to this week’s


“Old Granaries in Carrizo Plain” by Cheryl Strahl Photography

“One of the many views of old granaries along Panorama Road in Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA. earlier this month.  Dryland grain farming and ranching –  developed in the late 1800’s – led to mechanized agriculture brought to the plain around 1912.  There’s so much more to see in the Carrizo Plain than the occasional super-blooms of wildflowers! 

Thanks for all that you do to keep art – and our community – alive through Art Central!” -Cheryl
‘Feathered Friend’

“I’m submitting an example of my wife’s collage work. She started creating collages this last year at the age of 74 as a diversion during the pandemic.  She has no prior training nor experience in making art and experimented with drawing and painting only to be frustrated with the results…”

 ‘King Crow’

“Eventually, she started digging through my cast-off drawings, paintings, and sketches, and found her inspiration which led to her developing her own style and approach to collage while shredding my cast-offs. She regularly scours the Internet for images to inspire her work.”
-Tom Dowlan 

” ENFORCER ” by Steve Andrews
Acrylic with Pencil on Mat Board 32″x21.5″
I created for my two super great nephews – they are over the top fans. I learned some history of the Team, but went with my rendering, as for the most part, the Teams colors and Logo, etc. were not interesting.  For myself the result
of colors & shapes is where it needed to be.    Enjoy, -Steve     
“Gerri Giraffe”   Pastel   8” x 8”  on sanded paper  
“This is one of several critter pieces I’m doing for a series.  What fun creating these small, happy images.  Thanks, Etty, for your continued support of the art community!”
-Bobbye West-Thompson
Los Osos
“I’ve got A Lot on My Mind” by Rone’ Prinz
Watercolor, gouache, pastel on gessoed fabriano hot press watercolor paper 11″x14″

Painted during Earth Day Week,
thank You!
– Rone’ Prinz

“I also love photography! Again, mostly of nature of places I’ve been, most of them right here in the central coast. I love to go on long drives to nowhere and take pics along the way. Here are a couple 🙂 these are all photos I take with my iPhone.” – Tina Jones

“My name is Tina Jones.
A friend of mine encouraged me to submit some of my sketches to you. I barely started sketching about a couple years ago because someone told me I did not have a creative bone in my body. So with that, I was inspired to prove that person wrong.  My sketches are made up of things of nature usually and my dreams have a lot to do with it also.

Have an awesome day,”
– Tina Jones

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, our next one will be on May 21st.



Before May 5th! Last Week to Enter!

Paint a mini-masterpiece on one or more of our NEW mini-canvases and enter to WIN BIG!


Have you seen the SLO May Flower Initiative?

We decided to join the fun this year – our very own Shauna Jellison painted our windows with pastel roses! Click the right arrow on the image above to see our windows and some others we found around town!

Launched last year during the COVID shutdown, The May Flower Initiative aims to bring hope to the community through art. The May Flower Initiative is blooming again this year! Take a stroll downtown to see these cheerful works of art!

The initiative pairs local artists with downtown businesses and vacant storefronts to create beautiful floral window art for the public to admire. 

85+ decorated windows
60+ artists
Pop Up In Mission Plaza featuring special decorations built by the Cal Poly Rose Float Team and Karson Butler Events and chalk art
Family-friendly Scavenger Hunt created by the SLO Children’s Museum 

Check back in May to view all the participating artists and businesses and plan your visit!

For participating artists – we have your supplies!

Mention you are a May Flower artist for a discount on your mural supplies at check out!

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 with Tricia Reichert:

Tricia will be hosting a demonstration for the Central Coast Watercolor
Society next week, on Wednesday May 5th at 2pm. All are welcome to watch this Webinar demonstration but you will need to *register ahead of time* with your email at
(Select Webinars at the top of the page,  then scroll down to below the text to find this webinar). Registration will generate reminders and a *link *(an hour before the demo starts) to enter the webinar. (You do not need a camera on your machine to watch this demonstration).

In this demo you will see many examples of how you could use ink and
wash, and  also

1.  How to decide on a good subject for a pen line and wash study.

2. The varieties of materials you can use, including the paper, fiber
tipped and dip pens, inks (both water soluble and water resistant) and
how all of these will appear in the finished work.

3. How to interpret and simplify the subject, particularly the
watercolor washes.

4. The differences between a pen and wash painting that is made with
line first, or the watercolor washes first.

FIX-IT SESSION: If you would like some individual help with any of your paintings you can schedule a Fix-It session with me on Monday mornings. (Select_Live1-to-1_ on the home page and scroll down to below the text to find
this option_)
– 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

PLEASE NOTE – Tricia hopes to resume live classes later this Spring – stay tuned for more info!

Classes with Jason Mayr:

April Session of Online Painting Classes:  “Exercises & Finishing What You Started”
Have you worked on a painting and got “stuck” or put it aside to work on later?? Well you’re in luck as Jason’s next Session of Classes for the month of April are “Exercises & Finishing What You Started”.
Online painting classes start on Monday, April 5th and the classes meet on Monday & Fridays from 9:45am – 11:00am (pst). The feedback from Students has been AMAZING and watching each artist grow has been so rewarding!
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Come paint with us. To register go to

Brand new Class starting Wednesday, April 7th – Introduction to Procreate
Exciting news!!! Jason is launching an Introduction to Procreate class during the month of April. What is Procreate you ask??? It’s a program that you can use on your iPad that helps Artists sketch, paint & create.
Classes will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 8pm (pst) where the first half an hour will be lesson & questions. Then the second half hour will be a group sketch where you can try out your new skills.
Come join us! Class is only $25 and you can register 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!