Skip to main content

Please Note:

We will be closed Sunday & Monday, May 29 & 30th for Memorial Day – Have a safe and creative holiday!

Upcoming Exhibit!

Art Reception June 4th, 2-4pm

Almost 50 years ago, a group of young women who wanted to nurture their creative expressions gathered together to share.  They shared art, ideas, information, help, support, and lunch.  There were no rules, leaders, or fees. They had no name, but eventually the term “GROUP,” became the common identifier.  They were never a large group, maybe 13, at the most, and members came and went. But there was a core of 7 who were there at the beginning and still remain. 

Today, and for the past 30 years, the same 12 women meet weekly.  They are the GROUP. Over the years, members of the group, individually and together, have had art shows, won awards, taught art to others, and continue to create today, even though “the baby,” is 72.  What started as a need to nurture creative expression, became a lifelong need to create.

The GROUP is a collective group of talented women who share a passion for creative expression. Join Art Central’s Gallery this June and July in a dynamic exhibit “Out of the Blue”.

Artist reception is to be held from 2-4 pm on Saturday, June 4th at the gallery.

Help us to welcome Riki Schumacher!

We are pleased to welcome Riki to Art Central Gallery

A lifelong artist, Riki has explored the realms of photography, jewelry and now painting. Lately, she has been studying and practicing the art of contemporary abstract landscape. Her inspiration comes from her home in Central Coast California and through her extensive travel in Europe. Riki loves exploring, whether outside through hiking, or in her workshop creating landscapes from memory and imagination. 

Riki creates her work with cold wax and oil paints, where no heat is involved. This is a long-known practice of mixing a tiny amount of beeswax and medium with oil paints, to produce creamy texture if wanted, or thin glazes creating depth. She strives to give the viewer a bucolic, ethereal and relaxed addition to their collection.

Riki will be attending the Artists Reception for our upcoming show “Out of the Blue” on Saturday, June 4th. Be sure to stop in to meet her and view the new exhibit!

Workshops and Classes at Art Central

Don’t Miss Out!!

Weekly Classes

Email Virginia Mack to Enroll:  

Class Fee:
$35 per class

Limited to 12 spaces

This is a watercolor class designed to let you jump in and try out this engaging medium through experimentation. As we progress, we will experience and develop the basic techniques of watercolor painting and realize the characteristics of the medium.

This class is designed for beginners, as well as those with watercolor experience who wish to expand their knowledge of painting in watercolors.

Email Virginia Mack to Enroll:  
Class Fee:
$35 per class
3rd Wednesday session will be held around the county “En Plein Aire”

Limited to 12 spaces

This is a class for those who love imagining ways to further their visual expressions. We are mostly watercolor-based but branch out into other media. We discuss all elements but mostly color and its interactions, and we explore composition, intention, and process.

Email Rachel to Enroll

Class Fee:
$30 per class (Cash or Venmo)

Ages: 10+

Class limited to 12 students

Only 1 more class:

June 2nd

This is an explorative acrylic painting workshop, meant to expose the ideas in your mind and express them on canvas. Artists of any skill level are welcome to join. We will find patterns in our mark-making, and explore our creativity as we slowly recognize images in our creations.
Required supplies: canvas or gesso board and your favorite big and small brushes. 
-Rachel will supply primary colors and black/ white. If you have a favorite color you’d like to paint with, please bring it! All other supplies can be purchased from Art Central. 

Email Rachel to Enroll

Class Fee:
$15 per class (Cash or Venmo)

Ages 16+

Class limited to 12 students

Only 1 more class:

June 2nd

Want to better understand everybody? Come draw with Rachel and work on style, proportions, and loosening the fixed perspectives we have on art and ourselves. A live, clothed model will pose from 1-20 minutes over a 2-hour period. Bring your mark-making tools, sketchbooks, and your friends!  Veteran figure drawer? Pick up some toned paper and white Conte or charcoal from Art Central.


Email Spencer to Enroll

Class Fee:
$25 for one child – $40 for two

Ages: 5-11

Class limited to 10 students

Materials Included

Upcoming Sunday classes also taught by Spencer include Pinch Pots on June 12th!

Drawing classes with Spencer begin in July – stay tuned for more info!

Join local artist and Art Central Staff Spencer Collins in an hour-long children’s art class, with new lessons each week! Supplies included in class fee, check our events calendar for specific lessons and required materials lists, all supplies available at Art Central!

Email Ardella to Enroll

Class Fee:
$40 per class

Ages: 16+

Class limited to 12 students

NEW! Ardella Swanberg’s specialty is watercolor but she is interested in how other media interact with it. So in this class, she proposes to MIX IT UP! Explore using watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and any other water-soluble media. Each media has unique characteristics. Some play well with others and some don’t. Let’s find out what they do. We can paint watercolor over gouache, add pastel or charcoal, or even acrylic. We will work small on different surfaces to find out what works best. Bring your favorite media and she will supply the rest.

Only Two Spots Left! Woodblock Printing – starting June 14th!

Email Tricia Reichert to Enroll:

Class Fee: $210 for a 6 part workshop series
(some supplies included)

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 1 – 4:30 pm
June 14th, 28th, Jul 12th, 26th, Aug 9th, 23rd

Limited to 10 spaces
*(Full vaccination and masking will be required)*

-Join The Central Coast Printmakers in exploring the very interesting and varied world of hand-made prints. In this series, you will be learning the process of carving and executing the ancient art of woodblock printing. All ages are welcome and no prior experience is necessary to attend these workshops.
-Some members will also be attending each of these workshops to join in and help you along the way. If you enjoy the workshops and printmaking, we’d like to invite you to become a member of the printmakers.
-Maryanne Nucci and Tricia Reichert will be teaching these workshops.

Enroll via @mcrobbinsstudios on Instagram or text:

(209) 347-7295

Class Fee:
$25 per class, or $60 for all 3 June classes (cash, check, or Venmo)

Ages: 5+

Class limited to 12 students

Meagan is offering 3 classes – all will use 8×10″ canvas and acrylic paints. Each painting will include some type of sparkle/glitter at the end. “The reason I like to incorporate glitter is to give students the freedom to create designs with glue before bringing them to me. We add glitter, shake off the extra, and reveal their very own sparkly design and individuality.”  All paintings work on strengthening a steady hand, along with learning the correct techniques of layering and mixing colors. 

Discovering Italic Calligraphy with Mary Lou Johnson

Email or Text Mary Lou Johnson to Enroll:
(805) 441-3246 or

When: Saturday, June 25th, 12-4 pm

Fee: $35, a Parallel pen, and a $5 material fee

Class Limited to 6 Students

Learn the basics of Italic Script using a Pilot Parallel Pen. (2.4 mm suggested size, available at Art Central) Upper and lower case letters will be reviewed and demonstrated. Italic letters are fun to write and are a great choice for many creative projects. We will explore the versatility of the Pilot Pens featuring a broad edge. Bring your favorite short quotation suitable for lettering a weathergram.

Casual Pointed Pen with Mary Lou Johnson

Email or Text Mary Lou Johnson to Enroll:
(805) 441-3246 or

When: Saturday, July 16th, 12-4 pm

Fee: $35 plus a $5 material fee

Class Limited to 6 Students

An easy introduction to cursive-style lettering with a pointed pen. A practical guide to lettering capitals and minuscules will be the focus of the class. Suitable for those new to a pointed pen and great review for those who are experienced with Copperplate and pointed pen. 

Bring a few blank envelopes for tips and tricks on envelope addressing.




This exhibit runs from August 5th through October 3rd, 2022

For this open exhibit, we are accepting all mediums! Give us the best of your west! Our region has a rich history of cowboys and grit – We want to see what you think of when you imagine the gold seekers, shantytowns, bucking broncos, golden hills, and Chaparral. Find more details in the contract below. If you are interested in participating, please send us an image of your artwork to by July 15th.

To participate, please download and fill out this artist contract and bring it in with your artwork on Aug 3rd between 10 am-4 pm

Local Workshops, Events, & Calls for Artists

In-person and online classes with Tricia Reichert:

Printmaking Workshop with Artists Rosey and Barbara Rosenthal

The Central Coast Printmakers will be leading a workshop in printmaking. You will learn the difference between relief and intaglio as you work on a linoleum plate. You will use cutting tools in a way that you can print in relief by hand (as you could continue at home).

You will also be taught to ink your plate in the intaglio method (think etching and engraving) and print it with an etching press. In this way, you will have a good introduction to two common printmaking techniques without the use of acid on a metal plate. Experienced printmakers will enjoy experimenting with this process as well.

For more information about the instructors: Here

COST: $100 Members; $135 Non-Members
***Materials fee is included with the 2-day class
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA
WHEN: June 11-12, 2022
TIME: 10 am – 3 pm with an hour lunch break. Bring your own lunch or enjoy the local restaurants


Materials: linoleum plates, papers, inks, and use of tools and other materials are all Included.

Bring your own notebook, apron, and personal gloves are optional. We have disposable gloves in a rather large size for inking and cleanup.

Contact: Kirsti Wothe (805) 996-0937

Annual Winning Images Photo Contest

New Times Media Group invites local photographers to show us the moments they’ve captured in our 27th annual Winning Images photography contest and exhibition.

There are eight categories: AnimalsFloraLand/SeascapesPeopleTravelOpenIn Motion (which can include any interpretation of action or motion), and Youth (under 18).

The entry period is open NOW through Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – at 5 p.m.

We are only accepting ONLINE ENTRIES.

Photographs must have been taken within the boundaries of San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara Counties (except submissions to the Open and Travel categories). The entry fee is $10 per photo. See the complete rules on our website.

Winning photographs will be published in the Thursday, June 16, 2022 issues of New Times and Sun; and will appear in an online gallery.

Art Center Morro Bay – “ON AND OFF THE WALL”

It’s time to submit your paintings to The Painters Group’s upcoming exhibition, On and Off the Wall. The deadline is June 15th. This juried, unthemed exhibition takes place from August 11th to September 19th, 2022 at Art Center Morro Bay. Painters have the walls in the upstairs gallery, while Central Coast Sculptors show in the gallery’s interior space. Entry is open to artists in California, though please note: no shipping is allowed. All painting mediums, including digital, are welcome. The jurors are Flo Bartell, Julie Dunn, and Tracy Paz. Submission is through EntryThingy. Please read the full Call for Entry at

Enter sooner rather than later!

Jazz Production at Fremont Theater on June 4th

Want to be featured in our next Virtual Gallery?

Send images of your artwork to with the subject “Virtual Gallery”. Please attach your image as a jpeg. Include your name, along with the title, medium & size of the artwork. And although not required, we’d love a few words about your artwork or inspiring thoughts for our viewers! Works can be finished, unfinished, or simply artistic experiments! Once there are enough submissions, we’ll update the gallery.