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Pastel Scholarship Class with Jim Tyler

Together with Jim Tyler and Sennelier, we hosted select, promising artists and provided a free workshop (complete with supplies) in order to provide wider access to the medium. All the student needed to do was show up and paint! Thank you to Sennelier for donating sets of pastels for the students to work with as well as Jim Tyler for donating his time and expertise!

Come check out our new gallery show – “Needling”

Provoked by the critical issues of the past few years, individuals in the Cutting Edge Fiber Arts Group responded by creating art to express their points of view and frustration. “Needling” seemed an appropriate title for these heartfelt works which address politics, war, equality, gun rights, COVID, environmental issues and democratic values.

The Cutting Edge Fiber Arts Group is comprised of fiber and textile artists from the California Central Coast. Members work with a variety of innovative techniques and materials to create art quilts and fiber art that transcend functional craft into the realm of fine art.

Artists’ Reception will be held March 4th from 2-4pm


Our next open exhibit is coming up! In honor of spring, the theme is “Flowers and Flutterbys” so we’d love to see your critters and carnations! Exhibit runs April 7th to May 1st and drop off is April 5th.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Please remember that we have a small parking lot. If you are attending one of our demonstrations or workshops, and it is not a physical hardship for you, please park on one of the nearby side streets. We appreciate your consideration.

For more info on each class, click on the “click here” button for more info about each class, or click on the class title which will take you to our calendar!

Acrylic Painting with Catherine Lemoine

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When: Saturday, February 18th

Ages: All

Homeschool Art Sessions with ArtSocial805

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Segment 4 “Australian Art” is held February 13th, 20th, 27th, and March 6th from 11am-12:30pm

“SLO Drawz” Drawing & Social Club

ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS in SLO County! Want to improve your drawing skills while also building a community of supportive creatives? Then join the drawing group SloDrawz!

Next session (Figure) is Monday, February 20th from 5pm to 7pm

Fee is $20 per session or $60 for a month’s pass. We suggest advance registration – maximum of 15 people per session! Please sign up by messaging the Instagram @SloDrawz or email Chantelle at

Painting Lupine View to the Ocean with Pastels with Jim Tyler

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When: Friday, February 24th & Saturday, February 25th, 10:30am-4:30pm

Ages: All


Paint Your Pet with Karen Blaney

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When: Sunday, March 5th, 1pm-3pm

Ages: All

Acrylic Painting with Catherine Lemoine

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When: Friday, March 24th AND/OR Saturday, March 25th

Ages: All

Art Explorations for Kids with Spencer Collins

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When: Second & Fourth Sunday of the month, 2pm-3pm

Ages: 5-11

Beyond the Basics Watercolor with Virginia Mack

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When: Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm

Ages: 16-100

Watercolor Without Fear with Virginia Mack

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When: Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm


Intro to Oil Painting with Spencer Collins

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When: Thursdays, 10:30am-1:30pm

Ages: 16+

Beginning Drawing for Kids with Spencer Collins

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When: Thursdays, 3:30pm-5pm

Ages: 8-13

Local Art News

Blank China Painting Pieces

 Rickie McComb is looking to donate several ‘blank’ items to a China painter. The only thing asked for in return is a picture of the finished items (if they survive the firings). The pieces are a pitcher (12 inches tall) and a bowl (12 inches in diameter). Included is a picture of the type of work her mother used to do. The ‘Chocolate Pot’ is all hand painted.

To contact Rickie about the China items, email

Expressive Plein Air Painting with Pat Watson – Workshop – Art Center Morro Bay

In two all-day sessions with Pat Watson, attending artists will be guided through basic strategies to create on-site, plein air paintings that have unique and expressive qualities that embrace both a clearly recognizable sense of place and a personal expressive statement. This course is designed for those painting in oil. A watercolor version will be offered at a different time.

When: Saturday, February 18 and February 19, 2023

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, 9:30am -4:30pm Sunday

Storytelling Through Character Design with Amelie Butkus – Workshop – Art Center Morro Bay

This workshop Amelie will begin with an introduction of herself and share how she works her way through a single rendered full-body character in pencil, talking about motion and fluidity in blocking shapes, and expressing emotion in both facial and body language.

Students are asked to arrive with a short story, for a character they wish to draw as an accompanying illustration. Students will learn how to add character, body language, accessories, clothing, weight and a time period to convey a story.

WHEN: February 18 & 19, 1pm – 4pm

Plein Air Coastal Artists – Art Center Morro Bay

Join Art Center Morro Bay’s casual group of plein air painters on Wednesdays! This is a self-directed fun group of dynamic artists who enjoy painting and sketching outdoors. The group meets at pre-determined locations each week.

Next meeting is Wednesday, February 22nd

For more information, contact: Kirsti Wothe, Director of Adult Education at Art Center Morro Bay

(805) 996-0937 or

Opening Minds Community Arts Show – Call for Artist – Transitions-Mental Health Association

TMHA is in the midst of launching a public, call for art for an upcoming art show and fundraiser – the 2023 Opening Minds Community Arts Show; a biannual event, inviting people of all ages to submit art inspired by living mentally well.

They are currently taking submissions, through a Jot Form online form, hosted by SLO County Arts; the deadline for submissions is March 3rd. They are seeking 2D and 3D art this year, as well as literary and performance art. Later this spring, we will jury all submissions and select art for the show, including a featured piece.

Click HERE for the application!

Colors of Conservation – Exhibit – San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment

 SLOPE and The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County announce “Colors of Conservation”, Spring 2023, an annual exhibit of original landscape paintings from local artist members of SLOPE.

The event will be held in the Milking Parlor at the iconic San Luis Obispo landmark, the OCTAGON BARN CENTER.

 Friday, March 3, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, and Saturday, March 4, 10:00am – 4:00pm.  

Original paintings and prints will be available for sale. A portion of art sales will benefit The Land Conservancy. Enjoy live artist painting demonstrations at the Saturday event. In addition there will be tours of the Octagon Barn Center and refreshments.

Check out the Central Coast Artists Collective’s newsletter for even more upcoming art news!

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– and remember –

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.