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Join us in welcoming “SLOPE” into our gallery for this special exhibit

“SLOPE Honors Pristine Coastal Visions”


This exhibit runs from April 1st Thru May 30th

San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE) is proud to celebrate the local beauty of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary with this art exhibit “SLOPE Honors Pristine Coastal Visions,” April 1-May 30, 2022.  It’s a tribute showing & sale of inspired paintings dedicated to the SLO County coastline of this Marine Sanctuary, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Northern Chumash Tribal Council.

Meet the artists and learn about the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary at Art Central’s Artist Reception on Saturday, April 9th from 2-4 PM.  (Tentatively scheduled depending on Covid parameters.)

When traveling along the Pacific Coast this spring, there is a good chance you have seen Plein Air painters capturing coastal views on canvas. San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE) artists have been painting for several months preparing for a special show with views of the coast from Cambria to South San Luis Obispo County.

A portion of all painting sales will benefit the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary in moving from the nomination phase to being designated as a National Marine Sanctuary. SLOPE has chosen to contribute toward this process because of the many benefits to our central coast area in their goal to protect our beautiful coast. This will be accomplished through better water quality, protection of wildlife and sustainable fishing, prevention of oil spills through a ban on oil leasing and development and protection of indigenous sites. Benefiting from the time-tested indigenous knowledge of coastal areas, a sustainable future for our coast will be insured. Visit to learn more.

SLOPE is a group of professional artists working with local and national organizations to create artworks depicting the beauty and uniqueness of California’s Central Coast. Their art is used to draw public attention for the purpose of raising awareness and to generate funds for preserving local lands for open space, wildlife, and ecologically respectful recreation, ranching and farming.


Members featured in this exhibit are Dennis Curry, Jan French, Dotty Hawthorne, Sandi Heller, Daniel Jones, Rosanne Seitz, Laurel Sherrie, and Jim Tyler. Participating Emeritus Members include Bruce Everett, Tracy Paz, Denise Schryver, Libby Tolley, and Anne Laddon. 

Last chance to view

“Back in the Studio”

featuring the talented students of SLO High

This exhibit runs thru March 28th, 2022.

Congratulations to Bella Bonini of SLO High for her beautiful artwork from our current exhibit making the cover of this year’s New Times, Spring Arts Annual 2022.

The impact of the pandemic had a deep and lasting effect on young students’ lives. Arts education has always helped students connect to their creativity, sense of identity, and expression of their voice. In this ever-changing time of recovery and expansion after COVID, arts education is more critical than ever. The wide-ranging selection of works reflects the unique perspectives of our next generation through the powerful outlet of art. This exhibit features a variety of student work in many mediums, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.

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!

Workshops at Art Central


NEW! Join us for our “Easter Egg Play Date”!

Come get crafty with our Art Central staff. Each participating child will be given 3 wooden egg ‘fridge magnets to decorate using our provided supplies, including paint sticks, googly eyes & crayons! These fun Easter Egg projects make adorable spring decorations that will last a lifetime!

Moms & Dads are asked to stay and we’ll give you an egg to paint for free!

Ages 4-8

$5 per child, supplies included!


We have a small parking lot, carpooling is encouraged. Street parking is also available.
Please do not park in 7-Eleven lot. Thank you!

Want to better understand every body? 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 Rachel to Enroll

Class Fee:
$15 per class, or $50 for 4 classes (Cash or Venmo)

Ages 16+

Class limited to 12 students

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 do! All other supplies can be purchased from Art Central. 

Email Rachel to Enroll

Class Fee:
$30 per class, or $100 for 4 classes (Cash or Venmo)

Ages: 10+

Class limited to 12 students

CCP would like to introduce more people to the very interesting and varied world of handmade prints. All ages are welcome and no prior
experience is necessary to attend these
-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.

Email Tricia Reichert to Enroll:

Class Fee:
$50 per class (some supplies included)

Limited to 10 spaces

*(Full vaccination and masking will be required )*

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 and for those with watercolor experience who wish to expand their knowledge of painting in watercolors.

Email Virginia Mack to Enroll:  

Class Fee:
$35 per class

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 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

Attention Teachers!

Are you interested in teaching or demonstrating? We are looking to book more demos and workshops here at Art Central!

We can always cancel classes if covid still remains a safety hazard, but we would like to start booking more classes for the next few months!

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For purchase of a personal booth space, please contact Steve Powers:

And last but not least – a fun event for the kids, next Saturday!

Happy Painting!