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Last Chance to View “Out of the Blue”

 The GROUP is a collective group of talented women who share a passion for creative expression. 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. 

This exhibit ends August 1st so make sure to check it out while you can!

“The Good, the Bad, and the Lovely”

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

Artist’s Reception will be held Saturday, August 6th from 2-4pm, come meet the local artists of our western-themed exhibit!

If you are participating in this show, please bring your work in with your entry form on Wednesday August 3rd, between 10am and 4pm.

Back to School Prep

While many have been enjoying the lazy days of summer, our staff has been hard at work putting together class kits for the Fall! If you’re taking a class at either CalPoly or Cuesta in architecture or art, chances are we’ll have all the supplies in a kit for you – and at a great price! Most Cuesta kits are ready to be picked up, and all will be ready by Aug 7th. Cuesta kits are available for purchase online!

Raymar Panels

Check out these new products from Raymar… we want your opinion! We aren’t stocking them yet, because we want to see if there is interest. Please stop in to see our samples, and tell us what you think. We’ll be happy to special order one (or more!) for you if you’d like!

There’s nothing like painting on real copper. The paint glides across this soft satin finish with ease. Your art takes on new depths as the luminous copper hues glimmer through your painting.

Painting on copper dates back to the 16th century. Oil paint creates a natural chemical bond with the surface. This 0.3mm real copper plate is mounted to a rigid aluminum composite [ACM] panel to ensure the longevity of your art.

Raymar is now offering watercolor panels where the paper is adhered to a 2mm archival ACM [aluminum composite material] panel that resists warping and humidity changes. The paper doesn’t need to be restretched, will not buckle while painting, and is easier to frame.

Upcoming Workshops and Classes

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 class title which will take you to our calendar!

Intro to Drawing with Spencer Collins

For Kids!

When: Thursday, August 4th OR Sunday, August 7th

Ages: 5-11

(July 31st class moved to August 7th)

Painting Stars and Planets! with Spencer Collins

For Kids!

When: Thursday, August 4th

Ages: 5-11

Painting Sunflowers with Spencer Collins

For Kids!

When: Sunday, August 7th

Ages: 5-11

Intro to Oil Painting with Spencer Collins

(New start date)

Series starts August 8th, 4 week program

When: Monday, August 8th

Ages: 16-100

Intermediate Oil Painting with Spencer Collins

(New start date)

Series starts August 8th, 4 week program

When: Monday, August 8th

Ages: 16-100

For Kids!

When: Thursday, August 11th

Ages: 5+

Painting Big Sur with Pastels with Jim Tyler

When: Saturday, August 27th OR Sunday, August 28th

Ages: 16-100

Intro to Printmaking with Tricia Reichert

When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays starting September 13th
Dates: September 13th & 27th, October 11th & 25th, November 8th & 22nd

Ages: 16-100

Painting a Central Coast Pastoral with Pastels with Jim Tyler

When: Friday, September 30th & Saturday, October 1st

Ages: 16-100

Recurring Workshops

Beyond the Basics Watercolor with Virginia Mack

When: Wednesdays

Ages: 16-100

Watercolor Without Fear with Virginia Mack

When: Wednesdays


Local Art News

On Saturday, July 30th from 11am to 3pm, Dallidet Adobe is offering a luncheon from the gardens followed by a painting class with Dixie Cavigli.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy the Dallidet gardens with all of your senses.

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, August 3rd

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

(805) 996-0937 or

Mo Betta Jazz Productions presents renowned jazz vocalist Deborah Gilmore along with a local star-studded combo.  Treat yourself to a night out in a magical setting at the Penny with live jazz. 

Show is Wednesday, August 3rd; doors open at 6:45, and the show begins at 7:30.

Be sure to arrive early to enjoy your delicious meal or dessert!

Call for Artists – City of Arroyo Grande – “Outside the Box”

The City of Arroyo Grande and Arroyo Grande Public Art is looking for artists to help transform the city with artwork by painting electrical boxes. There is a stipend of $1,000 plus, a budget of $250 for art materials for each artist who is chosen.

For more information, visit the AGPA website where all attachments can be found: HERE

The deadline to apply is August 5, 2022, 5pm

“Wild About Art” – Charles Paddock Zoo

The Charles Paddock Zoo will present ‘Wild About Art’ on August 6th from 10 am until 3 pm. Everyone will have an opportunity to watch as the zoo’s animal residents create their own, unique and artistic pieces. Zoo visitors will also be able to create lots of fun arts and crafts too, with plenty of opportunities for children to color, paint, and more. In addition, talented local artists will be on hand to showcase their artwork for sale.

Quick Studies in Clay – Art Center Morro Bay

This is an opportunity to work with a live model in a more spontaneous, more emotional arena, focusing on movement and gesture. Participants may choose to sculpt the whole figure, a torso or a bas relief during this workshop with a short pose of 3.5 hours.

This is also an opportunity for artists who would like to experience sculpting the human form in clay. You probably won’t have time to detail the small features, like hands, feet and facial features.

WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442
WHEN: Sunday, August 7, 2022, 12:30pm – 4pm

For more information, contact Kirsti Wothe: (559) 314-5043 or

Call for Artists – SLO Botanical Garden – Fall Art in the Garden

Apply for a booth at Art in the Garden and the Plant Sale!

Art in the Garden will take place on November 4, 5, and 6, 2022 at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. They are currently accepting applications for artist booths for this event.

Local artists will have the opportunity to show and sell their work in the Oak Glen Pavilion and throughout the Garden. The Garden’s semi-annual Plant Sale takes place this weekend as well.

Painting the Head in Oils with Warren Chang – Art Center Morro Bay

In this oil painting workshop, participants will get an inside look into Warren Chang’s art practice and learn how to paint a head to the final painting, using a limited palette.

Warren will give a slide presentation revealing his process of creating his unique narrative paintings. By the end of this 2-day workshop, each participant will have a final painting inspired by Warren’s unique approach to painting that gives a window into his practice.

When: January 14-15, 2023