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Valentine’s Day Creative Card Contest Announcement!

Join the fun! Send us a picture of your most creative Valentine’s day card art
for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Art Central!

We’ll pick 2 winners – one between the ages of 2-12, and one between the ages of 13-103. If you are older than 103 and submit your creation, please let us know so we can give you your own special award!
Submit to
We’ll post entries on our blog ON Valentines Day! Please share your hearts with us by Sunday, Feb 13th!

We’re getting ready to celebrate our 11th anniversary!


We are hosting our 5th annual fundraising Garage Sale Feb 21st thru 26th.

Can you help?

Clean out your studio and donate your used art supplies and equipment for a great cause!
We will be hosting our 5th annual Scholarship Fundraiser Garage Sale
All proceeds go towards scholarships for graduating local high school students who will continue their art education in college.

Huge thanks to Morro Bay Art Association for helping us to facilitate this fundraiser.
Please drop off your gently used supplies between February 17th and 20th during store hours.
Last year we raised enough money for 9 scholarships, thanks to you!

Sale runs February 21st-26th. Cash only to purchase fundraiser items.
We cannot accept credit or debit cards for these items. We appreciate your understanding.

Attention Teachers!

Please start thinking about demos and workshops you’d like to teach at Art Central!

In the hope that Omicron will slow down and slink away, we’d like to begin organizing workshops and classes again. With everything still up in the air we don’t expect you to commit 100%, but let’s start talking! Let us know your thoughts.

Welcome to this week’s

Etty and crew, Congratulations on your 11th year in SLO. Your friendly service and incredible inventory is a boon to the community. Thanks for all the help and suggestions you’ve given over the years.

Here’s a pastel, “Eastern Sierra Autumn”, 9×12 on UART 320, Inktense Blocks/H2O underpainting, Kosher salt applied to the lower portion of UP while wet, then brushed off when dry, NuPastel and soft pastels applied.” – Tom Frey
“Bacon” 8×10 pastel
by Susan Robinson
“Pensive” by Susan Kounanis
Oil painting10x8
“Memories” by Susan Kounanis
Oil Painting on linen panel , 9×12
“Impulse” by Steve Andrews
Acrylic and oil paint stick on canvas.
20″ x 16″
“The title tells the story. This abstract
seemed perfect for this New Year.
A good burst of energy, enjoy.” – Steve

Previously seen on our Virtual Gallery…
Steve Andrews “Kinetic Energy” has now gone on to win an honorable mention in an online exhibit at

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 Workshop Series with the Central Coast Printmakers

– Monthly PRINTMAKING WORKSHOPS at Art Central –

The Central Coast Printmakers will be holding a new series of printmaking workshops focusing on linocuts  (moving on to reduction linocuts and multiple plate linocuts) starting February 8th.

*(Full vaccination and masking will be required )*.

Maryanne Nucci and Tricia Reichert will be teaching these workshops.

CCP would like to introduce more people to the very interesting and varied world of hand-made prints. We are pretty passionate about all of
the possibilities of contemporary printmaking and we are looking forward to sharing some of them with you. All ages are welcome and no prior
experience is necessary to attend these workshops, just a desire to learn, explore and experiment.

Some of our members will also be attending each of these workshops to join in and help you along the way.

Also, if you enjoy the workshops and printmaking, we’d like to invite you to become a member and join in with us as we learn and share with each other in our various studios throughout the year.

(High School and College students will receive a discount if they show student ID).

Monthly on the second Tuesdays, 1 – 4pm
February 8th, March, 8th, April 12th, May 10th and June 14th

Fee: $50 per class (some supplies will be provided and the rest can be purchased on-site).
There will be 10 places available in each class.

*To register (or to be included on the interest list) for these workshops, please contact Tricia* at

– Weekly WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS at Art Central –



Wednesdays 1:30-3:30, $35/session.
To enroll please contact Virginia Mack:   

This is a watercolor class designed to let you jump in and try out this engaging medium through experimentation. We will push colors around, discover what we can do with the brushes, and enjoy the process. Your results will let you discover the possibilities that watercolor offers you.

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.




First and second Wednesdays of every month, 10:30am- 12:30pm, at Art Central, 3rd Wednesdays around the county
To enroll, please contact

Virginia Mack:   

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.

We just got in some exciting new products from SpectraFix including their new Continuous spray bottle, their Natural Glass Varnish and medium, and more of their final fixative in new forms!