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After retiring from a long career with the Department of Defense, Eileen Shibley took her first art class. She knew her life was about to change as the three-hour class flew by in what seemed to be 20 minutes. Eileen’s book As I See It meshes social issues with whimsical images while using vivid descriptions to create an imaginative world.

“My art is my escape into the world of the possible. I see life in bright, bold colors, and my art reflects that vision and perspective” (Shibley 133).

We hope you can join Eileen on the 29th here at Art Central! Please send us an e-mail letting us know if you think you’ll be able to attend –

Enjoy our new exhibit “SLO Grown”! See how our local artists have honored our Central Coast agriculture.

We’re Hiring!

Are you an artist with business & people skills? We are looking for someone to be a key part of our team. Our primary focuses for our customers are exemplary service and competitive pricing. We’re looking for someone with some retail experience, including inventory management, merchandising, marketing and sales, as well as a solid knowledge of various art supplies.

This is a part time position:  2-3 days week, 14-20 hours (may rarely include evenings), looking for someone available Wed-Fri 10-6 and possibly Sat 10-5

Job Duties:

Greeting customers, offering assistance, escorting them to appropriate products; suggesting items.

Providing information on products.

Receiving shipments, checking stock, pricing product.

Assisting with social media, gallery exhibits, workshops & events.

Cleaning and organizing product and store.



must be able to lift up to 50lbs.

must have basic computer skills.

must be a team player.

must be VERY self-motivated.

must be VERY comfortable in a busy, multi-tasking environment

Please stop in to fill out an application.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

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!

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.

Intro to Derwent Inktense with Linda Cunningham

INKTENSE” are vivid water-soluble pencils that blend beautifully – Learn how to use and enjoy this beautiful medium!

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When: Sunday, July 30th, 12:30-3:30pm

Ages: 15+

Painting On a Black Canvas with Catherine Lemoine

Painting with Golden Acrylic iridescent and interference is fun – challenge yourself to try something new!

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When: Saturday, August 5th, 1:30-4:30pm

Ages: All

Discovering Italic Calligraphy with Pilot Parallel Pens with Mary Lou Johnson

Join us to learn the basics of Italic script – this style is created with the broad edge of a fountain pen making it versatile and fun!

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When: Saturday & Sunday, August 12th & 13th, 12:30-3pm

Ages: All

Grown Up Finger Painting with Paste Paper with Mary Lou Johnson

Unleash your inner child by decorating papers with colored paste with combs, sponges, brushes and yes, your fingertips!

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When: Saturday, August 26th, 1:30-3:30pm

Ages: All

“Slo Drawz” Drawing & Social Club

Want to improve your drawing skills while also building a community of supportive creatives? Then join the drawing group Slo Drawz!

  Artist: Cody Wood

2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 5-7 pm

Next Session Monday, August 7th

Please join us, sessions are $20 each with a suggested tip for the fabulous models! Advance registration is suggested – maximum of 15 people per session! Please sign up by messaging the Instagram @SloDrawz or at

Watercolor Without Fear with Virginia Mack

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

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


Beyond the Basics Watercolor with Virginia Mack

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

Ages: 16-100

Heads up… we’ll be having a figurative open exhibit in September.

Community Bulletin Board

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“Art Outside the Box” – Call for Artists – Arroyo Grande Public Art

The City of Arroyo Grande and Arroyo Grande Public Arts announce the second phase Call For Artists for “Art Outside the Box” utility box painting project. The continuing goal is to beautify and enhance the city with 4 additional painted utility boxes. This is a juried competition and there is a $1,000 stipend plus $250 for materials included for each box.

Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2023

Find more info here & the application here!

“Brushstrokes” – Call for Artists – Art Center Morro Bay

A Juried Exhibition presented by THE PAINTERS GROUP OF SAN LUIS OBISPO

Brushstrokes is a non-themed annual exhibition, open to all painters who are California residents. Brushstrokes represents a wide range of artistic expression in all painting mediums, including acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, encaustic, digital, and collage.

Submission Deadline is August 1st, and the exhibit runs September 21st to November 6th

Learn fundamentals of Tig welding in a 3-hour hands-on class and make your own custom rustic hat rack. With Brian Hamm and featuring local female welder (and Art Central Employee), Shauna Jellison who specializes in vintage car restoration. All materials included. Class fee: $300, $50 deposit required.

“Colors of Conservation” 2023 – Exhibit – SLOPE Painters

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County and SLOPE announce, “Colors of Conservation”, Summer 2023, an annual exhibit of original landscape paintings of our precious open spaces, historic ranch lands, waterways, and coastal areas.

For details go to their website or call (805) 544-9096. The event will be held in the Milking Parlor at the Octagon Barn Center Friday, August 25, 5-8pm, and Saturday, August 26, 10am-4pm. 

Transcending the Photo Reference in Paint with Alyssa Monks – Workshop – Willow Pond SLO

This workshop, held September 8th-11th, is designed to guide the students toward creating a painting from a photo reference, using both indirect and direct traditional painting techniques.

You’ll learn how to create a useful photo reference, covering topics such as ideal lighting, camera settings, lenses, Photoshop, and printing.

Click here for more information & to register!

Let’s keep in touch!

– and remember –

Art is a mix of imagination, inspiration, and a lot of confusion – but somehow it all comes together.

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