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It’s amazing – more than 60 days have passed since the shutdown order was announced.  Crazy times, right?

We are ready to re-open Art Central, and we are committed to doing it slowly and carefully.  My primary concern is to keep my staff and my customers safe, and I will be stubbornly focused on that as long as I need to be, to make sure that we go above and beyond to assure everyone’s well-being.

  • Effective June 1st, Art Central will be open from 10-3pm Mondays thru Fridays, and we will offer by-appointment on Saturday mornings. (Appointments for Saturday must be made by Friday at 1pm.  If none are made, I will not be here.)
  • Occupancy will be limited to 5 customers at a time. No young children (under the age of 11) will be permitted in the store until the social distancing restrictions have been lifted.
  • While I don’t expect this to be an issue, please be considerate if you see that there are other customers waiting outside to shop.
  • If you’d like to enjoy our “WHILE WE SHELTERED” exhibit while you wait, the gallery will be open for browsing, 2 people at a time. Masks are required.
  • Anyone waiting outside the store must maintain social distancing of at least six feet.
  • We have disposable gloves for those who do not have them (while our supply lasts). Please refrain from touching anything in the store without gloves. You must bring your own mask – you will not be permitted in the store without one.
  • We will continue to offer curbside pickup to those who are unable or unwilling to wear a mask and gloves, or are high risk and don’t want to come in.
  • We will review the above information and make changes as needed. Hopefully, we’ll be able to slowly increase the times that the store is open for business. We ask for your patience as we do so.
  • You may continue to call or e-mail your orders if you wish. We want to make this as easy as we can for you.  Email at or phone us at 805-747-4200.

Thank you all for your past and continued support.  etty

please enjoy this week’s


Jim Tyler_TillTheCowsComeHome

“Till the Cows Come Home”, 18×24, Pastel.  This is a scene loosely based on Moretti Canyon Road, southeast of SLO.   -Jim Tyler


Lori Wise

“Bloom Where You’re Quarantined” 10×14 acrylic on ‘Arches paper. Lori Wise


“Here’s a couple of paintings I did for myself.  They will be companion pieces for a painting my mother did.  Glad to hear that things are slowly opening up and hope you’re well.”  -Marjory Abeyta


Roxanne Rogoway

” 12”x 12” Mixed media. Experimenting with portrait painting. Although I didn’t quite capture this baby girl’s ‘likeness’, the painting makes me smile.”  -Roxanne Rogoway

etty’s decompression time…

KC Caldwell

“Here’s one I did with Thursday Painters last week. It was great to be out with the group again, and quite a few artists turned out to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather.
The one is called Field Study.
The poppies in the garden at Back Bay Inn were simply wonderful!”
-KC Caldwell

“These are a few of the pieces I created while sheltering at home. It’s been fun playing in the paint! Our Maggie May, my little buddy who won’t leave my side these days. Wacky Cake, part of a series ready for printing as cards, and of course California Poppies.”
-Barbara Cohen

We want your artwork for our New Gallery exhibit (yes our real gallery)

“While We Sheltered”

For this exhibit we will NOT be hosting an Artists reception, and there with be NO entry fees. This exhibit will take place for the months of June and July. Please check our previous blog for more information and to find our artist contract for this exhibit: LAST BLOG Artwork may be brought in any time that the store is open for business, and we will hang work until we run out of room. The ONLY criteria is that the work MUST have been created after March 19th, 2020.


Want classes?  Some of our local Art Instructors are teaching ONLINE!

covid classes

Watercolor Webinar Classes – Tricia Reichert Studio
“My studio watercolor classes have moved – I am teaching them online! You can now come virtually to my studio to paint along with me each week. Learn new skills and techniques, or brush up on those you already have.”
You can find out more about these classes at my new online website  –


jmayrpainting2Visual Principles of PaintingJason Mayr

Online Mentoring and Inspiration with Jason Mayr. Do you enjoy painting? Do you get stuck and are not sure how to take your work to the next level? Are you struggling to finish your work? Be a part of a supportive and fun group of artists striving to improve their skills and work. Bring more enjoyment, camaraderie and better results to your art. Join us from the comfort of your own home or anywhere around the world with an internet connection. I will provide clear instruction, encouragement and feedback as we work through a painting project each month.


From Liquitex: Click the image for a PDF on this Pouring lesson

LQ project


Watch SLO bloom with the Downtown SLO May Flower Initiative


The May Flower Initiative has developed a visual, vibrant experience for people to view safely from cars or bicycles.  This event has been put on by Downtown SLO to remind people that SLO is a vibrant center for creativity and commerce, and that it will be opening once recovery begins, whenever that time comes. Artists, Downtown businesses, and property owners have collaborated to create a series of vibrant, bright and colorful temporary flower designs to create a drive-by, bike-by or walk-by art experience for citizens of SLO to enjoy, safely!



  • 10-4 that hold the line & thank you for all that you do so well!

  • Barry Berg says:

    If only every store handled re-opening as thorough as Art Central. Respect the fact you are making the store a mask-only-zone?

    Thanks for being such a amazing business, pandemic or no pandemic.


    Barry Rouxel-Berg B2 Productions Publishing Creative & Manufacturing 2096 Pineridge Drive Cambria, CA 93428 949.922.7382 mobile