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Experience Gamblin’s Torrit Grey

Every spring, Gamblin Artists Colors collects a wealth of pigments from their Torit® Air Filtration system. They filter the air around the areas where they handle dry pigments so that their workers are not exposed to pigment dust. Rather than sending any of the high quality, expensive pigments into the landfill, Gamblin paint makers recycle them into Torrit Grey.

The mix of pigments is different every year, so Torrit Grey is always unique and will never be repeated. The paint tends to have a greenish tinge because of the great strength of the Phthalo Green pigment, which is a dark bluish green.

Stop by Art Central to get a FREE tube with purchase of any Gamblin products!

(Only while supplies last.)


Our new watercolor pencils are here! Albrecht Durer Watercolor Artists’ Pencils contain the highest quality pigments for unsurpassed lightfastness and brilliance. Thick 3.8mm break-resistant leads can be easily blended when wet and become permanent when dry for rich watercolor effects.

These watercolor pencils allow artists to draw, just as you would with a regular color pencil and when water is applied to what has been created the art will turn into a mesmerizing watercolor painting. Use the pencils wet or dry! Depending on the paper being used, the pigments can be completely dissolved, and will then behave in the same way as classic watercolor paints. If water is not added, they will behave like regular color pencils.

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.

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: TOMORROW (Saturday Aug 5), 1:30-4:30pm

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

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When: Thursdays, September 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th, 10:30am-1:30pm

Ages: All

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When: Saturday, September 9th, 1-4:30pm

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 14th

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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“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!

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Let’s keep in touch!

– and remember –

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

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