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You won’t want to miss this show!

This exhibit runs from April 1st Thru May 30th


San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE) is proud to celebrate the local beauty of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary with this art exhibit “SLOPE Honors Pristine Coastal Visions,” April 1-May 30, 2022.  It’s a tribute showing & sale of inspired paintings dedicated to the SLO County coastline of this Marine Sanctuary, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Northern Chumash Tribal Council.

Meet the artists and learn about the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary
at Art Central’s Artist Reception on Saturday, April 9th from 2-4 PM


Members featured in this exhibit are Dennis Curry, Jan French, Dotty Hawthorne, Sandi Heller, Daniel Jones, Laurel Sherrie, and Jim Tyler. Participating Emeritus Members include Bruce Everett, Tracy Paz, Rosanne Seitz, Denise Schryver, Libby Tolley, and Anne Laddon. 

A portion of all painting sales will benefit the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary in moving from the nomination phase to being designated as a National Marine Sanctuary. SLOPE has chosen to contribute toward this process because of the many benefits to our central coast area in their goal to protect our beautiful coast. This will be accomplished through better water quality, protection of wildlife and sustainable fishing, prevention of oil spills through a ban on oil leasing and development and protection of indigenous sites. Benefiting from the time-tested indigenous knowledge of coastal areas, a sustainable future for our coast will be insured. Visit to learn more.

SLOPE is a group of professional artists working with local and national organizations to create artworks depicting the beauty and uniqueness of California’s Central Coast. Their art is used to draw public attention for the purpose of raising awareness and to generate funds for preserving local lands for open space, wildlife, and ecologically respectful recreation, ranching and farming.

When traveling along the Pacific Coast this spring, there is a good chance you have seen Plein Air painters capturing coastal views on canvas. San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE) artists have been painting for several months preparing for a special show with views of the coast from Cambria to South San Luis Obispo County.

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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


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“Easter Egg Play Date”!

Come get crafty with our Art Central staff. Each participating child will be given 3 wooden egg ‘fridge magnets to decorate using our provided supplies, including paint sticks, googly eyes & crayons! These fun Easter Egg projects make adorable spring decorations that will last a lifetime!

Moms & Dads are asked to stay and we’ll give you an egg to paint for free!

Ages 4-8

$5 per child, supplies included!

Advance sign-up required, please

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Want to better understand every body? Come draw with Rachel and work on style, proportions, and loosening the fixed perspectives we have on art and ourselves. A live, clothed model will pose from 1-20 minutes over a 2 hour period. Bring your mark-making tools, sketchbooks and your friends! Veteran figure drawer? Pick up some toned paper and white conte or charcoal from Art Central.

Email Rachel to Enroll

Class Fee:
$15 per class, or $50 for 4 classes (Cash or Venmo)

Ages 16+

Class limited to 12 students

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This is an explorative acrylic painting workshop, meant to expose the ideas in your mind, and express them on canvas. Artists of any skill level are welcome to join. We will find patterns in our mark-making, and explore our creativity as we slowly recognize images in our creations.
Required supplies: canvas or gesso board and your favorite big and small brushes. 
-Rachel will supply primary colors and black/ white. If you have a favorite color you’d like to paint with, please do! All other supplies can be purchased from Art Central. 

Email Rachel to Enroll

Class Fee:
$30 per class, or $100 for 4 classes (Cash or Venmo)

Ages: 10+

Class limited to 12 students

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CCP would like to introduce more people to the very interesting and varied world of handmade prints. All ages are welcome and no prior
experience is necessary to attend these
-Some members will also be attending each of these workshops to join in and help you along the way. If you enjoy the workshops and printmaking, we’d like to invite you to become a member of the printmakers.

-Maryanne Nucci and Tricia Reichert will be teaching these workshops.

Email Tricia Reichert to Enroll:

Class Fee:
$50 per class (some supplies included)

Limited to 10 spaces

*(Full vaccination and masking will be required )*

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This is a watercolor class designed to let you jump in and try out this engaging medium through experimentation.

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.

Email Virginia Mack to Enroll:  

Class Fee:
$35 per class

Limited to 12 spaces

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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.

Email Virginia Mack to Enroll:  
Class Fee:
$35 per class
3rd Wednesday session will be held around the county “En Plein Aire”

Limited to 12 spaces

Attention Teachers!

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Are you interested in teaching or demonstrating? We are looking to book more demos and workshops here at Art Central!

We can always cancel classes if covid still remains a safety hazard, but we would like to start booking more classes for the next few months!

Last Tuesday’s Printmakers Workshop was a huge success! Thank you to all participants, and a big thank you to Tricia Reichert and Maryanne Nucci for guiding these workshops.

NEW Local Workshop with Jason Mayr

Where: Private Property in Atascadero, Ca. The two-acre property, as well as the surrounding properties, have old growth oaks in a gorgeous park-like setting where deer often roam and rest. There is a large north light studio where we will meet each morning for the demonstrations and feedback.

Instructor: Jason Mayr is a professional artist with over 20 years of teaching experience. He strives to meet with each artist where ever they are on their own artistic path. Jason connects with students through instructing, motivating, and inspiring them to grow, stretch, and become a better artist.

Sketching Trees with a Sense of Life

When:  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 29th, 30th & May 1st, 9 am – 2 pm

Description: Each day will begin with demonstrations focusing on gesture, volume, and atmospheric perspective. On the second and third days, there will also be opportunity for feedback on your own work if desired. There will be ample time each day to do your own sketches and Jason will be available for questions and suggestions.

All levels and sketching mediums are welcome.  No paints please.

Cost: $175

Contact: Cindy Mayr at or 805-471-7090
Website link:

Sign up now to reserve your spot before the class is full.