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In this week’s blog:

We Raised Enough Money to Stock our Local Pantries!

Enter our Mini-Masterpiece Contest

Call For Artists

Another Virtual Garage Sale

What’s Going on in our Local Art Scene

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Thanks for your support and for helping us give back to our community

HUGE THANKS to all of you who donated to our fundraiser. You helped us achieve our goal to fill our local food pantries and to get art supplies into the hands of disadvantaged children.

We raised a total of $1,800! – WOW!

All of your donations are going straight to fill our local “Free Little Pantries”!
AND we donated a van load of gift bags stuffed with art supplies
to give to local children from less fortunate families.

For more info on our Little Free Pantries, check out HelpSLO on Facebook or @HelpSLOcounty on Instagram.
We have such an amazing community!

This is the LAST WEEK to enter our
Mini-Masterpiece contest!

Here’s what you need to know about our Contest

Use our Mini canvases to create a mini-masterpiece and submit your artwork by April 28th.
All submissions must be on one or more of these tiny canvases 2.5×2.5″ or 2×3″.  E-mail your mini creation to Include artist’s name, phone number, email, and Instagram (if you have one). In subject line, write “MINI-MASTERPIECE CONTEST”


1st prize – Chosen by Art Central employees $100 Art Central Gift Certificate

2nd prize – Chosen by Art Central employees $25 Art Central Gift Certificate

3rd prize – Random Drawing $25 Art Central Gift Certificate

Honorable mentions – (3)

Winners will also be shared and tagged on our Instagram @artcentralslo
All contest submissions will be shown in our Mini-Masterpiece Virtual Gallery on April 30th

Submissions must be received (jpegs only, please) by April 28th.
Winning submissions will be exhibited in our gallery for the month of May.




Do you have used art supplies or equipment you want to sell?

Take advantage of our Spring Cleaning VIRTUAL GARAGE SALE – we will post on MAY 14th!

Send us images of what you have to sell NO LATER THAN MAY 12th! Include a good description – size, condition, price, etc. Also include a way for the buyers to contact you. We will not handle transactions, and do NOT take any commission. All we do is connect buyers and sellers through our blog post. If you are uncomfortable having someone you don’t know come to your home you may use Art Central’s parking lot as a meeting place.


CALL FOR ARTISTS – Join our next Virtual Gallery Exhibit on May 7th

Here’s all you need to do to participate!

Send images of your recently created artwork to with subject “Virtual Gallery Submission” & attach your image as a jpeg. Include your name, along with the title, medium & size of artwork. And although not required, we’d love a few words about your artwork or inspiring thoughts for our viewers!

CALL FOR ARTISTS – Four Sisters Ranch Vineyards & Winery

Four Sisters Ranch Vineyards & Winery in San Miguel is looking for artists to participate in a small art show to be held as part of the Wine Fest Weekend festivities. 
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 Time: 11am-5pm Address: 2995 Pleasant Rd, San Miguel, CA 93451
Cost: none
Artists will display in a well ventilated, but enclosed event center on the gorgeous grounds of the winery. Live music will play from 12-3pm. Food truck on site from 12-4pm. Food and wine available for purchase. Each artist will be provided with 2 8’ tables and 2 chairs, but need to bring their own table coverings and display units.
Contact: Xochitl Maiman, Events Coordinator – Four Sisters Ranch Vineyards & Winery 818-424-3734

CALL FOR ARTISTS – Gala Pride and Diversity Center

The Gala Pride & Diversity Center is proud to accept entries for the 2021 PRIDE celebration for greater San Luis Obispo County. This years celebration will be celebrated virtually through multiple online venues. This year’s theme for the art show is: “Proud, Strong & United”
The show will Run April 30th-June 3rd at the Gala Pride and Diversity Center.

Important dates:
Art Drop Off: April 25 3-6 pm and April 26 3-6pm (digital entries contact
for submission info)
Art Pick Up: June 4th 3-6 pm & June 5th 3-6 pm
Drop off & Pick ups will be done at The Pride & Diversity Center at 1060 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo

For more information click HERE

CALL FOR ARTISTS – Shell Beach Road Utility Box Project

GOAL: Shell Beach-themed art created by local artists.

Art must not cover or obscure identification Name Plate on the box.
Work to be completed summer 2021 (date yet to be determined).
Theme: Shell Beach
Submission sketches in full color with enough detail to communicate concept.
Finalists will be asked to create model-sized, to-scale replica in full detail, constructed from cardboard or other like material.

For more information click HERE

Stay up-to-date with our Art World in and around SLO

Be sure to tune into Facebook for a Virtual Art After Dark, follow instructions HERE

SLO County Arts’ Newsletter

Morro Bay Arts Association’s Newsletter

Virtual Field Trips

Arts Educational Resources

The May Flower Initiative is back by popular demand!

Launched during the first COVID shutdown in May 2020, The May Flower Initiative aims to bring hope to the community through art. In its second year, in 2021, the May Flower Initiative will bloom downtown

The initiative pairs local artists with downtown businesses and vacant storefronts to create beautiful floral window art for the public to admire. 

85+ decorated windows
60+ artists
Pop Up In Mission Plaza featuring special decorations built by the Cal Poly Rose Float Team and Karson Butler Events and chalk art
Family-friendly Scavenger Hunt created by the SLO Children’s Museum 

Check back in May to view all the participating artists and businesses and plan your visit!

For participating artists – we have your supplies!

Mention you are a May Flower artist for a discount on your mural supplies at check out!

Thank you to Cuesta Professor Lauren Rayburn and her students for our window display this month!

Artists: Cameron Alexander, Hayley Halvorsen, Naomi Wells, Melati Anton, Anna Dismone, Addy Gomez, Daniela Bernal, and Avani Nunez


Classes with Tricia Reichert:

NATURE SKETCHING: For the month of April on Tuesday mornings there will be a new Nature Sketching class where we will be drawing with a pen and using a little watercolor to depict subjects both from life and photographs. You will find this class under Live Sessions as above, look for the options for other Webinar classes under Webinars on
FIX-IT SESSION: If you would like some individual help with any of your paintings you can schedule a Fix-It session with me on Monday mornings. (Select_Live1-to-1_ on the home page and scroll down to below the text to find
this option_)
– If you prefer to work at your own pace, or on your own schedule, there are many skill building watercolor video classes available under Videos and Courses on or watch her YouTube videos HERE

PLEASE NOTE – Tricia hopes to resume live classes later this Spring – stay tuned for more info!

Classes with Jason Mayr:

April Session of Online Painting Classes:  “Exercises & Finishing What You Started”
Have you worked on a painting and got “stuck” or put it aside to work on later?? Well you’re in luck as Jason’s next Session of Classes for the month of April are “Exercises & Finishing What You Started”.
Online painting classes start on Monday, April 5th and the classes meet on Monday & Fridays from 9:45am – 11:00am (pst). The feedback from Students has been AMAZING and watching each artist grow has been so rewarding!
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Come paint with us. To register go to

Brand new Class starting Wednesday, April 7th – Introduction to Procreate
Exciting news!!! Jason is launching an Introduction to Procreate class during the month of April. What is Procreate you ask??? It’s a program that you can use on your iPad that helps Artists sketch, paint & create.
Classes will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 8pm (pst) where the first half an hour will be lesson & questions. Then the second half hour will be a group sketch where you can try out your new skills.
Come join us! Class is only $25 and you can register here:

Fused Glass Class with Larry Le Brane:

Try Larry Le Brane Design’s NEW Beginning Fused Glass Class in June!
NO PREVIOUS ART SKILLS ARE NEEDED! Colorful fun happens on 3 Sat, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, June 12, 19 & 26 … IF you are 2 weeks PAST GETTING YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS. Make colorful home & garden décor, custom gifts, dishware, jewelry, or add to your own art media. Get class DETAILS, REGISTER & PAY at
This popular 3-week class teaches basic skills to create fused-glass artwork. Design, cut & prepare items for glass fusing & slumping for at least 3-5 projects.
CLASS FEE is $135/3 weeks & includes ALL MATERIALS + tools, molds, equipment & firings. There are only 3-6 students for safety, maximum learning, & student attention. Sign up SOON to save your space for a fun, creative time at our cozy coastal studio: 1279 2nd St, Los Osos-Baywood Park, CA!

Children’s Classes with June Li:

“As a mother, I feel a special connection to children and supporting their creativity. It is so beautiful to share with them the world of possibilities of color, line, shape, and expression, watching their delight as they create something of their very own.
I know that during this time, kids and families are experiencing some of the most difficult times, with school being mostly online and parents juggling a lot more than ever before.
Painting and making art together can deeply help soothe the stress and anxiety of life, bringing balance, joy and wonder.“
Contact June to set up a private class for your family or your kids.
View her site HERE

Happy Painting!