Openings, Receptions, and Events
PASO ROBLES FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Follow the River, Paint the Dream takes place on May 23 from 9-5pm, with concerts starting 1 and 4pm. Kicks off with a Plein Air Quick Draw Competition and Auction, followed by a fine art exhibition, art demonstrations, a public mural project, hands-on children’s art classrooms, live music and performances. Free scenic educational tours of the beautiful Salinas River Corridor will take place throughout the day. At Downtown City Park, at 12th and Spring streets. Info: prcity.com or 227-PASO.
MORRO BAY ART IN THE PARK May 23-25, July 3-5 and Sept. 5-7 at Morro Bay City Park, Harbor and Morro Bay Blvd. 10-5pm. Over 100 artists of art, jewelry, sculptures, carvings, photos, and more. Info:
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXHIBIT: YACO’S CHOCOLATE SOUP: PICTURING SLO’S DOWNTOWN REVIVAL on May 29 at 5:30pm will surely stir up memories from those who knew and loved the restaurant. Artist Richard Yaco will be on hand to share stories of his Chocolate Soup portraits. 696 Monterey Street in the original Carnegie Library building, across the street from the Mission. Info: 543-0638 or slochs.org.
ART AFTER DARK is the open house of galleries all over downtown SLO on June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4 from 6-9pm (times and events vary). Info: sloartscouncil.org or 544-9251 or call your favorite gallery directly.
MORRO BAY ART WALK takes place the second Friday of every month at the Embarcadero from 5-8pm. Sample food and wine and talk with local artists. Free. Info: 772-1068.
ART DEMOS IN MORRO BAY Second Mon. of every month at 7:15pm. Info: 772-2504.
ART IN THE PARK AT DINOSAUR CAVES is June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, and Nov. 1 in Shell Beach. Check out this fun festival in the most beautiful of locations—on the bluffs of the Pacific—on the first Sunday of month. 10am-4pm. Info: 773-1564, 704-8128, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALLERY AT MARINA SQUARE presents Gay McNeal in May. 4x4 Show--The Photography of Randee Ward, Jack McNeal, Anne Carpenter Fitzpatrick, and Karen Peterson takes place June 1-29, opening reception June 12 from 5-8pm. Deborah Hintergardt--Acrylic Paintings: July 1-29, opening reception July 10 from 5-8pm. Susan Wood, watercolors, Aug. 1-29 with reception on Aug. 14 from 5-8pm. 601 Embarcadero #10 in Morro Bay. Info: 772-1068.
MORRO BAY ART ASSOCIATION ART EVENTS/EXHIBITS: June 4: Black and White Photo and Sculpture Show hangs through July 5 with a reception on June 7 from 3-5pm. June 8: Program meeting, Wendy Pond, Portraits, 3pm. July 9: Opening of Summer Show through Aug. 9 with a reception on July 12. “Hot Color, Hot Wax” features Carolyn Braun, Flo Bartell, Margaret Bertrand, and Bob Dodge. July 13: Program Meeting, Julie Dunn, Batik at 3pm. Aug. 10: Program meeting, Rosemary Greenville, Collages 3pm. Aug. 16: Reception for “Brushstrokes”, a juried exhibition, mixed media, hangs through Sept. 13. Sept. 14: Program meeting featuring Lori Trogden, acrylics at 3pm. Sept. 20: Reception featuring Peggy Janssen and Rena Doud, Photo and 3-5pm. The MBAA Gallery is located at 835 Main St. Morro Bay. Info: 772-2504.
SLO ART CENTER presents through May: Shay Bredimus, large ink drawings from a young LA artist who overcame a near fatal brain injury in childhood. June 2-Aug. 2: Dave Lefner, New Color Reduction Woodcuts. Corpora in Extremis (bodies to the limits) featuring several arists who have different strategies for the human figure. Aug. 7-Sept. 27: Perry Ferris, designer abstractions. 1010 Broad St. in SLO. Info: 543-8562 or sloartcenter.org.
STEYNBERG GALLERY PRESENTS ART, CONCERTS, TALKS AND MORE: June 5 at 6pm: Art Opening-Fabric Show. June 7 at 4pm: SLO Favorite Poems Project. June 9: Mark Dyczkowski, talk, meditation, and Sitar concert starting at 7:30pm. June 14 at 7pm: Soiree with Linnaea. July 3 at 6pm: Art Opening with Mary Ming Wade. July 5 at 4pm: SLO Favorite Poems Project. July 12 at 7pm: Soiree with Linnaea. 1531 Monterey St. in SLO. Info: 547-0278 or steynberggallery.com.
Y-ARTS - S.L.O. CO. COFFEE HOUSE on June 19. Doors open at 7:15pm Show starts at 7:30pm. Spend an evening at the YMCA as local artists present music, poetry, short stories, photography, paintings and more. 1020 Southwood Drive. Info: Sloymca.org or 543-8235.
THE GALLERY AT THE NETWORK presents in June and July: Glass exhibit featuring gallery artists working in glass and mosaics with Larry LeBrane. August and September: Ceramics exhibit. 778 Higuera, Suite B, in SLO. Info: 788-0886 or galleryatthenetwork.com.
TEMPLETON OUTDOOR QUILT SHOW is June 27 9am-5pm. See more than 300 quilts hanging in downtown Templeton. Info: templetonquiltshow.com, 550-4488, or 466-1207.
ANOTHER D.A.M. ART SHOW with Dana Kim Hixson, Anne Godsey, and Marylou Falstreau featuring M.B.H.S. student artist Molly Wilson June 27-28 from 11-4pm each day. 423 Rennel St., North Morro Bay Art Exhibit and Sale Benefiting the Central Coast Natural History Association and the Morro Bay High School Treble Choir. Info: 771-0183.
LAKESIDE WINE AND FINE ARTS FESTIVAL comes to the Atascadero Lake Park on June 27 from 4-8pm. $30. At this fresh art after dark atmosphere during this premier evening wine tasting event check out live music by Mighty Croon Dogs. Info: 461-1234 or atascaderowinefestival.com.
MORRO BAY ART IN THE PARK July 3-5 from 10-5pm at the Morro Bay City Park Harbor and Morro Bay Blvd. Over 100 artists of art, jewelry, sculptures, carvings, photos, and more. Info: 772-2504.
THE CENTRAL COAST LIVING HISTORICAL REENACTMENT GROUP EVENTS featuring historical periods from 1500 to 1900 A.D. July 18 and Sept. 5-6, and Dec. 12-13. At the Santa Margarita Ranch. Info: 530-305-1759 or email@example.com.
PREFIX 927 ART SHOW in Cambria is July 25-26, featuring non-traditional—but fantastic—art. Info: 927-5576 or cambriachamber.org.
RAINBOW OF GEMS SHOW takes place Aug. 7-9 at St. Joseph’s Church from 10am-5pm each day. Find dealers, demonstrations, exhibits, rocks and minerals, and a barbecue on Sat. night. 298 S. Thompson in Nipomo. Info: 929-3788 or omsinc.org.
MERCHANTS STREET FAIRE IN MORRO BAY is Aug. 2 from 9am-5pm. Downtown Morro Bay comes alive with vendors from around the world and their artistic wares. Info: 772-4467 or 877-478-9477.
DAY WITH CREATIVE WOMEN takes place on Aug. 8 from 10am-5pm. This daylong event draws more than 70 artists and vendors displaying their creative wares. Come celebrate women’s creativity with music, entertainment, delicious food, kids activities, and, of course, the art (for display and sale). Info: 544-9313 or wccslo.org.
ART AND ADVENTURE ART AUCTION IN CAMBRIA on Aug. 15 from 2-6 pm at the Vets’ Hall, 1000 Main Street. Greenspace - The Cambria Land Trust celebrates 21 years of environmental protection on the Central Coast. Bid on beautiful paintings, pottery, fiber art and jewelry by leading local artist. Past winners experienced wildlife adventures to the Galapagos, Alaska, Central America, and Indonesia and more. Wine and hors’doeuvres served. Tickets are $15 at the door and all proceeds benefit local environmental protection. Info: 927-2866 or greenspacecambria.org.
ATASCADERO ART TOURS. The event is city-wide and free. Participating businesses will hold artists’ receptions on Aug. 28 and Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Info: youngcurryphotography.com/news, 704-1126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORRO BAY ART IN THE PARK Sept. 5-7 from 10-5pm: Art in the Park, Morro Bay City Park, Harbor and Morro Bay Blvd. Over 100 artists of art, jewelry, sculptures, carvings, photos, and more. Info: 772-2504.
I MADONNARI ITALIAN STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL takes place in and near Mission Plaza in SLO with chalk art decorating the pavements Sept. 12-13 from 10-6 both days. Info: 964-4710, Ext. 4411 or aiacentralcoast.org..
WOOD CARVERS SHOW IN CAYUCOS takes place Sept. 19-20 at the Vets Hall. Starts at 10am each day. Info: 995-1200 or 927-3591.
‘PLEIN AIR’ PAINTING FESTIVAL takes place Sept. 28-Oct. 4 11am-5pm, all over SLO County. Info: sloartcenter.org or 543-8562.
WOODCARVERS SHOW IN CAYUCOS takes place Sept. 19-20 at the Vets Hall, and starts at 10am each day. Info: 927-3591.
ARTE DE TIZA chalk festival in downtown Paso Robles is Sept. 19 from 8am-3pm. Info: 238-4103 or pasoroblesdowntown.org.
CENTRAL COAST WRITERS’ CONFERENCE XXV takes place Oct. 2-3 at Cuesta College in SLO. Info: communityprograms.net or 546-3132.