Autumn Arts Annual 2021 

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Music, makers, masters, and more are heading your way this fall
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COVER COURTESY IMAGE BY COLLEEN GNOS
FIGURATIVELY SEEKING As part of the SLO County Arts Council’s 2021 Open Studios Art Tour, Central Coast-based painter Colleen Gnos is inviting the community to tour her studio and see her new paintings (such as the one on the cover) on Oct. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit gnosart.com to find out more.
COURTESY PHOTO BY SOLAIMAN FAZEL
TRIPLE THREAT Violinist, singer, and actress Lucia Micarelli is headlining a Festival Mozaic concert at the Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CPAC) on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. A former violinist and concertmaster for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Micarelli is also widely known for her starring role in HBO’s acclaimed series, Treme. Tickets to the concert start at $35. Visit festivalmozaic.org for more info. The CPAC is located at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
COURTESY IMAGE BY KASIA KAZNOCHA
ETERNAL AND ETHEREAL SLOPOKE will be holding its 11th annual Art of the West Exhibition and Sale at Flag is Up Farms, an open-air ranch in Solvang. This traditional three-day group show will be held on Sept. 24, 25, and 26, and features artworks of various media that aim to celebrate the scenery, wildlife, ranch life, and history of the American West. To find out more about the exhibit, visit the-slopoke.com. Flag is Up Farms is located at 901 E. Highway 246, Solvang. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FRIENDS OF THE SANTA MARIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
TO THE MOON AND BACK The 10th annual Painted Chair Raffle at the Santa Maria Town Center starts on Oct. 16 and runs through Oct. 29. Local artists were asked to submit chairs, quilts, and other items based on either a book or a book genre, which will be raffled off during a drawing on Oct. 29 (tickets are $1 each or six for $5). Proceeds of the event will benefit the Friends of the Santa Maria Public Library in the group’s mission to support the library’s programming and help with operational expenses. Visit fsmpl.org for more details.
COURTESY IMAGE BY CHRIS CHAPMAN
VALLEY VIEWS An opening reception for Widening Circles: Landscape Portraits of Solvang, a new duo exhibition at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang, takes place on Sept. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Both of the show’s featured artists, husband and wife John Iwerks and Chris Chapman, will also be hosting periodic art demonstrations at the museum (Oct. 9, Oct. 30, and Nov. 13). For more info, call (805) 686-1211 or visit elverhoj.org. The museum is located at 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF JUDY LINDQUIST
OHANA MEANS FAMILY The Elwin Mussell Senior Center in Santa Maria presents its next dance concert, Active Aging: Hawaiian Style, on Oct. 3, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Santa Maria Valley Senior Citizens Club and the Community Foundation of SLO County, this free event features live music from the Riptide Big Band and accompanying vocalists Bob Nations and Mitch Latting. Call (775) 813-5186 or visit riptidebb.com for more info. The Elwin Mussell Senior Center is located at 510 Park Ave., Santa Maria.
FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTI BELLE
LANDSCAPES AND LIBATIONS Art Spot on Wheels hosts its next Painting in the Vineyard event at Ca’ Del Grevino Estate Winery in Santa Maria on Oct. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $75, which includes art supplies and a complimentary wine tasting. Participants will create their own plein air landscape based on the scenic views surrounding them. Visit artspotonwheels.com for more info. The winery is located at 2510 E. Clark Ave., Santa Maria.
COURTESY PHOTO BY MICHAEL LUE
THE APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR Eight time Grammy-winning reggae artist Stephen Marley is performing at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. Marley will be playing a combination of his own hits and several selections from the iconic catalog of his father, Bob Marley. Tickets range from $39.50 to $49.50. Visit vinaroblesamphitheatre.com to find out more. The venue is located at 3800 Mill Road, Paso Robles.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ELEISE MOORE
IT’S ALIVE! Performances of Frankenstein’s Bride, a new horror story spoof at the Great American Melodrama in Oceano, will run through Nov. 14. This parody is full of pop culture references, witty one-liners, mad scientists, monsters, songs, and more. Admission ranges between $25 and $32. For more info, visit americanmelodrama.com. The Great American Melodrama is located at 1863 Front St., Oceano.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SUE ALLEMAND
THE GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING Art Center Morro Bay presents its Winter Faire and Crafts Show, which opens on
Nov. 4 and is scheduled to remain on display through Jan. 3. This annual group exhibition includes paintings, photography, fiber art, glass art, pottery, jewelry, and more from a variety of local artists and crafters. Admission to the exhibit is free. Call
(805) 772-2504 or visit artcentermorrobay.org to find out more. Art Center Morro Bay is located at 835 Main St., Morro Bay.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELE M. ABBA
SWEATER WEATHER Cal Poly Choirs presents its fifth annual Holiday Kaleidoscope concert at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Dec. 4, starting at 7:30 p.m. All four of Cal Poly’s choral ensembles will be performing individually and alongside local high school and community ensembles as well. Admission ranges from $10 to $15. Call (805) 756-4849 or visit music.calpoly.edu for more info. The PAC is located at 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY LE BRANE
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DISH FOR Local artist Larry Le Brane hosts a three-day fused glass workshop series for beginners on Jan. 15, 22, and 29 (from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day), at Central Coast Glass Blowing and Fusing in Los Osos. No previous art experience is required, but registration is required (no drop-ins). Participants will create their own glass dishware, home and garden decor, and more. Admission is $135 (which includes all materials needed). Visit facebook.com/larry.lebrane for more details. Central Coast Glass Blowing and Fusing is located at 1279 2nd St., Los Osos.
PHOTO COURTESY OF REBECCA ROUDMAN
THE BLUEGRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER San Francisco-based blues and bluegrass band Dirty Cello (pictured), led by cellist Rebecca Roudman, will perform at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande on Jan. 22, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to the concert ranges from $30 to $42. Call (805) 489-9444 or visit clarkcenter.org to find out more about the show. The Clark Center is located at 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande.
COURTESY PHOTO BY ALAN ROSS
ROUSING REFLECTIONS The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang presents Sharing the Light: Ansel Adams and Alan Ross, which opens on Sept. 25 and is scheduled to remain on display through March 20. This duo exhibition showcases the photography careers of both Ansel Adams (1902-1984) and Alan Ross (whose work is pictured), a longtime friend and former assistant of Adams. Visit wildlingmuseum.org for more info. The Wildling Museum is located at 1511 Mission Drive, unit B, Solvang.
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COVER COURTESY IMAGE BY COLLEEN GNOS
FIGURATIVELY SEEKING As part of the SLO County Arts Council’s 2021 Open Studios Art Tour, Central Coast-based painter Colleen Gnos is inviting the community to tour her studio and see her new paintings (such as the one on the cover) on Oct. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit gnosart.com to find out more.