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Open Studios Art Tour offers a glimpse into the creative process of some 200 artists across the Central Coast



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When you see a painting in a gallery, there can be a bit of distance. The atmosphere may be stuffy, other onlookers can get in the way, and rarely, if ever, do you get to meet the artist. As lovely as artwork is on display, it can sometimes lack a certain kind of connection. This is why the Open Studios Art Tour is so refreshing.

Once a year, around 200 artists within SLO County open their studio doors and allow the public to see their process, hear their story, and understand their creative point of view. You can see the impressive copper wildlife sculptures of Kenneth Freygang in San Luis Obispo, or glimpse the intricate abstract paintings of Los Osos artist Glynis Tinglof. It’s pretty much a bonanza of the most diverse artistic endeavors you could imagine—jewelry, sculpture, painting, illustrations, fine furniture craftsmanship, and more, spread all across the wide expanse of the county. From Paso Robles to Pismo Beach, the tour offers a unique opportunity to observe artists and art as they are meant to be experienced—up close and personal.

The Open Studios Art Tour takes place during the weekends of Oct. 11 through 12, and Oct. 18 through 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a self-guided tour, free of cost. To download a catalog and map of locations, or to find out where you can pick one up in person, visit

Hot topic

Sitting here, sweating while typing this, it’s impossible to ignore that this year has been one of record-breaking heat waves and debilitating droughts. Whether or not they’re directly related to human-caused climate change, there can be no doubt that global warming does exist. As such, the Atascadero Library has taken it upon themselves, in partnership with Outside in SLO, to inform, educate, and engage the public with their new exhibit centered on climate change.

This is the library’s first thematic art display, and it features the varied works of nine local artists: George Asdel, Pat Cairns, Helen Davie, Janice Pluma, Kabe Russell, Claudia Sargent, Susan Schafer, John Shankle, and Cheryl Strahl. Their pieces showcase a mix of artistic media, from the more abstract paintings of Janice Pluma to the striking photography of Cheryl Strahl.

The exhibit is on display through the end of November. On Thursday, Oct. 9, there will be an artist reception at the library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more info, contact librarian Joe Laurenzi at 461-6164.

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