San Luis Obispo
Ever since Junipero Serra went up in search of Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo has been a space in between - an area of rest, a thorough way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is this distance from the main urban hubs that has afforded the area the capacity to retain, preserve and celebrate its agrarian Mexican and Spanish past and allowed its cities and towns to grow at a sustainable rate. This lifestyle, coupled with the emergence of a robust wine industry, has attracted a myriad of writers and artists that are exploring the cultural ethos of the area.
Highlights
Painting Faces: San Luis Obispo Artist David Settino Scott Pictures 'Women'
San Luis Obispo artist David Settino Scott indulges his love of portrait painting, and his appreciation for female beauty in the exhibition "Women."
Coastal Creativity: The Collaborations of Artist Suzi Bliss and Musician Vincent Bernardy
A crossover of music and visual art is taking place in San Luis Obispo. Artist Suzi Bliss, musician/ painter Vince Bernardy, and Blind Melon vocalist Travis Warren are creatives who congregate for collaboration.
Michael Pearce: Art in the Age of Emergence
Michael Pearce draws inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelites and masters of the Italian baroque movement to realize massive and mythical paintings.
Erik Olson: Playing with Light
Erik Olson: Playing with Light
Erik Olson has a lifelong fascination with light play. His photos explore a subtle dance -- dawn peaking through a curtain of orchids, light bouncing off of chrome furniture, panes of glass reflecting a cloudy sky.
The Great American Melodrama: 40 Years of Vaudeville in Oceano
The Great American Melodrama: 40 Years of Vaudeville in Oceano
At the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville in San Luis Obispo County, audience participation is a must. Theatergoers are encouraged to boo, hiss and cheer, just as their counterparts did a century ago.
Think Pink: The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo's Kitsch Castle
Think Pink: The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo's Kitsch Castle
With more than 110 themed rooms and suites, San Luis Obispo's Madonna Inn has been a popular destination for artists, architecture buffs and tourists since it opened in 1958.
Layered Landscapes: Sara J. Frantz Goes on an Architectural Road Trip
Layered Landscapes: Sara J. Frantz Goes on an Architectural Road Trip
Sara J. Frantz's graphic gouache and graphite drawings explore the tension between manmade structures and the natural landscapes that surround them.
Atascadero Woodturner Barry Lundgren Goes With the Grain
Atascadero Woodturner Barry Lundgren Goes With the Grain
A commercial sea urchin diver by trade, and fine craft artist and photographer by choice, Barry Lundgren transforms simple blocks of wood -- black acacia, olive, oak, walnut and more -- into salad bowls, burial urns and other elegant vessels.
George Jercich: The Fragile Art of Glass-making
George Jercich: The Fragile Art of Glass-making
George Jercich has been glass-blowing for more than 40 years. The Los Osos artist sees the collaboratory process not only as life, but as music.
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