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
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.
Double Portraits: Kate Moldauer's Paintings of Lesbian Couples
Painter Kate Moldauer has launched a series to tell the stories of lesbian families from across the United States.
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.
Earth Gowns: Nature and Narrative in the Fiber Arts
Earth Gowns: Nature and Narrative in the Fiber Arts
A new exhibition in San Luis Obispo examines humankind's relationship with the environment through the medium of handcrafted clothing.
2014 Flashback: Central Coast
2014 Flashback: Central Coast
We look back at Artbound's stories from the Central Coast in 2014.
Handmade: California's Contemporary Craftmakers
Handmade: California's Contemporary Craftmakers
Contemporary craftmakers on the Central Coast infuse beauty into everyday objects, constantly expanding the definition of what is considered "craft."
Mark Abel: A Contemporary Voice in Classical Music
Mark Abel: A Contemporary Voice in Classical Music
Former journalist Mark Abel moved to the Central Coast from Southern California to pursue his craft of creating rock-inflected classical music with a contemporary edge.
Stitching a Story: The Narrative Quilt Art of Denise Sheridan
Stitching a Story: The Narrative Quilt Art of Denise Sheridan
Quilt artist Denise Sheridan's hand-sewn, hand-quilted works of art are part personal narrative, part sociopolitical statement.
Joan Longas: Impressions of a Stranger in Southern California
Joan Longas: Impressions of a Stranger in Southern California
Spanish artist Joan Longas' lush, neon-lit California landscapes elevate the ordinary, transforming everyday sights into spectacles worthy of notice.
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Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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