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
Where There Once Was Water: Photographer Brittany App Documents the Drought
With photographic/ video series "Where There Once Was Water," Brittany App documents the effects of the California drought.
Summer in San Luis Obispo: Artists Celebrate SoCal Swimming Pools
Visual artists Tracey Sylvester Harris and Neal Breton find inspiration in Southern California's precious pools.
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.
The Re/Collecting Project: Filipino Love Stories
The Re/Collecting Project: Filipino Love Stories
The Re/Collecting Project aims to share the cultural history of the Filipino community emanating from different perspectives and nontraditional formats.
Nitt Witt Ridge: Cambria's Folk Art Hearst Castle
Nitt Witt Ridge: Cambria's Folk Art Hearst Castle
Arthur Harold Beal spent more than fifty years transforming his homestead into a wild, whimsical folk art environment unlike anything seen on the Central Coast before.
La Guitarra California Festival: A Classical Love Affair
La Guitarra California Festival: A Classical Love Affair
This September, classical guitar enthusiasts will gather in San Luis Obispo to celebrate the sound of fingers on nylon strings.
Shaping Contemporary Sculpture on the Central Coast
Shaping Contemporary Sculpture on the Central Coast
The California Sculpture Slam aims to showcase the work of contemporary artists from the Sierras to San Diego and raise the profile of San Luis Obispo County as a creative mecca.
The Dunites: Building a Utopia in the Oceano Dunes
The Dunites: Building a Utopia in the Oceano Dunes
The Dunites was a bohemian community in southern San Luis Obispo County populated by artists, hermits, mystics, and nature lovers.
Finding the Metaphor: Al Schnupp Sets the Stage for Art
Finding the Metaphor: Al Schnupp Sets the Stage for Art
Al Schnupp's collection of assemblages and sculptures explores themes like fate, family, war and greed using a mixture of text, caricature, archetypal imagery, and miniature scenography.
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