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
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
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
Quilt artist Denise Sheridan's hand-sewn, hand-quilted works of art are part personal narrative, part sociopolitical statement.
Surfing's First Filmmaker: Preserving the Legacy of Bud Browne
Surfing's First Filmmaker: Preserving the Legacy of Bud Browne
The legacies of two surfing icons -- big-wave surfer Buzzy Trent and pioneering surf filmmaker Bud Browne -- live on in the form of the Bud Browne Film Archives.
Passion in the Pines: Jim Buckley Brings Community Theater to Cambria
Passion in the Pines: Jim Buckley Brings Community Theater to Cambria
After three-plus decades of quality community theater, Cambria's Pewter Plough Playhouse pays tribute to its artistic director and founder, Jim Buckley.
A Polish Patriot in Paso Robles: Celebrating Ignacy Jan Paderewski
A Polish Patriot in Paso Robles: Celebrating Ignacy Jan Paderewski
This week, the Paderewski Festival celebrates the life and legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the Polish pianist, composer, politician and humanitarian who put down roots in Paso Robles for 25 years.
Sandra Kay Johnson: A Personal Passion for Public Art
Sandra Kay Johnson: A Personal Passion for Public Art
Arroyo Grande artist Sandra Kay Johnson taps into her love of the natural world while working in stained glass, bronze sculpture and silk painting.
Open Studios, Open Hearts: Central Coast Artists Bare All
Open Studios, Open Hearts: Central Coast Artists Bare All
This month's Open Studios Art Tour offers an inside look of the creative process of more than 200 artists throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Around the Counties: A Venture into the Central Coast with Catherine Trujillo
Around the Counties: A Venture into the Central Coast with Catherine Trujillo
Catherine Trujillo discusses the arts and culture of San Luis Obispo County.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline

Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline

Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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