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
Synergy: Art and Science Intersect in San Luis Obispo
A new exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art features work by a mathmatically inspired ceramicist and an artist whose multi-disciplinary work is informed by her psychology background.
Co-Opera: Opera San Luis Obispo Finds Its Survival Strategy
In an era when performing arts powerhouses are closing their doors, community-wide collaborations are essential to ensuring the future of the art form.
San Luis Obispo's Micro-Libraries and Art-Object Books
Artists and librarians in San Luis Obispo experiment with traditional methods of reading, lending, and publishing of books.
Around the Counties: Cruising the Central Coast with Sarah Linn
Around the Counties: Cruising the Central Coast with Sarah Linn
Columnist Sarah Linn and San Luis Obispo County resident discusses the local art scene in her area.
Festival Mozaic Brings Class Acts To the Central Coast
Festival Mozaic Brings Class Acts To the Central Coast
This month, classical music artists and aficionados will flock to California's Central Coast for Festival Mozaic.
Making Faces with Oaxacan Mask Crafter Jesus Avila
Making Faces with Oaxacan Mask Crafter Jesus Avila
Pedro Arroyo and curator Catherine Trujillo meet Oaxaca native and Los Osos resident Jesus Avila, who offers a glimpse into his woodworking studio where he carves and designs wooden masks used in traditional Oaxacan dances.
The Unflinching Aperture of Arthur Tress
The Unflinching Aperture of Arthur Tress
A San Luis Obispo County resident for 20 years, Cambria-based photographer Arthur Tress is best known for the strikingly surreal works he created in the 1970s and '80s. But the glimpses of Bay Area life he captured during a stay in 1964 -- recently unearthed after decades in storage -- reveal a different side of the photographer.
Poetic Justice Project Finds Inspiration Behind Bars
Poetic Justice Project Finds Inspiration Behind Bars
The only theater company of its kind in California, The Poetic Justice Project offers formerly incarcerated actors a chance to share their stories on stage.
Star Wars X-wing Builder and Watercolor Superstar Lay Low in San Luis Obispo
Star Wars X-wing Builder and Watercolor Superstar Lay Low in San Luis Obispo
Pedro Arroyo and Catherine Trujillo continue their travels along the coastal route of the El Camino Real, discovering the rich and diverse cultural and artistic identity of San Luis Obispo County. For this installment, we meet sculptor David Settino Scott, painter Mark Bryan, and water colorist Tracy Taylor.
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