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Artbound 2012: Best of San Luis Obispo County

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Over our first season, we published hundreds of articles, produced twenty-two short documentaries, and aired three hour-long television episodes. We traversed the cultural landscapes sprawling across our state from the metropolises to the towns, between the coast and the desert, across the border, and into the mountains. On New Year's Day, we will be airing a three-hour Artbound Marathon which will feature all of our episodes mashed up into one explosion of Southern California arts and culture. But for the next few days, we will be reliving some of the most read articles by our contributors, breaking down the most popular articles by county and discipline. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that make California the creative capital of the world!

Acerbic Art: Mark Bryan's Fantastical (and Political) Worlds

Mark Bryan's painting 'The Mad Tea Party Part D'uh' appears in his current show, 'The Rupture.'

San Luis Obispo artist Mark Bryan puts politics in the forefront, pairing his satirical subject matter with sly, seductive humor.

The Many Lives of the Fremont Theater

The Fremont movie theater, seen here in 2010, serves as an important venue for the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. | Photo: Alan Fraser/Sonrisa Photography.

The Fremont movie theater in San Luis Obispo is a historic construction. With the decreased appeal for movie houses, owners plan to reinvent the downtown property.

Being Botso: Meet the Man Who Brought Music to Morro Bay

Morro Bay music educator Wachtang

Georgian-born music educator Wachtang "Botso" Korisheli has shaped the lives of scores of American schoolchildren.

Surfing Artists Go with the Flow

A surfer catches the tube in this untitled photo by Arroyo Grande photographer Chris Burkard.

Meet four Central Coast artists who draw their inspiration from the ocean.

Poetic Justice Project Finds Inspiration Behind Bars

Director Molly Williams Stuckey poses with the cast of 'Women Behind the Walls' -- Tina Grace, Tina Levitan, Dominique Barnett, Toni De La Guerra, Whitney Eliott -- on Alcatraz Island. Photo by Mark Stuckey.

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.

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Top Image: "Winter in San Luis Obispo County" | Photo: Bill Boutan/Flickr/Creative Commons License

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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

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


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

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


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

icon, Music discipline


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

icon, Performance discipline


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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