Artists pair up for exhibits around SLO County

Two-artist exhibits are popping up around the county, just in time for Valentine’s Day

Special to The TribuneFebruary 1, 2013 

‘Listen, Listen, Listen,’ by Patrick Martinez, is part of a two-artist exhibit in Atascadero.


  • If you go …

    ‘Listen. Listen. Listen!!!’ Through April at The ARTery, Atascadero

    ‘An Abstract Affair’ Through March 31 at The Gallery at Vina Robles, Paso Robles

    ‘Explorations and Moods’ Feb. 8 through March 3 at Cambria Center for the Arts, Cambria

    ‘Paths Intersected: Sculpture by Gail Lapins and Layered Oils by Jenny Balisle’ Through Feb. 10 at the SLO Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo

I doubt it has anything to do with the upcoming Valentine’s Day, but artists all over San Luis Obispo County are pairing up for exhibits.

Check out friends Patrick Martinez and Jeremiah Conte’s “Listen. Listen. Listen!!!” exhibit through mid-April at The Artery in Atascadero on Traffic Way near the Carlton.

Martinez says he’s focused on acrylic and ink at the moment and looks for instances of coincidental harmony to build from.

Conte says his drawings defend against the onslaught of mental slavery, “much like the hexes old farmers painted on their barns to keep the witches away.”

“An Abstract Affair” runs through March 31 at The Gallery at Vina Robles in Paso Robles at 3700 Mill Road, off Highway 46 East. Teresa Willenborg and Janice Pluma are the featured artists.

Willenborg, the wife of Vina Robles’ winemaker Kevin Willenborg, earned her master’s degree in arts and consciousness studio arts from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley and creates abstract paintings in oil, acrylic and mixed media.

She says her work is influenced by the experience of nature. “For example, painting what it feels like to be inside a wave or forest ...”.

Pluma’s degree in graphic design is from Cal Poly and she has a graphic design business as well as a fine art career. She likes to scour fields, salvage yards and her neighborhood for nontraditional materials.

“I think combining acrylic paint with metal, fabric, paper, glass — or whatever sparks my imagination, adds extra interest and dimension to my work,” Pluma says.

Cambria Center for the Arts presents “Explorations and Moods,” featuring watercolors and mixed media paintings by Donald Archer and Lori Slater, Friday through March 3 at 1350 Main St. A reception is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The husband and wife have lived in Cambria since 1992. Archer will exhibit mixed media paintings based on the California landscape and coast. Slater’s paintings are inspired by France, California, and Mexico with a Mediterranean mood.

There’s still a week left to enjoy “Paths Intersected: Sculpture by Gail Lapins and Layered Oils by Jenny Balisle” at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in Mission Plaza. Viewers are encouraged to decide whether the two artists, working independently, are able to strike a harmonic chord.

Lapins, a Cal Poly grad, is a narrative, figurative bronze sculpture artist from Cambria. Balisle lives in the Bay Area and uses a technique that pools, wrinkles and scrapes oil paint for a result that mimics what she sees in nature. Last day is Feb. 10.

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