Art from the inanimate

‘Centerpiece & Still Life’ at Art Central Gallery answers the question, ‘What is still life?’

Special to The TribuneMay 13, 2013 

  • IF YOU GO

    What: “Centerpiece & Still Life”

    Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Show runs through June 4

    Where: Art Central Gallery, 1329 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo

    Contact: 747-4200

A whole lot of lemon, apple and cup paintings have found their way into my Facebook feed the past few months. I’m always inspired and impressed when my friends take on a new creative endeavor, and I’m getting used to the stream of still life studies coming from Fresno.

Still lifes date to the Middle Ages, and never seem to fall out of fashion with beginning and professional artists. Art Central Gallery’s May exhibit, “Centerpiece & Still Life,” answers the question, “What is still life?” Local artists have captured inanimate objects, both natural and man-made, in old ways, such as two-dimensional oil paintings, and newer, such as photography and broken ceramics.

I hoped to see fruit and found pastel peaches by Jim Peacher. I wanted to see something old world and was rewarded with Jason Mayr’s garlic and onions. Mayr also offers a Buddha in a completely different style. Twila Stofer shows how an artist’s eye for arrangement can also work for still-life photography.

The gallery, which shares the space with Art Central Art Supply, features an assortment of work by area artists in addition to rotating exhibits.

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Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves is underway for the season, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first Sundays of the month from May to November. Atascadero artist Jennifer Eickemeyer is lined up for June 2 and is excited to show her shattered glass sculptures she’s been making for the past couple of years.

“They are alluring, completely unique, eye-popping works that I guarantee will enthrall you,” she told me in an email.

I’m looking forward to it. Look for Eickemeyer and dozens of other arts and crafts types at the corner of Shell Beach Road and Cliff Avenue in Shell Beach.

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I’m also eager for the celebration of San Luis Obispo County first- through 12th-grade writing contest winners set for May 20 at Laguna Middle School.

The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education announced that its budget couldn’t support the longtime annual contest this year, but Arts Obispo stepped in to help. Funds will pay for a handful of printed anthologies with winning entries, and electronic versions will be available online.

Writers, editors, educators and volunteers from around the county met in March to judge the entries, including a team made up of Tribune columnist Suzanne Davis, KCBX “Ears on Art” co-host Crissa Hewitt and me.

A couple of the poetry entries nearly led to tears. And the story of an elementary school girl who ends up on the wrong school bus headed for the Carrisa Plains brought laughs.

Contact freelance writer Monica Fiscalini at Monica_Jane2000@yahoo.com .

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