Art tours abound around SLO County

Special to The TribuneSeptember 6, 2013 

‘Landscape’ by Barbara Alloway is part of the Sensational Silks II show at the Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay.


Last week I highlighted monthly art walks in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles sponsored by Arts Obispo. This week I wanted to put Atascadero’s quarterly Art and Wine Tour and the Morro Bay Art Walk, held the second Friday of the month, on your radar.

Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay features two guest artists each month, and a reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday during the Art Walk at 601 Embarcadero. Guests for September are Silk Painters International and acrylic painter Linda Loebs. The gallery features many fine artists and craftspeople and you could certainly spend the whole evening browsing, but be sure to see what’s going on at the Seven Sisters Gallery downstairs, too. Morro Bay Art Association’s juried show “Palette Talent” is up at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St.

One of the galleries participating in the Atascadero event is Envisions Gallery at 5975 Traffic Way. A reception for featured artists Duane and Annie Armstrong starts at 5 p.m. Friday. The proceeds from the exhibit of modern expressionism and realism will benefit the Cal Poly graphic communication department and will help fund scholarships and program development endowments. The couple lives in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Atascadero is also the place to be Sept. 15 when The Circle of Friends Gallery and Brickyard Theatre present a fundraiser for Arts Obispo.

The Circle of Friends Gallery exhibits once a year in conjunction with The Brickyard Theatre’s performances. “The Unexpected Man,” a play by Yasmina Reza, and collages by artists Julie Frankel and Melinda Forbes can be seen through Sept. 22.

For information about the Arts Obispo fundraiser, call Lori Lerian at 544-9251, ext. 14 or email For details about upcoming fundraisers for other area organizations, visit

Now that we’ve covered Atascadero and Morro Bay, don’t forget to head down to Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo on Saturday and Sunday to see I Madonnari, the Italian street painting festival benefiting the Children’s Creative Project.

If you’re ready to think about October art events, I’ll point out the 15th annual Open Studios Art Tour set for Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20. The catalog showing all the artists on the tour is available now online at Printed copies will be available Sept. 15. Check the website for locations where you can pick up a catalog and start planning your route.

Contact freelance writer Monica Fiscalini at

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