Exhibits in San Luis Obispo

Spend a day at the gallery in SLO

Expand your understanding of art by exploring the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s current exhibits

Special to The TribuneSeptember 20, 2013 

Atascadero painter John Barnard’s work is on display at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

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Who hasn’t stood in front of art and/or craft in a gallery at least once and said, “I could do that”? You’ve probably been right, especially if you’re good with yarn, have an eye for collage or simply enjoy putting paint on canvas.

No doubt, you’ve overheard somebody say those words or had a friend whisper them in your ear.

What I heard the other day, however, takes the cake. “I can’t stand art. I don’t understand it,” said a teen girl in a way only a teen girl could.

She gloomily followed who appeared to be her grandmother into the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and into the main gallery to breeze through California Sculpture SLAM presented by the Central Coast Sculptors.

I don’t understand art every now and then either, and the sculpture exhibit running through Sept. 29 is the ideal spot to talk about what is and isn’t art and also try to figure out just what the artists are getting at.

One of the pieces looks like a large torture device. Another looks like a taxidermic bunny.

The teen girl especially disliked a sculpture that incorporated a skateboard. Go figure.

“Art freaks me out,” she said as she fled the museum.

With 38 pieces in the exhibit, most everyone will find a few they love, a few that confound and maybe one or two to make you ask, “How on earth did the juror pick that when she had 303 to choose from?”

Someone actually did ask me a version of that question at a birthday party this month. Talking about art is one of the best ways to understand it. That’s why going to art receptions every once in awhile is a good idea. You’re sure to find plenty of friendly folks to talk art with.

While you’re at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art for the sculpture exhibit, be sure to poke around the First Gallery for “Into the Golden Light,” oil and watercolor paintings by John Barnard of Atascadero.

Barnard turns 90 this month and teaches watercolor, acrylic and oil painting for the Paso Robles Art Association on Tuesday mornings at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles.

The San Luis Obispo museum’s Painters Group will show “Horizontal Viewpoint,” a juried collection of paintings showcasing the work of group members through Sept. 29.

More than 20 area artists were chosen to exhibit works in oil, acrylic, encaustic, pastel and mixed media.

The Painters Group meets the third Tuesday of every month at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

If you go …

Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays; shows run through Sept. 29

Where: San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo

Contact: 543-8562

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

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