A one-stop art tour of SLO County

Central Coast Watercolor Society members show their work in downtown San Luis Obispo

Monica_Jane2000@yahoo.comNovember 10, 2013 

I just toured San Luis Obispo County from See Canyon to Tassajara Canyon and from Sweet Springs Nature Preserve to Morro Bay, and all I had to do was drive a few blocks to Steynberg Gallery. My guides were Central Coast Watercolor Society painters who are showing in a members-only show juried exhibit by gallery owner Peter Steynberg.

Bill Gault’s “Morro Sunset” is one of my favorite seascapes with its abstract Morro Rock and vivid colors. He included the infamous three stacks, which made me like it just a little bit more. Another painting that has that real life vibe is “Two Guys at the Farmers Market” by Susan McKee.

Many of the artist names in the exhibit are familiar around the Central Coast, but the paintings aren’t necessarily. Rules specified that entries be painted within the last three years and not previously exhibited at a Central Coast Watercolor Society show.

Other favorites include Judy Lyon’s “Wind Rows” with its pastoral setting and muted colors, Tricia Reichert’s “Soledad Shadows” featuring palm trees against the mission and Ardella Swanberg’s “Cayucos Canyon.”

Among the serious landscape studies, handful of abstracts and couple of portraits is “I’m Outa Here” by Jim Carlisle showing two pups scurrying away from a pair of warring adult male elephant seals.

Central Coast Watercolor Society members are a nice bunch and they meet at 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the Meadow Park Building, 2333 Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo. Demonstrations are a regular part of the meeting. Visit http://www.ccwsart.com   to stay up to date.

Here are the winners for the juried show:

• Grand Prize Winner: “Catalyst” by Laure Carlisle

• First Place: “Brown Pelicans” by D. Johnston

• Second Place: “Waterfall Hike” by Dorothy Modafferi

• Third Place: “Wind Rows” by Judy Lyon

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In an I mentioned that the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History was looking for paintings for its “Central Coast Landscapes — Celebrating Nature in Painting” exhibit.

Paintings by Bruce Everett of Templeton and Christopher Bekins of Morro Bay were selected for the exhibit that opened this weekend and runs through April

5. Everett’s “Clear Day on the Salinas” and “Bitter Water Canyon” and one painting by Bekins — “Sunrise at Morro Rock” — are among 40 paintings chosen. See a sample of their impressive work at http://www.bruceeverett.net and http://www.christopherbekins.com .

IF YOU GO

What: “Wet and Wild” juried exhibit, Central Coast Watercolor Society

Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Show runs through Nov. 30

Where: Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo

Contact: 547-0278

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