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 Gaults 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 arent 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 Lyons Wind Rows with its pastoral setting and muted colors, Tricia Reicherts Soledad Shadows featuring palm trees against the mission and Ardella Swanbergs Cayucos Canyon.
Among the serious landscape studies, handful of abstracts and couple of portraits is Im 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
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. Everetts 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