If art has taken a backseat to outdoor summer concerts, beach reading and traveling, then Labor Day weekend and the week ahead is the time to get back in the game. You’ll find something nifty in all corners of San Luis Obispo County.
Morro Bay Art Association’s annual Art in the Park featuring original handmade work continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday at City Park. Look for the white tents as you enter the city on Morro Bay Boulevard. A portion of proceeds go toward scholarships for high school and college students.
Morro Bay Art Association members also invite the public to an event from 3 to 5 p.m. the following Monday, Sept. 8, at the Art Center, 835 Main St. Jo Swanberg will talk about the history of women artists. I enjoyed a similar event with the Cayucos painter and teacher a year or so ago.
Pinedorado festivities in Cambria on Monday include the opening for “Rancho Rustorado,” a photography exhibit by Janet “Janzy” Janszen. It will run through Sept. 30 at the Village Bean, 2320 Main St. Sales support spoken word poetry workshops in the Cambria schools.
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Those who wait until Friday, Sept. 5, to visit Cambria can also check out the Cambria Center for the Arts’ fall juried show “Fall Color — Crows Welcome, Scared or Not.” A reception and awards presentation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 1350 Main St., and the show will continue through Nov. 2. Judy Lyon, a founding artist at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles and a signature member of the Central Coast Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society, is the juror.
Art After Dark in San Luis Obispo is Friday and kicks off a new show with Cambria ceramic artist Patricia Griffin at Hands Gallery, 777 Higuera St. A reception for her “The Woodcut Series” is set for 5 to 9 p.m., and the exhibit will run through Oct. 3.
Friday is also the first day for a couple of new exhibits at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art — Atascadero artist Pat Cairns’ “Faces and Facets” and “Dimensions,” a biennial exhibition of fine craft. The reception is 6 to 9 p.m. at 1010 Broad St. ARTalks will feature “Dimensions” juror Carol Sauvion at 2 p.m. More about these shows in a future column.
I’ll likely have more on the following two events as well, but I want to make sure you get them on your calendar now. First, Ruth Fash Art Talks with Andrea Zittel will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Cuesta College. Visit the Ruth Fash Art Talks Facebook page. Second, Via dei Colori SLO Italian street painting festival will be Sept. 13 and 14 in Mission Plaza.