Arts & Culture

Art happenings around SLO County: An abundance of creativity

Howard Steinberg’s ‘Fred & Ginger’ is part of a photography exhibit in Paso Robles.
Howard Steinberg’s ‘Fred & Ginger’ is part of a photography exhibit in Paso Robles. COURTESY PHOTOS

As a friend said earlier this month, “Some people have loose ends and some people have loose wires.” I want to focus on some loose ends this week, but some loose wires might creep in, too.

“The Art of the Book” exhibit at San Luis Obispo City-County Library was extended another month, through Oct. 21. I was moaning about not being able to get up close and personal with the art in a previous column, and book artist Meryl Perloff offered a compromise.

She encourages those who like to touch to visit Frame Works Gallery, 339 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo, through Friday. Perloff is showing along with Julie Frankel, Beryl Reichenberg and Deborah Spatafore. Their 3-D work can be handled gently. “With gloves furnished to protect the work,” Perloff said.

It’s almost time for the county-wide Open Studios Art Tour where you can get up close and personal with more than 230 artists and their art. The San Luis Obispo County Arts Council has catalogs available online and in print for the Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 event. Visit php to download a catalog or find out where to pick up a copy in your area.

Look for more information closer to the date in Central Coast Living and mark your calendars for Oct. 5 for the 6 to 9 p.m. kickoff party at Court Street Terrace near Pottery Barn and Sephora in San Luis Obispo. Meet participating artists that night and perhaps win $300 in ART Bucks to spend during the tour.

If you’ve ever thumbed through Playboy magazine for the articles, you’ll likely recognize Eldon Dedini’s original cartoons hanging at Jules D at 1129A Garden St. in San Luis Obispo. The Carmel resident died in 2006 and was also known for his drawings in the New Yorker and his poster art for the Monterey Jazz Festival and Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, an antique car show. Jules D seems a perfect spot for Dedini with its specialty items for men who want to look and smell fab.

Two fine art photography group exhibits are taking place in the North County. Each features a talented name that has stuck with me through the years. Howard Steinberg’s leaf studies are known from here to New York City, and Kabe Russell was one of the first area photographers to use computer software to enhance his photos.

Steinberg joins Jack Baber of Cambria, Don Krehbiel of San Luis Obispo, Frederick J. O’Toole and A.J. Vincolisi of Atascadero for “Five Fine Art Photographers” through Oct. 14 at Vina Robles Winery and Gallery, 3700 Mill Road, Paso Robles (227-4812). It is curated by B-W Gallery.

The reception is from 1 to 4 p.m. today.

Russell will exhibit with Alison Watt Jackson, Dennis Jackson and Michael V. Messina in “Reciprocity” through Nov. 30 at Olive Tree Fine Arts, 5850 Traffic Way, Atascadero (461- 5600).

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