May is a Busy Art Month in Paso Robles

Break the Record" by W.B Eckert, which Won First Place at the "No Boundaries" Exhibit

Break the Record" by W.B Eckert, which Won First Place at the "No Boundaries" Exhibit

I attended the PRAA Artist’s Reception Last night for the opening of the “No Boundaries” exhibit, and it was very crowded. In fact, when I was ready to leave the room it was so crowed on both sides of the buffet table I was tempted to rename it “No Exit.”

The painting to the left won the Blue Ribbon in this juried exhibit. You can see it and the rest of the exhibit between now and  June 10.

I also previewed the “Personal Picks” of Studios on the Park artists in the atrium. It didn’t look completly in place last night, but I’m sure they will have the all the paintings labeled and straightened in time for First Saturdays Wine and the Arts, 5-8 PM, on May 5. Don’t miss it. There will not only be great art to see, but also wine and music.

Many of the Studios artists have been working in my own neighborhood lately. One of them is Judy Lyon, whose painting “Hwy 46 & Jack Creek Rd.” was on display as part of this new exhibit which you can see until May 20. Another is Renée Besta, who photographed an interesting scene near 46 W and Vineyard Dr. You can see her “Field of Dreams” on her latest blog post. Her blog is very informative and you might want to subscribe to keep up to date on her work.

"Hwy 46 and Jack Creek Rd." by Judy Lyon at Studios on the Park

"Hwy 46 and Jack Creek Rd." by Judy Lyon at Studios on the Park

Another of the “Personal Picks” with a SLO County subject is the one below, by Jeanette Wolff, which I also loved.

"The Character of Morro Bay" by Jeanette Wolff at Studios on the Park

"The Character of Morro Bay" by Jeanette Wolff at Studios on the Park


While you are in Paso Robles Saturday night, don’t miss the Phantom 2 “THE VIEW FROM HERE” Exhibit which opens in the old A&R Furniture Store building on 12th and Pine, Saturday, May 5.  The Artists Reception will be from 6-9 Saturday night, and since the show is only half a block from Studios on the Park, it will be easy to see both shows and attend both receptions in one trip. You can see some of what’s in store for you there at the event’s “View From Here” Facebook Page .

These three shows are just to whet your appetite for the main art event of the year — The Paso Robles Festival of the Arts beginning on May 25. It’s a three day event this year for the first time. You can see the schedule of the weekend’s events at the Festival of the Arts web site.

Meanwhile, I hope to see you this Saturday night.



5 comments for “May is a Busy Art Month in Paso Robles

  1. May 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Barb: Thanks so much for mentioning my “Field of Dreams” image, blog, and website. It is very much appreciated! Gratitude for all you do to promote the arts in the North County.
    Renee Besta, Paso Robles, California

    • Larry & Ronda
      May 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

       Hi Renee, great to know where to enjoy your newest images & blog.  Hope to see you & your photos very soon, Ronda & Larry

  2. Rachel Eckert
    May 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for mentioning such great things.  Let’s not forget PierceModern Gallery, currently hosting the Amy Holland exhibit and Vale Fine Art, currently hosting the Randolph Holland exhibit. These galleries are also on 12th Street right across from the park… So… Studios on the Park on Pine Street bet. 12th & 13th, Phantom Project on 12th & Pine (awards, announcements, etc to be announced at 7pm), PierceModern Gallery on 12th & Spring and Vale Fine Art on 12th & Spring.  Let’s keep the art flowing!   ~ Rachel E.

  3. May 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for adding that, Rachel. There will be even more to see than I expected. 

  4. Larry & Ronda
    May 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Barbara…LOVE the images you selected for this post!  W.B
    Eckert’s  “Break the Record” painting is terrific & such a
    surprise—thanks for sharing it, along with Jeanette & Judy’s wonderful paintings,


    We’ll all be eager to see your coverage of “Local Color,” the 4th
    annual month-long exhibit that opens during Paso Festival of the Arts, at
    Studios On the Park, May 26-July 1. Guests will have a chance to see diverse
    artwork in this juried show by artists from all over CA.   Looking forward to more of your ‘busy-in-May’
    posts, Ronda & Larry


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