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 Paso Robles
Studios on the Park brings art to life
Watch artists at work in their studios
Thanks to artist Anne Lad- don’s vision for an active, engaging space for artists and art lovers alike, Studios on the Park in downtown Paso Robles serves as
a major hub of the Central Coast’s thriving art community. Dedicated to sharing the creative process with locals and visitors, this nonprofit organization and open studios art center has grown to include
eight studios with 16
14 artists, four galleries and a fine craft gift shop since opening in 2009. The not-to- be-missed galleries
are the
Hood Pho-
tography Gal-
lery, Paso Robles
Arts Association
Gallery, The Kids Art Smart Gallery, and the San Luis Obispo County of Education Gallery.
Local artists work in a variety of mediums at Studios on the Park, including acrylic, charcoal, collage, mixed media, mosaic, oil, pastel, pen & ink, photography, printmaking and watercolor. Styles range from traditional
to contemporary. The unique combination of artist work-space allows visitors to view the art as it is being made.
The heart of Studios on the Park, with artists as “profession- als who inspire others to create, explore, educate and share,” is based on an interactive art com- munity Laddon had been a part of in the Washington DC area during the 1970’s and 80’s. Visi- tors are encouraged to pause, ask questions, and watch the artists as they work.
“Studios on the Park is com- mitted to providing arts access
and educa- tion in Paso Robles,” Lad-
don said. “It is so much more
than a gallery.”
History and community
From its location along the tree-lined eastern edge of the downtown city park, Studios on the Park boasts an array of activi- ties for visitors and community members, as well as the oppor- tunity for visitors to purchase
and learn about art being made locally. Residing in a historic building that once housed an auto repair shop and a variety of auto showrooms, the art center has maintained the original charac- ter of the building through its repurposing. The facade, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, lets in abundant light; the sign on the front of the building was designed to mirror old-fashioned auto repair shop signs; and decorative touches throughout remind visi- tors of the history of the space.
A connection to the com- munity was a part of Laddon’s vision from day one – a variety of classes are offered throughout
the year. With its Kids Art Smart program, the nonprofit provides free, hands-on art classes to local
elementary and middle school children, more than 20,000 to date. Studios on the Park also celebrates Art After Dark Paso, a fun tradition of art, wine, and live music-filled evenings on the first Saturday of every month.
With its continued presence both in the community and in its space downtown, Studios on the Park continues to make a huge impact on the landscape of the arts in Paso Robles and the entire Central Coast.
Studios on the Park, located
at 1130 Pine St. in Paso Robles, is open Sunday-Thursday Noon – 4 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Call (805) 238-9800 or visit studioson- for more information, including a full listing of demon- strations, classes, and events for children and adults.
– Kate Joyce
The Pride of Paso Robles, CA
Memorial Day • July 4th • Labor Day • Veterans Day Banquet Hall Available for Rent
4251 Dry Creek Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446
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