Art Central is an art & drafting supply store for local artists by local artists. It is our mission to promote & support the visual arts of San Luis Obispo County. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is ready to help you find what you need to create your masterpieces or discover a new creative outlet! We are also familiar with class supply lists from our local colleges and instructors.

Our gallery proudly hosts a diverse array of fine art by local artists. We have both a fixed collection and monthly rotating shows.  Details on current and previous shows are listed under the Gallery tab and our Blog.

Art Central offers workshops led by professional artists. They are geared to empower, encourage, and inspire artists at any stage of development.  We also have Playdates where materials are laid out for participants to discover new materials and have fun!


Occupancyislimited to 5 customers at a time
Masks are required


(805) 747-4200


(805) 747-4200


1329 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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We are now offering gift certificates available for purchaseonline

We are ready to re-open Art Central, and we are committed to doing it slowly and carefully.  My primary concern is to keep my staff and my customers safe, and I will be stubbornly focused on that as long as I need to be, to make sure that we go above and beyond to assure everyone’s well-being.

  • Art Central will be open from 10-4pm Mondays thru Saturdays.
  • Occupancy will be limited to 5 customers at a time.
  • While I don’t expect this to be an issue, please be considerate if you see that there are other customers waiting outside to shop. If you’d like to enjoy our “I'll Take You There” exhibit while you wait, the gallery will be open for browsing, 2 people at a time.
  • Masks are required.
  • Anyone waiting outside the store must maintain social distancing of at least six feet.
  • We have disposable gloves for those who do not have them (while our supply lasts), as well as hand sanitizer. Please refrain from touching anything in the store without gloves or sanitizing your hands in store.
  • You must bring your own mask – you will not be permitted in the store without one. We will continue to offer curbside pickup to those who are unable or unwilling to wear a mask and gloves, or are high risk and don’t want to come in.

We will review the above information and make changes as needed. Hopefully, we’ll be able to slowly increase the times that the store is open for business. We ask for your patience as we do so. You may continue to call or e-mail your orders if you wish. We want to make this as easy as we can for you.  Email at or phone us at 805-747-4200. Thank you all for your past and continued support.  -Etty

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