Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The San Luis Obispo Open Studios Tour at CSS

Gala Dinner at CorkStop Studios
A special preview of our October show with guest artist, Christ Braun, was held at CorkStop Studios on the evening before the San Luis Obispo open studios tour. Trudy Montgomery of Blue Tangerine Art - a San Francisco based art advisory firm - gave a presentation about 'The Art of Collecting".

Gala Dinner at CorkStop Studios
The open studios tour that followed was also a big success, with artists and collectors visiting the studio to view the art, capture the magic of the studio and listen to one of the three workshops/presentations.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Hanging the show

We're busy hanging the work for Open Studios.
Some new images will be posted shortly.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

New Intaglio Printing Press at CSS

CorkStop Studios now has a printing press. The 26" x 46" large bed, provides plenty of room for larger printing. CSS is not currently set up for acids, so we are exploring the wonderful world of solar exposure etching.

We are planning to post images of recent prints from CSS artists, Anne Stahl and Carol Paquet, as well as exploring the possibility of holding a solar exposure printmaking workshop at CorkStop Studios.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Studio Manager Position

CorkStop Studios is looking for a studio manager. This position would be an internship with a small monthly stipend. Duties include: PR, studio organization, event management, representing the studio in interviews and articles. Applicants must be art enthusiasts with experience in PR with an outgoing personality and a strong desire for public appearances.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Do you want an encaustic Workshop at CSS

There seems to be some interest in an encaustic workshop of some kind. I know that R&F paints offer workshops on the east coast, but there doesn't seem to be much on the west coast.

If there is enough interest CorkStop Studios, located in San Luis Obispo, California (between LA and SF) would be the venue for the workshop.

At this point I simply need to hear back from anyone who is interested in attending this workshop.
Please contact me with the following details:

  • Your Name.
  • Your level of painting experience
    with a link where I can review your work.
  • Your available dates
  • Your preference for length of a workshop
  • Where you will be coming from
  • Describe what you want to learn/achieve.
Anne Stahl

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

CSS Open Studios Event in Oct 2007

CorkStop Studios has some interesting events planned for the South County San Luis Obispo Open Studio weekend (Sat. October 13th and Sun. October 14th) 10.00am - 4.00pm. The studio will be featuring new work by contemporary artists Xenia Madison, Carol Paquet and Anne Stahl along with guest artist Christo Braun from Pennsylvania, who works primarily in resin on stainless steel.

On Saturday October 13th at 12.00pm, Trudy Montgomery, an art advisor from San Francisco-based Blue Tangerine ( will give a slide presentation on “The Art of Collecting”. The mission of Blue Tangerine is to demystify the process of buying original contemporary art. The company works with artists and art sources nationally and internationally to provide quality artwork for private collectors, corporations, hotels, designers, and architects.

On Sunday, October 14th a Certified Picture Framer from “Accents" Custom Picture Framing will be in attendance the entire day. John Buerger will be giving brief presentations on the hour every hour throughout the day starting at 11.00am. He will reveal tricks of the trade used to design a picture frame that will enhance the beauty of your original artwork, so that all who see it can appreciate it to the fullest.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

CorkStop Studios slot available

CSS is accepting applications from artists seeking studio space. Please download, print and fill out the applications form. Or e-mail us the filled out form along with jpg of your work.

General Information

CorkStop Studios offers several Artist spaces within it’s 2500 square foot facility off Corbett Canyon. Each space is approximately 500 square foot. CorkStop studios is open to artists from 8am – 10pm 7days a week. Power and water are provided, as well as bathroom access. Artists are responsible for all their own equipment and materials.


There is no deadline. Applications are considered throughout the year.


$250 per month.

Bi-Annual Open House:

CSS Artists have the opportunity to show at our bi-annual shows. Each artist shares the cost. There is no commission. The next open house is scheduled for 12-14. October 2007, piggy-backing with SLO open studios.


National and international contemporary abstract visual artists are eligible.


Submit at least six but no more than twenty good quality photographs or high resolution digital files on CD or refer to a website with high quality images.


If you wish to have your materials returned you must include a self addressed, stamped envelop (sufficient postage).
Applicants will be notified of application status within 60 days of receipt of application.

Download Application Form.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Working Party at CorkStop

We are having a working party at CorkStop Studios next Sat 28th April anytime from 10..00am onwards. We'll be cutting corks, gluing and stuffing envelopes, hanging paintings etc. Come whenever you can and join in. There will be music, food and good conversation....maybe!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Putting CorkStop on the Map

We are trying to get on yahoo / google maps. However, it's not as easy as one might expect. We exist, right? So it would stand to reason that our address is on the map. But it is not so. We've submitted requests to both google and yahoo, but are expecting a rather lengthy wait.

In the meantime, if you're trying to find us, try this address: 2112 Corbett Canyon.
Please do let us know if you're experiencing any problems, or if you have any ideas how we can get onto these online maps...

Saturday, April 7, 2007

First Newsletter

We just sent out our first newsletter announcing the opening event at the studio on 11.May. If you missed it you can read the archived version here. As always we welcome suggestions and comments. -Anne

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Date of Studio opening

Three international artists, Carol Paquet, Anne Stahl and Xenia Madison will be opening CorkStop Studios to the public on 11th May. The artists all work in an abstracted landscape genre and will be showcasing their recent paintings.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Cork Stop Studios is Launching

We are three contemporary abstract painters working at Cork Stop Studios - a new artist working space. Located at Corbett Canyon in California's wine country near San Luis Obispo. We are planning to launch the studio officially in May (day TBD).

We're new to blogging, but thought this will be a good place to announce studio news, events, new images, exhibition updates etc... As things go on, we would like to open discussion and critique on some of the work produced at the studio.

You can find out a little bit more about us on our new website: .

We also welcome any feedback at this early state to learn more about what information you would like to see posted here.

Finally, we hope to find out who might be interested in getting involved with the studio, help out with events, report on the artists, critique the work, find sponsors, etc...