Sunday, December 28, 2008

Solar Etching


On January 24th 2009 CorkStop Studios offers a Solar Etching workshop.

Solarplate etching offers a non-toxic approach to plate making using just tap water and the sun. Learn how to transform original drawings, photocopies, digital images and photographs into high quality, finished prints. Create both relief and intaglio plates.

This workshop is a 'hands on' experience. First you produce an image on a transparent acetate, or piece of glass using liquid opaque paint or ink, pens and/or a printed digital image.

Your artwork is then exposed in the sun to a light sensitive metal plate (solarplate).

Inking up the plate and pulling the first proof print is probably the most exciting part of this process. Participants will create 2 pieces of artwork, using 2 plates and pull 2 prints from each plate.

Date: January 24, 2009
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Workshop fee: $95
Materials fee: $45
Reservations: Payment in full is required to reserve your space in this workshop. Mail a check to Carol Paquet, CorkStop Studios, 1250 Judith Lane, Arroyo Grande. CA 93420
Write workshop title on your check, along with your email address.
Enrollment: limited to 10 participants
Instructors: Anne Stahl | Carol Paquet

Solar Etching Etching Press

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Creating Gifts for the Holidays

3 - December
The workshop introduces to artists and digital photographer two basic digital image transfer techniques for art papers and aluminum sheet using your digital computer and inkjet printer. Digital Art Studios Seminars has made available a new transfer film for creating “Polaroid like” transfers using a simple gel. Also, printing of aluminum using an inkAID precoat will be demonstrated in the workshop. Learn new art making techniques and avoid Christmas shopping. Participants need to bring their ready to print Photoshop files on a flash drive or CD.

More December Workshops are listed on our website.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Harbour Of My Heart Lies Empty

On September 27, 2008 several artists will participate in an international art happening at CorkStop Studios. This happening coincides with our 'Holonic Art Exhibition' - the first of it's kind, where artit's collaborative work is on display. The happening 'The Harbour Of My Heart Lies Empty' was conceived by Danish artist and collaborator Henrik Sandner. Here is his description of the event:

On September 27, 2008 artists from all over the world will take part in this one-day art event. On this date they will launch small ships or boats in various designs and materials into the sea.

As a documentation of the event, pictures will be taken and uploaded to a website ( which can be seen from October 1.

This gesture is to be seen as a commemoration of all sorrow and bereavement in the world of today.

”No matter whether it is war, natural disaster, or lack of love that causes this sense of disertion and sadness, it is universal and does not discriminate; therefore people around the world are united by this feeling.” –says Henrik Sandner (Denmark) who took the initiative to this event.

No one has ownership to this project. It is neither sponsored by companies nor cultural institutions. There are only artists who operates independently only united in creating this project.

And as such, the project can be compared to the launched boats which are taken by the waves and thrown about by the mercy of the sea.

For further info: Please contact Henrik Sandner:
+45 2689 4897
Pacha at Holonic Art Movement

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Holonic Art Workshop and Exhibition – 27 September, 2008

Workshop. Saturday 27 September, 1.00pm – 5.00pm.

The Holonic Art exhibit will be preceded by a workshop with Sarah Winkler titled “Hidden, Revealed and Transformed.” The class will mix imagery and words, combine collage paper ephemera with decorative embellishments to create a collaborative FATbook. Sarah will spark your creative fires and guide you through the collage process as you create several small collage “pages” to swap with each other. The pages will then be bound into a fatbook on the spot.WorkshopParticipants are encouraged to bring their treasure box of collage papers, fibers, charms and other embellishments to work with and/or share with the group. You can view Sarah’s work online at The workshop costs $35 and early registration is a must as space is limited.
To register, mail your check payable to: Sarah Winkler Art • 9182 Araujo Ct • Atascadero, CA 93422Call Sarah directly if you have questions at 805-466-1380

Exhibition. Saturday 27th September, 5.00pm – 9.00pm.

Enjoy collaborative artwork by over 60 local, national and international artists at the first Holonic Art event on September 27, 2008 from 5pm till 9pm. The Holonic Art Movement was created with the vision of bringing artists together in the form of a shared canvas that travels from artist to artist, or by giving a number of panels or canvas's to artists around the world with a single unifying concept in mind, and then mounting them as one piece. CorkStop Studios will be hosting the first show for this body of work. Food and wine courtesy of local caterers and vineyards. Find out more about the Holonic Art Movement at
Holonic Art

Monday, July 28, 2008

Holonic Art Show at CorkStop Studios

On Saturday September 27th, we get to see the first show from the Holonic Art Movement. The Holonic Art Movement was created with the vision of bringing artists together by creating collaborative work either in the form of a shared canvas that travels from artist to artist, or by giving a number of panels or canvas's to artists around the world with a single unifying concept in mind - then reeling them in, after many months and mounting and hanging them as one piece. The movement was founded by Pacha and you can go to the web site to find out more.

"The idea of bringing artists together was the first and only mission I had when I started the Holonic Art Movement in the beginning of 2006. But soon after, the goal of creating an art community I could interact with was joined by the much bigger and more important vision of making this world a better place by helping people in need, one painting at a time." Pacha - founder.

The proceeds of the first show will be donated to SONRISA Colombia, a private organization that helps homeless children in Colombia. I’ve visited Colombia twice (in 2000 and 2005) and somehow I feel deeply connected to that country. Sonrisa is run by only a few dedicated people. The donated money will help the children directly: clothing, shoes, food, school books and uniforms, school fees. Because it is such a small organization, the money isn’t “wasted” on bureaucracy. Money goes a long way in Colombia ($100 take care of one child for one year, including meals, uniforms and school fees), so it is a perfect selection for the first donation.

Check back with the CorkStop website for details as we get closer to the date!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Cuvee Art 'Open to This Moment' by Xenia Madison

The 2008 Central Coast Wine Classic Artist Cuvee etched Salmanazar bottles are complete!

Thank you, Candice Norcross (celebrity wine bottle artist) for capturing the abstract painting 'Open to This Moment' by Xenia Madison "in glass" so beautifully. *note: I'll post more pictures from Sat July 12 event! Hope to meet all who are attending. Please come and say "hi"- I'll be with the artist table or group.

Cuvee details:


Windward Vineyard



Paso Robles

Pinot Noir

Vintners, Marc Goldberg & Maggie D'Ambrosia





Paso Robles

Pinot Noir

Vintners, Gary & Marian Conway

Winemaker, Greg Cropper

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

CorkStop artist wins Merit Award on Abstract Exposure

Xenia Madison of Corkstop Studios wins Abstract EXPOsure's Merit Award!
Link to July 2008 Exhibition online:

About Abstract EXPOsure:
Abstract EXPOsure celebrates the vibrations of the soul through a unique platform committed to actively promoting abstract artists and their work. Knowing that there are many artists who engage the abstract voice, Abstract EXPOsure aims to use the current technology and accessibility of the World Wide Web to breath life into the abstract genre. Abstract EXPOsure was created in direct response to the lack of an exclusive abstract venue and functions as an online international gallery-without-walls.

Abstract art is a lively, progressive style that deserves its own exhibition space. Historically, abstract art has flowed out times of crisis, tragedy or social and political unrest. Current difficulties in our world are being addressed by artists around the globe. Abstract EXPOsure provides a place to expose these feelings about society and also gives voice to the personal life experience of the artists themselves.

Monday, June 9, 2008

CorkStop artist wins major award for this painting

Congratulations to Xenia Madison, one of CorkStop Studios artists who won the artists entry for the 24th Central Coast Wine Classic 2008. Her winning painting - "Open to this Moment" will be etched on a 9 liter Salmanazar bottle of a limited edition, locally produced Cuvee. The actual painting will be on auction at the same event on July 12th, 2008. This is a huge charity event which typically raises over $700,000 for charity annually.
For 2008, the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation Board of Directors has chosen the following beneficiaries:
Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County, Atascadero Loaves & Fishes, Cal Poly Arts, El Camino Homeless Organization, PCPA Theaterfest, Project Angels Bearing Gifts, San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra, San Luis Obispo YMCA, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, & Tierra Sagrada, The Sacred Earth Foundation. The Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot will inure to the benefit of French Hospital Medical Center's Hearst Cancer Resource Center.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

"Hot Wax / Cool Art"

The studio just completed a fascinating and dynamic workshop led by Lynn Kishiyama. "Hot Wax/ Cool Art" explored the ancient technique of painting with wax, a technique which is currently experiencing a revival in popularity. Encaustic wax was first practiced by the Greeks as far back as the 5th century BC. It's a tricky process, at times frustrating, but ultimately incredibly rewarding. Lynn Kishiyama is a master presenter with a wealth of knowledge and the work created by the students by the end of the day was living proof of this

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

CorkStop Studios artist wins major award

Congratulations to Xenia Madison, one of CorkStop Studios artists who won the artists entry for the 24th Central Coast Wine Classic 2008. Her winning painting - "Open to this Moment" will be etched on a 9 liter Salmanazar bottle of a limited edition, locally produced Cuvee. The actual painting will be on auction at the same event on July 12th, 2008. This is a huge charity event which typically raises over $700,000 for charity annually.

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Nose on Your Face: Faces and Souls in August Sander's Germany (lecture)

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit the Getty on the web at

Is the face truly a window onto the soul? Can we change ourselves by changing the appearance of our faces? Does our modern obsession with faces—from Botox to face transplants—have historical precedents?

Come learn about these topics from one of the world's authorities on identity, stereotyping, and the history of cosmetic surgery, Sander Gilman. Author of Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery, Gilman traces our fascination with faces today back to the early 20th century, when German photographer August Sander set out to chronicle and catalogue the soul of his nation by taking pictures of social types and collecting these pictures into a collective portrait, which is the subject of the current exhibition August Sander: People of the Twentieth Century.

Find out more at the Getty's website

Saturday, May 24, 2008


On April 21, Federal Judge Richard J. Arcara dismissed the government’s entire indictment against Dr. Steven Kurtz as “insufficient on its face.” If you're not familiar with this one of the more puzzling pursuits of the US DoJ here is how it all began:

In May 2004, the Joint Terrorism Task Force illegally detained artist and SUNY Buffalo professor Steve Kurtz of Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). They seized documents, computers, and equipment used in four of CAE’s projects, including scientific equipment used to test food for the presence of genetically modified organisms. The seized materials included a project that was to have been part of an exhibition and performance at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and three other projects that had been safely displayed in museums and galleries throughout Europe and North America. The New York State Commissioner of Public Health determined that the materials seized by the FBI pose no public safety risk. All of the materials are legal and commonly used for scientific education and research activities in universities and high schools, and are universally regarded by scientists as safe. Nevertheless, today Steve Kurtz and Robert Ferrell, Professor of Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health, face a possible 20 years in prison in what has become increasingly clear is a politically motivated attempt to silence an artist and scientist whose work is critical of government policy.

Read more about it here.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

CorkStop Studios May 9th open house was a full house! Scott McMillin, our guest artist from LA. arrived with his entourage of friends, which alone made for a fun and stimulating time. Around 150 people came through over the course of the weekend and we recieved some great feedback.
Tom Harrington from Morro Bay took the time to email us after the show with this... 
"I thoroughly enjoyed the show last weekend. A real step in the quality of the art chain whether in this county or elsewhere".

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Taste of Humanity

CorkStop Studios artists have donated 3 paintings in a strong show of support for Women 4 Women. Their fundraiser event "Taste of Humanity" will be held on Thursday evening, May 22, 2008, at the oceanfront Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Anne Stahl, Grass

Founded in 1993, Women for Women International helps women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives by providing financial and emotional support, job skills training, rights awareness and leadership education and access to business skills, capital and markets. Through the program, women become confident, independent and productive as they embrace the importance of their roles in rebuilding their families, their communities and ultimately, their nations.

Anne Stahl has donated 'Rye' a painting from the grass series to be auctioned off at a fundrasier event for Women for Women.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Encaustic Workshop is FULL!

The CorkStop Studios Encaustic workshop "Hot Wax | Cool Art" is sold out for BOTH days (7 and 8 of June)! Please sign up below if you would like to receive notifications on future workshops.


Monday, April 28, 2008

CorkStop studios is expecting a huge turn out at their upcoming show on the 9th May. Quite a crowd are coming up from Los Angeles to support the guest artist, Scott McMillin  and see CorkStop Studios. I think the wine industry is going to have a little boost next weekend. We hope the warm weather will hold, although no matter what the weather is doing, it's going to be a great show - one not to be missed.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Firestone vineyards logo

A group of internationally collected fine artists work out of a huge barn-like studio in Arroyo Grande on the Central coast. They are each represented by art galleries nationally, but have an annual Spring and Fall open house locally. CorkStop Studios is proud to partner with Firestone Vineyard Paso for these events. For a preview of the artists work or to schedule an appointment to view or purchase directly from the artists – go to

Friday, April 18, 2008

How do you get from Fender Bender to Fine Art?

Here is how Scott McMillin puts it:

I have been cutting up auto body parts that I get from body shops. This usually involves going to a body shop, explaining to whomever is in charge that I am an artist looking for car parts for an art project. Then, depending on the look on their face, I may whip out a picture or two to further illustrate what I am doing, followed by a quick, "no, I'm not the typical scrap metal scavenger you normally see".
On a side note, you know those guys you see going from trash can to trash can pushing a shopping cart full of aluminum cans that they turn in to a recycling place so they can get a few bucks to buy another 40 or some Boonsfarm. Well, there is slightly higher breed of these guys who drive around in beat up trucks going from body shop to body shop collecting any kind of scrap metal they can find... And they get up early, real early. So not only do I have to convince the owner of the body shop to part ways with their next-to-worthless scrap (they get about $200 per ton for it) I also have to beat Sanford and Son to the punch!
So anyway, after I procure my art materials, i.e. wrecked body parts, I bring them back to my studio and cut the parts, with a torch, into two inch or four inch squares. Then I wash each part and clear coat them and secure them to a board.
And that's how you get from fender bender to fine art! Sounds easy, huh!?

Scott McMillin's work will be on show at CorkStop Studios on Friday May 9th,2008

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

CorkStop Studios announces Event

CorkStop studios features Scott McMillan from LA in their upcoming open house event.


From fender bender to fine art - view Scott McMillin’s dynamic cutting edge new work, created from car parts and scrap metal. Also view the exquisitely abstract oil paintings of resident studio artists Carol Paquet, Anne Stahl, Xenia Madison and Yale Studio Arts graduate, Julia Hickey.

Join us at 6.00pm on Friday May 9th, 2008 at CorkStop Studios in Arroyo Grande. Enjoy the art and wonderful views from the 2500 square foot studio while sipping fine wine from the local, award winning Firestone Winery.

The studio will also be open on Saturday 10th May and Sunday 11th May, between 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

1250 Judith Lane, Arroyo Grande (off Corbett Canyon – 1.6 miles SE from Edna Rd. / 227)
Tel. 805 550-6399

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Out of town

Hi guys,

Xenia (and hopefully Anne) will be hosting the critque group next Saturday 15th at 2.00pm. I have to attend to a family emergency so will be in South Africa for a few weeks. Have a great time, sorry I won't be there. 

all the best,


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Welcome new resident artist - Julia Hickey

Julia Hickey will be working out of CorkStop Studios for 3 months starting March. She is a native of San Luis Obispo, CA. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art from Yale University in 2007 and has been working in an art related field in London, U.K. for the past couple of months. Her paintings and prints explore the capacity of images to index violence, loss, and memory. Her works are based on both real and imagined stories of violence in her mother's home country, Guatemala, where during a 36-year civil war, it is estimated that between 100,000 to 200,000 Guatemalans were killed or "disappeared." She hopes to spend the next year exploring similar themes in Berlin.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lynn Kishiyama abstract collage workshop

February 9th saw the first workshop held at the studio. The workshop was given by Lynn Kishiyama whose own work is inspired by Eastern sensiblities. We had 20 people comfortably working in the studio and all created a couple of stunning pieces to take home with them. The workshop was immensely successful and the positive creative energy was a wonder to behold.
Our next workshop will be Encaustic wax sometime in the summer.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Local 'Firefighters Charity Ball' supports new kid's museum!

All Proceeds to San Luis Obispo Children's Museum!

Friday May 16th at the Embassy Suites Grand Ballroom, San Luis Obispo
6:00 pm - Midnight
Hosted Beer & Wine | No-Host Mixed Drinks
Featuring local 60's Rock-n-Roll Band Unfinished Business
Tickets $60 per person | $720 Reserved Table of 12 | Semi-Formal Attire
For Sponsor Info or to Make a Donation, contact Captain Jody Larson at 805.441.8500 or email

Friday, January 25, 2008

Focus the Nation Sustainability Art Exhibit

Join the cause and visit the UU Gallery for the Focus the Nation Sustainability Art Exhibit. Kick off the new quarter with artwork on display by Cal Poly students Ben Eckold, Cristan Alley, Sara LeGrady, and Erica Janoff. The exhibit will be on display now through January 30, 2008. The UU Gallery located on the second floor of the University Union.
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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Happy New Year

Now the holiday madness is over and we're getting back into living our lives and working on some new paintings. The May open house seems far away, but we're already starting with preparations.

I wanted to take the time to follow up on the presentation Trudy Montgomery of Blue Tangerine Art in San Franciso gave at our last open house. I found this book to be very informative for anyone who still has questions about buying a painting and investing in art.