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