Sunday, November 8, 2009

Workshops for 2010

CorkStop Studios is planning new workshops for 2010. We are considering workshops in the following areas: Printing (digital, encaustic print, solar etching), Photography (how to take professional grade photos of your artwork), Encaustic, Abstract Collage.

If you have any suggestions, or would like to submit interest in a particular area of study, please contact us at

Once we have completed our planning, we will post the 2010 schedule here and on our website

Monday, October 19, 2009

Digital Arts - 2 Day workshop

Digital Art by Roger LeeLearn how to turn your photographs into a fine art digital print using the latest Adobe Photoshop CS4 application. This two-day workshop will focus on creating a “digital montage” by combining digital photographs and original watercolor washes into a digital file that is printed on large format Epson printers with archival-pigmented inks.

  • When: Saturday November 21st and Sunday 22nd, 2009
  • Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Place: CorkStop Studios. 1250 Judith Lane, Arroyo Grande (off Corbett Canyon)
  • Cost: $240 plus material fee $60
  • Reservations: or Tel: (805) 544-1681
Bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided.
  • Prerequisites: Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop CS4 (free trial copies at
  • Intermediate experience with Photoshop application
  • Artistic imagination
Roger Lee, who teaches in the Cuesta College Digital Art program, will teach the class.

Visit for information about his activities.

Reservations: Email or go to for more info.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CorkStop Studios welcomes Jamie Bruzenak as the studios new resident artist. Jamie was born in Long Beach California and moved to the Central Coast when she was just one year old. She received her BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute on San Francisco’s Russian Hill, and after a few years of city life, has made her way back to the beauty of the Central Coast where she continues to find creative inspiration.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Meet the Press! Central Coast Magazine published a three page full feature article about the four CorkStop Studios artists: Anne Stahl, Carol Paquet, Roger Lee and Pacha.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hard work is starting to pay off with more than 17 prints ready for the big show 'Beyond the Print: Revealed' at CorkStop Studios on May 22nd.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

CorkStop artists on the radio

Ears on Art (KCBX)

Ears on Art with Crissa Hewitt & Steven deLuque - The first and second Wednesday of the month,

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque explore the exciting world of printmaking in an interview with CorkStop Studio artists Anne Stahl and Pacha of CorkStop Studios. The interview will be aired on Wednesday May 13th at 4:30pm.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

CorkStop installs a show at The San Luis Jet Center!

Anne Stahl and Carol Paquet hung a selection of their work at the San Luis Jet Center this weekend. Anne Stahl's "untitled 23" acrylic of canvas was installed in the reception area and looked impressive. The other pieces, a total of 18 works were hung throughout the building.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Waxing poetic at CorkStop Studios

Lynn Kishiyama gave another great Hot wax Cool art workshop at the studio on the weekend. It was a varied group, mostly local but some came all the way from Los Angeles and made a weekend of it. The 2 day intensive, gave attendees the time to experiment with the process on the first day and then execute their ideas with outstanding results on the following day. The session wrapped up with a critique of the work accompanied with a glass of wine from one of the local vineyards.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hot hot heat

Lynn Kishiyama leads a one-of-a-kind workshop at the CorkStop barn and art space


Corkstop Studios presents an encaustic workshop with Lynn Kishiyama, titled Hot Wax/Cool Art 2, a two-day event taking place March 14-15. Encaustic wax was used over 2,500 years ago by the Greeks and is experiencing a revival in contemporary art. Beeswax, tree resin, and pigment is applied hot and fused to a substrate creating a beautiful, translucent effect that can’t be achieved by paint alone. Highlights will include safety, mixing colors, melting wax, individual work time, a 3-D demo, problem solving, critique and more. The workshop is held at CorkStop Studios in Arroyo Grande. $275. Info: 550-6399, or
New Times You have an interesting background.

Lynn Kishiyama
I was born in the Philippines but grew up outside of San Francisco. And I’ve lived all over the East Coast. Then I went to Japan and that is really when I started to do my artwork.

New Times You were a ranch hand, an actress in NYC, and you studied spiritual psychology?

Kishiyama I have a masters in spiritual psychology.

New Times How do those play a part in 
your art?

Kishiyama I believe that everything you do brings you to where you are today. All of my training, my experiences, working for a Fortune 500 company in sales and marketing taught me how to sell my artwork. How to market it.

New Times So how did you find this medium?

Kishiyama I went to Tokyo kicking and screaming in 2000 ... and I learned about paper and how important paper was in their culture. It brought me to study the art of papermaking. I had been trying to be an artist my whole life but didn’t have the focus. Everything I’ve done is self-taught. I wouldn’t recommend it because it gets expensive. But that is how I started doing the Japanese kimonos.

New Times But what about encaustic? Tell 
me about this workshop.

Kishiyama Encaustic is pigment in wax. What I was looking for with my paperwork was an alternative to showcasing them in glass (the glass wouldn’t be gentle on the art). I started reading about encaustic, and encaustic and paper love each other. They go together really well. I went to New York in 2005 and studied papermaking and encaustic. The pigments are oil based and they are mixed with beeswax and varnish (which makes it hard). You can use a heat brush, a dry brush. You can inscribe and put different coloring in, scratching it out. You can put dried flowers under it. And they will stay like this forever. It has a wonderful luster that you can’t get with oil.

New Times What do you want prospective workshop participants to know?

Kishiyama If they work in oils, and are frustrated because they can’t achieve a textural quality to the oil, mixing the oil with wax may be what they are looking for.

New Times Are you going to give them the freedom to do the encaustic work on any type of surface?

Kishiyama Just flat ... (on a square piece of wood) and we will do press molds. We’ll make a mold out of clay and we will press an object into it and you pour in the wax and pop it out ... and you have a perfect mold. You can have repeated patterns. It’s great fun. Barn boards are nice to work on. I will work on some pieces that are sticks, like bamboo sticks with wire, and I will dry brush this on the wire and it will become a free- standing sculpture. You can get everything from really textural pieces to quite controlled. I’ll do a slideshow of the history and what people are doing with it now.

New Times What do artists need to bring?

Kishiyama The only thing they would have to bring are some boards. I’ll provide everything else. It’s an opportunity for someone to experiment and have it be cost effective. It’s an opportunity for them to learn the tools, safety, learn the colors, see what it can do, and see if it’s appropriate for where they want to take their artwork.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Abstract Collage workshop a great success!

Lynn Kishiyama gave an informative and dynamic collage workshop to a large group of 20 people from the central coast.

The next workshop to take place at the studio is HOT WAX/COOL ART
Saturday and Sunday, March 14/15 (10.00am – 4.00pm)
Encaustic wax was used over 2500 years ago by the Greeks and is experiencing a revival in contemporary art. Beeswax, tree resin and pigment is applied hot and fused to a substrate creating a beautiful, translucent quality that can’t be achieved by paints alone. The workshop fee is $275 for both days. Payment in full required to reserve your space. More information is available on the website.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"The History of Roots" beds down.

Carol Paquet's "The History of Roots" was installed in a private home in Edna Valley, Central coast, California - starting 2009 off on a good note. The artwork was created initially on canvas with oil paint (part of the Penumbra series) and then overlaid with shadows to complete the vision. The final piece is an archival print on paper, 56" x 33" and framed in a solid steel frame with museum quality glass. The piece is installed at an adjunct to the grand entrance, at the end of a wide corridor flanked by floor to ceiling windows overlooking Edna valley.

Klaus and Sabine Strobel are now the proud owners of three of Paquet's works.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Royal Flush - collaborative print

To discover a taste of Corkstop Studio artists' first collaborative print since Roger and Pacha have joined the studio, visit "Hearts Obispo" at ARTS Space Obispo in the Creamery anytime between January 21st through February 14th, 2008. Or go to the February 6th Art After Dark event for which ARTS Obispo goes all-out. Amazing sweet treats, local wines and live music set a festive mood for bidding on larger items in the silent auction.
"Royal Flush" was created on acetate film with ink, both rolled and drawn and scratched. It was then scanned, edited and printed with an Epson 7880 onto Canon etching paper in a limited edition of 8 prints.