The river town of Paso Robles, located roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, is host to an arts festival on May 25. Allyson Magda Photography

Art lovers within driving distance of Central California may want to make a trip to Paso Robles on May 25, when the town hosts the fourth annual Paso Robles Festival of the Arts. Part of the proceeds help protect the Salinas River Corridor, a cause that has driven this event since its inception. The arts festival has been singled out for its success in generating matching funds to help purchase parcels of land along the waterway; the inaugural festival was responsible for more than $200,000 in matching funds.

An outdoor art show and sale punctuates the event. Allyson Magda Photography

A keen observer of art studies a piece at last year’s festival. Allyson Magda Photography

Activities at this year’s event include a quick-draw competition, an outdoor art sale and show, food and beverages, and musical acts. Work by Scott Prior, John Cosby, Debra Huse, and Thomas Van Stein will be on display. For more information, visit the event’s website.


  1. Glad to see I’m not the only one who works large outdoors. I often do 24 by 36 canvasses out in the dunes.When I first started going out with my local plein air group and saw all those itty bitty canvasses, I thought I was doing something wrong.Lately I’ve been trying to work smaller but so far I still like working on the large sizes better even if it means multiple trips out.


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