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The Art of Slow Looking: Selections from the Permanent Collection

(San Luis Obispo, CA): From January 3–March 1, 2020, visitors to the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art will have the opportunity to explore the artworks and artists that contribute to the vibrant artistic history of California’s Central Coast in The Art of Slow Looking: Selections from the Permanent Collection.

Comprised of over 160 original works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, photographs, and fine crafts, SLOMA’s permanent collection has been carefully acquired since the 1960s. Officially established in 1998 through the foresight of Arne Nybak, the Museum’s longtime volunteer curator, the collection helps ensure the preservation and interpretation of artworks significant to the Central Coast and all of California. The collection continues to grow today thanks to generous donations from collectors, estates, artists, and purchased acquisitions.

The Art of Slow Looking features new acquisitions, along with some favorites and other rarely seen works. Among the new acquisitions is a stunning sterling silver necklace by Crissa Hewitt and The Persistence of Dalí, by Kathleen de Palma, a mixed media sculptural work depicting the artist Salvador Dalí surrounded by references to his iconic works of art. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore a selection of prints and works on paper by artists such as John Barnard, Anne Jenkins, and Barbara Frith. Among the favorites on display are the watercolor paintings Sparkling Ranch by George Gibson and Vista Del Mar by Phil Dike.

SLOMA will be hosting related programming during the duration of the exhibition, including a curator led tour of the exhibition on Sunday, January 12 at 1 PM. Visit for more information about upcoming events.

An opening reception will take place on Friday, January 3 from 6–9 PM in conjunction with Art After Dark. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free.

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, dedicated to the education, presentation and preservation of the visual arts of California’s Central Coast, is located at 1010 Broad Street, on the west end of Mission Plaza. Hours are 11 AM–5 PM. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Free admission, donations appreciated. For more info, visit

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