Shows and Events

General Meetings

Watch for upcoming meetings!  We have some exciting ideas for the coming months.


Paint Outs

We’ve got a new series of paint-outs for you.  With these locations, it’s easy to maintain social distancing while still enjoying the camaraderie of other artists.  If you’re new to plein air, this is a good opportunity to give it a try.  You don’t need a fancy set of equipment to start; chances are you already have enough.  If you have questions about equipment or the painting process, just write back and we’ll have one of our plein air artists call you to help you out! Contact Tom Frey at for questions and to RSVP.  Carpool coordination has been temporarily suspended.

Remember that masks are required in open spaces where there is a risk of close contact, so please bring your mask just in case it’s needed.

Point San Luis Lighthouse

November’s Special Paint Out is little more involved than past ones, so please read the description regarding necessary steps. 

*We have to pre-register for this Paint Out.  It promises to be a special day.  Hope you can join us! 

Please read the instructions on the right and let Tom know if you plan to attend before October 13th.

Date: Friday November 5, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM (later due to possible morning fog)

Place: Point San Luis Lighthouse

Cost: $25 per person

General Instructions

Due to the location near the Diablo Power Station, there is heightened security in the area. So, whoever is interested in painting there must declare by October 13. Please let Tom Frey know that you definitely are intending to go; please send your first and last names to him at ( Tom will pay the registration fee for the group by Oct. 15th; Tom can be reimbursed on Nov. 5th.


Due to limited parking spaces at the light house, only 10 painters can participate and everyone should carpool ( 2 per car ). The group will meet at 9:45AM on November 5th at a parking area about 0.1 mile past the entrance gate on Avila Beach Dr. The 3CPS Paint Out sign will be by the road. Once everyone has arrived, we will caravan up to the light house. ALERT: THIS IS A SHORT, BUT VERY TWISTY, ONE-LANE ROAD SO BE VERY CAREFUL GOING UP AND BACK DOWN.

Driving Directions

Directions from San Luis Obispo: Go South on Hwy 101, take Exit 196 to San Luis Bay Dr. Drive 1.4 miles to the traffic light. Turn right on Avila Beach Dr and go 2.9 miles to the entrance of Diablo Canyon Dr but continue on another 0.1 miles where we will gather at 9:45. Please be on time as we have to caravan together to the light house.

Restrooms and Amenities

Restrooms are available. You may bring beverages and snacks and picnic tables are available. Besides painting the exterior of the light house, The Light House Director, Deb Foughty, can open the building so you may see the original Fresnel lens used as well as the foghorns and equipment of former years. Pictures here were taken about 11:00 AM on September 21st.


3CPS All Member Fall 2021 Online Show (September 1 to December 31,  2021)

3CPS Members Only Online Show! This is a 4-month exhibit.

Upcoming Online and Outdoor Workshops

Lorenzo Chavez

 4 Day plein Air Workshop

Four days of painting under the tutelage of renowned artist, Lorenzo Chavez.  On the coast in beautiful San Simeon.

for more info: Denise Schryver-805.440.4579,

What:  Four day plein air workshop

Where:  San Simeon, CA

When:  October 27,28,29 & 30, 2021

Cost:$625 members/$650 non-members

Click to Register

Watch for logistic information to come.

Workshop Information

 For more information in these troubles times about all workshops, please contact us at directly or call Denise Schryver at 805.440.4579.


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