Shows and Events

General Meetings

Due to Covid 19 no meetings have been scheduled.


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.

El Chorro Regional Park

January’s paint out will be at El Chorro Regional Park and the Botanical Gardens, Saturday The gardens have winding paths and many different types of trees and plants and there are many wonderful old sycamores and oak trees beyond the gate. Do be aware of poison oak!

Contact Tom Frey for questions and to RSVP.

Where:  El Chorro Regional and Botanical Gardens Park

When:  Saturday, January 16, 2021

Time:  9:00am to noon

Directions and Information

El Chorro Park is located on Hwy 1 between SLO and Morro Bay across from Cuesta College. Turn onto Dairy Creek Rd.  Parking is available across from the garden or you can drive farther down the road passed the dog park to another parking lot by the entrance to El Chorro Regional Park. You must walk from here.  Restrooms are available across from the Botanical Garden entrance.  The park has a no-entrance fee until April.

Santa Margarita Lake

Our February paint out is at Santa Margarita Lake. There are several nice spots to paint at the Marina or just a short drive away. There are great views of the lake, waterfowl, trees and reeds, piers and boats.

Contact Tom Frey for questions and to RSVP.

Where:  Santa Margarita Lake

When:  Friday, February 12, 2021

Time:  9:00am till noon

Directions and Information

There is a $10 entrance fee per car and they do accept credit cards. Restrooms are down by the Marina.

Santa Margarita Lake is about a 20-minute drive from the Santa Margarita exit off of Hwy 101. Drive through town and turn right across the railroad tracks. Drive about 7 miles and make a slight left onto Santa Margarita Lake Rd. It’s about 1 mile to the entrance. The Ranger Station is where we will meet is at 4695 Santa Margarita Lake Rd. We will gather just on the other side of kiosk.


3CPS All Member Online Show (September – December 2020)

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

Upcoming Online and Outdoor Workshops

Albert Handell

Join Albert in this exciting 4 day OUTDOOR painting workshop. In the morning demonstrations in oils and pastels you will see and learn what to select and emphasize and what to play down or even take out of your paintings in order to make a strong design statement, and then work sensibly towards finish. It will be an opportunity to see how a Master Artist works on location.

All painting and demos will be held outdoors and we typically have gorgeous weather in May but if there is inclement weather we have available a huge, airy outbuilding we will use with more than enough space. 

What:  4 Day – All Outdoor workshop in beautiful Cambria, CA & surrounding area

When:  Monday, May 10 – Thursday, May 13, 2021

Cost:  $750

Registration is open directly through Albert Handell’s website:  For questions contact Denise Schryver, workshop coordinator, at

More INformation to follow.

In Person Workshops

Sadly, all 2020 workshops and demos cancelled due to Covid-19. 

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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