Artist Groups

Painting Critique Group

June 20, 2023 10:00 am - 11:30 am
On the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am
CCA - Green Room

This Group is for CCA members who are already painting. Once a month people will meet indoors for a critique of current paintings.

The group will meet once per month
On the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am.

For more info contact Cindy Stiles at or 661-703 2391

There is limited space. Please sign up below.

Drawing/Painting Group

June 22, 2023 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Every 4th Thursday of the month
Cambria Center for the Arts - Green Room

 CCA holds still life drawing/painting sessions from 1:00 to 3:30 on the 4th Thursday of each month.  Located in the Green Room at Cambria Center for the Arts,

You will need to bring your own supplies, an easel if you choose to paint and a drop cloth to protect the floor and tables.  There is no teacher, just lots of practice and support from others.  A still life will be provided. 

There will be no instructor. Artists just gather to draw or paint

Fee: $10 - CCA members $5

Creating an artists’ community for artists

Since 1952, the non-profit Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA)- the Allied Arts Association – has supported the community, sharing the artistic vision of locals with residents and visitors alike.

Our mission is to raise awareness and appreciation of art through education and community outreach, as well as the display and promotion of member art.

CCA has hosted a variety of workshops for the community from painting to critique. Notable teachers such as Steve Kellogg and Shirley Pittman, now passed, have graced us with their knowledge and love of art. The organization has grown over the years to include many talented and generous artists.  You don’t need to be a well-known professional to join.  Amateur artists and art enthusiasts are also welcome.

One of the original members of the association, Art Van Rhyn and his contemporaries formed the Wednesday Irregulars, a 30 plus year, ongoing, painting group.  This hearty group of plein air painters gather weekly to paint in the scenic outdoors of Cambria and surrounding communities in all kinds of weather, to capture visually the changing landscapes of the Central Coast.  Golden or brilliant green hills, crashing waves, rocky tidepools, pastoral farmlands, and our quaint Cambria village inspire a wide variety of artistic expression.  Newcomers are always welcome.

Our center houses the Art Van Rhyn Art library and reading space.  Come join us for a relaxing afternoon perusing an art book.

If you would like to be a part of our artists’ cooperative and support the vision of the CCA founders, please join us. Bring your enthusiasm; there are many ways to become involved.  Anyone can volunteer; we can all learn from each other and share what we’ve learned.

Plein Air Painting

Have you ever painted in the great outdoors or are you interested in starting? The Wednesday Irregulars have been meeting and painting each week for over three decades. And we are always looking for new people to join in the fun.

It’s a friendly group, very flexible, fun and we offer good, honest critique about your work. Everyone is welcome, but there’s one rule: If you want to come with us, you have to show up. People do oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, mixed media and more. The Irregulars meet on Wednesday mornings and paint in various locations near Cambria and surrounding areas. If you’d like to be added to the email list or would like more information, contact Cam Arnold at

sketch of Wednesday Irregulars by Jo Swanberg

painting by Jo Swanberg