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45th Anniversary Seal Serving you for over 48 years, Lenz Arts offers the largest selection of fine art supplies and the oldest custom frame shop on the Central Coast. Described as "one of the last real art stores on the West Coast," people drive for hours to take advantage of our selection of materials. From the finger-painting toddler to the professional gallery artist, we've got you covered!
Andy & Cynthia Lenz, founders of Lenz Arts, were presented with the International Art Materials Association's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to honor their significant impact on the fine art materials industry.
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Andy & Cynthia Lenz - Lifetime Achievement


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Rives BFK Printing Paper.
22x30 white, 250 grams, acid-free. 100% cotton, 100 Pack.
List $775.00
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In-Store DEMO - Free!

Gamblin Oils - Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials

Saturday, November 5, 1-3 p.m.

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Glenn Brill, Artist Representative for Gamblin Artist’s Colors, will present a practical, hands-on educational presentation on Gamblin Oil Colors. This 90 minute presentation will cover all aspects of oil paints, mediums and varnishes, including:

  • Color Theory and Practical Color Mixing
  • Navigating Color Space
  • Mineral vs. Modern Pigments
  • Understanding Color Names
  • Oil Paint Manufacturing
  • Professional Grade Oil Paint vs. Student Grade Oil Paint
  • Mediums and Varnishes
  • Indirect vs. Direct Painting Techniques
  • Supports, Sizing and Grounds
  • Studio Safety

The goal of the presentation is not only to educate participants on oil paints but to provide information that will enable attendees to create their personalized palette. All attendees will receive FREE Gamblin Product & Literature Samples.

About the Presenter:
Glenn Brill has presented over 300 educational presentations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Currently an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University, Glenn has also taught at California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute and University of California at Hayward. Glenn has been involved in art material product development and education for over 15 years. He has worked for some of the premier art material companies as Director of Education, helping to develop and test oil and acrylic paints, brushes, canvas, paper, and drawing materials. Glenn has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowships, Author of “Beyond the Brush” and co-author of “The Acrylic Handbook”. His artworks are in the permanent collections of the Archives of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Jose Museum and Phoenix Art Museum. Glenn holds a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a Tamarind Master Printer. His work can be viewed at: glennbrill.com.

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And remember that we will have lots of one-day sales on the day of the demonstration! Plus a free raffle and free samples for those who attend the demo!

And more demos coming. . . check back for more information!

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Wow! Charbonnel Aqua Wash Etching Inks!

Silk Cut Lino
Lenz Arts is now stocking Silk Cut Lino, the pinacle of printing linoleums!

Lenz Arts storefront
Our 10,000 square foot location—wall to wall supplies for you!

Art Materials/General Information: (831) 423-1935
Custom Picture Framing: (831) 425-7111
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Free Onsite Parking

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