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New Pop-Up Gallery in Downtown SLO

The Central Coast Sculptors Group has another Pop-up Gallery event in Downtown SLO running now through Aug. 26 at 959 Higuera St., in a vacant space across from the Apple Store. The temporary gallery is open from 1-9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and by appointment, call 543-8562. Called the “Phantom Projects” the pop-up galleries first started in 2012 and are the brainchild of CCSG president, Michael Reddell.

Pop-up galleries are more prevalent in big cities and Reddell wanted to find a more innovative way for local artists to share their works with the public. Reddell and CCSG leaders collaborate with business owners in SLO and Paso Robles to put on month-long exhibits.

With only a month of planning that first year, hundreds of visitors enjoyed diverse art in two phantom shows held in February and May 2012.

CCSG is an affiliate of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and had been looking for suitable spaces for more pop-up galleries but the going has been tough.

But that changed in early July when CCSG member Larry Le Brane noticed an empty storefront at Higuera and Morro Streets with an unbelievable window sign that read, “Pop-up Wanted!”

After extensive coordination with the space’s owners — Copeland Properties and the property manager, Therese Cron of West Coast JT Realty, and with the SLOMOA — CCSG opened the “Phantom Returns”’ Pop-Up Gallery July 13 to enthusiastic public approval. With Thursday’s legendary Farmers Market steps away, there were over 75 guests on opening day. That exhibit closed July 29 and the new exhibit, “Phantom Project 4” opened Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 26.

Phantom Project 4 features contemporary paintings and sculptures by local artists. CCSG is on Facebook and a video clip is posted at: https://youtu.be/X_4SEFOqT4A.

In the photo is “Processions” a sculpture by Lucie Ryan.

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