Next at The Nest: art workshops, demonstrations … and tea

Some of the local and nationally acclaimed artists represented by The Nest Gallery, 2164 Center St. in Cambria, soon will be leading workshops and demonstrations.

For instance, on Oct. 28 and 29, Christine Cortese will teach artists how to paint faces at her “Painted Ladies” workshop. Plein-air purist Ovanes Berberian will hold a three-day workshop Nov. 3-5 (and give a separate live demo at 6 p.m. Nov. 5). And Anita Hampton will lead a three-day workshop designed to “recharge” experienced artists Nov. 10-12. Hampton gave a talk/demonstration in Cambria Sept. 17, and Laurie Hendricks is wrapping up her three days of plein air classes at The Nest on Thursday, Oct. 21.

The Nest Gallery is the brainchild of owners Eric and Cherie Jensen of Agoura Hills. It opened recently after more than a year of preparation.

According to gallery manager Terri Belford, the emphasis is on original oil paintings by California coastal artists who capture the essence of the Central Coast. The works are done mostly in the plein air or outdoor/on-site technique.

The gallery, which is open Thursdays through Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also includes a boutique tea room, with courtyard and garden areas, including a sizeable basket couch they’ve nicknamed — what else? — “the…

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