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Così fan tutte: Opera and Art

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The MET Live in HD series at the PAC continues on May 4th at 2pm with Mozart’s Così fan tutte, while art from the Paso Robles Art Association is featured in the foyer. 

The Opera

Mozart’s opera buffa Così fan tutte, presented by Opera San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly Arts, follows the theme of “fiancée swapping.” Soldiers Ferrando and Guglielmo disguise themselves and try to woo each other’s fiancée, sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi, determined their fiancée will remain faithful.

The Art

The foyer of the PAC will serve as a gallery to showcase the work of the “Splashing Paint with John Barnard” artists. The artists are a loosely composed group of water-media painters, who get together weekly at the Paso Robles Art Association gallery to paint, instruct, share, critique, support and grow in their work.

Artwork by Sandra MacGillivray

This work of art by Sandra MacGillivray will be displayed at the event.

John Barnard, an institution in the art world of the Central Coast, shares his enthusiasm, expertise, and candor with the group. All levels of mastery are represented in this show.

All the artwork at the show is for sale, and since the PAC has chosen not to charge a commission, the artists have dropped many of their prices to make them more affordable!

About John Barnard

More like a coach than an actual instructor, Barnard focuses on supporting new and intermediate artists. He is a gifted artist willing to share his knowledge with others. The class is open to all PRAA members, and over the years, many have gotten their start with Barnard.

The Relationship

In a discussion with Sharon Dobson of OperaSLO, and as a former president of the PRAA, we discussed how difficult it was to get people to attend events on “the other side of the grade.” Attracting opera lovers to SLO on a Saturday morning was just as difficult as getting SLO art lovers to go to North County — there was this mental barrier splitting the County.  The North County artists are successful and well-known north of the grade, but art collectors rarely see those works.

"Pumpkin Patch" by David Child

“Pumpkin Patch” by David Child will also be on display.

Sharon offered to let the foyer of the PAC be the “gallery” to showcase North County artists.  We tried it for one year and it was successful, so we chose to repeat it again this year.  A side benefit was that many North County artists were introduced to the PAC. Some had never been inside the facility!

Written by Guest Blogger Phyllis Frank,

Former President, Paso Robles Art Association


(Photo Credits:, Sandra MacGillivray, and David Child)

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