history center of slo countyMaria Ascencion “Cen” Dallidet (1859-1913) was a gifted and well-respected artist, daughter of San Luis Obispo’s earliest vineyard owner and winemaker, Pierre Dallidet. Cen studied art in San Francisco and left a body of her art, which is now owned by the History Center of San Luis Obispo as stewards of the Dallidet property.

It is in Cen’s honor that the History Center of San Luis Obispo County is hosting this unique and rewarding opportunity to express your love of nature. Join them on August 17, 1-4 p.m. for a luncheon and watercolor workshop on the patio at the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens, 1185 Pacific Street, San Luis Obispo.

Under a canopy of century-old redwood trees, participants will receive all necessary art supplies as well as the expertise of local artists, who will be on hand to offer instructions on capturing the natural beauty of the surroundings. An ideal setting for Plein air art, the Gardens also offer dozens of varieties of fruits, vegetables and flora for still-life painting.

A fresh “garden-to-table” luncheon will be served at 1 p.m. The workshop, aimed to first-time artists as well as advanced students, will open your eyes to the wonders of nature and the challenges of watercolor. Tickets are $45 and available at historycenterslo.org/events or by calling 805-543-0638.

The History Center of San Luis Obispo County is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving and promoting all of San Luis Obispo County’s history. The Dallidet Adobe was built in 1856 by Pierre Hypolite Dallidet, the first commercial winemaker in San Luis Obispo County. Pierre’s youngest son, Paul, willed the house and gardens to the History Center upon his death in 1958.