On Easter Sunday 2008 we celebrated the first San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church (SLO UMC) Beacon Art Show as part of the Grand Opening of the church’s newly rebuilt structure. History leading up to this inaugural event began on Easter Sunday 2001 when a 5:00 am fire — the work of an arsonist – consumed the former 39-year-old church building.
The 2008 bell tower rising at the top of Fredericks Street hill (reminiscent of the 1911 church bell tower design pictured) was the inspiration for naming the art exhibit “Beacon Art Show”. This annual show attracts visual artists from the Central Coast as well as statewide – showcasing their drawings, paintings and fabric art as well as three dimensional crafts and sculpture. To further its commitment to artistic creation, the show committee decided early on to connect purchasers directly with artists with the church receiving absolutely no gallery commission (which can often amount to more than 50% of the purchase price). Beacon Art Show is indeed SLO UMC’s gift to the community.
In 2020, the 13th Beacon Art Show opened on the first Friday evening in March with a reception. Two weeks later the COVID pandemic required immediate conclusion of this in-person exhibit. Creativity of artists has continued these long two years of waiting and now the Beacon Art Show returns! Welcome to the Virtual 14th annual Beacon Art Show.