Welcome to

The Beacon Art Show


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.

“Artwork helps me retain the good times and to unravel and understand the not-so-great times.”

Glynis Tinglof, Two time BEACON Best in Show Artist
San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church
San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church


Dara Rosenwasser, artist and SLO Arts Council Board Member, David Limrite, artist, and Rev. Mark Sturgess, Pastor, San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church are the Beacon Art Show’s 2022 jurors. Dara, David and Mark will be awarding six merit prizes to the best show entries: one each at $400, $350, $250, and three at $150.

Dara Rosenwasser
Dara RosenwasserArtist + SLO Art Council Board Member
Dara Rosenwasser is a practicing Central Coast artist and educator with a background in strengthening community through visual storytelling and interdisciplinary projects. She received her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and has worked as a professional artist since 2005. She continues to exhibit her work on a national level and serves on the board of directors for the SLO County Arts Council. She currently owns and operates D.LEA Studio in Avila Beach, offering arts-based classes in Photography, Wearable Design, Mixed Media Art, and Histories & Processes.


David Limrite
David LimriteVisual Artist + Teacher
David Limrite is an experienced teacher, mentor and professional working artist. During the past 35 years, he has devoted well over 10,000 hours to fostering, motivating and inspiring students of all levels. His skill as a professional artist is undeniable, and his generosity in sharing his insights is unparalleled. He understands the challenges that artists face and can help them meet these challenges head on with his aesthetically critical eye and laser-focused guidance. Born in 1958 in Salinas, California, and working for 30 years in Los Angeles, he currently lives, creates, writes, mentors and teaches in Central California. David has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He is the author of the book, “Create Anyway” and co-founder of the Create Anyway Collective.

David Limrite Resources

Rev. Mark Sturgess
Rev. Mark SturgessPastor, SLO United Methodist Church
Rev. Mark F. Sturgess is the son of a Presbyterian minister, raised in the small church tradition of rural Missouri. Mark graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, where he received Bachelor degrees in Computer Studies (B.A.) and Pipe Organ Performance (B.M.). At Northwestern, Mark specialized in 19th and early 20th century French organ repertoire and period keyboard technique of the Baroque era.

Mark’s gifts and passions for ministry include preaching, teaching and worship; coaching traditional congregations to spiritual health and vitality; post-modern biblical interpretation; and advocacy for full inclusion of LGBT Christians in the life the church. He has recently published essays in “Connections: a Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship” from Westminster John Knox Press, and reflections on the relationship of beauty and ministry in the Austin Seminary Faculty Journal, Insights. Mark also happily serves as household staff for his two cats: Buddy and Molly.


Thank you for helping us celebrate visual art on the Central Coast!

This year, the Beacon Art Show received 146 entries, from which our jurors selected these 55 show finalists. We are proud to present this virtual exhibit that includes exceptional creative expressions across the spectrum of media.

If you’re interested in purchasing an artwork, contact us and we will connect you with the artist as soon as possible. Please include the title and the artist’s name in your message. 

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We’d love to hear from you! Please use the form below to send us your feedback on this show or any questions. If you’re interested in purchasing an artwork for sale, please be sure to include both the title and the artists’s name in the body of your email message. We will connect you with the artist as soon as possible.