Beacon Art Show

Artistic Spectrum:
Our 2023 Show!

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.

The 15th Beacon Art Show opens on the first Friday evening in March, 2023 with a reception and presentation of awards. Welcome to the return of the in-person 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

2023 Judges

Ruta Saliklis, Guy Kinnear and David Rau are the Beacon Art Show’s 2023 jurors. Ruta, Guy and David will be awarding six merit prizes to the best show entries: one each at $400, $350, $250, and three at $150.
Ruta Saliklis, Ph.D.
Ruta Saliklis, Ph.D.Fine Artist + Professor
Dr. Ruta Saliklis was born and raised in Chicago, where she started making art at a young age and was profoundly influenced by school field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently teaching in the Fine Arts Departments of Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College. Prior to that, Ruta worked at the SLO Botanical Garden, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Cal Poly, San Diego Zoo, Ball State University, and the Allentown Art Museum. She has curated numerous exhibitions. She received her Ph.D. in Textiles and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MFA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University, and a BA in Comprehensive Studio Art with a minor in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Saliklis lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband, Ed, and a labradoodle named Frankie.
Guy Kinnear
Guy KinnearVisual Artist + Teacher
Guy Kinnear is a figurative magic realist living off-the-grid in a lovely place where even GPS gets lost. There he and his family processes their reengagement with the land through creating Golems, or hand-made humans, and staging them in the local environment as a metaphor for human ingenuity as a positive solution to the challenges of the Anthropocene. Guy Kinnear has been an artist educator for over two decades, working with graduate, undergraduate, K-12, and private tutoring programs. His works have been locally and nationally reviewed in Image Magazine and American Art Collector. His works are privately collected and in the permanent collection of the SLO Museum of Art.
David Rau
David RauBeacon Art Show Curator
“I have been actively supporting the fine art community for my lifetime. The journey began early on with youth art classes at the Tucson Museum of Art. Adult life experiences have included being on staff at SLO Museum of Art and facility manager/events coordinator at SLO UMC. For more than a decade I have been curator and representing the church during the judging of the Beacon Art Show event.”


Artwork by Larry LeBrane
Larry LeBrane
Largemouth Bassoon Off the Hook

Bassoon, fused glass, LED lights, bike chain, wire, paper maché, gold leaf, wood nylon mesh, vinyl tubing, acrylic paint, custom stand; 32 x 16 x 17 inches, $9,200


Artwork by James Dietze
James Dietze
Pointillist Tree Drawing

Ink on Paper, 23 x 17 inches, $500


Artwork by Melisa Beveridge
Melisa Beveridge
Buddha *SOLD*

Acrylic on Canvas, 20 x 16 x 0.5 inches, $500 *SOLD*


Artwork by Jim Trask
Jim Trask
Natural Palm Pod Vessel

Natural Palm Seedpod, 12 x 72 x 12 inches, $870


Artwork by Ariane Leiter
Ariane Leiter
Snow Fence (In Garden)

Clay/Bronze, 34 x 15 ft x 7 inches, $16,000


Artwork by Ken Christensen
Ken Christensen
Thank You Jesus

Oil, 26 x 30 x 2, $2,800

2023 SHOW
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Artwork by L. Tracy Paz
L. Tracy Paz
Variant Surge

Oil, 21 x 34 in. (53.3 x 86.4 cm)


Artwork by Sal Orlando
Sal Orlando
Turning Over a New Leaf

Stone sculpture, 5 x 9 x 25 in.


Artwork by Linda K. (Kathi) Battles
Linda K. (Kathi) Battles
Rise Up

Textile, 22 x 27 in. (55.9 x 68.6 cm)


Artwork by Arleen Blake
Arleen Blake
Come Together

Acrylic on Wood, 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)


Artwork by Paula DeLay
Paula DeLay
Distant Dunes

Oil, 28.5 x 32.5 in. (72.4 x 82.6 cm)


Artwork by Jan French
Jan French
Desert View of the Riverbanks

Acrylic, 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Not for sale

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