See the Art at Seaside Gallery

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Tom & Sherie Burgher.

Tom & Sherie Burgher.

–In the heart of downtown Pismo Beach, lies the Seaside Gallery. As one of the few fine art galleries in the area, it’s the best place to go to experience a multitude of artists and different mediums. It’s not a large cold museum, but a warm place that invites art into your soul. Paintings adorn the walls along with various sculptures and even some fun musical time pieces. The variety of impressionistic, abstract, fauvist, expressionistic and realistic pieces show case the diversity of techniques that are used by the local professionals and internationally known artists.

Tom and Sherie Burgher, owners of Seaside Gallery since 2008, are welcoming and knowledgeable. Walking the room, any question about who the artist is and the styles they use can be answered. Each piece of art has a story to immerse yourself in. There are paintings of Pismo and Shell Beach, alongside sculptures of cowboys and horses arrayed through the gallery. Even the storage door is adorned with drawings from children, who bring their parents in. Sherie, noticing their appreciation, gives them a the chance to place a piece of their own on display, reinforcing a new generation of art lovers and burgeoning artists.

Regina Lybovnaya oil painting, Sheryl Knight landscape paintings & Susan Von Borstel Stone slab painting.

Regina Lybovnaya oil painting, Sheryl Knight landscape paintings & Susan Von Borstel Stone slab painting.

When Tom received a phone call that the Seaside Gallery was up for sale, he knew it was opportunity knocking on his door. Up for the challenge, Tom decided to break boundaries and created a “basis for business to grow.” Running a gallery may have its tough points, but it’s created a chance to meet many talented artists. Plus, Burgher says, “Nobody buys art in a bad mood.” The Seaside Gallery has done well despite recessions and it has been a doorway to new ventures left and right.

His desire to turn the gallery into a place for high quality artwork, has been successful. Not only do you get to see an assortment of beautiful pieces, but it’s become the starting point for more artistic occasions in San Luis Obispo County. The SLOPOKE Western Art Rodeo is a public event that they created to bring forth more attention to the Western Art that exists. If you check out www.theslo-poke.com, you can view more information about the two day event that will be taking place in the Pismo Beach Veterans hall October 8th-9th.

Besides art shows, such as SLOPOKE Events, a new bit of business has grown in the form of Entreprise, LLC. A company that will be the catalyst for art events and public shows to enhance the community and bring in more opportunities for all. This branch is responsible for the more public aspects of artist representation and sales. Seaside works to transform Pismo into an art destination, midway between the art communities in Carmel and Laguna Beach.

Visit Seaside Gallery at 580 Cypress Street N-4 in Pismo Beach, CA 93449 from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays. For more information go to www.theseasidegallery.com or call (805) 773-8057.

-Rachelle Tellez

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