Many Hands Make Light Work!

What a day, this last Saturday! A big THANK YOU to all who volunteered to help us update and beautify the Co-op! We began with some prep work last weekend but this Saturday was the busiest day, with 25+ volunteers helping paint, garden, and set up our new outdoor eating area. See our photo gallery below!

Sally Lamas and her crew of family and friends worked on the front of the store. We have new colors on the storefront as well as two murals of fruits and veggies on the front and side of the building. Sara McGrath coordinated the muralists for our back wall, where we had friends of all ages contributing their talents. Anne Wyatt cleared a lot of weeds and arranged plants for our seating area. Carl Meissner and Steve McGrath have nearly finished the work on the screening at the front entrance. Aimee Wyatt came early to set up shade and food for our volunteers and helped out with everyone during the day.

There was also a lot of activity inside the Co-op! We were happy to host Virginia and Trevor Marum of Vert Foods and their class of nearly 20 people who learned how to prepare several different fermented foods. Be sure to visit Vert's website for info on their upcoming classes. In addition, we were glad to have Tammy from Gracious Greens here sampling her delicious microgreens.

We still have some finishing up to do but we can't believe how much everyone accomplished together in only one day. We are so grateful to our generous and talented Co-op community. Thank you!

 

Meet Artist Sally Lamas!

During the month of August, artist Sally Lamas, will be designing and painting two murals on the front and side of the Co-op. The murals will feature the beauty of our local produce such as ruby red watermelon, bright green bell peppers and purple eggplants. Sally wants to show the insides of these fruits and vegetables when they've been sliced. "When I cut into a furry, brown kiwi, I'm always surprised by the interior," she said. "The brilliant green radiating with lighter stripes and all those black seeds just delight me!"

Samples of Sally's work.

Samples of Sally's work.

Sally has been painting and illustrating full-time on the Central Coast for the past five years but she's been creating art since she was a wee lass. Her main subjects are the creatures that live in our ocean, the deserts of Africa (where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer), and in her own backyard. She has shown her paintings, children's furniture, and greeting cards at Art After Dark in San Luis Obispo, Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates in SLO (where her greeting card line is sold), Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach, Forever Stoked in Morro Bay for the annual Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival, and the Inn at Morro Bay. Last fall, she completed two public murals on utility boxes in Pismo Beach along Dolliver Street. Her box titled "Whale Ballet" is located on the corner of Dolliver and Hind and "Otter Banquet" at the corner of Dolliver and Ocean View.  Sally completed her first mural commission of an idyllic beach scene in a private residence in Atascadero.

Keep your eyes out to see these murals as they progress!

More of Sally's work.

More of Sally's work.