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Gallery Los Olivos presents Sunflowers + Hydrangeas = Happiness, a new showcase of paintings by Patti Robbins

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Gallery Los Olivos presents Sunflowers + Hydrangeas = Happiness, a new showcase of paintings by Patti Robbins

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Whenever someone assumes Patti Robbins’ still life paintings are a nod to Vincent Van Gough’s sunflower series, she’s more than ready to shut that theory down. “Not that I don’t love his work, and seeing the Van Gough museum in Amsterdam was impressive,” said Robbins, the featured artist of Gallery Los Olivos’ current exhibition... [ Read More ]

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Cover Story: Gallery Los Olivos presents Sunflowers + Hydrangeas = Happiness, a new showcase of paintings by Patti Robbins
 

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Political Watch: April 15, 2021

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Spotlight

Central Coast organizations like Casa of Hope in Santa Maria and RISE in SLO are committed to supporting survivors of sex trafficking

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Cannabis Corner

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Commentary

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Letters

We are not allies on immigration

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Planning requires good sense

By Seth Steiner, Los Alamos

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Let's close down ski resorts, too

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Canary

Over time, over budget

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Arts

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Gallery Los Olivos presents Sunflowers + Hydrangeas = Happiness, a new showcase of paintings by Patti Robbins

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Whenever someone assumes Patti Robbins’ still life paintings are a nod to Vincent Van Gough’s sunflower series, she’s more than ready to shut that theory d...

Film

‘Voyagers’ is Lord of the Flies in space

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Eats

Story of Soil in Los Olivos offers high-quality, balanced wines by the bottle, glass, and tasting from winemaker Jessica Gasca

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HIP TO BE SQUARE

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