There are over 100 wine barrel planters throughout Downtown Paso Robles, many of which were in need repair or replacement. With Executive Director Norma Moye’s idea and guidance; working with volunteers, business owners, community members and artists, the Wine Barrel Painting Project has blossomed into the first community art project for the City of Paso Robles.
Local artist and Main Street liaison for the art community Laure Carlisle is managing the project. Local wineries donated the barrels. Rental Depot prepared the barrels for longevity by stabilizing the staves and drilling drainage holes. After working with the businesses on the art design that represents them, she gathers local artists in the workshop of her new art gallery/studio at 1030 Railroad Avenue, Paso Robles, in the former location of Eighteen-Ninety House. Tom Flynn Sr. and John and Laure Carlisle deliver the barrels to local businesses after they’re painted and varnished. For those wondering about Dot Lefebvre, she’s working out of her historic 1890 House at 626 16th Street in Paso Robles.
After a career that’s included her own craft galleries/studios and showing her paintings and jewelry internationally and in the United States, Laure recently “took the plunge” again and opened this gallery/studio. Locally, artists and lovers of art will be inspired by Laure’s passion and talent showcased in the brilliantly-renovated showroom and workshop space that is filled with light, color and the collaborative effort with fabric artist Rachel Eckert and Studio DreamWoven. Stop in and be prepared to be amazed by Laure’s art, jewelry and Rachel’s woven hats, scarves and other embellishments! Visit the Main Street office for your map and take a “Wine Barrel Stroll.”