During Friday’s free event, people trickled in and out of the modified galleries, where they were served snacks, drinks and a plethora of art to look at as they meandered through downtown.
At Assets, tucked in an alleyway behind Monterey Street, the airy room’s urban mirrored and brick walls were decorated with the works of Dave Johnson, a photographer local to San Luis Obispo. The gallery, a collection of Johnson’s unique “urbex photography” of “abandoned, decayed” urban structures, was a stark contrast to the ballet barres and rolled-up yoga mats on the light wooden floors, but owner Julia Pickslay said she “loved” having her studio be a part of Art After Dark.
“I have a fitness studio here, but these walls were made for art,” Pickslay said. “It feels really good.”
The monthly event not only transformed studios, but also drew crowds into shops that they may not usually decide to explore, such as a jewelry store.
“I would never come in here on a normal day,” business administration senior Natalie Dinges said at the Kevin Main Jewelry’s Mardi Gras-themed exhibit. “I don’t need an engagement ring. (Art After Dark) is bringing me to places I’ve never been to before.”