The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art will be presenting Crissa Hewitt and Elsie Deitz: Artists and Their Inspirations, a Central Coast Craftmakers exhibition, from April 5 to April 28, 2019. This exhibition explores the sources of inspiration for local artists Crissa Hewitt and Elsie Deitz and exhibits the art these women have created from their many influences.

Hewitt and Deitz met in 1968 at Cal State Northridge while studying under silversmithing professor Fred Lauritzen. Twenty years later, their friendship was reconnected when they both found themselves living on the Central Coast. Hewitt moved to the area to teach art at Cal Poly, while Deitz purchased a home in the area after an enjoyable weekend stay in a Los Osos bed and breakfast. Both quickly became involved with the bustling art community and soon were heading Central Coast Craftmakers, one of five artists groups affiliated with the Museum.

After earning her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1973, Hewitt began her career teaching jewelry, sculpture, and design at Cal Poly. Since retiring in 2007, she has remained active by teaching privately in her metalsmithing studio and hosting KBCX’s Ears on Art. Deitz showed early artistic talent and was awarded a 3 year full tuition scholarship to Cooper Union in New York City as a teenager. She later helped found the successful Contemporary Images Gallery in the San Fernando Valley while continuing to design and make jewelry. After moving to Los Osos in 1988, she became a key member of SWAP (the Small Wilderness Area Preservation group), which helped save and conserve the Elfin Forest.

Now, after their 50 years of friendship, Crissa and Elsie have come together to exhibit their own artwork together with art they have collected over the years. From Japanese to Mexican art, to art by family and friends, these two artists have found a variety of inspirations from around the globe and will be sharing them with the Central Coast community alongside work of their own.

Opening reception Friday, April 5, 6 – 9pm.

Necklace by Crissa Hewitt

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