Celebrating one year of business in sharing the love and joy of painting

By Blake Ashley Frino-Gerl

Painting since a child, Carocha enjoyed creating art as years went on, and then in her home studio in Hollywood. Onceshe visited Morro Bay six years ago, she says she “completely fell in love with this city.” So when she came across a commercial studio in town, she jumped at the opportunity and started YSLASH Carocha’s Gallery & Art Studios, opening it on May 20, 2023.

YSLASH Carocha’s Gallery & Art Studios provides themed art classes, event-themed art classes, private art classes, children and teenagers art classes, private group art classes, artist-day-to-shine events, commission art, and an art gallery. 

“My favorite aspect is having a group of people come together to create an art piece that no one has created before and then share it with each other at end of class,” Carocha says. Classes also offered include Mom & Daughter Nights, Dad & Daughter Nights, Best Friends Nights, Ladies Nights, Lovers Nights, Senior Days, Teenager Night, and more.

The art gallery and studios offers creativity-driven, acrylic-based, and unique and abstract-themed art classes for all ages with no experience necessary.

“If you’ve never painted before, our themed art classes will definitely shock you,” Carocha says. “If you’re a long-time experienced artist, they will most definitely challenge you!”

She welcomes all to come in, paint, and “release the artist hidden inside of you.” She finds that partners, friendships, families, and even communities are brought closer together through a love of the arts, as well as boundless creativity and artistic freedom.

Currently, YSLASH Carocha’s Gallery & Art Studios is doing event-themed art classes at Legends Bar in Morro Bay and at Jerris Greenblat’s Windermere Real Estate office in Los Osos. Carocha would like to expand her class offerings to a winery in Cambria and Paso Robles, as well as a bar in SLO. 

After just celebrating the business’ first year, YSLASH Carocha’s Gallery & Art Studios is staying busy with one full-time employee, “Scheduling Ninja” Lizzy Palm, and part-time employee, Gayla Valdez, who is helping in the gallery and also booking the group-themed art classes. “These are all things we’re all excited about,” Carocha explains.

Carocha is a member and ambassador of the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce, and member of the SLO Women’sNetwork and South Bay Women’s Network. She also supports animal rescues and shelters through some of their events by putting the joy of art to optimal use.

YSLASH Carocha’s Gallery & Art Studios 

780 Monterey Ave, Suite 103

Morro Bay