November   Newsletter

Art Center Morro Bay

To champion art as essential to life and give our community a creative voice

From the President’s Desk

It’s time to nominate and vote for your 2019 MBAA Board Members. If you’ve thought about joining the board, there’s no better time!  Volunteering provides a great sense of accomplishment and we’re happy to send you an organizational chart with an outline of duties for each position.  Contact Bob Azevedo at
December 13, 2018 is the Board Installation and Holiday Dinner for all MBAA members.  Meet your 2019 Board of Directors and enjoy a great holiday celebration!  You’ll get to enjoy a fabulous dinner at Windows on the Water at a discounted price, enjoy the Morro Bay High School Choir, a slide show looking back at 2018, a chance to win some great door prizes, meet fellow artists and more.  Call the gallery or go online to reserve your seats.  
The Winter Faire art reception is Sunday, November 4, 2-4pm.  This exhibit runs through January 7, 2019.  If you’re looking for a holiday gift for that special someone, don’t forget about your gallery filled with great paintings, photography, mixed media, jewelry, knitted items, wood, sculpture and other 3D artworks.
This month’s demonstration, Go Wild Embellishing Pine Needle Baskets by award winning artist, Sheri Smith, is a prelude to her workshop, where students will learn to make a wearable artwork of pine needles, ribbons, beads and other hardware.  See more of Sheri’s stunning creations at
You may have been by the gallery lately to see a fresh coat of paint on the building!  The mural really pops!  Maintenance like this is made possible impart to the hard work of volunteers like you. When you’re in the gallery next time be sure to say "thank you" to our dedicated docents.  Throughout the 2018 Annual Juried Exhibit, they have sold at least 6 original paintings, jewelry, cards and 3D artworks!  Current docents are Diane Harrison, Charmaine Henderson, Joy Chambers, Michael Costa, Page Graber, Tom Franklin, Joan Fee, Colleen Ray, Charlene McClure, Debra Piazza, Alice Isaac, Sharon Westray, Bob Rodger, Sue Rutledge, Ardella Swanberg, Anne Riswold and Charlotte Berney.            
Morro Bay Art Association is a non-profit, membership driven organization dedicated to championing art as essential to life and giving our community a creative voice. Without YOU, our devoted members, we would not be able to provide the community with free demos, youth scholarships, hire teachers for classes and workshops, support local organizations and sustain a showplace for artists.

As a member of Art Center Morro Bay, you will enjoy many benefits, including:
  • Weekly creativity day
  • Free ZenDoodle classes
  • Monthly demonstrations
  • Exhibit and sell your artwork at reduced rates
  • Link your website
  • Display your artwork in local businesses
  • Pay reduced rates for classes and workshops
Please consider renewing your membership or joining now and receive the remaining months of 2018 free. Learn more about membership here.  THANK YOU for supporting your local art gallery!

Pacific Eye Opens Non-Profit Contest 

Art Center Morro Bay is nominated!!!

Help Pacific Eye donate $10,000 to local non-profit organizations through its seventh annual Pacific Eye Gives Back Challenge. The challenge is all about honoring the exceptional organizations that make a positive impact on the Central Coast.  The Central Coast eye care group recognizes local organizations with $10,000 in donations

After a record number of nominations received from community members (over 1,200!), the following 10 organizations were selected by Pacific Eye to move on to the voting round of this year’s contest:

· Bikers Against Child Abuse (Atascadero Chapter)
· Captive Hearts
· CASA of San Luis Obispo County
· Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
· Family Care Network
· Morro Bay Art Association
· Parents for Joy
· Seneca Family of Agencies (Atascadero Chapter)
· The Center for Family Strengthening
· The Wellness Kitchen

Community members can vote for their charity of choice one of three ways starting Monday, October 29th through Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd:

Or, visit any Pacific Eye office on the Central Coast and fill out a written ballot at the front desk.
Participants may vote once per day for the duration of the contest!
The organization with the most votes will receive a $5,000 donation; second place will receive $2,250; third place will receive $1,000. Pacific Eye will donate $250 to each of the remaining organizations in the contest.

By year-end, Pacific Eye will have donated $65,000 to local non-profits throughout San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties since the inaugural contest in 2012. 
2019-2021 Board of Directors Nominations

Michael Costa, Docent Director
Colleen Ray, Membership Director
Gail Martin, Adult Education
Sue Palmer, Community Outreach
Liz Moore, Youth Education 

Please be on the lookout for an email from VoteBuddy for your official ballot.

Pat Newton, Board President is putting together a new binder with recently updated ByLaws, a list of lifetime members, those committees that were removed from the ByLaws and other documents for members to review at their leisure.  Enjoy reading during your docent time!


Art Center Morro Bay is proud to work together with central coast businesses to exhibit YOUR art. If you wish to participate in this program to exhibit your artwork in local businesses to bring more exposure both to your work and to the Art Center Morro Bay, contact Sue at: or phone (805)441-5722

Sue Palmer, has been working diligently to find local businesses who need art for their walls and enjoy supporting the arts community.  To date, Sue has work from members of the Morro Bay Art Association hanging in the following establishments:

Central Coast Lending, Morro Bay

Edward Jones Cayucos, Morro Bay

McElhinenney & McElhinenney Law Firm, Morro Bay

Morro Bay City Hall, Morro Bay

Morro Bay Library, Morro Bay

Morro Bay Department of Public Works, Morro Bay

Farmers Insurance, Los Osos

TD Parker Salon, SLO

This program provides a unique opportunity for YOU too 


November Demo

Go Wild Embellishing
Pine Needle Baskets

with Sheri Smith Holgate

Free and open to the public!!

November 12, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

This demonstration will explore a variety of ways to start a basket, and add various fibers, beads and wire into your coiling.

If you’ve previously made pine needle baskets or wanted to pursue the art of coiled basketry, don't miss this opportunity to learn techniques from an experienced basket weaver. Learn more ...



Sheri will be teaching a Pine Needle Jewelry workshop on Tuesday, November 13 from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Students will be making a beautiful, personalized pine needle pendant. Learn more ...

This workshop will explore a variety of ways to begin coiling while adding colorful embellishments, using various fibers, beads and wire to complete a unique piece of jewelry. Learn the basics of coiling with longleaf pine needles, colorful waxed linen and beads to create a pendant or a brooch you can wear home! Perfect for beginning to advanced students. These techniques can be later used in making sculptural coiled baskets and jewelry. All materials provided. Students will need to bring a good pair of embroidery scissors.

Heroes Pub and Wine Crawl
Friday, October 26

A few of the super heroes in for the “Heroes" Pub and Wine Crawl

The Art Gallery participated in the inaugural First Responders Crawl on Friday night, October 26. The event is Morro Bay’s way of saying thank you to our local heroes. This grown-up Halloween scavenger hunt was designed to pay homage to first responders as "crawlers" were required to dress up like their favorite firefighter, law officer, EMT or Cal Trans worker while strolling Morro Bay and enjoying local wine, beer and culinary delights. A local winemaker or brew master were pouring libations at participating retail stores, restaurants and business outlets throughout Morro Bay, along with chefs and business owners. Each "crawler" received a passport with a map and list of participating businesses. A completely filled out passport offered a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a grand prize dinner with the Morro Bay Fire Department.

The Art Gallery hosted Chuck and Ananda, owners of Three Stacks and a Rock Brewery. 
October Demo

Our October monthly meeting and demo featured Jeanne Miller demonstrating how to do French Dyed silk with the serti technique of resist. Jeanne had several silks on stretchers to demonstrate the drawing of the landscape and then the painting techniques to achieve her vivid colorful pictures. Everyone in attendance got a chance to try the dyes and use salt and sugar to see the different effect they made on the fabric; as well as drawing on the plain silk.

Jeanne Miller gave away a lovely desert landscape raffle prize which Nancy Johnson won.

The monthly meetings and demos are held every 2nd Monday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the activities room.  November will feature Sherri Smith demonstrating pine needle basket weaving.
Our next board meeting is Tuesday, November 27th at 12:30pm. 

Morro Bay Art Association
Holiday Dinner


December 13, 2018

Cocktails – No Host bar at 5:00pm
Dinner at 6:00pm

Please arrive by 5pm to enjoy Christmas carols by the Morro Bay High School Choir!

Make your reservations now!

Menu choices include the following:

LOCAL SNAPPER, Warm Herb & Heirloom Tomato Salsa, Wilted Spinach, Avocado, Prosciutto Caponata

FREE RANGE CHICKEN BREAST, Potato Puree, Windrose Farms Market Greens, Exotic Mushroom, Lemon Olive Oil

GRILLED FLAT IRON STEAK, Potato Puree, Braised Market Greens, Bordelaise Sauce, Chimichurri

STUFFED RED BELL PEPPER, Quinoa, Black Kale, Exotic Mushrooms, Grilled Zucchini, Cilantro Pesto, Tofu, Cauliflower Puree


Saffron Poached Pear, Stilton Crumbles, Candied Almonds, Vanilla-Balsamic Vinaigrette


Bouillon Style Clam Chowder Applewood Bacon, Tarragon Essence


Dinner includes coffee, tea or soda and a special dessert

$30.00 per person

 * You may bring an unopened bottle of wine, add $15.00 corkage fee per bottle to be charged separately at the table.

reserve your dinner seats at the gallery or online


every Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm
at the Morro Bay Recreation Center
1001 Kennedy Way

 Tom Dale                                            Dakota Pitts
No registration or sign-up is necessary!  Just come and bring your own materials.  We provide a live model  tables, coffee, lighting and music.  It is open to all skill levels, and (almost) any media. The cost is $10.00 per session. 

Len Boyle                                           Ardella Swanberg
For further info Call Bob Rodger at 805-528-4248

Morro Bay Art Gallery building gets a facelift!



Rogall Painting, Inc. is in the process of finishing up a remarkable paint job for the Art Gallery.

The Board of Directors for the Morro Bay Art Association unanimously voted to hire Rogall Painting, Inc. to clean and paint our building.  Pat Newton, Board President worked very closely with our neighbor, Coalesce Bookstore, to ensure that work done on the Art Center building, would not adversely impact Coalesce's beautiful outdoor plants and garden with the use of harsh chemicals, or impede their business as usual.  Coalesce Book store previously cut down a pine tree that was beginning to grow into the side of the art center building.  In the process of cleaning and painting, Rogall discovered a tree root which was trying it's hardest to grow up through the boards into our building.  The Board approved additional funding to remove the tree root and replace rotted boards.

As you can see, Rogall is doing a wonderful job in protecting and updating the look of our beautiful building!

Old World Drawing and Painting
with Jason Mayr

Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00p

This bi-monthly oil painting class is a 10 month course, beginning with drawing techniques and progressing through black and white, limited palette to full palette.  All levels of ability and experience are welcome.  U-Tube video
COST: $35.00 MBAA members or $40.00 for non-members
For a 2018 Course Description visit
Register by contacting Jason Mayr at 1-805-234-6941 or email:

 Creativity Day 
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 3:00pm

Join fellow artists in a safe environment to create, to be inspired and to critique each other's work, plus,  it's FREE! 

 Watercolor -  Wet and Wild

Thursdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm

A new watercolor class designed for beginner to advanced students. Classes will be ongoing and feature various instructors.

Adult Coloring and
Zen Doodle Group

Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30am

Relax and unwind in the adult coloring group!  Anyone can do it, no experience necessary! Bring your own coloring books or get started with a page from ours. It's FREE!

Did you know that the MBAA Board of Directors is elected by the membership?  

The MBAA Board of Directors will have 6 vacancies on our 13 person Board beginning in  January, 2019.  As a volunteer-run, non-profit organization, the health and future of the Morro Bay Art Association is dependent on our membership, YOU, to fill board positions.  

If you have thought about becoming a Board Member and would like to consider serving a 2-year term as a Director, please feel free to contact a Board Member to discuss position responsibilities and time commitment:

Patricia Newton, President
Bob Azevedo, Treasurer 
Janet Hillson, Secretary
Gail Martin, Adult Education
Liz Moore, Youth Outreach
Sue Palmer, Community Outreach

The Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors meets once a month at Art Center Morro Bay to discuss current issues, finances, scholarships, membership, programming, activities and more. 

There's never been a better time to volunteer and serve in one of these prominent positions:
Gallery Director
Gallery Co-Director
Marketing Director
Hospitality Director 
Classes & Workshops



May 12 - December 15

10:00am -  1:00pm

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Zentangle© with certified instructor, Debbie Gedayloo.  Debbie has practiced the art of Zentangle© for four years stating, “Often when sitting in meditation, I simply can’t quiet my mind and I bounce all over the place in my head. But, when I put the pen to the Zentangle© tile, the outside stimuli fade away and my entire being becomes quiet.” Debbie believes in the healing potential of this method and is excited to teach others how to tap into the hidden wisdom in each of us!

The Zentangle Method© of mindful creation is a way to relax, focus and expand one’s imagination. Through guided systematic patterns, students learn to trust their creativity, increase awareness, respond confidently to the unexpected and discover the fun and healing in creative expression. Read more ...   

COST: First time students: MBAA Members $35. Non Members $37.
Ongoing classes: MBAA Members $20. Non Members $22

register at the gallery or online

Plein Aire Painting Indoors
with Ken Christensen

2-day workshop

February 8 and 9
1:30pm - 5:30pm

Ken Christensen is a classic, on-site landscape painter with influenced by French Impressionists and Fauves. He paints with the vision, color, and verve of such painters as Van Gogh, Vlaminck, Marquet and Derain, and the American perspective of Hopper and Benton.

During this workshop, Ken will discuss the use of supplies, pallet color and the Impressionistic, Fauve style of painting. Ken will demonstrate brush work and the use of strident colors, while discussing subject matter. This workshop is appropriate for beginner to advanced. Learn more  ...

Upcoming Classes with Joan Fee

**Pre-registration required for all Joan Fee classes
or call Joan at 805-286-5993
To register for any of Joan Fee's classes, click here.

Beach or Holiday Tree Resin Class

Decwmber 1, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Create an 11” x 14” beautiful beach scene or holiday tree choosing from instructor’s vast assortment of shells, colored glass, sand, glitter and then encase your scene in glistening resin.



Succulents – Choose Your Project

December 1, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Choose from two sizes of round wreaths or make a Succulent Wood Vertical Planter or a Succulent Holiday Tree. Everything is included to complete the project including use of tools, beautiful, locally grown succulents, form or wood vertical planter.

Mosaics Choose Your Project

December 2, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Choose from a trivet, stepping stone, heart, garden rock and so many more. All projects are super simple and perfect for a beginner. Everything is provided to complete the project.


**Pre-registration required for all Joan Fee classes
or call Joan at 805-286-5993
To register for any of Joan Fee's classes, click here.

Next Board Meeting is October 29, 2018, 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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