February Newsletter
Morro Bay Art Association
From the President’s Desk

It's been a lovely winter so far.  There were lots of visitors to the annual For the Birds exhibit and we sold quite a number of pieces for our members.  Central Coast Watercolor Society and the new Aquarius exhibit promise to bring in even more visitors to our wonderful gallery.  A special thank you to all those who help spread art in the community.  We could not be successful without the helping hands of our docents, members, visitors and exhibit partners.  A giant thank you from the MBAA Board of Directors!   

Greg Trombly's Pastel Magic


Landscape/Seascape       Floral Landscape        Pet  Portraiture
Feb. 9, 1-4pm                     Feb. 16  1-4pm            Feb. 23 1-4pm

Have you wanted to try pastel but were reluctant to make the leap?  Discover the magic of soft pastels with professional artist and teacher Greg Trombly, in a relaxed and supportive environment.  Mr. Trombly will focus on drawing and observation skills while teaching you his "magic" techniques for achieving great results. This 3-session class is designed to provide plenty of hands on guidance, allowing students to work from reference photos of their choice. Beginner to advanced are welcome.  Take one, two, or all three classes.  

$30. Members; $35 non-Members per classREGISTER: Reserve your space online at
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or email:

"Jackie Morello, A Celebration of Life" 

A gathering will be held at 
Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., In the Activity Room

Sunday, March 5th at 2pm.  

Details to follow.
      Creativity Day     

Creativity Day is the oldest running event at Morro Bay Art Association.  It began when we first had a place to meet and it's still going strong.  Join the Creativity Group at Art Center Morro Bay and discover what working with other artists can do for you. Creativity Day is held each Wednesday from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm unless other events/classes conflict. FREE, informal and open to the public. Meet in the Activity Room. Bring your art work, your latest craft project, or just bring yourself and join others working in various mediums. Bring your lunch and stay for the whole time, or come and go as it works for you. No pre-registration needed.

CONTACT: Ann Brown 805-534-9708
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
WHEN: Wednesdays 10:30am - 3pm
COST: Free
From the Gallery
          - Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director  
“For the Birds” opened our 2017 show schedule with great success, & with firm defiance of the slang interpretation of its title! The show has attracted a phenomenal number of visitors to the gallery, unusually large sales, and rave reviews! Many thanks to all participating artists and artisans who exhibited in the show and to our geat team of gallery volunteers who pulled it all together.  Yes, presentation matters! Winner of the “People’s Choice” award goes to “Wild Blue” by artist, Hedy Hale. Running a very close second is “Crow” by artist, Margareta Lund.  Congratulations to both of you!

As the sun moves through the sign of Aquarius, we open on February 9 with the Central Coast Watercolor Society’s annual juried exhibition, “Aquarius 2017”.  This is always an exceptionally beautiful show, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to host them in our Russell Gallery through March 20.  Welcome CCWS! Concurrently, in the Main Gallery, we present “Striking Oil”, showing off our many accomplished oil painters.  It’s been said that oil and water don’t mix, but we’re here to say, they may not mix, but they co-habit beautifully! Don’t miss our opening reception Sunday, February 12, 2 – 4 pm.

Behind the scene, there’s lots going on in preparation for some of our upcoming shows. “Homage to the Ranches” has the Thursday Painters leader out knocking on ranch doors, asking owners’ permission to allow artists to paint on their properties.  They’ll soon release their March / April schedule of painting locations, which will be filled with SLO county ranchlands. Stay tuned for more information! We greatly appreciate the collaboration and support of the Thursday Painters in our gallery exhibits, as they did so beautifully in our 2016 show, “From the Arboretum”.

In response to questions about some obscure titles of our upcoming shows, we’ve added an “INFO” link to our online Exhibit Schedule (see Gallery \ Exhibit Schedule). Here’s hope that the expanded description of the shows’ themes give you the information you’re looking for; however, don’t let the titles constrain your creativity!  Feel free to use artistic license to interpret the themes in your own personal way.
   Drag Central at the Art Center  
Art Center Morro Bay is a wonderful venue for all sorts of community art events. Drag Central, a local SLO County organization, held its first ever informational workshop on developing the Art of Drag.
The evening event was alcohol-free and family friendly with attendees of all ages. Lots of laughter and good fun, judging by the hoots and hollers from the crowd. Cabaret singing, lip syncing and a high-heel walk were just some of the highlights.

Consider us for your next private party, fundraiser, or donor function. 


Joan Boyd - Cayucos
Brandy McKay - Morro Bay
Suzanne Ritcheson - Morro Bay
Ascension Nelson - Morro Bay
Judy Straw - Cayucos
Sam Peck (welcome back!) - Cayucos
Kelly Clark - Atascadero
Adrian Martino - Morro Bay
Mike & Sharon McCoy - Morro Bay
Gretchen Moreno - Los Osos
Penny Pike - Los Osos
Charmaine Henderson - Los Osos
Karen Floyd - Nipomo
Hedy & Ross Hale - Morro Bay
Ariane Paul - Pismo Beach
Susan Schafer - Santa Margarita
Shane Verplank - Los Osos
Judy Sanders - Nipomo
Jan Paulson - Morro Bay

We thank you!
February 13, 3 - 5 pm 
Larry has been an art teacher at the high school, college and university levels.  He was a participant in the I Madonnari Street Painting Festival in San Luis Obispo for 12 years. He initiated the Santa Maria High School mural project, where he taught art for 23 years.  This mural includes over 40 panels depicting reproductions of famous paintings.
This demonstration will consist of three examples while exploring the use of mixed media.  Upon drawing a still life in oil pastel, Larry will apply watercolor washes, demonstrating how to add darker colors to resist the lighter oil pastel.  He will complete this first example with oil pastel covering the wet surface.  In the second example, Larry will combine media not always
thought to be complementary.  In this case, ebony pencil and oil pastel.  Finally, he will establish how colored pencil and watercolor can successfully work together to create unique visual effects.
“It is my intention to let the art find its way.  The journey is fun for me.  The successful result, if there is one, is the reward”.
    New February Classes & Workshops
PortImage result for portrait modelingrait Practice with Live Models       
 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month

 Call Bob Rodger for details at 805-528-4248

   Pastels with Greg Trombley          
    February 9, 16, 23
     1:00 - 4:00pm
   $30 members/$35 non-members
Sign up online, at the Gallery, or Drop in.


Classes with Joan Fee
February 18:  
10am - 12pm - Sea Glass Jewelry or Salad Servers
 1pm - 3pm - Double Wraped Sea Glass Jewelry
February 25:
10am - 12pm - Starfish with Mosaic Tempered Glass
    To register for any of Joan Fee's classes, click here.
Our dearest Jackie,
Happy memories silently kept;
No need for words, we'll never forget.

The Jackie Morello Scholarship Fund has been established at MBAA. Contact the gallery for information.
Next Board Meeting is February 14, 1:30 - 4:30pm.
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January 2017 Newsletter

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