June Newsletter

Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

The first Art in the Park of the season, was a huge success due impart to Bob Rodger who works tirelessly to setup and take down the MBAA booth!  Sue Palmer has taken over staffing and managing shifts while several MBAA members pitched in as a docent or rover.  Participating vendors were thankful for the short breaks provided by our members, and a wonderful sense of accomplishment was felt while a team effort helped to sell a large photograph for Floyd Snyder!  Sales of jewelry and cards were good too.   If you wish to participate in the July MBAA Art in the Park booth, watch for the signupgenius in your email or contact Sue Palmer 805-441-5722.  
Debra Joy Groesser is a professional artist from the state of Nebraska.  Debra is a signature member and President/CEO of the American Impressionist Society, a Signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and American Plains Artists.  She earned the distinction of Master Signature member of Plein Air Artists, Colorado.  She is an elected artist member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and the Salmagundi Club in New York.  Her work has been featured in national art publications and is represented by several prestigious galleries.
Join us for a free demonstration of oil painting by Debra Joy Groesser, Monday, June 11, 3-5pm.  Debra will also be giving a plein air workshop June 12, 13 and 14.  You may pre-register by calling the gallery or online at:
Flower arrangements designed to compliment selected photos were donated by Floral Design of SLO County for, Thru The Lens.  Thank you Barbo Bond and Nancy Johnson for your generosity!  We appreciate the expertise and hard work by juror, Kerry Drager.   Kerry explained why each winning image was chosen for each award.  Brushstrokes is an exhibit you won't want to miss!  The next art exchange date is Tuesday, June 26, 10am – 2pm.  The exhibit, Rock and the Marketplace, will feature artwork in all media within both galleries.  The theme of this show includes iconic Morro Rock and the energy encompassing the people, fruits and vegetables found in open air markets, such as farmers market.  
Lately, people have asked if they may remove artwork days before a show has ended.  Please, do not remove art before exchange day.  Emergencies do occur.  If you have an emergency, please contact me to make prior arrangements.    
Effective June 2, 2018, Paso Robles will have an additional area code.  For areas that are impacted, you will need to dial a 1 + area code, before the number from now on.  
The People’s Choice Award, in conjunction with Go Figure, was a tie vote going to Carl Berney for his sculpture, Solace and Christine Cortese for her oil painting, Me and My Crown.  People’s Choice Award winners are allowed to enter a future show with all entry fees waived.  Congratulations Carl and Christine!
Art Center Morro Bay is a board run, member supported, non-profit organization. Membership includes opportunities to exhibit artwork within the gallery, local businesses and Art in the Park.  Members may attend classes, workshops and other gallery related events at a free or reduced rate.  Membership comes with a responsibility to help support the organization and daily operation of the gallery.  There is still an urgent need for volunteers as docents and board positions, to include Docent Director and Gallery Director.  Volunteers, please email me at: artbypatricianewton@gmail.comor phone 1-805-423-1100.

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 Artwalk Fridays


The Arts district in Morro Bay, California is blossoming into a premier venue and destination for locals and vacationers alike who enjoy the arts, dining and relaxation. 

“Morro Bay Artwalk Friday”, is a self guided tour that takes place the second Friday of every month, from 5pm – 8pm. Art Center Morro Bay will be a participant during the Spring and Summer months of May through August. On exhibit, Brushstrokes and Thru the Lens until June 25, 2018. 

Stroll the Embarcadero then take the trolley up to Main Street. Enjoy great restaurants, wine and open air music! Meet some of San Luis Obispo County’s internationally acclaimed and emerging local artists! 

For more information, visit or call 805-772-2504. Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442

June Demo

From Plein Air to Studio:
Using Plein Air Studies to Create Effective Studio Paintings

with Debra Joy Groesser

June 11  3:00 -5:00pm
This demonstration will explore composition, using plein air studies as a guide. Debra will apply color combinations that illuminate her painting based on plein air studies. Discussion will include blocking in your painting quickly with correct values from shadow to light, color choices based on plein air studies and why use a plein air study vs. photograph.

If you’ve thought about joining the world of plein air, or simply wish to expound on current skill level, don’t miss this great opportunity to learn techniques from a master, that will help you become a better artist. Read more ...

Attention 3-D Artists

We need images of your work to use for advertising purposes.  Please email your images to Patricia Newton at
Love and Work
Presentation by Art Historian/Lecturer Tess Wright

  Sunday, June 23, 3:00 - 5:00pm
The demands of love and creative expression present major challenges for men and women whose careers are intertwined.  The pathways explored by artists to attain love, while rewarding creative expression, is particularly complex.  Psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud, considered love and work to be the cornerstone of our humanity.  He reflected that perhaps one day in retrospect, the years of struggle in love and work will strike us as the most beautiful of endeavors. 

Tess Wright explores the complexity of romance in famous artist partnerships who achieved rewarding and creative experiences, heightened by sensual experiences and erotic attachments. 
Ms. Wright will reveal the dynamic forces that brought about complexities, competition and great achievements by notable artist couples such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso and his muses.

With a master's degree in art history and design and an equivalent degree in the field of psychology, presenter Tess Wright’s research has centered on artistic content as well as the artist's life experiences.  Her passion to explore and share with art-minded individuals the personal lives and relationships that influence the artist's work has led her to develop a variety of lectures on women artists, artist couples, and women in Surrealism. 
Don’t miss this in depth discussion focusing on romantic partnerships and the artwork they created. Read more ...
Advance purchase is suggested as seating is limited!
 Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., or online at
For more information, contact Art Center Morro Bay at 805-772-2504 or visit us online at  Gallery hours, 12-4pm daily.
Art in the Park

Memorial Day Weekend

Meet our Community Outreach Director, Sue Palmer. Sue has taken charge of the Business Art Program and staffing our Art in the Park booth. 


Kaya Gwinn face-painting at Art in the Park
Many thanks to Steve Powers for organizing such a unique and talented group of artisans to exhibit their work.  The weather was generally kind to everyone over the Memorial Day Weekend for another successful Art in the Park.

Morro Bay Art Association member Floyd Snyder sold a gorgeous 20” x 30” photograph, which was hung in the Art Center booth along with other members’ artwork.  It took a group effort, including board President Pat Newton, to make the final agreement that brought the sale to a close.  Floyd ordered it special for the customer and will be bringing it to the gallery in a few days for pick-up.  Ellen Lodge, one of the Association’s newest members sold a very nice piece of jewelry.  Many other members brought their cards, jewelry and paintings to the art center booth to highlight our local talent. Our booth neighbor lent us his clasps to secure our tent closed during the night and he taught Sue Palmer some tricks of the trade regarding the canvas tent. Our wonderful team of rovers, who allow artists to step away from their booths for a short break, will be wearing new neon vests next year with the Morro Bay Art Association logo clearly printed! 

Joy of Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop
with Debra Joy Groesser
June, 12,  9:00am – 5:00pm (classroom);
June 13 & 14 8:00am – 4:00pm (on location)

Nebraska artist Debra Joy Groesser received her BFA degree in art in 1978. Her landscape paintings have garnered national recognition and awards. Being outdoors, whether in her perennial garden, in the mountains or by the sea, provides endless inspiration for her work. Debra’s ability to capture mood, emotion, atmosphere and a sense of place in her work attracts collectors, both private and corporate, worldwide.  Prior to the workshop, Debra will give a demonstration, free and open to the public on Monday, June 11, 2018, 3-5pm. This workshop will begin with an indoor class encompassing preparation, use of value and tools. The following 2 days will be held out of doors, on location. Designed for all skill levels.  Learn more here.

Astrophotography; Adding Light to Your Milky Way Images
with Brady Cabe
July 6, 8:00pm - Midnight & July 7, 3:00 -6:00pm

This workshop provides a complete Milky Way photography experience, with an emphasis on Milky Way capture, star trails, and light painting. On day one we’ll spend the evening photographing the night sky - going over location planning, best practices, and answering all your astrophotography questions. Day two consists of post-processing where we will dive into our photos from the night before and learn to assemble star trail images.  Read more ...

Portraits in Pastel 
with Cuong Nguyen
August 2, 3 & 4, 2018    2:00 - 5:00pm

Learn about drawing, values, edges and composition, in a workshop designed to create in a relaxed, informative yet focused environment, for all skill levels. Students will concentrate on drawing the human head and creating life-like skin tone colors using the green foundation technique, while developing new skills in soft pastel and pastel pencil. This workshop will feature live models. Learn more here.

Astrophotography; Perseid Meteor Shower and the Milky Way
with Brady Cabe
August 10, 8:00pm - Midnight & August 11, 2:00 -5:00pm

This unprecedented night photography workshop coincides with the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower - you don’t want to miss this! The class material offers a complete Milky Way photography experience, with an emphasis on Milky Way capture, star trails, and meteor showers. Read more ...

General Meeting of the Morro Bay Art Association

July 13, 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm


Watch your email for the MBAA Evite!  

at Art Gallery, Morro Bay

then stay for ArtWalk Morro Bay that evening from
5:00 - 8:00!
Bob Mourenza, a member of The Painters Group of SLO Museum of Art, was the winner of the silent auction. Bob had the winning bid on the utility box of high quality, artists' grade oil paints and pallet knives.  Thanks for playing Bob!

So much goes on behind the scenes, and changes occur seemingly by magic. Truthfully, Art Center Morro Bay is only as successful as the volunteers who manage and operate it.  Currently, we have an urgent need for board members and volunteers.  Although not everyone is able to give as tirelessly as others, we need your support, now!  Many of these positions can be shared or arranged to allow working with a partner.  

Here are some of the areas in which we can use your expertise:
Letter writing (new member welcome letters, donor letters, thank you notes)
Grant Writing (identify sources, work with SPOKES, write grants)
Art in the Park (set-up & tear-down, staff MBAA booth, provide vendor breaks)
Hospitality (set-up food & coffee, set chairs, tidy up activity room)
Finance Assistant (make deposits, assist Treasurer)
Maintenance (light building upkeep) 

Please contact me if you would like to become the next Treasurer assistant, Marketing Director, Gallery Director, Docent Director, or are willing to share responsibilities in any of these positions.  Do you love to be around people, work on your computer at home or possess book keeping, social media or database skills? Would you be able to serve on a committee?  If you have ever considered one of these impactful positions, now is a great time, and training is provided.  Email Pat Newton at or phone: 1-805-423-1100.   

Old World Drawing and Painting
with Jason Mayr

Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00p
Beginning February 5, 2018

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!

Outdoor Photography
with Brady Cabe

Monthly classes TBA

Known for his outdoor photography of wildlife, sunsets and Milky Way night skies, Brady will give various photography classes on a monthly basis.  Pre-register
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

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.

Mosaic Play Time
Sunday, July 15th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Learn how fun and easy it is to make a mosaic project. Choose either a heart or a wine bottle. Projects are super simple and perfect for a beginner and everything is provided.  COST: $45

Sea Glass Elegant Jewelry
Sunday, July 15th  10:00am – 12:00pm

Instructor will demonstrate how to drill holes in sea glass then you create a beautiful necklace and earrings in glass she has drilled for you. All materials are provided to complete the project including local sea glass. COST: $55.00

Beach Resin Art Work
Sunday, July 29, 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Create a beach scene in an 11” x 14” white frame using instructor’s large assortment of shells, colored glass, sand and glitter then encase it in glistening resin. COST:  $75.00

Succulent Wreaths
Sunday, July 29th  1:00pm – 3:00pm

Come learn how easy it is to create with succulents. All supplies are provided to make a lush wreath including local succulents, use of tools and a care sheet to maintain your wreath.  COST:  $70.00-$90.00


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.

Youth Summer Classes and Workshops 

June thru August
Join in the fun of a summer of art program at the Morro Bay Art Center.  Choose from a variety of art classes and workshops specifically designed for families and children ages 6 through 18.

Summer Art - ages 6 to 11   June 19 - July 26  9:00am - 12:00pm

Summer Art for TEENS   June 19 - July 26  12:00pm - 3:00pm

Friends and Family Summer Art Workshops  July 7 - July 28, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Watercolor Classes for ages 7 thru 10   August 7 -  August 9,   9:30am - 11:30am

Watercolor Classes for Teens   August 7 - August 9, 1:00pm - 3:00pm



Beckett, Jane  Templeton
Bermudez, Guillermo  Los Osos
Chambers, Joy  Morro Bay
Corley, Silas  Atascadero
Gedayloo, Debbie   Los Osos
League Connelly, Jean
Lehr, Rainee  
Lewis, Wendy  Hanford
Niblick, Carolyn  Los Osos
Ronke, Alice  Paso Robles
Willmott, Patricia Cambria
Next Board Meeting is June 19, 2018, 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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