April Newsletter

Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

Spring is a great time to get inspired and create!  Exchange date for Go Figure is Tuesday, April 3, 10am – 2pm.  The opening reception is Sunday, April 8, 2-4pm.  A figurative inspired exhibit, Go Figure will be in both galleries and is open to all mediums including 3D art.    
This month we’re gearing up for more interesting classes and an engaging demonstration!  Greg Trombly will guide you through a free demonstration of pastel, Monday, April 9, 3-5pm.  Later in the month, Greg will give his “Pastel Magic” workshop, April 13, 14 and 15.  This workshop is appropriate for all levels of accomplishment.  You may register online at /  or by calling the gallery.
Watercolor Wet and Wild is a new class that meets on Thursday’s from 9am – 12pm, offering varied instructors.  Contact Alice Isaac for more information, or (805) 225-1286.
Please welcome new MBAA member, Michael Costa.  Michael is a photographer who recently moved to Morro Bay from Oakhurst and offered to serve as our Instagram media person.  Look for Art Center Morro Bay on Facebook and Twitter as well!
We are pleased to announce that members Gail Martin and Sue Palmer have officially joined the MBAA Board of Directors!  Gail is a Morro Bay resident and photographer who has been instrumental during exchange days, assisting artists with take-in and take-out procedures.  As the Adult Education Director, Gail will focus on scheduling workshops, demos and adult art classes.  Sue is a San Luis Obispo resident, oil painter and new member.   As our new Outreach Director, Sue coordinates the Business Art Program and will organize docents, rovers and exhibitors in our MBAA, Art in the Park, booth.  One of the great perks of being an MBAA member, is exhibiting artwork in both of these venues!  
We still have an urgent need for volunteers and board members.  If you can give, in some small way, it all adds up!  This is our gallery and YOU, make it great!

A special thanks to our Board Secretary, Janet Hillson for her tireless efforts.  Janet oversees the creation of minutes and all corporate records.  She also produces our monthly newsletter! 

We thank you, members, volunteers and exhibitors! 
Are you an artist? Enter the Contest!

You are invited to set sail with your imagination and create a poster design in honor of the 37th annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival, set for October 6st 2018. The theme for 2018 is “Celebrate the Sea’s Bounty” focusing on Morro Bay’s Harbor, Estuary and Community.

Special Recognition and a $250 Cash Prize will be awarded to the artist whose entry is selected as the official 2018 Harbor Festival poster including: credit in the 2018 Media Press Releases, a photo and feature on the 2018 web site, and your artwork will show case your name (whenever applicable) on Harbor Festival merchandise, apparel, and printed material. Entries should be accompanied by digital files of the artwork in Jpeg and PDF formats.

The judges will be seeking a festival maritime design. The winning design will lend itself to adaptation, in whole or in part, for use on a variety of marketing collateral pieces, from newspaper & magazine ads to t-shirts, brochures & rack cards, and the like. The selection committee—the judging panel—comprises the five directors of Morro Bay Harbor Festival Inc. and its advertising advisors. The winning artist will be notified on or before May 15, 2018. All entry originals will be available for return (after May 30th, 2018) at the Morro Bay Harbor Festival office, 895 Napa Ave., Suite A-3, Morro Bay, Ca. 93442. For more information please call the Morro Bay Harbor Festival office at (805) 772-1155, email: or visit
2nd Monday Demo

Pastel Magic

with Greg Trombly


April 9

3:00pm - 5:00pm


This demonstration will explore color, value and composition with a variety of soft pastels. Greg will apply color combinations that will illuminate the creation of shoreline with a sunset sky. Interaction with the artist is welcome and encouraged.

Greg will give a pastel workshop April 12, 13 & 14, 1:00 - 4:00pm. For more information about this demo or workshop, visit our website at

Morro Bay's 15th Annual Citywide Yard Sale is April 6th, 7th & 8th.
 Sellers will open at 8:00am each day.  Get treasure maps at The Chamber of Commerce, 695 Harbor Street or call 805-772-4467
March Demo

Painting with Wool-Needle and
Wet-Felting Fiber Art
With Debbie Degayloo

Debbie Degayloo is a local fiber artist who focuses on creating wonderful works of art with wool felt and a variety of fibers. From amusing and whimsical pieces, to more realistic animal portraits, her work brings a smile to the heart. Debbie creates landscapes that reflect the magic that is the Central Coast, using wool, yarns, Angelina fibers, shells, twigs, and beads. We learned about different fibers and how to use them, while participating in a hands-on session where we all got to try needle felting. What a treat! I don’t know about the rest of the group, but I’ll be ordering a few needle felting supplies. Thank you, Debbie, for such a fun afternoon!
         Lynn Douglass was the lucky raffle winner!

Open Studios Art Tour: Spring
Saturday, May 05, 2018 - May 06, 2018
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Early Bird rate for October participants, Thursday, March 01, 2018 - April 20, 2018
Visual Artists from all disciplines are invited to participate in Open Studios over two weekends.  Oct. 13, 14, 20, and 21.  Choose to show and sell your work at your own studio or another location. Choose one weekend or both weekends. Visit or call (805) 544-9251.

Krista Harris Workshop
Exploring Abstract Painting

The MBAA recently had the pleasure of hosting award winning artist and instructor, Krista Harris, for a 3-day abstract painting workshop. The workshop was held at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Los Osos, a beautiful and serene setting. Students came from all over the state, and one student came from Oklahoma! It was fascinating to get to know a bit about the artists, as they all shared about their creative journeys. Among them, a retired trauma and hospice nurse who wants his art to make people feel comforted; a former professional chef who used to create art with food and now wants to explore painting; a former public defender who is redirecting her energy into her painting; a psychologist who uses her art as a way to unwind and explore her creative side; a professional working artist; a gallery owner. At the end of the last day, everyone was exhausted and exhilarated, eager to go home and use the skills they learned in this wonderful workshop. We are already talking to Krista about returning next year!

Thru the Lens
Opening date for submission is February 1, 2018. 
Application deadline for this show is April 1, 2018.

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Thru the Lens, a juried exhibition of fine art photography, featuring our very own local gifted photographers working throughout the Central Coast.

Whether you are attending this remarkable exhibit to observe or to purchase, you are in for a delight! Thru the Lens will be on display from May 17 through June 25, 2018. The opening reception is May 20, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.
For additional information and submissions click Prospectus

We are fortunate to have photographer, author and instructor, Kerry Drager, an enthusiastic photographer with in-depth experience in on-line education, in-person classes and field workshops. Kerry has authored numerous books and shows frequently around the central coast.

Plan ahead for May 26, 27 & 28

Art in the Park!
Bring your framed artwork, note cards, prints and more

We depend on proceeds from Art in the Park to help maintain our gallery and pay for scholarships throughout the year!  Docents are needed for selling artwork in the MBAA booth and provide much appreciated bathrooms breaks for the vendors who participate in our event.
Volunteers and exhibitors please contact:  
Sue Palmer 805-441-5722
Thanks to a very generous donation of high quality artist materials, the Morro Bay Art Association is offering an opportunity to both support our non-profit organization and to support your work as an artist! Patrons will be able to bid on a utility box of high quality, artists' grade oil paints and pallet knives, or, bid on a sturdy floor easel on which to display your masterpiece!  Bidding will begin on Sunday, April 8th at the reception for the show Go Figure and will culminate at the Brushstrokes 2018 reception on May 20th.


Introduction to Soft Pastels and the Art of Pastel Painting
Greg Trombly

April 13, 14, 15 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and value. Greg will begin each workshop with a short demonstration, followed by independent work from personal reference photos and instructor guidance. Students are encouraged to bring a reference photo of a field, forested landscape and flower arrangement. Images will be provided for reference to those who do not bring their own. Learn more

Joy of Plein Air Landscape Painting
Debra Joy Groesser

June, 12, 13 & 14, 2018   times varied
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.

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.

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, Adult Education 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: 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 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.  Watch for his schedule, first class  begins March 17, 2018. Pre-register

Faye Vavra, Layla Self, Eva Moylan                                 Elle Glinn
 Hannah Lykes and her mother
Fifty local high school students submitted works to be critiqued online by three judges in advance of the 2018 Morro Bay Art Association Student Art Show.  In total, twenty-five pieces were entered into the exhibition.  The Art Center's Board Member and Director of Youth Education, Liz Moore, assisted the students with matting and framing their pieces, funds for which were donated by the Art Center.  The opening reception for the exhibition on March 10 brought in more than twenty-five guests.  Read about the online critiques here and make sure to stop by the Morro Bay Library to see this wonderful display of young, local talent for yourself.

Awards sponsored by the Jackie Morello Scholarship Fund

Best of Show $150:   Whiskers by Layla Self, 2D Photography
1st place Photography $100:  Lil' Kid by Elle Glinn, 2D Photography
2nd place Photography $50:  In The Light by Mikaela Bell, 2D Photography
1st place 2D $100:   Cat by Faye Vavra, 2D Acylic
2nd place 2D $50:  Trees by Hannah Lykes, 2D Acylic
Classes & Workshops

Wildflower and Landscape Photography -
Capturing Daytime Spring
with Brady Cabe

April 7, 3:00pm - 7:15pm

Explore the lush rolling hills, iconic oaks, and colorful wildflowers of Shell Creek Road in the Spring. We’ll meet at the Art Center and then caravan to Shell Creek where we’ll dabble in macro photography, go over general landscape photography best practices, talk about using filters to create balanced daytime exposures, and enjoy a sunset. Please note the drive time to Shell Creek Road is approximately 1 hour each way and transportation is not included. Carpooling is encouraged! Read 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.

Cork Jewelry Organizer

April 21 10:00am - 12:00pm

Whether you are a wine lover or just want a way to organize your jewelry, this simple-to-make project is for you. Start with an 11” x 14” white frame, glue on corks and hooks and you’re ready to get your jewelry organized. Bring 100 corks.


Sea Glass Wire Wrap Jewelry OR Mobile

April 21    1:00pm - 3:00pm

Learn basic wire wrapping to make a necklace and two pierced earrings or a mobile. Everything is provided including local sea glass, wire, beads and use of tools. No experience necessary.

Alcohol Inks Play Time III

April 27   6:00pm - 8:00pm

Learn new alcohol ink techniques including making five swirl cards using shaving cream, a necklace that you decorate with charms and beads, and enhance a candle with alcohol inks and shrink plastic flowers.  Everything is included to complete the projects.


Succulent Saturday

April 28   10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn how easy and fun it is to create with succulents. Choose from two sizes of heart or round wreath shapes or paint a birdhouse then plant with succulents. Everything is provided including use of tools, locally grown succulents, forms or wood birdhouse.


Beach Resin Art

April 28   1:00pm - 3:00pm

Create a beach scene using shells, colored glass, glitter and other items the instructor provides. Freeform your design or use patterns provided on an 8” x 10” white frame then encase your artwork in resin.


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


Carolyn Blackman, San Luis Obispo  
Nadine Bliss, Morro Bay
Wanda Borisenko, West Hollywood
Linda Cordes, Los Osos
Caroline Cordes, Morro Bay
Martha & Carla De La Cruz, Orcutt
Melvin Dorin, Cambria
Elaine Eisner, Pismo Beach
Carol Golden, Morro Bay
Theresa Golden, Los Osos
Virginia Guffey, Paso Robles
Caroline Hanania, Bradley
Sharyl Heber, Los Osos
Carolyn Henderson
Shirley Horacek, Nipomo
Ivan Hyatt, Morro Bay
Eric Krever, Atascadero
Karen Kubarek, Morro Bay
Jane Lotz, Los Osos
Margareta Lund, Arroyo Grande
Bruce Marchese, Camb
Gerry McAfee, Morro Bay
Carrie Meadows, Morro Bay
David Nash, Visalia
Jim Nash, Cambria
Julene & Mark Nicklanovich, Santa Cruz
Robert Norton, San Luis Obispo
Rosemary Pisciotta, Cambria
Donald Price, Morro Bay
Michele & Douglas Rogers, Morro Bay
Hilary Saner, Morro Bay
Jim Schweikhard, Cayucos
Cindy & David Stiles, Cambria
Adam Suneson, Arroyo Grande,
Lori Traylor, Cayucos
Andrew Wilkie, Morro Bay
Next Board Meeting is April 24, 2018, 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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