January 2019 Newsletter

Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk


Happy 2019!  The annual Installation and Holiday Dinner at Windows on the Water, began with Morro Bay High School Choir singing carols.  There were a ton of gift certificates provided by local businesses given out as door prizes and the evening ended with a slide show.  It was a beautiful and festive way to get into the holiday spirit and meet 2019 MBAA Board of Directors. Best of all, the food was fabulous!

In retrospect, updates to the building include a second upstairs window, responsible, general maintenance, such as termite control and the building was repaired and painted, outside.  The MBAA Bylaws went through a painstaking update. Summer Art Walks and Pub crawls designed to introduce the public to Art Center Morro Bay brought lots of people through the gallery and sales continue to do well.  Jewelry artists have filled the cases with wonderful pieces for all tastes.  It was another great year for Art in the Park and internships with Cal Poly student, Victoria Duehring and Morro Bay High students.

Heading into the New Year, Gail Martin has worked tirelessly on an exciting lineup of demos, classes, workshops and art related excursions. “Meet the Masters” is a new and emerging, children’s art program scheduled to begin in March.  In May, enjoy a fun filled and interesting excursion to the Pictographs found on the Carrizo Plain, Painted Rock and a visit to the art studio of Jan Cooper where lunch will be served.  Gail has also been working on a great list of gallery videos you will find on U-Tube!  Below, Gail will introduce you to the great demo lineup for 2019!

Be sure to reserve a space in one or more of these fun and educational activities at the gallery or online:

The next exhibit, For the Birds, concurrent with the Winter Bird Festival, celebrates all birds that live and migrate to the Central Coast. This exhibit is open to all 2D artists. During this exhibit, Art Center Morro Bay will feature 3D artist, George Jercich.  George’s glass sculptures celebrate birds and the Central Coast.  Exchange day is January 8, 10am -2pm and the reception is Sunday, January 13, 2-4pm.  On January 14, 3-5pm, Finn Hansen will demonstrate leather crafting.  Watch Finn use leather crafting tools to create shapes and designs with beautiful results.  Gail will stream details of demos that may be difficult to see to the big screen TV for better viewing.

If you’ve thought about joining the board, there’s no better time! Serving as a board member provides a great sense of accomplishment and we’re happy to send you an organizational chart with the outline of duties for  each position.  Contact any board member.

Patricia Newton

Annual Holiday Dinner

Approximately 75 people attended the 2018 Holiday and Board Installation Dinner at Windows on the Water.  The evening began with Holly Banfield directing the Morro Bay High School Choir.  A ton of gift certificates donated by local businesses were collected by board members and given away as door prizes.  Members were treated to a U-Tube video created by Gail Martin and a slide show brought to you by Pat Newton and Jan French.  The dessert, a delicious cheesecake with berry swirl, was donated by Morro Bay Art Association.  The evening was topped off by a fabulous dinner by Chef Paul Merkle and the always outstanding staff of Windows on the Water Restaurant.



Begins January 1, 2019

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!
Register here or, mail your check, made out to MBAA, to: 
Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442


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 





Watercolor, Fix It or Forget It
with Kathy Miller

February 11, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

We always have a glowing ideal of what our work should look like. Enthusiasm reigns as we begin to paint. But what happens if our artistic process goes awry and our original concept is lost? Kathy will help us analyze problem areas and offer different solutions. She says “There are multiple ways to address any problem.” She will demonstrate salvage techniques utilizing things like gesso, crayons, or ink which may be a little out of our comfort zone. Don’t toss out an unfinished or disappointing painting. Turn it into something you can be proud of. Kathy Miller will show you how.

2018 Annual Santa Crawl

The second annual Santa Crawl was a success!  Teri Bayus weathered the cold evening air on the Art Center deck, handing out passports to participants.  Debra Piazza and Ron Rehfeld poured wine donated by Baileyana Winery, Joan Fee taught lots of people how to make Christmas ornaments using alcohol inks, Ellen Lodge helped set up snacks, while Charmaine Henderson and Pat Newton were on hand to mark off passports and help participants find their way around the gallery.  A huge thanks to all who supported this event.  Many people were in the gallery for the first time with plans to return at a later date.  



Call for Artists

January 25, 26 & 27 - 2019


The Cambria Art & Wine Festival 2019 is extending the deadline and offers artists two opportunities to participate: The Silent Art Auction (Friday-Saturday) held at the Art Center and the Artists’ Faire (Saturday-Sunday) held at the Veteran’s Hall. The festival runs from January 25th through January 27th, 2019.

Go to for entry details and contact the CCA Gallery Director, Janet Rooney for the new deadline information at:


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

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?  

There are still vacancies on our 13 person MBAA Board of Directors 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 actively volunteer and 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 any 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
Colleen Ray, Membership Director
Michael Costa, Docent Director

The Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors meets once a month at Art Center Morro Bay to discuss current and future 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



January thru December 2019 

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


Introduction to Soft Pastels and
the Art of Pastel Painting

with Greg Trombly, PhD

3-day workshop

February 7, 14, 21 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Discover the magic of pastels in a relaxed and supportive environment, focusing on basic drawing and observation skills. This workshop is designed to provide plenty of hands on guidance, allowing students to work from reference photos of their choice. Students from beginner to advanced are welcome.

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 sunset and shoreline for these classes.
Read more ...

Plein Aire Painting Indoors
with Ken Christensen

2-day workshop

February 8 & 9
1:30pm - 5:30pm

Ken Christensen is a classic, on-site landscape painter 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.


Tempered Mosaics

February 2, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Choose from the instructor's vast collection of seashells then break tempered glass and add it and baubles to a mirror or plaque for a fabulous beach lovers work of art. All supplies provided to complete project.  COST: $50-60

Mosaics - Choose Your Project

February 2, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Choose your project from garden rocks, hearts, wine bottle plus many more. All are great beginner projects. Everything is provided to complete the project including use of tools, base piece, broken china pieces, baubles, glue, grout and instruction. COST: $45-75


Sea Glass Wire Heart Jewelry

February 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Choose from instructors treasure chest of local sea glass then make a gorgeous necklace and earrings with wire. Everything is included to complete project.  COST: $55

Succulent Heart Wreath

February 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Learn how easy it is to create with succulents and assemble a lush wreath choosing from a large variety of local succulents. Care instructions are included so your wreath thrives.  COST: $ 70


Beach Resin Art

February 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Instructor supplies a large assortment of shells, colored beach glass, glitter, an 11" x 14" white frame and resin to complete a beautiful beach scene. Resin mermaid inclusions available for a nominal fee.  COST: $75

Resin Necklaces

February 16, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Create two stunning necklaces by adding charms, beads, trinkets, glitter, paper and many other treasures to metal tray bezels. We'll mix resin and encase your necklaces so they glisten.  COST: $40

Teacup Wire Bird Feeder / Planter

February 24, 11:00am - 1:00pm

This adorable feeder will welcome birds to your home in style or plant it with succulents for a whimsical garden accent. COST: $55


**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 January 22,2019 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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