November 2020 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 difficult to believe we’re already heading into the holidays!  With Halloween behind us, many are planning for this year’s Winter Faire and Juried Craft Show.  We’ve been enjoying lots of sales!  Let’s keep it rolling!  
Exchange day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  This special holiday exhibit is open to all art and fine crafts.  Artists may submit up to (3) wall hung artworks, (10) note cards, (5) matted prints and (12) fine craft items into this particular show. Please label all craft items at the bottom with a sticker that includes an inventory number.  Copy the corresponding inventory number onto the take-in sheet and fill out a gallery card to go with each item.  "Fill in the blank cards" may be picked up at the gallery ahead of time or at the time of take-in.  During the onsite jurying process, we are generally looking for condition and quality of artwork.  Please do not hesitate to contact our MBAA Gallery Director, Barbara Sitar or myself for questions about your submissions.
 2D Entry Form    3D Entry Form    Wire tags

We bid a sad farewell to one of our marketing crew members, Robin Bradley.  Robin has been a tremendous help in marketing children’s classes.  She’ll be moving out of the area to be closer to family.  Thank you Robin, you’ve done a wonderful job and we hope you’ll find another great organization to keep you engaged in art!  We also bid a sad farewell to Sue Palmer as Community Outreach Director.  During her two years as an MBAA Board Member, Sue helped at Art in the Park and managed the Art in Business program.  She reorganized and expanded the Art in Business program and helped make good solid board decisions on behalf of the membership.  Sue is a kind hearted soul who cares deeply for others.  We hope she finds more time for her oil painting and family.  She will be missed on the board, however, we look forward to seeing her beautiful smile in the gallery!  Thank you Sue!
Morro Bay Art Association is a leading art organization in our area because of YOU, our volunteers!  

Colleen Ray and Dianne Ravin work together, collecting and calculating volunteer hours.  Colleen collects all of the information while Dianne adds it to an excel program and sends a report.  This is no small task!  If you’re a new volunteer, be sure to ask about the incentive reward program.  Thank you Colleen and Dianne, for making sure everyone is included and recognized!
Docents have been busy selling our artwork at a record pace.  Thank you: Tracy Gillett, Joy Chambers, Brian Ross, Kim Ramos, Carla Stienfeld, Alice Isaac, Liz Hampton-Derivan, Tom Franklin, Anne Grannis, Brooke Deagan, Nola Barnick and Bill Rumbler.
From the entire MBAA Board of Directors and myself, we wish you all a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving!
Patricia Newton

Silvia Arnold-Hill

Lifetime membership with Morro Bay Art Association is a distinction bestowed upon a small handful of individuals!  Recipients are awarded this honor in recognition of notable or extraordinary accomplishments, integrity and dedication.
These rare, honorary lifetime memberships, are approved by the MBAA Board of Directors based upon merit.
Silvia Arnold-Hill is an award winning artist who moved to Morro Bay, from Torrence, California.  Sylvia was a member of the Torrance Art Guild, where she volunteered to hang exhibits. 

Sylvia has been a member of MBAA for over 20 years.  She served as the Public Relations Director in 2005 and 2006.  Sylvia subsequently served as Gallery Director for three more years and continued to assist gallery directors hang exhibits throughout the years.  
Sylvia was awarded an MBAA Honorary Lifetime Membership in 2009, based upon her dedication, commitment and selfless donation of time.  She has hung artwork in the MBAA Art in Business Program for several years and continues to donate her time as a hostess for art receptions and assist with show installations whenever possible.  Sylvia is a wealth of MBAA historical information and her research assistance with the upcoming MBAA history wall has been much appreciated.
Dedicated members like Sylvia Arnold-Hill have helped make MBAA the exemplary organization that it is today!
        Gallery Director's Report
Dear fellow artists:
The last 3 months were extraordinary for me. I found myself being smoothly navigated on my journeys through the locked down matrix of the world.  I have walked the wild lush woods of Slovakia, with childish joy, foraging for varieties of wild mushrooms as in my early years with my grandfather. I walked the Rembrandt exhibition in Prague for endless hours of nurturing my hungry eyes. I ambled through empty picturesque historical streets of Prague with friends in wonderful deep talks in observation of the stillness. I walked alone through foggy pastures and misty fields at night to watch the Equinox sunrise at Stonehenge. To be part of this magnificent moment of perfect alignment of the sun with the main altar was nothing short of magical.  I walked the mind shattering exhibition “Amongst the Trees” at Hayward Gallery in London. With that same slow motion walk, I soaked in tickling pleasures of the Grayson Perry exhibition full of his bizarre kinky ceramic works in the ancient flavored English town of Bath. I walked through vacant airports and flew through places as they were closing right behind me. 

Barbara Sitar
Gallery Director

Docent Director

Finding yourself with too much time on your hands these days?? Why not consider becoming Docent Director for Art Gallery Morro Bay?!!  Current Docent Director Michael Costa has worked diligently for the past few years fine-tuning policies and procedures for the Gallery, making it so easy for the next Gallery Director to step in and easily feel comfortable in the role.  SignUp Genius makes getting volunteers signed-up a snap!  There is currently a great group of active docents who are fully trained and committed.  Volunteering for this critical position is easily done from the convenience of your home and may take up to approximately 10 hours each month. If you are interested in this position, please contact Michael Costa, (559) 799-9632.


The Community Outreach Director manages the Art in Business Program.  This program allows artists to exhibit and sell artwork in seven locations outside of the gallery.  Artists rotate artwork to a new location approximately every 3 to 4 months, guided by a rotation schedule completed and emailed by the the Community Outreach Director.  This position requires light management skills and monthly attendance of board meetings.   Most of this work is done from the convenience of your home and should take approximately 4 - 6 hours per month.  If you enjoy management and working with people, this position may be perfect for you!  If you would like more information, please contact any board member or Patricia Newton, or (805) 423-1100.   


The Marketing Director works with a team of volunteers to ensure all gallery events are advertised.  Media sheets, contact information and training is provided.  The Marketing Director maintains a budget, manages ads, works with news media and may design ads or ask a volunteer graphic artist to parter with on projects.  The Marketing Director is also asked to attend monthly board meetings.  This position should take approximately 10 hours or less per month.  If you like working creatively from home, this may be a great position for you!  For more information, please contact Patricia Newton, or (805) 423-1100.


The Vice President position is varied and generally oversee's MBAA’s Art in the Park booth (3x annually) to include setup/takedown, art take-in, scheduling docents for the booth with the use of signupgenius and assist with the Holiday/Installation Dinner Party.  Due to Covid, these programs are not active at this time.  However, if you are interested in assisting or becoming the next President, now is the perfect time to get training!  Contact any board member or Patricia Newton, or (805) 423-1100.
Upcoming Workshop
Architecture of Light
with Thomas Schaller
March 19 - 21  9:00 - 4:00

“As an artist, it is light, that is the constant narrative in my work. So when I’m deciding on what it is I wish to paint, I concentrate less on specific objects – places or things – and more on the strength of a strong abstract value composition of darks and lights. A common phrase we often hear is: “Mother Nature is the best teacher” While I agree that real world observation is a crucial skill for the artist, no less so are the lessons to be learned from memory, dreams, and pure invention.” ~ Thomas W. Schaller, AWS, NWS, TWSA.

Mr. Schaller has authored art books, instructional video’s, DVD’s and has been featured in several publications. He is one of the few watercolor artists to be featured in The American Masters Exhibition 2015 at the famed Salmagundi Club in NYC. He received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferris Memorial Prize. In 2017 he was a finalist for the Lynx Prize for Contemporary Art; Trieste. In 2019 he was awarded the Abu Rawash Master Award.

Mr. Schaller is a signature member of many organizations including: American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, California Art Club, American Society of Architectural Perspectivists and New York Society of Renderers. He is president emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and founding member of the group, North American Watercolor Artists. His work has been included in major exhibitions and collections worldwide.

Hear Tom, in his own voice, talk about how he has evolved as an artist, from his roots growing up on a farm in Ohio, to working as an architectural artist and watercolorist. He also reveals his inspirations, why bridges show up in so many of his works, and how every painting tells a story.

Art Center Morro Bay History 

As part of the Board's efforts to continue to upgrade and improve our already wonderful gallery, a long-overdue project is about to get underway, with your assistance.  The plan is to create a written and photographic History of Art Center Morro Bay.  We are hoping that, you, our members, may have vintage photos to share for consideration.  Please send any images you may find to  Thank you!



Jason Mayr

Still Life Painting 

Starts November 9th
Do you enjoy painting? Do you get stuck and are not sure how to take your work to the next level? Are you struggling to finish your work?

Be a part of a supportive and fun group of artists striving to improve their skills and work. Bring more enjoyment, camaraderie and better results to your art.
Join us from the comfort of your own home or anywhere around the world with an internet connection. I will provide clear instruction, encouragement and feedback as we work through a painting project each month.

To produce a good painting you need three things. One, the ability to see the finish before you begin. Two, the ability to execute your intention and three, the ability to recognize fine relationships. The strengthening of each of these abilities is the focus of my program. Learn to get the appropriate visibility, depth and movement in your paintings for finer works of art.

During the first two weeks of the monthly program  we will prepare to execute a painting. We use compositional and color studies to work out our problems and visualize the finished painting before we even get started. Then the following two weeks will be spent executing the painting.

This class meets on Zoom six times a month. Allowing plenty of time and opportunity for instruction and feedback both in general as well as specifically for your particular piece. Each session of classes meet 6 times via Zoom
(2 Mondays and 4 Fridays) all at 9am
The cost is $60 a session or $180 for 3 sessions

To sign up you can go directly to Jason’s website:

Sketch Club Live

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday  6:55pm

Next Jason has our Mayr Studio Sketch Club LIVE every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting at 6:55pm for introduction and we get going at 7pm for about 20 minutes.

Sundays Jason has four 5 minute sketches, Tuesdays he works on two 10 minute sketches and then on Thursday he takes one of the sketches further and works on one sketch for 20 minutes.  This happens on our Mayr Studio Facebook page and is FREE.



Sea Glass Hammered Metal Jewelry

November 14 and November 28
10:00am - 11:00pm (KIT PICK-UP TIME)

*Please note, this is an at home class: Craft at your own pace from the comfort and safety of your own home using supplies and a video provided by Creative Me Time.

​​Learn how to drill holes in sea glass, how to harden, strengthen and texturize metal and basic jewelry skills to create a gorgeous jewelry set.

No experience necessary. Everything is provided for the project including drilled local sea glass, 3 jewelry tools, metal, steel bench block, jewelry hammer and jewelry findings.
COST: $50.00 - $80.00  (Kit and how-to video)

Resin Workshop – Choose Your Project

November 14
10:00 – 11:00  (Kit Pick-up)


*Please note, this is an at home class: Craft at your own pace from the comfort and safety of your own home using supplies and a video provided by Creative Me Time.

Choose from a beach scene in an 11" x 14" frame, two resin necklaces, a memory box, beach inspired cutting or cheese board. Photos of projects and pricing are at

Everything is provided to complete the project. Preregistration is required at or by calling 805-286-5993.

Mosaics - Choose Your Projects

November 15  10:00am - 11:00am

*Please note, this is an at home class: Craft at your own pace from the comfort and safety of your own home using supplies and a video provided by Creative Me Time.

Choose your project from listing on www.CreativeMeTime.comAll projects are super simple and perfect for a beginner. Everything is provided to complete the project including the base piece, broken china pieces, baubles, glue, grout and instruction EXCEPT WHEELED NIPPERS (Wheeled nippers can be purchased from instructor).

Kits are to be picked up at Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main Street, Morro Bay

Your very generous donations to Morro Bay Art Association helps to support the gallery and scholarships for local art students.  

The Rena Doud Art Scholarship fund is currently up to $1,970. If you would like to donate to this special scholarship fund in Rena's name, please add Rena's name in the comment box.   

We thank each and every donor for your continued support!



Burch Ward, Los Osos
Nathan Magana, San Luis Obispo
Next Board Meeting is November 30, 2020 12:00 - 3:00pm  
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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