March 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

We’ve been receiving a good amount of rain and there’s talk of a possible super bloom coming to the Carrizo Plain this year!  Grab your camera, board a luxury charter and travel in comfort.  A tour guide from the Goodwin Education Center will provide a brief history.  Then take a short hike to the Pictographs and Painted Rock.  Lunch will be served at the art studio of Jan Cooper.  Seating is limited for this fun filled event, register early:
On Friday, March 15, 6-9pm, Art Center Morro Bay will be open during the Leprechaun, Pub and Wine Crawl, designed to introduce the community to local businesses.  Participants must be 21 years of age or over, and wear green in the spirit of St Patrick’s Day!   
I would like to thank all of you who submitted artwork to the, Light the Way exhibit!  This show has garnered much attention, from local newspapers, KSBY news and Cal Poly students learning more about world history.  Tune in to “Peace Rocks” on Estero Bay radio, 97.3 FM and 107.9 FM,, Saturday, March 2, where Ruth Ann Angus and I will be discussing International Women's Day and upcoming gallery exhibits.  The next exhibit, From Natural to Abstraction is a non juried event, open to all media and subject matter.  The exchange date is April 2, 10am – 2pm. Featured artist, Jim Gregory, will exhibit his beautiful pottery, made with the use of horsehair.  In the main gallery downstairs, MBAA is proud to feature a juried, high school, Student Art Exhibit.
Don’t miss this month’s demonstration, Compositing in Photoshop©, by Kathy Curtis-Cahill, Monday, March 11, 3-5pm. Kathy will show you how to make an incredible image, step by step, using concrete, user friendly ways to create composited images.
Please help us support and maintain this amazing organization by volunteering a little of your time.  A huge thank-you goes out to Bob Rodger for the installation of a new rear exit door, equipped with an emergency release bar. Also, Colleen Ray, Dianne Ravin and Marty Azevedo for their work on the MBAA membership data and creation of a comprehensive mailer.  
If you’re ready to help out and lend a hand, please contact myself or any of our amazing board members.
Patricia Newton


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
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

Leprechaun Crawl*

Friday March 15

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

Morro Bay's Second Annual Leprechaun Crawl!
 Start at The Siren or at Art Center Morro Bay

Morro Bay welcomes back the 2nd annual Leprechaun Crawl!  Passports will be available at The Art Center on our patio!

Join in the fun as pubs, bars, and restaurants sample area IPAs, regional wines, and small batch craft whiskeys... alongside local nibbles and a GREAT NIGHT OUT!!!

Cost includes all of your tastings and nibbles. Only 2 requirements: Be over 21, and dress in your version of an Irish leprechaun. Oh... and there's more!!! A fully filled out Leprechaun Passport could win you $1,000 in prizes! Somebody is taking the prize home... will it be you?


* Proceeds support Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department which relies entirely on donations from great people just like you! Help us make a difference for the individuals that put themselves on the line for us every day.The objectives of the Harbor Department and enhance the experience for all users of the waterfront, beach and, bay. 

The People’s Choice Award, in conjunction with For the Birds is "The Morro Stroll" by Diann Johnston.  Diann's piece received the most votes during this popular exhibit. 

People’s Choice Award winners are allowed to enter a future show with all entry fees waived. Congratulations Diann!


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 



Tempera Batik
with Julie Dunn


April 8 
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Tempera batik is a style of painting that was developed to resemble true batik without the use of fabric, wax or dyes. Batik is an Indonesian word that means “to dot.” To create her work, Dunn creates a line drawing on colored paper with a permanent black marker pen. The entire painting is painted with several layers of tempera paint, without painting over the marker pen lines. Ancient Egyptians and Indians used this resist process, but today it is used around the world. Dunn’s unique style is characterized by a vivid use of color and a contrast between realism and the abstract.  Read more ...

We at the Prado Center are looking to start an art group at the shelter in SLO, and we are looking for volunteers in the community to come in and give art lessons to our participants for one hour each week. The purpose of our group, Create, is to give participants an hour every week to relax and let their creativity take over. Our goal is to provide our participants with an open and safe space to express themselves through their art, whether it be a painting, drawing, or knitting class. Winding down at the end of the week is necessary, and art can be an outlet for just about anyone. Through this group, we are hoping that our participants are able to use art as a means of emotional expression and support in an increasingly stressful and busy world.

Time: Thursdays, 10:00-11:00am
Duration: one hour each week
Location: 40 Prado Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Materials: We will supply donated art supplies from the community.
Pay: No pay, this is a volunteer position. Volunteer hours can be given. We are hoping to give our participants a space to express themselves and we could not do it without you all. We thank you and appreciate your time.

If you are interested or have more questions, please email Nicole Tong



Sunday, May 5    9:00 - 5:00 (lunch included)

(Space is limited.  Reserve your seat today!)
On Sunday, May 5 , 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.   Be sure to reserve a space in this excursion or other fun and educational activities at the gallery,  or, online:
Board a luxury charter in Morro Bay* and travel in comfort to the Carrizo Plain. A tour guide from the Goodwin Education Center will provide a brief history. The group will then travel to the Painted Rock Parking Lot and hike approximately two thirds of a mile to Painted Rock. Although the path does not have a significant change in elevation, it is not handicapped accessible.

Painted Rock, a large U-shaped rock, features what was once an elaborate, multicolored pictograph site created by the Chumash, a Native American people who historically inhabited the coastal regions of California. Time spent within the Painted Rock alcove may be limited or canceled to protect prairie falcons or other nesting birds.  Not surprisingly, the power of this location, with it’s historical, Native American Pictographs, continues to enthrall visitors today.

Visitors will then re-board the tour van, traveling approximately thirty minutes to the studio of Jan Cooper, where lunch will be served. Guests may enjoy an opportunity to make sketches or photograph the beautiful Carrizo Plain!  Jan has been an integral part of the Carrizo Plain her entire life. With family roots reaching back generations, her watercolor collage paintings reflect the Native American pictographs found in what is now a National Monument. Jan will demonstrate watercolor collages of rock paintings and share her knowledge of the area.
***  Pre-registration is required!! ***
$80.00 Members or $90.00 Non-Members
Participation form 

Refunds will be given for cancellations made seven days prior to excursion with the exception of a $20.00 non-refundable, registration fee. Please return form to Gail Martin,   Click for Participation form
** Wear comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing. No cell service is available on the Carrizo Plain. Hiking portion of tour is not handicapped accessible. For additional information, email Gail Martin: or call 805-234-8766.
, Attention Gail Martin, 835 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 9344

* Bus leaves at 9:00 am from the Morro Bay Library, 625 Harbor St. There is parking on Dunes, Kennedy, and Shasta, as well as in the library parking lot.


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


art classes for kids!!

Beginning March 2

Meet the Masters is a new and emerging children’s art program scheduled to begin Saturday, March 2, 2019.
Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Mandy Covish, Elementary School Teacher for ongoing art classes designed to reach children between Kindergarten and 6th grades.
In the Meet the Masters classes, each session will focus on one of the great art masters. (Dates of featured artist below).  Mandy will engage students with short videos and hands on learning.
During the first session featuring Pablo Picasso, K-2nd graders will make faces in the style of Picasso including rose period painted circles and blue period collages. Children in third to six grade levels will make Picasso cardboard masks, cubist portraits with newspaper and blue period guitars. Each session will feature a different artist with learning and activities illustrating their artistic style.

Mandy has taught primarily 2nd and 3rd grade levels in the Merced City School District and Clovis Unified School district. With her recent relocation to the Central Coast she is eager to begin teaching on the Central Coast. Mandy taught GATE students (Gifted and Talented Education) for seven years, emphasizing on the arts as a vehicle to promote higher thought processes. She worked as the Reading Intervention Teacher and successfully implemented a fluency and comprehension program through Read Naturally, Soar to Success, Seeing Stars utilizing appropriate leveled books for grades K-6.

March 2nd: Pablo Picasso
March 3rd: Henri Matisse
March 9th: Wassily Kandinsky
May 25th: GeorgiaO’Keefe
October 12th: Andy Warhol
October 13th: Yayoi Kusama
November 2nd: Vincent van Gogh
November 10th: Paul Klee
TIMES: K-2nd Graders 9am-12pm
3rd-6th Graders 1pm – 4pm

COST: $20.00 per session

February Demo & monthly meeting

Kathy Miller  Watercolor
Our February Demo with Kathy Miller was a fun, fast paced, and educational 2 hours. Kathy’s demonstration taught the tricks of fixing problem areas in our watercolors. She had lots of examples, stories and fixes to share.

Kathy donated 3 raffle items for us! The winners were: Carolyn Blackman, Marty Azevedo, & Michelle Gorey.

There were 30 people in attendance. Our next meeting is on March 11th when we will have a demonstration on Compositing Pictures using Photoshop.


            Mary Azevedo                                            Michelle Gorey


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!
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.(First time students are provided with Zentangle© bag containing pen, pencil, tortillon, tiles, instructions and extras)
Ongoing classes: MBAA Members $20. Non Members $22 (Ongoing students bring their own Zentangle© supplies).   Register at the gallery or online

 Dyeing Silk Scarves

with Sharon Gellerman
March 8    1:00pm - 4:00pm

Sharon Gellerman is a local artist who creates one-of-a-kind, hand-marbled, silk scarves and silk tallits. Sharon has a fresh and modern interpretation of the classical art of marbling on fabric. Through experimentation with color, technique and dye, she has refined her style and designs.  If you’ve ever wanted to make your own hand-dyed silk scarf or just want to see how it’s done, this is the workshop for you.  Read more ...

COST: $45.00 members – $55.00 non-members


Plein Air Painting Indoors

with Ken Christiansen

March 29 & 30  1:30pm - 5:30pm

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

COST: $165.00 Members $175.00 Non-members

The Beauty of Florals in Pastel

with Greg Trombly

April 12, 13, 14   1:00pm - 4:00pm

This course is held April 12, 13 & 14 1:00-4:00pm. 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 ...

COST: $30. Members; $35. non-Members per class or $90.
$105 for the 3-day workshop.

PRE-REGISTER: Reserve your space online:

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.

Resin Scenes or Necklaces

April 6 
10:00am - 12:00pm

Joan will bring a huge assortment of shells, colored beach glass and glitter to design your scene. Choose a white frame or two metal necklace bezels for your base. After your scene is complete, you will encase it in glistening resin.  COST: $40-$75

Sea Glass & Wire Hammered Swirl Jewelry

April 6   
1:00pm - 3:00pm


No experience necessary. Everything is provided for the project including local sea glass, use of tools in the class, wire and jewelry findings. Joan will demonstrate how to drill holes then you choose from sea glass she has pre-drilled to create your jewelry. COST: $55


Succulent Workshop Choose Your Project

April 20
10:00am - 12:00pm


Learn how easy it is to create with succulents. Choose from two sizes of round wreaths or make a Wood Succulent Vertical Garden or an adorable Succulent Birdfeeder or a Grapevine Succulent Wreath.  Care instructions are provided so your succulent projects thrive for a very long time. ​Everything's included - Use of tools, beautiful, locally grown succulents, wreath forms or wood vertical planter or birdfeeder materials and use of tools - so all you do is sign-up, create and enjoy!  COST: $45 - $90

Mosaic Play Day - Choose Your Project

April 20

 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Choose your project from garden rocks, hearts, wine bottles plus many more shown on 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


**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.

Welcome to our newest members!

AAdams, Charles  Morro Bay
Beaton, Kathryn   Pismo Beach
Bollinger, Patricia   Nipomo
Reti, Joe  Cayucos
Campbell, Melissa   Arroyo Grande
Coren, Jude   Morro Bay
Crawford, Jim   Los Osos
Cuellar, Angelina   Los Osos
David, Nancy  Morro 
De La Cruz, Martha   Orcutt
Doust, Dave  Los Osos
Egger, Jacque   Los Osos
Elkin, Nancy   Pismo Beach
Giannini, Carol  Atascadero
Gilliland, Terry   Morro Bay
Gould, Tom   Cambria
Green, Terry   San Luis Obispo
Greenelsh, Elizabeth   Atascadero
Guttilla, Darcee   Templeton
Hansen, Richard   Los Osos
Hazlett, Shirley  Grover Beach
Holcombe, Jen   Los Osos
Hubbard, Alan   Morgan Hill
Johnston, Diann  Morro Bay
Kalalan, Lisa   Arroyo Grande
Kitts, Chris & Kyra   Los Osos
Landis, Paula   Grover Beach
Lee, Jody   Morro Bay
Li, Jim  San Luis Obispo
Long, Marge   Santa Maria
Lopez, Philip  Los Osos
Luckett, Karen   Santa Barbara
Lynam, Bonnie   Arroyo Grande
McCam,  Holly  Cambria
Mees, Carole   San Luis Obispo
Montgomery, Jacque  Morro Bay
Nash-Karner, Pandora   Los Osos
Nelson, Linda   San Luis Obispo
Newitt, Wayne   San Luis Obispo
Northrop, Ralph  Los Osos
Paul, Ariane  Pismo Brach
Piazza, Debra,  Morro Bay
Reasoner, Marilyn   San Luis Obispo
Ristine, Richard   Santa Maria
Ritterbush, Bridget   Arroyo Grande
Rogers, Tish   Cambria
Ross, Brian   Los Osos
Rygh, Dot   Los Osos
Strum, Mary   Los Osos
Timson-Ball, Carole   Templeton
Verplanck, Shane   Los Osos
Watson, Pat   Morro Bay
Wickerson, Lisa   San Luis Obispo
Wogan, Deborah   Los Osos
Woodworth, Jevon  Orcutt
Next Board Meeting is March 18 , 2019 1:30 - 4:30pm  
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