April Newsletter           
It's mid-April and the weather is beautiful! What a perfect to time to enjoy plein air painting. Or, if you prefer creating in your studio, spend the day with your camera to capture inspiration.  Copy centers, The UPS Store and Costco all produce beautiful large scale photos at reasonable prices for your studio work - and you can submit your order online for pick-up later.

Local area high school teachers and their students have been busy preparing pieces for the "Students Matter in Art" SMART Grant Show, a juried exhibit of student work opening April 25. Be sure to catch the opening reception with cash awards presented to the students on May 1 from 2-4 pm.
On April 22 at 11AM, Steve Powers will update the membership on Art in the Park 2016.  All are welcome to attend this brief informational meeting at the gallery.

During last month's general meeting, members had a robust discussion with Spokes CEO Lesley Santos-Dierks regarding a proposed Bylaw amendment. Your newsletter is a bit late this month because the Board was working very hard on getting the language of this amendment exactly right.  Members are encouraged to vote at the business meeting on May 25 at 4PM at the Art Center. You'll find more information on the amendment below.

Stay informed, be involved, and take time to create!  

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 Tuesday, May 24  10AM - 12PM
Saturday, June 11 10AM - 12PM

We have a new credit card system and procedure for working the desk.
If you are a new member ... or a bit rusty, please sign up for a training session.
Yummy refreshments and lots of fun!  RSVP 772-2504

Congratulations to CHARM KAISER!
Charm was recently awarded MBAA Honorary Lifetime Member status for her unusually long and meritorious service to the association.  Charm has volunteered as Hostess at the 2nd Monday Demo for longer than most people can remember.  She makes the coffee, organizes the food sign-ups and runs a tight ship, all the while smiling and offering a hug to anyone who says , "Hello!"  Thank you, Charm, for taking such good care of us.  We appreciate YOU!


Call for Artists!


Call for 
The Cayucos Land Conservancy is seeking photographs for their juried Spring Photography Exhibit, "Cayucos Through a Lens" - images of anything Cayucos.  Juror: Forrest L. Doud, Photographer. Prizes awarded in 2 categories: Open (no age) and Children (14 & Under). Deadline is April 20.  View guidelines and submit photos at or call Susan Lyon at (805) 995-1787

Central Coast Beachtowns, a magazine produced by the Tribune, is currently seeking photos of Central Coast beach towns for the 2016 edition.  Submissions should be mailed to with location of photo and photographer credit.

Call for                 YOUNG ARTISTS

Here is an opportunity to have your art displayed at the U.S. Capital for one year! Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 24th Congressional District. Art must be sumbitted to one of Rep. Lois Capps' local offices no later than 5pm on April 22.  Winning student also receives 2 roundtrip airfare tickets to the ribbon cutting and reception in June.  For rules and entry forms, visit

Call for

Early Bird rate ends April 24!  Visual Artists from all disciplines are invited to participate in Open Studios over two weekends.  Oct. 8, 9, 15, and 16.  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.

Open Studios Student Artist Call: Students between 13 - 23 years old interested in art can join the Open Studios Student Mentorship Program.  You will spend at least 15 hours with a mentor prior to Open Studios and learn techniques to display your art, self-evaluate your work, and prepare to show in Open Studios with your mentor.  Application deadline is April 24,  Email or call (805) 544-9251 for application.
Whoops!  We goofed.
Last month we incorrectly spelled two new members’ names.  Please welcome  Chenda Lor Rolph and Shigeko Kojima.  Beautiful names and beautiful ladies!  




Jan Hayes   -   Grover Beach   
Phillip & Mary Ann Britton - Morro Bay
Joan Sullivan - Los Osos
Armando Nunez - Los Osos
Jerry Smith - Nipomo
Juliane McAdam - Los Osos
Sharon Sobraske - Atascadero
Joan Palmieri - Los Osos
Pauline Conrad - Morro Bay
Salley Jacobs - Orcutt
Harvey Cohon - SLO
Jeanne Miller - Morro Bay
Elaine Tillman - Arroyo Grande

Thank you for joining MBAA!
From the Gallery                                                                            
Two exciting exhibits opened in our gallery this month:
Don’t miss the Retrospective Exhibition of the works of Art Van Rhyn, showing through April 22.  This is an extensive collection of Mr. Van Rhyn’s paintings in watercolor and acrylic, creating an impressive entry into our Main Street Gallery.
In the Russell Gallery, showing through May 16, “It’s Spring”, and the exhibit is as bright and colorful as its name suggests!
Much appreciation goes to all our participating artists and to all the volunteers who put the shows together.  Your work is vital to the success of our galleries, and your efforts shine!
Sunday’s Opening Reception was well attended, and our guests had a special treat with Duncan McQueen serenading us on his keyboard with lovely melodies wafting through the galleries. What a multitude of talents we have in our midst!
April's mixed media collage demo with Page Graeber was standing room only!  Page's use of papers, color, her own designs in ink and wash all combine to create stunning pieces of art. When asked, Page agreed to hold a workshop this Fall and 7 students signed up at the Demo.  There is still room available.  
Contact the Art Center for more workshop information.
Seen here are lucky raffle winners, Janice Masilun (wearing hat) and Betty Reid.
                                 Attention All Members:                                                    
                                 Proposed Bylaw Amendment                             

The MBAA Board of Directors has spent many hours reviewing our current and past bylaws, researching the bylaws of other arts organizations and meeting with the non-profit consulting firm, Spokes for Nonprofits.  It is our opinion that MBAA, as a nonprofit association of artists, and the members of MBAA who participate in the organization, would benefit from an amendment that allows the board to hold closed meetings.  Many commercial and private donors insist on closed board meetings because there is a requirement of confidentiality that allows them to speak freely. Closed meetings are also beneficial when discussing anything that may result in a legally binding contract, litigation, personal, or personnel matter because it allows the board to develop its strategy without compromising its position in negotiations.

Under our current bylaws, MBAA members may attend board meetings and participate in discussion, but members are not allowed to vote on issues before the board.  Under the proposed amendment, members may still attend board meetings to present issues and participate in discussion without voting.  The proposed amendment would allow your Board to call for a closed session during the open meeting to discuss certain sensitive topics that require confidentiality. It is a small change with a big impact.  

Because members are not held to the same confidentiality standard that a board's directors and officers must uphold, it is difficult for MBAA to obtain larger grants, sponsorships, and support from outside donors. By having the ability to close a board meeting when necessary, the opportunity to meet our purpose of providing affordable art education, scholarships, and a venue for members and guests to exhibit their work is greatly enhanced. 

Members are kept informed of the Board of Directors' activities through general meetings held throughout the year.  There is always a general meeting in December.  In the past, general meetings were also held in conjunction with the monthly demos.  Currently, general meetings are on the 5th Wednesday of the month, in addition to the year-end general meeting at the annual Holiday Dinner.  This allows us to hold potlucks or wine & cheese events without taking time away from the monthly demonstrations.  

Bylaw amendments are allowed only through notification in the newsletter and a simple majority vote of members present at a business meeting.  We propose to have the same notice requirements of bylaw amendments, but allow changes to the bylaws by a majority vote of the Board.  All members are welcome and encouraged to serve in a board position! 

It is our belief that MBAA would not exist without its members, and members are the lifeblood of the association. You will continue to be informed of MBAA goals, activities, exhibits, workshops, and challenges in the same way that you are now.  

Below is the proposed amendment, with new text in blue type and strike-though lines in text that will be deleted. Voting takes place at a business meeting on May 25 at 4PM at the Art Center.


(3)  Board meetings shall be held once a month.  The specific meeting day shall be determined at the direction of the board and shall be announced in the newsletter.  These meetings shall be open to the general membership who shall be allowed to 
participate in discussions but voting shall be restricted to Board members only address the Board and comment upon any published item or bring new business matters to the Board's attention for inclusion in the following month's agenda.  Voting on all Board matters shall be restricted to Board members only.  Additional  Board meetings may be held at the discretion of the Board. 
Closed executive sessions may be held at the discretion of the Board at the end of any Board meeting on an individually recorded affirmative vote of the majority of Board members present or by 24-hour special notice to all Board members.  Closed sessions are permitted only to discuss issues that if discussed in public could harm the association, violate privacy laws, cause embarrassment to a party, or other exceptional reasons so compelling as to override the general Association policy in favor of open meetings.
A quorum at Board Meetings shall consist of six officers, a simple majority of Board members, including the President or Vice President.  Such a quorum may transact any business of the Board.
 ARTICLE XIV:  Amendments
Providing that the General Membership has been notified at least one month before the meeting at which time the amendment is to be considered, amendments to these Bylaws may be adopted by a majority vote of 
the members present  all Board members. 

The MBAA Board of Directors encourages all members to vote on May 25 at 4PM.  Please ask questions and seek answers to anything that concerns you about this proposed amendment.  For more information, contact your Board members directly.  The MBAA website: has email addresses for all officers and directors.

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