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


   From the President’s Desk


2022 has been a year of many transitions, all of which I’m pleased to report, are positive and helping to move the Morro Bay Art Association into new and exciting trends. Upcoming projects slated, begin with re-roofing Art Center Morro Bay. This may not be an exciting project but will help ensure the gallery remains in good condition for years to come. Janet Hillson has applied locally for grants that we hope will finance this work.

Other long wished for projects include the removal of carpet from the gallery walls, replacing it with new drywall, painting with a light gray color, adding baseboards and a much more modern and clean, art hanging system.  This improvement would update the gallery and hopefully provide more ease of hanging exhibits. Next, replacing the classroom flooring with a polished concrete. These projects will require financial support and good old fashioned elbow grease. If you wish to help, please join us during the various fundraisers or volunteer your time to get this project done within a short window of opportunity.

These projects would require a short gallery closure from approximately January 2, 2023 through January 16, 2023. We’ll keep you informed.

I’m also pleased to announce that continued work with the City of Morro Bay and Public Works Department with regard to the RTA bus stop on Harbor Blvd. will be moving forward soon after the Labor Day, Art in the Park. That plan includes refurbishing and relocating the sofa seating, which has been a huge part of the artwork within the bus stop shelter. As this project moves forward, the plan is to replace the shelter and canvas artists to help add a new and updated artwork element. We’ll forward a Call to Artists for this project. 

All of these projects are due to the continued support of our very hard working MBAA Board of Directors, devoted volunteers and members.

Patricia Newton


Faces of the Central Coast


Take-In:  September 20 

10:00am - 2:00pm

Portraiture encompasses a broad spectrum of artwork that has the power to generate conversation, inspire compassion, and express identity in unimaginative ways. They invite discussion while looking through the eyes of another. This very special exhibit is an artistic representation spotlighting a likeness, personality and mood of people and animals, the face of buildings and the beautiful landscapes that make the Central Coast a vibrant community!  Read more ...  PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE HAVEN PROPERTIES PARKING LOT WHICH IS ADJACENT TO THE ART GALLERY.


Winter Faire and Crafts

Take-In:  November 8   
10:00am - 2:00pm

This special holiday event is open to all artists, providing an opportunity to exhibit paintings, photography, sculpture and fine crafts. This exhibit is open to all mediums and subject matter. Crafts include, but not limited to fiber, wood, glass, sculpture, pottery and jewelry.

This fine art exhibit is designed for customers who are holiday shopping and looking for special gift ideas!

Artists are invited to submit up to (3) wall hung 2D pieces, (10) note cards, (5) portfolio prints, up to (12) jewelry pieces, (3) large sculptures and/or (12) craft items.

TAKE OUT is scheduled for MONDAY, January 2, 2023. The next take-in, FOR THE BIRDS will be scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2023.


Please note that the parking lot immediately to the south of The Art Center is for Haven Property patrons only!!! Each parking space has a sign stating that use of that parking lot is for Haven Property customers only.  Your car will be towed if you park there and frequent any other business in Morro Bay.  Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


Dying Silk Scarves

with Sharon Gellerman
October 9  1:00 - 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.

Marbled silk scarves are made by layering colorful dyes onto a solution of water and cellulose. This process allows the dyes to float above the liquid. Using custom made combs or rakes, the layers of color are then manipulated into unique designs. When the fabric is placed on top of the composition and absorbs the dye colors, it transfers onto the silk scarf, creating the marbling affect.

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own hand-dyed silk scarfs or just want to see how it’s done, this is the workshop for you. Students will get to take home one finished scarf and 2 or 3 handkerchiefs.

COST: $65. MBAA Members & $75. Non Members  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Art Center Morro Bay,  or call  (805) 772-2504


Painting the Head in Oils

Little Bear©

with Warren Chang
January 14-15, 2023   9:30am - 4:30pm


In this oil painting workshop, participants will get an inside look into Warren Chang’s art practice and learn how to paint a head to final painting, using a limited palette.

Warren will teach the fundamentals of Light and Shadow and how this applies to painting a portrait, demonstrating painting a head of a live model. Students will be able to get feedback directly from Warren, ask questions in an intimate class setting, and follow along with demos. This workshop will cover how to construct a human head and learn how light falls on form with regard to value and edge relationships. In addition, Warren will share his unique limited palette in applying color in the Old Masters style. Students will focus on drawing the human head and creating life-like skin tone colors.

Warren will give a slide presentation revealing his process of creating his unique narrative paintings. By the end of this 2-day workshop, each participant will have a final painting inspired by Warren’s unique approach to painting that gives a window into his practice.  Learn more here ...


COST: MBAA Members $500. or $510. Non Members for this 2-day workshop


Opening Reception for  

On and Off the Wall and Unlocked


The art reception for On and Off the Wall & Unlocked was another well attended event.  

Jurors for the Painters Group were Flo Bartell, Julie Dunn and Tracy Paz  (above)

Jurors for the Central Coast Sculptors was Peter Charles, Mark Danitschek & Margaret Korisheli
September 3,4 & 5
10:00am - 5:00pm

Open to MBAA Member Volunteers

MBAA Members who wish to participate and sell your artwork in the Art Center Booth must volunteer for at least one 2-1/2 hour shift as a cashier or rover. All sales go through MBAA and a 25% commission applies.

Take-in day is Friday, SEPTEMBER 2, 2022 from 3-5pm, AT THE PARK.
SEPTEMBER 3, 4 & 5 2022, 10am - 5pm
For take-in information, dates and signup, please go to the  online SignUpGenious HERE
Participants may bring 3 wall hung artworks or less if pieces are large, 3D, including jewelry, wood, glass, pottery, sculpture, etc. A card rack is available for up to 20 note cards and 10 prints.

ALL CASHIERS: Please attend a quick, 15minute training!
on the use of credit card processing. Training dates will be announced as we get closer to the event.

For more info, please contact Patricia Newton, 805-423-1100,
Personal booth spaces: For inquiries about having your own show space, please contact Steve Powers at (805) 440 8318 

Save the Date for an Absolutely Spectacular event! 

October 1  and October 2
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Morro Bay Art Association presents
Art Bazaar
Art Supply Rummage Sale + FUNdraiser 

Please join us at the Art Center on October 1st & 2nd 
Live Music, Cocktails, Mocktails, Beer + Wine, Art Supply Rummage Sale, Shopping, Raffle, Kids Craft Corner and MORE!

Art Supply Donation Drive

The proceeds from this fun two event will go towards giving the gallery and workshop space at the Art Center Morro Bay a more contemporary facelift*. This is a great opportunity to declutter your workspace by donating materials to the Donation Drive and reclutter your workspace with irresistible new-to-you supplies at the Art Supply Rummage Sale + FUNdraiser.
Team work makes the dream work! We have so many fun ideas, but we need YOUR help to make them happen. If you would like to volunteer or donate raffle items for this spectacular FUNdraiser, we would ABSOLUTELY love your help! Email for more information. 

Art Supply Donation Drive
New and like new supplies and materials, as well as tools, in good condition, can be donated between September 1st and September 22 during gallery hours. Want to donate but can’t make it in during gallery hours or need to schedule a pickup or drop off before or after September 1-22? Give us a call at (805) 772-2504 or email
*The Art Center is the hub of our MBAA community and while the carpeted walls have served us well by offering a convenient and dynamic solution for hanging art, we are overdue for a cleaner aesthetic to showcase the artwork and exhibitions that hang in the heart of our organization. We plan to use the funds from this event to update the gallery walls and the flooring in the downstairs workshop space. 
Plein Air Painters of the Central Coast

Wednesday mornings   
9:30am - 12:00pm

Plein air locations for September 2022- all paint out meetups are FREE and will begin at 9:30 on location. If you need a ride email the group to car pool or reach out to Kirsti- Lunch and optional critique to follow at 12:00 pm at agreed upon location near the initial meeting. All levels and all mediums welcome. 

September Paint-Outs:
Sept. 7 Laguna Lake- San Luis Obispo, meet in the parking lot then disperse to your chosen locations, brown bag lunch after @ 12:00 noon.
Sept. 14 The Town of Harmony meet on Main St. then disperse to your chosen locations, bag lunch @ 12 noon.
Sept. 21 Castoro Cellers Vinyards and Winery- this is a reserved paint out please RSVP. Wine tasting at 12 noon. You may bring your own lunch or snack on their delicious charcuteries. Castoro will be opening their gates for us at 9:30.   ****Please send an email to Kirsti if you are coming.  Make sure to give the number of guests in your party so that the reservation can be adjusted to the number of people. The winery is a beautiful peaceful location and worth your time there. 
Sept. 28 Morro Bay Sunset Parking lot trail, this is a beach parking lot with beautiful walking trails. If you’re not familiar with this location it is near the Cloisters.
September Nocturne- Sept. 28 meet for dinner @ 5:30 at Schooners for dinner and paint out begins at 7:00pm “Paint the Town” of Cayucos.

Plein Air painting tips-
Life Drawing

Wednesdays  6:00pm - 9:00pm

Put yourself on the pathway to better art! This evening workshop, is open to all adults regardless of experience. Bring your own art supplies and work with medium of choice.

Models pose for various lengths of time, up to 20 minutes while taking short breaks. There is no instruction. This workshop is appropriate for beginner to advanced and participants should be at least 18 years of age to register.

COST: $10.00 MBAA Members and Students $12.00 Non Members

CONTACT: Bob Rodger at

Online registration:


 Wednesdays   12pm – 3pm*  

 VOLUNTEER NEEDED to lead this FREE and informal weekly Creativity Day 

One of the perks to our members has been a weekly use of the Art Center Classroom to paint and create artwork with the use of tables, trash, kitchen for making coffee, use of fridge if bringing a bag lunch and getting together with fellow members.

Wednesdays from 12:00pm - 3:00pm.  Bring your art supplies and your lunch!  No pre-registration needed. Coffee and pots are available for your use. Please be sure to cleanup when finished.

Would you like to help rejuvenate this wonderful opportunity for artists to use the Art Center Morro Bay studio! 

If interested, please contact Kirsti Wothe:
or Patricia Newton:

 *Classroom available all Wednesday's unless other events/workshops conflict


You've asked for many years, and now we're doing it!  It's really happening!  We are upgrading the galleries at Art Center Morro Bay by removing the carpet from the gallery walls, adding sheetrock, painting the new walls with a light gray color, adding baseboards and a modern hanging system!


Here’s how you can have fun and help!

Pick up 3 to 6 ornaments (please take a variety) from the gallery docent desk.  Take them home to paint and decorate. It would be lots of fun to see artists paint a tiny scene or incorporate a personal style of artwork onto the ornaments. The best paint to use on bisque (clay style) ornaments is acrylic. You can use colored markers, glitter, beads and other bobbles to decorate.  Don’t forget to sign your tiny work of art!

Then, return your newly painted/decorated ornaments to the docent desk when finished. A sealer will be added to completed ornaments and prepared to hang on the gallery Christmas trees. The gallery will sell these tiny works of art for $15.00 each.

Customers will be looking for great little works of art to hang on their tree or give as gifts and you’ll help finance the new building upgrade.

Meet Angie Young
Social Media Manager and Docent
"I am a California native that relocated to Morro Bay in 2021.  Because I work from home (long before it was popular), I was looking for a way to meet people and give back to the community. Art Center Morro Bay is the perfect fit with my years of experience as a social media manager and my Master of Arts degree in English from CSUN. For most people, grammar isn’t very interesting, but for me it is my jam. I love the Oxford comma and a good grammar conundrum. A common theme for me is that I enjoy working  behind the scene and helping others put their best foot forward. Hence I run my own consulting business as an editor and book designer called Young Waters Studio, as well as, a second business called Bad Latitude Bags where I upcycle sailboat sails into beach totes as my creative outlet. When I am not working, you’ll find me hiking, cooking, or spending time with my family: Dale and Joe the Dog, who can be found on Instagram @everybodylovesjoethedog."

Nick name: hawk eye
Favorite beverage: coffee
Proudest moment:  Even though nobody likes a quitter, I quit smoking two years ago.
Aspirations: Hike the Appalachian Trail and travel to Tibet.


Join us for a monthly meeting geared toward sharing information about what’s happening at Art Center Morro Bay and enjoy a free, fun filled, interactive art demonstration!

Silk Dying
with Sharon Gellerman

Monday September 12 

Sharon Gellerman creates hand-marbled designs on silk and other natural fibers using a process (marbling) that originated many centuries ago. She says, "No two designs are alike simply because of the unpredictable nature of the interaction between the dyes and the marbling process itself." Sharon finds the challenge of working with that unpredictability both intriguing and inspiring. Using the blank piece of fabric as a canvas, she creates each silk scarf design as a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art.

Please join us for a unique and wonderful free demo with Sharon Gellerman on Sept. 12 @ 3:00-5:00pm

Writing and Illustrating Haiku
with George Adsel

Monday  October 10
3:00 - 5:00pm

Join us for a monthly meeting geared toward sharing information about what’s happening at Art Center Morro Bay and enjoy a free, fun filled, interactive art demonstration by award winning artist and poet, George Wm. Asdel. George will be demonstrating how to draw animals and write haiku at the same time!

Bring your sketchbook and soft drawing pencils for this interactive demonstration. If you do not have art supplies, paper and pencils will be supplied.  George will be basing Haiku poetry on the drawings made during this event, artwork on exhibit or other images! This is referred to as ekphrastic or poetry based on another art form.



Highlight of the August Demo

Pat Watson and Raffle winner


Preregistration required at

Sea Glass - Choose Your Project

September 17, 10:00am
Use local sea glass to create four stunning wine charms or a framed scene. All supplies included.
Mosaics for all Levels
September 18  10:00am - 2:00pm
What will you create using all of the colorful supplies Joan Martin Fee brings for you to play with? How about a stepping stone, a garden rock, wine bottle wall art, a seashell heart...the choices go on and on. Preselect your project at and then choose your baubles, tile and plate pieces to complete your project the day of the workshop.
Succulent Pumpkins
October 22   10:00am - 2:00pm
Create a beautiful succulent pumpkin centerpiece to usher in the fall season! You bring the pumpkin and Joan supplies 10 medium and 10 small succulent cuttings, moss, glue and instruction. When the pumpkin is no longer usable, the top can be cut off and planted in soil to give the succulents a new life in another container.  Class Fee is $30
Mosaics Play Day
October 23  10:00am - 2:00pm
What will you create using all of the colorful supplies Joan Martin Fee brings for you to play with? How about a snowman, a holiday tree, a stepping stone, a garden rock, wine bottle wall art, a heart...the choices go on and on. Preselect your project at and then choose your baubles, tile and plate pieces to complete your project the day of the workshop.  Everything is included to complete your project that you can complete in the class.
Preregistration required at


Floyd and Barbara Snyder
Jonathan Lau
Jean Quintana
John Deo
John Kominitsky
Cathy Spargo
Sharon Rossi
Leta Spencer
Andrea Williams
Dolen Reni

Jerry Fisher
Judy Uffens
Guillermo Bermudez
Marth Sparta
Ryan Schwartzkopf
Kathryn Greene
Jack Mettier
Flo Bartell
Lanny Wulf
The next meeting of the Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors is
September 22, 2022  3:00 - 5:00pm.
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