September 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

Coming up!  The MBAA Annual Juried Art Exhibit.  We’re fortunate to have Dennis Curry, as juror for this event.  Dennis served in the United States Army, 25th Infantry Division’s Combat Artists program in1966, where he documented combat experiences from an artist’s perspective.  Upon his return to the U.S., he learned original printmaking, and founded Blue Berry Press, located in Cambria, CA.  Dennis developed his love of nature through travels of East Africa and significantly contributed to conservation work around the world.  Dennis is a current member of Society of Animal Artists, Artists for Conservation and San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment. Two settees have been added to the upstairs for your comfort and event booklets will be available following the awards ceremony. The reception and award ceremony take place, Sunday, September 22, 2-4pm.
Thanks go to Dianne Ravin for her help organizing all of the entries for our juror and Jan French for designing the event booklets!  A special thanks to Ellen November, for helping us with marketing since 2017! 

Mark your calendars for A free demonstration of Zentangle, September 9, 3-5pm.  Zentangle© is non-representational and unplanned so you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result.  If you’re looking for a calming artwork that anybody can do, don't miss this free event with certified Zentangle© instructor, Debbie Gedayloo.
We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful gallery to exhibit and sell artwork with minimum commission and take-in fees.  Art Center Morro Bay and its programs are completely managed by volunteers.  Please help us support and maintain this wonderful organization by volunteering a little of your time.  Also, please consider a one-year commitment as a board member.  Nominations for board positions will be taking place soon.  You may also be a guest during an upcoming board meeting to help you decide if board work is for you.  The experience is rewarding!  If you’re ready to throw your hat into the ring, please let me know. Positions include: Adult Education Director, Co-Gallery Directors, President, Vice President, Treasury Assistant and Marketing.  Job descriptions may be requested for any of these positions. 
Marketing Assistant:  Work from home during a timeframe that best suits you.  Work involves uploading information into websites from text and images that are provided.  Work approximately 2 hours per month.

Lets provide some added assistance to those who give so much! 

Patricia Newton


Zentangle© Demonstration

with Debbie Gedayloo


3:00pm - 5:00pm


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.

Incorporating a practice of Zentangle© allows for increased neuroplasticity and youthfulness in the brain. Anyone can feel successful and confident with the practice. If you can write the letters: I, C, S, O…you can follow the patterns. The underlying theories and systematic approach in the Zentangle Method© allow the participants to quiet the mind and focus, one stroke at a time.  Learn more ...

Field of Light at Sensorio

On August 15, a fun group of 20 people gathered at the Art Center for a wonderful dinner procured and produced by Gail and John Martin.  A veritable feast of salad, bread, chicken, lasagna and green beans, along with Central Coast wine, was served by John and Gail to an excited and receptive audience. The group then climbed into our private bus for the enjoyable ride up to Paso Robles to experience Bruce Munro's Field of Light exhibition.  

Leisurely walking the grounds as the sun slowly descended, one could feel and see the change in light from day to dusk to night as the 58,000 solar powered lights slowly showed their colors.  It was a truly magical experience combining nature and light and creativity.  Making this excursion even more spectacular was the sight of the full Sturgeon Moon rising orange and enormous out of the Field of Light.  

2019 Thru the Lens
Award Winners

Brady Cabe announcing the award winners

Kathleen Gerber

Michael Sheltzer

Cheryl Strahl

Gary O'Neil

Randee Ward

Coming Soon!!  

Mixed Media Basics
September 13th & 14th  10am-4pm

Lisa Agaran, mixed media artist, and instructor of Awaken Your True Creativity will be here for a 2-day workshop.  Mixed media is an ideal way to explore creativity and uncover your inner artist without the pressure of having to be “artistic” or create that perfect piece of art.  Have fun using a variety of acrylic applications and techniques with collage, acrylic paint, layering with cool textures and found objects.

During this workshop, you will learn basic composition, surface patterns, texture and mixed media techniques with color ideas that create visual balance and impact.  Lisa will show you how to incorporate personal photos, found objects, text and lettering into your mixed media pieces.

Materials Include: Printed step-by-step instructions for each technique, 6 art panels, acrylic paint, collage materials, acrylic medium, brushes, sea sponge, found objects, and more. This workshop is appropriate for beginner to advanced.
You don’t want to miss this exciting workshop.  You can sign up today online at
or come into the gallery and ask the docent to sign you up.
COST: $200.00 / MBAA Members* $225.00  Non Members*
*There is a $25. materials fee paid directly to the artist on day of workshop


OCTOBER 3 – 27
Opening reception: October 4, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Cambria lost one of it’s well-loved artists recently. Steve Kellogg was an active participant at Cambria Center for the Arts and a regular with the Wednesday Irregulars, a weekly plein aire painting group.  Cambria Center for the Arts will be featuring Steve’s plein aire watercolor paintings and his ceramic sculpture during the month of October. Join us in honoring this wonderful artist who said “Natural landscapes have always given me a sense of wonder and a feeling of freedom.” 

The opening reception will be on Friday, October 4, from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. We will have live music, wine for purchase, and light food for your pleasure.
Beyond this fine artist, members will exhibit three dimensional works, jewelry and other small works can be found.  

Cambria Center for the Arts is located in the Old Grammar School of Cambria, on Main Street, mid- way from East and West Village.  Take in day for this exhibit is October 1, 10-12pm.  

For more information about this event: 
Cambria Center for the Arts
1350 Main Street

To volunteer your time and talent!!  As much or as little as you can spare - we are grateful for any amount of time you can dedicate.   As a member driven, all volunteer organization, it takes YOU, our members, to keep the doors to the gallery open to locals and visitors.  

If you have some accounting experience, we need a Treasuerer; our Business Art Program could use a computer-literate organized assistant; and we are always in need of friendly docents to maintain the front desk.  Please contact Docent Director Michael Costa at or call the gallery at 805-772-2504.
Central Coast Watercolor Society 
Award Ceremony

Virginia Mack was the juror for the Central Coast Watercolor Society, member exhibit, in the Main Gallery, downstairs at Art Center Morro Bay.   Virginia, a part-time instructor at both Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College in their fine arts departments, provided valuable insight into her choice of selections and awards for this exhibit.

August 31, 10am-5pm
Sept. 1, 10am-5pm 
Sept 2, 10am-4pm 

Join us in the Morro Bay Park located downtown, for a fun filled event, perfect for the entire family!

MBAA Members are welcome to sell their artwork from the MBAA Art in the Park booth.  This is a great opportunity for participating artists who work a minimum of 3 hours as a docent or rover.  Sales go through the gallery.  There are no take-in fees, 25% commission applies. Space in the booth is limited so watch for the signupgenius calendar for the July 4th weekend, and Labor Day weekend in September!   

If you have questions, email
Patricia Newton:
Sue Palmer:

If you have your own tent and wish to become a vendor at future MBAA Art in the Park shows, submit applications to Steve Powers, 805 440 8318  

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!!

COST: $20.00 per session 
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.
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.

In the Meet the Masters classes, a new and emerging children’s art program, 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.

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


Wool Felting
with Debbie Gedayloo


August Demo was all about felting.  Debbie Gadayloo explained the different types of felting, wet felting and dry felting and when to use them.  She showed us different yarn types and how to incorporate them into the project.  She had examples of felted vessels, fiber felted 2D landscapes, and 3D sculpture.  After a brief explanation on how to needle felt, all in attendance made an adorable felted bee.

Annette Sheely won the raffle prize, a felted miniature landscape, framed and ready to hang.


Debbie will return next month for a hands on Zentangle session.


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

**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 Workshop

October 5 10:00am - 12:00pm
October 19  10:00-12:00

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.  Read more ...

Sea Glass Hammered Wire Jewelry

October 6 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn how to drill holes in sea glass, how to harden, strengthen and texturize wire to create a gorgeous jewelry set. No experience necessary. Everything is provided for the project including local sea glass, use of tools in the class, wire and jewelry findings.  Read more ...     COST: $45

Tempered Glass Mosaic Mirror or Wall Art

October 20  1:00pm - 3:30pm

You'll 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. 
Wall art size: 8" x 8"   Mirror size: 12" x 12"  COST:  $50-$60  Learn more ..


**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.


Watercolor Wet and Wild
with Alice Issac

October 3, 9:00am - 12:00pm
October 10, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Alice Issac is hosting a new watercolor class designed for beginner to advanced. Classes will be ongoing and feature various instructors. For more information, please contact Alice Isaac, 805-225-1286.

Needled Felt and Fiber Landscape Painting
with Debbie Gedayloo

October 25   9:00am - 4:00pm

During this three-day workshop, Debbie will demonstrate a new twist on felting and fiber-painting. Students will be creating individual landscapes using wool, yarn, string, beads, shells and more. Landscapes as a topic, will allow for endless expression for each participant.

Whether you are an experienced artist or a first-time creator, this workshop will open your eyes to a new medium, using felting and fiber as art. All skill levels are welcome. 
Learn more ...

COST: $220.00 MBAA Members, $225.00 Non Members
Pre-registration is required, contact: Art Center Morro Cay (805) 772-2504
Register Online at:

Welcome to our newest members!

Lucy Ashton, Paso Robles
Diane Barney, Lewisville, CO
Michelle Cook, Los Osos
Sarah Lester, Los Osos
Kim Ramos, Morro Bay
Manya Rice, Morro Bay
Marcus A. Schaffer, Morro Bay
Zoltan Tokes, Los Angeles
Next Board Meeting is September 23, 2019 12:00 - 3:00pm  
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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