March/April Newsletter
Morro Bay Art Association
From the President’s Desk

Spring is busting out all over and it's time to put your plein aire  shoes on.  If you are interested, we have a workshop with  Australian artist Mike Kowalski March 30-31, that needs more people. If plein aire is not your thing, Art Center is hosting lots of  indoor workshops and classes.  See our website for more information.  Dianne Raven has done an extraordinary job with the current exhibit, "Sense of Identity", be sure and stop in the Gallery.  Finally, we are actively recruiting new members for several board positions.  Won't you consider giving back to your Association?

City-wide Morro Bay Yard Sale 
at the Morro Bay Art Gallery
Saturday, April 1

9:00AM - 12:00PM

Bring your unwanted, unused art supplies that are taking up valuable space in your studio, closet or garage and join in the yard sale fun.  ITEMS MUST BE ART RELATED.  We are also encouraging artists to bring their "yard sale quality" artwork to sell.  MEMBERS ONLY are able to sell their goods.  Email your RSVP to save your space to or call 805-772-2504.                                    



9:00AM - 4:00PM

Grab your watercolors and easels and join internationally renown Australian artist Mike Kowalski painting in the great outdoors of Morro Bay. Mike will demonstrate his painting techniques in various locations after which participants can choose their own subject matter to paint.  Mike will provide individual assistance throughout the day.  No experience necessary.

Contact KC Caldwell 805-540-1479 or at to register for this exciting workshop. Or, click here to register

COST:      $275. MBAA Members & $300. Non Members
From the Gallery
          - Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director  

Bidding a fond farewell to the Central Coast Watercolor Society with their annual juried exhibition, “Aquarius 2017”.  It was a beautiful show and a real pleasure working with the Aquarius team!

Winner of the People’s Choice Award in ourStriking Oil exhibit goes to Susan Fishman, with her “At the Museum”.  Congratulations, Susan!
Currently on view in the Main Gallery -
A stunningly beautiful Retrospective of the works of the late Central Coast artist, David Jonas opened this week.  Whatever your preferred painting medium, subject matter, or style, this exhibit is bound to speak to you with Jonas’ beautiful use of color, composition, and mastery of medium, revealing a truly gifted artist. The exhibit, curated by the artist’s wife, Susan Jonas, will be on view through May 1.

In the Russell Gallery –
We had a fabulous variety of submissions for our open-entry show, “Sense of Identity”. Whether serious or whimsical, representational or abstract, each work provides a deeper insight into the creative minds of our fellow artists.  Don’t hesitate to ask for the stories behind the pieces; and if you’re one of the participating artists who hasn’t submitted your Artist’s Statement or your Story, we’re reserving space for you to do so! 
Many thanks and much appreciation for our amazing team of gallery volunteers who worked behind the scenes to create two outstanding shows - Colleen Ray, Sharon Westray, Kelly Clark, Jamie Carpenter, Shirley Horacek, Gail Martin, Leslie Parsons, Sylvia Arnold-Hill, Margareta Lund, Carolyn Chambers, Ascension Nelson, Ann Brown, and Linda Roletti.  

Don’t forget to take advantage of the paint-outs scheduled through the remaining Thursdays in March and April in preparation for  “Homage to the Ranches”, an all-media, juried exhibition, opening May 2. If you don’t have the paint-out schedule, you may pick one up at the gallery or email Joan Suttle   Noted Cambrian artist and plein aire painter, Steve Kellogg, will jury entries for acceptance. 

Mixed Media Demo

with Ellen Jewett

March 13


Ellen demonstrated her process for working with figurative images from magazines.  She uses magazine photos which are printed with oil-based inks that can be dissolved and manipulated with various types of artists' mediums to leave interesting effects and patterns. After Ellen sees something that sparks her interest, she works with acrylic paints to develop the image that seems to be coming into focus. Everyone who attended was awed by Ellen's unique process and felt inspired to add their own vision to their experimentation with her process.

Kudos to Ellen who won the Purchase Prize at the awards ceremony for the annual Beacon Show, hosted by the San Luis United Methodist Church earlier this month!


Kristin Mendenhall's
Playing with Mud

April 10  3:00 - 5:00pm


Don’t miss this fun filled demonstration and hands on opportunity to learn techniques while “playing with mud”!  

Get ready to get down and dirty!  Using with masonite tiles, Kristen first applies joint compound and will then demonstrate how to create and highlight textures in wet and dry mud using various tools, black washes and acrylic color. Blank tiles and mud will be provided for those who wish to take materials home.


Artist Kathy Wetzel (Templeton) is moving and needs to downsize her studio. She is selling: soft pastels sets, oil pastel sets, soft pastel stick sets, assorted pastel papers, oil paints, solvents, brushes, frames, canvases, pastel books (2), studio daylight lamp, gesso boards, a fold-up easel, pastels sorted by color in six small, travel sized bins. Some new, some used. She can be reached at: 

All-Important Value in Your Pastel Landscape

June 23 and 24
 9:30am - 4:30pm

Clark Mitchell is coming back for another great 2-day workshop at St. Peter's By the Sea. Last year his students made him promise to return. The class is filling up fast.  If you want to learn more about pastels, or, if you just want to branch out into another medium, this workshop is for you!  

Click here to learn more about Clark Mitchell.
Click here to register.

COST:          $250. MBAA Members & $275. Non Members
CONTACT:   KC Caldwell 805-540-1479




We thank you!

Kathy Woodruff, Atascadero
Jean Woodruff, Atascadero
Liz Ruderman-Miller, Pismo Beach
Virginia Mack, Atascadero
Susan Jonas, Los Osos
Grant Crowl, Morro Bay
Gail Bohannan, Los Osos
Laurie MacMillan, Santa Barbara
Joyce Smith, Morro Bay
Patricia Litzenberger, Atascadero
James Litzenberger, Atascadero
Patricia Costa, Morro Bay
Scott Douglass, Morro Bay
Mari O'Brien, San Luis Obispo
Nancy Hill, Morro Bay
Patti Everett, Templeton
Carynn McCann, Pismo Beach
Ana Easter, Los Osos
Melinda Ude, Morro Bay
Barbara Musso, Los Osos
Donna Lee Heer, Paso Robles
    March Classes & Workshops

rait Practice with Live Models
now weekly!

 Call Bob Rodger for details at 805-528-4248

Watercolor Wild Workshop
with Mike Kowalski
March 30 & March 31
9:00am - 4:00pm

  Encaustic with Mixed Media
with Flo Bartell
May 5 & May 6
10:00am - 4:00pm

Sign up online, at the Gallery, or drop in.

Classes with Joan Fee

Hypertufa Basket with Succulents 
Apr 1, 10:00am - 12:00pm
$65.00 Member / $75.00 non-Member

Creating with Corks
April 22,  10:00am  12:00pm
8" Planter with Succulents $55.00    
6" Cork Sphere $15.00
  12" Mirror $60.00
MBAA members receive a $10 discount on a mirror or planter
 To register for any of Joan Fee's classes, click here.
Our own Denise Schryver, artist, weaver and olive grower, is the featured artist at Coldwell Banker, 1234 Monterey Str., #110, SLO.  The show runs through March 31st and features pastels and handwovens.  Be sure to stop by and see her gorgeous work.
Amgen Bike Tour Finish Line in Morro Bay
Tuesday, May 16

The City of Morro Bay is looking for artists to create artwork related to or created from bicycles.  If you are interested, please contact Ikani Taumoepeau at

Next Board Meeting is April 11, 1:30 - 4:30pm.
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March/April 2017
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