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 transition!
Great things are happening at MBAA as we continue to adapt to automation. Newer platforms and systems are allowing us to accelerate through digital means. As a result, manual efforts are minimized, making business processes more cost-efficient, error-proof, and consistent. The goal is to reduce work time and use resources effectively so we may increase productivity toward things that matter most to you.
At the beginning of this year membership registrations moved online. This change reduced the tremendous workload of a volunteer! It saves money spent on paper mailers and is extremely efficient. If you haven’t renewed your membership online, I encourage you to do so. HERE
Another goal has been to breakdown the treasury position into three jobs. Kathleen Heil has been instrumental in this regard. With the help of automation, the newer point of sale system allows quick syncing of information for the new bookkeeper. You may have also noticed our checks look more professional. This check writing system is designed to be more secure in the fight against fraud! 
The most recent change has been processing art during exchange day. I would like to thank all of you who waited longer in line, to get checked in. As volunteers become more familiar with this system, the process should go much quicker and smoother. What you may not know, was the information from our IPADS with the use of mail merge, allowed print outs of wall tags too! I commend our brave volunteers, Carolyn Chambers, Deborah Lord, Joan Brown and Marie Ramey for going through training mere minutes before this newest change was implemented. I agreed with this change and thought it best we all become familiar with this process before heading into the very busy WinterFaire exhibit. Again, thank you for your patience.
I also commend our docents! With ongoing training provided by Nola Barnick, docents are more equipped than ever to help customers make heart felt purchasing decisions. As a result, sales are great! Thank you, Anne Grannis, Bobbie Housand, Cynthia Kevorkian, Jeanine Dureau, Shamus Johnson, Suze Crowley, Mary Gail Stabien, Deborah Wogan, Bob Rodgers, Joy Chambers, Angie Young, Carla Steinfeld, Peter New, Deborah Lord, Liz Hampton-Derivan and Tom Franklin.

I'd like to thank all of you who answered the call for volunteers needed for the FUNdraiser! It's heartwarming to see our members getting involved.  
While on the subject of automation, please watch your email for With the use of this secure election process, each current member, or family is provided one opportunity to nominate and/or vote for your 2023 MBAA Board Members. This is also your opportunity to nominate yourself for a board position. The electionbuddy will also contain a breakdown of board positions. 
I hope you’ll take the opportunity to see the current show, Faces of the Central Coast, featuring Faces of Morro Bay and students of the MBAA Portrait class. It’s another great exhibit showcasing local art talents and the faces of our community.
Patricia Newton



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



Professional, Fine Wire Wrapping

with  Li Li Clever
January 28      1:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn fine wire wrapping technique utilizing 3 tools; needle nose, flat tip and cutting pliers along with ½ hard silver plated round wire and a great variety of beads provided by the artist. Please feel free to bring existing jewelry projects for inspiration from the artist. Connect with other artists and learn the art of jewelry making. This workshop is designed for beginners and appropriate for intermediate artists. All materials are included in this course.  Li Li Clever is a Jewelry Specialist and Designer.  COST: $110.00Members; $125.00 Non-Members.  Learn more ...

Brush Strokes October 2022

From the Desk of Kirsti Wothe,
Director of Adult Education ACMB


Hello Friends! I’m so excited for fall. We have so many fun things going on at the Art Center and I hope you will check out our website to see what’s going on. Our association meeting and free demo this month is on October 10th and will feature George Asdel. George will be leading us in writing Haiku and illustration. I hope you will join us for this fun interactive free demo.

This months workshops feature a Silk Dying workshop on Oct. 9th, with Sharon Gellerman and Mosaic Play Day on Oct. 23 with Joan Fee.

Coming in for 2023!!! I am so honored to invite you to register for the January 14th upcoming class”Painting the Head in Oils” with California Art Club Gold Medal artist Warren Chang. In this workshop you will get an inside look into Warren Chang’s art process and learn to paint a head with a live model to a final painting using a limited palette. Also in January check out our class “Professional Wire Wrapping” with jewelry designer Li Li Clever. In February look for the workshop- Healing Through Art Expression with Beverly Engel, LMFT. You can register for this workshop by going to the Art Center Website and clicking “Register for Classes.”

The Art Center’s Plein Air Coastal Artists (P.A.C.A.) has been growing very fast. P.A.C.A. meets every Wednesday at 9:30 am on location to paint and meet for lunch. It’s a fun relaxed group and we are all learning from each other. Some of our fun locations include wineries, beach scenes, harbor scenes, and park scenes after our sessions we meet to share a meal together and discuss our paintings. This month we will meet up for painting at Laguna Lake, Harmony, Avila Valley Barn, and our dinner with evening paint out will be near the San Luis Mission. Please email me if you would like to join our group.

Looking to improve your drawing skills? Join us on Wednesdays for life drawing. This group is open to the public and welcomes last minute drop ins. I hope you will join the great group of artists who are building their drawing and painting skills with a live nude model. You can preregister for this class on our website.

One last note, I am beginning a new teaching position with Coast Unified School District and will be very busy teaching 5 different art classes at Coast Union High School and Santa Lucia Middle School in Cambria. This means I will have less time to devote to my work at the Art Center. I am looking for someone to come alongside me to plan workshops and to take over as the Director of Adult Education for 2023. If you are interested in knowing more please reach out and let me know.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next association meeting and free demo on Oct. 10th, as well as at our P.A.C.A. paint-outs and our workshops. Remember to sign up for our workshops online.

I leave you with this inspirational video:


Kirsti Wothe
Adult Education Director

Save the Date for an Absolutely Spectacular event! 

October 1  and October 2
2:00pm - 6:00pm

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. 

Wednesday mornings   
9:30am - 12:00pm

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. 

Welcome to fall! We had a wonderful time painting in September. Below is our schedule for October. I have enjoyed our paint-outs so much! Many of you have mentioned your favorite locations and it has been fun planning for our outings. This month we will have a fall theme. There is no winery this month since we will be painting at the Avila Valley Barn. If you have any suggestions for November send your ideas soon so that I can get them on the calendar. 
Please send me photos of your finished or unfinished works to be displayed on our social media sites. 
All Paintouts meet on location and gather for lunch afterwards. The last Wed. each month is our scheduled nocturne paintout and dinner. We will meet for dinner at 5 pm and then go to our painting locations. This is a very fun evening. 

October Paint-Outs:
October 5 Laguna Lake Park
October 12 Avila Valley Barn
October 19 Harmony
October 26 Nocturne dinner @ and paint out - San Luis Mission and town 
          dinner location TBD October 26 Optional morning paintout -  Morro Bay waterfront near Giovanni’s Fish Market. 
Happy Painting Everyone!!
Artfully, Kirsti Wothe
Adult Education Director
Art Center Morro Bay
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

Thank you to everyone who helped make another Art in the Park a huge success!!



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.


Bobbie Housand, a Morro Bay Jewelry Artist, has found herself enjoying the thriving art scene in Morro Bay through Art Center Morro Bay as well as being surrounded by many other inspiring artist on display at the gallery. 

Bobbie moved to Morro Bay from northern California after retiring from 36 years as a registered nurse with art of some form always as a hobby. Her interest in art started in grammar school with doodling and included various art classes taken as electives during upper school years. Her art after school included stained glass, oil painting and finally jewelry making. She plans on water color as a future medium. 

Bobbie has been a jewelry artist since 2010 starting with wire-wrapping gemstones. She later attended college metalsmithing classes and was lucky enough to have 4 hours studio time a week at The Studio 26, an art school in Cameron Park, Ca.

Bobbie has volunteered with MBAA on many levels! She is a docent, helps input artist information from art exchange into the point of sale system and helps with marketing.

Wildwind Designs is her homebased business and her work can be viewed at her online store


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!

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.



The World of Needle Arts

with Debra Cobb and Sue Melvin   

Monday, November 14
3:00 - 5:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of learning about the fine arts of needle work.   We will cover the history of needle work, type of canvas and fabrics used, variety of  threads, needles and other tools.  Samples of various needle work techniques, such as needlepoint, cross-stitch, surface embroidery, satin ribbon embroidery, beading, bargello, hardanger, pulled thread, etc .                                 

Highlights of the September Demo

Jana Seely was the lucky raffle winner.  She won a beautiful hand died scarf by Sharon Gellerman




Preregistration required at
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.

Family Playtime with Alcohol Inks

November 25  9:00am
Looking for an event for the entire family? Come play with alcohol inks! They are basically inks with alcohol in them so they dry super fast. We'll be making ornaments, necklaces or magnets and shaving cream cards.  $25 each person.

Succulents and Driftwood
November 26  8:00am
Learn how easy it is to create with succulents. Choose a wreath or decorate an 18" x 8" piece of recycled wood with driftwood then add succulents or create a beautiful holiday tree or letters. Care instructions are provided so your succulent projects thrive for a very long time. Class fees vary. 

Mosaics for the Holidays
November 27  10:00am - 2:00pm
Invite your visitors to this fun event! Everything is provided so all you do is choose your project, sign-up and come have a ball!

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.
Preregistration required at
You may have noticed of late that the cost of everything seems to be increasing and Art Center Morro Bay is facing the financial challenges of these rising costs.  Therefore, the Board of Directors has agreed that due to the rise in operating costs, memberships will be increasing by $10.00 beginning on January 1, 2023. Commissions and submission fees will remain the same.  We thank you for your understanding and for your continued support!


Joanne Gade
Denise Dobson
Pat Watson
Elizabeth Michaels
Michael Foster
Jan French
Robert W Goetting
Gary Johnson
Lynee Sapere
Edger Ramirez

The next meeting of the Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors is
October 24, 2022  3:00pm - 5:00pm.
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