From the President's Desk      

You may have noticed that the newsletter looks a little different this month.  That's because we're using our new software that updates the way we bring you information.  Now you can go directly from the newsletter to our web page, Facebook, and other sites simply by clicking on a link.  Even better, you can share articles from the newsletter with a friend via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Linked In.  With the new format, it's easier to read and follow the latest MBAA news. There are a few bumps along the way as we learn the ropes, but Rome wasn't built in a day.  I think you'll like these changes.    

And speaking of changes, there are lots of new classes and workshops, new Smart Grant winners for 2016, and new shows coming to the gallery.  Stop by the Art Center and see the facelift for the downstairs classroom and the upstairs gallery. While you're at it, sign up for a class or commit to making art every Wednesday by taking part in Creativity Day.   

So What's Next?

Your board is working hard to bring the Association into the present.  We propose adding board members for important areas like Membership, Marketing and Docents. We're reaching out to younger artists at Cal Poly and Cuesta, and giving talks at the Estero Bay Newcomers Club and Rotary.  We've got a field trip planned to see the Masters of the American West show at the Autry Museum.  We're also giving the Art Center building much needed attention in deferred maintenance.  You'll be happy to know that the unpleasant fragrance in the classroom closet has finally been banished. Up Next - new lighting!  

Stay tuned for more great changes throughout the year.  There is one thing that will never change  - our members make it all happen.  We couldn't do this without you!

Warm regards,

KC Caldwell

Call for

"From the Arboretum" - an MBAA juried show celebrating Cal Poly's Leaning Pine Arboretum.  

Next Paint-Out - Feb. 13, or visit the Arboretum and paint anytime on your own.  Plein air or studio work from photos.  All mediums accepted.
Entry Drop Off - Feb. 23.  10AM - 2PM 
Click here for more info:
As a wonderful addition to the From the Arboretum exhibit, Nancy Johnson and Floral Design Study Club are providing floral displays to accompany specific pieces of artwork. These will be displayed on pedestals at or near the specific piece that inspired its creation. Since these are fresh arrangements, they will be removed a day or two AFTER the reception.  Arrangements may be for sale.  The designs are very professionally done - and attract lots of attention.  

Next Board Meeting is FEB. 8 at 11AM at the Art Center.


Congratulations to the following winners of the 2016 Smart Grant!
  • Tess Harback - Atascadero High School
  • Amber Wickersham - Templeton High School
  • Katrina Osborne - Morro Bay High School
Student work from these teachers will be shown in our gallery April 25 - May 14.  For more information, watch our newsletters, Facebook, web page and local media outlets.

  The rain has turned our hills green and lush.  Grab your artist's toolbox and head outside to paint.  This is plein air time!
Attention all Members!  
MBAA Business Meeting . . . April 18 at 2 PM . . . Amendments to the Bylaws may be adopted by a simple majority vote of the members present.  

Q:  What is the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction?

 . . . Find the answer below.

From the Gallery                

Thanks to all members who submitted your beautiful artwork for our current exhibit, “For the Birds,” as well as those showing in the members’ gallery.  All in all, it is a beautiful show!  The reception was well attended and lively, the show was well received, and the newly laminated floor upstairs lent an air of sophistication to our gallery décor!

Thanks to all our hard-working volunteers who managed Take-in, Gallery tagging, Hanging of the artwork, and the beautiful, sumptuous Reception.  We couldn’t put on a show without each and every one of you – And you make my job fun!

Looking ahead to our first juried show of the year, “FROM THE ARBORETUM,” opening February 25.  Join the next “Paint-Out” on February 13, 9:00 ‘til noon, at the Arboretum, or, if you prefer, you may paint on your own at any time.  Using photo references is acceptable, if you prefer to work in your studio, and all media (including photography) are encouraged.
Entries are due February 23, so let’s get painting!

For additional information and entry forms, please see our website at:
A special note:  Parking fees are required Monday - Friday.  Parking fees were expected to be required on weekends as of January 1, 2016.  Due to strong community feedback, Cal Poly has postponed weekend parking fees until further notice.  

On weekdays, pay for parking at the ticket kiosk below the horse barns near the Arboretum entrance.
  • Marianne Eichenbaum - Gilroy
  • Art Everett - Atascadero
  • Jason Hickman - Paso Robles
  • Linda Merrill - Morro Bay
  • Colleen Ray - Morro Bay
  • Bridget Ritterbush - Arroyo Grande
  • Greg & Carolyn Trombly - Baldwinsville, NY   

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Classes & Workshops at the Art Center
MONDAY   9AM - 1PM  
Intermediate to Advanced Oil Painting with Jason Mayr
Chiaroscuro method; focus on creating drama through the use of light and shadow.
$30 drop-in 

Introduction to Head Drawing with Jason Mayr
Learn to draw the masses of the head, the placement of the features, as well as each feature: eyes, nose, mouth and ear.  Come on Tuesday mornings for a fun mental workout!
Designed for the complete beginner through intermediate level artist, 

Ongoing 5-class sessions begins March 1. 
Drop-in, $35 per class; $150 per session  ($25 discount)

Creativity Day!
Any medium, all are welcome.  Stay as long as you like.
Learn and be inspired from each other! 

Watercolor Classes with Kathy Miller

Each week brings a new focus. Students may join at any time. Instructor will demo for the first hour, students can follow along with Kathy or paint from their own reference materials. Occasionally, the class paints on location.  For more info, contact Kathy at or call (805) 772-9230.
New Session begins February 4.   
Drop-In, $25 per class. 

Mixed Media with Diana Manseau
This class is designed for those new to art or experienced artists who want to work with different materials.  Lessons incorporate gouache, acrylic, pastel, paper, pen & ink, charcoal, watercolor, and even found items to create extraordinary expressions of your own personal vision.
Drop-in, $25 per class 

Oil Painting 101 with Jason Mayr
This class is designed for the complete beginner through intermediate level artist.  If you've ever wanted to paint like the Old Masters, come learn the c
hiaroscuro method of capturing light and shadow. Value, color, edges, paint quality and composition will all be covered.
Ongoing 6-class sessions begins March 16
Drop-in, $35 per class; $180 per session ($30 discount)

FEBRUARY 12,13,14   Visiting Artist
The Figure in Pastel - Margaret Dyer Workshop

Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application.  If you've ever wanted to try a new medium or loosen up, this is a great workshop to take.  Suitable for all levels, no pastel experience required.
3-Day Workshop: $395 plus $40 model fee.
Oops. We Goofed!

The January newsletter omitted a very important piece of information. Halie Wieser, who made the beautiful Holiday quilt seen here, donated her work for the annual raffle.  All proceeds from the raffle directly benefit MBAA programs.
A very special thank you to our Halie!

Every stitch a stitch of love. 

Katherine and Ken Sorenson were the lucky raffle winners.  Thanks to all who purchased tickets.
Pictured is Katherine Sorenson
with her new quilt.
March 10, 2016
Autry Museum, Los Angeles

Join us for a day of exceptional art as we travel in comfort to the Autry Museum at Griffith Park. Now in its 19th year, the prestigious Masters of the American West exhibition is considered the country's premier western art show.  The annual exhibit features works from 75 top western artists.  Price includes admission, private docent guided tour and round trip coach transportation departing from Morro Bay, SLO and South County.  Lunch is available for purchase onsite at Crossroads West Cafe.
Cost:  $70  
For reservations, contact MBAA
Art Center at (805) 772-2405.
Final Strokes  
MBAA mourns the loss of an exceptional watercolorist, friend and teacher, Chris Van Winkle, who passed away in January after a brief illness.  Chris served as past president of the National Watercolor Society and was a much loved member of MBAA.  His contribution to artists and the community are legendary.  We miss you, Chris.

cambria               tony couch workshop   march 7-10  
                       contact (678) 513-6676, 

                       annual passiflora mosaic retreat,  march 10-13
                       camp ocean pines, more info:
slo                  aquarius: best in watercolor. february 5-march 27

                       just for teens: figure drawing with jan french.  sloma
                       saturdays, february 20, 27, march 5

atascadero    quota club seeks donations for its 1st "art scene"
                       fundraiser.  original art 10" x 10" or smaller, any
                       medium.  myrna wood, (805) 460-6129,
             , chair, auction committee  

The highest price ever paid for a painting at auction happened on May 11, 2015, in New York City, when Christie's dropped the hammer on Pablo Picasso's 1955 Les Femmes D'Alger.  The painting fetched a whopping $179.4 Million 
Chiaroscuro, from Italian, chiaro ("light") and scuro ("dark") was a technique first brought to attention by Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century. By the 17th century, Caravaggio and his followers were using harsh, dramatic light to isolate figures and heighten their emotional tension.  Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, and Diego Velazquez, among others, also used the method, and today chiaroscuro is synonymous with the Old Masters. (From 

Jason Mayr makes it all look simple.  Blocking light from the windows and using direct intense lighting in the classroom, he kept everyone glued to the canvas as he explained the finer points of the chiaroscuro method. As with every demo, we had a raffle for one of the artist's works and this month Charm won a stunning still life painted by Jason. 

NEXT DEMO:  February 8   3-5 PM       
Marketing Your Art with Peggy Fitzgerald
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