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


   From the President’s Desk

Although Covid-19 has presented its share of challenges, your MBAA Board of Directors have been stepping up to meet them head on, in a proactive manner.  
One of those challenges has been the exhibition calendar! The show schedule is typically completed one year in advance, containing a select few outside organizations, that are approved and under contract.
At the end of 2019, and the beginning of Covid, we entered into 2020 with an exciting exhibit schedule. Little did anyone know, we’d be sheltering in place and literally closing the gallery for an unknown period of time. Suddenly, outside organizations previously contracted with MBAA were reaching out in an effort postpone exhibits. Understandably!  By March of 2020, it became clear the entire schedule for that current year and the next, would need to be addressed.  As a result of the ongoing and worsening spread of Covid, contracted organizations were allowed to reschedule into later time frames. Aside from the CCP exhibit, squeezed in by our Exhibitions Director last year, the current 2022 exhibit schedule is the result.  This situation has culminated in a little less exhibit space generally allowed for MBAA Members and Non-Member artists. While a couple of shows will limit intake to (2) wall hung artworks instead of the usual (3), please keep in mind that artists are allowed to replace sold artwork during a show at no additional take-in fee.  We hope you will bear with us while we continue to move through, and hopefully beyond this extraordinary time. On the upside, there are incredible exhibits scheduled this year, you won't want to miss! 
Take-in for Love, Open Hearts, Open Minds is Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 10am – 2pm. This exhibit is reserved for MBAA Members only. If you are a non-member and would like to exhibit during this show, you may apply for a membership HERE.  Artists may bring up to (2) wall hung artworks of any medium, (10) note cards, (5) portfolio items and jewelry. Please print out and bring take-in forms and wire tags, HERE. If you are unable to print forms, they will be available.  This exhibit will be in the Main Gallery downstairs.  
Upstairs, MBAA will present, International Encaustic Artists. Artists have been selected from the US and Canada. IEA will also exhibit 3D artwork throughout the gallery. 
The artist reception for both organizations will be Sunday, April 10, 2-4pm.
I would like to commend all of the volunteers who have and continue to step forward in their efforts to help keep this organization and gallery humming along, especially in the face of these challenges.  Thank you! 
Patricia Newton
Love: Open Hearts, Open Minds

 April 7 through May 23

Take-in:  Tuesday, April 5   10am – 2pm

LOVE has been the inspiration for the creation of more great art than any other human emotion. How do you depict love? How do you convey its complexity and intensity?  This theme is a celebration of beauty or tragedy, evoked by emotions stirred from the physical or spiritual effects of love. Artistic expression in all 2D media is acceptable.  Space is limited to MBAA members only in the main gallery, downstairs for this exhibit. Limitations on the number of art submissions may apply. Please submit artwork with entry forms and wire tags. Learn more ...
Gallery Art Exchange

Take-in for Love, Open Hearts, Open Minds is Tuesday, April 5 10am – 2pm. This exhibit is reserved for MBAA Members only. If you are a non-member and would like to exhibit during this show, you may apply for a membership HERE.  Artists may bring up to (2) wall hung artworks of any medium, (10) note cards, (5) portfolio items and jewelry. Please print out and bring take-in forms and wire tags, HERE. If you are unable to print forms, they will be available.   
Broken Nature

TAKE-IN: Tuesday, May 24   10am - 2pm
May 26 through June 27
Depicting extraordinary true beauty and/or the devastation of nature.  There are two main approaches to take: environmental - the critical state of the environment due to the impact of human presence;  and or the human condition -  figurative, representational and abstract artists exposing our psyche.  Learn more ...

Memorial Day Weekend

May 28, 29 & 30

10:00am - 5:00pm



Take-in day is Friday, MAY 27  3:00 - 5:00 pm

If you wish to have your own booth, please contact Steve Powers, email:


To participate in the MBAA gallery booth, you must be a current MBAA Member. BECOME A MEMBER

  • There are no take-in fees. 
  • All sales go through the gallery, 25% commission fees are aplicable.
  • No sales license needed.
  • Participating artists must volunteer as a docent or rover for at least one shift.  Docents work in the MBAA booth, help customers, provide information, make sales and sign up new members.  Rovers wear an MBAA vest and give vendors short breaks by sitting in their booths for short periods, letting customers know the vender will return soon.
  • Parking: All vendors and artists may park vehicles to load/unload artwork along the park for take-in and pickup only! While working any other time at the park, please park at least 2 blocks away from the park. Parking within 2 blocks of the park is reserved for customers only. Please note, the bus stop lane is a tow away zone. 

Booth space is limited.  Participates in the MBAA Art in the Park booth, may bring up to (3) wall hung peices, 10 prints and 20 note cards each.  Please keep artwork sizes under 30 inches on any side. If you are bringing large pieces, please limit to (2) artworks. If you are bringing jewelry or 3D artwork, please call or email ahead so I may ensure enough space for your items.  We'll try to fit in what we can within reason.

Patricia: 805-423-1100,

Please bring your artwork and pre-filled entry forms out to the park on Friday, May 27, 3-5pm for take-in.  If you do not have a printer, we will have forms available.  Fill in the blank wall cards will need to be used for wall hung art.  You may pick up wall cards ahead of time at the gallery docent desk or fill them out at the park.

You are encouraged to replace sold items throughout the weekend. 

At the end of this show, please pick up any unsold artwork at the park,
Monday, May 30, 3-4pm.

Cashier training will be arranged before the event.

Plein Air Painters of the Central Coast

Image courtesy of Ann Fraker

Tuesday mornings   
9:00am - 12:00pm

Do You like the outdoors? Do you enjoy painting, sketching, and drawing? Please join us for this casual group of plein air painters. This is a self-directed fun group of dynamic artists who enjoy painting and sketching outdoors. We will meet at the Art Center Morro Bay and decide on the location that we will go to paint.
Then after our session we'll meet for a brown bag lunch at a nice location with restrooms, tables or benches and we will critique our paintings.
Meet at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street and then drive to the location decided.  Contact Kirsti Wothe – Adult Education Director - for more information (805) 996-0937
Portrait Workshop

Image provided by Bob Rodger
Tuesday evenings   5:30pm - 8:30pm

Art Center Morro Bay is proud to present a weekly, uninstructed, Portrait Workshop, featuring a variety of male and female clothed models.

Put yourself on the pathway to better art! This evening workshop is open to a limited number of students. There is no instructor. This workshop is appropriate for beginner to advanced. Bring your own art materials.

COST: $144.00 for 12 weeks for MBAA Members / $180.00 for 12 weeks for Non-Members
CONTACT: Bob Rodger (805) 528-4248,
Online registration:


 Wednesdays   10:00am – 3:00pm*  

FREE   informal and open to the public

Meet in the Art Center art studio/classroom. Bring your artwork and supplies, in any medium and join others working in various mediums. Bring your lunch and stay for the whole time, or come and go as it works for you. No pre-registration needed. 

 *unless other events/workshops conflict

Life Drawing

Image provided by Bob Rodger
Wednesday evenings   6:00pm - 9:00pm

Life drawing has remained the cornerstone of art instruction. 
We believe life drawing should be fun, accessible and expressive. Art Center Morro Bay is proud to present a weekly, uninstructed, Life Drawing workshop, featuring a variety of male and female nude models. 

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 (805) 528-4248,
Pre-register HERE


Setup starts at approximately 11:00am

What is Art on the Patio?? On the 4th Saturday of each month we are allowing up to 6 members to show and sell their work on the Art Center Patio. We LOVE it if you do some LIVE painting or demonstrating of your work - as this gains more interest with the passersby and draws them into our show and the Gallery!! If you have something you'd like to demonstrate, please let us know and we'll save more room for you.

There is no cost for exhibiting. However, sales are split 25/75% with the Gallery, the same division as the items inside the Gallery. All sales go through the Gallery - so no need to bring bags, wrappings, credit card machines, cash, etc. We handle all of that - and you'll receive a check a few days after the show - in the mail. No inventory sheets are required either. When a customer wants to make a sale - you will just write their purchases on a receipt or slip of paper, with your name on it - and they'll bring that inside with the item(s) to check out.

 Each space is approximately 8' long by 5' deep. Roughly the size of a table. We have a few tables and 6' grids for you to use - if you don't have displays of your own, or don't want to lug them. Please bring easels, print racks or table displays as needed.
If you are a Member of MBAA and would like to sign up for a space, please email Deborah Lord:

(You can become a member - on our website - HERE  If you have any other questions, please feel free to direct those to Deborah as well.

For those not interested in exhibiting, we would LOVE for you to come out and support your fellow Member Artists! It's a great chance to mingle, learn something knew and get to know everyone! See you April 23rd!!

Are you ready to join our team of volunteers?  Maybe you'd like to be more social or prefer to work from home? We have fun and very important positions available!  
Treasurer Assistant

Weekly - approx. 2 hours

  • Tally daily sales reports for the week
  • Make bank deposit
  • Write checks to artists
  • Open mail, distribute
  • Process any new membership forms

Exhibitions Director & Assistant
Oversee all Gallery Exhibits and Receptions.  With the help of a Gallery Director Assistant, lead team of volunteers to develop and present art exhibitions.  

  • Fill annual exhibit schedule to include dates of art exchange, exhibit installation, show and receptions with dates and times. 
  • Work with outside art organizations to negotiate gallery exhibits with the use of an approved MBAA Contract.  
  • Invite 3D Guest artists for shows when appropriate.
  • Share copy of completed exhibit schedule to the Marketing Director, Docent Director.
  • Submit budget (spending) request to board.
  • Write up show and Call for Artist descriptions. Forward with images to the Marketing Director for inclusion onto the website, social media and general marketing.
  • Take-in forms may be updated by Exhibitions Director at the discretion of the board.
  • Report to the board and submit board report. 
  •  Submit Newsletter report
  • Supervise exchange, hanging and wall/3D tag installation with the assistance of Exhibit Director Assistant.
  • Exhibit Director Assistant shall work with Recruitment Volunteer for the scheduling of volunteers needed for art exchange, hanging, tagging and receptions.  
  • Work with Exhibit Director Assistant to design and order poster for kiosk.
  • Attend Art all Receptions 
Marketing Director 
Oversee promotion of all aspects of MBAA programs and manage public relations, market analysis, and increase community awareness of MBAA 
  • Ensure training for marketing volunteers, providing updated spreadsheet with media contact information.
  • Collect press releases for Exhibits, Demos, Workshops and classes. Collect images to accompany and assign to respective marketing team volunteer.
  • Ensure events are added to website and social media, by forwarding information to assigned representative.
  • Ensure the monthly NewTimes ad has been prepared and sent. (This job performed by a graphic artist)
  • Ensure the quarterly ad is updated if needed for Magazine. (This job performed by a graphic artist)
  • Update media sheets and speak with editors and salespeople with regard to advertising.
For more information about any of these positions, pease ask any board member or email:


Meet Sean Tuck! Sean was born in a small hospital once located in the tiny town of Avenal in 1962.

Although Sean enjoyed art during his high school years, the art class did not provide any instruction. Sean forged ahead and taught himself by copying from Frank Frazzetta books and album covers, then was able to get some art class instruction at Wells Hills Community College.

Sean began working his way through college in retail.  He worked at the Kettleman City McDonalds for six years while attending West Hills College in Coalinga and subsequently attended Chico State College, Chico, CA.  Upon returning to the Central Coast, Sean became a manager in the children’s department of the popular Gottschalks, located in SLO. As Sean moved on from retail, he landed a job at Oracle, relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area for approximately six years.  From there he moved around relocating to Colorado Springs for about twenty three years, Los Alamos, Mew Mexico and Rhode Island. By 2020, Sean decided to return to the Central Coast to be near family and the Pacific ocean which he loves.

Although it’s tough to maintain a steady focus on artwork while raising a family, Sean continued to find time and dabble with his love of art and photography. In more recent years, Sean decided to make a more concerted effort to learn how to paint abstract with acrylics and not allow his inner critic to take over, and this has expanded into a more expressionist style.

During Sean’s busy work schedule, he finds time to volunteer at the MBAA gallery, assisting the exhibitions directors in the many duties required. He helped with photography of artists and artwork for the Salon Show and continues to help during take-in and receptions.

We’re glad Sean found Art Center Morro Bay and exhibits his beautiful paintings here in the local community!




MONDAY APRIL 4  3:00 - 5:00PM
Did you know the second Monday of every month is set aside for general meetings for MBAA Members and non-members to connect, catch up with organization announcements and shared information? After a quick meeting, join us for a great art demonstration and refreshments.

 Join us for an afternoon of encaustic wax painting.


Phishing Scam

An important Warning to our artists!

 There are all kinds of scams, phishiing emails, phone calls and texts from those who would love to collect your private information and worse, take your money!

One of those scams may come in the form of a "phishing email" requesting to purchase an unspecified artwork from you.

Beware, if it sounds too good to be true, it's likely a scam!
These emails often begin by claiming:
"I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to my wedding anniversary which is just around the corner. I came across some of your works which I found quite impressive. I must admit you're doing quite an impressive job.
With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife…

Further contact from these people will most often result by the person informing you they will pay by a personal or company check.

The outcome of these scams can be financially devastating to the person targeted!
The scammers may send a check, often twice the amount the artwork is being sold for. Then they will ask you to go ahead and cash the check, mail the artwork and ask you to simply return the overage. 

This may sound just fine on the onset. However, what victims find is that the check was stolen or otherwise not good. The victim is out an artwork, shipping fees and the money they returned via personal check. Your bank may also charge you for the returned or otherwise stolen check because it bounced! All to often the money can not be recovered as the bank it's drawn on is out of the U.S. or a bank the U.S. does not have an agreement with to recover the funds.

Although there are genuine customers out there ready to purchase artwork online, it's always a good idea to be safe. if you feel you might be targeted as a victim to this scam, don't wait, take the check to your local bank, have them double check it before you cash it and mail artwork. If the check is more than expected, it's likely a scam! Better yet, if the email reads as noted above, you may want to just delete the email, saving yourself much grief.

Introducing Encaustics

with Vicky Hoffman
April 23  1:00 - 4:00pm

Due to popular demand, this workshop has been expanded to allow for a few more students!

This mini encaustic workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the basic techniques of the encaustic process – beeswax, resin and pigment. You will be introduced to transfers, mark making, embedding elements, incorporating mixed media, papers, and other secrets to achieve a smooth surface.  Read more here.  COST: $75 Members; $85 Non-Members for this one-day workshop.
***All materials are included in the cost of the class  Register here.




Hammered Metal Triangular Jewelry
April 2  10:00am - 2:00pm

Create a gorgeous necklace and two pierced earring set that's fun for all skill levels. Everything is provided to complete the projects including your color choice of beads. Invite your friends and family for a fun day in Morro Bay.  Class Fee $50.  Buy Tickets.

Update to Morro Bay Art Association By-Laws
Added to MBAA bylaws:
Section 7. A Board Member may be dismissed, without cause, by a 2/3 vote of the Board, followed by a 30 day notice to the MBAA Membership.

Removed from MBAA Bylaws:
Section 12. Volunteer Coordinator, non board position
Section 13. Hospitality Director, non board position 
Linda Reynolds
Julie Linxwiler
Teri Miller
Cynthia Moller
Kerry Heller
Brande Grodin
Deborah Wogan
Dale Seavey
Jessica Willey


The next meeting of the Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors is
April 15, 2022  12:00 - 2:00pm.
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May, 2017 Newsletter
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Tel: (805) 772-2504

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