October   Newsletter

Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

The 2018 MBAA Annual Juried Exhibition, reception and awards ceremony, was a great success.  A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes of each individual exhibit and this one is no exception.  A special thank-you, to Dianne Ravin for her help organizing and preparing entries for our Juror, Debra Joy Groesser and Jan French, for her graphic design work on the beautiful brochures for this event!  Congratulations are extended to the following award winners, Best of Show for “Ibrahim” by Bodil Bacciarini, First Place for “Point Lobos” by Harwood Benton, Second Place for “Cresting Waves in Gray and Dull Green” by Park Merrill, Third Place for “Ballerinas on My Piano” by Robert Rodger and Honorable Mentions for “Peace and Goodnight” by Debbie Gedayloo, “Cerrito Peak” by Jeff Odell and “Palette and Coffee Pot” by Nico Vandenheuvel.  Event brochures are available at the gallery.  Be sure to get yours before they are gone.  This impressive exhibit will be on display through October 29, 2018.  Exchange day for Winter Faire is October 30, 10am – 2pm. 

We all enjoyed the 32nd Annual International Open Exhibition of Pastels USA, by Pastel Society of the West Coast.  The People’s Choice Award, in conjunction with this spectacular event, goes to Homeward Bound by Renay Shaffer.
Mark your calendars.  The Harbor Festival will be along the Embarcadero on Saturday, October 6 and Art Center Morro Bay will be open until 8pm to keep the party going.
Please join us for a hands-on, demonstration of French Dyes on Silk, by landscape artist, Jeanne Miller on Monday, October 8, 2018, 3pm-5pm.  Jeanne uses the Serti (closing or fence) technique which is a method used to outline designs with gutta or water-based resists, applied to white silk that has been pre-washed, dried and stretched.  If you’ve wondered how it’s done or just looking forward to a fun afternoon, don’t miss this free event.

Open Studios is a countywide event presented by Arts Obispo.  Get your catalogs for this free art tour at Art Center Morro Bay. 
It’s time to renew your membership!  Memberships are due January 1, 2019, however may be paid anytime from September 15, 2018, to be applied through the 2019 year.

It’s time to nominate and elect your 2019 MBAA Board Members.  If you have thought about joining the board, we have openings!  Please contact Bob Azevedo at
We hope to see you all at Windows on the Water Restaurant to celebrate another successful year, the holidays and installation of your 2019 Board of Directors.  Get your reservation in now for Thursday, December 13, 5pm – 9pm.  Enjoy a look back over 2018 and Christmas carols by the Morro Bay High School Choir.  Members may bring a guest!  Reserve online:
We are fortunate to have such a wonderful gallery to exhibit and sell artwork with minimum commission and take-in fees.  Please help us support and maintain this amazing organization by volunteering a little of your time.  A huge thanks go out to Bob Rodger, Ascension Nelson, Travis Newton, Garry Johnson, Gail Martin, Beverly Brown, Colleen Ray, Carolyn Chambers, Christine Sheffield, Susan Jonas, Sylvia Arnold Hill, Sharon Westray, Nancy Johnson, Ann Brown and Cal Poly Student Intern, Victoria Duehrin for their help in the installation and reception for our current exhibit.
Patricia Newton
Morro Bay Art Association is a non-profit, membership driven organization dedicated to championing art as essential to life and giving our community a creative voice. Without YOU our devoted members, we would not be able to provide the community with free demos, youth scholarships, hire teachers for classes and workshops, support local organizations and sustain a showplace for artists.

As a member of Art Center Morro Bay, you will enjoy many benefits, including:
  • Weekly creativity day
  • Monthly demonstrations
  • Exhibit and sell your artwork
  • Link your website
  • Become a Featured Artist
  • Display your artwork in local businesses
Please consider renewing your membership or joining now and receive the remaining months of 2018 free. Learn more about membership here.  THANK YOU for supporting your local art gallery!

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 Center Morro Bay is proud to work together with central coast businesses to exhibit YOUR art. If you wish to participate in this program to exhibit your artwork in local businesses to bring more exposure both to your work and to the Art Center Morro Bay, contact us at or phone us 805-772-2504.

Sue Palmer, has been working diligently to find local businesses who need art for their walls and enjoy supporting the arts community.  To date, Sue has work from members of the Morro Bay Art Association hanging in the following establishments:

Central Coast Lending, Morro Bay

Edward Jones Cayucos, Morro Bay

McElhinenney & McElhinenney Law Firm, Morro Bay

Morro Bay City Hall, Morro Bay

Morro Bay Library, Morro Bay

Morro Bay Department of Public Works, Morro Bay

Farmers Insurance, Los Osos

This program provides a unique opportunity for YOU too 


October Demo

Using French Dyes on Silk to Create Beautiful Landscapes

with Jeanne Miller


Oct 8, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

This demonstration will explore the steps of silk painting using a serti (resist) method as a guide. Jeanne will engage participants in a hands on application of French dye on silk. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how it’s done!  Read more ...

OCTOBER 13/14 & 20/21

10:00AM - 5:00PM EACH DAY 


ARTS Obispo's Open Studios Art Tour is FREE to the public - and one of the largest tours in the country! Approximately 200 artists participate throughout San Luis Obispo County by opening their studios for visitors to tour. Art in a variety of media and styles—from abstract and representational painting to wood, glass, metal and ceramic—is displayed and sold by artists directly from their working studios. Some artists have live demonstrations so visitors can see art being created and experience the creative process.

Tour visitors plan self-guided routes by looking through the printed full-color catalog, the online catalog or the mobile-friendly map. Printed catalogs are found at various locations throughout San Luis Obispo County beginning in mid-September through the Tour.


Creatively Embellished Pine Needle Pendant or Brooch
with Sheri Smith

Monday, November 12 

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a pine needle jewelry workshop by award winning artist, Sheri Smith. Students will learn to create a unique pendant or brooch with creative embellishments.

A passion for creating jewelry and baskets, has taken Sheri on the path of exploring the countless ways a piece can be adorned as it’s being created. Sheri uses traditional pine needle coiling and weaving techniques, and embellishes her works of art with fibers, ribbons, beads, wire and hardware.

Sheri attended University of Oregon EMU Craft Center Continuing Education. She taught youth arts, workshops and Smithsonian Arts through Nature. Sheri is a member of The Pine Needle Group, Columbia Basin Basketry Guild, National Basketry Organization, Art Forum Eugene, Oregon and Willamette Baskets Group. Sheri’s pine needle creations have been featured in numerous publications, and she authored a tutorial for a French magazine, Le Lien Creatif, on pine needle pendants.

This workshop will explore a variety of ways to begin coiling while adding colorful embellishments, using various fibers, beads and wire to complete a unique piece of jewelry. Learn the basics of coiling with longleaf pine needles, colorful waxed linen and beads to create a pendant or a brooch you can wear home! Perfect for beginning to advanced students. These techniques can be later used in making sculptural coiled baskets and jewelry. All materials provided. Students will need to bring a good pair of embroidery scissors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn techniques from an experienced pine needle coiler and weaver!
$125.00 MBAA Members or $130.00 Non Members

Pre-registration for this workshop can be made at Art Center Morro Bay or online at     Refunds may be given for cancellations made seven days prior to class with the exception of a $30.00 non-refundable registration fee.

September 10 Demo

What’s My Line
Our September monthly meeting and demonstration was a very popular one featuring acclaimed artist Tricia Reichert.  Utilizing the same subject matter, a Scottish bridge, Tricia demonstrated the affects of watercolor with 6 different types of ink.  Each ink, Suni, Walnut, India, Fibre Tipped Pen, Pelican Fountain Pen Ink, & Eternal Ink created a different look under the skilled hands of Tricia Reichert.  Questions were fielded throughout the demonstration and during the break.  Tricia generously provided 2 beautiful ink and watercolor paintings for the raffle which were won by Hedy Hale and Joanne Holzinger.
38 people were in attendance.  Our next general meeting and demonstration will be October 8th, 3-5pm.  Our demonstration will feature Jeanne Miller using French dyes on silk to create beautiful landscapes.


On the left is Tricia Reichert (the instructor) with a picture of her finished demonstration page. 
 Joanne Holzinger and Hedy Hale were the lucky winners of the raffle!
Harbor Festival Morro Bay
Saturday, October 6

Celebrate The Sea’s Bounty!

Come join the fun at the 37th Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival, one of the premier events on California’s spectacular Central Coast.  The pedestrian event zone will be located along the Embarcadero and will feature a variety of entertaining happenings.

Festival goers will be able to purchase the freshest seafood including oysters, shrimp, BBQ albacore, rock fish, and chowder. There will also be races and water craft demonstrations in the Bay and plenty of musical entertainment all day long. Morro Bay businesses and vendors from all over California will be presenting their wares and ocean-related agencies will provide information about local resources. Enjoy a variety of delicious food along with beer and wine and hard cider at the Festival!

Free Admission

Art Center Morro Bay will remain open until 8:00 this night!

The Morro Bay Harbor Festival committee is pleased to announce the winner of its poster art contest for this year’s Festival that will place this year on Saturday, October 6th. After receiving seven outstanding art entries, the committee chose the submission above from Wendy Wilkins Mitchell as the winner. 

Inaugural First Responders Crawl

October 26
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Morro Bay Tourism Department is planning a “progressive food and wine event,” called “The Inaugural First Responders Crawl” to honor and thank so-called “first responders” - the men and women who answer the call and run towards danger while everyone else flees. 

Advanced tickets are $15 and on sale now online at: A local winemaker or brew master will be pouring libations at participating retail stores, restaurants and business outlets throughout Morro Bay, along with chefs and business owners. Firefighters especially have had a difficult couple of years, from massive landslides and raging forest fires, to flooding and mudslides on top of the regular heavy call volumes they answer, it’s perhaps fitting to treat them to a night out and honor their dedication and sacrifices.

Morro Bay Art Association
Holiday Dinner


December 13, 2018

Cocktails – No Host bar at 5:00pm
Dinner at 6:00pm

Please arrive by 5pm to enjoy Christmas carols by the Morro Bay High School Choir!


Menu choices include the following:

LOCAL SNAPPER, Warm Herb & Heirloom Tomato Salsa, Wilted Spinach, Avocado, Prosciutto Caponata

FREE RANGE CHICKEN BREAST, Potato Puree, Windrose Farms Market Greens, Exotic Mushroom, Lemon Olive Oil

GRILLED FLAT IRON STEAK, Potato Puree, Braised Market Greens, Bordelaise Sauce, Chimichurri

STUFFED RED BELL PEPPER, Quinoa, Black Kale, Exotic Mushrooms, Grilled Zucchini, Cilantro Pesto, Tofu, Cauliflower Puree


Saffron Poached Pear, Stilton Crumbles, Candied Almonds, Vanilla-Balsamic Vinaigrette


Bouillon Style Clam Chowder Applewood Bacon, Tarragon Essence


Dinner includes coffee, tea or soda and a special dessert

$30.00 per person

 * You may bring an unopened bottle of wine, add $15.00 corkage fee per bottle to be charged separately at the table.

reserve your dinner seats at the gallery or online


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!

Did you know that the MBAA Board of Directors is elected by the membership?  

The MBAA Board of Directors will have 6 vacancies on our 13 person Board beginning in  January, 2019.  As a volunteer-run, non-profit organization, the health and future of the Morro Bay Art Association is dependent on our membership, YOU, to fill board positions.  

If you have thought about becoming a Board Member and would like to consider serving a 2-year term as a Director, please feel free to contact a Board Member to discuss position responsibilities and time commitment:

Patricia Newton, President
Bob Azevedo, Treasurer 
Janet Hillson, Secretary
Gail Martin, Adult Education
Liz Moore, Youth Outreach
Sue Palmer, Community Outreach

The Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors meets once a month at Art Center Morro Bay to discuss current issues, finances, scholarships, membership, programming, activities and more. 

There's never been a better time to volunteer and serve in one of these prominent positions:
Gallery Director
Gallery Co-Director
Docent Director
Membership Director
Marketing Director
Hospitality Director 
Classes & Workshops



May 12 - December 15

10:00am -  1:00pm

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Zentangle© with certified instructor, Debbie Gedayloo.  Debbie has practiced the art of Zentangle© for four years stating, “Often when sitting in meditation, I simply can’t quiet my mind and I bounce all over the place in my head. But, when I put the pen to the Zentangle© tile, the outside stimuli fade away and my entire being becomes quiet.” Debbie believes in the healing potential of this method and is excited to teach others how to tap into the hidden wisdom in each of us!

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. Read more ...   

COST: First time students: MBAA Members $35. Non Members $37.
Ongoing classes: MBAA Members $20. Non Members $22

register at the gallery or online

Upcoming Classes with Joan Fee

**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.

Beach or Holiday Tree Resin Class

Nov 3, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Nov 24, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Create an 11” x 14” beautiful beach scene or holiday tree choosing from instructor’s vast assortment of shells, colored glass, sand, glitter and then encase your scene in glistening resin.   COST: $75

Mosaics Choose Your Project

Nov 3, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Nov 25, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Choose from a trivet, stepping stone, heart, garden rock and so many more. All projects are super simple and perfect for a beginner. Everything is provided to complete the project. No experience necessary.  COST: $40-$90

Alcohol Inks Holiday Play Time

Nov 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Apply inks into five clear glass ornaments then swirl with canned air for an amazing one-of-a-kind look! Then apply your choice of alcohol inks on six coasters and spritz them with compressed air or alcohol. COST: $40



Sea Glass Wire Wrap Class

Nov 18, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Create a jewelry set (necklace and two pierced earrings) or a gorgeous mobile or salad server. All materials are provided to complete project including local sea glass and use of tools. No experience necessary. COST: $45-$70


Succulents – Choose Your Project

Nov 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Choose from two sizes of round wreaths or make a Succulent Wood Vertical Planter or a Succulent Holiday Tree. Everything is included to complete the project including use of tools, beautiful, locally grown succulents, form or wood vertical planter. COST: $70 - $90

Teacup Wire Birdfeeder

Nov 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Choose from an assortment of colorful teacups then add wire and beads to create an adorable birdfeeder for your garden or as a gift.  COST: $55


**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.

Next Board Meeting is October 2, 2018, 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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