August Newsletter

Art Center Morro Bay

To champion art as essential to life and give our community a creative voice
 From the President’s Desk

As summer continues, Art Center Morro Bay will beat the heat with a new window, to be installed in the Russell Gallery upstairs. A new “open” flag was purchased to replace the old tattered one. Lynn and Scott Douglass weeded between the patio and neighboring parking lot, and replanted flowers in the large pots. Scott has offered to keep them healthy and watered. Thank you, Scott!  

The General Meeting was a huge success! A fun, artistic game with colored pencils, got everyone talking about ideas for the future of Art Center Morro Bay. We enjoyed lots of yummy food and great friends. Thanks to all who participated in the recent email survey. The information you provided will help us know what kind of classes and workshops to schedule in the future.

You may notice we are offering something new at Art Center Morro Bay.  An art lecture, “Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus”, given by Art Historian, Tess Wright. Designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, Ms. Leibovitz’s career as a critically acclaimed photographer of individuals and artists in contemporary life, and her novel approach to photojournalism, revolutionized the realm of photography. You may reserve a seat by visiting our website or by calling the Art Center between 12-4pm daily.  

There is a new layaway/special order procedure for MBAA. Be sure to check the boxes on your take-in sheets, if you wish to participate.  

We thank artist, Mari O’Brien, for assisting Rosemary Bauer with marketing duties. We are still in the process of building a marketing team. If you’re interested in marketing or social media, please give me a call.

We thank you, our members, volunteers and exhibitors!  
FRIDAY, JULY 7  12:00 - 2:00PM

The Morro Bay Art Association's General Meeting and Potluck was attended by over 40 members who filled the counters at the Art Center with lots of delicious casseroles, salads, sandwiches and decadent desserts. All agreed it was a lovely afternoon of great food, art and camaraderie! Thanks to all who were able to attend and help organize this event. 
2nd Monday Demo

August 14     3:00 - 5:00PM

Are You Afraid of the Darks?


Carol Timson Ball



If you’ve wondered how to create pastel paintings that illuminate light with the use of darks, don’t miss this great opportunity to learn techniques taught by professional artist Carol Timson Ball.

This demonstration will explore composition, perspective and editing. Carol will apply color combinations that illuminate her painting, creating a dynamic between light and dark. Carol commented, “I would like to encourage people to become better artists.”

While you’re enjoying the demo, don’t miss the current art exhibit,
On and Off the Wall!  


Oil Painting
Jason Mayr


Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Learn to paint still life in oil with Jason Mayr - beginner to advanced students - all students are welcome!  $30.00 MBAA members or $35.00 for non-members
Register by contacting Jason at 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! 

Adult Coloring Book Club and
Zen Doodle

Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30am


Relax and unwind in the adult coloring book club!  Anyone can do it, no experience necessary! Bring your own coloring books or get started with a page from ours. It's FREE!
From the Gallery
          - Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director
Currently on view are two extraordinary exhibits in our Art Center Galleries: “On and Off the Wall”, in our Russell Gallery, features works of the Central Coast Sculpture Group and the Painters Group of SLOMA, while “Let’s Rock!”,  featuring our world-famous Morro Rock wows our tourists in the Main Gallery. If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the gallery to see the shows, it’s definitely worth the visit!  Show ends on July 31.
Coming Soon: We’ve had a tremendous response from our artistic community for our annual juried exhibit, “Pushing Boundaries: Exploring Abstraction”, with a total of 183 artworks submitted. Krista Harris, a career-level abstract artist, residing in Colorado, served as our juror and has selected 70 pieces for this show.  Primary consideration was given to quality of the works and cohesiveness of the show, resulting in a very exciting exhibit.  Show opens on August 3.   Many thanks to all of you who submitted your works!  We hope to see you, your friends and families, at our opening reception and awards presentation on August 6, 2 – 4 pm.
Clark Mitchell Workshop
June 24 & 25

The Clark Mitchell workshop on June 24 & 25 was even better than last year!  Most of the students went on the optional photo outing to Sweet Springs and then enjoyed a private Art Center gallery tour after hours.  Here are some scenes from the group critique at the end of the workshop.  A good time was had, and lots of great art was made by all!
Last month...
Marjory Abeya's  workshop
Fun with Drawing
Marjory Abeyta is a talented and skillful artist who has a gift for capturing the unique nuisances and characteristics of animals. Among the animals she draws, horses are a favorite. We had the pleasure of watching how Marjory creates her beautiful works of art, using pencils, charcoal, and other easily found tools, to draw accurately proportioned horses. After the demo, we enjoyed a very informative question and answer time, as well as shared some fun animal stories.

Marjory generously donated 4 of her prints to be given as door prizes. The lucky winners were: Marjory Rau, Mark Nicklanovich, Sylvia Hill and Lynda Merrill.
Thank you, Marjory. It was a pleasure to have you at Art Center Morro Bay!

Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus

Presented by Art Historian/Lecturer
Tess Wright

Sunday, August 27,  3-5pm
Best known for her novel portraiture techniques and fashion photography, this lecture explores Ms. Leibovitz’s successful career as a photojournalist.  Rolling Stone Magazine and Vanity Fair are her most recent collaborations with activist Gloria Steinem.  Designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, Ms. Leibovitz’s career as a critically acclaimed photographer of individuals and artists in contemporary life and her novel approach to photojournalism revolutionized the realm of photography.  Developing unique setups, lighting, and creating interviewing sessions with subjects to capture their essence, Ms. Leibovitz's work with actors, writers, public figures and stage and screen stars, garnered her widespread acclaim within the U.S. and international community.

Advance purchase is suggested as seating is limited. Tickets are $3.00 and can be purchased at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, or online at

or visit us online at
 Tess Wright is a local art historian who's research has centered on artistic content as well as the artist's life experiences.

A big shout out to Colleen Ray!! A huge Thank You for donating a podium to the Art Center for the upcoming lecture,  Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus, by Tess Wright.   
From sad

A HUGE thanks to Scott and Lynn Douglass for planting fresh flowers and weeding between the patio and next door parking lot!!




Tom Franklin, Solvang
Heidi Kruger, Atascadero
Anne RIswold, Los Osos
Darlene Davis, Arroyo Grande
Julia Braeger, Cambria
Bodil Bacciarini, San Luis Obispo
Holly Beals, San Luis Obispo
Thomas Dale, Morro Bay
Martin Lomeli, Morro Bay
Hope Mayer, Morro Bay
Jeanne Obermeier, Paso Robles
Mark Skinner, Los Osos
Smith Wade, Paso Robles

We thank you!
Seeking artists who are interested in donating their time and teach painting classes at the Manse. 
Art supplies are provided. 
If interested, contact Oscar Buenrostad, Activities Director
  805-541-4222, ext 13 or email:
    Classes & Workshops

Next Class with Joan Fee  

Mosaic Fun Time
August 12, 10:00am - 1:30pm
Choose from a planter, frame, garden rock, heart, wine bottle, wine glass, necklaces, mirrors or a family plaque. All projects are super simple and perfect for beginners. Everything is provided to complete the project including use of tools, the base piece, broken china pieces, baubles, glue, grout and instruction. Price range $35-$80.

Hypertufa Fairy Cottage Garden
August 13, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Create your own fairy mini garden to grace your garden. Joan will demonstrate how to make and cure hypertufa. She has premade and cured a hypertufa bowl and fairy house for use in creating your mini garden. You’ll paint the house in your choice of colors then plant the bowl with succulents Joan provides. Everything is provided to complete the project including a 12” hypertufa bowl, a 4-1/2” tall x 3” square hypertufa house shape, paints, soil, succulents, use of tools, assorted rocks and instruction. Price $75
Sea Glass Wire Wrap Jewelry
August 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm
This class is perfect if you want to learn basic wire wrapping or find a beautiful way to use your sea glass. All materials are provided to make one necklace and two earrings including genuine, local sea glass for you to use but you can bring your own too! Tools are available for use during workshop. No experience necessary. Class fee: $50
Pre-registration required
or call Joan at 805-286-5993
To register for any of Joan Fee's classes, click here.
Next Board Meeting is August 15, 1:30 - 4:30pm.
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