December Newsletter

Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

December is a month for celebration!  This year, Art Center Morro Bay will have a six foot “crab pot” Christmas tree out front.  Another great way to enjoy the season will be the Santa Crawl.  The trolly will be running and Yule Tide Passports may be obtained on the gallery deck during the event.  For family fun during this occasion, join Joan Fee and decorate tree ornaments with alcohol inks and enjoy hot spiced cider with cookies!
There is no demo this month.  In it’s place, December 13, 2018, is the Board Installation and Holiday Dinner for all MBAA members.  Meet your 2019 Board of Directors and enjoy a great holiday celebration!  Members are encouraged to attend and may bring a guest.  You’ll get a fabulous dinner at Windows on the Water at a discounted price, enjoy the Morro Bay High School Choir, door prizes, meet fellow artists and a wonderful look back over the 2018 year.  Seating is limited, call the gallery or go online make reservations by December 7th
The next exhibit, For the Birds, concurrent with the Winter Bird Festival, celebrates all birds that live and migrate to the Central Coast.  Exchange day is January 8, 10am -2pm.   January 14, 3-5pm, Finn Hansen will demonstrate leather crafting.  Watch Finn use leather crafting tools to create shapes and designs with beautiful results.
If you’ve thought about joining the board, there’s no better time!  Volunteering provides a great sense of accomplishment and we’re happy to send you an organizational chart with an outline of duties for each position. Contact any board member.
Election results are in!  Your 2019 MBAA Board of Directors will be, Sue Palmer, Community Outreach; Liz Moore, Youth Art Director; Gail Martin, Adult Education Director; Colleen Ray, Membership Director and Michael Costa, Docent Director.  Officers voted in by directors are Bob Azevedo, Treasurer; Janet Hillson, Secretary and Patricia Newton, President.   
Board members are volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to run this vibrant gallery and bring about positive change.  During this past year, Sue Palmer assisted with staffing the Art in the Park booth and the Arts in Business program. Gail Martin scheduled an impressive array of classes, workshops and demos going into 2020.  Bob Azevedo, assisted by Debra Piazza, oversees all financial assets, insurance and risk management functions, including maintenance of the building-MBAA’s largest asset.  Janet Hillson, Secretary, produces the monthly newsletter, takes and transcribes our board minutes, maintains ABC event licenses and corporate records.  Liz Moore, Director of Youth Programs, manages a student art exhibit, Internships and Scholarship programs.  I would also like to take this time to give credit to Marty Azevedo who works very hard throughout the year to maintain the membership database.  As President, I fill in the rest and then some!  Our volunteers and board members sacrifice their time and work hard for us all.  Please be sure to thank them for outstanding service and dedication.  
In closing, I would like to wish you all, Happy Holidays and a prosperous and healthy, New Year!  

December 7

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Staging for this year's Santa Crawl will begin at Art Center Morro Bay, the Chessboard located on the Embarcadero or The Siren for the purchase of Yule Tide Passports, wrist bands and tasting glasses to begin this adult scavenger hunt.  Dress up in your favorite Santa costume and catch a ride on the Morro Bay trolly for this fun filled evening designed for adults over 21.  Art Center Morro Bay will host a brew master or vintner, play festive holiday music, and will be serving hot spiced cider and cookies. 

During this event, come in and decorate Christmas ornaments!  These hand painted ornaments are fun and and easy to create with plenty of color choices.  No experience necessary and kids are welcome.  Ornaments are $2.00 each to purchase and paint with alcohol inks.  

Revelers checking in with Santa Crawl passport 
     2017 Holiday elves

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!

Make your reservations now!


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

Mixed Greens 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



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
  • Free ZenDoodle classes
  • Monthly demonstrations
  • Exhibit and sell your artwork at reduced rates
  • Link your website
  • Display your artwork in local businesses
  • Pay reduced rates for classes and workshops
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!


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 Sue at: or phone (805)441-5722

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

TD Parker Salon, SLO

This program provides a unique opportunity for YOU too 



Leather Tooling
with Finn Hansen


January 14, 2019

3:00pm - 5:00pm


Tooling leather is the process of cutting into the leather to create shapes and designs. It’s a lot easier than you'd think, and the results can be beautiful! Tooled leather items often include, purses, belts, saddles, or just about anything made from leather.

A variety of tools are used to achieve different designs. The designs on tooled leather range from the simple to the ornate. Some designs are part of an artistic tradition in many nations. Elaborate stars, flowers, curves, wildlife and initials are a few of the designs you can make, tooling leather.

Tooling leather is a great craft. Whether you’re wanting to make a beautiful horse saddle for yourself or a custom belt for a friend, see how intricate designs are carved into leather.

November Demo

Pine Needle Basketry
with Sherri Smith Holgate

We had 17 people in attendance for the November monthly general meeting and demo.  Topics reviewed at the meeting were the steps being taken by the Morro Bay Art Association to generate interest and promote sales at the gallery as well as the cooperative participation with the city and tourism throughout the holiday season including the Winterfest, Morro Bay12 Days of Fun.  

Sherri Smith-Holgate demonstrated how to start a pine needle basket and then how to add various fibers, beads, wire and foil into the coiling. She talked about the different types of needles used in basketry and how to get them ready for coiling.  She shared the art of basketry with the group and showed examples of not only baskets but pendants, brooches, and art pieces as well.

Nancy Schum was the lucky winner of the raffle item, a pine needle holiday ornament donated by Sherri.

 Our next monthly general meeting and demo will be on Monday January 14th, 2019 where Finn Hanson will be demonstrating leather tooling.
Left to right is Sherri Smith Holgate and Nancy Schum, the lucky raffle winner!
We will be making table decorations for the annual Holiday Dinner on
Saturday, December 8th at 12pm in the Activity Room at the gallery 

for anyone who wishes to help

AND .....
Many thank for Patricia Newton for her tireless effort to keep the board of directors on track to update the Morro Bay Art Association's by-laws. After many hours of discussions, and numerous revisions with help from SPOKES, the Morro Bay Art Association now has a complete set of updated by-laws.  A set of these new by-laws will be placed in the docent book located at the docent desk for members to read.

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

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?  

There are still vacancies on our 13 person MBAA Board of Directors 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 actively volunteer and 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 any 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
Colleen Ray, Membership Director
Michael Costa, Docent Director

The Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors meets once a month at Art Center Morro Bay to discuss current and future 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
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


Introduction to Soft Pastels and
the Art of Pastel Painting

with Greg Trombly, PhD

3-day workshop

February 7, 14, 21 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Discover the magic of pastels in a relaxed and supportive environment, focusing on basic drawing and observation skills. This workshop is designed to provide plenty of hands on guidance, allowing students to work from reference photos of their choice. Students from beginner to advanced are welcome.

Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and value. Greg will begin each workshop with a short demonstration, followed by independent work from personal reference photos and instructor guidance. Students are encouraged to bring a reference photo of a sunset and shoreline for these classes.
Read more ...

Plein Aire Painting Indoors
with Ken Christensen

2-day workshop

February 8 & 9
1:30pm - 5:30pm

Ken Christensen is a classic, on-site landscape painter influenced by French Impressionists and Fauves. He paints with the vision, color, and verve of such painters as Van Gogh, Vlaminck, Marquet and Derain, and the American perspective of Hopper and Benton.

During this workshop, Ken will discuss the use of supplies, pallet color and the Impressionistic, Fauve style of painting. Ken will demonstrate brush work and the use of strident colors, while discussing subject matter. This workshop is appropriate for beginner to advanced. Learn more  ...

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

January 5, 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.


Resin Necklaces

Jan 5, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Create two stunning necklaces by adding charms, beads, trinkets, glitter, paper and many other treasures into metal tray bezels then we will encase your creations in glistening resin.

Sea Glass & Wire Heart Jewelry

January 6, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Learn how to harden wire which strengthens and flattens it then the instructor will demonstrate how to drill holes in sea glass. You will take all your new knowledge and create a one-of-a-kind necklace and pierced earrings. Beginners welcome.


Beaded & Wire Heart Jewelry

January 26, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Create a beautiful heart necklace and pierced earrings by forming wire and adding your choice of beads. All supplies are provided to complete the project. Choose your bead colors from instructor's supply. Beginners welcome.


Mosaics Play Day Choose Your Project

January 26, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Choose your project from exciting hearts to garden rocks to stepping stones. See website for more selections and pictures. All projects are super simple and perfect for a beginner. Everything is provided to complete the project.



Succulent Sunday Choose Your Project

January 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with Mixed Media Artist, Joan Martin Fee, who will show you how easy it is to create with succulents. Choose from two sizes of round wreaths or a heart wreath. Everything is included to complete a lush wreath including tools, beautiful, locally grown succulents, forms and care sheet.


**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 December 13, 2018, 11:00 - 1:00pm  
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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