June Newsletter
Morro Bay Art Association

We bid a sad farewell to KC Caldwell, President.  After sixteen months of dedicated service, we hope she will have more time for art and other special interests. 
While I pick up the baton, as Interim President, I look forward to a continued working relationship with a very capable Board of Directors, the MBAA membership and community at large.  

Summer is right around the corner and with it brings graduation, Art in the Park and youth art classes, perfect for the entire family.  Congratulations go to three well deserving scholarship winners, Emile McKenna Lopez, $750.00, Juliana Ruef $500.00 and Amber Janzen $500.00. Student interns will assist docents and board members as they learn new skills.  Finally, I would like to say “thanks”, as we would not be a success without our docents, members, exhibitors and volunteers. 

If you’re still looking for something fun to do this summer, try the Zen Doodle, adult coloring book class, it’s fun and it’s free!  
6:00PM - 9:00PM

Join other artists every Tuesday at the Gallery for this portrait class with artist Bob Rodger.  Attend weekly for all 16 sessions, or, partner up with another artist and attend 8 sessions bi-monthly. Models will sit during two consecutive weeks in the same clothing and pose. Models rotate every other week.

COST:  8 weeks $80.00 for Members or $110.00 for Non-Members, paid in advance
16 weeks $160.00  Members or $190.00 Non Members paid in advance
For more information, contact Bob Rodger or
telephone: 805-528-4248
Morro Bay's Annual Art in the Park
Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29

Come join in the fun with tourists and locals alike at this annual outdoor event in Morro Bay featuring lots of new artists and a food court!  Saturday  & Sunday hours are 10:00am-5:00pm and from 10:00am till 4:00pm on Monday. The show is located at Morro Bay City Park on the intersection of Morro Bay Blvd and Harbor Drive.
2nd monday demo

Watercolor plus Mixed Media Art 

with Shirley Horacek
June 12
3:00pm - 5:00pm


If you’ve wondered how to create colorful watercolor paintings with the addition of collage and ink, don’t miss this great opportunity to learn these fun techniques! This demonstration will consist of a mixed media process called, watercolor using calligraphy pen, colored tissue paper and watercolor crayons.

Shirley Horacek has numerous degrees in art history, art and teaching art. She is a member of Central Coast Watercolor Society and currently the President of Nipomo Arts Commission.

For more information, please call the gallery at 805-772-2504 or email

From the Gallery
          - Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director
After months of planning, painting, and collaborating, “Homage to the Ranches” is now on view! We were thrilled to have over 100 beautiful submissions and honored to have Cambrian artist Steve Kellogg jury for acceptance. We are doubly appreciative of the SLO county ranchers who opened their ranches to artists and selected the artworks for ribbons. Many thanks to Kathi Souza, Eleanor Truocchio, John Madonna, Gabriel Miossi, Don Warden, Ernie Dalidio and John Belsher, who selected the following for “Ranchers’ Choice” awards:
Park Merrill for “Montano de Oro Ranch”
Joan Sullivan for “Retired Harvester" and "Bonetti Ranch”
Jim Tyler for “Cal Poly Barn”
Jan French for “Bonetti Barn”
Bruce Miller for “Morning 2017”
Mark Selby for “Highland Ranch No. 1”
Garry Johnson for “California Valley Barn”
Congratulations to all!
And many thanks to all the volunteers who worked to put this all together!
Winner of the “People’s Choice” award in our previous show, “Sense of Identity” goes to Jesse Woodward, for his metal sculpture, “Megapterra”.  Congratulations, Jesse!

Upcoming Shows: Not that we, as fine artists, want to be seen as catering to the tourist trade; however, the season is upon us and rock-enamored tourists are coming to town. So – if you have a painting or the inspiration for a painting of our majestic Morro Rock, it might be just the thing for our upcoming show, “Let’s Rock”. And won’t it be interesting to see how many interpretations, impressions and perspectives we can show in the Main Gallery?

Concurrently in the Russell Gallery, we’ll be honored to host “On and Off the Wall”, a juried exhibition of The Painters Group and the Central Coast Sculpture Group of SLOMA. Take-in for both shows is June 13, 10 am - 2 pm. Then June 15 is the deadline for receipt of digital submissions for “Pushing Boundaries”. Award-winning artist Krista Harris ( will jury for acceptance, and significant monetary and merchant prizes will be awarded. Please see the Prospectus for “Pushing Boundaries” on our website at:
Business Art Program

Would you like to have more exposure for you artwork, and help support the Morro Bay Art Association?  Consider participating in our Business Art Program.  Art Center Morro Bay is proud to work together with businesses to exhibit local art.  If you wish to exhibit art in this program, contact Art Center Morro Bay at or phone 805-772-2504.
Seascape Oil Painting with Patricia Newton

Patricia proved that painting the motion of surf and sea doesn’t need to be complex as she shared with the demo participants her approach to composition using the "golden mean" method she uses to create translucent oil painting with movement and depth.

Attendees were guided through the steps to paint directional movement of background swells, crashing waves, surface foam and wet sand. Patricia shared her glazing techniques for dramatic effect to provide depth and create shimmering light on water.

During the May demo, five raffle winners got to go home with Patricia Newton's giclee' on canvas artworks, cards and mouse pad.
Painting with Watercolors

The Art Center's programs are designed to instruct students in a step-by-step paint along method.  All students are welcome! No prior drawing or painting skills are necessary.  Come watch, learn and create with award winning artist and teacher Tom Winans. Cost includes use of the instructor's own supplies. Students will complete a finished painting, matted and ready for framing. 

Class Schedule:
July 18 & 20:  Landscape Painting
Youth 9-12/Grades 4-7     9:00-11:00AM
Teen 13-15/Grades 8-10   1:00-3:00pm

July 25 & 27:   Seascape Painting
Youth  9-12/Grades 4-7    9:00-11:00AM
Teen  13-15/Grades 8-10  1:00-3:00PM

Cost:  $20.00 per class (each class is 2 sessions) includes all materials and mat.
Register at: http:/// 
Youth and Family
Summer Art Classes and Workshops

Morro Bay Art Association is pleased to present Summer art classes with Diana Tabarez.  Diana Tabarez is an alumnus of Morro Bay High School and graduate of University of California Davis, with a Bachelor of Art degree in Art Studio and minor in Education. Diana studied Art Studio in France and exhibited her artwork at several venues including the Chancellor’s Honorary Show in 2015. She has painted three murals with youths from elementary and junior high schools in Davis and Sacramento. She has spent many hours as an elementary teacher’s assistant, interacting with children during afterschool programs and giving independent art lessons. Her real talent lies in helping young students discover the magic of art!

Summer art programs are designed to get students excited about art, and help them learn new skills and techniques. Mediums include painting, drawing, clay, printmaking, mixed media and more. Prior experience is not necessary to participate. All art supplies are provided. Lessons are subject to change based on student’s interest and energy levels. 
For class descriptions please visit our website at:
Class Times:
ages 7-10, Time: 9-11am
ages 11-14, Time: 1-3pm

Class Dates:
June 20, 22, 27, 29
July 6, 11, 13,
August 1, 3, 8, 10

COST: $20. per class, includes materials or $165. per student for full summer class schedule of 11 days.

Saturday Workshops: 9:00am - 12:00pm
July 8, 15, 22 & 29
All ages, families, friends and young children welcome. Children under 6 should be accompanied by adult. Cost: $20. per person or $30. for family.

Clark Mitchell WORKSHOP
coming up...

"All-Important Value in Your Pastel Landscape"

June 23 and 24
 9:30am - 4:30pm

Clark Mitchell is coming back for another great 2-day workshop at St. Peter's By the Sea. Last year his students made him promise to return. The class is filling up fast.  If you want to learn more about pastels, or, if you just want to branch out into another medium, this workshop is for you!  

Click here to learn more about Clark Mitchell.
Click here to register.

COST:          $250. MBAA Members & $275. Non Members
CONTACT:   KC Caldwell 805-540-1479

Morro Bay Car Show
May 4 - 7th

The Morro Bay Art Gallery was a participant in this year's annual Morro Bay Car Show the first weekend in May - Manual Cruz worked on his paintings in the front window of the gallery for all passersby to watch and Kaya Gwinn sold her beautiful, car-related cards inside the gallery.  Monae's Tacos set up and sold delicious tacos to those participants hungry enough to battle the wind! Left over tacos were donated to the gallery and became a huge hit for the "Homage to the Ranches" art reception!  



Joseph Griffin-Janey, Grover Beach Jonathan Gaetke, Atascadero
Donna Abbate, Cambria
Tom Winan, Camarillo
Deborah Veldkamp, San Luis Obispo
Jean Quintana, Santa Maria
Jeanie Letsinger, Morro Bay
Scott Dienhart, Arcadia
Rebecca Wyatt, Cayucos
Brady Cabe, Grover Beach
Melinda, Ude, Morro Bay
Barbara Musso, Los Osos
Donna Lee Heer, Paso Robles

We thank you!
    Classes & Workshops

NEXT Class with Joan Fee  

Succulent Saturday
June 10 
10:00am - 1:00pm

click here for more information


Ocean Theme Mosaic Class
Tempered Glass Starfish Wall Art or Seashell Mirror
June 17 
- 1:00pm
click here for more information

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 June 13, 1:30 - 4:30pm.
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May, 2017 Newsletter
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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