May Newsletter
Morro Bay Art Association
Farewell from the President
This is a sad and exciting time for me as I bid you farewell and go back to being a regular ol' MBAA member artist.  Serving on the board these past 18 months has been a privilege. Yes, I know that sounds corny... but I can't describe how rewarding and fulfilling the experience has been. There is no better way to learn about yourself and to forge strong relationships than working towards the common good.  I highly recommend it. 

In December, 2015, when I arrived home after the annual Installation Dinner at Celia's Garden Cafe, I had no idea what lay ahead for us.  I didn't have much of a plan but I knew that the potential for a greater association was at our fingertips.  Since that time, we've moved mountains (and found a few rabbit holes).  That's the beauty of participating in MBAA.  There is no harm in trying new things - ever.  I encourage you to join the board and get the satisfaction of contributing where it counts.  

On June 1st, when I pass the baton to another board member, I know that our association will continue to reach new heights.  Our marketing director, Patricia Newton, will serve as Interim President while our 5 new student interns will surely teach us a thing or two about web mastering and Facebook.  Look for all sorts of new ideas to flow from the board to the members to the community at large.  

But before I bid adieu, I want to use our newsletter to publicly thank each and every one of the directors for being such a wonderful, cohesive team to work with.  I also want to thank you, the members, for the energy and talent you bring to the association.  The growth we've experienced was made possible by all of us pulling together to create a fantastic Morro Bay Art Association.  Let's celebrate us... and keep up the good work!  

See you around town.

KC Caldwell 
ART IN THE PARK - Memorial Weekend, May 27, 28, 29
Please see the  SIGN-UP SHEET at the gallery or call 772-2504 to reserve your time slot now.  New members welcome.  Volunteers work a 3-hour shift.  Your help is instrumental in making this event work.  Come out for a fun day of people watching, good food & great art!
2nd monday demo

Seascape Oil Painting Demo
with Patricia Newton

May 8  3:00-5:00pm

Have you have ever wondered how to create translucent oil painting with movement and depth?  If so, you won't want to miss this demo!

Painting the motion of surf and sea doesn’t need to be complex.  Patricia's demo will begin with an overall review of supplies, applications and methods and she will show how to approach a composition using the "golden mean" method. During this demo, Patricia will guide you through painting directional movement of background swells, crashing waves, surface foam and wet sand. Attendees will understand the glazing techniques used for dramatic effect to provide depth and create shimmering light on water.

For more information, please call the gallery at 805-772-2504 or email
From the Gallery
          - Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director
The David Jonas Retrospective and “Sense of Identitywill be coming to a close on May 1.  Both have been extremely well received by our gallery guests and fellow artists.  If you haven’t had a chance to see these exhibits, they are definitely worth the visit! Thank you, Susan Jonas, for sharing your late husband’s work with us, and thanks to all participating artists for your contributions!

Exchange Day follows on May 2, 10 am – 2 pm. All artwork in the current exhibits must be cleared on this date, as we make room for the much anticipated, “Homage to the Ranches”, opening May 4. Steve Kellogg, noted Cambrian artist and en plein aire painter, will jury entries for acceptance, and SLO County ranchers, who opened their ranches to artists for this exhibit, will review the artworks for “Ranchers’ Choice” awards.  Ribbons will be presented at our opening reception on May 7, when we’ll have the pleasure of meeting the ranch owners, their guests, exhibiting artists and other welcomed guests.  

As a special added attraction, Joan Sullivan, artist, historian, and author, will be available for the sale and signing of her book, Rounding Up the Ranches, featuring many of the ranches that will be on exhibit. Joan is the founder of the “Thursday Painters” en plein aire painting group, whose support for this exhibit has been invaluable!

We’re now open for receipt of submissions for “Pushing Boundaries: Exploring Abstraction”.  Please see the Prospectus on our website at
Encaustic with Mixed Media
with Flo Bartell
May 5 & May 6




Last month... Playing with Mud 
Kristen Mendenhall 
Kristen kept a group of 25 attendees mesmerized at the April demo with her masonite and mud techniques.  Half the crowd signed up to be notified of a workshop!  Members can expect something exciting to happen in the near future. At the end of her demo, Kristen provided everyone with a board and knife so we could all play in the mud.   A big "Thank you!" to Kristen for giving us such a fun afternoon.  

Congratulations to our April raffle winner, Judilyn Duba, seen here with her prize - a Kristen Mendenhall original.  (It pays to come to demos - Judilyn won a 2017 membership to MBAA last year.)
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. 

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:  $25.00 per class (each class is 2 sessions) includes all materials and mat.
Register at: http:/// 

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




Barbara & Floyd Snyder, Santa Maria
Linda Roletti, Studio City
Cathy Lischerelli, Paso Robles
Sheila Krause, Santa Maria
Sharon Foster, Santa Maria
Sheryl Myers, Cambria
Lynn Ballou, Los Osos
Ryan Adams, Los Osos
Anita Wells, Nipomo
Gordon Rowland, Nipomo
David Rau, San Luis Obispo
Ernie Lawrence, San Luis Obispo
Jinny Elder, Los Osos
Nancy Paine, Arroyo Grande
Lee Ann Horner, Arroyo Grande

We thank you!
    Classes & Workshops

Portrait Practice with Live Models       
now weekly!

 Call Bob Rodger for details at 805-528-4248

NEXT Class with Joan Fee  

Mosaic Play Day - Choose Your Project
May 20  
10:00am - 1:00pm

Pre-registration required
or call Joan at 805-286-5993
 To register for any of Joan Fee's classes, click here.
MBAA Member Exhibitions

See examples of Tom Winans' watercolors in his one-man show of a series of 30 paintings of Morro Rock, called Celebrating Morro Rock in Watercolors, April 29 - June 3 at FURNISHINGS! 1199 Main Street, Morro Bay. And yes, he has painted Morro Rock 30 different and exciting ways!  
Jonathan Gaetke will be Featured Artist at the Frameworks, 339 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo.  His exhibit, Edge Of Nature will be on display June 2 - August 25.  Meet Jonathan at the Artist Reception on Friday, June 2nd, 6-9pm.
Next Board Meeting is May 9, 1:30 - 4:30pm.
 to appreciate the art around you!  
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May, 2017 Newsletter
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
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