May 2020 Newsletter
Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

Covid-19 has taken many by surprise. While we shelter in place and our economy sits in some form of medically induced coma, we’re reminded how essential many workers are, not only to the economy, but to our community. A heartfelt appreciation to those who work on the frontline. 
Morro Bay Art Association has been financially impacted, as are many small businesses within our community. Art in the Park, is canceled for May, 2020. We’re still hopeful for July and September. Due to adverse impacts to the budget, steps are being taken by the MBAA Board of Directors to shore up spending that could be considered non-essential. Both, the Annual Juried Show and Thru the Lens must be postponed. Advertising and other budgetary concerns have been scrutinized more heavily. Otherwise, the gallery is in good shape and students will still receive scholarships in June. 
This is an extraordinary time! As we look ahead, the board is responding proactively to a new normal. We are adapting to changes consistent with policies mandated by state and local officials. 
The current exhibit will be extended. Going forward, the 2020 exhibit calendar will reflect modifications. An E-blast will be sent to provide necessary information for the upcoming show and exchange date.
We'll have lot's of cloth masks for sale in the gallery! We could use a few more. For those of you who sew and wish to make and sell masks, please contact me. If you need a pattern, you can print one free of charge:
 “Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know everything happens for a reason.” – Albert Schweitzer
We’re going through a challenging time right now, however, I have confidence in our resiliency as a nation to overcome this crises. 

Patricia Newton


This month we would like to recognize Alice Isaac.  Alice has been a long-time volunteer at Art Center Morro Bay.  Her cheerful attitude permeates the room as guests enter the gallery and Alice is behind the docent desk.   She is a past Vice-President of the board of directors as well as heading up children’s classes and summer programs.  Alice helped organize the holiday dinners, collected door prizes and even emceed the event.  The first time I met Alice was at one of our holiday dinners where she livened up the crowd with hilarious one-liners and observations.  She is truly a joy to know.

These days if Alice is not at the docent desk, she is recruiting watercolor instructors and keeping the Thursday Wet ‘n Wild Watercolor class humming along.  Alice is an accomplished watercolor artist herself. You will often find Alice volunteering at Art in the Park.  She and her husband Menno give many, many, hours of service as docent and rovers.  Menno Isaac is a great help at the gallery as well.  He has worked tirelessly helping when extra hands and skilled building knowledge is needed. 
Many thanks to these two wonderful and gracious volunteers, Alice and Menno Isaac.
Create Together Apart

Origami cranes

Throughout history, birds have been viewed as animals of special value and have been laden with meanings often derived from legends and stories that have survived over many generations. Throughout all of Asia, the crane has been a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japanese, Chinese, and Korean tradition, cranes stand for good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years.  The Japanese refer to the crane as “the bird of happiness;” the Chinese as “heavenly crane” believing they were symbols of wisdom. The powerful wings of the crane were believed to be able to convey souls up to paradise and to carry people to higher levels of spiritual enlightenment. Over time, the crane has also evolved as a favorite subject of the tradition of paper folding – origami. It is said that a thousand folded cranes, one for each year of its life, makes a wish come true.

Shortly after the end of World War II, the folded origami cranes also came to symbolize a hope for peace through Sadako Sasaki and her unforgettable story of perseverance. Diagnosed with leukemia after being exposed to radiation after the bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako became determined to fold 1,000 cranes in hopes of recovering good health, happiness, and a world of eternal peace. Although she completed 644 before she died, her classmates folded the remaining 356 to honor her. A statue was raised in the Hiroshima Peace Park to commemorate her strong spirit.

Today this practice of folding 1,000 cranes represents a form of healing and hope during challenging times. 

With the firm belief that we will come together in person in the near future to laugh and smile and hug and create together, we hope you will  join Gail Martin on the Gallery's YouTube channel to learn how to make origami cranes.  When we are again able to open the Gallery, we will have a tree on which we will hang, hopefully, one thousand cranes created by you at home.

We invite you to write a message of encouragement inside of the crane. Or perhaps you want to share a fun saying, or words of wisdom tucked inside. Like a fortune cookie, the message will only be revealed when the crane is opened. Bring in your folded crane on the first exchange day after the Covid-19 shelter-at-home has ended and place them on our tree of health, and happiness. You can use any paper that is available to you, printer paper, magazine pages, or origami paper. Color plain paper to make it uniquely you.  Create a healing crane here.


We're trying to break down volunteer positions into jobs that take less time per person. 
We have an immediate need for the following positions. Michael Costa will be switching board positions, leaving a vacancy for Docent Director.  Both of the following positions are largely managed from home!

Docent Director:
  • Send out Signupgenius
  • Provide docent training and/or assign training
  • Help to find coverage when docents call in sick
  • Update docent manual
  • be available for questions
Marketing Volunteers:
  • Volunteer from home!
  • Input information to websites 
  • send out monthly email
  • organize local newspaper releases
  • Volunteer one or two, 4-hour shifts as gallery cashier
  • learn to process a sale
  • be helpful and cheerful
Wish to volunteer but limited on time?  MBAA needs volunteers to work at the gallery or from home!  We need volunteers to help market MBAA events.  Work at your own pace, during the time of day or evening that works best for you. Training is provided.  For those who love working with the public, signup is easy from home on the signupgenius!  New docents should spend a minimum of one or two shifts with an experienced person. 
If you're interested in taking one or more of these volunteer positions, please contact Patricia Newton at or 805-423-1100 
Making Masks 
Here’s Susan Jonas in her pajamas, sheltering in place.

She cuts out material for masks and drops the cut outs at Morgan’s front door.

Morgan retrieves them and sews the pieces together into a mask. From there, someone else picks the masks up for distribution. All keeping their social distancing. 
The gallery will be stocked with 50 masks made by Morgan Berden and Susan Jonas!  Each is a $5. Donation. Money will go back to help these ladies make more for first responders free of charge. 
Board members Cynthia Bunting and Gail Martin are making masks for sale in the gallery and we would be happy to take a few more homemade masks to sell in the gallery from our members. Masks for sale will need to be individually wrapped and priced. Please contact Pat Newton if you are interested in making and selling masks at

Let's Doodle
with Jason Mayr

LIVE 11:30AM everyday

Jason Mayr has put together a YouTube video encouraging everyone to doodle. If you can draw a box, you can doodle. Jason will show us doodling landscapes and trees by working from the inside out; in mass opposed to lines.

So grab something to mark with and something to mark on and have fun doodling!

Adult Coloring and Zen Doodle
with Gena Bates

Stay connected with your Friday ZenDoodle friends via Zoom conferencing. If you have mandalas, pictures, or patterns on hand and want to color them as you chat it up with your gal pals, this is the place to do it. Just about as fun as Fridays in person and a great way to stay connected and engaged with your core group of ZenDoodlers.


Topic: Color-Doodle

Every week on Friday, until May 29

May 1, 2020 10:00 AM

May 8, 2020 10:00 AM

May 15, 2020 10:00 AM

May 22, 2020 10:00 AM

May 29, 2020 10:00 AM


Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.



Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 738 3093 7246
Password: colorzoom

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!

Friday Feedback

with Jason Mayr


9:00am - 10:00am
May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5

Join acclaimed oil painter Jason Mayr as he discusses how to strengthen paintings based on your submissions. Learn how to push through to bring your painting to the next level. Submit work for discussion via email and join the conversation.
Take a look at this Friday Feedback Live Demo to see what it's all about.



Apprentice Program cancelled & new online program begins May 13th

Hello Friends,

How is everyone doing??  We hope that you are in good health and good spirits.  As we all adapt to our current situation we have decided to transform the Apprentice Program into an online Mentoring Program that meets on Zoom 6 times a month for about an hour.

The new program is called "The Visual Principles of Painting."  We believe that even though there will be no in person studio time that this new format is better suited for us to work through paintings together.  We have been holding free Friday Feedback Live sessions on Zoom and it has proven to be very successful.

I personally feel it has been more successful than the videos.  We hope that you will give the new format a try to see for yourself.  After you check out the details please let us know if you have any questions.

For details on our new online  program "The Visual Principles of Painting" please click on the link:

The Patron Program will remain unchanged.

We hope that this email finds you all safe & healthy and as always we thank you for your continued support of Mayr Studio and our family.

Take care,
Jason, Cindy & Izzy Mayr

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Classes & Workshops

REGISTER: Pre-register at or
May cancel registration up to 7 days of scheduled workshop for full refund.

Portraits in Pastel

July 17 - 19, 2020  
10:00am - 5:00pm
with Cuong Nguyen

Learn about drawing, values, edges and composition, in a workshop designed to create in a relaxed, informative yet focused environment, for all skill levels. Students will concentrate on drawing the human head and creating life-like skin tone colors using the green foundation technique, while developing new skills in soft pastel and pastel pencil. This workshop will feature live models. Read more ...

COST: $400. 00 MBAA Members /  $425. 00 Non-Members

The Architecture of Light

with Thomas Schaller
March 2021

Known for his “Architecture of Light” and with over one million followers, he has long been considered one of the foremost architectural artists in the world. In the field, he has won every major award for his artwork - including being a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize.

In several days of demonstrations and discussion,  along with a 3-day workshop, we will explore both the genesis and the completion of paintings in watercolor that are strong, clear, communicative, and that speak with your own authentic artistic voice.  Skill Level Required:  Intermediate to Advanced.  Cost:  $425 members/$450 non members

REGISTER: Pre-register at or

Next Board Meeting is May 26, 2020 12:15 - 3:00pm  
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