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

Pastels USA opens throughout both galleries on August 17, 2018.  With entries from around the world, this exhibit is sure to to be nothing less than spectacular!  In celebration of this event, Cuong Nguyen is giving a 3-day workshop, Portraits in Pastel.  
The General Meeting and Potluck was lots of fun and we had a nice turnout.  Everyone enjoyed meeting new people while playing the M&M game. “Who said you can’t have dessert first?”  Attendees got the latest news from the Board and previewed the new gallery brochure with insert, designed by Jan French.  Thanks Jan!  There were lots of great food items to choose from and Nancy Johnson donated beautiful flowers for the gallery too.  Thank you Nancy! 
The Signupgenius for Art in the Park has gone out to member emails.  If you would like to sell your work from the MBAA booth, be sure to signup to work as a Docent or Rover.  Gallery commission from work sold is 25%.  Paintings, photography, jewelry, prints and cards are accepted.  Please ask about potential space for 3D art by contacting Sue Palmer 805-441-5722.  

Photographers, don't miss Astrophotography; Perseid Meteor Shower and the Milky Way, August 10 & 11.  This workshop takes place late in the evening for optimum conditions followed by classroom instructions the next day.

Susan Koers Jenkins will provide this month’s demo, Using Measuring Techniques to Plan Your Paintings, August 13, 2018, 3pm – 5pm.

The MBAA incentive program is a huge responsibility and takes much work to track, therefore Colleen Ray has generously provided a new binder with inserts, located on the docent desk. It will now be the responsibility of each individual to log volunteer hours before the end of each month.  Thank you Colleen Ray and Dianne Ravin for donating your time to this important program. 
We are fortunate to have such a wonderful gallery to exhibit and sell artwork with minimum commission and take-in fees.  Art Center Morro Bay and its programs are completely managed by volunteers.  Please help us support and maintain this wonderful organization by volunteering a little of your time.  Also, please consider a one-year commitment as a board member.  Nominations for board positions will be taking place soon.  You may also be a guest during an upcoming board meeting to help you decide if board work is for you.  If you are ready to throw your hat into the ringor if you would like to be on the nominating committee, please let me know.
The Docent Director position entails:  generating monthly emails to docents for informational and training purposes, provide board reports and attend monthly board meetings, send out the Signupgenius and maintain a full docent calendar, ensure new docents get proper training and help to assure optimal operational standards.  Minimal computer skills are required.  
Hostess needed for monthly demos.  This host or hostess helps to set up the room, present snacks for the demo break, provides assistance during the raffle and help with cleanup afterward. Monthly demos are the second Monday of each month.
People needed to help move tables and chairs for events.
Let’s provide some assistance to those who give so much!  
Volunteers, please email me at: artbypatricianewton@gmail.comor phone 1-805-423-1100.

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


Morro Bay Artwalk Fridays


The Arts district in Morro Bay, California is blossoming into a premier venue and destination for locals and vacationers alike who enjoy the arts, dining and relaxation. 

“Morro Bay Artwalk Friday”, is a self guided tour that takes place the second Friday of every month, from 5pm – 8pm. Art Center Morro Bay will be a participant during the Spring and Summer months of May through August. 

Stroll the Embarcadero then take the trolley up to Main Street. Enjoy great restaurants, wine and open air music! Meet some of San Luis Obispo County’s internationally acclaimed and emerging local artists! 

For more information, visit
or call 805-772-2504

August Demo

Using Measuring Techniques to
Plan Your Paintings

Susan Koers Jenkins

August  13, 3:00 - 5:00pm

Using a measuring technique, this demonstration will explore how Susan approaches her composition. The subject matter for this demo will be a colorful rooster. Susan says, “I love painting animals. Roosters are my favorite, so beautiful! They vary in color and you can get really creative with them.”

Dive into a world of color in oil, and learn how Susan approaches her paintings with a measuring technique that is sure to help you become a better artist. Read more ...

Printing Your Photos -
How To Prepare and Print using
Canon Pixma Pro 100 Printer

September 8, 10 :00am - 1:00pm

Learn to prepare your images for print, the importance of printing in this digital world, and then leave the class with a printed image of your own! We’ll print small-format paper prints using the Canon Pixma Pro 100 and learn how to use refillable ink systems. Materials included. Read more ...

The deadline for participation is September 19, 2018.   Sierra Vista Hospital would be given permission the use of the artists artwork for the hospital, however, artists keep their copyright.  Participation is on a volunteer basis and work is juried for acceptance.   Wall tags will give credit to the artist and potential buyers of original art will be referred back to the artist.  
July Demo

Let's Etch a Fake Credit Card
Rosey Rosenthal

The “Let’s Etch” demonstration held Monday July 9th was fun, informative, and a really great time.  Rosey Rosenthal started the demonstration explaining the differences of etching and engraving.  He circulated etchings and relief prints so we could see the differences first hand.  Rosey said “The 1400’s print making changed the world.”

Engraving first became popular when paper became available far more widely than it had been previously. Intaglio techniques, that where a design is sunk into a surface, quickly grew. Artists learned to create various kinds of shading through the use of dots, called stippling, and groups of parallel lines at various angles to each other, called cross-hatching. Engraving requires drawing a line while pressing into a plate the correct distance to create the desired shade and line width. Some artists rejected the tool used for this, called a burin, which has a square or diamond-shaped tip and shaft, and creates very clean lines. They preferred the softer look caused by cutting the plate with a needle, a technique called drypoint. A needle causes ridges of metal to rise next to the groove it cut. These ridges catch large amounts of printing ink, which produce rich, soft blacks when transferred to paper.

Everyone at the demo was able to do a drypoint etching of their own with an etching needle on a plastic card.  Rosey’s congenial mannerism and good-natured humor kept the room buzzing with laughter as each etched plate was inked and rolled to reveal wonderful pictures.

We had 5 raffle items this time!  Four signed reproductions of Rosey Rosenthal etchings were raffled and also an etching created before our eyes of a beautiful calla lily.  The calla lily etching was won by Denny Gier.

Q.  What’s as beautiful as Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson and French Ultramarine?
A.  A place at the Art Center to wash them off your brushes!
Yes, it’s back.  Our sink is back and ready for use.  We have recently installed a laundry tub/sink on the patio.  It has a nice lid and cover keeping with regulations and concerns; it should stay clean and dry.  The water will be turned off when not is use, so please ask when you’re taking a class and someone will open it up.  Hooray, hooray! Our sink is back.

Starting immediately, tracking hours spend for the incentive program will be the responsibility of the each individual.  Please record your time spent, in the binder located on the docent desk, before the end of each month.  If you volunteer as a media person and work remotely, you may call the gallery and have a gallery docent record information for you. Thank you!

Old World Drawing and Painting
with Jason Mayr

Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00p
Beginning February 5, 2018

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!

Outdoor Photography
with Brady Cabe

Monthly classes TBA

Known for his outdoor photography of wildlife, sunsets and Milky Way night skies, Brady will give various photography classes on a monthly basis.  Pre-register
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

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 Art
Saturday, September 29, 10am - 12pm  $75.00


Alcohol Ink Ornaments and Coasters
Saturday, September 29, 1:00 -3:00 pm 


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.


Iris Alexandra, Los Osos
Victoria Beecham, Los Osos
Baxter Boyington, Atascadero
Barbara Clark, San Luis Obispo
Wiliam Fagoel, Morro Bay
Daniel Jones, Arroyo Grande
Andrew Miller, Los Osos
Marita Nath, Los Osos
Darlene Roker, Ventura
Cheryl Strahl, Atascadero
Rachel Wahl, San Luis Obispo
Next Board Meeting is August 27, 2018, 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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