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

It’s December, and new members are asking about the Installation & Holiday Dinner at Windows on the Water.  Members are encouraged to attend and welcome to bring a guest!  This evening, is a great time to get to know each other better and celebrate all of our achievements during this past year! 
Art Center Morro Bay is at the heart, of the first Annual Morro Bay Winterfest.  During the first four Fridays of December, the gallery will be open until 8pm and 9pm for the Santa Pub & Wine Crawl.  The fun begins December 8, at 6pm, on the patio in front of our beautiful new mural, where participants can register to play and compete for prizes.  Participants in the Santa Crawl, must wear Santa costumes.  A local winery will offer wine tasting inside, and Joan Fee will help visitors design a holiday ornament for $2. each.  Joan will offer ornament decorating, using alcohol inks, again on Friday December 15, from 6-8pm, for great family fun.  
The 2018 schedule offers plenty of opportunity for exhibitors, workshops and classes.  A juried, student exhibit hosted by Art Center Morro Bay, will open March 3, 2018 at the Morro Bay Public Library.  Building maintenance is being completed, and a second window is slated for installation sometime this month.  A huge thanks to Bob Rodger for installing a new outdoor motion light over the patio, motion lighting in both bathrooms, and holiday lights in the front windows. Marketing and a new mural are cause for notice! 
Art Center Morro Bay is a vibrant gallery, run completely by volunteers.  Our 2017 board members are also volunteers who have worked very hard to bring about positive change for Morro Bay Art Association.  Lynn Douglass, Vice President, managed and staffed the MBAA Art in the Park booth, assisted with the holiday dinner and scheduled a stunning array of classes, workshops and demos for 2018.  Bob Azevedo, Treasurer, 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, and maintains ABC licenses and corporate records.  Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director, leads a team of volunteers to develop exhibitions including booking, hanging, jurying and submission functions.  Dianne has scheduled an impressive 2018 exhibit calendar.  Joan Fee, Docent Director, schedules and trains a team of docents to staff the gallery.  Joan created a new reference manual for docent use that will provide future guidance. Juliana Morse, Membership Director, produced member materials such as brochures and forms.  Juliana researched database programs to be considered in the future.  Liz Moore, Director of Youth Programs, manages a student art exhibit, student field trip, Internship and Scholarship programs.  Marty Azevedo, ensures membership data is updated, and Jan French is lending her graphic art experience.  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.

I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy, Holiday Season and New Year! 
2nd Monday Demo

Wildlife Photography

with Brady Cabe


Sunday, January 7*, 2018

3:00 - 5:00pm

Brady is a seasoned photographer who enjoys the outdoors. Beginning with a photo slideshow featuring local birds, Brady will discuss locations and tips for getting that close-up shot, the use of light and ways to improve composition, use of camera settings and lenses and strategies for getting close, all with an emphasis on the ethical treatment of wildlife. 
Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn tricks and fundamentals that could change the way you shoot!
Bring your camera for an after-event mingle with other aspiring and experienced photographers.

* Please note January 7, 2018 is a Sunday; not our usual demo Monday.
From the Gallery
  Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director

if I could sum up the responses recorded in our guest book for our “Social Justice” show, they would be overwhelmingly appreciative of the quality and the power of the work displayed, thankful for the opportunity for artists to express their views in these tumultuous times, and moved by the thought-provoking images and feelings evoked. Thanks again to all you artists who participated in this heart-felt exhibit!

Our “Annual Winter Faire and Juried Craft Show” opened this month with a beautiful array of fine art and juried crafts.  Thanks to all you artists and artisans for your participation, and special thanks to Hallie Weiser for her generous donation of a beautiful quilted holiday table runner for raffle, all proceeds going to MBAA. Drawing will be held December 23rd.  All of you have made this an exceptional show!

And many thanks to our volunteers who worked behind the scenes, pulled all the pieces together to make it an outstanding display:
Jurying 3-D work and Crafts:
Ann Brown
Susan Jonas
Take-in / Take-out:
Jan French
Gail Martin
Shirley Horacek
Colleen Ray
Sharon Westray
Gallery Tags:
Marilyn Miller
Hanging and Display:
Carolyn Chambers
Margareta Lund
Park Merrill
Barbara Musso
Ascension Nelson
Bob Rodger
Kathleen Van Hyfte
Linda Roletti
Nancy Johnson
Sharon Westray
This exhibit will remain on display throughout the holidays, with gallery closure on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Next Exchange Day is Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 10 am – 2 pm, when we accept submissions for “For the Birds”.  See our 2018 gallery show schedule for some great shows coming to the Art Center in the new year.
Happy Holidays!
The Morro Bay Art Association invites you to its Annual Holiday and Board Member Installation  Dinner

December 11, 2017 


A full dinner menu and tickets are available online for this fun filled gathering as we celebrate 2017 and look to the future.  You may also signup at the gallery.  Don’t wait, seating is limited. 
Sign up and pay online

Cocktails – No Host bar at 5:00pm, Dinner at 6:00pm
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

Price of $30. 00 per entree includes coffee, tea or soda.   Alcoholic drinks are an additional charge.  You may bring an unopened bottle of wine for a $15.00 corkage fee per bottle.  Tax and tip are included in price.

A Special dessert will be included

The Morro Bay Art Association, Student Art Show will be held at the Morro Bay public library, 625 Harbor St. from March 3, 2018 through April 7, 2018.   The opening reception will be March 10, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 pm where the award winners will be announced.

Deadline to submit is Dec. 23, 2017.  Twenty-five students will be selected to participate in a matting and framing session in February, to be announced.

Details will be posted on the MBAA website soon.  For eligibility, contact Liz Moore,

Awards provided by the Jackie Morello Trust Fund:

Best of Show Award: $150.
First Place Award for 2 dimensional: $100
Second Place Award for 2 dimensional: $50
First Place Award for 3 dimensional: $100
Second Place Award for 3 dimensional: $50

2018 Membership Dues may be paid in advance anytime between
September 1 through December 30, 2017


Birding Photography - From Camera to Computer
with Brady Cabe
January 13, 2018 
6:45 - 9:30am field/ 10:00-11:30am classroom 
Join local photographer, Brady Cabe on a Central Coast birding walk! This workshop begins with a photographic journey in the field, where Brady will share photo tips, local birding knowledge, and wildlife photography ethics information along the way. After the field session, sit down with Brady in the classroom, to learn methods of editing wildlife images, exposure techniques and getting the most out of each shot.  Learn more here.

Pastel Magic
with Greg Trombly
February 8, 15, & 22, 2018
1:00 - 4:00pm
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. Learn more here

Exploration of Abstract Painting
with Krista Harris
March 7, 8 and 9, 2018  9:30am - 4:00pm
A waiting list has been established

Mixed Media Collage
with Page Graeber
March 22, 2018   9:00am - 12:30pm
During Page’s workshop, students will learn several techniques to create a stunning collage. Students will start with a firm foundation, add layers of paint, mixed media, and embellishments to set a mood, then complete the piece with a unique finish. Students do not need prior experience, and supplies will be provided. Learn more here.

Joy of Plein Air Landscape Painting
Debra Joy Groesser

June, 12, 13 & 14, 2018   times varied
Nebraska artist Debra Joy Groesser received her BFA degree in art in 1978. Her landscape paintings have garnered national recognition and awards. Being outdoors, whether in her perennial garden, in the mountains or by the sea, provides her endless inspiration for her work. Debra’s ability to capture mood, emotion, atmosphere and a sense of place in her work attracts collectors, both private and corporate, worldwide.  Prior to the workshop, Debra will give a demonstration, free and open to the public on Monday, June 11, 2018, 3-5pm. This workshop will begin with an indoor class encompassing preparation, use of value and tools. The following 2 days will be held out of doors, on location. Learn more here.

Portraits in Pastel 
with Cuong Nguyen
August 2, 3 and 4 2018    2:00 - 5:00pm
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. Learn more here.
12-1-17 Lighted Boat Cruise 
Art Center Morro Bay will have festive holiday music, cookies and hot cider.  The gallery will be open until 8pm.

12- 8-17 Santa Crawl
Art Center Morro Bay is excited to offer the lighted patio with it's beautiful new mural as a staging area for the purchase of tickets, wrist bands and wine glasses, to begin the Santa Wine/Pub Crawl. Art Center Morro Bay will play festive holiday music, offer light snacks and holiday ornament decorating with alcohol inks. These hand painted ornaments are fun to make and created with plenty of color choices. No experience necessary. Ornaments are $2.00 each to purchase and create. For this event, we will be open until 9pm.
12-15-17 Bounce Back Shopping
Art Center Morro Bay will play holiday tunes, offer light snacks and holiday ornament decorating with alcohol inks. These hand painted ornaments are fun to make and created with plenty of color choices. No experience necessary. Ornaments are $2.00 each to purchase and create. The gallery will be open until 8pm.

12-22-17 Bounce Back Shopping
Art Center Morro Bay will offer festive holiday music, cookies and hot cider. The gallery will be open until 8pm.
Morro Bay Winterfest Calendar

Look for the new mural at Art Center Morro Bay. Meet artist Manuel Cruz and purchase tickets for the Santa Wine/Pub Crawl on 12-8-17.
October Demo Highlights


with Mike Rude
What a great demo at Art Center Morro Bay! Wood turner, Mike Rude, treated us to a demonstration on turning. With wood shavings flying, we had the pleasure of watching as he used a lathe to create beautiful works of art from blocks of wood and tree stumps. One of the pieces he created was a beautiful light yellow challis, which started as a piece of trunk from a neighborhood lemon tree. Mike did a wonderful job of involving attendees, by giving us all a chance to chime in on what he should make out of different pieces of wood. Dale Johnson won one of Mike’s hand-turned bottle stoppers, and Alice Isaac won a mahogany bowl that Mike created during the demo. It was a fun and inspiring afternoon!
Winner Alice Isaac with Mike Rude       Winner Dale Johnson with Mike Rude

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam

And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed.....
We feel lucky to have seen it

 --  Author Unknown

John Greenville, a lifetime member of MBAA, has passed away.  Those who have had the privilege to know John, will remember his positive force at Art Center Morro Bay.   John selflessly donated 11 years as a board member and maintenance person.  He was instrumental in the addition of upgraded track lighting, railing and wood floors.  He helped set-up events without hesitation. Many were touched by his infectious smile and humorous spirit.  John will be deeply missed.  

For those who wish to attend, a funeral has been set for John Greenville, December 9, 2017, 10am with a reception to follow.

St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2050 Palisades Ave, Los Osos
(805) 528-5319



Oil Painting
Jason Mayr

Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Jason's class is on break through the holidays and will resume January 22, 2018.

Learn to paint still life in oil with Jason Mayr - beginner to advanced students - all students are welcome!  $30.00 MBAA members or $35.00 for non-members
Register by contacting Jason at 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! 

Adult Coloring Book Club and
Zen Doodle

Fridays, 10:00 - 12:00pm


Relax and unwind in the adult coloring book club!  Anyone can do it, no experience necessary! Bring your own coloring books or get started with a page from ours. It's FREE!
Classes & Workshops
Next Class with Joan Fee

Mosaic Play Day
Saturday, January 6th
1:30-4:30 p.m. 
All projects are super simple and perfect for a beginner.  Everything is provided to complete a mosaic project including use of tools, the base piece, broken china pieces, baubles, glue, grout and instruction. Class fee ranges $40-$85.

Alcohol Inks Play Time II
Sunday, January 21st
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Learn even more alcohol ink techniques!  This class is perfect for beginners or those who have taken Joan's previous alcohol ink play time class.  In this class you'll use stencils to create five unique, one-of-a-kind cards (includes envelopes), a gorgeous drip technique vase and you'll make five gorgeous heart-shaped ornaments to admire all year.

Succulent Sunday
Choose Your Project

Sunday, January 28th
Choose from different sizes and shapes of wreaths or paint a custom made birdhouse then plant with succulents.  Everything is included – use of tools, beautiful, locally grown succulents, wreath forms, birdhouse planter – so all you do is sign-up, create and enjoy!  Class fee ranges $70-90

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



Britton, Mary Ann   Morro Bay
Britton, Philip   Morro Bay
Joy, Nancy   Pismo Beach
Heller, Liz   Woodland Hills
Harper, Marjory  Topanga
Shankle, John   Cambria
Brown, Joan  Morro Bay
Lane, Lynne   Fresno
Pavkovic,  Gretchen   Morro Bay
Paletsas, April   San Luis Obispo
Heck, Katherine   San Luis Obispo
Zlotowitz, Marjorie   Cambria
Linxwiler, Julie   Fresno
Christey, Sandy   Morro Bay
Whitney-Haft, Mimi   Los Osos
Sfaelos-Lorio, Alexandra   Morro Bay
Holgate, Sheri  McKenzie Bridge
Benton, Woody   Morro Bay
Andrada,  Christine   Lemoore
Palmer, Sue   San Luis Obispo
David, Nancy  Morro Bay
Lewis, Wendy   Hanford

We thank you!
Next Board Meeting is January 16, 2018, 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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