September Newsletter

Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

As summer winds down, it’s back to school for our student interns.  Art Center Morro Bay provides an opportunity for hands-on training.  Students take away valuable knowledge and work experience, while the gallery benefits from additional volunteer work.  Maia Codron will return to Morro Bay High School, and Rose Leason will begin a curriculum at Cuesta College.  We commend these young people for spending a portion of their summer with us, while preparing for the future. 

Pushing Boundaries, Exploring Abstraction has proven to be a huge success, thanks to show director, Dianne Ravin, judge for the exhibit, Krista Harris and all of the volunteers behind the scenes.  Next up, Social Justice.  Throughout history, artists have lent a powerful voice, expressed through art.  This exhibition focuses on a broad range of human rights issues such as wealth disparity, immigration, racism, the right to clean and safe drinking water, domestic violence, gender and equality disparity, reform of the criminal justice system, gun violence and much more.  Artists are encouraged to shed light on personal injustices or those endured by others, expressed through two and three dimensional art.  Our goal is to lend a creative voice that will transcend differences and raise the consciousness of our common humanity.  Take-in for this exhibit is September 19, 2017, 10am – 2pm.

There are a limited number of seats available for art lecture, “Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus”, given by Art Historian, Tess Wright.  You may purchase online at or by calling the gallery during business hours.
2018 exhibit and workshop schedules will be available soon.  Get a jump on new events!
We thank MBAA members Jonathan Gaetke who will provide gallery maintenance and Jim Tyler, for assisting with website updates.  Art Center Morro Bay is building focused, specialized teams and committees of volunteers. If you’re interested in marketing, becoming a hostess or participating in the business art program, please give me a call, 805-423-1100.
We thank you, our members, volunteers and exhibitors! 
2nd Monday Demo

Journey to Sculpted Paintings Art Demo
Susan Malmgren

September 11
3:00pm - 5:00pm

This demonstration will consist of Susan’s own unique style of turning a painting into a colorful sculpture! Using acrylic paint on watercolor paper, Susan molds her paintings into a distinctively, dynamic sculpture, transforming it from two to three dimensional art.
If you’re looking for a fun new medium that would take your two dimensional art to an entire new level, don’t miss this opportunity to see how it’s done! 
Contact us at 805-772-2504 or
email: or for more information, click here  or on FaceBook 



Oil Painting
Jason Mayr


Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00pm

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 - 11:30am


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!
From the Gallery
          - Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director
Congratulations to Owen Madden, winner of the People’s Choice award for “Immovable Rock Meets Angry Sea”, exhibited in our previous show, “Let’s Rock!  This award allows the winner to enter a future non-juried exhibit with submission fees waived.
Currently on view through September 18 is our 2017 juried exhibit, “Pushing Boundaries: Exploring Abstraction”. Congratulations to all whose works were juried into the show and to those selected for awards: 
Noah Erenberg
Tom Shultz
Erik Olson
Honorable Mention:
Ascension Nelson
Ellen November
Rosemary Pisciotta
Many thanks to all of you who submitted your works and all those who worked behind the scenes to put this exceptional show together! 
The role of artist-as-activist is at the heart of our upcoming show, “Social Justice”.  Entries may focus on a broad range of issues, such as wealth disparity, immigration, racism, environmental concerns, freedom of expression, gender equality, gun violence, the digital divide and beyond…
Please be aware - the chosen subject may be approached from either a positive or negative point of view.
Take-in: September 19, 10am - 2pm.
Byzantine Art Inspired Acrylic Angel Painting Workshop
award winning artist Larry Kappen
Thursday, November 9
1:00 - 5:00pm

Larry recalls being one of three students, selected by a high school teacher, to reproduce a 12th Century Byzantine Mosaic of Archangel Michael, for a holiday display.  Larry has been creating his own versions of angel icons during the holidays ever since.  He enjoys the simplicity of painting these timeless pieces using elaborate patterns, color and texture, with acrylic on wood and Masonite panels.  

During this workshop, students will create their own Byzantine inspired, original angel acrylic paintings, using a variety of demonstrated techniques. 

$50.00 MEMBERS/$55.00 NON-MEMBERS, supplies included
Register here, or call the gallery at 805-772-2054

Art Center Morro Bay is open daily from 12:00 - 4:00pm
Last month...
August Demo - Don't Be Afraid of the Darks
Pastel Artist, Carol Timson Ball

Carol is a gifted pastel artist, who has a rich background in art and design. In the demo, Carol shared her techniques of using different colored papers to achieve certain moods in a painting, how to use the darkest of dark colors to create foundation, using medium and light tones to create definition and bring life to a painting, and specific tips on blending without diminishing the life in your art. Her warmth and eagerness to share her love of using pastels and plein air painting, was infectious! Thank you, Carol, for such a wonderful demo!

Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus

Presented by Art Historian/Lecturer
Tess Wright

Sunday, August 27,  3-5pm
Best known for her novel portraiture techniques and fashion photography, this lecture explores Ms. Leibovitz’s successful career as a photojournalist.  Rolling Stone Magazine and Vanity Fair are her most recent collaborations with activist Gloria Steinem.  Designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, Ms. Leibovitz’s career as a critically acclaimed photographer of individuals and artists in contemporary life and her novel approach to photojournalism revolutionized the realm of photography.  Developing unique setups, lighting, and creating interviewing sessions with subjects to capture their essence, Ms. Leibovitz's work with actors, writers, public figures and stage and screen stars, garnered her widespread acclaim within the U.S. and international community.

Advance purchase is suggested as seating is limited. Tickets are $3.00 and can be purchased at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, or online at

or visit us online at
 Tess Wright is a local art historian who's research has centered on artistic content as well as the artist's life experiences.


"We must never forget art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.” John F. Kennedy
Throughout history, artists have served as activists to bring about social change. Andy Warhol’s, Big Electric Chair or Picasso’s Guernica, have served as powerful statements on the social issues of their time. Artists often use their creativity to provoke, voice, enlighten and inspire others. This long-standing role of the artist as an activist, is at the heart of Social Justice, an art exhibition hosted by Art Center Morro Bay. 

This exhibition focuses on a broad range of human rights issues such as wealth disparity, immigration, racism, the right to clean and safe drinking water, domestic violence, gender and equality disparity, reform of the criminal justice system, gun violence and much more. Artists are encouraged to shed light on personal injustices or those endured by others, expressed through two and three dimensional art. Our goal is to lend a creative voice that will transcend differences and raise the consciousness of our common humanity.

Take in for this extraordinary event is September 19, 2017, 10am – 2pm.   For additional information, visit our website at
Ancient Arts

A series of workshops
by lapidary artist Beverly Brown

September 26, 12:00 - 4:00pm
Beverly has taught wire sculpture and other jewelry techniques for 12 years. Her fascination with ancient techniques has lead her to a new series of workshops. The first workshop is Kumihimo Braided Cord, a Japanese fiber art. Students will learn how to make a beautiful braided cord that will be useful in a variety of ways such as necklace chain, dog leash, collar, key chain, decorative edging on clothing, etc.

Beverly’s background in Occupational Therapy makes her uniquely qualified in her approach to teaching therapeutic techniques. She demonstrates how humor and patience can ease the stress of beginning a new craft, and stresses the importance of set-up and positioning to avoid frustration and fatigue.

All supplies and tools are provided. Your kit will include 2 weaving disks, 8 bobbins, illustrated instructions, and approximately 20 yards of fiber. In the class, you may choose from an array of deer sinew, bamboo, silk, cotton and other fibers. Once you complete the class, you'll have the skill to create a number of projects!

Don’t miss the first in a series of Ancient Arts workshops!

REGISTER: Reserve your space online at
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or email
COST: $65.00 MBAA Members; $70.00 Non-Members

Plan ahead for September 2-4 Art in the Park!

Bring your framed artwork, note cards, prints and more

We depend on the proceeds from Art in the Park to help maintain our gallery and pay for scholarships throughout the year!  Docents are needed for selling artwork in the MBAA booth and provide much appreciated restroom breaks for the vendors who participate in our event.

Volunteers and exhibitors contact Lynn Douglass 661-619-2461



Kirby Banta, Los Osos
Robert Lichty, Morro Bay

We thank you!
    Classes & Workshops

Next Class with Joan Fee  

Succulent Workshop
Saturday, September 9th, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Learn how easy it is to create with succulents in beautiful Morro Bay. Choose from two sizes of round wreaths, a heart wreath or paint and plant a birdhouse! Select from a variety of beautiful succulents to complete a lush project. Price range - $70-$90. 

Hypertufa Fairy Cottage Garden
September 9, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Create your own mini fairy garden to grace your yard. Joan will demonstrate how to make and cure hypertufa. She has premade and cured a hypertufa bowl and fairy house for use in creating your mini garden. You’ll paint the house in your choice of colors then plant the bowl with succulents. Everything is provided to complete the project including a 12” hypertufa bowl, a 4-1/2” tall x 3” square hypertufa house shape, paints, soil, succulents, use of tools, assorted rocks and instruction. Price $75

Mosaic Wine Bottle
Sunday, September 10th, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Choose from different colors of broken china plate pieces and baubles to customize a fun wine bottle wall art piece. You will also have letters available to customize a saying. This is a great beginner project to learn mosaic basics and have a great time too. Everything is provided to complete the project including a 3-1/4" x 11-1/4" mdf base, letters, colorful plate pieces and baubles, use of tools, glue, grout and instruction. Class fee $50.

Sea Glass Wire Wrap Jewelry
September 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
This class is perfect if you want to learn basic wire wrapping or find a beautiful way to use your sea glass. All materials are provided to make one necklace and two earrings including genuine, local sea glass for you to use but you can bring your own too! Tools are available for use during workshop. No experience necessary. Class fee: $50
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 August 29, 1:30 - 4:30pm.
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