June 2019 Newsletter
Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

The first Art in the Park of the season was a windy and rainy event!   Even still, members, customers and vendors, braved the weather!  Congratulations to Tish Rogers for her sale of Bicycle in Bloom, Terry Gillian for his Olive Wood Hollow Form and Lynnea’ Lane’s Sunflowers and Wave, Anne Grannis's unique ceramic Dream Boxes, among a bunch of ornaments, jewelry items and cards. Demonstrations of alcohol inks by Joan Fee and spinning hand made yarn, by Nancy Weber, kept the weekend interesting and fun.  Enough artwork sold to pay for a new easy-up Art in the Park tent and put a little back into the coffers.  We thank Bob Rodger who works tirelessly to setup and take down the MBAA booth.  Bob’s son Jessie, Travis Newton, Sue Palmer and Lynnea’ Lane helped setup, and Janet Hillson was there to help pick-up and deliver the cash box.  We had a Korean style food truck in addition to the usual food court too.  
If you wish to sell your artwork in the July MBAA Art in the Park booth, watch for the signupgenius in your email or contact Sue Palmer 805-441-5722.  There are no take-in fees, 25% commission fees do apply and participants must volunteer for a short shift.  
Join us on June 10, 3-5pm for a stone carving lecture and video presentation, by award winning artist, Carl Berney.  If you’ve wondered how to begin sculpting as an art form or would just like to see how it’s done, please join us for this interesting and informative lecture!

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Thru the Lens ENTRY DEADLINE - JUNE 15th.  Follow the rules of prospectus to enter into this outstanding exhibit.  Juror, Brady Cabe, states, “I’m a nature and landscape photographer based on the Central Coast of California, with a passion for sharing.  I’m a bird nerd, a seal whisperer, a half marathon finisher, poker shark, Milky Way fanatic, and lover of chocolate.”   Don’t miss this great opportunity to showcase your work in the Russell Gallery upstairs and possibly win an exciting award. Prospectus:

Exchange day for The Morros exhibit, is Tuesday, June 25, 10am – 2pm.  Artists are asked to submit landscapes and seascapes featuring Morro Rock and its sisters.  This exhibit is popular with our customers and open to all media.  

Gail Martin, MBAA Adult Education Director, has been working hard to offer our members great excursions!  Join us August 15, 5:30 – 9:30pm for a once in a lifetime experience!  We’ll begin the evening at Art Center Morro Bay with a family style Italian dinner of lasagna, bread and salad.  Then, travel in comfort aboard a luxury tour bus to Sensorio, located in Paso Robles for Internationally acclaimed artist,Bruce Munro’s, A Field of Lights.  Hurry, Bus seating is limited.  You may enjoy dinner only by contacting Gail Martin 805-234-8766 or email:  Full excursion PRICE INCLUDES: DINNER, TRANSPORTATION, PARKING, ADMISSION, TAX AND SERVICE FEES to FIELD OF LIGHT.Registration online:
Thank you, for all of your letters to our MB City Council Members!  Steve Powers and I continue to work with the Public Works Advisory Board (PWAB) and city supervisor on an additional proposal for the new RTA bus stop at the downtown park.  

If you haven’t signed a petition, you may do so online.
Art Center Morro Bay is a board run, member supported, non-profit organization. Membership includes opportunities to exhibit artwork within the gallery, local businesses and Art in the Park.  Members may attend classes, workshops and other gallery related events at a free or reduced rate.  Membership comes with a responsibility to help support the organization and daily operation of the gallery.  There is still an urgent need for volunteers as docents and board positions, to include Gallery Director, Co- Gallery Director, Vice President, Treasury Assistant and Youth Education Director.  Volunteers, please email me for a list of duties at: or phone 1-805-423-1100.
Patricia Newton

 Friday Night Art Walks

June 14  5:00-8:00pm
Art Center Morro Bay, Gallery at Marina Square, Seven Sisters Gallery and Paula Radke Art Glass, will join together to celebrate Artwalk Fridays!  Enjoy beautiful Spring and Summer evenings, the second Friday of May, June, July and August, 5pm - 8pm.  Board a trolly or walk to participating galleries.  Wine and cheese will be served!  Join in the fun or volunteer at the gallery!


Art Center Morro Bay is proud to work together with central coast businesses to exhibit YOUR art. If you wish to participate in this program to exhibit your artwork in local businesses to bring more exposure both to your work and to the Art Center Morro Bay, contact Sue at: or phone (805)441-5722

Sue Palmer, has been working diligently to find local businesses who need art for their walls and enjoy supporting the arts community.  To date, Sue has work from members of the Morro Bay Art Association hanging in the following establishments:

Central Coast Lending, Morro Bay

McElhinenney & McElhinenney Law Firm, Morro Bay

Morro Bay City Hall, Morro Bay

Morro Bay Library, Morro Bay

Morro Bay Department of Public Works, Morro Bay

Farmers Insurance, Los Osos

TD Parker Salon, SLO




Stone Carving Lecture & Video Presentation
with Carl Berney


June 10

3:00pm - 5:00pm

This informative lecture will reveal the principal process that even a novice will appreciate and understand. Various mediums, materials and the use of tools will also be discussed.

Carl enjoys the translucency that gives marble sculpture a visual depth beyond its surface that evokes a certain realism when used for figurative work. He also works with alabaster, limestone and bronze. These figurative sculptors that include felines and the abstract, address both the sensual and the spiritual.

If you’ve wondered how to begin sculpting as an art form or would just like to see how it’s done, please join us for this interesting and informative lecture and video presentation.  Read more ...

Dinner and Excursion 

Field of Light Installation
by Bruce Munro    

Thursday, August 15
5:00pm - 9:30pm


The Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a dinner and excursion to the Field of Light Installation by Bruce Munro in Paso Robles at Sensorio.
Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro will premiere his largest artwork to date - an enormous multi-acre walk-through installation.  This exhibit will use an array of over 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber-optics, gently illuminating the landscape in subtle blooms morphing color that describe the undulating landscape.  Solar-powered, the stunning exhibition will captive visitors, inviting them to engage with the landscape and environment through ethereal light-based and sculptural experience.
Meet at the Art Center for a delicious Italian dinner and good company before boarding our tour bus for the drive up to Paso Robles.  Once on site, we will have plenty of time to view the astonishing light installation and other work by Bruce Munro. Read more ...

Pre-Registration is Required!

Thursday, August 15.  Dinner is from 5:00-6:00 at the Art Center, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay.  We will return to the Art Center after viewing the exhibition at approximately 9:30pm.

Cost:  $68.00 for MBAA members;  $75.00 for non-members.  This includes:  dinner, transportation, admission to exhibition, tax, service fees and parking!! Buy tickets here ...



Early Bird registration for the 2019 Open Studios Art Tour starts March 12, 2019.


ARTS Obispo’s Open Studios Art Tour is FREE to the public—and one of the largest art tours in the country! Every October, approximately 200 artists participate throughout San Luis Obispo County by opening their studios for visitors to tour. Art in a variety of media and styles—from abstract and representational painting to wood, glass, metal and ceramic—is displayed and sold by artists directly from their working studios. Some artists have live demonstrations so visitors can see art being created and experience the creative process.

Tour visitors plan self-guided routes by looking through the printed full-color catalog, the online catalog or the mobile-friendly map. Printed catalogs are found at various locations throughout San Luis Obispo County beginning in mid-September throughout the Tour.  Click here for more information ...

Snapshots from
Art in the Park
Memorial Day Weekend



This lovely couple lost their home in the recent Paradise fire, along with everything they owned.
The bowl by Terry Gillian, with its burned looking edges, reminded them of the fire they had endured. Yet they are still hopeful for a new beginning.  Art heals in so many ways!


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 Art Association Excursion 
the Carizzo Plains and Jan Cooper's Ranch and Studio

On a beautiful Sunday morning in May, twelve curiosity seekers boarded a bus and took a leisurely ride out to the Carizzo Plain National Monument.  Gail Martin, not only organized this excursion, she baked muffins and made coffee for the bus ride!  Once on site, most people spent some time in the Goodwin Education Center learning about the history and geology of the Plain and Soda Lake.  From there we were met by two young AmeriCorps rangers, and Jan's husband Doug who took us on an easy hike out to view Painted Rock and the local Native American pictographs.  The interior of the rock alcove is adorned with many pictographs created by the Chumash, Salinan and Yokuts peoples over many thousands of years.  Ancient rock art in red, black and white yucca pigments, and some yellow, green and blue were painted with rodent tail hair brushes or simple finger painting. Estimates are that the Chumash people first populated the Carrizo Plain about 2000 BCE but mostly abandoned it, possibly due to drought, about CE 600.  As this is still considered a sacred site, we were asked not to not share our photos of the pictographs on any social media sites.

After visiting the Painted Caves, we boarded the bus for the ride out to Jan Cooper's ranch and art studio and to have lunch.  Gail had made sandwiches for all of us along with pickles and chips and a beverage.  Jan added to our luncheon by serving a fantastic green salad, pasta salad and wine.  Jan encouraged us to wander around her ranch which housed many interesting buildings containing old farm equipment and Native American artifacts.  Then Jan introduced us all to her collection of 50 tortoises on the way to her studio where she gave a demonstration of her mixed media painting techniques.  One lucky guest won the raffle prize which was to select a piece of Jan's art to take home.

It was a truly wonderful Sunday afternoon spent with interesting and interested people. Sign-up now for the upcoming Morro Bay Art Association dinner and excursion on August 15 to see Bruce Munro's Field of Light.


On Thursday, May 16, the Art Center of Morro Bay hosted the monthly Chamber Mixer. We had a great crowd of about 40 local business professionals who all enjoyed fabulous middle eastern offerings such as hummus, pita bread, chopped salad, falafal and baklava from The Grape Leaf and delicious wines donated by Legends Bar.  This fun event from 5:30 - 7:30pm showcased all that Art Center Morro Bay has to offer our community such as our wonderful changing exhibitions, workshops, classes and free demonstrations, scholarships and opportunities for young artists to exhibit their work. 

Art Classes for Kids!!

COST: $20.00 per session or $15.00 per class for registration of 12 or more classes through August 8th, 2019

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Mandy Covish, Elementary School Teacher for ongoing art classes designed to reach children between Kindergarten and 6th grades.
Mandy has taught primarily 2nd and 3rd grade levels in the Merced City School District and Clovis Unified School district. With her recent relocation to the Central Coast she is eager to begin teaching on the Central Coast. Mandy taught GATE students (Gifted and Talented Education) for seven years, emphasizing on the arts as a vehicle to promote higher thought processes. She worked as the Reading Intervention Teacher and successfully implemented a fluency and comprehension program through Read Naturally, Soar to Success, Seeing Stars utilizing appropriate leveled books for grades K-6.

In the Meet the Masters classes, a new and emerging children’s art program, each session will focus on one of the great art masters. (Dates of featured artist below).  Mandy will engage students with short videos and hands on learning.

October 12th: Andy Warhol
October 13th: Yayoi Kusama
November 2nd: Vincent van Gogh
November 10th: Paul Klee

TIMES: K-2nd Graders 9am-12pm
3rd-6th Graders 1pm – 4pm

The fun continues with ...


Travel the world, without a passport!  In Students will learn about geography and culture of various cultures through the use of literature, technology (videos) and the ARTS!  

 Mexico - July 9

Students will be creating “Day of the Dead” drawings & portraits and Mexican sombrero paper mace hats using oil pastels, paper and acrylics.

Japan  -  July 11

Students will be creating Japanese Fans with ink & acrylic paints, Watercolor Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Samurai with crayola markers, paint & paper, and Sushi Collages with various types of media.

Australia  - July 16

Students will be creating the following AUSTRALIAN Masterpieces:
*​Aboriginal Hand Art​ ​with acrylics
*​Oil Pastel Koala Bears
*​Australian Rainsticks​ ​with feathers & acrylics

China  -  July 18

Students will be creating Chinese Ming Watercolor/Tempura Vases, Feather Dragon Puppets, and Chinese Acrylic Roosters.

France  -  July 23

Students will be creating the following masterpieces from FRANCE: *Newspaper Rod Eiffel Tower *Edgar Degas - Foil Ballerina Sculpture *Field of Tulips in Acrylics

Italy  -  July 25

Africa  -  August 6

Students will be creating the following masterpieces from Africa: *Sample Mixed-Medium Kente Cloth *Multimedia Masks *Oil Pastel People *Aboriginal Hand Art with Acrylics

India  -  August 8

Students will be creating the following masterpieces from India:
*Henna Hands with Oil pastels & Crayola permanent
*Birds of India with acrylics *Watercolor/Crayola permanent marker


Children's Art Classes
with Katrina Osborne


Katrina Osborne is originally from Minnesota and has resided on the Central Coast for 13 years. Katrina taught art for two years at Templeton Elementary and during the last 12 years has taught art at Morro Bay High School including, design, drawing, painting, and ceramics.

Students will receive an introduction to clay and learn how to make a pinch pot. They will learn the sculpture and texture techniques the will turn their pinch pot into a creative creature of their choosing.

Projects will be glazed after June 27th class  and ready for pick up by August 1st class

6 - 8 yrs 9:00am - 12:00pm
9 -13 yrs 1:00pm – 4:00pm

COST: $20.00 per session or
$15.00 for 12 or more paid classes 

Learn more ...


Clay Pinch Pot Creatures - June 11     

Students will receive an introduction to clay and learn how to make a pinch pot. They will learn the sculpture and texture techniques the will turn their pinch pot into a creative creature of their choosing.  


 Exposed Coil Designs Bowl or Vase - June 13 and June 14  

Students will learn a variety of coil design and building techniques, then will be guided through the process of constructing their own exposed coil pottery piece.  (morning students will use a plaster bowl mold to build off of, afternoon class can use a bowl mold or freehand build a vase)


Clay Impressed Textures on Slab - June 18   

Students will learn the slab method by rolling out flat sheets of clay with a rolling pin. We will then experiment with creating a multitude of clay textures and images using both natural and man made objects that will be impressed into the clay surface. Students will build a vase, hanging wall pocket, or wall plaque decorated with their choice impressions and textures.


Painting Pots - June 20

Students will learn the basics of color theory and color mixing with paint and basic painting techniques. We will study and review famous artists and styles of painting to inspire our own work completed on a functional terracotta pot!  (pots will need to be allowed dry time and sprayed with a protective finish. Ready for pick up by June 27th class)      *please wear play clothes as acrylic paint can stain. We will be cautious but accidents can happen.

Intro to Watercolor Techniques - June 25

Students will learn an introduction to watercolor painting and basic techniques and process including wax resist, masking, gradients, wet on wet, wet on dry, and mixed media. Students will be guided through a step by step process of each technique to create their own watercolor painting.

(Morning session will create an Under the Sea theme, Afternoon session will create a Fall Birchwood Scene)


Glazing Pottery - June 27

Students will learn specific tips and techniques for glazing ceramic projects created in the June 11th, 13th, and 18th classes. Blank ceramic pieces will be available for students unable to attend those sessions.


Print Making - July 30

Students will learn the process of printmaking, including developing a reverse image, creating the impressed image, inking, rolling, and printing. Students will have the opportunity to turn their prints into greeting cards, Andy Warhol inspired posters, and more.


Portraiture - August 1

Students will use a variety of 2-D media (crayon, marker, pencil, colored pencil, watercolor etc…) to create a self portrait. They will be guided through a step by step process of drawing each feature while discussing proportion and placement. We will be reviewing various styles of artists self portraits to inspire creativity and self expression in their own portrait.



May Demo & monthly meeting

Weaving with Nancy Weber

“Hackel, Ditz, Niddy Noddy, Carder, Plyer, Lazy Kate, Drop Spindle, Bobbin”…If you know what we’re talking about you must have been at May’s Free Demo, featuring acclaimed spinning instructor Nancy Weber.

Nancy Weber taught us about fiber, spinning and plying.  She showed us the art of mixing colors to create vibrant and exciting yarn. She handed out fiber to all who attended giving everyone a chance to handle and twist the fiber into yarn.  She brought in beautiful examples of hand spun yarns, finished knitted garments, and woven items. If that wasn’t enough, Nancy let everyone who wanted too, a turn (pardon the pun) at the spinning wheel and the hackle and carding tools.

Alice Issac was the lucky winner of the hand spun and knit scarf raffle prize.

Old World Drawing and Painting
with Jason Mayr

Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00p

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!
Classes & Workshops





with Debbie Gedayloo

June 1, 10:00am - 1:00pm

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. ((First time students are provided Zentangle© bag, pen, pencil, tortillon, tiles and instructions and extras)
ONGOING STUDENTS: MBAA Members $20. Non Members $22. (Bring your own art supplies)


Astrophotography Adding Light to Your Milky Way Images

with Brady Cabe

July 26, 8:00pm -12:00am
July 27, 3:00-6:00pm

This workshop provides a complete Milky Way photography experience, with an emphasis on Milky Way capture, star trails, and light painting. On day one we’ll spend the evening photographing the night sky – going over location planning, best practices, and answering all your astrophotography questions. Day two consists of post-processing where we will dive into our photos from the night before and learn to assemble star trail images.  Read more ...



**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.


Sea Glass Hammered Wire Jewelry

July 6, 10:00am - 12:00pm
July 21, 10:00 - 12:00pm

Learn how to drill holes in sea glass, how to harden, strengthen and texturize wire to create a gorgeous jewelry set.  No experience necessary. Everything is provided for the project including local sea glass, use of tools in the class, wire and jewelry findings. Joan will demonstrate how to drill holes then you choose from sea glass she has pre-drilled to create your jewelry.  COST: $55  Learn more ...

Resin Workshop

July 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Your choice - create a scene in an 11" x 14" frame or make two resin necklaces!  Joan will bring a huge assortment of shells, colored beach glass and glitter to design your scene. Choose a white frame or two metal necklace bezels for your base. After your scene is complete, you will encase it in glistening resin.  COST: $55  Learn more ...


**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.


Welcome to our newest members!
Cynthia Bunting Cayucos
Rosemary Eames-Poce, Ventura
Matthew H. Fisk,  Morro Bay
Barbara Sitar, Morro Bay
Gina and Kirby Spencer, Los Osos
Samantha Vietty, Paso Robles
Next Board Meeting is May 24, 2019 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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