August 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

Summer is heating up and so are sales at the gallery!  Congratulations to all who sold artwork and/or received requests for special orders during The Morros exhibit and Art in the Park.  Next up, CCWS and Thru the Lens.  Both of these impressive exhibits will open Thursday, August 8th.  The opening reception with award ceremonies will be Sunday, August 11, 2-4pm.  
Last month our docents were treated to a special luncheon meeting, organized and headed up by MBAA’s Docent Director, Michael Costa.  Michael provided training and treated everyone to his awesome, home-made cupcakes too! 
As technology grows, so does MBAA’s online presence!  Did you know members may have a personal art related website URL with an image added to the ARTISTS page? We are eventually going paperless!  As you renew memberships online, you may begin to notice being prompted to “log-in.  What does that mean to you?  Once you’ve paid dues online, you may simply go to the MEMBERSHIP page, log-in, and update your own address and contact information.  It’s easy!  These changes will help volunteers better manage their time and MBAA become more efficient. 
Gail Martin has a great lineup of art filled events planned for you this month!  Back by popular demand, Debbie Gedayloo with a hands-on, felting demo.  Next, a family style dinner at the gallery, followed by an excursion to Bruce Munro’s breathtaking art installation, A Field of Light at Sensorio, located in Paso Robles!  Get the most out of your camera equipment by taking Brady Cabe’s Astrophotography Workshop or a great watercolor workshop with Nancy Collins!
Please welcome new Children’s Youth Education Director, Cynthia Bunting!  Cynthia will be taking over children’s programming.  Cynthia and her husband recently returned to Cayucos after experiencing a snowy Iowa winter!  Cynthia has stepped in as a docent too!

Phillip Lopez and Menno Isaac installed a new kiosk by the gate.  Thank you Phil and Menno, this beautiful addition will house informative posters for a long time to come!

There's always a need for volunteers like you! Positions are still open for (2) Co-Gallery Directors, Vice President and Treasury Assistant.   MBAA is a great gallery because so many wonderful people assist in some small way!  I cannot continue to work at the current pace, holding down two huge board positions at the same time!  I need help!  If you are considering the possibility of taking one of these prestigious positions, please let me know.  I'm happy to train you in what could be a fulfilling experience.  Come join us, we're a great board!    

Patricia Newton

 Friday Night Art Walks

August 9  5:00-8:00pm
Art Center Morro Bay, Gallery at Marina Square, Seven Sisters Gallery and Paula Radke Art Glass join together to celebrate Artwalk Fridays!  Enjoy beautiful Summer evenings, the second Friday of 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!


Painting with Wool-Needle and
Wet-Felting Fiber Art

with Debbie Gedaylo



3:00pm - 5:00pm


During this demonstration, Debbie will engage participants in a lively discussion and hands on exploration of needle felting. She will give an overview of techniques used in wet felting, sculpture and fiber painting. Read more ...

If you’ve wondered how to create fiber paintings using wool and other fibers, don’t miss this opportunity to see how it’s done!  

Dinner and Excursion 

Field of Light Installation
by Bruce Munro    

Thursday, August 15
5:30pm - 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 5:30-6:30 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 ...



Coming Soon!!  

Mixed Media Basics
September 13th & 14th  10am-4pm

Lisa Agaran, mixed media artist, and instructor of Awaken Your True Creativity will be here for a 2-day workshop.
Mixed media is an ideal way to explore creativity and uncover your inner artist without the pressure of having to be “artistic” or create that perfect piece of art.  Have fun using a variety of acrylic applications and techniques with collage, acrylic paint, layering with cool textures and found objects.

During this workshop, you will learn basic composition, surface patterns, texture and mixed media techniques with color ideas that create visual balance and impact.  Lisa will show you how to incorporate personal photos, found objects, text and lettering into your mixed media pieces.

Materials Include: Printed step-by-step instructions for each technique, 6 art panels, acrylic paint, collage materials, acrylic medium, brushes, sea sponge, found objects, and more. This workshop is appropriate for beginner to advanced.
You don’t want to miss this exciting workshop.  You can sign up today online at
or come into the gallery and ask the docent to sign you up.
COST: $200.00 / MBAA Members* $225.00  Non Members*
*There is a $25. materials fee paid directly to the artist on day of workshop

The RTA bus stop proposals for Morro Bay Blvd. and Harbor Street are moving forward, so here’s the latest.....
The City of Morro Bay, Public Works Department has completed 4 engineered proposals.  These proposals will be discussed during an upcoming PWAB meeting, open to the public. Soon after, PWAB recommendations will be offered to the Morro Bay City Council for their consideration and decision. 
To complicate things, The City of Morro Bay recently hired an outside source to conduct a fee analyses.  The city is trying to generate more income.  This means permit fees normally charged for Art in the Park, could potentially rise from hundreds to thousands of dollars per season.   A meeting with city employees to discuss potential fee hikes will be held August 8, 4pm at the Vets Hall.  

This meeting is open to the public and you are welcomed to attend.   


The Art Center was recently gifted a collection of various colored seed beads.  The Board of the Morro Bay Art Association would like to offer these beads for sale to jewelers or bead artists.  The proceeds from the sale of this donation will be used for scholarships throughout the year.   Please contact Pat Newton if you are interested.
Docent Appreciation Luncheon
July 10


The Docent Appreciation Luncheon was held Wednesday July 10, 2019. We had over 20 people attend including 5 of our Board Members (thank you for your support.) A great time was had by all. We had a fabulous lunch catered by our local Mexican Restaurant Mi Casa. Michael Costa, Docent Director, was able to review various procedures and answer questions about docent concerns or how to properly handle various situations. Board Members were very helpful in explaining their jobs and answering any questions that the docents had. Special thanks to Brian Ross who sat at the docent desk and helped decorate for the luncheon. 

August 31, 10am-5pm
Sept. 1, 10am-5pm 
Sept 2, 10am-4pm 

Join us in the Morro Bay Park located downtown, for a fun filled event, perfect for the entire family!

MBAA Members are welcome to sell their artwork from the MBAA Art in the Park booth.  This is a great opportunity for participating artists who work a minimum of 3 hours as a docent or rover.  Sales go through the gallery.  There are no take-in fees, 25% commission applies. Space in the booth is limited so watch for the signupgenius calendar for the July 4th weekend, and Labor Day weekend in September!   

If you have questions, email
Patricia Newton:
Sue Palmer:

If you have your own tent and wish to become a vendor at future MBAA Art in the Park shows, submit applications to Steve Powers, 805 440 8318  

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

Art Classes for Kids!!

COST: $20.00 per session 
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.

August 6:  AFRICA
Students will explore the Geography and Culture of Africa through Literature, videos and the ARTS! Students will be creating the following masterpieces from Africa: *Sample Mixed-Medium Kente Cloth *Multimedia Masks *Oil Pastel People *Aboriginal Hand Art with Acrylics

TIMES: K-2nd Graders 9am-12pm; 3rd-6th Graders 1pm – 4pm
COST: $20.00 per session
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, Activities Room, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Preregistration is required: Contact Art Center Morro Bay (805) 772-2504 or online:

August 8:  INDIA
Students will explore the Geography and the Culture of India through Literature, video and the ARTS! Students will be creating the following masterpieces from India:
*Henna Hands with Oil pastels & Crayola permanent
markers *Birds of India with acrylics *Watercolor/Crayola permanent marker Elephants

TIMES: K-2nd Graders 9am-12pm; 3rd-6th Graders 1pm – 4pm
COST: $20.00 per session
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, Activities Room, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Preregistration is required: Contact Art Center Morro Bay (805) 772-2504 or online:
Special Note: Parents wishing to pick-up pottery made in Katrina Osborne's class, glazed and unglazed artwork is ready and can be picked up at the gallery now!


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


Creating Mosaics

Thank you to Anne Hodges and Paula Hulet for sharing their love and knowledge of mosaics with us for this month’s free art demo.  Handouts were given to all with instructions and materials lists for making mosaics at home.  The time was split between the two artists with Paula breaking tiles, gluing tiles, and designing a brand new stepping stone.  Anne followed, showing us how to grout a work in progress, smooth the edges and finally sealing a finished piece which by the way, was the raffle prize!  They had lots of tips on how to make the most out of the materials and when to use different tiles to give maximum utility. 


The lucky raffle winner was Natalie Ramos.


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

**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.


Avocado and Margarita Festival Earrings
with Joan Fee

September 7   10:00am - 12:00pm

They are super simple to make and perfect for any age. You'll trace the images onto shrink plastic, color them with markers and bake them for a couple of minutes. You'll add fish hook earring wires and you're done ALL in less than 1/2 hour.

Sea Glass Hammered Wire Jewelry
with Joan Fee

September 7  1:00pm - 3:00pm
September 21 10:00am - 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.  Read more ...

Mosaic - Choose Your Project
with Joan Fee

September 21   1:00pm - 4:00pm

Resin Workshop

September 28   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.

**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.


Watercolor Wet and Wild
with Alice Issac

September 19, 9:00am - 12:00pm
September 26, 9:00am - 12:00pm
October 3, 9:00am - 12:00pm
October 10, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Alice Issac is hosting a new watercolor class designed for beginner to advanced. Classes will be ongoing and feature various instructors. For more information, please contact Alice Isaac, 805-225-1286.

Welcome to our newest members!

Beate Amler, Avila Beach
Pauline Conrad, Morro Bay
Chris LaRussell, San Francisco 
Melina Pagoulatos, Nipomo
Dick Pearson, Chatsworth
Liselotte Bjorck Posson, Atascadero
Judith & Robert Stern, Los Osos
Next Board Meeting is August 26 , 2019 12:00 - 3:00pm  
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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