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


   From the President’s Desk

Members of our incredible docent team are constantly striving to learn about our art, in their efforts to help customers and members. Many of them have attended one of Barbara Sitar's exhibit tours, which provides tutelage from the gallery director.  Docent Director, Nola Barnick constantly reviews procedures in her efforts to provide excellent training and updates. In addition, some of our more experienced docents help train others. 
This amazing team of individuals are the face of Morro Bay Art Association. As this organization continues to grow and evolve, so do the challenges for our docents! 

MBAA has had a longstanding policy of not shipping artwork.  Due to logistics and many variables, including shipping fees, insurance and handling, shipping information is extremely difficult to provide and handling is still up to the artist.  However, in rare cases, docents have gone above and beyond, in their efforts to accommodate customers and sell your artwork.

A special thanks to Docent Director Nola Barnick and Docents: Brian Ross, Bob Rodger, Tom Franklin, Claudia Davis, Cynthia Kevorkian, Suzie Crowley, Carla Stienfeld, Kim Ramos, Joy Chambers, Liz Hampton-Derivan, Jeanine Dureau, Mark Selby, Debra Lord, Anne Grannis and MeLisa Dicus… make Art Center Morro Bay better every day!  Thank you!

A huge thank you to Bob Azevedo and Treasurer, Kim Hempel.  While our docents are busy selling, Bob and Kim have a huge job behind the scenes to ensure selling artists receive checks, bills are paid and our financial status is healthy. Steering this non-profit organization financially is no small task.  Thank you! 

Thank you to Barbara Sitar, Shannon Larson and Kirsti Wothe for your help with the large amount of cleanup we needed in the classroom, office and storage closets.  Trash was taken to the dump (Thank you Kirsti) or donated (Thank you Shannon). As a result of our efforts, we have a cleaner and more organized space.  

Also a huge thank you goes to Janet Hillson for her continued efforts to pursue grant writing.  This month MBAA was awarded a $5,000. grant from the City of Morro Bay to help with Covid relief!  We are grateful to City Manager, Scott Collins, Mayor Heading and the entire city council for their consideration and generosity.  These funds will greatly help MBAA.  Thank you!

I look forward to seeing many of you for the November 2, art take-in for Winter Faire, 10am - 2pm.  The reception will be on Sunday, Nov 7, 2-4pm.  We ask that everyone continue to wear facial coverings for art exchange and all events inside the gallery.  

Don’t forget to set your clocks back (Fall back) at 2am, Sunday, November 7, 2021. Best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! 

Patricia Newton


Born and raised in northern Los Angeles County in the ’60’s was like being on the set of the “Wonder Years.” I lived in an area of rolling hills and oak trees with nothing between our home and the San Fernando Valley but wilderness. My buddies, brothers and me would leave the house at dawn, hike as far as Simi Valley, then be home in time for dinner. My mom had one rule when it came to curfew - be home in time for dinner or you don’t eat - period. 

We had “pets” of every kind from rattle snakes, quail, pheasants, rabbits, hawks, owls, turkeys and chukar to more diminutive critters like polliwogs and mice. It was a childhood that just couldn’t be duplicated today. 

Growing up outside, I knew I could never work in an office setting. I moved to Santa Barbara in 1975, got a degree in Geography/Geology and the day after graduation was hired onto the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. After 33 years with the department I retired in 2009 and promptly went to work at a local winery. I worked at the winery for 6 years and now volunteer for the Mental Wellness Center in Santa Barbara and for the Morro Bay Art Association in Morro Bay. 

Photography has been a passion since the 1960’s beginning when my mother bought me a Daisy camera at the local drug store. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of just about anything, even in my own backyard. But, being a native Californian, my favorite subject is California, its wildlife, flora, people, and especially its varied landscapes. There is never a shortage of subject matter. When I’m out on a hike or backpacking, I like to play a game where I stop in a random spot and, while not moving my feet, try to take a picture of whatever natural beauty is before me. The objective is to come away with a photo that is a “keeper”. Today I use a Nikon D-850 which allows me to be ever more creative with lighting and composition. I like to call my style “Organic Photography” because I do not use photo-editing software except to crop photos. So the photographs you see here are essentially what I saw when I took them. For me, the natural world doesn’t need to be amped up or altered in any way. It’s perfect just the way it is.

Until I began volunteering at MBAA I had never publicly displayed any of my photography, but the atmosphere at the gallery is very welcoming and friendly. With a new show every 6 weeks or so, with varied themes, there is a great opportunity for artists of any medium to showcase their work. One of my favorite things is when someone discovers the gallery for the first time; they are always impressed by the quality of the art. Being a docent with the Morro Bay Art Association is more of a privilege than a job.


Carolyn Niblick


**ART TAKE-IN: TUES, NOV 2, 2021, 10am - 2pm

Exhibit Nov 4 - Jan 3, 2022

At the end of every year, Art Center Morro Bay transforms into a holiday wonderland of art and fine crafts, perfect for holiday gift giving!
Artists are asked to enter fine crafts to include jewelry, wood, glass, ceramics and pottery, sculpture, soft sculpture, fiber, felt, silk and much more!
In addition, this 8 week exhibit is open to all 2D art and mediums. Artists are welcomed to enter note cards and sealed, portfolio originals and prints for the print bins.
Let’s fill the gallery with lots of beautiful art and gift giving items for our art lovers with varied price points this holiday season!
All items submitted to the show will be informally juried at the time of entry.
                       Deborah Wogan                           Carolyn Niblick, Art Glass AA

** The gallery will be issuing W-9 forms during the November take-in so that those artists who sell over $600.00 in a calendar year will be provided a 1099 form for tax purposes. 
Be the change you would like to see!  

Are you someone with vision and would like to make a difference? Board Members are in a unique position to help guide this organization into a future that's brighter than ever. 

(2) volunteers needed.  Anybody out there ready to spread the word about Art Center Morro Bay, through the computer, just a couple hours a month??  It’d be great if you had BASIC computer skills such as: copy/paste, website navigation, email, etc.  Attention to detail and communication skills are a must.  It would also require that you have your own computer or one you can use (sorry, phone use for marketing, will not work).  If you’re ready to join the Marketing Team, please email Sue Allemand at


This year we are hosting our 1st Annual Ornament Fundraiser! Kicking off at our opening reception for Winter Faire!

All ornaments are hand painted or crafted by MBAA members and featured for sale, in the Gallery. All proceeds will go to the Art Center to fund our ongoing community projects!

Each ornament is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece - hand signed by the artist.

Please help support the wonderful art community of Morro Bay & the Central Coast, by purchasing an ornament or two!
Available for $15 each.

Aquarius 2022

Art Center Morro Bay is happy to host the Central Coast Watercolor Society as we present, Aquarius 2022.  Artists wishing to submit to this juried exhibit, must do so through CCWS. Please review the prospectus for rules of entry into this prestigious event.  Aquarius 2022 will be on display February 24 -April 4, 2022. Meet the artists at the opening reception, Sunday, February 27, 4pm-6pm.

Online Entries Only: Due 10:00 pm January 3, 2022

* Copyrighted Image courtesy of CCWS and Frank Eber.
 October Demo
Dot Mandala


On October 11th ACMB Association held its monthly meeting. Our meeting began with an overview of upcoming events in our Art Center. Then we enjoyed a fun evening with Lin Harrington as she taught us the basics of creating a dot mandala artwork. Many people who attended enjoyed the demo so much and have expressed that they would like to continue to learn more about this interesting and fun art medium. Are you wondering what a dot mandala is? Mandala comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Mandal’ meaning circle. It is a circular symmetrical design with repetitions of patterns, that create an illusion of motion. If you are interested in taking a dot mandala class, please check out our website for future class dates and times. 

Please join us for our next Free Demo on November 8th at 3:00 pm. We will be watching the movie, "Walking on Water," an uncensored look into the artistic process and personal relationships of Christo, an artist known for his large-scale installations. For the first time since the passing of his wife and partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize, The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. Walking on Water – Official U.S. Trailer

Looking forward to seeing you all on Nov. 8 @ 3:00 pm -5:00 pm!

Artfully, Kirsti

Lucky raffle winner and teacher Lin Harrington


The local chapter of the the Red Hat Society toured Art Center Morro Bay, guided by Chuck Stup, Patricia Newton and Kirsti Wothe. 


Walking on Water

Monday, November 8,  3:00 - 5:00pm


The transient mega-artwork of Christo Javacheff—made in collaboration with his wife Jeanne-Claude until her death in 2009—is celebrated in Andrey M. Paounov's documentary Walking on Water, which follows the creation of one of Christo's recent gigantic populist exhibitions: The Floating Piers, a series of walkways installed at Lake Iseo in northern Italy from June 18 to July 3, 2016.

The exhibit consisted of chains of interlocking plastic cubes, their tops covered with bright saffron cloth, which stretched from the village of Sulzano to (and around) islands in the lake, and when traversed gave pedestrians the illusion of walking on the water's surface. Paounov's film closes with images—many aerial—of the walkways as thousands of visitors enjoyed the effect.

The film covers the preliminary work of planning and design, in which Christo and his nephew and aide Vladimir Yavachev discuss the project, often breaking out in volatile arguments. Myriad logistical problems had to be overcome, before actual construction could proceed, and the opening was threatened by the fact that—contrary to promises—officials failed to take necessary measures for crowd control. Throughout, Christo comes across as an engaging figure—a cantankerous but committed octogenarian—and Yavachev is a dedicated servant of his art.


Beaded Glass  & Pearl Bracelet
with Gail Martin

November 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm

During this workshop we will create a beautiful sea inspired faux pearl bracelet using Celestial Crystal® pearls with easy loop clasp. Celestial Crystal® glass and pearls are loved for their versatility, color selection and understated refinement. Faceting on these crystal beads reflect lively highlights while faux pearls are created with the elegant appearance of traditional pearls in mind.

You may choose to make an easy leather and pearl design or one using beads and pearls. This simple to learn technique needs relatively no special tools and you can take away a skill to use later. Make lovely beaded bracelets for friends and family birthday gifts or to sell at Art in the Park type venues.

Gail discovered the joy of jewelry making while taking classes from renowned bead maker and jewelry artist Klew of Klew Expressions.  If you're considering a special gift for yourself or someone special this holiday season, there's nothing like adding that special touch of something handmade!  

COST: $40. MBAA Members $45. Non Members
All materials are provided and included in the workshop registration fee.



Mosaics for Beginners
November 28, 10:00am - 2:00pm
December 5 10:00am - 2:00pm

Choose from several projects, register then dive in on the class date to learn mosaic basics to create a mosaic masterpiece. Great for beginners.


Sea Glass Hammered Metal Jewelry
November 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
December 11,  10:00am - 2:00pm

Learn how to drill holes in sea glass (for safety this will be a demonstration), hammer metal to create strength and texture and basic jewelry making skills. ​​​​

​Create a gorgeous sea glass necklace and two pierced earrings. Everything is provided to complete the projects from local sea glass (choose brown, white or green in class), to metal, jewelry findings and use of tools.


Sea-glass Wire Wrapped Jewelry

November 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn basic wire wrapping to create a lovely necklace and two pierced earrings. All materials are provided including local sea glass, jewelry findings, jewelry wire and use of tools. Choose from brown, green or white genuine local sea glass.

Preregistration required at 
or contact 805-286-5993
Making a Mosaic Trivet
with the owners of Cracked Up Mosaics -
Anne Hodges and Paula Hulet

December 18 and 19, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Mosaics are works of art created by using glass or ceramic tiles and grout to make a picture. Mosaics date as far back as 1500 B.C. and are found all over the world. Mosaics adorn the ceilings in cathedrals with elaborate details but can be as simple as a beautiful trivet to adorn your home.

During this workshop you will learn how to design and create a mosaic trivet. You will learn how to select materials, lay out a pleasing pattern and adhere the tiles to the trivet base.  Anne and Paula will teach you how to properly grout and seal your project. All materials will be supplied, however, if you have a favorite tile or ceramic pieces you may bring those and incorporate them into your workshop project. What a great skill to learn right before holidays!

COST: $60.00 MBAA Members /  $65.00 Non-Members

Pre-registration is required, contact: Art Center Morro Cay (805) 772-2504
Register Online at:

Jackie Montgomery
Deborah Lord
Alexander Aceves
Marie Ramey
Sharyl Heber
Melissa Campbell
Mimi Whitney-Haft
Jan Dungan
Kathy Miller
Brian Reynolds
Dianne Ravin
Debra Piazza
Cheryl Strahl
Susan Jonas
Sheridan Govers
Jenny Durling
Carolyn Chambers
Debra Lowgren
Kathy Riedemann
Jeanie Smith
The next meeting of the Board of the Morro Bay Art Association is
November 30, 2021  12:00pm-2:00pm
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