April 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

Please welcome new MBAA building maintenance person, Phillip Lopez.  Phil is already helping out with the replacement of gallery lights and more.  Recently, Phil and Bob Rodger installed new ceiling mounted, music speakers throughout the gallery.  In addition, the redwood deck has been removed to make way for a paver style patio! Mark your calendars and help us celebrate with a Chamber Mixer, May 15, 5:30 – 7:30pm.
Colleen Ray has graciously taken over the supervision of MBAA membership data.  For members who renew online, you may go to our website at anytime and login under membership to update contact information.  Those who struggle with online media, may contact Colleen by email:  
The upcoming exhibit, From Natural to Abstraction is a non juried event, open to all media and subject matter.  This show will take place in the Russell gallery upstairs.  The exchange day is April 2, 10am – 2pm.  During this show, the beautiful horsehair pottery of Jim Gregory will be on display!  
Don’t miss the Student Art Show, downstairs in the main gallery.  Youth Education Director, Liz Moore has generously donated her time to teach local high school students how to matte and frame their artwork.  Framing supplies, ribbons and cash awards are donated by MBAA.  Liz has also guided student intern, Whitney G., giving her valuable hands on experience during the planning stages of this event.  The art reception and student awards ceremony will be Sunday, April 7, 2-4pm.
Julie Dunn will give a demonstration of Tempura Batik Monday, April 8, 3-5pm.  Julie will guide you through the stages of her unique style, characterized by a vivid use of color and a contrast between realism and the abstract.  Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this talented artist!
As a non-profit, charitable organization, MBAA donates money toward art education in many forms.  Art in the Park and the funds derived from this event are essential to the daily operation of the gallery and our mission! Please, get the facts and help preserve this iconic park event by showing your support. Petitions are available to sign inside the gallery or online:
Our hard working board members, Bob Azevedo, Janet Hillson, Gail Martin, Michael Costa, Liz Moore and Sue Palmer donate much of their time behind the scenes, often going unnoticed.  Please be sure to thank them for their dedication and support.  
Leprechaun Crawl

Friday night, March 15
Many local lucky leprechauns began their St. Patrick's festivities at the Art Center Morro Bay on Fridah night, March 15.  Participants were able to purchase Leprechaun Crawl passports on our brightly lighted deck, enjoy a drink and view the two exhibitions on view in our galleries before heading out to explore over participating venues around Morro Bay. Over the course of the evening, approximately 200 costumed participants came through the gallery doors.  We sold a couple of artworks (tiles) and people promised to return again to the gallery.

Brandon and Lauren from Yes Cocktail Co. used their mixers to whip up sample cocktails from spirits donated by CalWise Spirits.  


Morro Bay Annual Yard Sale Weekend

Thursday, April 4th is the "Preview"  12pm - 4pm 
April 5, 6, & 7     8:00am - 4:00pm
Tara Lee's Thrift will be the "headquarters" to get a yard sale map on Thursday, April 4th located at 248 Morro Bay Blvd.  Empty out your vehicle and drive on over to Morro Bay to join in the yard sale experience.  Find treasures you never knew you needed and now can't live without!

 Friday Night Art Walks


May 10  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 in the Park

May 25 (10:00-5:00)
May 26 (10:00-5:00)
May 27 (10:00-4:00)

Join the Morro Bay Art Association at the 64th annual Art in the Park.  This show offers artists and crafts people a high quality outdoor setting to display and sell their wares to an appreciative audience.  Stroll the more than 100 artisan booths, hear live music and help support your local art gallery. Morro Bay Art in the Park is looked upon as the finest display of handmade art and crafts presented in San Luis Obispo County.

Sue Palmer is always looking for volunteers to staff the Morro Bay Art Gallery booth and to act as rovers to give artists a short break from their booths.  As a volunteer, you may hang and sell your artwork in the Morro Bay Art Association booth at no charge!  Please email Sue at if you are available to work a 4-hour shift.


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

Edward Jones Cayucos, 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




The Art of Fiber and Spinning
with Nancy Weber


May 13

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Nancy is an accomplished instructor of twenty-two years, designing and creating unique apparel with a large variety of hand-spun fiber. During this demonstration, she will show you how to use a Hackle or Blending Board to create roving into yarn of unique and difficult to find colors. Nancy will give you a hands on experience using her spinning wheel to create yarn. Don’t miss this opportunity for a truly hands on experience!  Learn more ...



Sunday, May 5    9:00 - 5:00 (lunch included)

(Space is limited.  Reserve your seat today!)
On Sunday, May 5 , enjoy a fun filled and interesting excursion to the pictographs found on the Carrizo Plain, Painted Rock and a visit to the art studio of Jan Cooper where lunch will be served.   Be sure to reserve a space in this excursion or other fun and educational activities at the gallery,  or, online:
Board a luxury charter in Morro Bay* and travel in comfort to the Carrizo Plain. A tour guide from the Goodwin Education Center will provide a brief history. The group will then travel to the Painted Rock Parking Lot and hike approximately two thirds of a mile to Painted Rock. Although the path does not have a significant change in elevation, it is not handicapped accessible.

Painted Rock, a large U-shaped rock, features what was once an elaborate, multicolored pictograph site created by the Chumash, a Native American people who historically inhabited the coastal regions of California. Time spent within the Painted Rock alcove may be limited or canceled to protect prairie falcons or other nesting birds.  Not surprisingly, the power of this location, with it’s historical, Native American Pictographs, continues to enthrall visitors today.

Visitors will then re-board the tour van, traveling approximately thirty minutes to the studio of Jan Cooper, where lunch will be served. Guests may enjoy an opportunity to make sketches or photograph the beautiful Carrizo Plain!  Jan has been an integral part of the Carrizo Plain her entire life. With family roots reaching back generations, her watercolor collage paintings reflect the Native American pictographs found in what is now a National Monument. Jan will demonstrate watercolor collages of rock paintings and share her knowledge of the area.
***  Pre-registration is required!! ***
$80.00 Members or $90.00 Non-Members
Participation form 

Refunds will be given for cancellations made seven days prior to excursion with the exception of a $20.00 non-refundable, registration fee. Please return form to Gail Martin,   Click for Participation form
** Wear comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing. No cell service is available on the Carrizo Plain. Hiking portion of tour is not handicapped accessible. For additional information, email Gail Martin: or call 805-234-8766.
, Attention Gail Martin, 835 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 9344

* Bus leaves at 9:00 am from the Morro Bay Library, 625 Harbor St. There is parking on Dunes, Kennedy, and Shasta, as well as in the library parking lot.


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 ...


Born in the USA

May 16 through June 24, 2019

Immigration has been a touchstone of the U.S. political debate for decades. Even as most Americans celebrate their heritage and identity as a “nation of immigrants”, there seems to be a deep ambivalence about future immigration. Despite the complex issues surrounding the struggle of asylum, assimilation and deportation, increasing numbers of people continue to risk emotional and physical heartbreak for the opportunity to live a safer and better life by migrating to America. In some cases, the human toll mounts as men, women and children quietly disappear from the dessert landscape in pursuit of the “American Dream”. Whether we are direct descendants of an immigrant or an immigrant ourselves, in the current climate, socially and politically, this subject is more relevant than ever.  Read more ... 

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!!

Meet the Masters is a new and emerging children’s art program 
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.
In the Meet the Masters classes, 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.
During the first session featuring Pablo Picasso, K-2nd graders will make faces in the style of Picasso including rose period painted circles and blue period collages. Children in third to six grade levels will make Picasso cardboard masks, cubist portraits with newspaper and blue period guitars. Each session will feature a different artist with learning and activities illustrating their artistic style.

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.


May 25th: GeorgiaO’Keefe
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

COST: $20.00 per session

March Demo & monthly meeting

Compositing with Photoshop
with Kathy Curtis-Cahill

Kathy Curtis-Cahill ignited our imaginations, demonstrating how to do compositing with Photoshop.

Kathy created a full composite right before our eyes utilizing the big screen TV so we could see her every key stroke.  She answered questions, displayed different composited works, showed us abbreviated steps to layering, taught how to accomplish many effects within the program to bring out the very best in our photographs.  Tricks and tips abounded.  It was a quick 2 hours packed with information.

There were 12 people in attendance.  Information about the ant issue in the activities room and its resolution as well as an update regarding our patio were the discussions of the meeting.

Our next meeting is on April 8th when we will have a demonstration on Tempera Batik with Julie Dunn.
Deborah Wogan was the raffle winner of one of
Kathy Curtis-Cahill’s composites.

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

The Beauty of Florals in Pastel

with Greg Trombly

April 12, 13, 14   1:00pm - 4:00pm

This course is held April 12, 13 & 14 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 field, forested landscape and flower arrangement. Images will be provided for reference to those who do not bring their own.  Learn more ...

COST: $30. Members; $35. non-Members per class or $90.
$105 for the 3-day workshop.

PRE-REGISTER: Reserve your space online:


with Debbie Gedayloo

April 16
 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Zentangle© with certified instructor, Debbie Gedayloo.  Debbie has practiced the art of Zentangle© for four years stating, “Often when sitting in meditation, I simply can’t quiet my mind and I bounce all over the place in my head. But, when I put the pen to the Zentangle© tile, the outside stimuli fade away and my entire being becomes quiet.” Debbie believes in the healing potential of this method and is excited to teach others how to tap into the hidden wisdom in each of us!

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 with Zentangle© bag containing pen, pencil, tortillon, tiles, instructions and extras)
Ongoing classes: MBAA Members $20. Non Members $22 (Ongoing students bring their own Zentangle© supplies).   Register at the gallery or online


Steampunk Whale

with Christi Friesen
April 27   10:00am - 1:00pm

You will have a whale of a time in this workshop. You will create a fun whale using polymer clay, then embellish it with mixed media in a steampunk style. Not into steampunk? Use crystals for a bling whale! Or leave it au naturelle. The finished piece can be a brooch, pendant or a small wall piece. All materials are provided. Just bring a smile! All skill levels welcome, no prior experience required. Read more ...             COST: $55 members/$65 non-members

Special Meet & Greet with the Instructor
April 26th, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Painting with Polymer Clay

with Christi Friesen

April 27 2:00pm - 5:00pm

During this workshop, students will explore creating bas relief style sculptural pieces and adding painterly details with pastels and real gold leaf. Completed pieces can be a brooches, pendants or even small wall pieces. All skill levels welcome, no prior experience required.  Read more here ...  COST: $55 members/$65 non-members

Polymer & Mixed Media Exploration

with Christi Friesen

April 28 10:00am - 4:30pm

Students will explore sculpting with polymer clay to create a butterfly that can be a brooch, pendant or wall piece. You will learn how to form an artful bowl and use powders to decorate it with incised line art. Polymer can mimic stained glass! It’s easy and very addictive – you’ll explore this technique as well. After creating polymer clay sculptural anemones, you’ll use resin to create a delightful tide pool brooch. But wait, there’s more! You will use epoxy clay to combine polymer and range of embellishments to create a small mosaic piece that can be a personal adornment or a decorative embellishment. All skill levels welcome, no prior experience required. All materials are provided, just bring your smile!    COST: $100 members/ $120 non-members


Upcoming Classes with Joan Fee

**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

May 4   10:00am - 12:00pm

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


Tempered Glass Mosaic Mirror or
Wall Art

May 4   1:00pm - 3:30pm

You'll choose from the instructor's vast collection of seashells then break tempered glass and add it and baubles to a mirror or plaque for a fabulous beach lovers work of art. Wall art size: 8" x 8" Mirror size: 12" x 12" All materials and use of tools are provided.   COST: $50-$60

Resin Workshop

May 18   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: $75


Succulent Workshop

May 18   1:00pm - 3:00pm

Learn how easy it is to create with succulents. Choose from two sizes of round moss wreaths or a grapevine wreath or make a Wood Succulent Vertical Garden. Care instructions are provided so your succulent projects thrive for a very long time. ​Everything's included - Use of tools, beautiful, locally grown succulents, wreath forms or wood vertical planter and use of tools - so all you do is sign-up, create and enjoy!   COST: $45-$90

**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!

Berry, Suzy  Pismo Beach
Hammon, Karen  Morro Bay
Harkness, Jennifer  Cambria
Hoerner, Lee  Arroyo Grande
Kelling, Jeffrey  Morro Bay
Knecht, Michelle  Atascadero
Millenaar, Heather   Atascadero
Paine, Nancy  Arroyo Grande
Pilot, Terri  Cambria
Rea, Karen  Morro Bay
Reti, Joe  Cayucos
Schleif, Gina  Paso Robles
Next Board Meeting is April 18, 2019 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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