July Newsletter

Morro Bay Art Association

             From the President’s Desk

While children are out of school, Art Center Morro Bay has the perfect solution to summer boredom!  An assortment of fun art classes for youths 7-13yrs or workshops designed for the entire family.  Youths may sign up for one class, or for the entire summer.    

Art in the Park gets better every year.  If you haven’t been, in awhile, be sure to bring your friends and family by for fun in the sun, July 1 & 2, 10am – 5pm.  

Please welcome new MBAA Board Members.  

Liz Moore is an artist who currently works for the San Luis Coastal Unified School district, as a Career Technical Education Teacher and a Work Based Learning Coordinator for the County Office of Education.  These skills make Liz uniquely qualified as the MBAA Education Director for children’s programs.  

Joan Fee, one of MBAA’s own craft instructors, will lead our docent team and daily operations as Docent Director.  Joan has passed board experience as President of, The Girls' League and Senior Class Treasurer, Chair for two high school reunions, Estero Bay Newcomers and Quilters Etc.  If you’ve ever wondered how to make a succulent wreath, design a mosaic art piece or create holiday ornaments with alcohol inks, check out one of Joan’s classes.

Lynn Douglass, uses a long arm machine to make quilts. She has passed board experience with Newcomers, Cotton Patch Quilt Guild, Bakersfield Braves Baseball Club and Bakersfield Modern Quilt Guild.  Lynn has been instrumental in streamlining the docent program for MBAA as Docent Director and will now serve in the position of Vice President.  

We thank artists, Rosemary Bauer for assisting with marketing duties and welcome Jan Paulson’s assistance with Facebook.  

If you’re a fan of social media or would like to learn more about marketing, please let us know.   We are thankful for you, our members, volunteers and exhibitors!  

Clark Mitchell WORKSHOP
coming up...
"All-Important Value in Your Pastel Landscape"
June 23 and 24
 9:30am - 4:30pm

Clark Mitchell is coming back for another great 2-day workshop at St. Peter's By the Sea. Last year his students made him promise to return. The class is filling up fast.  If you want to learn more about pastels, or, if you just want to branch out into another medium, this workshop is for you!  

COST:          $250. MBAA Members & $275. Non Members
CONTACT:   KC Caldwell 805-540-1479 or at

JULY 1 & 2

A benefit of MBAA membership, is the ability to show and sell a few pieces of your work at Art in the Park without the cost of renting booth space. If you're a member, and not registered as a vendor, you may participate in the MBAA booth at Art in the Park. The customary commission fee of 25% will be paid to the MBAA for work sold. 

Starting in July, we will be able to accept debit and credit card payments! A brief training will be provided for all who participate as docents, as you will be responsible for handling sales in the booth.  

Take in for the July 1st and 2nd Art in the Park will be held at our booth, Morro Bay City Park (location of Art in the Park), on Friday, June 30 from 4:00 - 6:00pm. Gallery tags must be used to price your pieces. You can pick them up at The Art Center or at our booth at check in. 

All work will be displayed for sale in the MBAA booth for the entire weekend. You must pick up your artwork at the booth at 4:30 on Sunday, July 2nd. Smaller works of art, prints and cards sold very well at the Memorial Day Art in the Park Show. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. To participate you must register.  

Art in the Park is a primary source of income for MBAA throughout the year, and we need docents to work the show. Please consider volunteering for one 3.5 hour shift during the July and September shows. Show dates are July 1 - 2 and September 2 - 4. 

For more information or to sign up as a participating artist or docent, contact Lynn Douglass at or 661-619-2461.

FRIDAY, JULY 7  12:00 - 2:00PM

Join fellow artists, old and new friends, new gallery members and the recently elected Board of the Morro Bay Art Association at our annual General Meeting.

Hear from your hard-working Board members about how far we’ve come in the year thus far and where we’re headed into the future.  Please bring your favorite dish.  MBAA will provide coffee and water.

MBAA Board members will be there to share the latest news, answer questions and help connect your interests with opportunities for volunteering or serving on the Board.
Please RSVP with your potluck dish to Patricia Newton
 805-423-1100 or at
2nd Monday Demo

July 10      3:00 - 5:00PM


Marjory Abeyta



Over 25 years ago, Marjory fell in love with her first Arabian horse, Wind Khloud.  This special bond inspired Marjory to begin drawing realistic equine portraits.

This demonstration will consist of techniques with traditional charcoal, graphite and Cretacolor Nero pencil, an oil based charcoal.  Marjory will share the advantages of various papers, mediums and methods in sketching.  She will also share how to create textures and values to produce realistic looking artwork.

Learn about the possibilities and effects of these fundamental drawing tools for lifelike interpretation in your artwork!  

While you’re enjoying the demo, don’t miss the current art exhibit, On and Off the Wall!

From the Gallery
          - Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director
There’s something for everyone’s aesthetic taste in two extraordinary exhibits just opened on June 15. In the Russell Gallery, we’re honored to host  “On and Off the Wall”, juried by Dr. Ruta Saliklis. On display is a beautiful variety of two- and three-dimensional works of the Central Coast Sculpture Group and the Painters Group of SLOMA, while the Main Gallery is rockin’ with sixty-plus interpretations of Morro Rock in an all-media exhibit, “Let’s Rock!”. It’s sometimes hard to believe that these outstanding presentations are the work of an all-volunteer team of workers!  We’re very lucky to have some very talented and dedicated members in all areas of the operation of MBAA!  Thanks to Colleen Ray, Shirley Horacek, Kelly Clark, and Sharon Westray working Take-in, Gail Martin, working Take-Out, while Marilyn Miller was creating those nicely formatted gallery-id tags for this show. Sylvia Arnold-Hill, Margareta Lund, Colleen Ray, and Robin Mize are responsible for hanging the works in the Main Gallery, with Halie Wieser, Linda Roletti, and Trudy Calandra pitched in to put on the finishing touches.   And did you notice our colorful new front window banner design, the work of Jan French?   Thanks to all of you who pulled this beautiful exhibit together! Our opening reception welcomed a record-setting number of enthusiastic guests on Sunday, June 18, with delicious hors d’oeurves, drink, and some very nice sales! Winner of the “People’s Choice” award for our previous show, “Homage to the Ranches” is Bruce Miller for his “Morning 2017”.  Winners of the People’s Choice award will have submission fees waived for the next open-entry show entered.  Congratulations, Bruce! Upcoming: Thanks to all you boundary-pushing artists who’ve submitted your artworks to “Pushing Boundaries: Exploring Abstraction”.  From the looks of all that’s been submitted, this promises to be a very exciting show! Looking forward to the opening reception and awards presentation on August 6.

6:00PM - 9:00PM

Join other artists every Tuesday at the Gallery for this portrait class with artist Bob Rodger.  Attend weekly for all 16 sessions, or, partner up with another artist and attend 8 sessions bi-monthly. Models will sit during two consecutive weeks in the same clothing and pose. Models rotate every other week.

COST:  8 weeks $80.00 for Members or $110.00 for Non-Members, paid in advance
For more information, contact Bob Rodger or
telephone: 805-528-4248
Last month...
Shirley Horacek's  workshop
Watercolor with Mixed Media
Shirley's enthusiasm for mixing watercolor and mixed media, infused the room with a wonderful energy! Attendees were captivated by her beautiful paintings and creative style. Shirley demonstrated her process of starting with a simple pencil drawing, adding definition with a calligraphy pen, filling out the piece with watercolors, and finally adding layers of painted tissue papers and more watercolor. The end result was gorgeous! 

Shirley generously donated a giclee print of a beautiful sunflower painting. The lucky winner of the piece was Lorene Cabrera. Congratulations, Lorene, and thank you, Shirley, for a fabulous demo! 
Past Morro Bay Art Association President, KC Caldwell, awarded three promising new artists scholarships at Morro Bay High School on the evening of June 6.

Scholarship committee members KC Caldwell and Sam Peck delivered the checks to Emile McKenna Lopez, Amber Janzen, and Juliana Ruef.  Congratulations and good luck to all three students!
Painting with Watercolors

The Art Center's programs are designed to instruct students in a step-by-step paint along method.  All students are welcome! No prior drawing or painting skills are necessary.  Come watch, learn and create with award winning artist and teacher Tom Winans. Cost includes use of the instructor's own supplies. Students will complete a finished painting, matted and ready for framing. 

Class Schedule:
July 18 & 20:  Landscape Painting
Youth 9-12/Grades 4-7     9:00-11:00AM
Teen 13-15/Grades 8-10   1:00-3:00pm

July 25 & 27:   Seascape Painting
Youth  9-12/Grades 4-7    9:00-11:00AM
Teen  13-15/Grades 8-10  1:00-3:00PM

Cost:  $20.00 per class (each class is 2 sessions) includes all materials and mat.
Register at: http:/// 
Youth and Family
Summer Art Classes and Workshops

Morro Bay Art Association is pleased to present Summer art classes with Diana Tabarez.  Diana Tabarez is an alumnus of Morro Bay High School and graduate of University of California Davis, with a Bachelor of Art degree in Art Studio and minor in Education. Diana studied Art Studio in France and exhibited her artwork at several venues including the Chancellor’s Honorary Show in 2015. She has painted three murals with youths from elementary and junior high schools in Davis and Sacramento. She has spent many hours as an elementary teacher’s assistant, interacting with children during afterschool programs and giving independent art lessons. Her real talent lies in helping young students discover the magic of art!

Summer art programs are designed to get students excited about art, and help them learn new skills and techniques. Mediums include painting, drawing, clay, printmaking, mixed media and more. Prior experience is not necessary to participate. All art supplies are provided. Lessons are subject to change based on student’s interest and energy levels. 
For class descriptions please visit our website at:
Class Times:
ages 7-10, Time: 9-11am
ages 11-14, Time: 1-3pm

Class Dates:
June 20, 22, 27, 29
July 6, 11, 13,
August 1, 3, 8, 10

COST: $20. per class, includes materials or $165. per student for full summer class schedule of 11 days.

Saturday Workshops: 9:00am - 12:00pm
July 8, 15, 22 & 29
All ages, families, friends and young children welcome. Children under 6 should be accompanied by adult. Cost: $20. per person or $30. for family.



Baxter  Boyington, Atascadero
DeMoss Jewel, Nipomo
Jordan Quintero, Arroyo Grande
John F.  Shaw,  Morro Bay
Linda  De Rosa,  Arroyo Grande
Robert  Dodge, Los Osos
Karen  Hammon,  Morro Bay
Neil  Johnson, Morro Bay
Marie Mille,  Morro Bay
Dakota  Pitts, Morro Bay
Marjory Rau, Los Osos
William Tuck,  PasoRobles
Michelle Laxague, Paso Robles
Owen Madden, Los Osos
We thank you!
    Classes & Workshops

Next Class with Joan Fee  
Mosaic Play Day
Saturday, June 24
10:00am - 1:00PM

Learn how to mosaic in this exciting and fun class! Choose your project (everything from necklaces, wine glass, heart frame or a garden rock), learn the ins and outs of how to mosaic and take home a completed project. Everything is provided including use of tools, base piece, choice of broken china piece colors, baubles, glue, grout and instruction.   
click here for more information
Pre-registration required
or call Joan at 805-286-5993
 To register for any of Joan Fee's classes, click here.
MBAA Member Exhibitions

Patricia Newton will be exhibiting her show, "Dreamscapes" at Gallery at Marina Square, 835 Main St, Morro Bay 
June 30 thru July 29 
Artist Reception: July 14, 5pm - 8pm
Next Board Meeting is July 17, 1:30 - 4:30pm.
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May, 2017 Newsletter
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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