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


   From the President’s Desk

While some of us aren’t venturing out as much these days, the colder weather presents a great opportunity to spend a little more time in our studio! 
Many of you love to make art as a hobby.  If that’s you, you’re in good company.  Whether you are an emerging artist or a professional, if you’re serious about making art, you’re either working outdoors and/or in the studio.  If you rent a studio or it’s carved out of a space in your home, this becomes a dedicated place with everything you need for focusing without distractions.  Time to make goals and a schedule.
Some of you may ask yourselves, “what am I doing and why am I doing it?” 
It can be difficult to think of what subject to work on! We all experience that feeling. It can feel similar to writers block. This is a great time to watch an instructional video online, take a workshop or visit the gallery and fill up on inspiration.  The 2022 workshop and exhibit calendars also offer plenty of avenues. In addition, you might want to add your art related website link to the MBAA artist page. You may do so if your membership is in good standing by emailing your URL address and 2 jpeg images to
In any event, ignite your passion and direct it toward a subject that interests you the most. Stick with what works, and then practice techniques. If you love what you’re doing, so will the right art collector!
In the meantime, we all owe a debt of gratitude to our volunteers who continue to help change out art exhibits, hang shows and keep the gallery doors open during this pivotal time! A shout out this month to our docents and art exchange volunteers: 

Bill Rumbler, Sean Tuck, Marie Ramey, Deborah Lord, Mimi Whitney-Half, Nancy Sands, Debra Piazza, Susan Kotler, Nancy Davd, Donna Anderson, Carolyn Chambers, Kathleen Heil, Suse Crowley,, Christine Esler, Carolyn Blackman, Peter New, Laurie Lackland, Joy Chambers, Tom Franklin, MeLisa Dicus, Bob Rodger, Nola Barnick, Jeanine Dureau, Liz Hampton-Derivan, Cynthia Kevorkian, Anne Grannis, Kim Ramos, Carla Steinfeld, Phil and Mary Lopez. Thank you!
Patricia Newton

Earth and Fire
TAKE-IN:  February 22  10am - 2pm
Take-in Forms
In the beginning, Earth was on fire and devoid of life. In the eons since, Earth became the Mother to all living organisms. All life forms depend on the original primordial forces to survive and flourish. We humans are made of these elements.  Artists fire clay into vessels that carry our food grown by the Earth and Sun. We carry the burning fire of love and compassion in our hearts for our Mother, and yet, we treat her with disrespect.

This exhibition will reflect how we view our own fundamental beginnings, born of primitive elements and how these origins resonate within ourselves.  Let’s embrace and celebrate these incredible powers and their attributes, physical and spiritual. This theme celebrates artistic expression in all 2D media.

Space is limited to MBAA members only in the main gallery, downstairs for this exhibit. Artists are asked to bring (1) 2D artwork per person for entry to this exhibit.

For more information, please contact Barbara Sitar:



Art on the Patio 

February 26  1:00 - 4:00pm

Set-up 12:00pm

What is Art on the Patio??  On the 4th Saturday of each month we are allowing up to 6 members show and sell their work on the Art Center Patio.  We LOVE it if you do some LIVE painting or demonstrating of your work - as this gains more interest with the passersby and draws them into our show and the Gallery!!  If you have something you'd like to demonstrate, please let us know and we'll save more room for you to do so.
When is the next  Art on the Patio? Feb. 26th 1 - 4pm.  Setup starts at approximately Noon.
What is the Cost??  There is no cost for exhibiting.  However, sales are split 25/75% with the Gallery, the same division as the items inside the Gallery.  All sales go through the Gallery - so no need to bring bags, wrappings, credit card machines, cash, etc.  We handle all of that - and you'll receive a check a few days after the show - in the mail.  No inventory sheets are required either.  When a customer wants to make a sale - you will just write their purchases on a receipt or slip of paper, with your name on it - and they'll bring that inside with the item(s) to check out.
What is the Space Size?  Each space is approximately 8' long by 5' deep.  Roughly the size of a table.  We have a few tables and 6' grids for you to use - if you don't have displays of your own, or don't want to lug them.  Please bring easels, print racks or table displays as needed.
How do I sign up?  If you are a Member of MBAA and would like to sign up for a space, please email Sue Allemand at  (You can become a member - on our website - at   If you have any other questions, please feel free to direct those to Sue as well.
For those not interested in exhibiting, we would LOVE for you to come out and support your fellow Member Artists!  It's a great chance to mingle, learn something knew and get to know everyone!  See you Feb. 26th!!


ConVergence, Wax on the Water

April 7 - May 5, 2022
Artists' Reception - April 10, 2022

Deadline for submission is 12 midnight PST  February 6 

In a tumultuous era when we can feel divided from one another physically, emotionally, culturally, and politically, the idea of convergence represents hope. What can we do as artists to create bridges; to reach out and pull together rather than push apart? We invite you to consider and interpret the idea of convergence and submit your work to our new juried show, which will take place in conjunction with our Retreat in Morro Bay in April, 2022. Learn more here.

I hope everyone is well navigating the latest chapter of the pandemic, and that the new year is off to a reasonably good start.  The Art Center opened the new year with the new exhibition “For the Birds”.  It’s been well received with good foot traffic and sales.  The opening reception was very well attended and featured a presentation with a live redtail hawk.  Thank you to the artists who contributed to the strong body of work.  If you haven’t seen the exhibition, I encourage you to do so before it ends on February 21st.

Next up, opening on February 24th, will be the MBAA member-only exhibition “Earth & Fire” in the Main Gallery on the ground floor coupled with the Central Coast Watercolor Society’s exhibition “Aquarius” in the upstairs Russell Gallery.  Due to space limitations, the number and size of artwork admitted to the “Earth & Fire” exhibit may be restricted.  This exhibition will celebrate “Mother” Earth and “Father” Sun.  Please refer to the Call to Artists, and I invite all members to participate.

‘Til we meet again,
Charles Stup
Exhibitions Director

Raising Funds for Scholarships

Art Central and Art Center Morro Bay are once again joining forces during this 5th annual fundraiser to bring art scholarships to local students!
It's time to clear out our art studios of those great art supplies we thought we needed but just never got around to using!
Bring your watercolor paper, canvas, easels, paints, pencils, charcoals, pastels, plein air stuff, drawing pads, jewelry beads, displays, - the list goes on and on! 
Donated art supplies and slightly used art furniture may be donated to Art Central during business hours:
DROP OFF DATES: February 17 - 20, 2022 Then, come and browse through this cornucopia of delights! SALE DATES: February 21 - 27, 2022
** Please note - payments must be cash or local check ONLY. Checks should be made payable to Morro Bay Art Association. 


Be sure to see Art Central's upcoming exhibit

SLO City Scapes
Featuring Bill Rumbler
February 4th thru February 28th 2022
More exhibit information
Art Central Art Supply & Gallery
1329 Monterey Street San Luis Obispo CA 93401

STORE HOURS Monday thru Saturday, 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12-4pm

We respectfully request that all customers mask up before entering the store, regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your consideration.

Life Drawing

Wednesday evenings   6:00pm - 9:00pm
Temporarily postponed due to Covid

CONTACT: Bob Rodger (805) 528-4248,

The Road to Mastery - Drawing Class

February 7, 8, 11, 15,18
 10:00am - 12:00pm

This is a foundational beginning drawing class designed to teach basic drawing
skills and on which more advanced skills can be developed. Learn more ...

COST: $130.00 per Member and $140.00 per Non-member

Debra Lord

"After a 30 year career in the healing arts, I semi-retired and felt a calling to paint on canvas, inspired by my inner soul experiences  and nature's brilliance. For me, painting is an expression of my connection to the vastness of creation.   My life work has ever been to bring peaceful and uplifting energy to the circumstances we encounter, and painting continues to give me that gift to share. 
I met the Morro Bay Art Association through my love of wild birds of prey...visiting speakers in the area about the local condors....and then browsing in town.  I feel so grateful for the connections I am making with local artists, and to be a part of a community.  I have been so happy to give back, by helping with taking in art for the new shows, working at Art in the Park, and being a docent in the gallery."   

Feel free to visit my website: 
to see the full collection, ever changing...
Offered from my heart to yours...

Deborah quickly shares her beautiful smile with everyone who knows her! Her eyes give her away, even behind a mask!  She confidently helps others during art exchange days, including Art in the Park and volunteers as a dedicated docent.  When needed for a last minute fill-in as docent, Deborah has come to the rescue! Her continued support of MBAA makes her the kind of asset that helps MBAA remain the incredible organization it is today!  

Brush Strokes for a New Year
From the Desk of Kirsti Wothe
Director of Adult Education ACMB
I have heard so many positive things from many of you about the Faces of Morro Bay Workshop and I am so glad you are enjoying it!! We provided one high-quality canvas to each of you for this workshop to get you started. I have received great feedback from many of you that the canvas size and quality are great.  Our next workshop begins Feb. 3 & 10. Anne and I have reduced the cost of the workshop to $50 for this next workshop, which covers the cost of the model and the use of the room only. Read more here ...
Here are some photos from previous weeks


with Virginia Mack
February 14,  3:00pm - 5:00pm

Birds are captivating, beautiful, elusive, inspiring, and difficult to capture with the paintbrush. In this demo workshop I will share my pursuit of the birds in my yard, from my kayak, from shore. As I have gotten to know many of the birds, my ability to create satisfying images of them has gotten more fluid. I will demonstrate the various techniques I use in capturing the likenesses of the birds and invite participants to try some of these techniques. All materials will be provided.  Read more here ...

Collage Transfer Workshop 

with Vicky Hoffman
February 19  1pm - 4pm

Create inspirational art by delving into the many collage transfer techniques.
Vicky will demo some of her favorite techniques, including some of the fussy applications. Transfers can enhance your work with wonderful depth and transparency.
COST: $75 Members; $85 Non-Members for this one-day workshop.
***All materials are included in the cost of the class
Read more here ...   Register here ...

Splashes and Puddles - Part 1

with Jo Swanberg
March 3, 10, 17 and 24 
10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to paint in watercolor using unexpected materials to paint without tiny brushes. The goal of this class is to demystify watercolor. You will learn how to splash paint on paper, make color theory your own, and to look at sky shapes to empower your designs.  Learn more here
COST: $160.00 Members; $180.00 Non-Members for each 4-day workshop. Register here 


with Barbara Sitar
March 3, 10, 17 and 24
5:30 - 8:30pm

Create an artwork mirroring your psyche through the animal form with a guided Jungian approach. Each session will include guided focus and silent self-inquiry, anatomy observaIon, animal symbolism, making collage, notes, sketches, and creation of final artwork. Live animal models provided in partnership with Happy Hen Animal Sanctuary, Pacific Wildlife Care and caring owners.  Learn more here.  All art materials and supplies included.
Fee: 2 sessions - $100, 4 sessions - $190, 4 sessions online zoom streaming - $80  Register here.

Pastel Magic

with Greg Trombly
March 19, 20 and 21
1:00 - 4:00pm

Discover the magic of soft pastels in a relaxed and supportive environment, focusing on basic drawing and observation skills. This workshop will delve into subject matter relating to the beautiful greens of forest foliage, shorelines and shadows that cast from sunlit skies. An emphasis will be placed on composition, color and value.  Read more here.   COST: $165. Members; $175. Non-Members for the 3-day workshop.  Register here.

Collage Intensive

with Vicky Hoffman
March 26 and 27  1:00 - 4:00pm

Using a diverse source of materials and media, such as newspaper, magazines, found objects, fabric and more, we will explore collage as a unique art form of expression. Collage is an important creative outlet as it allows artists to explore and experiment with often unexpected results. Read more here.  COST: $175 Members; $185 Non-Members for this one-day workshop.
***All materials are included in the cost of the class.  Register here.

Splashes and Puddles - Part 2

with Jo Swanberg
April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Learn to paint in watercolor using unexpected materials to paint without tiny brushes. The goal of this class is to demystify watercolor. You will learn how to splash paint on paper, make color theory your own, and to look at sky shapes to empower your designs. Read more here. COST: $160.00 Members; $180.00 Non-Members for each 4-day workshop. Register here.

Introducing Encaustics

with Vicky Hoffman
April 23  1:00 - 4:00pm

This mini encaustic workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the basic techniques of the encaustic process – beeswax, resin and pigment. You will be introduced to transfers, mark making, embedding elements, incorporating mixed media, papers, and other secrets to achieve a smooth surface.  Read more here.  COST: $75 Members; $85 Non-Members for this one-day workshop.
***All materials are included in the cost of the class  Register here.




Succulent Hearts

February 5, 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Enjoy a relaxing morning creating with succulents. It's super easy and super fun!  Just preregister, no need to bring a thing and you'll walk out with a gorgeous, lush succulent creation. Care instructions provided.  Preregistration required at

Sea Glass 3D Jewelry

February 5, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Create a gorgeous sea glass necklace using a super easy technique to adhere sea glass to a metal form. Everything is provided to complete the projects from local sea glass (choose brown, white or green in class), one metal bezel (choose in class), jewelry findings and use of tools.  Preregistration required at

Mosaics for Beginners
February 6, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Learn mosaic basics to create a one-of-a-kind heart project. Choose a project that will makes your heart sing then learn mosaic basics to complete your gorgeous wall art or rock.


Section 5.  The Exhibition Director (title change from Gallery Director)

Tom Franklin
Tome Gould
Peter New
Gage Bock
Christine Isler
Linda Bailey
Mark Nicklanovich
Jolene Nicklanovich
Linda Weesner
C. Hite
Bill Kinsella
Peg Grady
Ardella Swanberg
Vickie Shafer
Carolyn Niblick
Kirt Rightmyer
Philip Colaprete
Mike Toppe
Gage Bock
Christine Bock
Cynthia Kevorkian
Colleen Gnos
Nancy Sands
Kathleen Gerber
Joan Brown
Marlin Harms
Theresa Allen
Carol Paulson
Suze Crowley
Gail Bohannon
Kay Wharton
Rys Manning
Donna Carrick
Dennis Curry

Tracy Woods
Sean Tuck
Patrick Spurlock
Mark Mertens
Anne Grannis
Devra Martincavage
Alice Isaac
Gale Lipton
Gregory McIntosh
Blair Kilbey
Paula Delay
Liz Hampton-Derivan
Susan Schafer
Abby Jewel
Janet Cunningham
Paul LaRiviere
Linda Cordes
Greg Trombley
Nancy Paine
Donna Anderson
Martha De la cruz
Joyce A. Taylor
Jon C. Malachhowski, M.D.
Kelly Ferguson
Gail Plater
Leslie Parkinson
Leslie Parsons
Michael Grahek
Rosemary Bauer
Mike Bauer
Linda Grone Smith
Mary Anne Rapuano
Deb Stup
Section 5.  The Exhibition Director (title change from Gallery Director)
The next meeting of the Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors is February 15, 2022  12:00 - 2:00pm.
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