November Newsletter

Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

It’s November and Thanksgiving inspires friends and family gatherings!  With holidays right around the corner, The Winter Faire and Craft Show reception seems to be the perfect time for unveiling the new Art Center Morro Bay mural!  Please stop by and celebrate with us.      

Thank you Sandra Pendell, Planet San, of 97.3/107.9, The Rock Radio!  We appreciate your time and the platform you afforded Sam Peck and myself to share about the exhibit, "Social Justice and Dark Corners".  The social issues encompassed within this exhibit are so timeless.  Our community of artists have been grateful for the opportunity to express their innermost emotions through art and dialog.  We are happy to have partnered with you in our efforts to be of service to the community. 
Joan Fee, the MBAA Docent Director, arranged a spectacular “Docent Tea”, while providing updates and training.  Joan made just about everything herself.  All of the docents in attendance went home with one of Joan’s beautiful potted succulent arrangements! 
Liz Moore, the MBAA Youth Education Director, is working closely with Morro Bay High School.  Student programs include preparation for a local art exhibit, scholarships and a trip to the Getty!  Meet this term’s student interns, Mikayla and Zoe as they work with docents, board members and learn to hostess the upcoming reception.
Watch for 2018 workshops posted on the Art Center Morro Bay website.  Brady Cabe will give an indoor/outdoor photography workshop, From Camera to Computer, focusing on nature.  Exploration of Abstract Painting by Krista Harris is full and a wait list has been established.  Start to Finish Collage with Page Graeber, Portraits in Pastel by Cuong Nguyen, with live models, will concentrate on varied skin tones.  Debra Joy Groesser will give a plein aire workshop in oil.  All of these workshops are designed for beginner to advanced students. 
Some of our volunteers work tirelessly behind the scenes during take-in, hanging exhibits, making artist and wall tags, arranging display cases, hostessing receptions and demos, and watering outdoor plants.  Thank you, Marty Azevedo, Kelly Clark, Colleen Ray, Sharon Westray, Gail Martin, Leslie Parsons, Trudy Calandra, Bob Rodger, Barbro Bond, Kelly Clark, Margareta Lund, Ascension Nelson, Linda Roletti, Nancy Johnson, Charm Kaiser, Sylvia Arnold-Hill, Shirley Horacek, Robin Mize, Carolyn Chambers, Ann Brown, Marilyn Miller, Hallie Weiser, James McDonald, Park Merrill, Kathleen Van Hyfte, Susan Jonas, Jamie Carpenter, Travis Newton and Scott Douglass.  A special thanks to Jan French for sharing her graphic art skill.
We must bid a fond farewell to MBAA Membership Director, Juliana Morse.  Before preparing a move to the State of Washington, Juliana has been instrumental in educating the Board of Directors, on the potential effectiveness a database program could lend to streamlining work and adding efficiency.  We will miss Juliana’s beautiful smile and wish her all the best.   

Joan Fee will also leave the board as Docent Director, December 30, 2017, due to personal reasons.  Joan has been instrumental in creating an updated procedural manual for docents.   Although we will miss her, Joan will continue giving great workshops and we encourage her to return to the board in the future.  
Art Center Morro Bay will be holding elections in November for the 2018 year ahead.  If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact Lynn Douglass, 661-619-2461. 
We thank you, our members, volunteers and exhibitors! 
Sam Peck at "The Rock" radio station

      Sandra Pendell of "Planet San" 
                                                 "The Rock" radio                                                   
2nd Monday Demo


with Mike Rude


November 13
3:00 - 5:00pm

During this demonstration, Mike will give an overview of woodturning and turnery techniques. He will provide an orientation of lathes and wood grains including soft and hard wood.

Learn basic tips and tricks from a skilled woodturner!
From the Gallery
  Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director

Congratulations to Sam Peck for the “People’s Choice” Award for his stunning collection of photographs in our “Social Justice” show!
This award allows the winning artist to enter a future show with all entry fees waived.

Next on our Show Calendar 
 -  Is our “Annual Winter Faire and Juried Craft Show”, November 2 – January 8, 2018. This show is always a favorite for among our holiday visitors, artists, and local gallery guests, consisting of a wide variety of paintings, photographs, sculpture, and fine crafts. We hope to see your artful submissions in this show to make it an extraordinary and festive holiday event!

-  As we have the good fortune (and some hard-working Board members!) to be in a position where our big building maintenance issues have been addressed & taken care of, we have no need to shut down the gallery over the holidays.  This means that the gallery will stay open, your work on display and available for sale all the way through January 8, 2018. The gallery will be closed only on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

-  Take-In for the Winter Faire is October 31,10 am – 2 pm, with an Opening Reception on Sunday, November 5th, 2pm-4pm.  Bring your friends and family, meet with fellow artists and potential holiday shoppers. It adds a little something extra (like incentive to close a sale!) when the purchaser gets to know the artist!  As usual, this event is free and open to the public. 
The Morro Bay Art Association invites you to its Annual Holiday and Board Member Installation  Dinner

December 11, 2017 

Plan ahead for the Holidays!  We had such a great time at Windows on the Water Restaurant last year for our installation of new board members and holiday dinner, we decided to do it again this year!  A full dinner menu and tickets are available online for this fun filled gathering as we celebrate 2017 and look to the future.  You may also signup at the gallery.  Don’t wait, seating is limited. 
Cocktails – No Host bar at 5:00pm, Dinner at 6:00pm
Menu choices include the following:
LOCAL SNAPPER, Warm Herb & Heirloom Tomato Salsa, Wilted Spinach, Avocado, Prosciutto Caponata
FREE RANGE CHICKEN BREAST, Potato Puree, Windrose Farms Market Greens, Exotic Mushroom, Lemon Olive Oil
GRILLED FLAT IRON STEAK, Potato Puree, Braised Market Greens, Bordelaise Sauce, Chimichurri
STUFFED RED BELL PEPPER, Quinoa, Black Kale, Exotic Mushrooms, Grilled Zucchini, Cilantro Pesto, Tofu, Cauliflower Puree

Price of $30. 00 per entree includes coffee, tea or soda.   Alcoholic drinks are an additional charge.  You may bring an unopened bottle of wine for a $15.00 corkage fee per bottle.  Tax and tip are included in price.

A Special dessert will be included

Members may sign up online or in the gallery
October Docent Tea and Training
On October 19th, Docent Director, Joan Fee, hosted a wonderfully charming tea and training for our dedicated Art Center Docent Team. As we entered the Art Center classroom, we were treated to a delectable feast for the eyes. The counter was filled with cookies, tea cakes, mousse cups, finger sandwiches, tea and coffee. The tables were decorated with table cloths, fall colored silk leaves, and small bowls of potted succulents. The bowls were created by Joan, as thank you gifts for each of our attending docents. We all enjoyed the treats, right down to the hand baked, heart-shaped bread for the egg salad sandwiches! Joan handed out docent appreciation gift cards, then took us all through the many changes that have been made to the procedures of sitting the docent desk. Thanks to her many hours of editing and updating, we now have a very efficient Docent Procedures Manual at the desk, and our docent desk and files have been organized and updated. It was a great afternoon with friends and a lovely way to update training for our Docent Team. If you're interested in being a part of our Docent Team, contact Art Center Morro Bay at 805-772-2504.

2018 Membership Dues may be paid in advance anytime between
September 1 through December 30, 2017


Birding Photography - From Camera to Computer
with Brady Cabe
January 13, 2018 
6:45 - 9:30am field/ 10:00-11:30am classroom 
Join local photographer, Brady Cabe on a Central Coast birding walk! This workshop begins with a photographic journey in the field, where Brady will share photo tips, local birding knowledge, and wildlife photography ethics information along the way. After the field session, sit down with Brady in the classroom, to learn methods of editing wildlife images, exposure techniques and getting the most out of each shot.  Learn more here.
Pastel Magic
with Greg Trombly
February 8, 15, & 22, 2018
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 sunset and shoreline for these classes. Learn more here

Exploration of Abstract Painting
with Krista Harris
March 7, 8 and 9, 2018  9:30am - 4:00pm
A waiting list has been established

Mixed Media Collage
with Page Graeber
March 22, 2018   9:00am - 12:30pm
During Page’s workshop, students will learn several techniques to create a stunning collage. Students will start with a firm foundation, add layers of paint, mixed media, and embellishments to set a mood, then complete the piece with a unique finish. Students do not need prior experience, and supplies will be provided. Learn more here.

Portraits in Pastel 
with Cuong Nguyen
August 2, 3 and 4 2018    2:00 - 5:00pm
Learn about drawing, values, edges and composition, in a workshop designed to create in a relaxed, informative yet focused environment, for all skill levels. Students will concentrate on drawing the human head and creating life-like skin tone colors using the green foundation technique, while developing new skills in soft pastel and pastel pencil. This workshop will feature live models. Learn more here.
It's time to install new board members for 2018!
Have you ever considered donating your time to a very rewarding cause? Are you a team player and problem solver? Are you someone who is thoughtful and listens to issues at hand? Here's your opportunity for personal upward mobility or simply give back to the community, for a rewarding experience! Training is available for all board positions. If you are interested in joining the Morro Bay Art Association, Board of Directors, please contact Lynn Douglass Ph: 661- 619-2461
Open Board Positions:

Vice President
Docent Director
Adult Education Director
Gallery Co Director
Membership Director (Database Skills)
Marketing Director (Advertising and Social Medial)
Community Outreach Director

In addition, MBAA is looking for a part time, volunteer, building maintenance person. If you or someone you know is willing to lend a hand, please contact Lynn Douglass, 661-619-2461.
October Demo highlights

Robert "Rosey" Rosenthal is a wonderfully skilled artist who produces beautiful works with hand-carved linocuts. With a rich history in supporting and teaching the printing and etching arts on the Central Coast, Rosey and his wife, Barbara, have been involved in several businesses and art groups. They both continue to teach and create art in their home studio. For the October demo, we learned how Rosey uses a variety of soft materials to cut, carve, and create linocuts, then uses those designs to print images for a variety of uses. Our counters were filled with a wonderful array of artworks large and small, made from Rosey's original carvings. In addition, we were treated to stories of Rosey's travels, experiences in the arts, and even got a bit of an art history lesson. It was a fabulous afternoon at Art Center Morro Bay


Oil Painting
Jason Mayr

Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Learn to paint still life in oil with Jason Mayr - beginner to advanced students - all students are welcome!  $30.00 MBAA members or $35.00 for non-members
Register by contacting Jason at 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! 

Adult Coloring Book Club and
Zen Doodle

Fridays, 10:00 - 12:00pm


Relax and unwind in the adult coloring book club!  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
Next Class with Joan Fee
Succulent Saturday Choose Your Project

December 9   10:00am - 1:00pm
December 10 10:00am - 1:00pm

Choose from different sizes and shapes of wreaths or paint a custom made birdhouse then plant with succulents. Everything is included – use of tools, beautiful, locally grown succulents, wreath forms, or birdhouse planter  

Pre-registration required
or call Joan at 805-286-5993
To register for any of Joan Fee's classes, click here.



Eve Grunfast, Los Osos
George Gootson, Big Bear City
Marcy Mignone, Paso Robles

We thank you!
Next Board Meeting is November 7, 1:00 - 4:00pm to be held at Dorn's 
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May, 2017 Newsletter
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