Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

2020 has been an extraordinary year!  Many of us have been impacted by Covid-19 and left wondering what the future may hold.  While there are numerous unknowns, many of us have found interesting and beautiful ways of looking toward a brighter future. 
Some of you may have celebrated the Winter solstice (shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere).  On December 21, 2020, many people, including myself, looked to the stars hoping for a glimpse of “The Great Conjunction”.  According to scientists at the Griffith Observatory, Jupiter and Saturn have not been this close since March 4, 1226AD!  You may watch this amazing view of space on YouTube:
While looking toward the heavens, some looked for the Christmas Star.  According to Christian faith, during a time of darkness, the MAGI reportedly followed the meeting of three stars: Jupiter, Saturn and Mars to the light, that lead them to the “one” who would bring peace.
To our Jewish friends, The beauty of light is that a drop dispels a lot of darkness. Although our actions may seem too small to make a difference, like the lights of the Menorah, the little good that we do adds much brightness to the world.  “Chanukah reminds us not to be afraid when the world turns dark. It is our job to illuminate it.”  - MyJLI  

On the last day of Kwanzaa, the final candle is lite in celebration of Imani, or faith, honoring traditions as family and community. 

One thing these celebrations all seem to have in common is, they mark a time when light begins to return. 

Whatever our beliefs or conviction, hopefully vaccines will help bring us back to our normal way of life and closer to each other soon. Until then, please keep checking in on your friends who live alone and wear a mask while away from home.  I would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who have stepped up to help, during a time of so many unknowns. We are all grateful for your beautiful hearts and assistance!  

May 2021 bring you all a brighter new year, filled with hope and light!
Patricia Newton


Brian Ross recently moved to Los Osos, CA with his partner Michael Costa from Oakhurst, California, an art community tucked away in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range just 20 miles from the South Gate entrance to Yosemite National Park.  
Brian might try to insist he lacks artistic skill, however, he certainly has turned his “artistic sense” into talents which can be seen in his flower gardens and other art related engagements, such as helping his life partner, Michael Costa, open a gallery.  
While living in Oakhurst, Brian served as a board member on the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour for eight years and volunteered on a variety of committees and activities to encourage the engagement of the mountain communities in art appreciation and expression.
Having a deep appreciation of art, Brian has turned his lifelong art avocation as a collector, into a prevailing supporter within the art community. 
Brian’s extraordinary art inspired talents have helped him become one of Morro Bay Art Association’s most talented docents!  His kind and thoughtful assistance has helped many people become new art collectors or add to their existing collections.  Brian has been an MBAA docent for approximately three years.  
When not volunteering as a docent, Brian can be found gardening, hiking or kayaking on the back bay.
 Gallery Director's Report


Flower Power

Image: The Sun Will Come Out© Acrylic painting courtesy of Larry Kappen.

February 11 – April 5 
Flower Power is a slogan emblematic from the counterculture of the 1960’s. During the Summer of Love, flowers became powerful symbols of peace, a concept plucked from Buddhist art.

More than merely decorative, floral imagery has helped convey ideas from the refined to the revolutionary for thousands of years. Flowers in contemporary art are connected to particular cultural legacies but are also open to new interpretations, moored to the past yet provoking questions about our future.

This exhibit will demonstrate the flexibility of floral images to convey both timely and timeless themes. The flowers offer decorative appeal, symbolic and healing values, as well as ways of thinking about a wide range of topics—the natural environment in which we live, the communities we build, and the commodities we buy.

This exhibition will embrace the diversity of florals through 2 dimensional interpretations from scientific illustration, abstract, photorealism to large free style creations in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, digital media and mixed media. In addition, 3 dimensional art will include ceramic, glass, wood and floral sculptures. The ART OF IKEBANA will feature work of botanical artists, green professionals, flower growers and floral designers.

THE ROLE OF THE VASE featuring vases.  Artists may submit up to three vases.   

THE ART OF IKEBANA will feature work of botanical artists, green professionals, flower growers and floral designers. One complete arrangement incorporating living flowers or plants will be accepted per artist. Live flowers and plants will be used, Floral arrangements need to last and be replaced by the artist when they wilt.

This exhibition will embrace the diversity of florals through 2 dimensional interpretations, from scientific illustration, abstract, photorealism to large free style creations in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, digital media and mixed media.  In addition, 3 dimensional artwork will include ceramic, glass, wood and floral. 

Artists are invited to submit up to (3) 2D or wall hung artworks in all media, up to (3) 3D artworks to include vases, jewelry and (1) Ikebana style live floral.  

TAKE-IN FEBRUARY 9, 2021    10am – 2pm


PRESIDENT:  Patricia Newton
TREASURER: Bob Azevedo
SECRETARY:  Janet Hillson


The Vice President position is varied and generally oversee's MBAA’s Art in the Park booth (3x annually) to include setup/takedown, art take-in, scheduling docents for the booth with the use of signupgenius and assist with the Holiday/Installation Dinner Party.  Due to Covid, these programs are not active at this time.  However, if you are interested in assisting or becoming the next President, now is the perfect time to get training!  Contact any board member or Patricia Newton, or (805) 423-1100.


The Marketing Director works with a team of volunteers to ensure all gallery events are advertised.  Media sheets, contact information and training is provided.  The Marketing Director maintains a budget, manages ads, works with news media and may design ads or ask a volunteer graphic artist to parter with on projects.  The Marketing Director is also asked to attend monthly board meetings.  This position should take approximately 10 hours or less per month.  If you like working creatively from home, this may be a great position for you!  For more information, please contact Patricia Newton, or (805) 423-1100.


The Adult Education Director attends board meetings, manages the activity room calendar, arranges diversified, monthly art demonstrations and organizes art workshops throughout the year.  During the current Covid restrictions most of the work is accomplished from home.  Monthly demos have been temporarily postponed and classes are being moved to online formats.  
Upcoming Workshops

Painting with Paper 
with Lisa Agaran

January 29 & 30   10:00 -11:30am
Online via Zoom*

In this workshop you will create an engaging piece of art, using paper as the primary medium. You will learn how to pull together up-cycle paper, vintage ephemera and handmade papers to create a piece that is tactile and artistically beautiful. You’ll develop an eye for paper materials that can potentially create interesting backgrounds, shapes, textures and patterns.  You will also gain an understanding of how to apply a sense of composition, color schemes to create cohesiveness and harmony.
Learn the importance of layering materials from large scale to smaller, developing a sense of background and foreground. Most importantly, you will learn how to follow your creative intuition and have fun as your piece organically unfolds.  This workshop is appropriate for adults age 18+ and all levels of experience.

COST: $45.00 MBAA Members or $50.00 Non-Members
Learn more, and register for this workshop here
*For those unfamiliar with Zoom or feel a little intimidated by attending a workshop online.  Lisa is happy to help guide you thru the process before this workshop begins.  For questions about materials or help attending this workshop online, please contact Lisa by email:


Mixed Media Art Journaling for Beginners 
with Lisa Agaran 
5 Mondays: 
February 15, February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Live online Workshop

Mixed Media Art Journaling can be a transformative tool to utilize during life’s transitions, when you want to gain clarity on a major decision, explore your creativity or just need to process your thoughts in a visual way.

In this online class you not only learn the basics, you will also learn a variety of fun and easy mixed media techniques to fill your Journal with lots of creativity.  This workshop is appropriate for beginners and adults 18 years or older. COST: $85. MBAA Members or $90. Non-Members
Learn more, and register for this workshop here

Architecture of Light
with Thomas Schaller
March 19 - 21  9:00 - 4:00

“As an artist, it is light, that is the constant narrative in my work. So when I’m deciding on what it is I wish to paint, I concentrate less on specific objects – places or things – and more on the strength of a strong abstract value composition of darks and lights. A common phrase we often hear is: “Mother Nature is the best teacher” While I agree that real world observation is a crucial skill for the artist, no less so are the lessons to be learned from memory, dreams, and pure invention.” ~ Thomas W. Schaller, AWS, NWS, TWSA.

Mr. Schaller has authored art books, instructional video’s, DVD’s and has been featured in several publications. He is one of the few watercolor artists to be featured in The American Masters Exhibition 2015 at the famed Salmagundi Club in NYC. He received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferris Memorial Prize. In 2017 he was a finalist for the Lynx Prize for Contemporary Art; Trieste. In 2019 he was awarded the Abu Rawash Master Award.

Mr. Schaller is a signature member of many organizations including: American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, California Art Club, American Society of Architectural Perspectivists and New York Society of Renderers. He is president emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and founding member of the group, North American Watercolor Artists. His work has been included in major exhibitions and collections worldwide.

Hear Tom, in his own voice, talk about how he has evolved as an artist, from his roots growing up on a farm in Ohio, to working as an architectural artist and watercolorist. He also reveals his inspirations, why bridges show up in so many of his works, and how every painting tells a story.

Jason Mayr

Still Life Painting 

Starts January 4th
Do you enjoy painting? Do you get stuck and are not sure how to take your work to the next level? Are you struggling to finish your work?

Be a part of a supportive and fun group of artists striving to improve their skills and work. Bring more enjoyment, camaraderie and better results to your art. Join us from the comfort of your own home or anywhere around the world with an internet connection. I will provide clear instruction, encouragement and feedback as we work through a painting project each month.

To produce a good painting you need three things. One, the ability to see the finish before you begin. Two, the ability to execute your intention and three, the ability to recognize fine relationships. The strengthening of each of these abilities is the focus of my program. Learn to get the appropriate visibility, depth and movement in your paintings for finer works of art.

During the first two weeks of the monthly program  we will prepare to execute a painting. We use compositional and color studies to work out our problems and visualize the finished painting before we even get started. Then the following two weeks will be spent executing the painting.

This class meets on Zoom six times a month. Allowing plenty of time and opportunity for instruction and feedback both in general as well as specifically for your particular piece. Each session of classes meet 6 times via Zoom
(2 Mondays and 4 Fridays) all at 9am
The cost is $60 a session or $180 for 3 sessions

To sign up you can go directly to Jason’s website:

Sketch Club Live

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday  6:55pm

Free to everyone and all levels welcome

Next Jason has our Mayr Studio Sketch Club LIVE every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting at 6:55pm for introduction and we get going at 7pm for about 20 minutes.

Sundays Jason has four 5 minute sketches, Tuesdays he works on two 10 minute sketches and then on Thursday he takes one of the sketches further and works on one sketch for 20 minutes.  This happens on our Mayr Studio Facebook page and is FREE.



Preregistration required at or
contact 805-286-5993

Mosaic Heart Art Project

January 23 10:00am - 11:00am*
Hearts are a perfect accent for your home or as a gift for someone special. Choose from several projects to make your heart sing while learning mosaic basics to complete your project.

Kits include everything you need to complete your project at home, except for wheeled nippers, which are  sold separately for $10 with kit purchase.

* Create in the comfort and safety of your home guided by a how-to video. Date and time listed are for curbside kit pickup.

Sea Glass Wire Wrapped Jewelry Project

January 24   1:00pm - 2:00pm*
Learn basic wire wrapping to create a lovely necklace and two pierced earrings. All materials are provided including local sea glass, jewelry findings, and jewelry wire except for basic jewelry tools (wire cutters, round nose pliers and flat nose pliers) available for purchase on website.

Choose from brown, green or white genuine local sea glass (Joan will contact you about your color selection after purchase.)

* Create in the comfort and safety of your home with this kit featuring local sea glass and a how-to video to guide you to a successful, fun project. Time and date listed are for curbside kit pickup.


Resin Art Bowl or Framed Heart

January 30  10:00am - 11:00am*
Create a gorgeous glass-look art bowl or heart frame using glistening resin. The bowls are perfect for display, as a gift for your special someone, for your trinkets or add a pot inside for your succulents and the heart frames are a perfect gift or to grace your window.

Everything is provided in the kit including plastic tablecloth, gloves, resin, colored glass and all the little items you need for a successful project. Also included is a very informative instruction sheet and how-to video so your at-home project is stunning. Student will provide an object to lay their curing resin over to shape the bowl. Once your order is placed, you will be contacted about color selection.


* Create from the safety of your home with complete kits and a how-to video to guide your every step. Date and time listed are for curbside kit pickup.

Sea Glass & Resin Necklaces

January 30   11:00am - 12:00pm*
Create beautiful mementos of our stunning Central Coast using locally found sea glass. You'll learn how to mix, pour and create with resin to make three necklaces. Kit includes sea glass, three metal bezels, three necklace chains, resin, tablecloth, gloves, apron, charms, instructional video and instruction sheet to guide you through the fun and easy resin process. ​

 *Create from the comfort and safety of your home with kits and a how-to video to guide your every step.

Your very generous donations to Morro Bay Art Association helps to support the gallery and scholarships for local art students.  

The Rena Doud Art Scholarship fund is currently up to $1,970. If you would like to donate to this special scholarship fund in Rena's name, please add Rena's name in the comment box.   

We thank each and every donor for your continued support!



Constance Avila, Santa Maria
Laura Best, Bakersfield
Roxanne Broadbent, Cambria
Karin Gray, Los Osos
Kathleen Hill, Nipomo 
Deborah Johnston, Los Osos
Lindsay Kovacevich, San Luis Obispo
Paul LaRiviere, Morro Bay
Nonny Ross, San Luis Obispo

Next Board Meeting is January 12, 2021 12:00 - 3:00pm  
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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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