July 2020 Newsletter
Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

Art Center Morro Bay has reopened and the new exhibit, Beyond Boundaries, is a must see!  
Artists have embraced this exhibit theme by pushing beyond personal boundaries.  Some of the most powerful artworks depict subject matter once thought of as going beyond social boundaries too!  Great job everyone!  The gallery is packed with fabulous art and is already experiencing sales!  
Exchange on the patio went smoothly because of overall cooperation. Bravo to all of you who came prepared with pre-printed forms, wire tags and a face covering.  We begin exchange sharply at 10am as it takes preparation to be ready.  Thank you all, for your patience and understanding while we followed our new procedures designed to help everyone stay safe.  We’re grateful for our volunteers who made this day such a success, Barbara Sitar, Tish Rogers, Gail Martin, Jan French, Phillip Lopez, Debra Lord, Michele Watson and Brooke Deegan. 

This year, due to Covid-19, Artist Receptions, Art in the Park, Plein Air Festival, Children’s Summer Art Program, free demos and most adult classes are suspended for the remainder of 2020.  
Gail Martin has worked on a great calendar lineup of workshops for 2021, including the award winning and renowned architectural artist, Thomas Schaller!!!  This extraordinary workshop is scheduled to take place in a large and brightly lighted room not far from Art Center Morro Bay.  I encourage anyone who wishes to reserve a space with this tremendously sought out instructor, to do it soon. Mr. Schaller has a huge following and we wouldn’t want you to miss out. Gail has worked hard to ensure social distancing rules are in place and followed for the safety of all.  You may contact Gail Martin at:
While many cooperative style galleries are forced to require members to volunteer in an effort to run well, and stay open for business, the board of directors at Art Center Morro Bay, decided against this as a requirement of our members.  We understand there are many of you who are living a distance, working full time jobs, caregiving, physically unable or other reasons that might preclude you.  This concept has served us well.   However, during this extraordinary time, some of those who have been the most dedicated to serving as a volunteer, are unable to return as docents or other capacities for various reasons.  Docents are needed right now!
If you are able to volunteer at least once per month as a docent, please contact Michael J. Costa,  
I would personally like to thank our dedicated docents who have chosen to volunteer!  Micheal J. Costa (Docent Director), Brian Ross, Tom Franklin, Kimberly Ramos, Amy Hendricks, Liz Hampton-Derivan, Joy Chambers, Anne Grannis and Alice Isaac.  Art Center Morro Bay is open for business, literally because of your dedication and gift of time!  We all owe you our thanks and much gratitude!    
Patricia Newton

Ann Brown

Many of us know Ann Brown, a soft spoken, happy and loving English, (actually Cornish) gal that always refers to us as "Love" or at least we think we do!  
But, did you know Ann was born in the state of Texas!  That's right y'all!  Texas!  

While Ann was very young, her father was offered a position in England and the family moved to the beautiful area of Cornwall, where she grew up in the midst of WWII.  After marrying, she and her husband settled in Brea, California, near Orange County, where Ann became involved with the local art association.  In the late 1990's, she and her husband moved to the Central Coast.  Ann brought knowledge from the Brea art association gallery and began to help the MBAA president of the time, Martha Hanson.  Ann was instrumental in building up the Creativity Group and eventually became the "go to person" for guidance and assistance at the gallery - she still is! It seemed natural for Ann to step into the coveted position of Gallery Director!  Ann organized national juried exhibits and helped to bring the national organization, Pastels Society of the West Coast to Art Center Morro Bay for the first time.

Ann served on the board as Gallery Director and Director at Large for several years.  Ann continues to organize Creativity, which allows artists to work on pretty much any style of art or craft in a quiet and loving atmosphere.  Ann still helps during exchange days to hang wall tags and hostess artist receptions.

In light of her dedication and service, Ann was awarded a lifetime membership in 2016.  Morro Bay Art Association is richer for her commitment and support.
Thank you, Ann, for your service and ongoing support of the Morro Bay Art Association!
Changes in the Gallery
As I sit amongst a gallery filled with impressive artwork  both upstairs and downstairs, I can’t help but think about the importance of keeping our doors open to the public.   We have all heard many times that these are unprecedented moments that we are living in.  You have heard the cliche, but the reality is  COVID-19 has changed us completely overnight.  Now more than ever, the public needs a positive place to soak in the message that we have as artists to express to the world and within our community. 

Being the Docent Director for a little over a year and half, I have seen the impact that art has had on our lives and the people who walk into Art Center Morro Bay.  Volunteering is a subtle way to make a difference and contribute to the beautification of our great Central Coast.  I can’t tell you how many times that I have learned about artists work or techniques by just taking the time to talk to our guests about art or just listen to their knowledge.

When I first moved to Los Osos in December 2017, I felt it was important for me to seek out like minded people who want to create and add positivity to the world.  Soon after that I found Art Center Morro Bay and not only found an outlet to display my work, but a place to volunteer and gift back to our community.

I have found that there is so much to gain from being a volunteer for the Morro Bay Art Association and the rewards are endless.  Now with COVID-19 being a docent at the gallery looks a little different.  Over the last few months, the board of directors has worked hard to make sure that we are both CDC and OSHA compliant.  I feel as Docent Director it my job and duty to follow through on implementing these changes.

In order to accomplish this I have had the pleasure of retraining our docent volunteers  to make sure that everyone is compliant with our new procedures.  Recently, we conducted two COVID -19 trainings and as a courtesy, I have come in to train various docents before their shifts.  We have dedicated docents, some of which drive 45 minutes or more to be a volunteer.  Regardless of the distance or effort, we have dedicated volunteers who have been with us for over twenty years and others who are brand new to Art Center Morro Bay.  No matter the length of time devoted, we all contribute!

My gratitude is ever indebted to all of you for your time and input in making our docent program a success. The docent team has changed a lot over time, some still volunteer and others have retired.  Each of you through volunteerism have made a powerful impact on Art Center Morro Bay and continue to do so.  Our foremost goal is to do our best to assure you safety and health.  By working together through this we make the change that needs to happen.  I am not saying that being a Docent for the Art Center Morro Bay will change your live, but I can say that it will enrich it.

Stay Safe!!!

Docent Director
Michael J Costa




Have you been spending your shelter-at-home time creating things?

Painted a portrait? Wrote a short story? Built a castle out of Amazon boxes? The Tribune wants to see it!

The Tribune is launching a virtual stay-at-home art gallery and we want to feature your SLO County creations. Details on how to participate are in the link below, or you can email your submissions to me at

Artwork above by Mekayla Landers 
Submit your Shelter-At-Home Art!

Gallery Director's Report

“There is, in sanest hours, a consciousness, a thought that rises, independent, lifted out from all else, calm, like the stars, shining eternal. This is the thought of identity,”  - Walt Whitman
People are fascinated by the creative spark that artists have. In these times, when nothing seems to make sense, we ask ourselves “ what drives the creativity?”
Taking the inner journey to kick start the flow might be the way to go. I would like to invite you, talented, committed, creative, fellow artists to reignite your passion to shine its light through the layers of anxiety and frustration.   Art is what unites us. Art is the voice we speak. 

Are you up for a new idea or do you have a piece that you worked on years ago? Dust it off  and see how you can revamp it. Our patio will be open on Wednesdays 10am-2pm to meet, talk and create together within safe social distancing measures. Come and join me. Bring your face mask, And supplies.  Tables and chairs will be set up and cleaned for you. We will get into the flow together.

Thanks to all of the participating artist and volunteers.  In the generous spirit of the show — an immense labor of love, with everyone involved donating their time and talent to the celebration of art and community.


Seeing the Light

August 6 - September 13 2020

The world around us would be bleak, except for the world within us. Art bears witness to this fact. #AloneTogether

The expression, “every cloud has a silver lining” implies that even on the worst day, there’s something positive yet to come. Art and its creative spirit have the power to restore hope and optimism. It has the power to comfort, inspire and stir emotions.

While we face a worldwide pandemic together, this exhibit celebrates our resiliency as humans in a variety of creative expression and extends itself to all media.

SEEING THE LIGHT  will be on display in both galleries from August 6 through September 14, 2020

*Image courtesy of Gail Martin


Jason Mayr
Visual Principles of Painting

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 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.

The 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.  Cost is $60 a month

The mentoring program includes:
- 6 Zoom meetings a month
- Assignment video (about 10 - 20 minutes)
- Digital reference image
- “A Look at the Masters “ video (about 10 - 20 minutes)
- Access to our video library

Online Zoom meeting schedule:
Time:   All Zoom meetings will take place @ 9 am PST and will be about 1 hour in duration
Days:   Mondays - the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month
              Fridays - 4 Fridays each month

The Patron Program
The Patron Program is designed to deepen your awareness, sensitivity and enjoyment of Fine Art.  A video once a month is sent out taking a look at the masters paintings for insight.  Cost is $10 a month



Sea Glass Hammered Metal Jewelry Class

Saturday, July 25
10:00am - 12:00pm (KIT PICK-UP TIME)

August 22 & 29

*Please note, this is an at home class: Craft at your own pace from the comfort and safety of your own home using supplies and a video provided by Creative Me Time.

​​Learn how to drill holes in sea glass, how to harden, strengthen and texturize metal and basic jewelry skills to create a gorgeous jewelry set.

No experience necessary. Everything is provided for the project including drilled local sea glass, 3 jewelry tools, metal, steel bench block, jewelry hammer, jewelry findings and video.

COST: $75 (Kit and how-to video)

Pre-registration is required, contact: Joan at 805-286-5993 or

Mosaics – Choose Your Project

Sunday, August 23
10:00am – 11:00am (KIT PICK-UP TIME)

*Please note, this is an at home class: Craft at your own pace from the comfort and safety of your own home using supplies and a video provided by Creative Me Time.

Choose your project from two types of hearts, a stepping stone, wine bottle, mirror or clay flowers in a vase. All projects are super simple and perfect for a beginner. Everything is provided to complete the project including the base piece, broken china pieces, baubles, glue, grout and how-to video, EXCEPT WHEELED NIPPERS (Wheeled nippers can be purchased from instructor). See project photos at

You choose your color of china plate pieces and baubles.
COST: Various

Resin Workshop – Choose Your Project

Saturday, August 29
10:00am – 11:00am (KIT PICK-UP TIME)

*Please note, this is an at home class: Craft at your own pace from the comfort and safety of your own home using supplies and a video provided by Creative Me Time.

Choose from a beach scene in an 11" x 14" frame, two resin necklaces, a memory box, beach inspired cutting or cheese board. Photos of projects are at

Joan supplies an assortment of shells, colored beach glass, glitter and resin to design your scene. After your design is complete, you will encase it in glistening resin. Preregistration is required at or by calling 805-286-5993.

COST: Various

Kits are to be picked up at Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main Street, Morro Bay

Classes & Workshops

REGISTER: Pre-register at or
May cancel registration up to 7 days of scheduled workshop for full refund.


Abstraction and Multiple Viewpoint Perspective with Trowers Akimbo

October 9 - 11    10:00am - 4:00pm


Learn from this amazing artist right from your home. Stay connected with other artists and have fun in this Zoom workshop.

In organic art, with its floating structure orbiting a nodal point, one invites multiple perspectives, existing in a similarly fluid temporal reality, which are assembled by the viewer to create a single composite image. Our gaze wanders through the picture, turning this way and that, zooming in, panning out, the image held together by its own internal design. We will be playing with tension between 2-D pattern and 3-D depth. We see it in the works of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

The workshop goal is to introduce and explore the fascination of Multiple Viewpoint Perspective and for each attendee to go home with an abstract painting of their own design. Learn more ...


Making a Mosaic Trivet with the owners of
Cracked Up Mosaics
Anne Hodges and Paula Hulet

November 6 - 7     1:00pm - 4:00pm

Mosaics are works of art created by using glass or ceramic tiles and grout to make a picture. They date as far back as 1500 B.C. and are found all over the world. Mosaics adorn the ceilings in cathedrals with elaborate details but can be as simple as a beautiful trivet to adorn your home.

Anne Hodges and Paula Hulet will teach you step by step, how to make a mosaic trivet. Read more ...


Sunsets and Birds with Greg Trombly

January 17, 2021       1:00pm - 4:00pm

This course is designed to provide hands-on guidance to students and focuses on basic drawing and observation skills. Emphasis will be placed on composition, color, and value.  Greg will begin each class with a short demonstration. Participants will then complete independent work from personal reference photos and Trombly’s guidance. Students are encouraged to bring a reference photo of a sunset, shoreline, or birds for these classes. Images, also provided by Trombly, available for your use. Read more ...

The Architecture of Light with Thomas Schaller

March 2021

Known for his “Architecture of Light” and with over one million followers, he has long been considered one of the foremost architectural artists in the world. In the field, he has won every major award for his artwork - including being a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize.

In several days of demonstrations and discussion,  along with a 3-day workshop, we will explore both the genesis and the completion of paintings in watercolor that are strong, clear, communicative, and that speak with your own authentic artistic voice.  Skill Level Required:  Intermediate to Advanced.  Cost:  $425 members/$450 non members

REGISTER: Pre-register at or

Next Board Meeting is July 20, 2020 12:00 - 3:00pm  
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