October 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 Autumn and soon the leaves will begin to turn color!  Recently a new window was installed in the Russell gallery, upstairs, facing the street.  We anticipate the future installation of a window on the opposite side, to allow circulation of fresh air during those crowd pleasing receptions. 
Next time you are in the gallery, you may notice signs requesting the public refrain from photographing artwork.  We are doing our best to help insure your copyrights are protected.
Watch for a new mural that will transform the south side of Art Center Morro Bay!  MBAA Member, Manuel Cruz, will begin this project on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Stop by to watch the transformation. 
In case you missed it, “Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus”, presented by Art Historian, Tess Wright, met with a sold out crowd several days before the event!  Sadly, people had to be turned away.  MBAA Member, Colleen Ray, did a great job organizing this popular event and making fabulous treats for everyone to enjoy!  We hope Tess Wright will return in 2018 for another exciting art presentation! 
Throughout history, artists have lent a powerful voice, expressed through art.  The current exhibit, "Social Justice", focuses on a broad range of human rights issues.   Don’t miss this enlightening art exhibit, and join us for the opening reception on Sunday,  September 24, 2017, 2-4pm.
I would like to thank our specialized team of hard working docents for their professionalism and dedication.  Because of these fine people, members who work full time jobs, or are otherwise unable to sit the gallery, can exhibit their artwork without the stipulation of being a docent.  Their concerted efforts help keep membership costs to a minimum and allow Art Center Morro Bay to thrive!  Thank You:  Bob Rodger, Alice Isaac, Barbara Musso, Charmaine Henderson, Sharon Westray, Robbin Gross, Deborah Paskin, Rose Leason, Maia Codron, Carolyn Moceri, Susan Rutledge, Joan Palmieri, Kim Lee Doherty, Sheryl Myers, Charlotte Berney, Sue Dunker, Deborah Paskin, Joan Fee, Lynn Douglass and Janet Hillson.  

I also wish to thank the additional volunteers who helped set up and staff our September booth at Art in the Park:  Bob Rodger, Barbro Bond, Colleen Ray, Penny Pike, Scott Douglass, Travis Newton, Bonnie Lyman, Bob and Marty Azevedo.

We welcome Ellen November as part of our advertising team!  
Art Center Morro Bay continues to build focused, specialized teams and committees of volunteers.  If you’re interested in learning to market, enjoy data entry, becoming a hostess or participating in the business art program, please give me a call, 805-423-1100. 
We thank you, our members, volunteers and exhibitors! 

Patricia Newton
2nd Monday Demo


October 9      3:00pm – 5:00pm

Rosey Rosenthal

Soft Nudes in a Hard Medium


Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a demonstration of linocuts (relief prints), by accomplished artist and gallery owner, Rosey Rosenthal.

During this demonstration, Rosey will give an overview of how to make and print linocuts (relief prints) including cutting materials, printing papers and proper inks.  He will share how to maintain tools, cleanup and home printing. Touching on everything from rubber stamps to steamroller prints, Rosey will share how easy it is to print linocut/relief prints without a press.  

Learn tips and tricks from a master!  

Learn more about Rosey and Barbara Rosenthal here


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 - 11:30am


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!
Art Association Summer Internship Program

At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, several local students were interviewed and offered the opportunity to participate in the Art Association's Summer Internship Program. Rose Leason, a current freshman at Questa College, and Maia Codron, a senior at Morro Bay High School, were a wonderful addition to our volunteer teams. These remarkable young women served as docents at the Art Center desk, participated in manning our booth at Art in the Park, assisted our gallery director with show take-in, and served as hostesses for our receptions and general meeting. They will both continue to volunteer at the Art Center, as their school schedules permit. We are fortunate to have Rose and Maia as part of our Art Association family, and we look forward to following them through their school years! 
From the Gallery
  - Dianne Ravin, Gallery Director


Congratulations again to Noah Erenberg!

Not only was Noah’s work awarded the 1st Place ribbon in the “Pushing Boundarie”s juried exhibit; he is also winner of the People’s Choice award for his acrylic on canvas, “Windstorm”.


This awards allows the winning artist to enter a future show with all entry fees waived.

Now on View through October 30:

We are thrilled to report that we had over 100 works submitted for our “Social Justice” show - after having had much trepidation over getting enough submissions for a show with such a challenging theme!  But you rose to the occasion with such excellent, timely, and thought-provoking artworks! It’s a not-to-be missed exhibit!


For our viewers, please be aware, some images may be disturbing or offensive, particularly to young children.  We encourage your feedback and comments in our notebook at the front entry of the gallery.  We want to hear your thoughts!


Many thanks to our extraordinary cast of volunteers who put the show together:

Graphics:  Jan French

Artwork Exchange:  Marty Azevedo, Kelly Clark, Colleen Ray, Sharon Westray, Gail Martin, Patricia Newton

Gallery Tags: Leslie Parsons

Hanging:  Sam Peck, Bob Rodger, Barbro Bond, Kelly Clark, Margareta Lund, Ascension Nelson, Colleen Ray,

Details:  Linda Roletti (who travels all the way from Studio City to show her work, then sticks around to detail our display cases.)

Reception hosts and hostesses: Nancy Johnson, Sharon Westray, Scott Douglass.


You all make a fantastic team and all your work is very much appreciated!

The Morro Bay Art Association invites you to it's 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

2018 Membership Dues may be paid in advance anytime between
September 1 through December 30, 2017.
Pine Needle Basket Weaving
with Elizabeth Bear
November 4    9:30am – 2:30pm

Connect with the smells, texture and beauty of nature as we learn the art of basket weaving. Employing coiling techniques and long-leaf pine needles, this art form has remained virtually the same for hundreds of years.

During this workshop, Ms. Bear will guide students through the traditional technique of coiling used by ancient cultures. You’ll start two baskets, one to complete in class and another for practice at home. Each piece is a work of art as unique as the person who makes them. These make great holiday gifts filled with treats. Bring scissors (sharp, please!) and a bag lunch. All other materials are provided.
Click here to learn more

Pre-Registration is Required 
Reserve your space online here
or call 805-772-2504

COST: $110 MBAA Members; $125 non-Members, must be paid by October 28, 2017
Byzantine Art Inspired Acrylic Angel Painting Workshop
award winning artist Larry Kappen
Thursday, November 9
1:00 - 5:00pm

Larry recalls being one of three students, selected by a high school teacher, to reproduce a 12th Century Byzantine Mosaic of Archangel Michael, for a holiday display.  Larry has been creating his own versions of angel icons during the holidays ever since.  He enjoys the simplicity of painting these timeless pieces using elaborate patterns, color and texture, with acrylic on wood and Masonite panels.  

During this workshop, students will create their own Byzantine inspired, original angel acrylic paintings, using a variety of demonstrated techniques. 

$50.00 MEMBERS/$55.00 NON-MEMBERS, supplies included
Register here, or call the gallery at 805-772-2054

Art Center Morro Bay is open daily from 12:00 - 4:00pm


Art Center Morro Bay works with local businesses to provide additional venues for members to exhibit artwork in the Business Art Program.   Businesses benefit by having artwork to display while artists are permitted another opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.  Rotation of artwork is every four months.  If you have 6 to 8 paintings or photographs and would like to take advantage of this benefit of membership, please give me a call

Patricia Newton
Last month...
Journey to Sculpted Paintings Art Demo
Susan Malmgren

Susan Malmgren is a sculptural artist who intuitively creates beautiful, freeform sculptures from abstract paintings. Those in attendance had the pleasure of learning about a new way to make abstract paintings into thought provoking and whimsical, two to three dimensional pieces that can be hung from the ceiling or on the wall. Susan brought extra paintings and tools to share, then invited everyone to try her wonderful technique. What a special treat!
Shirley Horacek was the lucky winner of the hanging sculpture donated by the artist. A fun time was had by all!



Tommy Lee Nunes,  Cayucos
Lisa "Annie" Harpel, Cambria 
Torie Osborn, Los Osos
Noah Erenberg, Santa Monica

We thank you!
    Classes & Workshops

Next Class with Joan Fee  

Alcohol Ink Play Time
Oct 7   10:00am - 12:00pm

Transform six tiles into coasters, five dominoes into magnets and five ornaments into gorgeous masterpieces using several techniques!

Resin Beach Art

Oct 28  10:00am - 12:00pm

Instructor provides an assortment of shells, colored beach glass, an 11” x 14” frame and resin to complete a beautiful custom beach scene.

Pre-registration required
or call Joan at 805-286-5993
To register for any of Joan Fee's classes, click here.
Next Board Meeting is October 10, 1:30 - 4:30pm.
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