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


   From the President’s Desk

The benefit of having art in our lives helps us remain optimistic about the future. Art can be a form of communication, spreading a deeper message of inspiration, focusing on common issues for the betterment of humankind and helping us achieve more in life.
Many of us had hoped we’d be moving on from Covid’s grip by now. Since that hasn’t been the case, we continue to take steps to remain cautious and navigate the situation while our volunteers admiringly forge on. We’re also hearing of shortages that could impact holiday shopping. While doing your own holiday shopping, please consider the great gift ideas provided by our local artists and purchasing something fun and meaningful from your own small shop! Both the current exhibits, toMORROws Sculpture and Visionary Human and the upcoming Holiday Winter Faire & Fine Craft exhibits have lots to offer!
Many thanks to our amazing Marketing Director, Sue Allemand for arranging the Morro Bay Art and About through Arts Obispo.  The first one was very successful with lots of artwork sold! If you are interested in selling your artwork on the patio during one of these upcoming events, please contact Sue for space availability. Artists must be up to date with their membership and all sales go through the gallery with a 25% commission. You may contact Sue to reserve a spot at
Thank you for participating in the survey recently sent out by Adult Education Director, Kirsti Wothe. Your information will help her in provide interesting and fun art demonstrations, classes and workshops. Seems many of you are looking for varied art instruction from entry level to advanced. We look forward to seeing what comes available!
We appreciate you for working with us to move into a more efficient method of membership renewal.  This new system will help take the guesswork out. Once you’re in the system, you may simply go to the membership LOG-IN, under MEMBERSHIP at the top of the MBAA homepage or if navigating from a smart phone, find MEMBERSHIP from the dashes at the upper right side of the website to check renewal dates and make updates to your personal contact information.  These steps might seem foreign at first, however, our docents are ready to help answer questions you may have.  If you would like extra help in renewing online, a docent can help guide your renewal process at the gallery. 
I hope you’re all enjoying the fall weather changes, digging out your favorite spiced cider recipe and making holiday note cards and artwork for Winter Faire! 
 Patricia Newton 

Kathy Miller

I had always been a crafty kid but most of my creative energy was spent with music when I was young. As a young adult my painting journey started almost 50 years ago with an adult education class in oil painting. I loved it and still do but in the early 90's I decided to try watercolor in an attempt to "loosen up". So after almost 20 years of oils I switched and have been trying to master watercolor ever since. Some college classes and a lot of workshops followed as I needed to hone some technical skills. That afforded me the opportunity to try other media as well. Monoprinting was one of my favorites. I'm still trying new things. Just did a mosaic and caned a chair during Covid!  Plein air sketching and watercolor are still my favorite things to do.

After retirement I moved to Morro Bay full time in the early 2000s from the Central Valley. Soon after that I became involved with many of the art organizations on the Central Coast. Over the years I volunteered in many areas of MBAA. First serving on the board in 2009-2010 I think. For many years I assisted the Treasurer (Jackie Morello at the time) and was the head of the Audit Committee for years as well. I was the newsletter editor for about 5 years also when we still did it the old fashion way, printing, labeling and mailing. 

Also time was spent scheduling and renting the activity room to different groups, as well as manning the gallery frequently, of course. Basically wherever a hand was needed. I taught a weekly watercolor class there for approximately 8 years on Thursday mornings to a great bunch of members. 

MBAA is the best art group in the area by far. I'm proud to be a member. I've always been an advocate of offering art opportunities to young people especially since it is seldom offered in the schools anymore. I taught art to 3-6 graders in the public schools through the Arts Council of Kern County for several years. The fact that we offer scholarships and classes for children is a big plus.  We also have the most outstanding shows in our gallery! Not only for our local artists but some national organizations as well.
I continue to paint and experiment with my art whenever I can. 


Carolyn Niblick


November 4, 2021 through January 3, 2022

ART TAKE-IN: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

At the end of every year, Art Center Morro Bay transforms into a holiday wonderland of art and fine crafts, perfect for holiday gift giving!
Artists are asked to enter fine crafts to include jewelry, wood, glass, ceramics and pottery, sculpture, soft sculpture, fiber, felt, silk and much more!
In addition, this 8 week exhibit is open to all 2D art and mediums. Artists are welcomed to enter note cards and sealed, portfolio originals and prints for the print bins.
Let’s fill the gallery with lots of beautiful art and gift giving items for our art lovers with varied price points this holiday season!
All items submitted to the show will be informally juried at the time of entry.
Gallery hanging policy:
                       Deborah Wogan                           Carolyn Niblick, Art Glass AA

Saturday October 9, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 
Sunday October 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday October 16, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 
Sunday  October 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m

Free to the public, artists and crafters open their studios to showcase their art and share their process. Some artists have live demonstrations so visitors can see art being created and experience the creative process. Visitors create their own self-guided tour using the downloadable catalog.

Be the change you would like to see!  

Are you someone with vision and would like to make a difference? Board Members are in a unique position to help guide this organization into a future that's brighter than ever. 
Volunteers who cashier in the gallery for (1) or (2) four hour shifts per month. Please contact Nola Barnick,

(2) volunteers needed.  Anybody out there ready to spread the word about Art Center Morro Bay, through the computer, just a couple hours a month??  It’d be great if you had BASIC computer skills such as: copy/paste, website navigation, email, etc.  Attention to detail and communication skills are a must.  It would also require that you have your own computer or one you can use (sorry, phone use for marketing, will not work).  If you’re ready to join the Marketing Team, please email Sue Allemand at

Oversee Board recruitment, governance, procedures, and policy creation. Facilitate Board meetings. Generate acknowledgements to donors and volunteers.  OPEN IN 2022
Assist President.  Oversee MBAA’s Art in the Park booth (3x annually) to include setup/takedown, art take-in, scheduling docents for the booth and to provide restroom breaks for vendors. Assist with the Holiday/Installation Dinner Party. Assist scheduling art demonstrations. OPEN IN 2022
Oversee all financial assets, insurance and risk management functions.  Provide timely and accurate financial reports. Book keeping, bank deposits, bill paying and attend monthly board meetings.  Are you a numbers kind of person? Experience in QuickBooks is extremely helpful. CURRENTLY OPEN 
Prepares daily sales information for bookkeeping, make bank deposits and artist payments. Attend monthly board meetings. Skills in bookkeeping not necessary, training provided. 
Oversee creation of minutes and all corporate records. Janet Hillson will continue to volunteer for this position into 2022.
Oversee gallery operations and lead team of volunteers to develop exhibitions including booking, hanging, and submissions functions. OPEN IN 2022
Interview, select, train, schedule, and oversee a team of docents to staff the Gallery and generate sales revenue. Nola Barnick will continue into 2022.
Oversee all member revenue and processing, collect and respond to member feedback. Produce all member forms. OPEN IN 2022
Oversee promotion of all aspects of MBAA programs and manage public relations and increase community awareness of MBAA. This may include work on the MBAA website and social media.  The Marketing Director manages a team of volunteers. OPEN IN 2022
Partner in the scheduling and production of adult educational workshops, field trips and demos. MAY BE OPEN IN 2022.
Partner in the scheduling and production of children's educational workshops. Oversee the Internship and Scholarship programs. Shannon K. Larson will continue in 2022.
If you would like more details or to attend a board meeting for insight into any board positions, please contact Patricia Newton at  (805) 423-1100

Hello art enthusiasts, I would like to introduce myself. I am Kirsti the new Adult Education Director for the Morro Bay Art Association. I am really looking forward to meeting all of you at some point over the next year. I have been an art educator for over 20 years. My degree is a BFA in Fine Arts from Texas A&M University, Kingsville. I have my multiple subjects and single subject credential in art from Fresno Pacific and I am currently finishing my MaEd online at Humphreys University. Currently, I am a high school art teacher on sabbatical from Fresno California. I live in Morro Bay with my husband and dog. I enjoy teaching classes in all mediums and genres. I also consider myself a lifelong learner and I know that I have so much to learn when it comes to art-making. I look forward to learning right along with all of you. I would like to hear from you and would like to know what kinds of classes you would be interested in taking at Art Center. I have created a survey to help me get to know you and to find out what your ideas are. Please click on the link below to begin the survey.
The Ugly Mug Ceramic Demo

a great time was had by all!


Left to right: Kirsti Wothe the Adult Education Director, Carol Mees (winner of a planter given by The Ugly Mug), Shell Voorhess and Aimee Brantley owners of the Ugly Mug.


Dot Mandala

Monday, October 11, 3:00pm - 5:00pm


A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Asian cultures. It can be understood in two different ways: externally as a visual representation of the universe or internally as a guide for several practices that take place in many Asian traditions, including meditation. In Hinduism and Buddhism, the belief is that by entering the mandala and proceeding towards its center, you are guided through the cosmic process of transforming the universe from one of suffering into one of joy and happiness.

In their most basic form, mandalas are circles contained within a square and arranged into sections that are all organized around a single, central point. They’re typically produced on paper or cloth, drawn on a surface with threads, fashioned in bronze, or built in stone. While extraordinary as a standalone work of art, mandalas hold symbolic and meditative meaning beyond their vibrant appearance.  Learn more here ...

Please wear facial coverings while in the gallery and classroom at this time. Thank you.


Walking on Water

Monday, November 8,  3:00 - 5:00pm


The transient mega-artwork of Christo Javacheff—made in collaboration with his wife Jeanne-Claude until her death in 2009—is celebrated in Andrey M. Paounov's documentary Walking on Water, which follows the creation of one of Christo's recent gigantic populist exhibitions: The Floating Piers, a series of walkways installed at Lake Iseo in northern Italy from June 18 to July 3, 2016.

The exhibit consisted of chains of interlocking plastic cubes, their tops covered with bright saffron cloth, which stretched from the village of Sulzano to (and around) islands in the lake, and when traversed gave pedestrians the illusion of walking on the water's surface. Paounov's film closes with images—many aerial—of the walkways as thousands of visitors enjoyed the effect.

The film covers the preliminary work of planning and design, in which Christo and his nephew and aide Vladimir Yavachev discuss the project, often breaking out in volatile arguments. Myriad logistical problems had to be overcome, before actual construction could proceed, and the opening was threatened by the fact that—contrary to promises—officials failed to take necessary measures for crowd control. Throughout, Christo comes across as an engaging figure—a cantankerous but committed octogenarian—and Yavachev is a dedicated servant of his art.




We're putting out a call for artists who would like to create some artful holiday cheer!  We need your creative spirit, imagination and a little paint!  We'll provide four or five 3.5" bisque ornaments and you provide your artistic conceptions of what makes the holidays bright!
Artists wishing to participate may contact us by emailing  

Instructions for pick-up and delivery will be emailed.  Artists will have up to 4 weeks to embellish their ornaments and return them to the Gallery in time for display during the holidays.  

All proceeds go to the Art Center Morro Bay!

Beaded Glass  & Pearl Bracelet
with Gail Martin

November 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm

During this workshop we will create a beautiful sea inspired faux pearl bracelet using Celestial Crystal® pearls with easy loop clasp. Celestial Crystal® glass and pearls are loved for their versatility, color selection and understated refinement. Faceting on these crystal beads reflect lively highlights while faux pearls are created with the elegant appearance of traditional pearls in mind.

You may choose to make an easy leather and pearl design or one using beads and pearls. This simple to learn technique needs relatively no special tools and you can take away a skill to use later. Make lovely beaded bracelets for friends and family birthday gifts or to sell at Art in the Park type venues.

Gail discovered the joy of jewelry making while taking classes from renowned bead maker and jewelry artist Klew of Klew Expressions.  If you're considering a special gift for yourself or someone special this holiday season, there's nothing like adding that special touch of something handmade!  

COST: $40. MBAA Members $45. Non Members
All materials are provided and included in the workshop registration fee.



Mosaics for Beginners
October 23,  10:00 - 2:00pm
November 28, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Choose from several projects, register then dive in on the class date to learn mosaic basics to create a mosaic masterpiece. Great for beginners.


Sea Glass Hammered Metal Jewelry

October 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
October 17,  10:00am - 12:00pm
November 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn how to drill holes in sea glass (for safety this will be a demonstration), hammer metal to create strength and texture and basic jewelry making skills. ​​​​

​Create a gorgeous sea glass necklace and two pierced earrings. Everything is provided to complete the projects from local sea glass (choose brown, white or green in class), to metal, jewelry findings and use of tools.

Succulents - Choose Your Projects

October16, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
October 24,  10:00am - 12:00pm


Come create a beautiful pumpkin succulent centerpiece to usher in the fall season! You bring the pumpkin and Joan supplies succulents, moss, glue and instruction. When the pumpkin is no longer usable, the top can be cut off and planted in soil to give the succulents a new life in another container. $25 workshop fee.


Sea-glass Wire Wrapped Jewelry

November 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn basic wire wrapping to create a lovely necklace and two pierced earrings. All materials are provided including local sea glass, jewelry findings, jewelry wire and use of tools. Choose from brown, green or white genuine local sea glass.

Preregistration required at 
or contact 805-286-5993

Naomi Cruz, Atascadero
Art Everett, Atascadero
Margie Montante, Bakersfield
Lynn Heinz, Cambria
Mark Allen Lowerison, Cambria
Marjory Abeta, Los Osos
Nola Barnick, Los Osos
Joan Brown, Los Osos
David Price, Los Osos
David Chea, Morro Bay
Sheridan Govers, Morro Bay
Janet Lynn, Paso Robles
Lila Rainbow Skye, Paso Robles
Judy Uffens, Pismo Beach
Valerie Morrow, San Luis Obispo
Dorothy Riggs, SanLuis Obispo
Rodney Steelman, San Luis Obispo
Stephen M Cruz, Venice
Next Board Meeting is October 18, 2021 12:00 - 3:00pm  
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