July Newsletter

Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

The Rock and the Marketplace, is a popular exhibit featuring iconic Morro Rock and renditions of open air markets.  Join us Sunday, July 1, 2-4pm for the artist reception.  For those who need to make arrangements for art exchange or pick up times, please, do not ask the docents, let me know.  We don’t want to see your work fall through the cracks!
Art in the Park is a huge part of our Summer!  Proceeds from this event, help support Art Center Morro Bay throughout the year.  Vendors must pay $280. per weekend, for the opportunity to sell their artwork.  MBAA membership, allows you the opportunity to sell your work within the Art Center booth, simply by participating as a docent or rover.  Commission on work sold is 25%.  Paintings, photography, jewelry, prints and cards are allowed.  Please ask about space for 3D art.  If you wish to participate, signup on the Art in the Park, signupgenious, or contact Sue Palmer 805-441-5722. 
Youth summer art classes are fun events for kids 6 through 11, teens, and family & friends weekend workshops.  All supplies are provided! Registration is encouraged, drop-ins are welcome.  Pick classes that sound interesting or take them all!
The General Meeting and Potluck is July 25, 12-2pm. This fun and informative event will be held in the activity room.  Please sign-up through the EVITE or contact me.
Colleen Ray has introduced and organized a series of lectures by Tess Wright.  Ms. Wright’s lecture, Love and Work, was interesting and educational.  During her lectures, Tess tells a story with the use of a slide show and/or video.  Don’t miss her extended lecture of artist couples in, Love and Work II, coming soon.  Thank you, Colleen!
We enjoyed plein air painting with Debra Joy Groesser!  This workshop challenged us to think about surroundings, value and editing artwork. Debra also shared sample oil paint color and a non toxic painting medium.
Next up, Astrophotography; Adding Light to Your Milky Way Images, with Brady Cabe on July 6 & 7, 8pm - midnight.  This will be an outstanding workshop for photographers who don’t mind braving the dark, and are interested in learning about camera light settings!
The Cuong Nguyen workshop, teaches students the green method of underpainting, that will add a nice glow and depth to your pastel paintings.  His methods can be used in other areas and mediums of artwork.  Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from an internationally known and sought out instructor!  This workshop will be August 2, 3 & 4.  
Register for all workshops online:
New brochures and event schedules will be available for you at the gallery soon.  I would like to thank Jan French for her work and dedication.  Jan also designs our show posters and ads for the NewTimes.  

Art Center Morro Bay is a board run, member supported, non-profit organization. Membership includes opportunities to exhibit artwork within the gallery, local businesses and Art in the Park.  Members may attend classes, workshops and other gallery related events at a free or reduced rate.  Membership comes with a responsibility to help support the organization and daily operation of the gallery.  There is still an urgent need for volunteers as docents and board positions to include Docent Directorand Gallery Director.  A small volunteer job can make a huge difference to all of us working hard to make Art Center Morro Bay one of the best galleries on the Central Coast.  
Volunteers, please email me at: artbypatricianewton@gmail.comor phone 1-805-423-1100.


every Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm
at the Morro Bay Recreation Center
1001 Kennedy Way

 Tom Dale                                            Dakota Pitts
No registration or sign-up is necessary!  Just come and bring your own materials.  We provide a live model  tables, coffee, lighting and music.  It is open to all skill levels, and (almost) any media. The cost is $10.00 per session. 

Len Boyle                                           Ardella Swanberg
For further info Call Bob Rodger at 805-528-4248


Morro Bay Artwalk Fridays


The Arts district in Morro Bay, California is blossoming into a premier venue and destination for locals and vacationers alike who enjoy the arts, dining and relaxation. 

“Morro Bay Artwalk Friday”, is a self guided tour that takes place the second Friday of every month, from 5pm – 8pm. Art Center Morro Bay will be a participant during the Spring and Summer months of May through August. 

Stroll the Embarcadero then take the trolley up to Main Street. Enjoy great restaurants, wine and open air music! Meet some of San Luis Obispo County’s internationally acclaimed and emerging local artists! 

For more information, visit
or call 805-772-2504

July Demo

Let's Etch a Fake Credit Card
with Rosey Rosenthal

JULY 9, 2018 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Participants of this demonstration should bring an old membership card, cancelled credit card or an idea for a 2 1/8" x 3 1/4" dry-point etching (see photo). Rosey will have a small etching press and tools needed to scratch designs into the plastic cards. He will give a quick overview and demonstrate how to scratch and print a card, then ink and print your completed etching (original print).  Read more about Rosey and Barbara Rosenthal

This will be an interactive demonstration that you’re sure to enjoy!

Art in the Park

July 4th Weekend

Join Community Outreach Director, Sue Palmer and fellow Art Center volunteers for a fun weekend in the park in Morro Bay.  Volunteers may show their work in the Morro Bay Art Association booth at no charge!   

Astrophotography; Adding Light to Your Milky Way Images
with Brady Cabe
July 6, 8:00pm - Midnight & July 7, 3:00 -6:00pm

This workshop provides a complete Milky Way photography experience, with an emphasis on Milky Way capture, star trails, and light painting. On day one we’ll spend the evening photographing the night sky - going over location planning, best practices, and answering all your astrophotography questions. Day two consists of post-processing where we will dive into our photos from the night before and learn to assemble star trail images.  Read more ...

Portraits in Pastel 
with Cuong Nguyen
August 2, 3 & 4, 2018    10am - 5pm

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.

Astrophotography; Perseid Meteor Shower and the Milky Way
with Brady Cabe
August 10, 8:00pm - Midnight & August 11, 2:00 -5:00pm

This unprecedented night photography workshop coincides with the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower - you don’t want to miss this! The class material offers a complete Milky Way photography experience, with an emphasis on Milky Way capture, star trails, and meteor showers. Read more ...

Printing Your Photos -
How To Prepare and Print using
Canon Pixma Pro 100 Printer

September 8, 10 :00am - 1:00pm

Learn to prepare your images for print, the importance of printing in this digital world, and then leave the class with a printed image of your own! We’ll print small-format paper prints using the Canon Pixma Pro 100 and learn how to use refillable ink systems. Materials included. Read more ...
June Demo

Plein Aire Painting with
Debra Joy Groesser

June’s Monday plein air demo was given to a packed house.  Debra Joy Groesser demonstrated painting from plein air studies. This award winning plein air artist, noted for her impressionistic style shared with us the techniques she uses to create true to life color in her art.  Starting with the washes she used at the beginning of her piece to the subtle colors of sky, water and waves, Groesser demonstrated skill and expertise while nearly finishing a beautiful seascape in just 2 hours.  She also shared some of her favorite products especially suited to plein air painting.  One of them being the Rosemary & Company brushes she gets from England and the RayMar linen panels she uses for her paintings.  Debra Joy Groesser will be our juror for the upcoming exhibit starting September 20th.  Please visit for details and prospectus.

Given away as a raffle item was one of Debra Joy Groesser’s plein air pieces done just the day before, capturing the beautiful Eucalyptus trees and boats of Morro Bay; valued at over $400.  
The winner of the raffle was Colleen Ray.  Congratulations Collen!
On a sad note, we would like to honor a dear friend for many years to the Morro Bay Art Association, Barbara Fageol who recently passed away.  Barbara's husband Bill is a past President of the Association. Our sympathies are extended to Bill and his family.

General Meeting of the Morro Bay Art Association

July 25, 2018
12pm - 2pm


Watch your email for the MBAA Evite!  

at Art Gallery, Morro Bay

then stay for ArtWalk Morro Bay that evening from
5:00 - 8:00!

Old World Drawing and Painting
with Jason Mayr

Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00p
Beginning February 5, 2018

This bi-monthly oil painting class is a 10 month course, beginning with drawing techniques and progressing through black and white, limited palette to full palette.  All levels of ability and experience are welcome.  U-Tube video
COST: $35.00 MBAA members or $40.00 for non-members
For a 2018 Course Description visit
Register by contacting Jason Mayr at 1-805-234-6941 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! 

 Watercolor -  Wet and Wild

Thursdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm

A new watercolor class designed for beginner to advanced students. Classes will be ongoing and feature various instructors.

Adult Coloring and
Zen Doodle Group

Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30am

Relax and unwind in the adult coloring group!  Anyone can do it, no experience necessary! Bring your own coloring books or get started with a page from ours. It's FREE!

Outdoor Photography
with Brady Cabe

Monthly classes TBA

Known for his outdoor photography of wildlife, sunsets and Milky Way night skies, Brady will give various photography classes on a monthly basis.  Pre-register
Classes & Workshops



May 12 - December 15

10:00am -  1:00pm

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Zentangle© with certified instructor, Debbie Gedayloo.  Debbie has practiced the art of Zentangle© for four years stating, “Often when sitting in meditation, I simply can’t quiet my mind and I bounce all over the place in my head. But, when I put the pen to the Zentangle© tile, the outside stimuli fade away and my entire being becomes quiet.” Debbie believes in the healing potential of this method and is excited to teach others how to tap into the hidden wisdom in each of us!

The Zentangle Method© of mindful creation is a way to relax, focus and expand one’s imagination. Through guided systematic patterns, students learn to trust their creativity, increase awareness, respond confidently to the unexpected and discover the fun and healing in creative expression. Read more ...   

COST: First time students: MBAA Members $35. Non Members $37.
Ongoing classes: MBAA Members $20. Non Members $22

Upcoming Classes with Joan Fee

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

Mosaic Play Time
Saturday, August 18, 10am – 2pm

Learn how fun and easy it is to make a mosaic project. Choose either a heart or a wine bottle. Projects are super simple and perfect for a beginner and everything is provided.  COST: $45

Beach Resin Art Work
Saturday, August 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Create a beach scene in an 11” x 14” white frame using instructor’s large assortment of shells, colored glass, sand and glitter then encase it in glistening resin. COST:  $75.00

Succulent Wreaths
Saturday, August 25th 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Come learn how easy it is to create with succulents. All supplies are provided to make a lush wreath including local succulents, use of tools and a care sheet to maintain your wreath.  COST:  $70.00-$90.00


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

Youth Summer Classes and Workshops 

June thru August
Join in the fun of a summer of art program at the Morro Bay Art Center.  Choose from a variety of art classes and workshops specifically designed for families and children ages 6 through 18.

Summer Art - ages 6 to 11   June 19 - July 26  9:00am - 12:00pm

Summer Art for TEENS   June 19 - July 26  12:00pm - 3:00pm

Friends and Family Summer Art Workshops  July 7 - July 28, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Watercolor Classes for ages 7 thru 10   August 7 -  August 9,   9:30am - 11:30am

Watercolor Classes for Teens   August 7 - August 9, 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Bringman,  Jeannine    Paso Robles
Cumberworth, John,  Manteca
Jenkins, Susan  Cambria
Miller, Andy  Los Osos

Next Board Meeting is August 27, 2018, 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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May, 2017 Newsletter
Our contact information is:
835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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