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


   From the President’s Desk

If you are an artist, you might not think of yourself in a leadership role. 
When you put yourself and your artwork into an exhibit or online, your work has the power to become impactful and influence others by provoking new thoughts and ideas. It may elicit responses from admiration to shock. It takes courage, vulnerability and the heart of a servant to be a good leader. Leadership and friendships that are built on trust, is where change happens, not by blanket statements made on a newsletter or social media. It begins with great ideas and those who are excited and willing to work together as a team to see those ideas through. 
The Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors, has been built upon those foundations so that we may continue to offer a vibrant Art Center for artists to exhibit artwork and serve our community. In the coming months, MBAA will be canvasing for new Board positions. These positions are also open to non-artists who simply love art and wish to serve. With new leadership comes fresh ideas and renewed energy! Are you ready to join us for the exciting changes ahead? We need a Treasurer. This position is a much smaller job with the help of a professional bookkeeper! We also need an Exhibit Director and Marketing Director. Training is available and the best time  to get on board is NOW so that you might be able to see if the position is a good fit for you and your schedule. We welcome you and your ideas! Please consider joining us as we continue to turn new corners.
You may inquire about any of the board positions simply by answering this newsletter or by emailing:

Some of you have asked me what kind of artwork qualifies for the exhibit, Unlocked. This show offers a metaphoric invitation to set yourself and your artwork free!  As a result of the pandemic, we’ve all experienced a sense of being locked away from each other and having to set new boundaries. For some, this time has evoked feelings of dread and others a time of renewal. This show offers you the wide open freedom to express yourself through art mediums ranging from wall hung to three dimensional artworks.  Unlock potential and set your vision for this show free! Take-in will be Tuesday, August 9, 10am – 2pm. There is no size limitation, however, please limit to 2 wall hung artworks per person. 3D, cards, portfolio prints and jewelry are all welcomed at the normal limits.

We have many supportive volunteers that make an incredible difference! This month I would like to thank Kathleen Heil, Janet Hillson, Nola Barnick, Kirsti Wothe and Shannon Larson. These outstanding board members are at the foundation of what makes this organization hum along with what appears to be seamless effort. Thank you!  
Patricia Newton 


   Take-In:  August 9   
10:00am - 2:00pm

One might first consider the feelings of being locked-up. This may conjure thoughts of incarceration and confinement. Shackled by pain and fear, bound by personal or family strife, suppressed emotions of anger, sadness, grief or frustration. In other words, what keeps you locked-up?

This exhibition inspires fresh consideration of our most pressing social concerns through the lenses of art and history, inviting us to consider how we may become allies in the creation of a more humane world.

During this exhibit, artists are asked to emancipate themselves from artistic boundaries and unlock creative freedom! Read more ...

Submission information, fees and entry forms are located on the website: 
Artist may become a member by going to or


Faces of the Central Coast


Take-In:  September 20 

10:00am - 2:00pm

Portraiture encompasses a broad spectrum of artwork that has the power to generate conversation, inspire compassion, and express identity in unimaginative ways. They invite discussion while looking through the eyes of another. This very special exhibit is an artistic representation spotlighting a likeness, personality and mood of people and animals, the face of buildings and the beautiful landscapes that make the Central Coast a vibrant community!  Read more ...



A Quick Studies Sculpture Workshop

with Anne Grannis
August 7     12:30pm - 4:00pm


This is an opportunity to work with a live model in a more spontaneous, more emotional arena; focusing on movement and gesture. Participants may choose to sculpt the whole figure, a torso or a bas relief during this workshop with a short pose of 3.5 hours. Read more here ...


Painting the Head in Oils

Little Bear©

with Warren Chang
January 14-15, 2023   9:30am - 4:30pm


In this oil painting workshop, participants will get an inside look into Warren Chang’s art practice and learn how to paint a head to final painting, using a limited palette.

Warren will teach the fundamentals of Light and Shadow and how this applies to painting a portrait, demonstrating painting a head of a live model. Students will be able to get feedback directly from Warren, ask questions in an intimate class setting, and follow along with demos. This workshop will cover how to construct a human head and learn how light falls on form with regard to value and edge relationships. In addition, Warren will share his unique limited palette in applying color in the Old Masters style. Students will focus on drawing the human head and creating life-like skin tone colors.

Warren will give a slide presentation revealing his process of creating his unique narrative paintings. By the end of this 2-day workshop, each participant will have a final painting inspired by Warren’s unique approach to painting that gives a window into his practice.  Learn more here ...


COST: MBAA Members $500. or $510. Non Members for this 2-day workshop


Open to MBAA Member Volunteers

MBAA Members who wish to participate and sell your artwork in the Art Center Booth must volunteer for at least one 2-1/2 hour shift as a cashier or rover. All sales go through MBAA and a 25% commission applies.

Take-in day is Friday, SEPTEMBER 2, 2022 from 3-5pm, AT THE PARK.
SEPTEMBER 3, 4 & 5 2022, 10am - 5pm
For take-in information, dates and signup, please go to the 
online signupgenious HERE

Participants may bring 3 wall hung artworks or less if pieces are large, 3D, including jewelry, wood, glass, pottery, sculpture, etc. A card rack is available for up to 20 note cards and 10 prints.

ALL CASHIERS: Please attend a quick, 15minute training!
on the use of credit card processing. Training dates will be announced as we get closer to the event.

For more info, please contact Patricia Newton, 805-423-1100,

Personal booth spaces: For inquiries about having your own show space, please contact Steve Powers:
(805) 440 8318 


Open Studios Art Tour 2022


The SLO County Arts Council is happy to announce that applications are now available for Open Studios Art Tour in 2022. The event this year will take place on October 8/9th, and October 15/16th throughout San Luis Obispo County. 

This year is our first post-pandemic, and we are excited to offer the following features: Preview Show featuring a sampling of artwork throughout the county, ticketed Kick-Off Celebration and art auction, and Art Market (a new feature this year) to provide more accessibility for artists without studios, Artist Blog to assist participants with virtual networking in advance of the event, a digital and printed catalog, annual membership in our Membership Directory, and virtual artist professional development workshops. We are also excited to announce that this year’s catalog will be printed in collaboration with New Times. 


The Application and full guidelines are available on our website:

For more information, contact the following:

Jordan Chesnut, Programs Manager,

Katy McGrath, Board Vice President,

Request for Proposal







Proposal Request: July 1, 2022
Detailed Submittal Deadline:  Friday, August 5, 2022, 5:00 pm
Committee Review:  August 8, 2022
Notification to Artists:  August 15, 2022, pending city approval
Select and Notify Artist:  August 26, 2022


The City of Arroyo Grande and Arroyo Grande Public Art are implementing a public art program: Art Outside the Box. The Program will enhance and beautify the streetscape and display the artwork of local artists on what otherwise would be drab, unattractive utility boxes, by using non-traditional ways to add and share artistic creativity within the community. Art Outside the Box will elevate the aesthetics of the city, promote civic pride, increase pedestrian traffic and extend public art to new areas. The goal is to bring public art beauty to unexpected places such as utility boxes, creating an attractive environment and allowing art to be introduced to the public in a creative and inventive way.

Scope of Work

This Call for Local Artists is seeking the first round of submittals to paint 4 different utility boxes in various locations within the City of Arroyo Grande. Individual artists and artist groups may submit up to 2 designs for painting up to 2 different utility boxes. The utility boxes that will be painted during this cycle are at the following locations:

E Branch/Mason, Oak Park/Grand, Brisco/El Camino Real, N Oak Park/James Way

Important: Artwork not adhering to the Art Outside the Box Guidelines and Specifications will not be considered. Before submitting an application, please make sure you review the Guidelines and Specifications, Artist Agreement and related documents, which are attached and also available at the following link on the City’s and AGPA’s websites:


Application Guidelines & Deadline

To apply, please complete the attached application and return by August 5, 2022, 5:00 pm.

The application and supplemental information must be submitted by the deadline via email to: Please include “Art Outside the Box Application” in the email subject line.

Please note that artists will be asked to prepare utility boxes (sand and prime) as well as to apply a final graffiti protective coating.

Artist Stipend

Each selected artist will receive a stipend of $1,000 within 30 days upon completion, to paint each utility box. In addition, the Artist will receive $250 to cover the cost of all paints and materials at the start of the project.


This project is open to San Luis Obispo County residents. The City of Arroyo Grande and AGPA encourage applications from both new and established artists.  Applicants who are residents of Arroyo Grande may be given preference if all else is equal. The City and AGPA also encourage applications from a team of artists or community groups with a designated lead artist who has the vision and skills required to complete the project to the highest standards of innovation and technical expertise. Artists may apply as an individual artist or as a group. Group submissions may be for a single utility box or up to 2 utility boxes. No more than two submissions per individual or group.

Plein Air Painters of the Central Coast

Image courtesy of Dan Watson
Wednesday mornings   
9:30am - 12:00pm

Plein Air Coastal Artists - PACA, Happy 4th of July!! This month we will explore land, water and city. Be thinking about our upocoming shows at the Art Center. We have “Unlocked” on August 9th and “The Face of the Central Coast” on Sept. 20th. Think about how these two themes can be expressed through your plein air paintings. Below are the locations of our Art Center Plein Air paint-outs for July. 
Plein air locations for August 2022- all paint out meetups are FREE and will begin at 9:30 on location. If you need a ride email the group to car pool or reach out to Kirsti- Lunch and optional critique to follow at 12:00 pm at agreed upon location near the initial meeting. All levels and all mediums welcome. 
Aug. 3 Hearst Winery & San Simeon State Park
Aug. 10 Del Mar Park - Morro Bay
Aug. 17 Anchor Memorial Park
Aug. 24 North Point Natural Area- Morro Bay
Aug. 31 Bayshore Bluffs

images courtesy of Dan Watson

Optional Nocturne- Aug. 31 meet at Rose’s Landing for dinner between 5:30-6:00 pm we will have a meal together then begin painting around 7:00pm just before sunset & paint along Marina Dr and the waterfront area.  Image courtesy of Bruce Miller

Life Drawing

Wednesdays  6:00pm - 9:00pm

Put yourself on the pathway to better art! This evening workshop, is open to all adults regardless of experience. Bring your own art supplies and work with medium of choice.

Models pose for various lengths of time, up to 20 minutes while taking short breaks. There is no instruction. This workshop is appropriate for beginner to advanced and participants should be at least 18 years of age to register.

COST: $10.00 MBAA Members and Students $12.00 Non Members

CONTACT: Bob Rodger at

Online registration:


 Wednesdays   12pm – 3pm*  

 VOLUNTEER NEEDED to lead this FREE and informal weekly Creativity Day 

One of the perks to our members has been a weekly use of the Art Center Classroom to paint and create artwork with the use of tables, trash, kitchen for making coffee, use of fridge if bringing a bag lunch and getting together with fellow members.

Wednesdays from 12:00pm - 3:00pm.  Bring your art supplies and your lunch!  No pre-registration needed. Coffee and pots are available for your use. Please be sure to cleanup when finished.

Would you like to help rejuvenate this wonderful opportunity for artists to use the Art Center Morro Bay studio! 

If interested, please contact Kirsti Wothe:
or Patricia Newton:

 *Classroom available all Wednesday's unless other events/workshops conflict

Pastels USA

June 30 - August 8
Sunday, August 7 2-4pm

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to host Pastel Society of the West Coast and their 36th Annual, International Exhibition of Pastels USA.

This exhibit is coming to a close! Don't miss this fine art exhibit or upscale closing reception! 

This juried event is a collective of exceptional pastel artworks, featuring some of the finest contemporary artists in the world. Many of the artists are internationally acclaimed. Former entries have come from all over North America and as far away as Africa, Turkey, Asia and Europe!  Click here for more information.

Liz Hampton-Derivan

Art Center Morro Bay member and artist Liz Hampton-Derivan is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, now living here in Morro Bay, California. She has been a photographer for 35+ years. In 2009, she began working more with mixed media, experimenting with photography, computer manipulated imagery, encaustic (hot wax medium) and sometimes, her own handmade paper. She enjoys contemporary photo-technology combined with “getting dirty” in her mixed media studio. Her work is mostly a spontaneous, quite intuitive event, often with unexpected, delightful results. It reflects her passion for travel, exploring new landscapes and seascapes, and observing and meeting new people in diverse locales. She encompasses the spiritual/ethereal beauty of life in her art.

Liz received a B.A. degree in Art History from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA in 1976. She spent a summer studying art in Italy while at Tulane. She later studied photography at Portfolio Center, Atlanta, GA. As she expanded her repertoire and forms of artistic expression, she studied photo-encaustic at Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY, and later she studied the art of encaustic painting, with various artists around the U.S.. Her work has been exhibited internationally in one-person and group shows in galleries, museums and public spaces.  She recently  exhibited in the International Encaustic Artists juried show, ConVergence: Wax on the Water here in Art Center Morro Bay.

In the 1990s she was represented by Graphistock, a New York stock photography agency then owned by Graphis, an international publisher of books on communication design. Her work is housed in a number of prestigious public and private collections.

Liz is happy to be an exhibiting member of Art Center Morro Bay and a docent since January 2020, shortly after she, her husband Mike, and cat Tigger moved here from southern Arizona.

“During time of COVID 19, and daily life challenges, I found peace AND artistic inspiration by the ocean, with all its beauty, appreciating the joy and contentment people and animals find in this open space where one can truly breathe.” Liz helps out at the gallery as a docent when she’s not traveling.  You can find Liz on Instagram: @liz_hampton_derivan or Facebook: @lizhamptonderivanstudio


Join us for a monthly meeting geared toward sharing information about what’s happening at Art Center Morro Bay and enjoy a free, fun filled, interactive art demonstration!

Keeping It Simple
with Pat Watson

Monday   August 8,   3:00-5:00pm

We're all subject to overthinking issues in our daily lives, and overworking a drawing or painting is an all-to-common failing in our personal creative efforts. With a deep understanding of how simplicity can inform our work, we can not only create more effective drawings and paintings, we can gain more satisfaction in the process and outcome of our creativity.

Bring your sketchbooks and soft pencils, and join us for an interactive monthly meeting with special guest speaker Pat Watson!

During this enlightening art presentation and slide show, Pat will take you through a little background and historical precedents, transitioning to current themes and practices in visual art. He will then guide you through practice projects to reinforce those concepts. This discussion will explore how applying concepts that emphasize simplicity can dramatically improve our efforts during the process of creation, resulting in a pleasing drawing, painting or design.


Silk Dying
with Sharon Gellerman

Monday   September 12,   3:00-5:00pm

Sharon Gellerman creates hand-marbled designs on silk and other natural fibers using a process (marbling) that originated many centuries ago. She says, "No two designs are alike simply because of the unpredictable nature of the interaction between the dyes and the marbling process itself." Sharon finds the challenge of working with that unpredictability both intriguing and inspiring. Using the blank piece of fabric as a canvas, she creates each silk scarf design as a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art.

Please join us for a unique and wonderful free demo with Sharon Gellerman on Sept. 12 @ 3:00-5:00pm


Higlights of July demo with Art Central

The lovely Spencer Paulter from Art Central gave a wonderful product demonstration with Piñata Colors Alcohol Inks. Piñata Colors are a highly saturated fast drying alcohol ink for any hard surface. Spencer gave us a fun interactive demonstration in how to use this amazing versatile medium.

Art Central offers student discounts of 15% and Art Central Member discounts vary from 20 to 40% on many products in the store.

Art Central is an art & drafting supply store for local artists by local artists  offering a variety of summer workshops and classes for adults, kids & teens. Check out their blog about clearance sales, call for artists, online exhibits, etc.

Art Central Art Supply & Gallery
1329 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo CA 93401
STORE HOURS Monday thru Saturday, 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12-4pm
Highlights from the
Children's Summer Art Class



Preregistration required at
Sea Glass and Driftwood Scene

August 27  10:00am
Create a fun scene of your choice in a 8" x 8" white shadow box frame, using Joan's huge collection of local sea glass, driftwood and baubles.

Feel free to bring your own sea glass, driftwood and other accents to personalize your scene. Cost is $40.
Mosaics for all Levels

September 18  10:00am - 2:00pm

What will you create using all of the colorful supplies Joan Martin Fee brings for you to play with? How about a stepping stone, a garden rock, wine bottle wall art, a seashell heart...the choices go on and on. Preselect your project at and then choose your baubles, tile and plate pieces to complete your project the day of the workshop.

Preregistration required at


Donnie Clark
Paula Radke

The next meeting of the Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors is
August 22, 2022  3:00 - 5:00pm.
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