July 2019 Newsletter
Art Center Morro Bay

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

From the President’s Desk

This year Etty Klinger, owner of Art Central, located in SLO, turned very special donations into cash.  Working together with Morro Bay Art Association, the funds derived from an act of kindness were added to the MBAA art scholarship budget.  As a result, (4) deserving Morro Bay High School graduates, each received a $500. scholarship, to help further their education.  Congratulations to Alayna Nichols, Hannah Lykes, Jacob Furbee and Zoe Linstrom!  Zoe is a former MBAA student intern!  

On July 8, 3-5pm, Anne Hodges and Paula Hulet, owners of Cracked Up Mosaic, will show us how to create beautiful mosaics in a step-by-step demonstration.  Attendees will learn how to design and create a mosaic stepping stone.  If you’ve ever wondered how to create mosaics, don’t miss this fun filled, free event!

Congratulations to Alice Isaac for selling an original watercolor painting at TD Parker Salon!  This is one of the newer businesses involved in the MBAA Art in Business program.  For more information on how you may participate, contact Sue Palmer at

The Annual MBAA Juried Exhibit is just around the corner!  Entry into this exciting competition is open through August 1st.  Be sure to submit your applications!

Art Center Morro Bay has a strong presence in the community due impart to our awesome marketing team!  When you see great images and stories online, in print or on KSBY news, it’s a result of the consistent and dedicated efforts behind the scenes of Rosemary Bauer, Ellen November, Mari O’Brien, and Jan Paulson.  Thank you!  Your “Rock-star” efforts really get us noticed! 

Janet Hillson works diligently every month to bring you an informative newsletter, filled with all of the latest happenings at Art Center Morro Bay!  Janet has a multitude of responsibilities as the MBAA Board Secretary.  Taking minutes, ensuring licensing is up to date, volunteering as a docent and organizing the latest Chamber of Commerce event are just to name a few!  Janet works with local businesses to offer great door prize give-aways at the annual holiday dinners and more recently helped promote the children's summer art classes.  Thanks Janet, we're all so lucky that you have chosen MBAA to donate your time and efforts!
This month we bid a sad farewell to Liz Moore, MBAA Youth Education Director.  Liz has worked with students in an effort to teach them how to enter an art competition and properly frame their work for these events.  She has helped managed the MBAA Student Exhibits and distribute children's summer art class information in the community.  She plays a key role in the Just One program that allows students the opportunity to practice job interviewing techniques with local businesses.  After 2 plus years of dedicated board service, we hope Liz will find more time for fun things including her beautiful watercolor paintings!  We are deeply grateful for the time Liz has provided this organization, as a Board Member, liaison and volunteer.  The young people you have touched are the future of our community and MBAA.  Thank you Liz!

There's always a need for volunteers like you!  If you are reading this message and think ,"I can't do this, or I don't know how to help", we know differently!   There is training available for everything we do!  We are looking for the next super hero and that just may be you!  Positions are open for Gallery Director, Vice President and Treasury Assistant and Children's Art Class Assistant.  If you would like more information about any of these important positions, please contact any board member.  
Patricia Newton

 Friday Night Art Walks

July 12  5:00-8:00pm
Art Center Morro Bay, Gallery at Marina Square, Seven Sisters Gallery and Paula Radke Art Glass join together to celebrate Artwalk Fridays!  Enjoy beautiful Summer evenings, the second Friday of July and August, 5pm - 8pm.  Board a trolly or walk to participating galleries.  Wine and cheese will be served!  Join in the fun or volunteer at the gallery!


Art Center Morro Bay is proud to work together with central coast businesses to exhibit YOUR art. If you wish to participate in this program to exhibit your artwork in local businesses to bring more exposure both to your work and to the Art Center Morro Bay, contact Sue at: or phone (805)441-5722

Sue Palmer, has been working diligently to find local businesses who need art for their walls and enjoy supporting the arts community.  To date, Sue has work from members of the Morro Bay Art Association hanging in the following establishments:

Central Coast Lending, Morro Bay

McElhinenney & McElhinenney Law Firm, Morro Bay

Morro Bay City Hall, Morro Bay

Morro Bay Library, Morro Bay

Morro Bay Department of Public Works, Morro Bay

Farmers Insurance, Los Osos

TD Parker Salon, SLO




Creating Mosaics

July 8

3:00pm - 5:00pm


Anne Hodges and Paula Hulet owners of Cracked Up Mosaic will be here to teach you step by step instructions in the creation of mosaics. Anne has worked in calligraphy and stained glass, focusing on mosaics for the last 10 years. She is a retired Montessori teacher and former owner of Bay Osos Montessori School in Los Osos. Paula has previously worked with fabric and decoupage but her love of gardening led her to collaborate with Anne creating beautiful mosaic pieces for her own garden and the community garden at Estero Bay United Methodist Church in Morro Bay where Paula Hulet is the Pastor.

During this demonstration attendees will learn how to design and create a mosaic stepping stone. How to select materials, lay out a pleasing pattern, adhere the tiles to the base, and apply mortar and grouting. Learn more ...


Dinner and Excursion 

Field of Light Installation
by Bruce Munro    

Thursday, August 15
5:00pm - 9:30pm


The Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a dinner and excursion to the Field of Light Installation by Bruce Munro in Paso Robles at Sensorio.
Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro will premiere his largest artwork to date - an enormous multi-acre walk-through installation.  This exhibit will use an array of over 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber-optics, gently illuminating the landscape in subtle blooms morphing color that describe the undulating landscape.  Solar-powered, the stunning exhibition will captive visitors, inviting them to engage with the landscape and environment through ethereal light-based and sculptural experience.
Meet at the Art Center for a delicious Italian dinner and good company before boarding our tour bus for the drive up to Paso Robles.  Once on site, we will have plenty of time to view the astonishing light installation and other work by Bruce Munro. Read more ...

Pre-Registration is Required!

Thursday, August 15.  Dinner is from 5:00-6:00 at the Art Center, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay.  We will return to the Art Center after viewing the exhibition at approximately 9:30pm.

Cost:  $68.00 for MBAA members;  $75.00 for non-members.  This includes:  dinner, transportation, admission to exhibition, tax, service fees and parking!! Buy tickets here ...




The Art Center was recently gifted a collection of various colored seed beads.  The Board of the Morro Bay Art Association would like to offer these beads for sale to jewelers or bead artists.  The proceeds from the sale of this donation will be used for scholarships throughout the year.   Please contact Pat Newton if you are interested.




ENTRY DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1, 2019.  Follow the rules of the prospectus to enter into this exciting art competition.  This juried competition is open to all subject matter.  Accepted media includes oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and mixed media. 

Juror, Dennis Curry is a resident artist at Studios on the Park located in Paso Robles.  His artwork is collected internationally and he is a current member of Society of Animal Artists, Artists for Conservation and San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE). 

Don’t miss the opportunity to compete for ribbons and cash during this exciting event!

Entries accepted through August 1, 2019.

Early Bird registration for the 2019 Open Studios Art Tour starts March 12, 2019.


ARTS Obispo’s Open Studios Art Tour is FREE to the public—and one of the largest art tours in the country! Every October, approximately 200 artists participate throughout San Luis Obispo County by opening their studios for visitors to tour. Art in a variety of media and styles—from abstract and representational painting to wood, glass, metal and ceramic—is displayed and sold by artists directly from their working studios. Some artists have live demonstrations so visitors can see art being created and experience the creative process.

Tour visitors plan self-guided routes by looking through the printed full-color catalog, the online catalog or the mobile-friendly map. Printed catalogs are found at various locations throughout San Luis Obispo County beginning in mid-September throughout the Tour.  Click here for more information ...

A great big shout out to Phillip Lopez and his wife, Mary. They worked diligently to replace the flowers and succulents in pots in front of the Art Center and on on new deck.  Phil has also been helping to hang new shows, replace burned out light bulbs, add fresh paint to doors and trim, and helping out in other areas.  Thank you!!

JULY 5, 6 & 7

Join us in the Morro Bay Park located downtown, for a fun filled event, perfect for the entire family!

MBAA Members are welcome to sell their artwork from the MBAA Art in the Park booth.  This is a great opportunity for participating artists who work a minimum of 3 hours as a docent or rover.  Sales go through the gallery.  There are no take-in fees, 25% commission applies. Space in the booth is limited so watch for the signupgenius calendar for the July 4th weekend, and Labor Day weekend in September!   

If you have questions, email
Patricia Newton:
Sue Palmer:

If you have your own tent and wish to become a vendor at future MBAA Art in the Park shows, submit applications to Steve Powers, 805 440 8318  

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

Call to Artists!!

Cambria Center for the Arts is currently accepting applications for featured artists for the 2020 season.  They seeking six or more two-dimensional artists who can fill roughly 50 linear feet of gallery wall.  Two-person shows are also a popular format; two artists can apply together or a “partner” may be suggested whose work is complimentary to yours.  Shows run one month. There are no fees to the artist however the gallery will retain a 30% commission on artwork sold.  A well-publicized artist reception is part of the package.  The reception is usually held on the first Saturday of the month, shortly after hanging. 

This is a great opportunity for artists wishing to further promote their work!

Cambria Center for the Arts is housed in the historic “old grammar school” on Main Street, midway between the East and West Villages.  The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday.

More information and an application form are available online at  Application deadline is August 31. Reply to

Art Classes for Kids!!

COST: $20.00 per session 
Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Mandy Covish, Elementary School Teacher for ongoing art classes designed to reach children between Kindergarten and 6th grades.
Mandy has taught primarily 2nd and 3rd grade levels in the Merced City School District and Clovis Unified School district. With her recent relocation to the Central Coast she is eager to begin teaching on the Central Coast. Mandy taught GATE students (Gifted and Talented Education) for seven years, emphasizing on the arts as a vehicle to promote higher thought processes. She worked as the Reading Intervention Teacher and successfully implemented a fluency and comprehension program through Read Naturally, Soar to Success, Seeing Stars utilizing appropriate leveled books for grades K-6.

In the Meet the Masters classes, a new and emerging children’s art program, each session will focus on one of the great art masters. (Dates of featured artist below).  Mandy will engage students with short videos and hands on learning.

October 12th: Andy Warhol
October 13th: Yayoi Kusama
November 2nd: Vincent van Gogh
November 10th: Paul Klee

TIMES: K-2nd Graders 9am-12pm
3rd-6th Graders 1pm – 4pm

The fun continues with ...


Travel the world, without a passport!  In Students will learn about geography and culture of various cultures through the use of literature, technology (videos) and the ARTS!  

 Mexico - July 9

Students will be creating “Day of the Dead” drawings & portraits and Mexican sombrero paper mace hats using oil pastels, paper and acrylics.

Japan  -  July 11

Students will be creating Japanese Fans with ink & acrylic paints, Watercolor Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Samurai with crayola markers, paint & paper, and Sushi Collages with various types of media.

Australia  - July 16

Students will be creating the following AUSTRALIAN Masterpieces:
*​Aboriginal Hand Art​ ​with acrylics
*​Oil Pastel Koala Bears
*​Australian Rainsticks​ ​with feathers & acrylics

China  -  July 18

Students will be creating Chinese Ming Watercolor/Tempura Vases, Feather Dragon Puppets, and Chinese Acrylic Roosters.

France  -  July 23

Students will be creating the following masterpieces from FRANCE: *Newspaper Rod Eiffel Tower *Edgar Degas - Foil Ballerina Sculpture *Field of Tulips in Acrylics

Italy  -  July 25

Africa  -  August 6

Students will be creating the following masterpieces from Africa: *Sample Mixed-Medium Kente Cloth *Multimedia Masks *Oil Pastel People *Aboriginal Hand Art with Acrylics

India  -  August 8

Students will be creating the following masterpieces from India:
*Henna Hands with Oil pastels & Crayola permanent
*Birds of India with acrylics *Watercolor/Crayola permanent marker


Children's Art Classes
with Katrina Osborne


Katrina Osborne is originally from Minnesota and has resided on the Central Coast for 13 years. Katrina taught art for two years at Templeton Elementary and during the last 12 years has taught art at Morro Bay High School including, design, drawing, painting, and ceramics.

Students will receive an introduction to clay and learn how to make a pinch pot. They will learn the sculpture and texture techniques the will turn their pinch pot into a creative creature of their choosing.

Projects will be glazed after June 27th class  and ready for pick up by August 1st class

6 - 8 yrs 9:00am - 12:00pm
9 -13 yrs 1:00pm – 4:00pm

COST: $20.00 per session or
$15.00 for 12 or more paid classes 

Learn more ...

Print Making - July 30

Students will learn the process of printmaking, including developing a reverse image, creating the impressed image, inking, rolling, and printing. Students will have the opportunity to turn their prints into greeting cards, Andy Warhol inspired posters, and more.


Portraiture - August 1

Students will use a variety of 2-D media (crayon, marker, pencil, colored pencil, watercolor etc…) to create a self portrait. They will be guided through a step by step process of drawing each feature while discussing proportion and placement. We will be reviewing various styles of artists self portraits to inspire creativity and self expression in their own portrait.


Stone Carving Lecture & Video Presentation
with Carl Berney

Carl Berney was the guest artist for our June meeting and demonstration.  His stone carving lecture accompanied with a video presentation was a fascinating exploration of stone carving using modern tools as well as time tested techniques.  He led us through the process of carving a feline sculpture spanning nearly a year in the making.  Carl’s extensive knowledge of his subject made for a lively and informative question and answer session.  At the end of the demonstration, Carl revealed the finished piece of the resting feline sculpture, seen here:

Patricia Alexander won the raffle prize which was an original fused glass trinket bowl; created by a local artist.

Our next demo will teach us the process of making mosaic stepping stones on
July 8   3:00 - 5:00PM


Old World Drawing and Painting
with Jason Mayr

Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00p

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!
Classes & Workshops


Astrophotography Adding Light to Your Milky Way Images

with Brady Cabe

July 26, 8:00pm -12:00am
July 27, 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 ...



with certified instructor
 Debbie Gedayloo.

Jul 28, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Zentangle© with certified instructor, Debbie Gedayloo.

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 ...


Sea Glass Hammered Wire Jewelry

August 10 10:00am - 12:00pm
August 17 1:00pm - 3:00pm

No experience necessary. Everything is provided for the project including local sea glass, use of tools in the class, wire and jewelry findings. Joan will demonstrate how to drill holes then you choose from sea glass she has pre-drilled to create your jewelry.   COST: $55

Resin Workshop

August 17 10:00am - 12:00pm

Joan will bring a huge assortment of shells, colored beach glass and glitter to design your scene. Choose a white frame or two metal necklace bezels for your base. After your scene is complete, you will encase it in glistening resin.  Your choice - create a scene in an 11" x 14" frame or make two resin necklaces!

**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.

Welcome to our newest members!

Nola Barnick, Los Osos
Robin Bradley, Atascadero
Robert Burke, Carpenteria
David Kalb, Davis
John Kominitsky, Los Osos
Dalna Mills, San Luis Obispo
Next Board Meeting is July 29, 2019 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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Tel: (805) 772-2504

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