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


   From the President’s Desk

Looking ahead, Art Center Morro Bay will be celebrating the holidays with a Winter Market on the patio, Saturday, December 18, 1- 7pm and Sunday, December 19, 1-4pm.  There will be great gift ideas plus a free interactive art demo, making alcohol ink ornaments!  Fun for the entire family!  Also, enjoy a great workshop by Ann Hodges and Paula Hulet, owners of Cracked Up Mosaic,  December 18 & 19, 1-4pm. Register for the workshop HERE.

The upcoming exhibit, For the Birds, art exchange, is Tuesday, January 4, 10am – 2pm. In conjunction with the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, this exhibit is a celebration of all birds indigenous to the Central Coast.  The 3D guest artists will be Stepen Juel and Sheri Parisian of Dancing Dog Clayworks.  Please print and prepare FORMS if possible.

You won't want to miss the reception on Sunday, Jan 9, 2-4pm when representatives from Pacific Wildlife Care will be at the gallery with live birds from the rescue center.  

Art Center Morro Bay will be closed on Christmas and New Year's day.

Warm wishes to you and your families for the happiest of holidays and a healthy New Year!
Patricia Newton

For the Birds 
January 6 – February 21, 2022

TAKE-IN: Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 10am - 2pm

Morro Bay and surrounding areas of the Central Coast, is a natural habitat and bird sanctuary to hundreds of bird species. Many of us have had encounters with some of these rare and wild species that become a part of the nature we cherish and stories we tell. Although birds don’t always seem to exhibit feelings or emotions, their behaviors provide a fascinating insight. Birders who carefully study their subjects learn to read traits that reveal emotional cues that define habits and survival techniques. For example, fear is necessary to evade predators, aggression helps defend a territory or feeding area and grief is displayed during the loss of a mate or chick. Positive emotions such as joy and love could simply be humans viewing birds in human-like terms. This view of emotions is debatable, yet the line between emotion and instinct is thought to be very thin or at best, blurry.

This exhibit is our visual, creative celebration, of these magnificent and beautifully wild aviators, that evoke mesmerizing feelings in our soul each time we look into the sky and see them glide effortlessly in the air… Let’s embrace and celebrate these incredible creatures, and their physical and spiritual attributes.

This exhibit is open to all mediums and artists.  There are no size requirements.  Please try to bring your submissions with entry forms and wall tags.  The GALLERY HANGING POLICY will help everyone understand the rules of entry for open MBAA exhibits such as this one.  Please have WIRE TAGS and ENTRY FORMS ready at the time of entry if possible.   

Artists may submit up to 3 wall hung artworks, 10 note cards and 5 matted and bagged prints. There will be space available for some 3D artwork. 

Aquarius 2022

Art Center Morro Bay is happy to host the Central Coast Watercolor Society as we present, Aquarius 2022.  Artists wishing to submit to this juried exhibit, must do so through CCWS. Please review the prospectus for rules of entry into this prestigious event.  Aquarius 2022 will be on display February 24 -April 4, 2022. Meet the artists at the opening reception, Sunday, February 27, 4pm-6pm.

Online Entries Only: Due 10:00 pm January 3, 2022
More Information Here

* Copyrighted Image courtesy of CCWS and Frank Eber.

If artists would like to participate in selling their art on the patio, please contact Sue at  There are  a couple of spots left.
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. 

Do you love organizing and working with other people?  The President facilitates and chairs board meetings, general and business meetings, and provide an agenda for those meetings. Oversee Board recruitment, governance and policy creation. Generate acknowledgments to donors and volunteers. A President's message and Spotlight are added to the newsletter monthly. The annual board installation and holiday dinner is organized by the President and Vice President.

  Have you considered the possibility of becoming part of a dynamic team and like the idea of helping  MBAA move further into the future? Why not consider the VP position? It's a great way to the top while learning along the way!  The annual board installation and holiday dinner is organized by the President and Vice President.

Sue Allemand will be vacating the position of Marketing Director in 30 days. If you are familiar with social media and website design, we could use your help!  

(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

Are you the friendly type and enjoy talking with people? Our relationships with members and other volunteers are so important. This position can be done from the comfort of your home.

Looking for a "people person" to telephone members and help connect them with a board member or other volunteers. This is a board position and requires monthly board meeting attendance. 

Do you love throwing a party!  Are you a take charge kinda person and love the details that make it a special event? In 2022, we'll have (9) receptions that need a special touch. If this sounds like the perfect fit for you, please let us know!

For more information about any of these volunteer positions, please contact Patricia Newton for more details.

Wilma Rammage

I joined Morro Bay Art Association in 1999 while Marcella Sheets was President. Shortly after I joined, the Recording Secretary position opened. Ester Susoeff, a board member, coaxed me into taking the position, assuring me it was easy and she would help me. I thoroughly enjoyed the association and its’ members. 
I believe in the importance of art education and community involvement. In 2005 I took the position of Gallery Hostess. This position enabled me to have a closer contact with the members when phoning them to fill the docent calendar. 
Before moving to Morro Bay, I took every semester offered on throwing pottery on a wheel at Bakersfield College. I didn’t have much formal art training, however, after moving to Morro Bay, I took oil painting classes which really sparked my interest to join the art association. Since then, I’ve taken watercolor classes through Cuesta College Adult Education, seminars by Libby Tolley, Kathy Miller and Tom Fong. Mary Carole Larson was a great influence which gave me the confidence to paint on large canvas with bigger brushes.  I participated in the Business Art Hangings and sold a few paintings from the gallery through the years.
I’ve enjoyed my years of volunteering at the Morro Bay Art Association. Whether it was being a gopher at children’s art classes or helping during receptions, I feel the organization is a worthy cause. Due to health issues over the past few years I have taken a pause in volunteering but I still enjoy the receptions, demos and Holiday Party.
During take-in days Wilma could be found at the docent desk, coaxing members to sign-up to bring treats for sharing at the receptions.  Although Covid-19 has changed the way we pitch in to serve reception food during these times, hopefully we’ll return to that kind of sharing again soon.  
Thank you Wilma for your service to Art Center Morro Bay!
 November Demo

Walking on Water with Christo


Carolyn bought popcorn and we enjoyed good old fashioned movie candy. The movie was a great documentary of Christo’s monumental installation “Floating Piers” on Italy’s Lake Iseo. We had a great time. 

Brusho Spritzer Watercolors with Spencer of Art Central




Disrupted Realism 

Lecture by John Seed 

January 10, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

John Seed is a Professor Emeritus of art and art history who taught at Mt. San Jacinto College for 31 years. Seed has written about art and artists for Arts of Asia, Art Ltd., Catamaran, Harvard Magazine, International Artist, The HuffingtonPost and Poets and Artists. He was a featured expert in the Google Arts and Culture video series "Name That Art."

Disrupted Realism is the first book to survey the works of contemporary painters who are challenging and reshaping the tradition of Realism. Helping art lovers, collectors, and artists approach and understand this compelling new phenomenon, it includes the works of 38 artists whose paintings respond to the subjectivity and disruptions of modern experience. Widely published author and blogger John Seed, who believes that we are "the most distracted society in the history of the world," has selected artists he sees as visionaries in this developing movement. The artists' impulses toward disruption are as individual as the artists themselves, but all share the need to include perception and emotion in their artistic process.




Sketchbook Freedom Workshop

with Vicky Hoffman

January 3, 10:00am - 1:00pm

This workshop is designed for artists looking to jump-start the daily practice of sketching, or for novices looking to explore sketch booking for the first time. Tips will be provided for starting and sticking with it as a daily practice. You’ll have a treasure chest of ideas, observations, emotions and more. This workshop is designed for beginners and appropriate for intermediate artists alike.  Learn more here ...

COST: $50 Members; $60 Non-Members for this one-day workshop.
***All materials are included in the cost of the class

PRE-REGISTER: Reserve your space online:

Destination Unknown -
Watercolor Workshop

with Virginia Mack

January 4, 11, 18, 25  10:00am - 12:00pm 

Are you a watercolorist? Do you have basic watercolor skills? In this series of
classes, we will use watercolors as a medium for exploration. We will explore what we can do with color, texture, line, and light. We will also explore the effects of watercolors when mixed with other media. The goal is to discover new, and satisfying, directions in your use of this compelling medium. Subject matter: organic materials: sticks, plants, vegetables, Landscapes with pathways, Seascapes with rocks, Perhaps a bird or two.  Learn more here ...  Register here ...

COST: $120.00 Members; $135.00 Non-Members for the 4 day workshop
****Basic Materials are available. Please see the materials list for additional materials

Quick Studies in Clay

with Anne Grannis

January 22 & 23  1:00pm - 4:00pm

Anne will be teaching techniques to sculpt a whole figure, a torso, or a bas relief using water-based clay. This intense session will guide the beginning or advanced sculptor in the essence of figure sculpting, giving the student a spontaneous, emotional arena to work in; without the finishing details of a refined piece. We will be working from a live model.  Learn more here ...

Clay and tools will be provided. Please bring a 12” to 14” square board to work on and an apron. Bring your favorite tools or supplies if you have them. Firing of the art is the responsibility of the student, and/or you may work with the instructor outside of the workshop for firing.

Pre-registration is required. 
Register Online: 
Refunds for cancellations up to 7 days before workshop

Abstract Explored

with Vicky Hoffman

January  31, 10:00am - 1:00pm

This workshop introduces you to abstract drawing and painting. You will explore color, texture, shapes and mark making that will improve composition and improvisation. This workshop is designed to expand your ability to enjoy and respond to abstract art. This is the one workshop that requires a minimum of 8 people so please sign up early.
Read more here  ...  Register here ...

COST: $75 Members; $85 Non-Members for this one-day workshop.
***All materials are included in the cost of the class




Mosaics for Beginners
December 5 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
December 11,  10:00am - 2:00pm

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.


Preregistration required at 
or contact 805-286-5993
Making a Mosaic Trivet
with the owners of Cracked Up Mosaics -
Anne Hodges and Paula Hulet

December 18 and 19, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Mosaics are works of art created by using glass or ceramic tiles and grout to make a picture. Mosaics date as far back as 1500 B.C. and are found all over the world. Mosaics adorn the ceilings in cathedrals with elaborate details but can be as simple as a beautiful trivet to adorn your home.

During this workshop you will learn how to design and create a mosaic trivet. You will learn how to select materials, lay out a pleasing pattern and adhere the tiles to the trivet base.  Anne and Paula will teach you how to properly grout and seal your project. All materials will be supplied, however, if you have a favorite tile or ceramic pieces you may bring those and incorporate them into your workshop project. What a great skill to learn right before holidays!

COST: $60.00 MBAA Members /  $65.00 Non-Members

Pre-registration is required, contact: Art Center Morro Cay (805) 772-2504
Register Online at:


Amanda Avila
Beate Amler
Lisa Falk
Patricia Soenka
Park Merrill
Carol Mees
Kathleen Hill
Lee Hoerner
Judy Uffens
Mari O’Brien
Nathan Doster
Jody Hollier
Carolyn Blackman
Teresa Allen
Cam Arnold
Marsha Shaw
Carla Steinfeld
Richard Newton

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May, 2017 Newsletter
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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