February 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

February begins with fire safety in mind!  The rear exit door, leading from the activity room to the patio, will have a new panic bar. Simply push on the bar to unlock and open the door simultaneously to exit.  
For the comfort of those who need to sit and rest during our receptions, we’re adding two new settees to the Russell Gallery upstairs.  It’s also the perfect vantage point for gazing at the beautiful artwork while contemplating the possibilities! 
A new earring case has also been added downstairs.
MBAA will open exhibits, Light the Way, celebrating International Women’s Day, open to all artists and Aquarius, a juried event, sponsored by the Central Coast Watercolor Society.  We are also proud to feature the beautiful pottery of artist, Bob Perry!  Take-in for these shows is Tuesday, February 19, 10am – 2pm. The reception has been moved from our familiar Sunday date and time, to Saturday, Feb 23, 4-6pm for this particular event.  Space is limited for Light the Way, so get there early!

Don’t miss this month’s demonstration, Watercolor, Fix it and Forget it, by former MBAA President, Kathy Miller, Monday, February 11, 3-5pm.  Kathy tells us, “We always have a glowing ideal of what our work should look like. Enthusiasm reigns as we begin to paint. But what happens if our artistic process goes awry and our original concept is lost?”  Don’t miss the opportunity to see how easy it is to bring paintings out of storage and get them finished!   
Please help us support and maintain this amazing organization by volunteering a little of your time.  A huge "thanks" go out to Bob Rodger, Ascension Nelson, Gail Martin, Beverly Brown, Colleen Ray, Carolyn Chambers, Susan Jonas, Sylvia Arnold Hill, Sharon Westray, Nancy Johnson, Ann Brown, Jan French, Lynnae’ Lane, Paula Landis, Anne Grannis, Ralph Northrop and Victoria Duehring for their help in the installation and reception for our current exhibit.
Patricia Newton


Begins January 1, 2019

Morro Bay Art Association is a non-profit, membership driven organization dedicated to championing art as essential to life and giving our community a creative voice. Without YOU, our devoted members, we would not be able to provide the community with free demos, youth scholarships, hire teachers for classes and workshops, support local organizations and sustain a showplace for artists.

As a member of Art Center Morro Bay, you will enjoy many benefits, including:
  • Weekly creativity day
  • Free ZenDoodle classes
  • Monthly demonstrations
  • Exhibit and sell your artwork at reduced rates
  • Link your website
  • Display your artwork in local businesses
  • Pay reduced rates for classes and workshops
Learn more about membership here.  THANK YOU for supporting your local art gallery!
Register here or, mail your check, made out to MBAA, to: 
Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
The People’s Choice Award, in conjunction with Winter Faire and Craft Show, is a tie vote, going to Jeanette Wolf for her watercolor, Morro Bay Life and Hedy Hale for her oil painting, Glorious Day. 

People’s Choice Award winners are allowed to enter a future show with all entry fees waived. Congratulations Jeanette and Hedy!!


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

Edward Jones Cayucos, 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

This program provides a unique opportunity for YOU too 



Compositing in Photoshop

with Kathy Curtis-Cahil

March 11    3:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for this informative demonstration of Kathy’s unique perspective and talent with Photoshop©. She will show you how to make an incredible image step by step, using concrete, user friendly ways to create composited images.  Learn more ...



Sunday, May 5    9:00 - 5:00 (lunch included)

On Sunday, May 5 , enjoy a fun filled and interesting excursion to the pictographs found on the Carrizo Plain, Painted Rock and a visit to the art studio of Jan Cooper where lunch will be served.   Be sure to reserve a space in this excursion or other fun and educational activities at the gallery,  or, online:
Board a luxury charter in Morro Bay* and travel in comfort to the Carrizo Plain. A tour guide from the Goodwin Education Center will provide a brief history. The group will then travel to the Painted Rock Parking Lot and hike approximately two thirds of a mile to Painted Rock. Although the path does not have a significant change in elevation, it is not handicapped accessible.

Painted Rock, a large U-shaped rock, features what was once an elaborate, multicolored pictograph site created by the Chumash, a Native American people who historically inhabited the coastal regions of California. Time spent within the Painted Rock alcove may be limited or canceled to protect prairie falcons or other nesting birds.  Not surprisingly, the power of this location, with it’s historical, Native American Pictographs, continues to enthrall visitors today.

Visitors will then re-board the tour van, traveling approximately thirty minutes to the studio of Jan Cooper, where lunch will be served. Guests may enjoy an opportunity to make sketches or photograph the beautiful Carrizo Plain!  Jan has been an integral part of the Carrizo Plain her entire life. With family roots reaching back generations, her watercolor collage paintings reflect the Native American pictographs found in what is now a National Monument. Jan will demonstrate watercolor collages of rock paintings and share her knowledge of the area.
***  Pre-registration is required!! ***
$80.00 Members or $90.00 Non-Members
Participation form 

Refunds will be given for cancellations made seven days prior to excursion with the exception of a $20.00 non-refundable, registration fee. Please return form to Gail Martin,   Click for Participation form
** Wear comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing. No cell service is available on the Carrizo Plain. Hiking portion of tour is not handicapped accessible. For additional information, email Gail Martin: or call 805-234-8766.
, Attention Gail Martin, 835 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 9344

* Bus leaves at 9:00 am from the Morro Bay Library, 625 Harbor St. There is parking on Dunes, Kennedy, and Shasta, as well as in the library parking lot.


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


art classes for kids!!

Beginning March 2

Meet the Masters is a new and emerging children’s art program scheduled to begin Saturday, March 2, 2019.
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.
In the Meet the Masters classes, 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.
During the first session featuring Pablo Picasso, K-2nd graders will make faces in the style of Picasso including rose period painted circles and blue period collages. Children in third to six grade levels will make Picasso cardboard masks, cubist portraits with newspaper and blue period guitars. Each session will feature a different artist with learning and activities illustrating their artistic style.

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.

March 2nd: Pablo Picasso
March 3rd: Henri Matisse
March 9th: Wassily Kandinsky
May 25th: GeorgiaO’Keefe
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

COST: $20.00 per session

January Demo
January 14th Demo & monthly meeting.
Leather Tooling
with Finn Hanson

Our January demo was striking… literally.  Finn Hanson, local leather craftsman, started with an intricate botanical pattern on leather and hammered and tooled it into a beautiful art piece.  There were 13 people in the audience which made it easy to get up close to Finn’s workbench.  Many questions were answered and techniques shared.  Some people even took notes to try when they got home.

  Rosemary Lucas was the lucky raffle winner of a    hand  tooled clutch bag selling for $120.00 in the    leather store.        Way to go Rosemary!!

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



January thru December 2019 

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.(First time students are provided with Zentangle© bag containing pen, pencil, tortillon, tiles, instructions and extras)
Ongoing classes: MBAA Members $20. Non Members $22 (Ongoing students bring their own Zentangle© supplies)

register at the gallery or online



Dyeing Silk Scarves

with Sharon Gellerman

March 8 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Marbled silk scarves are made by layering colorful dyes onto a solution of water and cellulose. This process allows the dyes to float above the liquid. Using custom made combs or rakes, the layers of color are then manipulated into unique designs. When the fabric is placed on top of the composition and absorbs the dye colors, it transfers onto the silk scarf, creating the marbling affect. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own hand-dyed silk scarf or just want to see how it’s done, this is the workshop for you.  Read more ...

COST: $45.00 members – $50.00 non-members



The Beauty of Florals in Pastel

with Greg Trombly

April 12, 13, 14   1:00pm - 4:00pm

This course is held April 12, 13 & 14 1:00-4:00pm. Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and value. Greg will begin each workshop with a short demonstration, followed by independent work from personal reference photos and instructor guidance. Students are encouraged to bring a reference photo of a field, forested landscape and flower arrangement. Images will be provided for reference to those who do not bring their own.  Learn more ...

COST: $30. Members; $35. non-Members per class or $90.
$105 for the 3-day workshop.

PRE-REGISTER: Reserve your space online:

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.


Beach or Whatever Your Heart Desires Resin Scene

March 16   10:00am - 12:00pm

Joan will bring an assortment of shells, colored beach glass, glitter, an 11" x 14" white frame and resin to complete a beautiful beach scene or whatever your heart desires then you'll encase it in glistening resin.Everything is provided to complete the project.


Succulents - Choose Your Project

March 16   1:00pm - 3:00pm

​Everything's included - Use of tools, beautiful, locally grown succulents, wreath forms or wood vertical planter or birdfeeder materials and use of tools - so all you do is sign-up, create and enjoy! Beginners welcome


Sea Glass Wire Wave Jewelry

March 17    1:00pm - 3:00pm

Catch a wave and create a stunning beach inspired necklace and earrings. Learn how to form wire and basic jewelry making techniques to assemble your jewelry. All supplies are provided including local sea glass to complete your projects. No experience necessary.



Creating with Wine Bottles

March 23    10:00am - 12:00pm

Bring your own wine bottle and create an olive oil or liquid soap dispenser or a garden torch in this easy class.


Mosaics - Choose Your Project

March 23    1:00pm - 4:00pm

Choose your project from garden rocks, hearts, wine bottles plus many more shown on All are great beginner projects. Everything is provided to complete the project including use of tools, base piece, broken china pieces, baubles, glue, grout and instruction.


Teacup Wire Birdfeeder / Planter

March 24   11:00am - 1:00pm

This adorable feeder will welcome birds to your home in style or plant it with succulents for a whimsical garden accent.


**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.

Next Board Meeting is February 26, 2019 12:30 - 3:30pm  
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835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California 93442
Tel: (805) 772-2504

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