Welcome to the Morro Bay Art Association and its member gallery.

Art Center Morro Bay

Where we connect art lovers with artists.

“The love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art Center Morro Bay Events


Pushing Boundaries, Exploring Abstraction Aug 3 thru Sept 11

Pushing Boundaries, Exploring Abstraction Aug 3 thru Sept 11

Aug 15, 12:00pm - Aug 15, 4:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Free and Open to the Public

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Pushing Boundaries: Exploring Abstraction, al National Juried Exhibit.

Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. This departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete, as abstraction in art exists along a continuum. Even art that aims for realism of the highest degree can be said to be abstract since perfect representation may be elusive.

We are fortunate to have award winning artist, Krista Harris, as the judge for this celebrated event.

Krista is a professional artist of international fame. Her masterful use of vibrant color evokes energy, strength and simplicity. Her captivating work will lure you in to explore richly layered designs that reveal a deeper place – somewhere pure and personal.

Krista earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University. Krista exhibits in Dallas, Palm Desert, Chicago, Vermont, Telluride, Portland and other fine art galleries across the country. Her work is widely collected in private and corporate collections throughout the world, including Duke Memorial Cancer Center, Durham, NC; Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL; and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Grand Cayman Island.

This exhibit celebrates artistic expression in all media. You will find a variety of subject matter spanning partial to total abstract.


“Pushing Boundaries” is on display from August 3 through September 18, 2017. Meet the artists at the opening reception Sunday, August 6, 2pm-4pm. This event is free and open to the public. Art Center Morro Bay is open from 12pm – 4pm daily.

WHAT: Pushing Boundaries
WHEN: August 3 - September 18, 2017
RECEPTION: August 6, 2017, 2–4pm
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or www.artcentermorrobay.org

Image shown above curtesy of Krista Harris, "Christo's Piers"©

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Creativity every Wednesday

Creativity every Wednesday

Aug 16, 10:30am - Aug 16, 3:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

FREE

We welcome you to join the Creativity Group at Art Center Morro Bay. Creativity is held each Wednesday from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm unless other events/classes conflict. FREE, informal and open to the public. Meet in the activity room of Art Center Morro Bay. Bring your art work, in any medium, and join others working in various mediums. Bring your lunch and stay for the whole time, or come and go as it works for you. No pre registration needed.

CONTACT: Ann 805-534-9708
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
WHEN: Wednesdays 10:30am - 3pm
COST: Free

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Art Demonstrations

Art Demonstrations

Aug 16, 12:00pm - Aug 16, 12:30pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Free and open to the public

Art Center Morro Bay welcomes you to join the Creativity Group every Wednesday, in the activity room, from 10:30am – 3pm. Diane Henderson, typically a watercolor artist, will be offering a free demonstration of acrylic pouring, use of mediums and/or mixed media from 12 – 12:30pm. Diane has a college degree in Interior Design and began to paint while taking classes in architecture rendering Bring a sack lunch, art to work on and meet with other artists. Stay for the duration or as you wish. No pre registration necessary. For more information, call 805-772-2504 or visit our website at www.artcentermorrobay.org. Gallery hours are 12pm – 4pm daily.

WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
WHEN: Wednesday Creativity 10:30am - 3pm
COST: Free and open to the public
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Adult Coloring Book Club and Zen Doodle - Fridays

Adult Coloring Book Club and Zen Doodle - Fridays

Aug 18, 10:00am - Aug 18, 11:30am

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

FREE and Open to the Public

Drop-in for the Adult coloring book club! Open to all community members. Relax and unwind with the new Adult coloring books! Learn the latest doodle craze called Zen Doodle. Anyone can do it, no experience necessary! Bring your own coloring books or get started with a page from ours.

WHEN: Friday mornings 10am - 11:30am
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 93442
COST: Free and open to the public

For more information visit www.artcentermorrobay.org or call 805-772-2504

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Sea Glass Wire Wrap Jewelry

Sea Glass Wire Wrap Jewelry

Aug 19, 10:00am - Aug 19, 12:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

This class is perfect if you want to learn basic wire wrapping or find a beautiful way to use your sea glass. All materials are provided to make one necklace and two earrings including genuine, local sea glass for you to use but you can bring your own too! Tools are available for use during workshop. No experience necessary. Class fee: $50. Preregistration is required at www.CreativeMeTime.com For more info call Joan Fee at 805-286-5993.

When: Saturday, August 19th, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Art Center Morro Bay 835 Main Street
Cost: $50.
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Sea Glass Wire Wrap Utensils / Salad Servers

Sea Glass Wire Wrap Utensils / Salad Servers

Aug 19, 1:00pm - Aug 19, 3:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Get a jump-start on your gift list for the holidays with these beautiful sea glass wire wrap salad servers / utensils. All materials are included to make one large fork and one large spoon (each measures 9" and are made by Oneida). Joan will have tons of genuine local sea glass for you to use but you can bring your own too! Chose six pieces of sea glass - white, brown and green are available. Tools are available for use during workshop. Great project for any skill level. Class fee: $45. Preregistration is required at www.CreativeMeTime.com For more info call Joan Fee at 805-286-5993.
(photo of utensils on yellow background)

When: Saturday, August 19th, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Where: Art Center Morro Bay 835 Main Street
Cost: $45.
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Mosaic Tempered Glass Mirror

Mosaic Tempered Glass Mirror

Aug 20, 1:00pm - Aug 20, 4:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Choose from Joan's stash of collage materials to decorate a 10" mirror. You'll glue tempered glass over your collage then grout to finish piece. No mosaic experience required. Everything is provided to complete the project including use of tools. Class fee: $65. Preregistration is required at www.CreativeMeTime.com For more info call Joan Fee at 805-286-5993.

When: Sunday, August 20th, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Where: Art Center Morro Bay 835 Main Street
Cost: $65.
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Oil Painting with Jason Mayr - Mondays

Oil Painting with Jason Mayr - Mondays

Aug 21, 9:00am - Aug 21, 1:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Learn to paint still life in oil with Jason Mayr

Mondays, beginner to advanced students 9:00am – 1:00pm

COST: $30.00 MBAA members or $35.00 for non-members
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St, Morro Bay
California, CA 93442

You can register by contacting Jason at 805-234-6941 or email: jkmayr@aol.com These are ongoing classes.
For more information visit www.artcentermorrobay.org or call Art Center Morro Bay at (805)772-2504
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Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus - Art Lecture Series

Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus - Art Lecture Series

Aug 27, 3:00pm - Aug 27, 5:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus

$3. per person

Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus will be presented by Art Historian/Lecturer Tess Wright at Art Center Morro Bay, Sunday, August 27, 2017, 3-5pm.

Best known for her novel portraiture techniques and fashion photography this lecture explores Ms. Leibovitz’s successful career as a photojournalist with Rolling Stone Magazine and Vanity Fair to her most recent collaboration with activist Gloria Steinem.
Designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, Ms. Leibovitz’s career as a critically acclaimed photographer of individuals and artists in contemporary life and her novel approach to photojournalism revolutionized the realm of photography. By developing unique setups, lighting, and creating interviewing sessions with subjects to capture their essence Ms. Leibovitz's work with actors, writers, public figures and stage and screen stars garnered her widespread acclaim within the U.S. and internationally.
With a master's degree in art history and design and an equivalent degree in the field of psychology, presenter Tess Wright’s research has centered on artistic content as well as the artist's life experiences. Her passion to explore and share with art-minded individuals the personal lives and relationships that influence the artist's work has led her to develop a variety of lectures on women artists, artist couples, and women in Surrealism. She is currently researching friendships and rivalries among notable artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Advance purchase is suggested as seating is limited. Tickets are $3.00 and can be purchased at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA. or online at artcentermorrobay.org/index.php/shop/
For more information, contact Art Center Morro Bay at 805-772-2504 or visit us online at www.artcentermorrobay.org. Gallery hours are open from 12-4pm daily.

WHAT: Annie Leibovitz: A Life in Focus, Lecture provided by Tess Wright
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, Morro Bay, CA 93446
WHEN: Sunday, August 27, 2017, 3-5pm
COST: $3. per person
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Art in the Park, Morro Bay Sept 2, 3 and 4

Art in the Park, Morro Bay Sept 2, 3 and 4

Sep 2, 10:00am - Sep 2, 5:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

100 exhibitors from 5 western states at the best art show in San Luis Obispo County. Open Sept 2, 3 & 4. 10am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday. 10am - 4pm Monday. For more information visit www.artcentermorrobay.org or call 805-772-2504
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Succulent Workshop

Succulent Workshop

Sep 9, 10:00am - Sep 9, 12:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Choose Your Project

Learn how easy it is to create with succulents in beautiful Morro Bay. Choose from two sizes of round wreaths, a heart wreath or paint and plant a birdhouse! Select from a variety of beautiful succulents to complete a lush project. Price range - $70-$90. Preregistration is required at www.CreativeMeTime.com For more information contact Joan Fee at 805-286-5993.

When: Saturday, September 9th, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Art Center Morro Bay 835 Main Street
Cost: $70. - $90.
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Hypertufa Fairy Cottage Garden

Hypertufa Fairy Cottage Garden

Sep 9, 1:00pm - Sep 9, 3:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Create your own fairy mini garden to grace your home. Joan will demonstrate how to make and cure hypertufa. She has premade and cured a hypertufa bowl and fairy house for use in creating your mini garden. You’ll paint the house in your choice of colors then plant the bowl with succulents Joan provides. Everything is provided to complete the project including a 12” hypertufa bowl, a 4-1/2” tall x 3” square hypertufa house shape, paints, soil, succulents, use of tools, assorted rocks and instruction. You are welcome to bring items to personalize your garden. Price $75. Preregistration is required at www.CreativeMeTime.com For more info call Joan Fee at 805-286-5993.

When: Saturday, September 9th, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Where: Art Center Morro Bay 835 Main Street
Cost: $75.
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Mosaic Wine Bottle

Mosaic Wine Bottle

Sep 10, 10:00am - Sep 10, 12:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Choose from different colors of broken china plate pieces and baubles to customize a fun wine bottle wall art piece. You will also have letters available to customize a saying. This is a great beginner project to learn mosaic basics and have a great time too. Everything is provided to complete the project including a 3-1/4" x 11-1/4" mdf base, letters, colorful plate pieces and baubles, use of tools, glue, grout and instruction. Class fee $50. Preregistration is required at www.CreativeMeTime.com For more information contact Joan Fee at 805-286-5993.

When: Sunday, September 10th, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Art Center Morro Bay 835 Main Street
Cost: $50.
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Call For Artists - Social Justice

Call For Artists - Social Justice

Sep 19, 10:00am - Sep 19, 2:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Throughout history, artists have served as activists to bring about social change. Andy Warhol’s, Big Electric Chair or Picasso’s Guernica, have served as powerful statements on the social issues of their time.

Artists often use their creativity to provoke, voice, enlighten and inspire others. This long-standing role of the artist as an activist, is at the heart of Social Justice, an art exhibition hosted by Art Center Morro Bay.

“We must never forget art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.” John F. Kennedy

This exhibition focuses on a broad range of human rights issues such as wealth disparity, immigration, racism, the right to clean and safe drinking water, domestic violence, gender and equality disparity, reform of the criminal justice system, gun violence and much more.

Artists are encouraged to shed light on personal injustices or those endured by others, expressed through two and three dimensional art.

Our goal is to lend a creative voice that will transcend differences and raise the consciousness of our common humanity.
Take in for this extraordinary event is September 19, 2017, 10am – 2pm. Art Center Morro Bay, CA 93442. For additional information, visit our website at www.artcentermorrobay.org

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Social Justice Sept 21 thru Oct 30

Social Justice Sept 21 thru Oct 30

Sep 21, 12:00pm - Sep 21, 4:00pm

Art Center Morro Bay
835 Main St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

Open and Free to the Public
RECEPTION: Sunday, September 24, 2pm–4pm

Art Center Morro Bay presents an undefined exhibition on “Social Justice.”

In this remarkable exhibit, artists express their own concepts of human rights, inequality and betrayal.

Throughout history, art has provided a glimpse into social circumstances surrounding daily life. Today’s climate of shifting world powers make social justice a fertile subject for artist and viewer alike. For this exhibit, artists were invited to define social justice by confronting issues of income disparity, homelessness, health and environmental concerns, immigration, racism and gun violence, to name a few. Its beauty lies in its ability to throw light on our own ignorance.

In the Russell Gallery upstairs, we present Dark Corners, a series of provocative black and white photographs of social conditions by artist Sam Peck. Mr. Peck describes himself as a Buddhist feminist who abhors human suffering. His work is a stark portrayal of the power vacuum in our American culture. As a photographer, Mr. Peck uses his lense to shock and protest the vulnerability of women in a man’s world, where “weapons are metaphors for empowering victims to change the course of events, one way or another.” This exhibit depicts scenes that some viewers may find disturbing and is not suitable for children.

Martin Luther King, Jr. preached that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Don’t miss these creative works that aim to raise public consciousness, build community and promote social change.

“Social Justice” is on display from September 21 through October 30, 2017. Meet the artists at the opening reception Sunday, September 24, 2pm-4pm. This event is free and open to the public. Art Center Morro Bay is open from 12pm – 4pm daily.

WHAT: Social Justice
WHEN: September 21 through October 30, 2017
RECEPTION: Sunday, September 24, 2pm–4pm
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or www.artcentermorrobay.org

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