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


On and Off the Wall - June 15 thru July 30

On and Off the Wall - June 15 thru July 30

Jul 20, 12:00pm - Jul 20, 4:00pm

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

Free and Open to the Public

The Painters Group and Central Coast Sculptors Group, both affiliates of San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, are proud to present, “On and Off the Wall” hosted by Art Center Morro Bay. This juried event is a collective of intriguing paintings and sculptures, featuring some of the finest artworks on the Central Coast.

The juror for this event is Ruta Saliklis, PhD. Dr. Saliklis is the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. She earned a BA in Comprehensive Studio Art with a minor in Art History from University of Illinois at Chicago; a Masters of Fine Art in Museum Studies from Syracuse University; and a doctorate in Textiles and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Saliklis has been with San Luis Obispo Museum of Art since 2011 and supervises twenty-four art exhibitions per year.

During this exhibit, you will find a variety of artistic mediums and styles from traditional and contemporary paintings to thought provoking sculptures. This compelling event is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

“On and Off the Wall” will be on display from June 15 through July 30, 2017. The opening reception will be Sunday, June 18, 2pm-4pm. This event is free and open to the public. Art Center Morro Bay is open daily from 12pm – 4pm.

WHAT: Original paintings and sculptures
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 93442
WHEN: June 15 – July 30, 2017
RECEPTION: June 18, 2-4pm
CONTACT: www.artcentermorrobay.org or 805-772-2504

Image shown above courtesy of Creig Sherburne "Echoes of Anchient Elements Earth 2"©

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Adult Coloring Book Club and Zen Doodle - Fridays

Adult Coloring Book Club and Zen Doodle - Fridays

Jul 21, 10:00am - Jul 21, 11:03am

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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Kids Summer Art Classes June 20 - August 10

Kid's Summer Art Classes June 20 - August 10

Jul 22, 9:00am - Jul 22, 3:00pm

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

Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions are designed for ages 7-10. Afternoon sessions are for ages 11-14. Saturday art workshops are great for families, couples and friends. Children under age 6 should be accompanied by an adult.

Diana Tabarez is an alumnus of Morro Bay High School and graduate of University of California Davis, with a Bachelor of Art degree in Art Studio and minor in Education. Diana studied Art Studio in France and exhibited her artwork at several venues including the Chancellor’s Honorary Show in 2015. has painted three murals with youths from elementary and junior high schools in Davis and Sacramento. She has spent many hours as an elementary teacher’s assistant, interacting with children during after- school programs and giving independent art lessons. Her real talent lies in helping young students discover the magic of art!
Summer art programs are designed to get students excited about art, and help them learn new skills and techniques. Mediums include painting, drawing, clay, printmaking, mixed media and more. Prior experience is not necessary to participate. All art supplies are provided. Lessons are subject to change based on student’s interest and energy levels.

For class descriptions please visit our website at: artcentermorrobay.org Register online at: artcentermorrobay.org/index.php/shop/

or call 805-772-2504.

Saturday Workshops:
July, 22 & 29
Time: 9:00-11:00
Cost: $20 per person or $30 for family

Class Schedule:
August 1, 3, 8, 10

Ages: 7-10 Time: 9:00 -11:00
Ages: 11-14 Time: 1:00-3:00

COST: $20 per class includes materials


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Alcohol Ink Play Time

Alcohol Ink Play Time

Jul 23, 10:00am - Jul 23, 12:00pm

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

You'll have great fun experimenting with all of the fabulous colors of alcohol inks. Transform six coasters, five magnets and four ornaments into gorgeous masterpieces using several techniques! Make it a fun outing in beautiful Morro Bay by inviting your friends and family. Price is $45 per person and PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED at www.CreativeMeTime.com. Contact Joan Martin Fee for additional info at 805-286-5993.
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Oil Painting with Jason Mayr - Mondays

Oil Painting with Jason Mayr - Mondays

Jul 24, 9:00am - Jul 24, 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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Youth Summer Art Classes Painting With Watercolors July 25 to 27

Youth Summer Art Classes Painting With Watercolors July 25 to 27

Jul 25, 9:00am - Jul 25, 3:00pm

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

A 2 day class July 25 & 27
Ages 9-12 and/or Grades 4-7
Seascape painting in watercolor

Youth Summer art classes ages 9-12 or Grades 4-7 , hosted by Art Center Morro Bay, are designed to teach students in a step-by-step paint along method.

Award winning artist and teacher, Tom Winans, will be instructing summer art classes for younger artists. There will be a morning session for ages 9 -12 and an afternoon session for ages 13-15.

Tom Winans has 25 years of experience painting and teaching landscapes and seascapes in watercolor. Tom holds a lifetime California State Teaching Credential and taught at elementary, high school and College levels. He has been a teacher for Los Angeles, Ventura and Conejo Valley Unified School Districts. Currently, Tom teaches art for the Conejo Valley Adult Education Program and Pleasant Valley Recreation & Parks in Camarillo. He was named “Artist of the Week” by the Yosemite National Park, Summer painting program. Tom’s artwork has been exhibited in sixteen galleries and collected widely throughout California. His real talent lies in helping young artists blossom.

Art Center Morro Bay’s programs, are designed to teach students in a step-by-step paint along method. Tom provides standardized drawings on watercolor paper. Students watch Tom provide mini demonstrations of painting techniques on a larger format and students practice techniques before applying to their own painting. Prior drawing or painting skills are not necessary to participate in this workshop.

Cost includes use of the instructor's own supplies. Students will complete a finished painting, matted and ready for framing.

Don’t miss the fun, learning to paint with watercolor!

Register online at artcentermorrobay.org/index.php/shop/ or by calling 805-772-2504.

Class Schedule:
Date: July 25 & 27, 2017 (Seascape Painting)
Youths, ages 9-12
Time: 9-11am

Date: July 25 & 27, 2017 (Seascape Painting)
Teens, ages 13-16
Time: 1-3pm


WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA
COST: $20.00 per class (each class is 2 sessions for $40.) Cost includes all materials and a mat for your painting.
CONTACT or Register: phone: 805-772-2504
EMAIL: artcenter.morrobay@gmail.com
Website: www.artcentermorrobay.org
REGISTER ONLINE: artcentermorrobay.org/index.php/shop/


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Creativity every Wednesday

Creativity every Wednesday

Jul 26, 10:30am - Jul 26, 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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Pushing Boundaries, Exploring Abstraction Aug 3 thru Sept 11

Pushing Boundaries, Exploring Abstraction Aug 3 thru Sept 11

Aug 3, 12:00pm - Aug 3, 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.

PROSPECTUS:
artcentermorrobay.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Pushing-Boundaries-Prospectus-5.pdf

“Pushing Boundaries” is on display from August 3 through September 11, 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 through 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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Are You Afraid of the Darks?

Are You Afraid of the Darks?

Aug 14, 3:00pm - Aug 14, 5:00pm

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

Carol Timson-Ball
"Are You Afraid of the Darks"

Free and Open to the Public

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a demonstration of pastel by award winning artist, Carol Timson Ball.

Carol is a professional artist who grew up in Leicester, England and earned the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loughborough University College of Art & Design, Leicestershire. Carol worked for advertising agencies and created silkscreen poster design for college venues and the music industry including EMI Records. She relocated to Southern California where she continued graphic design work. Currently, Carol resides on the Central Coast where she discovered a love of fine art. Carol works in several art medias and is a member of Pastel Society of the West Coast and Signature Member of Sierra Pastel Society.

This demonstration will explore composition, perspective and editing. Carol will apply color combinations that illuminate her painting, creating a dynamic between light and dark. Carol commented, “I would like to encourage people to become better artists.”

If you’ve wondered how to create pastel paintings that illuminate light with the use of darks, don’t miss this great opportunity to learn techniques that will help you become a better artist.

WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA
WHEN: August 14, 2017, 3pm – 5pm
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or email: artcenter.morrobay@gmail.org
COST: Free and open to the public

"Halter Ranch Covered Bridge"© pastel painting by Carol Timson Ball

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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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Journey to Sculpted Paintings Art Demo

Journey to Sculpted Paintings Art Demo

Sep 11, 3:00pm - Sep 11, 5:00pm

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

Susan Malmgren
“Journey to Sculpted Paintings”

Free and Open to the Public

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a demonstration in sculpture by Susan Malmgren.

Susan earned a BA in Sociology from University of California, Santa Barbara. She continued with art education through University of California Santa Cruz, Pacific Art League and Palo Alto Cultural Center over the past 25 years. Inspired by others, she began to explore a variety of mediums. Susan explains, “Most of my paintings are acrylic, but I’ve also tried encaustic, oil, mosaic, glass, printing and collage.”

This demonstration will consist of Susan’s own unique style of turning a painting into a colorful sculpture! Using acrylic paint on watercolor paper, Susan molds her paintings into a distinctively, dynamic sculpture, transforming it from two to three dimensional art.

If you’re looking for a fun new medium that would take your two dimensional art to an entire new level, don’t miss this opportunity to see how it’s done!

WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA
WHEN: September 11th, 2017, 3pm – 5pm
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or email:
artcenter.morrobay@gmail.com or www.artcentermorrobay.org
COST: Free and open to the public
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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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