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Art Center Morro Bay

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

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art Center Morro Bay Events


David Jonas, A Retrospective March 23 thru May 1

David Jonas, A Retrospective March 23 thru May 1

Mar 23, 12:00pm - Mar 23, 4:00pm

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

FREE and Open to the Public

David Jonas
A Retrospective

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present the intensely moving retrospective art exhibit of David Jonas (1926 - 2014).

There is no mistaking the life force conveyed by this award winning artist from Los Osos, California. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca., David attended UCLA, Art Center College of Design and Jepson Art Institute. After working as an illustrator in New York, he joined Walt Disney Studios in LA, focusing on animation and live action films. David also worked for Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. In 1989, Jonas retired from Disney to teach art at California Art Institute in Thousand Oaks and to pursue fine art. In 1999, David moved to Los Osos, California with his wife, Susan who also worked 35 years in the Animation business as an ink and paint artist.

Currently David’s production artwork is on display in the recently opened Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.
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Mr. Jonas was a Signature Member of California Art Club. The Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA, The National History Museum of Los Angeles County, Frederick R. Weisman Museum in Malibu and Phippen Museum in Prescott, Arizona all featured his work.
During this event, you will find a collection of vibrant oil and watercolor paintings that evoke the dazzling glow of sunlight. Don’t miss this extraordinary exhibit of contemporary fine art paintings.

“David Jonas, A Retrospective” will be on display from March 23 through May 1, 2017. The opening reception will be March 26, 2pm - 4pm. This event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: David Jonas, A Retrospective
WHEN: March 23rd through May 1st, 2017
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or www.artcentermorrobay.org

Oil painting above by David Jonas

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Sense of Identity March 23 thru May 1

Sense of Identity March 23 thru May 1

Mar 23, 12:00pm - Mar 23, 4:00pm

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

March 23 – May 1

Open and Free to the Public

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present “Sense of Identity.” In the Russell gallery upstairs, artwork in this thought provoking exhibit, is inspired by the artists’ personal or public sense of identity. During this intriguing event, we are celebrating artistic expression in all media. You will find a variety of subject matter spanning landscape to self portraits.

“Sense of Identity” is on display from March 23rd through May 1st, 2017. Meet the artists at the opening reception Sunday, March 26th, 2pm-4pm. This event is free and open to the public. Art Center Morro Bay is open from 12pm – 4pm daily.


WHAT: “Sense of Identity”
WHEN: March 23rd - May 1st, 2017
RECEPTION: March 26th, 2pm – 4pm
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or www.artcentermorrobay.org

Painting above, oil by Jason Mayr

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Adult Coloring Book Club and Zen Doodle

Adult Coloring Book Club and Zen Doodle

Mar 24, 10:00am - Mar 24, 11:30am

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

FREE

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

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

For more information, contact Art Center Morro Bay 805-772-2504
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Learn Oil Painting with Jason Mayr

Learn Oil Painting with Jason Mayr

Mar 27, 9:00am - Mar 27, 1:00pm

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

Mondays, beginning to advanced students 9:00am - 1:00pm
Learn to paint still life in oil with Jason Mayr
These are ongoing classes

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

For more information visit www.artcentermorrobay.org or call the Morro Bay Art Center at (805)772-2504
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Creativity

Creativity

Mar 29, 10:30am - Mar 29, 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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Portrait Practice with Live Models

Portrait Practice with Live Models

Mar 29, 6:00pm - Mar 29, 9:00pm

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

Portrait Practice with live models will take place in the activity room of Art Center Morro Bay from 6-9pm, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. For more information about cost and participation, contact Bob Rodger brodger56@gmail.com or telephone: 805-528-4248.

Portrait above by Bob Rodger
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Watercolor Wild Workshop

Watercolor Wild Workshop

Mar 30, 9:00am - Mar 31, 4:00pm

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

Watercolor Wild, a 2-day plein aire workshop by award-winning artist, Mike Kowalski, will focus on watercolor painting on site outdoors. Some watercolor experience is helpful but not required.

Mike is a professional artist from Melbourne, Australia whose work is collected internationally. His use of translucent color and interpretation lend a rich, distinctive dimension to his landscape paintings.

After earning his Bachelor of Fine Art from Utah State University, Mike continued to work as an illustrator specializing in architectural subjects. Five years ago Mike moved to Melbourne, Australia, where he spends most of his time painting and teaching workshops throughout Australia and the U.S. He is a Signature Member of National Watercolor Society; Signature Member of American Watercolor Society, and member of Artists Who Teach, and the Victorian Watercolor Society. In 2015, Mike won the coveted Silver Medal of Honor at the 148th AWS International Exhibition. His work is included in the 150th AWS Exhibition which opens in New York on April 3rd.

Painting locations will include the sea, eucalyptus trees and hill areas of Morro Bay State Park. Each day will include a painting demonstration. After the demo, artists are free to choose their subject matter. Mr. Kowalski will work with each artist throughout the day. In the event of rain, the workshop will move indoors.


Make it a long weekend! Come for the workshop and stay for great finds at the 14th Annual Morro Bay Citywide Yard Sale. www.morrobay.org/events/city-wide-yard-sale.
WHAT: Watercolor Painting Workshop
WHEN: March 30 & 31, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
COST: $275. MBAA Members & $300. Non Members
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442
CONTACT: KC Caldwell 805-540-1470 or email fogcatchers@gmail.com
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Hypertufa Basket with Succulents

Hypertufa Basket with Succulents

Apr 1, 10:00am - Apr 1, 12:00pm

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

$65 Class Fee - Art Center Member
$75 Class Fee - non-Art Center Member

Hypertufa is popular for making garden ornaments and pots and is relatively light compared with terracotta or traditional concrete. Hypertufa is fabulous paired with succulents which require very little water.

Learn how to mix the hypertufa, apply it to the basket and take the basket home to cure. You'll also learn how to drill holes, add wire and a handle to an already cured basket that Joan makes for each student. You'll plant the cured basket with succulents to take home too. Everything is included to complete the projects including hypertufa ingredients, basket, a cured basket, soil, a wide variety of succulents, use of tools and instruction by mixed media artist and garden lover, Joan Martin Fee.

Here's what you'll take home - one hypertufa basket to cure and a cured hypertufa basket that you've planted with succulents and a handout on how to make hypertufa at home and how to care for your hypertufa while it cures.

Preregistration is required at www.CreativeMeTime.com. For more information contact Joan at 805-286-5993 or Art Center Morro Bay 805-772-2504

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Playing With Mud

Playing With Mud

Apr 10, 3:00pm - Apr 10, 5:00pm

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

Kristen Mendenhall
“Playing with Mud”

FREE and Open to the Public

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a demonstration in the creation of bas-relief wall art, by artist Kristen Mendenhall.

Beginning with blank Masonite tiles, Kristen will apply joint compound (gypsum based wallboard mud, found in any hardware store). She will demonstrate how to create and highlight textures in wet and dry mud using various tools, black washes and acrylic color.

Blank tiles and mud will be provided for those who wish to take materials home, to play with.

Kristen explains, “I experimented with several approaches before I hit on these techniques. The process is very tactile and fun. I hope everyone who is curious, will feel able to duplicate the process at home.”

Kristen Mendenhall earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA., a PhD from California School of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology and a Certificate of Art Therapy from College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA.

Don’t miss this fun filled demonstration and hands on opportunity to learn techniques while “playing with mud”!

WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA
WHEN: April 10th, 2017, 3pm – 5pm
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or email:
artcenter.morrobay@gmail.org
COST: Free and open to the public

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Creating with Corks

Creating with Corks

Apr 22, 10:00am - Apr 22, 1:00pm

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

Saturday, April 22nd
10:00-1:00
Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street
Teacher - Joan Martin Fee

Have you been saving wine corks just waiting to make a project someday? Well, that someday has arrived and it's Saturday, April 22nd in beautiful Morro Bay.

Choose a project or projects, register, then enjoy a fun time creating with corks. You provide the corks and Joan provides everything else to make an ornament, a planter that you plant with succulents or a stunning mirror. The mirror takes about two hours to complete, the planter about 1-1/2 hours and the ornament about 1/2 hour. There's plenty of time in the workshop to make a mirror or planter then make an ornament. Once you sign-up, Joan will contact you regarding number of corks you need to bring.

8" Planter with Succulents $55.
6" Cork Sphere $15.
12" Mirror $60.
MBAA members receive a $10 discount on a mirror or planter.

​Make it a fun day in Morro Bay! Create with Corks, then have an amazing seafood lunch and shop in quaint downtown Morro Bay and the Embarcadero.

Preregistration is required at www.CreativeMeTime.com 805-286-5993.

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