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For the Birds Exhibit

January 4 – February 19, 2024

Reception: Sunday, January 7, 2024 from 2-4pm

MBAA invites you to join us for our 8th annual “For the Birds” exhibit. This exhibit is held in conjunction with the Morro Bay Annual Bird Festival, a yearly event promoting an understanding and appreciation of birds and other wildlife, and an awareness of environmental and conservation issues of the Central Coast. Birders from all over the United States come together to experience our wonderful and diversified ecosystem on the West Coast of California. Artists have been asked to share their artistic talents with the many visitors attending the Festival through art that celebrates the varieties of birds and other wildlife, and their habitats, in our area.


Aquarius 2024 (CCWS) – (Russell Gallery)

“Marina Reflections” by Jan Godachy; First Place 2023

Aquarius 2024: In addition, the Central Coast Watercolor Society will be hosting Aquarius 2024 in our Russell Gallery. A juried show, Aquarius 2024 presents the best in watermedia painting, representing a wide range of subject, material, and techniques, from traditional to experimental. Awards will be presented during the opening reception, on February 25 from 2-4pm. Joe Cibere is the juror of selection and awards.

Photo by David Stroup

Chasing Light –  (Main Gallery)

An MBAA Members only exhibit

February 22 –  April 1, 2024

Reception:  Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 2-4 pm

Chasing Light:  The quality of light in artwork can portray depth, perception, and intensity, as well as more subtle characteristics such as mood and emotion.  How light is used – through choice of color, sunlight, and reflection – can bring the champagne softness of an autumnal East Coast landscape or the hardness of a southern California beach day.  Or, maybe you “chase” neon light in a modern piece of sculpture or experiment with an LED light box to bring storytelling to your art in an unusual way.  How we use light, (and also shadow and the absence of light: darkness), in our work is premeditated and often nuanced.  And, more difficult to create than it may seem. In this exhibit, we ask the artist to submit entries on any platform that reflects their meditation on “chasing” the light in their creations.

Featured 3D Artist

Michael Hannon: My interest in sculpture started with an African Secretary bird made out of coat hangers and cut up aluminum beer cans, held together with plumbers solder. Years later while attending California State University at Long Beach I majored in jewelry and metal smithing in the Art Department. From there I worked in the LA Shipyards welding on ships. In 1978 I was hired by Toyota to work in their design studios in Newport Beach. I worked with designers building interior and exterior models of future Toyotas. We were encouraged to experiment with different materials and techniques. I retired from Toyota in 2002. Twenty years later, I still work experimentally, only now I am making sculptures using copper, steel, wood, and newspaper and duct tape. At first, my work was of a figurative nature. Lately my work has become more abstract.

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