Upcoming Exhibits

Windows to Other Worlds February 22 thru Apr 2, 2018

Windows to Other Worlds February 22 thru Apr 2, 2018

Feb 22, 12:00pm - Feb 22, 4:00pm

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

Windows to Other Worlds: Cultural Explorations

Art Center Morro Bay proudly presents Windows to Other Worlds: Cultural Explorations, an exhibit that celebrates worldwide travel, heritage and cultural experiences.

Inspired by a recent trip to Rajasthan, Northern India, award-winning artist Flo Bartell and fellow artists, pay tribute to artwork, customs and the people of various countries around the world.

Flo said about the group’s experiences, “We visited paper mills, fabric making and printing factories. We learned wood block printing on fabric and made our own blocks. We took a workshop in miniature painting and received instruction in hand stitching journals. We watched skilled leather artisans and jewelry makers as they worked.”

Although the inspiration began with a group of artists’ recent trip to India, this exhibit is open to all artists who wish to share and exhibit two and three dimensional works, that reflect other cultures during their own travels or experiences into other worlds.

Expect to see a variety of subjects, colors and mediums, including fiber, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and more!

Windows to Other Worlds: Cultural Explorations will be on display from February 22 through April 2, 2018. Meet the artists at the opening reception Sunday, February 25, 2pm – 4pm. This event is free and open to the public. Art Center Morro Bay is open from 12pm – 4pm daily.

WHAT: Fiber, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
WHEN: February 22 through April 2, 2018
RECEPTION: Sunday February 25, 2pm – 4pm
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or visit www.artcentermorrobay.org
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Central Coast Student Art Exhibit

Central Coast Student Art Exhibit

Mar 3, 5:00pm - Apr 7, 8:00pm

Morro Bay Library
625 Harbor St
Morro Bay, CA  93442 Map

The Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present the Central Coast Student Art Exhibit.

Twenty five students will be selected from a juried process to receive mattes and frames at participating local high schools, provided by Art Center Morro Bay.

Scholarship winners will receive cash awards for Best of Show $150, 1st Place $100, and 2nd Place $50. Awards are sponsored by the Jackie Morello Scholarship Fund, Morro Bay Art Association, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442. Jackie Morello was a lifelong supporter of the arts and past treasurer of the Morro Bay Art Association for approximately 10 years.

During this exhibit, you will find a variety of contemporary photography and paintings. Whether attending to support these gifted students or to purchase, this exhibit is sure to please! This event is free and open to the public.

The Central Coast Student Art Exhibit will be held at the Morro Bay Public Library, 625 Harbor St, Morro Bay, CA 93442, March 3, 2018 through April 7, 2018.

The opening reception is March 10, 2018 from 3-5 pm.

For more information contact Art Center Morro Bay, 805-772-2504 or Liz Moore, Lmoore@slcusd.org
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Go Figure - Reception April 8

Go Figure - Reception April 8

Apr 5, 12:00pm - May 14, 3:00pm

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

Art Center Morro Bay is proud to present, Go Figure, an evocative, all media, non juried exhibit, featuring figurative works, portraiture and other subjects that incorporate the human figure.
This event is an assembly of exceptional paintings from artists throughout the Central Coast, including the artwork of “The Friday Life Drawing Group” and “Portraiture Group”. This exhibit is a variety of artistic mediums from traditional to contemporary.
Whether you are attending this extraordinary exhibit to observe or to purchase, you are in for a delight! Go Figure, will be on display from April 5 – May 14, 2018. The opening reception will be Sunday, April 8, 2pm-4pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Art Center Morro Bay, is open from 12pm – 4pm daily.


WHAT: Go Figure
WHEN: April 5 – May 14, 2018
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay
RECEPTION: April 8, 2-4pm
COST: Free
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or email artcenter.morrobay@gmail.com
WEBSITE: www.artcentermorrobay.org

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Brushstrokes 2018

Brushstrokes 2018

May 17, 12:00pm - Jun 25, 4:00pm

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

Image courtesy of Nico Vandenheuvel-The Kerosene Cooker© 26x28 from Brushstrokes 2016

Art Reception May 20, 2018, 2-4pm
FREE and Open to the Public

The Painters Group of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is proud to present the spellbinding art exhibit, “Brushstrokes 2018” hosted by Art Center Morro Bay. This annual juried event is a collective of exceptional paintings, featuring some of the finest artworks from artists throughout California. The exhibit shows a variety of artistic mediums from traditional to contemporary.

The juror, Peter Charles, earned a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree at Rhode Island School of Design and Master of Fine Art from Yale University School of Art & Architecture. He worked as one of two Head Pages in the U.S. Senate and is an Emeritus Professor of Art at Georgetown University, where he taught sculpture and foundation design in the Art and Art History Departments. In July, 2015, Peter moved from Washington, DC, to San Luis Obispo, CA. As a sculptor and painter, he generally works with steel and wood.

Peter states, “My aesthetic is idiosyncratic. I think my graphic sensibility dominates my work. The common thread is a synergism between two and three dimensions and color. I use elements from nature. I alter, distort and abstract shapes to emphasize their essential character. I admire and share the sensibilities of many modern masters. Mondrian for composition and simple color. Klee and Kandinsky for wedding geometry and nature. Noguchi for purity of form and sensual materials, Giacometti for mystery and monumentality, and David Smith for toughness. I’ve coined my work lyrical constructivism.”

Whether you are attending this extraordinary exhibit to observe or to purchase, you are in for a delight! “Brushstrokes” will be on display from May 17 through June 25, 2018. The opening reception will be Sunday, May 20, 2pm-4pm. This event is free and open to the public. Art Center Morro Bay is open from 12pm – 4pm daily.

WHAT: Brushstrokes
WHEN: May 17 – June 25, 2018
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay,
RECEPTION: May 20, 2-4pm
COST: Free
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or email artcenter.morrobay@gmail.com
WEBSITE: www.artcentermorrobay.org
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Thru the Lens

Thru the Lens

May 17, 12:00pm - Jun 25, 4:00pm

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

Image courtesy Of Kerry Drager

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present Thru the Lens. This juried exhibition is a collection of fine art photography, featuring gifted photographers throughout the Central Coast.

Judge of Awards:

We are fortunate to have photographer, author and instructor, Kerry Drager as judge for this celebrated event. Mr. Drager is an instructor at Cuesta College's Community Programs, and an online instructor for the Bryan Peterson School of Photography. Kerry authored Scenic Photography 101 and co-authored BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and the BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light. He has been profiled in Outdoor Photographer and Shutterbug magazine, and his work has been featured in numerous publications, calendars and greeting cards.

Whether you are attending this remarkable exhibit to observe or to purchase, you are in for a delight! Thru the Lens, an exhibit of fine art photography will be on display from May 17 through June 25, 2018. The opening reception is May 20, 2018, 2-4pm. This event is free and open to the public.

PROSPECTUS:
artcentermorrobay.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Through-the-Lens-Prospectus-12-1-17-1-copy.pdf.pdf

Opening date for submission is February 1, 2018. Application deadline for this show is April 1, 2018.

WHAT: Thru the Lens
WHEN: May 17 – June 25, 2018
RECEPTION: May 20, 2018, 2-4pm
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or visit www.artcentermorrobay.org
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The Rock and the Marketplace

The Rock and the Marketplace

Jun 28, 12:00pm - Aug 13, 4:00pm

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

"Morro Strand"© courtesy of Melvin Dorin

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present, The Rock and the Marketplace, a countywide exhibition held in both galleries.

This event is a celebration of iconic Morro Rock and San Luis Obispo county’s street market fairs, where customers shop for an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables year around. This collection of paintings in all media and styles, capture the color and energy of Morro Rock, farmer’s markets and other venues, where people gather to shop in these open-air environments.

The Rock and the Marketplace is on display from June 28 through August 13, 2018. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Sunday, July 1, 2pm-4pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Art Center Morro Bay is open from 12pm – 4pm daily.

WHAT: The Rock and the Marketplace
WHEN: June 28 through August 13, 2018
RECEPTION: July 1, 2 – 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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Pastels USA

Pastels USA

Aug 16, 12:00pm - Sep 16, 4:00pm

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

RECEPTION: September 16, 2018, 2-4pm

Pastel Society of the West Coast is proud to present their 32nd Annual, International Open Exhibition, “Pastels USA”, hosted by Morro Bay Art Association. This juried event is a collective of exceptional pastel paintings featuring some of the finest contemporary artworks in the world. Many of the artists are internationally acclaimed. Former entries have come from all over North America and as far away as Africa, Turkey, Asia and Europe!

Jurors of Selection for this prestigious event are Natasha Isenhour of Socorro, New Mexico, Aline Ordman of White River Junction, Vermont, and Otto Sturcke of Valencia, California.

Judge of Awards:

We are fortunate to have Lorenzo Chavez as the 2018 judge for this esteemed juried exhibit.

Mr. Chavez was born in New Mexico, where the striking landscapes, varied cultures and colorful history helped him develop an appreciation for art at an early age. He studied at Colorado Institute of Art and Art Students League of Denver. Intensive private study of the Impressionists and 19th century American and Russian painters have made him aware of the wonderful possibilities and importance of painting from life.

Lorenzo is currently a member of Western Rendezvous of Art, Pastel Society of Spain, Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of America, Signature Member of California Art Club and Signature Member of American Impressionist Society. Lorenzo is represented by many major fine art galleries. His work is displayed in many private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally. International exhibits include the 2010 summer exhibition for the Society of Pastelists, in France.

Gallery representation includes C.M. Russell Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Landscapes of the American West, Loveland Art Museum, Pasadena Art Museum, Albuquerque Museum Miniatures, Bradford Brinton Memorial Museum and Artists of the West.

Lorenzo Chavez was cover artist for The Artist’s Magazine and the Pastel Journal. His work is featured in numerous publications including Art of the West, Southwest Art, Art-Talk, and American Artist. Lorenzo’s paintings are included in Pure Color; The Best of Pastel and Art Journey America both published by North light Books and The Plein Air Year, published by Jack Richeson Books and Colorado Landscapes.

Whether you are attending this extraordinary exhibit to observe or to purchase, you are in for a delight! “Pastels USA” will be on display from August 16 through September 16, 2018. A special “Meet the Artists” reception will be held on the last day of this event, Sunday, September 16, 2018 2-4pm. This event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Pastels USA
WHEN: August 16 – September 16, 2018
RECEPTION: September 16, 2018, 2-4pm
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or visit www.artcentermorrobay.org

Image, Study in Blues© courtesy of Pastel Society of the West Coast and Debbie Patrick,PSWC

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