Upcoming Exhibits

Homage to the Ranches May 4 thru June 12

Homage to the Ranches May 4 thru June 12

May 4, 12:00pm - May 4, 4:00pm

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

Homage to the Ranches

Free and Open to the Public

In Tribute to a rapidly vanishing ranch lifestyle, from the local landscape, Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present “Homage to the Ranches.” Artwork in this very special exhibit will depict the picturesque ranches, barns and rolling hills of San Luis Obispo County. This exhibit will be juried for acceptance.

Juror for Acceptance: Steve Kellogg

Steve Kellogg currently serves on the Board of the Allied Arts Association, Cambria, Ca. Although he has explored other art medias, Steve enjoys watercolor and ceramic sculpture. He occasionally teaches watercolor classes, stating, “I am more interested in the creative process than in the result. I prefer to play my way though a painting or sculpture and let the result be a surprise.” Steve is a Signature member of the Central Coast Watercolor Society.

During the artist reception on May7th, we are fortunate to have Joan Sullivan, author of “Rounding Up the Ranches”, available for a book signing. Joan’s book is a compilation of historical ranches with facts and images of the Central Coast. Joan’s inspiration, was to preserve the history and beauty of these quickly vanishing ranches. Ms. Sullivan, a local resident, earned a BA degree from University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida and a Lifetime Teaching Credential from California State University at Northridge. Joan has been a reporter for local newspapers and magazines and authored several books. She taught art classes and founded the “Thursday Painters”, an informal adult group of artists who paint, on location en plein air (in the open air).

During this event, we are celebrating the beauty of San Luis Obispo County ranches. You will find paintings of rustic barns and scenic ranches by the “Thursday Painters” and artists from all over San Luis Obispo County.

“Homage to the Ranches” is on display from May 4th through June 12th, 2017. Meet the artists at the opening reception Sunday, May 7th, 2pm-4pm. This event is free and open to the public. Art Center Morro Bay is open from 12pm – 4pm daily.


WHAT: Homage to the Ranches
WHEN: May 4th through June 12th, 2017
RECEPTION & BOOK SIGNING: May 7th, 2pm – 4pm
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
CONTACT: 805-772-2504 or www.artcentermorrobay.org

Image above, Old Edna Blue Belly Barn© painting by Laurel Sherrie

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On and Off the Wall - June 15 thru July 30, 2017

On and Off the Wall - June 15 thru July 30, 2017

Jun 15, 12:00pm - Jun 15, 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!

PROSPECTUS: www.sloma.org/files/On%20and%20Off%20the%20Wall%20CFE.pdf

“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 curtesy of Larry LeBrane "Red Headed Blowfish, Fused Clarinet"©

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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.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 11, 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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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 is 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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Annual Winter Faire and Juried Craft Show Nov 2 thru Dec 22

Annual Winter Faire and Juried Craft Show Nov 2 thru Dec 22

Nov 2, 12:00pm - Nov 2, 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 “The Annual Winter Faire & Juried Craft Show”, featuring some of the finest artworks on the Central Coast.
This very special holiday event is a collective of exceptional paintings, photography and fine crafts, spanning a variety of artistic mediums from traditional to contemporary. Crafts include fiber art, wood, glass, jewelry and more.
Whether you are attending this extraordinary exhibit to observe or to find that perfect holiday gift, you are in for a delight! “The Annual Winter Faire & Craft Show” will be on display from November 2 through December 23, 2017.

Meet the artists at the opening reception Sunday, November 5th, 2pm-4pm. This event is free and open to the public. Art Center Morro Bay, is open from 12pm – 4pm daily.

WHAT: Paintings, Photography & Fine Crafts
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442
WHEN: November 2 – December 22, 2017
RECEPTION: Sunday, November 5th, 2pm - 4pm

Image above handcrafted salt and pepper mills by Micael Rude
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