Morro Bay Art Association


December 2023

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President's Message

Seasons Greetings!

As the year comes to an end, I want to offer you my warmest wishes. I hope that you are having a joyous and wildly creative holiday season. If you are in need some extra inspiration this month, Art Center is hosting a free demo by Joan Fee TOMORROW, Monday, December 11th, from 3-5pm. During this demonstration, Joan will show you how to make beautiful mosaic jewelry, just in time for the holidays! 

Did you know that the MBAA is very unique in that it is one of a few nonprofit, all volunteer-run, art organizations that actually owns not just one, but two galleries!? This organization has come a long way in the last 72 years, it is inspiring to imagine all of the art and artists that have laid the foundation upon which the MBAA sits on today. This art association is an incredible institution, literally built by the support of its members, volunteers and community. In order to appreciate and recognize our current members in a greater way (while encouraging new members to join) we will be launching some new membership incentives in 2024. To begin with, the new Exhibit Schedule includes three member ONLY exhibits. Also, expect to see, the non-member take-in fees slightly increase. One the member only shows will be a juried show where members are encouraged to submit two of their best works. Do not miss this show. It is guaranteed to be amazing because our members are an incredibly talented group, I cannot wait to see their best work.

It has been a very busy month. I got back from my cross-country adventure and jumped right in. We have been diligently working on finalizing the Exhibit Schedule, crafting Call to Artists for each show & locking down the 3D featured artists for 2024. We are getting very close to being able to release the schedule online and we will have a printed version available for pickup at the gallery in the new year. I hope you will all be inspired by 2024’s exhibit themes.

Last month, I may have been a little overly ambitious, when I mentioned that we would be sending out a call-to-action email within a week or two and that we were intending on having the new website launched before our next exhibit. Good things take time and these good things are taking more time than I had previously predicted. 

Anyone that would like to have the opportunity to have their artwork featured in the MBAA’s future online and/or print marketing campaigns should reach out to my daughter Leni at [email protected]. She will be collecting everyone’s submissions on a google drive to share with the volunteer design team that creates all of the MBAA’s promotional graphics. She will respond to any questions and let you know what they need for your work to be considered. She has shared her Best Practices for Photographing Artwork with us, scroll down to find it below. Also, if you are unfamiliar with file type/size/raster graphics etc. she can help. She makes a lot of our promotional printed materials and she would love to be able to feature you and your work in her graphics. 

Our web team is still hard at work on the website. Our goal is to create a website that will be able to stand the test of time, is well-built, will adapt to our changing needs and provide a positive experience for all of its users. I confess that my enthusiasm may have gotten the best of me, but the website will be live as soon as possible. That being said unfortunately it will not be online prior to the next exhibit. However, you can expect to see a new-improved take-in form at the For the Birds take-in.

Looking for a perfect holiday gift? Our Winter Faire exhibit is filled with an abundance of unique and inspiring gift ideas. Why not share the gift of art this season?

In closing, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your ongoing support. I’m looking forward to another fantastic year of art and camaraderie in 2024! 

Warmest regards, 


Leni’s Best Practices - Photographing Artwork -

high quality digital images:

  -  START by taking a good image/photograph- even if you plan to edit later. You are always going to get a better result if you start with a sharp clean image.

  -  Bigger IS better! Preserve your original images in the largest image size/highest quality/best resolution possible. Once reduced, it is NOT possible to increase the quality of a raster image. If you are unfamiliar with raster graphics, and would like a breakdown about how they work, including why file size is super important (especially when printing graphics) email me at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]), I’ll send you my cheat sheet that explains it all. 

  -  Natural indirect lighting/daylight is the most ideal for photographing artwork, watch out for shadows. If you are using artificial lighting, you’ll need 2 or more lights to avoid shadows on your work and you may need to diffuse the lights to avoid glare.

  -  If you can, adjust the white balance to capture the actual colors represented in your artwork.

  -  Watch your angles. Make sure your camera lens is parallel with the artwork. If you are photographing 2D work, hang the work on a flat surface or set it on the floor. Turning on the grid feature on your camera or smartphone and lining the grid up with your work, will help to eliminate images with distorted or skewed perspectives.



Call for participation

Come join us in preparing the

For the Birds exhibit

January 4 to February 19

Take-in: January 2

Reception: Sunday, January 7 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 on the Central Coast. 

Submission information, fees and entry forms:

Signup below to participate in preparing this exhibit.



Present Exhibit

ends December 31

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 offers a collection of exceptional paintings, photography and fine crafts, spanning a variety of artistic mediums from traditional to contemporary. Crafts include fiber, wood, glass, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and more.

Whether you’re attending this extraordinary exhibit to observe or to find that perfect holiday gift, you are in for a unique treat!

Join the Board

The Morro Bay Art Association is currently seeking a Docent Director! This unique board position requires a leader with great communication skills and a passion for art and community. The Docent Director is a role crucial to the success of gallery/retail operations at Art Center Morro Bay.

As the Docent Director, you will hold a leadership position, allowing you to guide and inspire a team of dedicated volunteers. The Docent Director participates in monthly board meetings and oversees the recruitment, training and scheduling of docents (volunteers) to ensure the gallery/retail space at Art Center is sufficiently staffed.

If you are interested in joining the board and/or learning more about other fun volunteer opportunities, please reach out, we are looking forward to hearing from you! Apply by sending an email to art [email protected]

Joining the MBAA Board of Directors can be a fulfilling and impactful experience. Here are the tip 4 reasons why you might consider taking on this role:

1. Leadership and Impact: As the Docent Director, you will hold a leadership position that allows you to have a direct impact on the Art Association's success and growth,.

2. Art Enthusiasm: You'll be the life of the party! Your friends and family will be wowed by epic tales of all of your fun artistic endeavors and community collaborations.

3. Community Building: Volunteering as the Docent Director allows you to contribute to building a vibrant and connected community..

4.Personal and Professional Development: Serving on the board and leading a team of docents offers opportunities for personal and professional growth/skill development.

Great Leadership + Art = CommUNITY


December 11 3-5pm

Mosaic Jewelry

with Joan Martin Fee

Demo Day is always free and open to the public

Art on the Patio

Saturday, Dec 23

12:00 to 4:00pm


Deborah Lord: [email protected]

Morro Bay Art Association


Not a member yet? Please consider becoming an active member of the Morro Bay Art Association. Your membership fees are a key component in supporting this local all volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is TO CHAMPION ART AS ESSENTIAL TO LIFE AND GIVE OUR COMMUNITY A CREATIVE VOICE.  Your Membership fees are tax deductible!


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Thank you for your support!

Other SLO County art groups’ news 

Central Coast Artists Collective

Cambria Center for the Arts

The next meeting of the Morro Bay Art Association Board of Directors is

 November 20, 2023 11am

Morro Bay Art Association

835 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 93442

Tel: (805) 772-2504

Email: [email protected]

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