Morro Bay Art Association


January 2024

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President's Message

I hope the new year brings everyone good fortune! As always, I am grateful for the continued commitment and enthusiasm of each and every one of you. Here's to a year filled with artistic innovation, collaboration, and unlimited creativity. Happy New Year!

Birds, birds, birds… This month is all about birds. The MBAA is collaborating with the Morro Bay Bird Festival and the For the Birds exhibit, take-in is TOMORROW between 10am and 2pm. I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s bird inspired artwork. We were planning on having new take-in forms up on the website and available in person for Tuesday’s take-in, however, it is looking like they will not be available until the next exhibit. If you would like to volunteer, please reach out. The MBAA volunteers are a team of amazing folks with a diverse set of skills, we are always looking for more folks to join us. With your help we can do even more epic things!

Come take flight with us on Sunday, January 7th, 2-4pm at the For the Birds reception. Thanks to the efforts of Jeff Carney and Lynn Hessler, the MBAA, once again, has wings! A new, lovely set of wings will be gracing the outside entry of the gallery, they are being installed just in time for the For the Birds take-in. Not only are they beautiful, but they offer a perfect photo opportunity. Don’t forget to tag #ArtCenterMorroBay when posting on social media. 

On January 8, from 3-5pm, Julie Dunn will be sharing her unique style of Tempera Batik Painting at the gallery. Her technique is characterized by a vivid use of color, an appealing textural surface, and compelling imagery. Tempera Batik is a style of painting that was developed to resemble true batik, without the use of fabric, wax or dyes. Julie has won numerous awards for her paintings, and is the owner of Park Street Gallery, in downtown Paso Robles, where her unique work is on permanent display. Julie will demonstrate step-by-step how she creates her unique paintings. Demo Days are always free and open to the public. They are held every month on the 2nd Monday from 3 to 5pm.

On January 10th, from 5:30-7pm we will be hosting The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Mixer at the gallery. This is a great opportunity to network with other merchants in our community. We will be serving wine from Harmony Cellars.

It is with a heavy heart, that I must share the news of Bob Azevedo’s passing. Bob was an incredible asset to our organization, a supporter of nonprofits, dedicated to civic service. He supported the arts as a MBAA Board Member, yet, he did not consider himself to be an artist. He volunteered as the MBAA’s Treasurer, maintaining the books for 7+ years! When he started, the Art Association’s books were an absolute disaster, he stepped in and organized the mess. His accounting knowledge, perseverance and due diligence made a significant contribution to the financial health of our organization. When I met Bob, he was in his 90s and was just getting ready to retire from his position as MBAA Treasurer. His humor, practicality and great stories always made working with him an absolute joy. He will be greatly missed. If you would like to send condolences to Bob’s wife, Marty, email [email protected] with the subject line “Marty Azevedo,” and we will respond with her contact information. His legacy of commitment and dedication will never be forgotten.

I am looking forward to 2024 and I hope you are too. 




For the Birds exhibit

January 4 to February 19

Take-in Tuesday 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:


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


Tempera Batik Painting

with Julie Dunn

January 8th, 3 to 5pm

We have another special presenter on January 8th this month, Julie Dunn. She will show us every step in the process of making paintings that look like batik. Her simple and unique process identifies her work wherever they are displayed, whether in juried shows or in her Paso Robles gallery.

We had standing room only on Demo Day December 11, when Joan Fee, Master Crafter, came to help us make Mosaic Jewelry. Her method was so easy, all of us finished in record time and there wasn't an ugly one in the house.

Demo Days are always free and open to the public. They are held on the 2nd Monday of the month from 3 to 5. A schedule of presentations for the year are on our website

Art on the Patio

Saturday, Jan.27

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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