Thursday, December 1, 2011

Shelley Myers—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for December 2011: “Ocean Earth”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, December 9th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


Shelley has worked in the graphic arts field since 1983, transitioning from traditional methods to digital over the years. While working on projects with a client's vision, she has also been creating artwork to satisfy creative expression with or without having to convey an intended message. Living on the central coast has provided limitless inspiration from the ocean to the hills to the blooming wildflowers of spring.

Tunnel Vision © Shelley Myers

Shelley combines media, painting with acrylics, drawing with prisma pencils, collaging, scanning painted images and creating digital collaged images.

www.visualsolutionsgraphicart.com

Shelley Myers’ mixed media exhibition “Ocean Earth” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of December, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Dave Coronel—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Special Guest Artist Exhibit for December 2011: Dave Coronel’s Photography

An Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, December 9th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


What more could a person ask for than a camera and good walking shoes? Well, for Dave Coronel it’s a tripod, a bag full of lenses and the beautiful State of California. So with these things he has spent many hours walking and shooting as much as possible.

Spooner’s Cove © Dave Coronel

Dave Coronel’s photography exhibition can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of December, from the 1st through the 29th.

http://davecoronelphotography.com

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Charles Pruitt—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for November 2011 Reflections of Nature

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, November 11th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


Charles Pruitt began taking photographs over 40 years ago when he was given an old 35mm camera by a family friend.

While living in Hawaii, Chuck was mentored by Boone Morrison, founder of the Volcano Art Institute in Volcano National Park. This association led to meeting and learning from Brett Weston, Minor White, and Paul Caponigro. During this time Chuck began working in large and medium film formats, abstract photography using color infrared film and long exposures; often taking a 4x5 Crown Graphic on backpacking trips.

Chuck studied photography after returning to California. While in college he combined chemistry and photo classes to recreate historic techniques of wet plate negatives, cyanotypes, platinum and albumin printing methods. Chuck received state and national recognition for his experimental prints.

Chuck took up digital photography in 2004, but still uses his 50+ year old Hassleblad.

In 2008 Chuck began printing on canvas and other fine art media. This process is called Giclée (zhee clay) and uses archival inks and media.


Spring Storm Half Dome © Charles Pruitt

Charles Pruitt’s exhibition “Reflections of Nature” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of November, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Annual Holiday Gift Show—Special Exhibit

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Special Exhibit for November 2011: “Annual Holiday Gift Show”

An Artist Reception will be held Friday, November 11th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Our crafty artists, from left to right: Janice Ray-Lehmkuhl, Sandy
Christey, Rodney Meador, Beverly Brown, Bonnie Werring,
Gay McNeal, Hope Myers, Lois Pruitt, Debbie McCrigler 

Gallery at Marina Square is pleased to present the wonderful work of our wonderful craft artists—just in time for holiday gift giving. We will be displaying their work in jewelry, ceramics, glass, and wood.

Glass creations...

Getting the show ready...

Setting up the displays...






































 
Our Annual Holiday Gift Show can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of November, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Susan Wood—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for October 2011: “Celebrating the Central Coast”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, October 14 from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


“I grew up with artistic parents, and liked to draw and paint from a very young age. When I was six, my family moved to Italy so my dad could paint. Later we moved to New York City, and I went to the High School of Music and Art and was able to develop my artistic talents. I started college at Boston University, in liberal arts, but after a year decided to switch to the School of Fine Arts, where I received a very classical art education. I chose sculpture as my major. Life happened, and I was involved in work and raising a family, doing very little artwork for many years.

Rocks and Fog © Susan Wood

Moving to the Central Coast from Massachusetts in 2003, I resolved to get back into doing artwork, and started doing sculpture again, as well as life drawing with the Friday Life Drawing Group in Morro Bay. I was also attracted to the beautiful local scenery and soon found myself doing watercolors. Encouraged by the positive response to my work, and to the enjoyment and challenge of painting outside, I continued, participating in several Open Studio Tours, and I joined Gallery at Marina Square in late 2005.

Painting “plein air” is challenging—as the conditions are changing moment by moment—the light and the shadows move, the tide comes in or goes out, and the wind and temperature can impact my comfort level and the ability to keep my easel standing (I carry a large rock in my car that I can tie to my easel to weigh it down if necessary)! I feel my most successful paintings have a quality of spontaneity and freshness that watercolor is so suitable for.”

Susan Wood’s exhibition “Celebrating the Central Coast” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of October, from the 1st through the 29th.


Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Friday Life Drawing Group—Guest Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artists’ Exhibit for October 2011: “Clothing Optional”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, October 14th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

A few members of the Friday Life Drawing Group. From left to right:
Frederique Rostovsky, Jan Mannering, Al Musso, Ardella Swanberg, Jackie Morello.

Every artist who is trained in the classical style begins with drawing the nude figure. This includes people you don*t think of such as de Kooning and Picasso. It also includes da Vinci who dissected corpses to understand anatomy, despite the threat of death if the Catholic Church caught him. It takes a great deal of practice and skill to be able to draw the human form convincingly. Without this skill and continual practice, paintings of the figure will not be believable. Many artists draw the figure throughout their lives.

 © Ardella Swanberg
© Kathy Schwan             

The Friday Life Group began in 1981 in the studio of an artist in Morro Bay. Within few weeks the group moved to the Morro Bay Recreation Center and the group has been drawing every Friday at the Morro Bay Community Center since it was built. The artists who were there at the beginning include Susan Sears, Rosie and Barbara Rosenthal, Louise DeMore, Frederique Rostofsky Nancy Graham, John Barnard, Gordon Long and Jeff O’Dell. George Gibson, Stephen Rodinoff. Dorla Brebes, Mace Taylor, Walt Wedlock, Phyllis Dorn were also “charter members” but are no longer with us.
© Frederique Rostovsky 



© Len Boyle 










© Heather O’Connor
© Jackie Morello 

We are grateful for all the talented people who pose for our drawings. The sessions last for 3 hours. We begin with five 2 minute poses, three 5 minutes poses and one 10 minute pose. Most of the poses last for 20 minutes. None of them lasts for more than 30 minutes.

De Kooning said that classical training frees you for creating abstraction and non-objective art. All art is dependant on being able to draw well.

The Friday Life Drawing Group’s exhibition “Clothing Optional” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of October, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Thursday, September 1, 2011

James Crawford, Laura Dienzo and Robert Taylor—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artists’ Exhibit for September 2011: “Trapping the Light Fantastic”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, September 9th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


James Crawford

Laura Dienzo


Robert Taylor

James Crawford’s interest in art began in high school and further developed at Orange Coast College where he majored in Architecture and minored in History and Art.

I Heart You © James Crawford

James is the recipient of first place ribbons and Best of Show awards in several photography shows and publications and has been displayed locally and in many other locations, and it hangs in many private collections. James has been a winner in the first 6 years of participation in the New Times Photography Contest including 5 winning images in 1999 and 4 winning images in 2001.

Crawford believes there is more to photography than looking through the camera and pressing the shutter. He says, “ The camera is only part of the process. It’s where your creativity leads on the computer, or the darkroom. It is not a mere image, it is an extension of your whole self, your whole being, the sum of all your experiences and the influences of great artists you admire.” James continues to further his photographic education through yearly workshops with varied Master Photographers.

Laura Dienzo was born and raised on the east coast, and moved to San Luis Obispo in the early 80’s for summer vacation. She soon fell in love with her new surroundings, which ignited a flame of passion for capturing it’s beauty through photography. Laura continues to be inspired by the splendor of it all—from the rolling vineyards to the unspoiled coastline to the oak-studded, golden hills.

Morro Bay Canoes © Laura Dienzo

Laura also creates Fine Art editions of a special location or an artistic portrait of you and your favorite people: www.DienzoDesigns.com.

Robert Taylor’s earliest recollections of photography are of his grandfather taking him on photo shoots at the age of four.  He let Robert shoot his own images while all along teaching him about cameras, light and composition. In school, Robert’s studies were always centered around art and light, earning him degrees and certificates in B&W/Color Photography, Graphic Art/Design, Medical Imaging, Radiography and Landscape Design/Installation.

Sweet Dreams © Robert Taylor

One of Robert’s earliest jobs was Forest-Land-Structure restoration along the coast and mountains. While there, he developed a great appreciation of nature and an everlasting love for nature/landscape photography. Some of Robert’s ongoing projects are landscape and nature photography of Tulare, Kern and San Luis Obispo Counties, the 2011 Wildflower Season and Farm and Ranch images.

Photography: 35mm film, Digital-SLR natural-light images. www.flickr.com/photos/slo_exposures
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Crawford’s, Dienzo’s and Taylor’s exhibition “Trapping the Light Fantastic” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of September, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Virginia Mack and (posthumously) John Mack—Guest Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artists’ Exhibit for September 2011: “Quiet Moments”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, September 9th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Virginia Mack is a native Californian. She has been exploring and savoring the wild lands of the state throughout her life. She has been living on the Central Coast for 10 years. She is a part-time instructor at both Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College in the fine arts departments.

Virginia works primarily in watercolors and mixed media and is a colorist at heart. She builds most of her pieces in a wet-on-wet process (wet watercolor paints on wet watercolor paper) resolving the pieces as the paper slowly dries. She creates the forms with rich colors that she plays off against contrasting colors thereby subduing them while preserving their presence in layers of color. She often mixes the watercolor process with work using colored pencils, pastel, charcoal, and pencil.

Virginia received her education in fine arts at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taken additional classes at The California College of Arts and Crafts and in independent workshops.

Rocks and Twigs © Virginia Mack

John Mack’s work is being shown posthumously along with his wife Virginia’s work. John died in his home on July 3, 2011, after struggling to recover from extensive heart surgery. John’s interest in art began quite early, certainly in full by his freshman year in high school and interrupted only by World War II for two and a half years. He was influenced by many schools of art expression then coming to the forefront in the S.F. Bay Area and being taught in the schools and colleges. These included Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Action Painting, and Realism. John was an award winning artist and a member of several Central Coast art associations and his work has been exhibited in many one-man and group shows and purchased by individuals and business enterprises.

Boats © John Mack

Virginia and John Mack’s exhibition “Quiet Moments” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of September, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Monday, August 1, 2011

Karen Peterson and Don Doubledee—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artists’ Exhibit for August 2011: “California Dreaming”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, August 12th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square
   


Karen Peterson’s interest in photography began when she received her first camera on her 9th birthday. After earning a B.S. in Recreation Administration her interest in photography was rekindled by her father’s gift of his old Ziess Contaflex 35mm SLR.

Karen began creating images using the Polaroid Image & Emulsion Transfer processes in the early 1990’s. She has also explored other photographic techniques including hand coloring traditional darkroom b&w and infrared prints, Polaroid SX-70 Manipulations and digital “hand coloring”.

Karen’s images have won numerous awards including the Central Coast Photographic Society’s juried fine art photography shows, the Mid-State Fair, San Mateo County Fair, KINSA, New Times & Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contests.

© Karen Peterson



Don Doubledee has been an Architect since 1982. Don has become known locally for portraits he has completed with graphite, color pencil or pen and ink.

His “Postcards of Amsterdam” began a number of series of what Don calls his “Postcard” sketches featuring line drawings he has completed while vacationing around the world. Now, his “Postcards of Morro Bay” series features detailed pencil drawings of Morro Bay’s waterfront.

North Point View © Don Doubledee



Karen Peterson’s and Don Doubledee’s exhibition “California Dreaming” can be viewed at the Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of August, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Robert Howell—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for August 2011: “A Summer Sampling”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, August 12th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


Majoring in Fine Arts at Indiana University in the mid 70’s, I enjoyed a broad range of influences in studio courses of painting, printmaking and silversmithing. Although I proved to be a capable realist painter, the influence of visiting professors Carl Umlof (Texas) and Julias Tobias (NY City) led to explorations of abstract expressions that were both gratifying and developmentally important to me.

Taking life by the horns, my wife and I moved to Maine, where I dedicated myself to landscapes and seascapes as we proceeded to have and raise two children. The artists of New England had caught my eye before I knew I wanted to be an artist and Winslow Homer, Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, to top a long list of artists, became the subjects of my personal “post graduate program.”

With the kids through college, my wife and I came to California, where I continue to paint and now also work as a figurative sculptor, utilizing wire forms which I develop in a variety of finishes including faux bronze.

I feel fortunate to have acquired the broad range of skills and art appreciation which I possess and which I hope will be apparent to those who view my work.

Fence Light © Robert Howell

Robert Howell’s exhibition “A Summer Sampling” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of August, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Friday, July 1, 2011

Deborah Kyle Hintergardt—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for July 2011: “Animal Crackers”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, July 8th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Photo © 2011 Don Doubledee

For three years while living in Los Angeles, Deborah painted simple, vibrant, richly colored country landscapes. In November of 2004 she moved to the landscape of her dreams, the Central Coast.

A self-taught artist with a distinctive style, her artistic goal is to impart a sense of peace and satisfaction with the moment, as well as an expectation for the future.

Ms. Hintergardt is President of the Atascadero Art Association and a member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

Gossip Girls © Deborah Kyle Hintergardt

Deborah Kyle Hintergardt’s exhibition “Animal Crackers” can be viewed at the Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of July, from the 1st through the 29th.

www.artbyDKH.com

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Mike Francis—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest 
Artist Exhibit for July 2011: “Thru the Looking Glass Underwater”

Mike Francis & friend!
Photo © 2011 Abe Perlstein
A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, July 8th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Whether photographing white tip sharks in 6000 feet of open ocean or patiently cajoling a tiny clown fish into camera view, underwater photographer Mike Francis draws on years of experience observing underwater creatures to capture their natural behavior on film.

Mike has been scuba diving since 1959. He is a retired San Luis Obispo schoolteacher and has been a professional divemaster and scuba instructor since 1965. He began his underwater photography pursuit during a vacation in Tahiti in 1973. Since then, Mike has photographed marine life from the shores of the Bahamas, Caribbean, and South Pacific. The lure of the Islands became so powerful that he moved to Andros Island in the Bahamas or two years and worked as a divemaster at Small Hope Bay Lodge.

Mike enjoys photographing ll marine life—from big fish and large rays to animals no larger than a postage stamp. Mike’s photographs have been published in Skin Diver Magazine and numerous Bahamas travel guides. He has always enjoyed showing his slides to clubs and schools.

Mike is a photo society member, and exhibits in and around San Luis Obispo county.

San Clemente Kelp © Mike Francis

Mike Francis’s exhibition “Thru the Looking Glass Underwater” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of July, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Alice Cahill—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for June 2011: “Image Quest”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, June 10th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


Alice Cahill, an award winning nature photographer, is inspired by the Earth—she is fascinated by it. Alice she believes in nature as a healing force and a refuge from the chaos of daily life.

Alice’s has had her photos published in many nature and photo magazines, including Outdoor California, Photographers Forum, Outdoor and Nature, and Oprah’s O Magazine. She is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Almost Heaven © Alice Cahill

Alice Cahill’s exhibition “Image Quest” can be viewed at the Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of June, from the 1st through the 29th.

www.senseofwonderphotography.com

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Kathy Miller—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for June 2011: “Vibrant Illuminations”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, June 10th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


Kathy Miller is an award winning watercolor artist whose main objectives are fresh, brilliant color and gesture. She prefers the experience of outdoor painting, and primarily creates compositions in a fresh spontaneous approach which include natural landscapes, seascapes, and florals. Believing that art may be found in everyday life, Kathy’s future plans include exploring new processes and continuing to paint en plein air whenever possible.

Kathy is primarily self-taught with a few classes at Bakersfield College. Some of the many workshops attended include, Joyce Pike, Robert Reynolds, Buck Paulsen, Jo Tarabula, Paul Buxman, Jane Hofstetter and Charles Reid.

Following the Bait © Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller’s exhibition “Vibrant Illuminations” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of June, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Jay Bonestell & Mary Velasquez—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artists’ Exhibit for May 2011

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, May 13th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


















Mary Velasquez creates the appearance of oil paintings from photographic images taken of the Central Coast. These images are generally deeper in tone and texture, representing a more formal interpretation. Each image is made into a giclee reproduction on canvas. Each of these giclees on canvas are textured and five coats of UV varnish are applied to ensure archival quality with the look of an oil painting. Mary’s gourds are grown outside her studio. Each gourd is a unique canvas and shape with variation in design. Mary often utilizes reeds, pine needles old jewelry and car parts to embellish these wonderful gourds!

Oceano Dunes © Mary Velasquez

Jay Bonestell works with traditional oil, acrylic, pastels and watercolor. He is comfortable painting murals and creating artwork from found materials, including driftwood, rocks, shells and eucalyptus bark! Jay's art work reflect his love of nature and his favorite subjects include landscapes, with a special focus on wildflowers and birds, native to the Central Coast of California.

Springtime East-West Ranch © Jay Bonestell 

Jay Bonestell’s and Mary Velasquez’s show can be viewed at the Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of May, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Sharon Sobraske—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for May 2011: “For the Fun of It” 

An Artist Reception will be held Friday, May 13th from 5-8pm at Gallery At Marina Square


Sharon Sobraske is a self taught artist, whose style, after nine years, is still ever changing and evolving.  During Sharon’s journey of discovery, she has gravitated from watercolor and acrylics to gouache and mixed media. Her subject matters, including koi fish, flowers and landscapes, utilize complex, rich, color combinations.

Orchids © Sharon Sobraske
  
A special Guest Artist Reception for Sharon Sobraske, will be held Friday, May 13th from 5-8 pm at Gallery at Marina Square, on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.

Sharon Sobraske’s exhibition “For the Fun of It” can be viewed at the Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of May, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery At Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Friday, April 1, 2011

Gay McNeal—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist’s Exhibit for April 2011:
“Tactile Explorations”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, April 8th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Gay possesses an appreciation of the multifaceted role that fiber has played in the art and material cultures of many ethnic societies, and her creative high comes from the actual process of trying out the multitude of techniques, both old and new, available to textile artists today.

Gay McNeal's exhibition “Tactile Explorations” can be viewed at the Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of April, from the 1st through the 29th.
   
Marsh © Gay McNeal
Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068