Saturday, December 1, 2012

Carol Astaire—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for December 2012: “Catch a Wave”

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


Carol Astaire

     
I absolutely love the ocean! Being on it, in it, or hiking beside it brings me pure joy. Every day is a new experience and I always start to smile and sing when I take off in my kayak. Born and raised on the California coast, it just simply is in my blood.

With a lifetime of education, teaching, exhibiting, and traveling to draw upon, I have devoted the last five years to exploring the ocean south of the Port of Los Angeles to north of Monterey County; photoraphing extensively in all conditions year round. Then I use my reference photos to help remind me of my experiences on the water when I return to my studio and get to work.

Rough Seas at Montana de Oro © Carol Astaire
I now try to bring it all together in a free and joyful expression of the things of the sea I love most. Still using the old masters’ techniques of multiple layers, glazes, and traditional mediums to produce the luminosity and visceral qualities that are so rich—I hope to share all of it with anyone who views my work.

http://www.astaire-fineart.com

Carol Astaire’s exhibition “Catch a Wave” 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

San Luis Obispo Camera Club—Guest Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for December 2012: “Point of View”

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

San Luis Obispo Camera Club’s motto is “Photography the Fun Way.” We enjoy the camaraderie of people with a common interest in photography. Whatever your level of experience, if you are interested in photography you’ll enjoy our activities and members. We have a good time while learning from each other!

Lupine and Fog © Nyla James

Our club is a non-profit organization devoted to photography as a hobby. Membership is open to all who have an interest in photography, no matter what your level of experience. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except December) in the Fireside Room at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in San Luis Obispo. Please see our web site for information about the Club as well as upcoming meetings and directions to our meeting location http://www.slocameraclub.org

Mission Garden © Bob Lata
“Point of View” is an exhibit of favorite images by about 20 of our 130 members. The participating photographers represent a cross section of our membership—from a few who are relatively new to photography and have never exhibited their work before to those whose work scores high in our Club Competitions and local juried art shows to members who teach photographic techniques at local workshops and seminars.

Morro Rock © Pat Brown




Monarch © Ronnie Goyette

Sandhill Cranes at Sunset
© Don Henderson

San Luis Obispo Camera Club’s exhibition “Point of View” 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

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ardella Swanberg—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for November 2012: “Visions of Grandeur”

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

Ardella Swanberg
I have been frustrated the last few years with realistic painting. I enjoy doing it but I want to try more abstract visions. So I have reviewed some of my older paintings that have no subject. Some are geometric, some amorphous and I have used those as a theme for this exhibition. Then in July, I had a chance to fly to Sacramento in a small plane. When I fly I am always inspired by the patterns of the landscape. The fields and roads and forests appear abstract so they have kindled ideas for paintings too. Another theme this year has been the Universe, using color and texture to describe my amazement and awe when I see photographs of the planets and stars.

Regatta © Ardella Swanberg
I am excited by bright colors and contrast of light and dark. I use these in all my paintings oil, acrylic and watercolor to make my designs. To me the subject is only a reason to make a painting. The real goal is to put down paint in an interesting way and try to make it an expression of my experiences.

I have had paintings accepted in many national shows. This year I was accepted in two juried shows, Local Color and the Central Coast Watercolor Society both at the Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. I have been represented in the figure drawing show “Clothing Optional” at the Gallery at Marina Square in March 2012 and October 2011.

After many years of studying, I still enjoy taking classes to hone my skills and giving classes to encourage others to try their hand at painting and drawing.

Ardella Swanberg’s exhibition “Visions of Grandeur” 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

Craft Show—Special Exhibit

Gallery at Marina Square Presents A Special Exhibit for November 2012: Craft Show

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


Kristina Albion, Rod Baker, Rick Carter, Sandy Christey, Diane & Keith Kerner, Janice Ray Lehmkuhl, Debbie McCrigler, Gay McNeal, Rodney Meador, Diane Miller, Hope Myers, Lois Pruitt, Larry Shapers, Rod Steelman, Kathryn Thomas, Bonnie Werring, John Wilson.

Gallery at Marina Square’s Craft 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

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dorothy Riggs—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for October 2012: “New Mixed Media”

A Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, October 12th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square
 
Featured artist, Dorothy Riggs

The creative process of art making serves several profound purposes for me. It’s an open-eyed meditation, a playground for the inner child of my psyche: a time and place for ultimate freedom and imagination to come alive.

Wishing Tree © Dorothy Riggs

I’ve had a never-ending love affair with color, texture, and curvilinear forms. These aesthetic principles are incorporated into my work, whether with oils on large canvases or mixed media, and collage on paper.

I work in a direct mode, intuitively and without preplanning. This keeps the imagery fresh and brings forth icons of the subconscious realm, executed boldly and with passion.

My imagery is a merging of nature and the spiritual world, embodying a whimsical, playful portrayal of women and their empowerment. 

Aligning myself with these “Innerscapes” broadens my spiritual awareness, and facilitates personal growth. Art becomes the essential tool, allowing me to express and integrate feelings and concepts visually.

http://dorothyriggs.com

Dorothy Riggs’ exhibition 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

The SPIN Group—Guest Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for October 2012: “Sensational Silks”

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

Fall Leaves ©
Linda Duncan
Harvest the Vines © Beverly Johnson









SPIN stands for Silk Painters International, a group that promotes silk painting as a fine art around the world. It has the responsibility of designating artists as Master Silk Painters after they submit an application, complete some rather rigid requirements, and pass a committee of their peers. It is a prestigious honor.

Irises © Pam Rivas
In January of 2011, Stephany Andrews, a local artist who was on the SPIN Board of Directors, met with a group of artists to see if there was sufficient interest in having a local chapter. The response has been overwhelming and we now have 35 members who meet monthly to share ideas, techniques, offer support, and promote our local silk artists. We are now the largest chapter in the world. 

Our mission statement: “To promote silk painting as an art form. It is our purpose to encourage artists through the sharing of information and techniques.”  

Afrasia © Stephany Andrews
Rainbow Fish © Sandy Christey



Bird of Paradise © Eileen Stegman
Ocean Friends © Carol Shaddox





















Sunset © Hiroko Rampenthal
The “Sensational Silks” exhibition 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

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Jarien de Ham—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for September 2012: “Brush With a Chinese Accent”

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

Jarien de Ham

Jarien de Ham has lived on the Central Coast since 1974 with her husband, Gerald, and has raised two sons here. Her interest in art began as a child, then on to a BA from UCSB, working as an artist from home, followed by classes in Chinese painting and calligraphy at Cuesta College in the early 2000’s. This added to a lifelong interest in Asian culture from martial arts to Zen Buddhism leading, naturally to study at an art academy in Hangzhou, China. It is ever a challenge to master traditional techniques as well as push the boundaries of spontaneity. The climate and locale of the Central Coast continues to inspire and feed the need to express landscapes and forms with an Asian feel.

Egret Pair at Sweet Springs © Jarien de Ham

Jarien de Ham’s exhibition “Brush With a Chinese Accent” 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

Sarah DeLong and Hope Myers—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for September 2012: Watercolors of Hope Myers and Sarah DeLong

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

Hope Myers
Hope Myers is an award-winning artist who paints watercolors and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry in her “An Artist’s Garden” studio in Los Osos, California. She began to work with art forms as a child and continued her interests through a B.A. degree in Wisconsin with a minor in art history.

In California, Hope has extended her fine arts studies through academic classes at Cal Poly, and through professional workshops with Robert Reynolds, Helmuth Wegner, Kolan Peterson, Tom Lynch, and others.

Frogs © Hope Myers

Hope’s primary medium is transparent watercolor. Using vibrant colors in sometimes unusual combinations; in clean and at times simple settings, she emphasizes her love for the beauty
of living things and outdoor scenes that can brighten our lives.



Sarah DeLong
Sarah DeLong moved to Morro Bay at the end of 2011 after living in Grinnell, Iowa. Watercolor has been her medium of choice for over 24 years. She is in her element painting by a mountain stream or painting a boat in a harbor. In recent years painting people has been an interest of hers. Sarah loves the glowing transparent colors you get with watercolor and has developed a loose realistic style.

Sarah is a signature member of the Iowa watercolor Society and has won a 1st, a 3rd and two 5th place ribbons in their Annual Jury Show. She has exhibited in many shows in Minnesota and Iowa. In 2010 the national Transparent Watercolor Society accepted her "Oaxacan Basket Weaver" painting in their Annual Jury show. She is represented by Catriri's Art Oasis in Amana Iowa.

Approaching Fog Morro Bay © Sarah DeLong


Hope Myer’s and Sarah Long’s watercolor exhibition 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

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Patricia Newton—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for August 2012: “California Dreams”

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

Patricia Newton

Patricia is an award-winning artist, residing on the Central Coast for over 24 years.

Patricia enjoys portraits entrusted to her, and has found a deep love of the sea and the Central Coast. Her oil painting style is reflected by a glazing technique utilizing several thin layers of paint establishing a translucent effect within her artistic compositions. Patricia enjoys painting Seascapes and Morro Rock, a local landmark, located in Morro Bay, CA

Patricia’s work is collected throughout the USA and Internationally. She is a current member of the Portrait Society of America and Associate Member of Oil Painters of America.

Reflections © Pat Newton

Patricia Newton’s exhibition “California Dreams” 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

Rod Steelman—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for August 2012: “A Question of Balance”

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

Rod Steelman

Rod has always been fascinated by geology, rock formations, shells and beach combings.

Out of Rod’s dreams come colorful images of these shapes and forms, at once real, and yet unreal, held together in the most delicate balance, reflecting the uncertainty of life’s passages.

Rod’s life on the Central Coast offers endless inspiration and an overflowing vessel for his explorations of oil, watercolor, sculpture, mixed media jewelry, even whimsical drawings… each seems to hold its own piece of this puzzle of balance.
On Edge © Rod Steelman
There is a moment of tension...
a not quite touching...
when the world stands still
and all things are possible.

In that moment exists the question...
collapse and chaos
or balance and growth?

Rod Steelman’s exhibition “A Question of Balace” 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

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Randee Ward—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for July 2012: “A Twist of Nature”

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

Randee Ward

To develop something in a fresh and different way with nature as my subject, I create artistic expressions that start with the realism of photography, but that’s where I take a different turn. It has become my passion to express myself with both mixed media utilizing a photo core and multiple photographic images using one, or many, original photographs.

Fall’s End © Randee Ward

My mixed media is where I merge my imagination with the reality of the photograph. Simply put, I go beyond the photographic borders. By no means is it traditional mixed media. Being fascinated with the process of extending and merging realism with the imagined, using a blend of different media, I have created a very unique style that excites me. The entire process of creating, beginning with shooting the scene or object I want to photograph, up to putting the last touch on the expression, continually engulfs each creative urge I feel. To merge different media and change the outcome and feel of the beginning photo… it’s amazing.

The same can be said for my development of multiple images. Here technology meets creativity and I get thoroughly engrossed in the process. What starts with a simple photographic image ends by embracing a variety of digital tools and completely moves away from the original photograph. The end result is a creative expression that has grown dramatically.

Based on nature, both types of expressions compliment each other. Each allows me to fulfill my need to express the beauty in nature.

Randee Ward’s exhibition “A Twist of Nature” 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

Rosanne Seitz—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for July 2012: “Rhythm of the Land”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, July 13th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Rosanne Seitz, busy at work!

Seitz began her art investigation with childhood drawings, photography, oils and acrylics. has learned her skill through reading, investigation and workshops with many talented, well-known artists including Helmeth Wegner, Milford Zornes, Don Archer, Polly Hammett, Charlotte Brittain, Linda Doll, Jeanne Dobie, Frank Webb, Ron Ranson, Dale Laitinen, Don Andrews, Tom Lynch, Tony Couch and Katherine Chang Liu. She loves to paint outdoors and in her studio.

Horse Country © Rosanne Seitz

Seitz specializes in the watercolor medium using archival papers for her paintings of land, sea, structures and people. She is drawn to nature, agriculture, and the relationship between man and the land with focus on the vibrant, luminous colors and the dynamic compositions available in nature. She also paints plein air in oil and watercolor. Her limited edition fine art reproductions,with archival inks and paper is available in editions of 200, 99, and 15.

She has taught adult watercolor classes and her own series of workshops since 1993. She does demonstration painting for interested artist groups. She is a Central Coast Watercolor Society Signature Member , a San Luis Obispo Gallery Association member and was a San Luis Obispo Art Center Board Member for two years. She is a member of SLOPE (San Luis Outdoor Painters of the Environment), which paints to increase awareness of our natural environmental resources and El Camino Art Association.

She is also kept busy with her full schedule of shows and art festivals, commission work. Seitz is co-owner of The Gallery at the Network, located in downtown San Luis Obispo. She has work in private collections in many states in the U.S., Europe and in Japan.

Her work can currently be seen at www.rosanneseitz.com and she is a permanently featured artist at The Gallery at the Network, 778 Higuera St Suite B, San Luis Obispo, CA , 805-788-0886, 11-6pm daily, 11-8 Thursday, 11-5 Sunday.

Rosanne Seitz’s watercolor exhibit “Rhythm of the Land” 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

Friday, June 1, 2012

Jeff Odell and Kira Fluer Olshefski—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artists’ Exhibit for June 2012: “Town and Country”

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

Kira Fluer Olshefski
Kira Fluer Olshefski is a California Central Coast artist, residing in Atascadero. She has dabbled in a variety of media, but has found oil paint to be her media of choice. Kira taught elementary school for many years. Incorporating art into the curriculum was one of the highlights of her teaching career. Often one could find Kira and her students taking walking field trips with drawing pads and pencils in hand. She encouraged her students to create from the heart and connect with their subject. After leaving teaching, Kira wanted to focus on her art. She is happy to be out of the classroom and exploring the Central Coast. Just like her students, she paints from the heart and connects with her subject.

Carrizo Plain Tractor © Kira Fluer Olshefski


Jeff Odell
Jeff Odell has created visual images since early childhood. He began his formal art education at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California, and completed upper division studies at the Kansas City art Institute, earning a BFA in painting in 1979.

A major influence at KCAI was his experience in the painting studio of nationally recognized painter and Professor Emeritus Wilbur Niewald, who divided the act of painting into two categories: “visual painting” is executed directly from the observation of the subject in real time and space, “conceptual painting” is executed from sources other than direct observation, such as photos, drawings, computer, and the imagination. Niewald taught that the only way to get at the visual truth of color is to work directly from nature.

Indian © Jeff Odell

Jeff Odell has pursued the “truth of color” for more than 30 years on the Central California Coast, painting rural/urban landscapes, seascapes, portraits and figures, interior studies, and “anything that will sit long enough to serve as a subject.” He has created public artwork within the City of Morro Bay, including two “Art Cans” (large concrete trash cans turned into murals); one is located at the top of the Centennial Stairway, next to Dorn’s Breakers Café, the other is at 845 Embarcadero. He has a large mural on the north wall of the Backstage Salon, located at 960 Main Street, and he has also worked with school children to create a large painting on canvas, which hangs in the multi-purpose room at Del Mar Elementary School in north Morro Bay. 

Jeff Odell’s and Kira Fluer Olshefski’s exhibition of oil paintings, “Town and Country,” 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

Alison Watt Jackson—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for June 2012: “Earthly Goddess”

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

Ancient Ones © Alison Watt-Jackson

Alison Watt Jackson likes putting women in touch with their inner spiritual female deity. “Goddesses are cross cultural, and have been an integral part of this earth since the beginning of time, and continue to exist today.” Ms. Jackson recognizes the sacred relationship of Goddess and Earth and believes in the basic Native American philosophy of all things being connected.

Unlike many traditional photographers, Ms. Jackson is about nurturing her subjects and the connections shared, rather then narrowly focusing on the finished product. For her, in a modern paradigm shift, giving presides over taking, and affirmation prevails over exploiting.

Painted Coast © Alison Watt Jackson

“As a woman, an intuitive, and practitioner of the healing arts, it is a natural progression for my camera to become an extension of my own mind, body and soul. I reach out to women with my lens and they reach back, one Goddess to another. This is when the magic happens and the worries of the world are left behind.”

Alison Watt Jackson (b 1967 Hartford, Connecticut) holds a BA from Plymouth State University Cum Laude and a MS from Rutger’s University. She has participated in both solo and group shows through out the United States and has won several international awards for her work. In 2009, she was the Artist in Residence for the online publication, “Shine.” Awards and Publications include F Stop Magazine (2011), Photographer’s Forum Magazine (2010), Visual Overture Magazine (2010), Art Rom Gallery, Rome, Italy (2010), and Women in Photography International (2009). Documentary and Fine Art Abstract best describe her imagery yet she is forever experimenting with new themes and techniques. Alison resides on the central coast of California with her husband.

Alison Watt Jackson’s photography exhibition “Earthly Goddess” 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

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cat Evans & Bill Sima—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artists’ Exhibit for May 2012: Photography of Bill Sima and Cat Evans

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

Cayucos Sunset © Bill Sima

Bill Sima is a local orthopaedic surgeon who has been practicing in Templeton for twenty years. Growing up in Hawaii inspired his passion for photography. He primarily captures pictures of the coastline. Each picture is digitally enhanced to reflect the beauty of the central coast. Bill travels frequently to places like Costa Rica and Belize for missionary work. Besides doing photography he enjoys kite boarding, flying, tennis and bike riding. He also volunteers his time to his local church and to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department Flying Samaritans for humanitarian medical aide in the aero squadron.



Cat Evans (right) with
daughter Angela
Cat Evans started taking pictures many years ago to keep in the family albums, but always loved taking pictures of just about anything. She got her first film SLR when her daughter was young and it opened another door. Years went by and then came the Digital age. And with that, it resurrected a love for capturing moments, not just pictures.


Vintage Wheels © Cat Evans

Cat loves what we have here on the Central Coast and any place she can take her camera… from traveling overseas to Motorsports events and all the land between our great oceans.


Cat enjoys sharing what she sees through her lens or, should we say, “Thru Catz Eyes.”

http://thrucatzeyes.blogspot.com


The photography of Bill Sima and Cat Evans can be viewed at 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

Joyce Wycoff—Guest Artist


Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artists’ Exhibit for May 2012: Joyce Wycoff’s “Dynamic Dreamscapes” photography based mixed media 


Joyce Wycoff
Joyce Wycoff loves color and light. These are the qualities that pull her into an image, and her small, go-with-her-everywhere camera is what allows her to capture images which become her “tubes of paint.” These images mix and mingle with each other through the mechanism of Photoshop, finally resulting in something beyond the realm of reality, something that captures a fleeting moment of creativity.

In the Garden of East and West © Joyce Wycoff

Each of Joyce’s digital paintings contain as many as 20-30 images, all taken by Joyce on her journeys around the world and blended together to create something completely new. Because she wants her collectors to experience the same awe and gratitude she feels in creating each painting, she includes the word “joy” in each of her works.

Joyce Wycoff is a published author of several books on creativity and personal effectiveness. Her latest book, “Joy after the Fire” is now available from iBookstore.

Joyce is an active and inspirational blogger at “Imagine Joy Art”


Joyce Wycoff’s photography based mixed media exhibit “Dynamic Dreamscapes” can be viewed at 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

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Deb Festa—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for April 2012: “Beauty Across America”

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

Deb Festa

Deb Festa is opening her multi media exhibition “Beauty Across America.” Deb, a well known Central Coast Artist, layers her watercolor paintings with vibrant color combinations.

Deb finds immense joy in capturing nature’s light, color, and ever-changing moods in her refreshing watercolor and acrylic paintings. She is known for her vibrant color combinations. Painting exclusively in watercolor since 1991, she added acrylic in 2007, and has become well known throughout the central coast, with local and international art lovers collecting her work.

Deb’s purpose is to capture and share the serenity and joy of nature – a serene refuge from the modern world. Deb lives in Los Osos, California with her husband Ray. They have two grown children, Stephanie and Isaiah.

Moab, Utah © Deb Festa

Deb Festa’s exhibition “Beauty Across America” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of April, 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 Group—Guest Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artists’ Exhibit for April 2012: “Clothing Optional”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, April 13th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Members from the Friday Life Group who are exhibiting: Leonard Boyle, Carmen Fojo, Jan French, Jan Mannering, Kate Moldauer, Jacqueline Morello, Heather O’Connor, Rosie Rosenthal, Kathleen Schwan, Joan Sullivan, and Ardella Swanberg.

The Friday Life Group began in 1981 at an artist’s studio in Morro Bay and soon moved to the Morro Bay Community Center. It continues to this day. Many of the artists who initially began with the group are still continuing to draw nudes with the knowledge that this classic skill benefits any other type of artwork they might do. It is rather like cross-training.

© Ardella Swanberg
© Jackie Morello

Red Head © Heather O’Connor






We are fortunate to have skilled models who take 2, 5, 10, 20 and 30 minute poses for us. They include a dancer, an athlete, a caregiver, a waitress and a retired person.

Artists such as Blake, Degas, El Greco, Gauguin, da Vinci, Matisse, Michelangelo, Parrish, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rodin, van Gogh and Wyeth have drawn, painted and sculpted nudes for various reasons such as the study of anatomy, gesture, form having produced final finished pieces of art. It takes great skill and years of practice to render the human form convincingly and properly expressed.

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

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