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Estuary inspired art MBAA host MBNEP for 20th anniversary

Modified: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015


Morro Bay Art Association members will be exploring the local estuaries to find that perfect view to inspire their artistic expression. They will then create a work of art to help celebrate the Morro Bay National Estuaries Program’s 20th anniversary in a traveling art show opening Feb. 26 with an artist’s reception from 2 to 4 p.m. March 1. The show will then move on to San Luis Obispo on April 13.

Ann Brown the director of the Art Center Morro Bay Gallery said that this was a natural partnership between the two nonprofits. MBAA are excited to be able to celebrate and share the natural beauty of the estuary thanks to the efforts of the MBNEP.

“This is going to be a great time for our members,” Brown said. “They will be able to go out and find a view of the estuary that inspires them and we will be accepting photographs, paintings in different mediums, pastel work, really any 2D medium that members come up with. This will also be a traveling show that will move to the San Luis Obispo Art Museum in April and then on to Los Osos. The members of the MBNEP will be choosing the best work produced to travel from location to location. We may also have some student art submitted from Kathy Miller’s watercolor class so we will have quite a diverse representation of the natural beauty that exists in the Morro Bay estuary.”

People will be transported into the heart of the local estuary when they walk through the Morro Bay Art Gallery. Local artist Mimi Whitney Hafft will be on display as will many other notable landscape artists, sharing the best of their work in celebration of the 20 years of preservation and rehabilitation that the MBNEP has accomplished.

Some of these local artists were even a party to some of the restoration and the passion for ecological preservation will show in their art. Attending the show is also a great way to see what an Art Association membership can do for an artist.

Brown explained that anyone may join the Morro Bay Art Association and that membership is only $25 per year. With membership an artist may join classes, hang art in a variety of themed shows, juried member shows and become a part of the diverse community of artist that flourish through this organization. Those wishing to join can visit www.artcentermorrobay.com for more information.

Down the road the MBAA will be partnering with the Morro Bay Historical Society to produce art featuring Morro Bay. Brown said the group has a lot going on this year and hopes to see everyone out to enjoy the arts in Morro Bay.

The Art Center Morro Bay Gallery is located at 835 Main Street in Morro Bay and is open from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

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