Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Setup Day for June, 2016

SET UP DAY

We had a good Memorial Weekend and we had tons of tourists coming into town and into our Gallery.  Our Set Up Day went great with Spanky getting his amazing paintings installed in the lower gallery and Bill Sima, with his incredible photography on metal, in the upper gallery.  We started early, as usual with our Hanging Crew, so that we could begin hanging at 9am and finish before 11am... so we all could go to lunch.  We had a small group at Lunch Bunch yesterday, only the six of us, but we had so much fun getting to know one another better!!  The shows look wonderful!!

  


RECEPTION NIGHT & ART WALK FRIDAY

Please mark your calendars for Friday, June 10th for our fun evening of meeting and greeting tourists and creating customer connections.   Our customers are the reason we have a gallery and we need to all spend time developing relationships with the people who love our work and who buy our work.  And you’ll want to hear Mike Swanberg sing and hear his wonderful music!  We will also have some great finger foods to eat!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Setup Day for May 2016

On Setup Day for May 2016 we setup two amazing artists - Hope Myers & Don Doubledee!

We had such fun getting our new shows set up on Saturday. Hope Myer’s show is full of wonderful watercolors—landscapes, waterscapes, animals cover our lower room Featured Artist area. It’s hugely full of color which is so perfect for our Spring May month! Hope has a variety of work on canvas, framed under glass, tiles, folios and lots of cards ready for the customers coming to the Gallery.





Don Doubledee’s show in the upper gallery is such a wonderful contrast of drawings in black and white and color washes…which really pop on the red Guest Artist wall. He has all different sizes with folios and cards for people to choose from. It has such a great modern feel to his show.





Don and Hope are both amazing artists who have done amazing work to get ready for this show! Be sure to come on down, and see for yourself! Hope's watercolors will bring a dash of light and color, and Don's Pen and Ink drawings will simplify your life!


See you soon!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Setup Day for April 2016



We have two amazing artists sharing the month of April. Our Featured Artist is Painter Marc Genet.





Marc Genet’s abstract paintings are wonderfully filling up the lower walls of the Gallery. 

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Our Guest Artist this month is Alison Salome!




Alison Salome's show is full of birds with lots of works which we were able to put out in the upper room.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Setup Day for March 2016

SET UP DAY 2/29

We had such a fun Set Up Day today.  George Asdel, with his wonderful abstracts and poetry are so amazing.  He and his wife, Kathie, worked together to get all the wall tags up and all the pieces priced.  And Jeff Odell’s show in the upper room is fantastic too.  The Hanging Crew did an an amazing job today and we were able to get the shows up and then on down to the Restaurant for our Lunch Bunch.

Featured Artist George Asdel

Guest Artist Jeff Odell

OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH
And we had quite a crowd for out Out To Lunch Bunch at the Dutchman Restaurant today.  It’s always so fun to meet with everyone, visit and catch up on what we’re doing, and just chat away and laugh.






MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Our OPENING RECEPTION for George and Jeff is Friday, March 11th from 5-8pm!!


WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
Please welcome Ryan Carroll to the Gallery.  Ryan works is cut paper and his wall is next to Lisa Kanofsky’s in the upper room.  Ryan lives in Santa Maria.  Welcome aboard, Ryan!

Please welcome Marjorie Zlotowitz to the Gallery.  Marjorie is a jeweler and her jewelry box in next to the Sales Desk in the lower room.  Marjorie lives in Cambria with her husband T.J.  Welcome aboard, Marjorie!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Setup Day for February 2016

TAKE DOWN DAY
Our crews work very hard at taking down Carlo’s and Virginia’s shows on Friday.  Don spent a lot of time painting and spackeling walls and making our Gallery look pristine again. Jeff and Spanky worked hard at taking down work and helping the artists pack up their shows. 

Sharon Sobraske moved to a wall in the upper room and Carlo moved his work to the wall next to Ingrid Brink, so we had lots of activity going on that day.  And Gregory McIntosh was very busy organizing Community Walls with new work and rotating art throughout the Gallery.  And Spanky was busy helping install our newest member, Ryan Carroll, who does amazing paper collage.  His wall is in the upper room next to Lisa Kanofsky—welcome aboard Ryan!

SET UP DAY
Gary Fair came super early to the Gallery so we were able to get his show up first.  If you haven’t been to a Set Up Day, then you haven’t seen the great system we have in place.  Don, Greg, Jeff, Greg and Spanky do such great work hauling artwork up the stairs, unpacking boxes and bags and set out each piece of artwork that needs to be hung.  We have such a great team working together…my job is to step back and look at each wall as one large canvas so that each framed picture that is hung all works with the others framed pieces around it.  Don hammers the nails in place and works with me on placement while Jeff and Spanky feed him nails and artwork.  It’s a real team effort and lots of work and we’ve had a Hanging Crew do this together for 13 years now—some of the crew has changed over the years, but Don and I have been doing it the whole time.  And Gary’s oil paintings are amazing and his show is great with so many wonderful waterscape images with surfers and boats and so much more.  You have to come and see it all.



Jillian came on time and Greg helped haul her work up to the upper room and I worked out the placement of each piece while Don and Spanky and Jeff got all the wonderful photography up on the walls while Greg helped manage clean up.  Her show looks wonderful and full of color!!  Such fun photography.




OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH
We had 7 artists who joined in for the Lunch Bunch and they said they had a great time.  We had Don, Jillian, Gay, Jack, Carlo, Jeff and Greg (who was taking the pic).  It’s such a good marketing strategy to get other artists to know you so that they can sell your work better when it’s their day to sit.



MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Friday, February 12th is our Opening Reception for Gary Fair and Jillian Parks!!  Please come and support your fellow artists and make some sales for yourself while your there!!  We'll have lots of food and wonderful music by Mike Swanberg.


HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Setup Day for January 2016

SET UP DAY

We had a wonderful Set Up Day yesterday.  Virginia Mack and our wonderful Hanging Crew got her Featured Artist walls set up with her wonderful show “Feathers and Light” and all her amazing watercolors of birds!!  And Carlo Christian (although he left before I got a pic of him) has his photography up in the upper Gallery and the Hanging Crew did an amazing job with his show too.  His awesome photography is wonderful.  

Mark your calendars for Friday, Jan 8th—next week for our RECEPTION NIGHT!!!


OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH
We had such a good lunch at the Dutchman Restaurant…and although I missed getting a pic of Virginia and myself, the rest of the artists look happy and contented from a great meal!



HAPPY NEW YEAR
We have a lot to be thankful for this year…our Gallery is staying open and we’re able to pay our bills when so many galleries are having to close.  We have one of the largest galleries on the Central Coast with the most top professional artists under one roof!  We have an amazing location, the best view out our back door, and such loving friendships with each other inside!! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Setup Day for December - 2015

Hello Everyone—

We had a fantastic Set Up Day…all the artists in the Group Shows, “Glory of the Morros” and “Zoom In, Zoom Out”  had their artwork at the Gallery on time for our Hanging Crew…Don, Spanky, Greg, and Jeff….here’s Greg and Spanky putting up the smaller framed works on the wood wall around the window.



And our Hanging Crew did a terrific job at installing all the amazing artwork.  It’s a beautiful show in both rooms!  Such awesome, talented artists that we have in these two shows and in the whole Gallery!!


And it was so great to see our photographers and painters all chit-chatting throughout the morning…here’s Alice talking with Virginia and Sarah and Jari.



And then going over to the Dutchman Restaurant for our Lunch Bunch Event…we had 14 artists gathered together for the meal and we had such a good time catching up with each others lives and sharing our thoughts and creative ideas and talking about art and food, and sharing photos on our smart phones as you can see Jack doing in the photo. 



Mark your calendars for Friday, December 11th…for our Opening Reception for these two wonderful shows and for our Christmas Party…5-8pm.  All the show artists will be bringing lots of holiday treats for us to eat and Mike Swanberg will be entertaining us with his amazing voice and guitar music!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Setup Day for November 2015

SET UP DAY
We had such an awesome Set Up Day.  Ingrid's and Sarah’s show looks amazing and the colors from all the paintings really work so well together.  You can see from the photos that Ingrid and Sarah use a similar color palette so all the artwork for the show looks wonderful together.




And Mark’s show is spectacular on the red wall with all his amazing oil paintings.  Please mark your calendars for Friday, Nov 13th for our Opening Reception and come to support these 3 talented artists and meet the customers…and even sell some of your own work while you meet and greet all the folks!!




We had a terrific turn-out for our Out To Lunch Bunch on Set Up Day…it’s so wonderful to catch up with all the things happening with our members, share ideas and talk about art!!  Our Hanging Crew does such an awesome job in getting our shows up.  Thank you guys!



Friday, October 2, 2015

Setup Day for October 2015

Hello Everyone—

TAKE DOWN DAY
We had such a productive Take Down Day this month with our painting the Guest Wall in the upper room.  Our Hanging Crew (Don Doubledee, Spanky Anderson, Jeff Odell, Greg Siragusa, and Gregory McIntosh) all helped, but Don and Greg made several trips to the Gallery during the night and wee-hours of the morning to put on several coats of paint.  Tons of work!!  And they did an amazing job!!  The wall is great!!  Below they are standing by the “bubblegum” color of the Primer they used…it hurts your eyes!! 



SET UP DAY
And the wall was ready to hang with our Central Coast Iconographers artwork.  And here’s the wall with the paint dried and ready to hang.  And below are Don and Spanky putting up some of the finishing touches of the Guest Artist Show with Deb and her Icon Group of Painters.







And our Featured Artist this month is Jo Swanberg and her show is wonderful in the Lower Gallery.  Lots of colors and textures!!  Here she is putting up the wall tags for her beautiful watercolors. 



Monday, August 31, 2015

Setup Day for September 2015

We’ve had good August Sales and this weekend we had lots of people visiting Morro Bay…and our Take Down Day was very busy…not only with customers coming into the Gallery, but with all the activity of taking down Spanky’s and Linda’s shows.  Their work is so wonderful and it’s always fun being with the artists and talking about their beautiful artwork.  

SET UP DAY
We started very early yesterday morning, about 8:30 am to avoid all the heat, in setting up Jack's and Gay’s artwork on the Guest Artist wall for their show.  Gay’s fabric artwork and Jack’s photography really look wonderful…all the colors mixing and complementing each other’s artwork.  And then we set up Mari O’Brien’s artwork…her African theme with all it’s amazing textures and colors are so wonderful.  Take a look below…everyone was putting the finishing touches on their shows.  They look so good.
Featured artist Mari O'Brien setting up her Show 
DREAMS OF AFRICA
Guest Artists Jack & Gay McNeal and their show, 
PIXELS TO PIECING, TWO VIEWS II

   

OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH
We always have such fun when we meet for lunch…and we had such fun watching all the kayaking and canoeing going on in the bay while we ate.  We had such a good time!  And special thanks to our Hanging Crew—Don Doubledee, Jeff Odell, Spanky Anderson, Gregory McIntosh, and Greg Siragusa—they work very hard climbing ladders, hauling work up and down the stairs from vehicle to Gallery, spackeling, painting, cleaning and all kinds of other jobs that come up!!  Thank you, guys!!



OPENING RECEPTION
Please mark your calendars for Friday, Sept 11th for our Opening Reception for our Featured Artists Exhibition in September!!  Hopefully Jack will make his famous Cranberry Cookies!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Reception Night, July 10th


Reception night was an unusual night in Morro Bay—hot and clammy—but we had lots of tourists and locals coming in to participate in the evening’s event, and walk throughout the Marina Square Complex.

Our exhibiting artists, Pat Newton and Greg Siragusa, talked with all the folks that wanted to learn more about their amazing artwork, and had very good sales, and it was great to see people wanting to come back again and again. Both Pat and Greg had price points (greeting cards, folios of various sizes, tiles, magnets, giclées, etc) in all formats for customers to choose from. We also had new member Alison Salome join the gallery and who just got her photography work set up on that day.

Alison Salome,
new member
Patricia Newton,
Oil Painting
Gregory Siragusa,
Photograph

Monday, July 6, 2015

Setup Day for July Shows


June 30th was the gallery’s “setup day” for our July shows: Gregory Siragusa’s photography show, “Into the Light,” and Patricia Newton’s oil painting show, “Way of the Sea.” Setup day is always full of hustle and bustle, as not just the exhibiting artists put up their shows, but also new members, and many of the other artists put up new work. This is also the day that the artists get together as the “lunch bunch” at a popular local eatery, where they get a chance to catch up with each other.

Greg Siragusa, Photography
Patricia Newton, Oil Painting

Jillian Parks, new gallery member, stands
in front of her photography exhibit

Monday, June 15, 2015

Artist’s Reception, June 12

   
We had nice, balmy weather in Morro Bay on reception night, and lots of tourists coming into the gallery to participate in the evening’s event—and walk thought the Marina Square complex. Alice Cahill and Bill Sima, our exhibiting artists, were busy talking with all the folks that wanted to learn more about their photography.
 
Alice Cahill, photographer
Bill Sima, photographer

















Tasty treats
Sweet treats  

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Setup day for June's exhibits

 
Our Set Up Day on May 30th was great. Alice Cahill’s photography for her “Nature’s Best” show got installed into the lower gallery area and Bill Sima’s photography show on metal is installed in the upper gallery area. The shows both looks awesome.

Setup day is also the day when many of the artists come in to switch around the work on their walls or bring in new work, and then gather together as the “lunch bunch” at a favorite local eatery. It’s always a fun time of connecting with our fellow artists.

Alice Cahill—all set up!
Bill Sima’s photography exhibit


Gallery artist Jarien de Ham participated in a week of
sculpting at the California Sculptors Symposium in
Cambria in May and got 1st Place in Stone for her Italian
alabaster 
sculpture entitled EgretShe brought it in
to display at the gallery for the month of June.