Monday, February 2, 2015

Setup Day for February Shows

January 30th was the day to set up our exhibiting artists for February: George Asdel’s show “Wildlife Wisdom & Whimsy”—drawings, paintings, and poetry, and Virginia Mack’s watercolor show “Splash: Images of Morro Bay.” The gallery teemed with activity as the exhibiting artists set up their work, many of the other artists put up new worked or switched around their displays, and a couple of new artists set up for the first time. As is our custom, the artists took a lunch break at a popular local eating establishment.

George Asdel, featured artist
Virginia Mack, exhibiting artist
The “lunch bunch” on setup day
Magdalena Popovic, new gallery artist
“Spanky” Anderson, new gallery artist

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January Reception Night

Gallery at Marina Square held its January exhibiting artists’ reception on Friday, January 10th, featuring Kathleen VanHyfte’s colorful oil and acrylic paintings in her show titled “Painting in Paradise,” and Don Doubledee’s pencil and photography show “Morning Walk.”

We had such a great crowd of visitors to the gallery all day long and customers continued to come into the gallery throughout the night for the reception, too. Mike Swanberg, the gallery “music man” kept everybody humming along with him with his great songs.  As always, there was a great selection of munchies for everybody to enjoy. Here are some photos:

Kathleen VanHyfte,
featured artist
Don Doubledee,
exhibiting artist

Cookies, and more!

Mike Swanberg sings

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 12th—Artists’ Reception

Gallery at Marina Square has its first ever group photography show for fourteen of our gallery photographers. Our walls have some amazing photographs of our beautiful Central Coast and the show has brought in so many visitors to the gallery. We hope this will be the beginning of a wonderful tradition for our gallery every December in years to come!
Reception night—ten of our fourteen exhibiting photographers, from left to right:
Chuck Pruitt, Jack McNeal, John Gannon, James Crawford, Beth Sargent,
Karen Peterson, Cheryl Strahl, Gregory Siragusa, Bill Rumbler

Some of the sweet goodies on
our dessert table

Friday, December 5, 2014

Setup Day for Special Group Photography Exhibit “Coastal Light”

Our “setup day” for our December show was especially busy this month, since we have fourteen photographers exhibiting beautiful images of our wonderful coastline and ocean views and all of the nature that abounds around us: Alice Cahill, James Crawford, John Gannon, Bob Helfert, Chuck Jennings, Jack McNeal, Dan Morris, Karen Peterson, Charles Pruitt, Bill Rumbler, Beth Sargent, Bill Sima, Gregory Siragusa, and Cheryl Strahl.

An artist’s reception is scheduled for Friday, December 12th, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

The “Lunch Bunch” enjoying some artistic camaraderie

Beth Sargent, one of our 14
exhibiting photographers
Alice Cahill, another one of our
exhibiting photographers


After most of the setup is done, the artists enjoy each others’ company at lunch at a favorite nearby restaurant:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Reception Night—November 14th, 2014

Our reception nights are the best, and they are such fun! It was great seeing Jari de Ham, with her “Brush Flying, Ink Dancing” Chinese brush watercolor & ink exhibit, talking with so many customers looking at her work, finding it so amazing and spiritual too, as one customer shared.

Our exhibiting craft show artists (14 Central Coast crafters) were also there, and posed in front of their wonderful, varied display.

Jarien de Ham, featured artist
From left to right:Alexandra Iorio
Lisa Kanofsky, Bonnie Werring, Carole Astaire,
Gay McNeal, Lois Pruit, with Mari O'Brien in front
(somehow we missed getting Rick Carter in the photo)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Shows—Setup Day

As we always do on the the 30th of the month, we did our “setup day” today for our exhibiting artists—this month it’s Jarien de Ham with her wonderful Chinese brush watercolor and ink paintings, and then we have our Craft Show 2014, with out Central Coast Crafters—of which there are many! They are showing beautiful works in wood, silk, fused glass, blown glass, jewelry in all media, pottery, fabric, and stone.

Setup day is also a day where new artists joining the gallery for the first time come in to set up their work, and many of the other artists come it to switch around their work. It’s always a busy and fun day, and the artists have lunch together at a nearby restaurant.

Here are a few pictures from this month:

New artist,
Jeannette Jones 
Jarien de Ham,
featured artist
Craft Show 2014, with
artist Carol Astaire 
“The Out to Lunch Bunch”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Reception Night, September 12th

Bob Helfert, Linda Bench and Hope Myers had a wonderful reception night and they look so good below… and so many folks came in to see their artwork and photography. Lots of customers were from out-of-town and yet, we had lots of locals coming to see our Art Walk Night too. Wonderful comments from everyone, and as always some great munchies!

Hope Myers, watercolor
Linda Bench, colored pencil
Bob Helfert, photography

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Setup Day for September’s Shows

August 30th was the day to set up the shows for our exhibiting artists for September: Linda Bench and Hope Myers (colored pencil and watercolor, respectively), and Bob Helfert (photography). Setup day is also the day when new artists just joining the gallery set up their work, and our older artists come in to switch around their work and bring in new work. This month we had a couple of new artists join us.

Linda Bench, colored pencil
Bob Helfert, photography
Hope Myers, watercolor

The “lunch bunch”

New artist, Samantha Logan
New artist, John Gannon

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August Artists’ Reception

August 8th was Gallery at Marina Square’s reception for our exhibiting artists—Beth Sargent, displaying her photography with her “Sharing Nature’s Story” exhibit, and Patricia Newton, displaying her oil paintings with her “Coastal California” exhibit.

Exhibiting oil painter,
Patricia Newton
Exhibiting photographer,
Beth Sargent
The food looks ready!

Setting out the food...
Patricia looks ready!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Setup Day for Our August Exhibits

Wednesday, July 30th was our “setup day.” This is is the day that our artists change out their work or add new work to their displays, and our exhibiting artists set up their exhibits—this month, Beth Sargent with her photography show “Sharing Nature’s Story” in our lower gallery and Pat Newton, with her oil painting exhibit “Coastal California” in our upper gallery.

Patricia Newton with her oil paintings
Beth Sargent and her photography

We had a great crowd of artists who joined us for lunch on setup day! There were 14 of us in total, but somehow we missed getting a few artists in the frame... We always have such a good time talking with one another and getting to know each other better, and the food is so amazing at the local restaurant we go to!

The “lunch bunch”

Friday, July 18, 2014

July Artists’ Reception

Our artists’ reception was held on Friday, July 11th (the second Friday of the month is always our reception night).

We had so many people loving Chuck Jennings’ and Sarah DeLong’s artwork on reception night and  they had a great night in sales, too! Sarah had sold several originals just the night before, so she had to scramble to get more work up for the reception! We also had a lot of positive feedback for all the artists. There was a great crowd of visitors to the gallery all day long and customers continued to come into the gallery throughout the reception. Mike Swanberg kept us all humming along with him with his great songs.

Chuck Jennings and his “Illuminations” photography exhibit 
Sarah DeLong’s “California Inspired Watercolors”

There was also an amazing food table, including a birthday cake for the gallery…

Lots of yumminess...
Birthday cake!
Checking out the food!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

June 30th—Setting Up Exhibits for July

The 30th of each month is our “setup day” at the gallery. On June 30th we set up our two exhibiting artists for July, plus lots of our other artists came in to change their work around—then a bunch of the artists get together over lunch. Our July exhibits are for Sarah DeLong, watercolor, and Chuck Jennings, photography. 

Here are some photos of setup day:

Sarah DeLong, watercolor
Chuck Jennings, photography
The “Out to Lunch” bunch