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.  

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 
Guest Artists Jack & Gay McNeal and their show, 


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!!

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,

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
sculpture entitled EgretShe brought it in
to display at the gallery for the month of June.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

April Reception for Exhibiting Artists

Our May 8th reception for our exhibiting artists (Susan Wood, watercolors, and John Gannon, photography) was well attended and lots of fun, as always. Mike Swanberg, our “music man,” played his guitar and sang, and we had a really amazing variety of great food—there wasn't much left at the end of the evening!

John Gannon
Susan Wood

Looks good!
More goodies!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Setup Day for May Exhibits

April 30th was our “setup day” for our May exhibiting artists: Susan Wood, “Sea, Sky, and Tangled Trees” (watercolors), and John Gannon’s photography. Other gallery members also showed up to switch out their personal exhibits. Setup day is always full of hustle and bustle, and many of the artists go out to lunch together at a favorite local eating place and get a chance to socialize and catch up with each other. Here are a couple of photos:

John Gannon, busy getting set up
Susan Wood—final preparations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Reception Night

On our April reception night we had so many people loving Marc Genet’s and David Stambal’s artwork that we had a good night in sales! Marc sold several originals and lots of other artists sold artwork, too. Of course, we always enjoy the compliments from our customers about how great the gallery looks and how wonderful all of our artists are! It was good to see so many of our own artists there, too—customers really enjoy meeting the artists—it gives them a personal connection to the artwork that they buy.

David Stamball
Marc Genet
Food table

We had an amazing food table... again! Lots of amazing tidbits, and everything was delicious.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Setup Day for April Exhibiting Artists

March 30th was “setup day”—the day our artists change out their artwork, new artists set up for the first time, and our exhibiting artists set up their special shows. Our April exhibiting artists are  David Stambal (mixed media paintings), and Marc Genet (acrylic paintings). Marc’s painting are very colorful abstracts, and David’s are beautifully detailed and very unique—well, you’ll just have to come down and see them!

Marc Genet
David Stambal’s exhibit

The “Lunch Bunch” artists take a break

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Artists’ Reception

Friday, March 14th was another fun reception night at the gallery! The weather was so balmy that we had lots of tourists coming into the gallery to participate in the evening’s event—and walk through the Marina Square complex. Our exhibiting artists, Bill Rumbler (photography) and Louise Luthi (ink wash & graphite) talked to lots of folks who wanted to learn more about their artwork.

Bill and Louise were ready to meet and greet the visitors, friends, family and customers:

Bill Rumber, photography
Louise Luthi, ink wash & graphite
Of course, we had an array of wonderful goodies to nibble on throughout the evening:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Shows, Setup Day

We set up our shows for March on February 28th, since there is no February 30th, our usual day to set up new shows. For March our exhibiting artists are Bill Rumbler (photography, “Golden Light”) and Louise Luthi (ink wash & graphite, “Living Stones”). The artists’ reception will be held on Friday, March 13th.

Here are a couple of pictures from their exhibits:

Bill Rumbler’s photography
Louise Luthi’s “Living Stones”—ink wash & graphite 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 13th Artists’ Reception

Gallery at Marina Square held its February reception for exhibiting artists George Asdel’s (“Wildlife Wisdom & Whimsy”—drawings, paintings, and poetry) and Virginia Mack (“Splash: Images of Morro Bay”—watercolors). Mike Swanberg played guitar and sang, we had some great food, and there was much activity throughout the gallery and at the sales desk:

Virginia Mack
George Asdel

Savory goodies... 
...and sweet goodies!

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