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

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—

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!! 

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.  

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!