Tracy has been painting her whole life this is what she does. Colour is her madness and she pours it on. Tracy has raised her five children on the central coast these last 25 years . Water, paper, & paint are all equally important --she loves it all!  Tracy is available for private commissions. 

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Pen and Ink

Artist Brent Griffiths lives in Morro Bay. 


Joe Aleman


Crafter Joe Aleman lives in Bakersfield and comes to the Central Coast once a month.  He does Letter Art—letter-tiles to put on a wooden holder so that people can spell out words and display them.  

Carlo Christian


© Carlo Christian

Artist Statement
From a young age, I have been in love with the craft and art of photography. I was fortunate to work as a commercial printer in two prestigious photo labs, as well as, an assistant photographer in a high-end fashion studio. Today I work as a chemist and own a small studio and photography business.
My interest in history, both natural and human, informs my choice of photographic subjects. My favorite mentor taught me when outdoors nature tells us about relationships, the cycles of life and matter, organic and inorganic: “just look around and listen.” This lesson still inspires my photographic vision.
I love revisiting deserted buildings, farms, ranches and junk yards over time as they return to nature—the sacred circle. These abandoned places whisper stories of our ancestor’s dreams and lives when we take the time to look and listen. My ambition is to share those impressions.

Jillian Parks


Lola © Jillian Parks

Jillian combines her background in animal care with her love of photography, creating joyful, timeless portraits of animals and their people. Jillian believes that having one special image of your beloved pet is a way to honor their love, loyalty and friendship.

When she’s not lying on her tummy taking dog photos, Jillian likes to go to the beach with her dogs, dance with her kids, and laugh a lot. She volunteers her time for various animal welfare groups including Woods Humane Society, SLO Animal Services, Second Chance at Love and more. She believes that every animal deserves a safe, loving home. Until there are none, adopt one!

Jillian lives in Morro Bay with her husband, two children, three dogs, and a persnickety cat.
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Alison Salome


Secret Grove © Alison Salome

Oh, to walk where the ocean kisses the land!! To have my feet in the sand while the surf surges over them and swirls around my ankles - this is pure bliss. If only I could capture this feeling and share it with you!

I have always felt that I belong on the California Coast, where I can hear the ocean and taste the salt in the air. My images bring to life the sand, the sea, the playful otters, the majestic pelicans, or a dramatic sunset over the ocean.

Most of my photographs are from the area between Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo, although occasional road trips to the North provide images from the Mendocino area.

Thank you for viewing my photographs. I hope that they bring you the feeling of having your feet in the sand.
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Jane Wells Nelson


Bowl © Jane Wells Nelson

Jane Wells Nelson lives in Templeton and creates unique porcelain pottery.
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Helia Shafa


Necklace © Helia Shafa

Helia Shafa is an artist who loves to create handcrafted jewelry using symmetry and mathematics. She uses natural minerals and gemstones in all her designs. Nature comes in many forms and she loves to use what the earth has provided. As a Virgo she has love and passion for art, she sees her art analytically and balances her work using patterns from nature.
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Linda Hill

Jewelry and Glass

Pocket Vase © Linda Hill

Linda Hill lives in Los Osos and creates glass and jewelry pieces.
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Susan Manbeian

Mixed Media

Sunrise © Susan Menbeian

“Bright, lively and fun is how I would describe my works of melted crayon, watercolor, and cut and torn painted paper. They are meant to delight the eye and bring a smile to one’s face.”

Susan Manbeian has made a life long study of art and education. She is a graduate of Dominican University and UC Berkeley, in the field of Art, and did post graduate work in Art at the University of London. She recently retired to Pismo Beach after 25 years as an art teacher in the public schools in Alameda County.

In addition to teaching Art, Susan was the Art’s Chair for the Fremont Unified School District, and (northern area) President for the California Arts Education Association. Among her many distinguished awards, in 2010 she was named Art Educator of the Year for the State of California.

Susan remains an arts advocate today and is working with the Lucia Mar Foundation for Innovation to bring the arts back to public education on the Central Coast. Susan’s artwork has won numerous awards and has been shown in many group and two-man shows throughout the Bay Area.
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Linda Richardson

Stained Glass

Crane © Linda Richardson

Linda has lived in Morro Bay and worked as a professional land surveyor on the Central Coast since the mid 1980’s and loves the profession. Surveying will always be her first love. However, Linda felt she needed a hobby so she taught herself stained glass from a book. After taking her first class years later she found out just how much she didn’t know.

Linda says she tends to jump into things with both feet so her first large project was a 2.5' x 3.5' dragon with two babies hatching from eggs beneath her. It’s still her favorite. A friend offered to buy it but she didn’t want to sell it so she made one for her to her size specifications. Since then Linda has filled all her windows (and most of her friends’) with colorful stained glass art.

Linda has donated pieces to scholarship and Wounded Warriors auctions and California Land Surveyors Association chapter barbeques as well as various other fund raisers.
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Richard Marshall

Wood Carving

Owl © Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is a retired pharmacist and lives in Cambria with his wife Carole. They moved to Cambria in 1987 from Lemoore.

Dick has always had a strong attraction to the natural world, especially birds. Trying to replicate them in wood became his passion. He has studied under several of the best bird carvers in the country and will never stop trying to improve. He participates in nationally recognized wildlife art competitions and has have won several Best of Show awards. Raptors are his favorite type of wildfowl and he is fascinated by their incredible abilities. Dick also belongs to the Central Coast Woodcarving Club that meets in Cayucos.
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Gary Fair


Buddies by Gary Fair

Growing up in northern California, and seeing sailboats on San Francisco Bay, formed for Gary an indelible sense of wonder in the power of the wind. Being self taught requires Gary to work harder at seeing, and capturing the image he feels. His work comes from his pure love for the light and shadow, and the use of real color, seen in and throughout where we live. Self taught artists paint from within, first, without instruction or the confines of rules and structures imposed by outside ideas and techniques. Their art is a part of them and involves a freedom that cannot be taught, but can only be experienced. With Gary’s art, one experiences his expression of moment and image.

In Gary’s words: “Through my paintings, I try to capture the pleasure it is to live today, here and now. Everything around us, whether it’s sailing on the bay, or viewing a flower garden, you can be there through my art.”
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Ingrid Brink


Ebb Tide © Ingrid Brink

Ingrid Brink and her husband Jan live in Baywood Park on the Central Coast and part time on the Big Island of Hawaii. The interplay of land, sea and sky of these two places in paradise with their amazing colors and textures provide ever-changing inspiration.

Brink is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and has taught as an Artist-in-Residence for 23 years. Ingrid embraces Paul Klee’s belief that “Art does not reproduce what we see, rather, it makes us see.”
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Spanky Anderson

Acrylic & Oil

Cloudburst © Spanky Anderson

Spanky grew up in Georgia and learned to draw and paint at an early age. He later traveled the south and exhibited his artwork of the southern landscape. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BA in Art, where he was awarded two Permanent Collection awards from Peter Augustini, a world renowned sculptor from New York, and internationally known painter Donald Cooper. Upon graduation, Spanky began his career as a graphic designer and colorist with a major carpet and textile manufacturer.

In the mid-seventies Spanky accepted a designer colorist position in Southern California where he continued to paint and pursue his love of the local land and seascape.

Most recently Spanky has moved to the Morro Bay area where he says “My peripheral vision of the central coast virtually dictates the color palette and brushstrokes onto my canvas.”
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David Stambal

Mixed Media

Cayucos at Night #3 © David Stambal

David Stambal paints in oil and mixed media and lives and works in Morro Bay.
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Marc Genet


Ocean Land 5 © Marc Genet

The act of creativity is a lesson in letting go, to let the art create itself, the rhythm, spontaneity must grow itself, all the Artist does is start the process, start the basic beat, working in terms of color and design the physiological reaction to the concept of aesthetics. That being said, it is all so important for the Artist to create artifacts, real tactile objects, to have a concrete form in front of you completes the communication, expression.

In my work, painting and dripping are pretty much a meditation, I get blinded in the process of the flow. I’m never afraid to jump into new ideas, there are no mistakes.
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Louise Luthi

Ink Wash and Graphite

Queen 2 © Louise Luthi

Louise Luthi is an artist with expertise in printmaking, drawing, and painting. Her work can be described as a fusion of observation and revelation; through her feeling for light and atmosphere she imbues the visible with evidence of things not seen.

The “Heads,” drawn from the kings and queens of the Royal Portal of Chartres, represent a current study inquiring into the visual expression of the gracious transforming power of the Holy Spirit in broken but still living stones.

The “Late Afternoon Landscapes” were drawn on her parents’ property in the hills west of Templeton. Years ago Louise discovered in these bright hills with their massive dark oaks and lithe bay laurels the timeless joy of drawing and returns to them again and again.

Louise received her BA from UC Santa Barbara in printmaking and art history and an MFA in printmaking from Yale University School of Art. Her prints are in the collections of Washington University, Purdue University, UC Riverside, and ten US embassies around the world. She has taught all her working life at all levels from college to kindergarten and in many different settings.

Louise’s favorite artists: Delacroix, Matisse, Michelangelo, the great Venetian masters, Rembrandt, Hopper and Klee. Louise’s favorite poetry: The Psalms, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
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Alexandra S. Iorio

Iconic Paintings on Stone

Madonna & Child © Alexandra S. Iorio

Alexandra S. Iorio is “Zamba Arts.” Zamba Arts provides handmade religious icons for homes and hearts around the globe. The goal is to enhance a spiritual experience, to help in creating a connection for miraculous intervention, or simply complement that place for quiet prayer in the home. Alexandra creates the images on stone, in of itself representing the spiritual and earthly creation. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
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Mari O’Brien

Mixed Media

Creation Story © Mari O’Brien

For 25 years I was an academic teaching French and English language and literature, comparative literature, and humanities—until I felt a calling to return to the art that inspired much of my youth.

My work is rendered mainly in acrylic, collage, and mixed media. I paint in a primarily intuitive, adventurous, and experimental way, resulting in abstract or non-representational pieces, using multiple layers and creating a rich, complex tapestry. Some folks describe me and my work as eccentric and eclectic, and I freely admit that I like these descriptors!

For me, a successful painting evokes an emotional response on the part of the viewer, even when no identifiable subject is depicted.

A Photoshop junkie of sorts, I often manipulate digital images of my paintings for use as collage materials, as well as for my silk scarf and note card designs.

I am blessed to be living this life in art!
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Lisa Kanofsky

Mixed Media & Jewelry 

© Lisa Kanofsky

Lisa Kanofsky is a California native. She has an A.A. degree in fashion design from Brooks college in Long Beach, California This is where she discovered her affinity for textiles, textile design, silk ainting and fashion accessories. She also holds a B.A degree in liberal arts from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California.

Having lived in Europe and Africa broadened her aesthetic scope and palette. Always influenced by her surroundings, she draws inspiration from the beauty of nature and urban landscapes.

In 2011, Lisa created an online shop featuring her tiny art pieces and her “tiny tableau pendants.” This collection now includes rings and earrings. These are created from portions of original mixed media paintings and are secured under a glass cabochon. Each piece is an original work signed by the artist.
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Geoffery Rowe

Graphic Art 

Bixby Creek Bridge © Geoffery Rowe

Geoffery Rowe has a BFA in Communication Design with an emphasis on Illustration. He’s been working in the fast-paced world of advertising for over ten years as a commercial artist.

Living on the Central Coast of California has inspired his new collection of digital illustrated art which is influenced by the poster designs of the early 20th century.

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Mark Allen

Oil Based Enamel

Prefumo Canyon Road © Mark Allen

I have always painted for myself. Painting is how I explore the world around me and express how I perceive it. Art and science may seem mutually exclusive in today's world, but it wasn't always thus, and I strive to revive art as a scientific instrument. I find painting and drawing to be powerful tools in teaching us to see what's all around us – through the simple act of following an amazing line or pattern into infinity.
 I've always viewed my paintings as entries in my journal – part of my reference library that reminds me of where I've been and how I saw the world, which often leads to what's next. I had never considered selling my art – until I discovered giclée  reproductions. They can so precisely replicate the original, I feel I have as full-dimensional a “journal entry” as ever.
 I judge a painting by its ability to always please me, and, even better, to be an ongoing source of discovery and rediscovery.
 I hope this is what you'll find in my collection of paintings and giclée prints.
Mark Allen resides in Los Osos, California.

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Carole McDonald

Fabric—Felted Bags

Felted Purse © Carole McDonald

Carole is a native Californian who loves to create felted bags and “ibags” to display and sell at the gallery. She is also a self taught oil painter, and she moved to the Central Coast in 2009 to pursue acrylics and water mixable oils.

“As a former Disney Imagineer, working at the happiest place on earth where art was everywhere and discussed every day, my imagination soared. More vibrant colors came to mind along with a general tranquil feeling… Little did I know I would retire to the happiest city in America. Small World.”
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Janice Lucier

Acrylic, Oil 

Woman in an Orange Robe
© Janice Lucier

I was born in Massachusetts and currently reside in Grover Beach, California. From an early age I knew that an artist is what I wanted to be.

As an artist my goal is to enjoy the process of creating and to just let the painting flow with minimal pre-planning. I like surprises and solving problems as my paintings develop. I paint mainly in acrylics and oils however I also do pen and ink drawings and watercolor.

To see more of my work my painting blog address is
To see drawings and sketches the address is
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Linda Loebs


Ocean and Sky © Linda Loebs

Art is not new me. As a child I remember crawling behind our couch to draw on the wall a whole village of circle people. My skills have come a long way since my wall drawings, but the passion is still there. I love to paint, to create, to watch as an image appears. It’s always exciting to me to see how colors come together on my canvas, and my art reflects this love of color.

While painting is not new to me, being in a gallery is a new experience. I’m so excited to join the many talented artists at Gallery at Marina Square. I have two degrees in art: an AA in Fine Art from Cuesta College and a BS in Art and Design from Calpoly. Since gaining my degrees this is the first time I’ve been able to dedicate myself to my fine art and I’m looking forward to where it takes me.
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Mike Swanberg


Mike Swanberg, performing
at a Gallery at
Marina Square reception.
Mike Swanberg is Gallery at Marina Square’s “resident musician.” Mike sings and plays his guitar at all of our receptions, and he sells his CD’s at the gallery.

Dan Morris


Hawk Late Afternoon © Dan Morris

Dan Morris is a local photographer who lives in Los Osos.

Carol Astaire


Sunset on Morro Bay © Carol Astaire

Born and raised in California, Carol Astaire received her BFA in painting from UCLA, her lifetime teaching credential from CSU Long Beach and taught art in the Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo School Districts. Carol has been continuously active in the art world, and her works have been collected by national and international museum. She has participated in many open competitions, receiving two first place awards in photography and earning several solo shows. Her love for all of the arts shows in her work.

“I have been inspired to create art my entire life. I simply love nature, especially being on the ocean. The light, movement, scents and moods vary continually, and the inspiration to paint what I see and feel is exhilarating. Kayaking the California coast, I photograph what captivates me, for future reference when I return to my studio. Nothing nurtures or humbles my spirit so much as the sea. I hope to share my love of nature with others through my work.”
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Jeff Odell


Main Street © Jeff Odell

Jeff Odell has pursued the “truth of color” for more than 30 years on the Central California Coast, painting rural/urban landscapes, seascapes, portraits and figures, interior studies, and “anything that will sit long enough to serve as a subject.” He has created public artwork within the City of Morro Bay, including two “Art Cans” (large concrete trash cans turned into murals); one is located at the top of the Centennial Stairway, next to Dorn’s Breakers Café, the other is at 845 Embarcadero. He has a large mural on the north wall of the Backstage Salon, located at 960 Main Street, and he has also worked with school children to create a large painting on canvas, which hangs in the multi-purpose room at Del Mar Elementary School in north Morro Bay.

A major influence for Jeff was his experience in the painting studio of nationally recognized painter and Professor Emeritus Wilbur Niewald, who taught that the only way to get at the visual truth of color is to work directly from nature.

Sarah DeLong


Early Morning in Morro Bay by Sarah K. DeLong

Sarah DeLong moved to Morro Bay at the end of 2011 after living in Grinnell, Iowa. Watercolor has been her medium of choice for over 24 years. She is in her element painting by a mountain stream or painting a boat in a harbor. In recent years painting people has been an interest of hers. Sarah loves the glowing transparent colors you get with watercolor and has developed a loose realistic style.

Sarah is a signature member of the Iowa watercolor Society and has won a 1st, a 3rd and two 5th place ribbons in their Annual Jury Show. She has exhibited in many shows in California, Minnesota and Iowa.

Rick Carter


Boxes © Rick Carter

Rick Carter has been interested in working with wood since his woodshop class in the 8th grade. He loves to see the beauty of the grain pop out as the wood is smoothed and finished. Since his retirement in 2010 he’s been able to work on his art several days a week.

He’s currently working on smaller items for the home that make thoughtful gifts. He’s using interesting hardwoods, including several species from Asia, Africa, and South America. All his woods are natural, with no stains or dyes. Rick can make larger items, such as butcher block tables, custom made to your specifications.

Bill Sima


@ Bill Sima

Bill Sima is a local orthopaedic surgeon who has been practicing in Templeton for twenty years. Growing up in Hawaii inspired his passion for photography. He primarily captures pictures of the coastline. Each picture is digitally enhanced to reflect the beauty of the central coast. Bill travels frequently to places like Costa Rica and Belize for missionary work. Besides doing photography he enjoys kite boarding, flying, tennis and bike riding. He also volunteers his time to his local church and to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department Flying Samaritans for humanitarian medical aide in the aero squadron.

Virginia Mack


Untitled © Virginia Mack

Virginia Mack is a native Californian. She has been exploring and savoring the wild lands of the state throughout her life. She has been living on the Central Coast for 10 years. She is a part-time instructor at both Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College in the fine arts departments.

Virginia, along with her late husband John, also an artist, has spent endless hours exploring the back roads of San Luis Obispo County seeking those bits of landscape that are visually stimulating. Virginia works primarily in watercolors and mixed media and is a colorist at heart. She builds most of her pieces in a wet-on-wet process (wet watercolor paints on wet watercolor paper) resolving the pieces as the paper slowly dries. She creates the forms with rich colors that she plays off against contrasting colors thereby subduing them while preserving their presence in layers of color. She often mixes the watercolor process with work using colored pencils, pastel, charcoal, and pencil.

Virginia received her education in fine arts at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taken additional classes at The California College of Arts and Crafts and in independent workshops.

Jarien de Ham

Chinese Brush Painting

Swallows in Willows © Jarien de Ham

Jarien de Ham has lived on the Central Coast since 1974 with her husband, Gerald, and has raised two sons here. Her interest in art began as a child, then on to a BA from UCSB, working as an artist from home, followed by classes in Chinese painting and calligraphy at Cuesta College in the early 2000’s. This added to a lifelong interest in Asian culture from martial arts to Zen Buddhism leading, naturally to study at an art academy in Hangzhou, China. It is ever a challenge to master traditional techniques as well as push the boundaries of spontaneity. The climate and locale of the Central Coast continues to inspire and feed the need to express landscapes and forms with an Asian feel.

Thomas Mackenzie Brown


Blue Crystalline Vase © Thomas Mackenzie Brown 

Thomas Mackenzie Brown received a BFA Degree in Art with specialization in technical ceramics from California State University at Long Beach.

In 1983, Thomas studied crystalline glaze development with little direction as there was little experience or documentation published on the subject of crystals. Working with crystalline glazes quickly became his passion.

Thomas has been an Art Instructor in California during the past 16 years. He is currently working on his post graduate degree in technical ceramics and glaze calculations. His constant endeavor in the subject of ceramics is to produce new, exciting colors and versions of crystalline glazed pieces that are well made, beautiful to look at and help add value to the understanding of form as it relates to crystalline and other glazes.

Nina S. Litvinoff

Acrylic, Oil and Watercolor

Angry Bear © Nina S. Litvinoff

Nina Litvinoff studied art at a very early age with her father. Both could be seen sketching and painting on the Morro Bay Embarcadero, or other coastal areas, with Nina's mother by their side. Nina later graduated from University of California, Los Angeles and obtained a credential to teach art from CSUN. Nina sketches, paints with oil, acrylic or watercolor.

A native of the Central Coast, Nina enjoys sketching subject matter on the spot, in the open air. Nina likes to sketch scenes that evoke fantasy and the whimsical in her very detailed works of ships, Coastal scenes with peaceful bays, otters and seals basking in the sun with their pups in tangles of seaweed, boats moored and Victorian homes, to mention a few.

Nina enjoys commissioned paintings, sketches or other assignments utilizing fantasy and her imagination.

Lois Pruitt

Wood Sculpture

Puzzle © Lois Pruitt

Lois began working with wood when her son was 8 years of age. Lois and her sister worked together, while Lois carved out the wood pieces, her sister painted each individual carving.

Her sister moved on, however, and Lois learned to paint these unique pieces and began to fashion pins, key chains and fun, colorful puzzles of the sea and its creatures.

Today, Lois utilizes a 19 inch Dewalt scroll saw, to cut the wood, forming each piece, completing whimsical puzzles, pins and other wonderful works of art.

Lois resides on the Central Coast with her husband, Charles Pruitt.

Beth Sargent


Sunrays Through the Pier © Beth Sargent

Beth has a love for nature’s beauty and mystery. The vision that she sees when she looks through the lens of her camera is a world of wonder. She shares that wonder of nature with everyone through her photography.

Beth says that the Central Coast of California has beauty like no other. It is rich with wildlife and beautiful views. Though Beth’s photography takes her to many wonderful places, the Central Coast of California is her home and she feels blessed to live here.

Beth’s interest in photography started in the 1970’s while in college. In time, her interest grew into a passion that really shines through her award winning photography of today.

Her work is shown worldwide. Her passion is photographing nature for all to enjoy.

Diane Miller


Hen salt and pepper shaker © Diane Miller

If you attend local craft events you have watched Diane Miller improve over the last 25 years. Her medium is pyrex glass. She starts with rods and tubing and works over a small bench torch. She melds, fuses, cajoles and defines her original pieces. The rods and tubing become earrings, scent bottles, ornaments, salt and pepper shakers. Diane is also a watercolor painter. Cartooning is her muse. She is sure to keep a watercolor journal of her travels and life's notable events. Diane is a native of the Central Coast and lives in Morro Bay with her husband, Ed, who is also a glass blower.
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Don Doubledee

Graphite, Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil

My Yen© Don Doubledee

Don Doubledee has been an Architect since 1982. Don has become known locally for portraits he has completed with graphite, color pencil or pen and ink.

His “Postcards of Amsterdam” began a number of series of what Don calls his “Postcard” sketches featuring line drawings he has completed while vacationing around the world. Now, his “Postcards of Morro Bay” series features detailed pencil drawings of Morro Bay’s waterfront.

James A. Crawford


Sailboats in the Fog #7 © James A. Crawford

Crawford’s interest in art began in high school and further developed at Orange Coast College where he majored in Architecture and minored in History and Art.

In 1966 while in Viet Nam, he purchased his first 35mm camera and with limited time, he was able to begin his craft. Upon his return to the States, Crawford lived and worked in Laguna Beach, Ca. pursuing an Architectural career while continuing to photograph and interacting with area artists. In 1976, James moved to San Luis Obispo to further his education at Cal Poly where he majored in Architecture and minored in Photography. James continues to further his photographic education through yearly workshops with varied Master Photographers. James Crawford’s work is a part of many private art collections.

Gregory Siragusa

Digital Photography

Stillness and Light © Gregory Siragusa

Gregory Siragusa is a digital photographer whose photographs capture a variety of subject matter representing nature, performance and architecture.

Greg presents his photographs to the viewer and marvels how the context of each image is interpreted.

Having relocated to the Central Coast approximately 15 years ago, Greg is traveling constantly, perpetually refining his focus on nature, architecture, music and mood.

Greg’s photos focus on subjects that are subtle or commonplace to grand in nature.

Karen Peterson


Gas Station in Bodie © Karen Peterson

Karen’s interest in photography began when she received her first camera on her 9th birthday. After earning a B.S. in Recreation Administration her interest in photography was rekindled by her father’s gift of his old Ziess Contaflex 35mm SLR.

Karen began creating images using the Polaroid Image & Emulsion Transfer processes in the early 1990’s. She has also explored other photographic techniques including hand coloring traditional darkroom b&w and infrared prints, Polaroid SX-70 Manipulations and digital “hand coloring”.

Karen’s images have won numerous awards including the Central Coast Photographic Society’s juried fine art photography shows, the Mid-State Fair, San Mateo County Fair, KINSA, New Times & Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contests.

Alice Cahill


A Sense of Place © Alice Cahill

Alice Cahill is an award winning nature photographer. Her inspiration is the Earth – she is fascinated by it, and she believes in nature as a healing force and a refuge from the chaos of daily life.

Alice’s photographs have been published in many nature and photo magazines, including Outdoor California, Photographers Forum, Outdoor and Nature, and Oprah’s O Magazine.

Alice is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
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Ardella Swanberg

Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor

Bridal Veil © Ardella Swanberg

Ardella was raised in Garden Grove, California, lived in many locations, and relocated to the Central Coast 10 years ago. Ardella’s inspirations have been the subjects found in the many places she has lived—she now lives on a cattle ranch north of Cayucos.

Ardella received a BS in Art Education, from the University of Minnesota. In addition, she teaches art classes in Cayucos.

Charles Pruitt


Morro Bay Harbor © Charles Pruitt

Arroyo Grande resident Charles Pruitt began taking photographs over 40 years ago when he was given an old 35mm camera by a family friend.

While living in Hawaii, Chuck was mentored by Boone Morrison, founder of the Volcano Art Institute in Volcano National Park. This association led to meeting and learning from Brett Weston, Minor White, and Paul Caponigro. During this time Chuck began working in large and medium film formats, abstract photography using color infrared film and long exposures; often taking a 4x5 Crown Graphic on backpacking trips.

Chuck studied photography after returning to California. While in college he combined Chemistry and Photo classes to recreate historic techniques of wet plate negatives, cyanotypes, platinum and albumin printing methods. Chuck received state and national recognition for his experimental prints.

Chuck took up digital photography in 2004, but still uses his 50+ year old Hassleblad.

In 2008 Chuck began printing on canvas and other fine art media. This process is called Giclée (zhee clay) and uses archival inks and media.