Alice Cahill

Photography

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.

www.senseofwonderphotography.com
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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

Photography

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.

Deb Festa

Watercolor, Acrylic

Fantasy Garden © Deb Festa

Deb finds immense joy in capturing natures light, color and ever-changing moods in her refreshing watercolor and acrylic paintings. She is known for her vibrant color combinations.

Painting exclusively in watercolor since 1991, she added acrylic in 2007, and has become well known throughout the central coast, with local and international art lovers collecting her work.

In addition, Deb makes beautiful Rosary Beads.

Deb’s purpose is to capture and share the serenity and joy of nature – a serene refuge from the modern world. Deb lives in Los Osos, California with her husband Ray. They have two grown children, Stephanie and Isaiah.

www.DebFesta.net

Galen Griswold

Oil and Acrylic

Cayucos 2 © Galen Griswold

The dean of Galen’s graduate school suggested that along with a professional career one must find a connection with culture. For Galen, painting became that connection.

Galen studied with Ted Goerschner and Ted Christensen, and has also studied at Alameda College and San Francisco Art Institute.

His art has emerged through experimentation and a deep appreciation for the work of others.

Selling over a thousand art pieces, Galen’s collectors express appreciation for his use of color, vibrancy, and energy.

Gay McNeal

Fiber Art and Jewelry

Sevens © Gay McNeal

Gay’s love of textiles and the fiber arts started when her mother taught her to sew when she was ten years old.

Gay received a BA in Art with an emphasis in Interior and Textile Design from C.S.U. Long Beach. She continues to take classes in order to explore and experiment with all aspects of the fiber arts.

Gay possesses an appreciation of the multifaceted role that fiber has played in the art and material cultures of many ethnic societies, and her creative high comes from the actual process of trying out the multitude of techniques, both old and new available to textile artists today.

George William Asdel

Pen & Ink, Pencil, Watermedia


Artist Meets Bear © George W. Asdel

George was raised in Monterey Park, California, obtained an art education at East Los Angeles College, and C.S.U. Los Angeles and Fullerton, and now resides in Atascadero.

George has taught art at the Hibbs’ Cove Art Centre in Newfoundland, Canada, and at the Charles Paddock Zoo. He has owned art galleries, and his scenes of fishing villages have sold to collectors from around the world.

George is a member of the Central Coast Printmakers and OPAG. He enters art shows, helps in the schools, illustrates books and greeting cards, and involved in many other projects.

Gregory Stephen McIntosh

Gouache & Pastel

Magus © Gregory Stephen McIntosh

“Figurative and atmospheric expressions emerge in gouache, pastel, powdered pigment, ink and oil, as monotype and painting. The form and content are neither abstractions nor representations, not ornamental nor a likeness, but rather exist as reality unto themselves, providing perhaps a glimpse into that vital inner world of unrealizable dreams, Chimera.”
Gregory Stephen McIntosh

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Hope Myers

Watercolor & Jewelry

Chub © Hope Myers

Hope Myers is an award-winning artist who paints watercolors and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry in her "An Artist's Garden" studio in Los Osos, California. She began to work with art forms as a child and continued her interests through a B.A. degree in Wisconsin with a minor in Art History.

In California, Hope has extended her fine arts studies through academic classes at Cal Poly, and through professional workshops with Robert Reynolds, Helmuth Wegner, Kolan Peterson, Tom Lynch, and others.

Her primary medium is transparent watercolor. Using vibrant colors in sometimes unusual combinations; in clean and at times simple settings, she emphasizes her love for the beauty
of living things and outdoor scenes that can brighten our lives.

Jack McNeal

Photography

View From Hazard Beach © Jack McNeal

Jack has had a camera in his hand since the mid forties. He has gradually progressed from childhood snapshots to underwater photography using hand made underwater housings in the 50’s and 60’s. He then moved to medium format (2 1/4 x 2 1/4) black and white and eventually to large format (8x10 and 4x5) and finally to digital cameras.

Jack was a gold medalist at the Underwater Film Festival in Santa Monica both for Black and White Prints and Color Slides in 1959 and 1960 as well as the LA County Fair for Black and White prints.

More recently he has been in Juried Shows at San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.

His current work involves extensive exploration of place and mood with digital cameras, including local shorelines as well as travel to Utah, Alaska and Okinawa.

Nona Jane Siragusa

Oil Painting and Mixed Media

Grigori Angel © Nona Jane Siragusa

Plein-air artist, Nona Jane Siragusa’s landscape and seascape paintings in oil capture the clear and intense light of the Central Coast. Among California’s Impressionist-inspired painters, Nona Jane is trained to paint “en plein-air” or out-of-doors.

Nona Jane also paints various types of Angels using different kinds of paper, cloth, paint, inks, and varnish—a collage and photomontage of other mediums.

When asked why she paints angels, Jane has said, “I believe that Angels move among us and encourage us along in life by their will and intellect. I can feel them invisibly directing my actions.”

www.nonajanestudio.com

Patricia Newton

Oil

Simple Pleasures © Pat Newton

As a child gazing into the dreamy landscapes painted by a favorite aunt, I decided early on that I wanted to explore painting in oils! Although raising a family and a career slowed this goal down a bit, I continued to pursue lifelong dreams and began to paint. I have been painting with oils for over thirty years now.

A career brought me to what became my second love... the Central Coast of California! I planted roots, worked hard, painted when time permitted and raised a family. I have been a resident of the Central Coast for over 25 years and paint whenever there is a spare moment!

I love to paint with lots of fine layers (glazing) to give each piece that translucent effect. There are endless skies, sea and hillsides to fill the heart of an artist.

My hopes and dreams are that each work of art I produce goes to a happy and loving home, because it feels a tiny bit of my soul goes with it.

www.artbypatricia.com

Rod Baker

Glass

Untitled © Rod Baker

Rod Baker is a native Californian. Growing up on the California coast as a surfer and sailor he is influenced by the tide pools and rich marine environment we have here. The colors and themes of his glass reflect the natural marine environments of the California coast. His skills involve glass blowing, glass fusing, and torch worked marbles. Each piece is individually hand crafted.

Sandy Christey

Jewelry, Painted Silk Scarves and Purses

Necklace and Bracelet © Sandy Christey

Sandy believes in the healing properties of art and nature. Sandy conducts healing art workshops and gets her inspiration from the beauty she sees around her. Sandy incorporates that beauty into her silk painting and also uses natural elements to create her healing art jewelry.

Sandy's subjects are most often flowers. In her profession as an RN Sandy primarily worked with women. In this capacity she has observed in her patients and her friends the miracle of women overcoming tremendous challenges to live fully. Flowers represent to the artist the beauty and uniqueness she has witnessed in her patients and friends as they "Dare to Bloom" each and every day.

Sandy has collectors around the world and is represented by the Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay, CA, The Gallery at the Network in San Luis Obispo, CA, Avantgarden Art Gallery in Santa Ana, CA, and Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach, CA.

Susan Wood

Watercolor

Estero Bluffs © Susan Wood

Susan grew up in Italy and New York City, with artist parents, and graduated from the Boston University School of Fine Arts with classical training in drawing, painting, and sculpture.

Susan settled in Morro Bay in 2003, and although she majored in sculpture, she found new delight in watercolors, inspired by the beauty of the Central Coast. Susan’s watercolors are of local scenes and are done outside, on location (plein air). Her aim is to capture the energy and essence of the setting, rather than be exactingly realistic.

In 2007 she won an award at the Aquarius juried watercolor show at the SLO Art Center.

www.susanwoodart.com
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Receptions


Check out our Calendar of Events page for our current exhibiting and/or guest artists.

Every month we have a different artists exhibiting, and we hold a monthly reception on the 2nd Friday of every month from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Come join us on one of our reception nights—meet out artists, and enjoy some refreshments. We look forward to seeing you!

We are located at 601 Embarcadero, Suite 10, Morro Bay, CA 93442.
Telephone 805 • 772 • 1068

Business Hours

  
The Gallery at Marina Square opens at 10 am, seven days a week. The Gallery is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We are located at 601 Embarcadero, Suite 10, Morro Bay, CA 93442.
Telephone 805•772•1068

Welcome to the Gallery at Marina Square Blog

Since this is our first blog posting, we wanted to provide you with a bit of Gallery history.

In the beginning, well in the 1990’s anyway, a number of artists belonged to the San Luis Artists’ Gallery, a co-op located in the Creamery in San Luis Obispo, California. The artists were anxious to show their work, sell some art, and most importantly, have a place to display their art – a place where people could experience the heart, soul and passion that was poured into every work of art.

The foot traffic was light and not a lot of sales were made in those early days, but being a true co-op, the artists kept busy with committee and membership meetings. Every idea was put to vote and required a consensus of the co-op members to implement. This soon became a bit overwhelming and a small group of the artists decided to band together and go out on their own. They searched for months, for that perfect location, and several months later, finally found the current location at Marina Square.

This group, having experienced a true co-op, knew that they did not want to organize their new business as a co-op, so they identified an owner, Nona Jane Siragusa, and “hub” group, Hope Myers, Richard Kish, Karen Peterson, Pat Newton, Deb Festa, most recently, Ardella Swanberg and Alice Cahill, to bring the gallery from dream to reality.

The group worked very hard to clean, paint, light and prepare the gallery for its grand debut, and in July 2003, Gallery at Marina Square opened. The original group worked very diligently to create new art, hang and display their artwork, market the gallery, and work the gallery. Their efforts paid off and soon most of the artists from the San Luis Artists’ Gallery joined them in their new endeavor.

The gallery continues to grow and evolve, and there are now more than 60 award-winning professional artists represented. The gallery represents painters in all media, sculptors in metal and ceramics, photographers, jewelers, glass blowers and fusers, woodcrafts, and fabric artists. In addition, the gallery artists keep things fresh by updating their displays monthly. Also, new artists are welcome to be juried in to get on our waiting list, by contacting Jane Siragusa. The gallery is open daily, from 10 am, and a public reception is held the second Friday of every month (from 5-8 pm) and features the work of a member artist and a guest artist.

Gallery at Marina Square is much more than just a gallery. It is a family of artists, who have a passion to express themselves artistically. We rely on one another for support and encouragement, and we love interacting with everyone who steps through our doors. We invite you to visit the gallery during our regular business hours, or for an artists' reception. If for some reason you can’t visit us in person, we invite you to stay connected via our Gallery at Marina Square Blog – http://GalleryAtMarinaSquare.blogspot.com/

We hope to see you soon!