Events and Activities 1-12-2023

Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

January 13, 2023

The Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St in Cambria, current exhibit is titled New Beginnings – Member’s Showcase. While the intent of this New Year’s exhibition is to showcase current CCA members, new and non-members were also welcomed to participate.

The exhibit will adorn the walls through February 26. New gallery hours for 2023 are Friday – Sunday 12 – 4 p.m. For membership and exhibit details, visit CCA’s website: https://cambriaarts.org/home. Contact the Gallery with any questions gallery@cambriaarts.org  

Pictured: CCA Member Pat Willmott 

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Morro Bay Art Association, 835 Main Street presents a free demo by Toni Danchik at 835 Main Street, Morro Bay on Feb. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. During the demo, Telling Your Story & Bringing Vibrancy and Energy into your Work, Danchik will talk about her story and the context for her “Africa” inspired paintings. Learn how living in South Africa impacted her heart to tell the stories of women and children especially those living in shanty towns and rural Africa as well as how she endeavors to connect her work to purpose. Now she resides in Southern California where she has been exposed to the Plein Air movement. She will do a demo on her process and procedures to bring vibrancy into her work. Danchik will also show slides and a video about South Africa, which will precede her painting demo. 

Check out her work at WWW.TONIDANCHIKFINEART.COM

This is the Morro Bay Art Association’s free monthly demo meeting. For more information, contact 805-772-2504 or www.artcentermorrowbay.org. 

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Volumes of Pleasure, 1016 Los Osos Valley road, Los Osos, will hold their 20th annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 21 at 3 p.m. The Cal Poly Lion Dance Team will perform a blessing ritual dating back centuries that is performed to bring good fortune to the store and the Los Osos community. 

According to the Chinese calendar, 2023 in the Year of the Rabbit. In Chinese culture, water represents longevity, peace, and prosperity while the rabbit reflects elegance, beauty, cleverness, quietude and good energy. Together they predict a year of quiet contemplation, an excellent time to strengthen bonds with loved ones. 

The performance includes taiko drummers and two traditional lion dance dragons. It is colorful, fun and short, so make sure you arrive no later than 3 p.m. 

For more information, call 805-528-5565.

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The following are free events brought to you by the Los Osos Library 2075 Palisades Ave, 805-528-1862. All library programs will follow current California and County of San Luis Obispo health guidelines.

• Paws to Read – Wednesdays, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Come and read your favorite book to Berkeley! She’s at the Los Osos Library on Wednesday afternoons. School Age.

• Featured Artists – Wall artist Ron Baers through January

Display Case is Stanley Stern with his Blue Glass

• Storytime – Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m.

Stories, dance, and music for toddlers and preschoolers.

• Stay Young with Qi Gong! – Fridays, 9 – 10 a.m. (rain cancels)

Qi Gong is a system for physical, mental and spiritual development that has roots dating back thousands of years in China. It consists of flowing movements and meditations that cultivate life force energy (called qi by the Chinese). The basics of qi gong are not difficult to learn and practice, and are particularly beneficial for older adults. Instructor Devin Wallace was certified to teach by qi gong master Lee Holden. Devin has taught at hospitals, fitness & yoga centers and also does private classes.

• E-Device Class – Wednesdays, 9:15 – 10 a.m.

Bring your electronic device in and Diana will do her best to answer any questions you have.

• Read Together – Thursday, January 12, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Jonniepat Mobley facilitates the group reading of a play/script.  No audition necessary. This month will be Agatha Christie’s, “A Murder is Announced”. Come in, take a script and we will read the play aloud together. 

• Book Discussion – Thursday, January 19, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Our discussion group will be bringing a favorite book or two to discuss. No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up, or join us on Zoom! Call the library for details.

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The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department presents the Orchesis Dance Company’s 53rd annual concert, “Falling Forward,” on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, and Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 26-28, in the Spanos Theatre. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on all days, with a matinee scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. 

The Orchesis Dance Company dancers chose the title “Falling Forward” to celebrate a strong commitment to creativity and unbridled expression. Performances include choreography by faculty, guest and student choreographers in multiple genres. The concert features original and reworked dances created during fall quarter and is directed by Professor Diana Stanton and assisted by faculty member Michelle Walter. Cal Poly staff member Clint Bryson serves as both lighting designer and technical director.

For the first time since the pandemic, the Orchesis Dance Company hosted artists in residence this year. Internationally recognized professional choreographer Tamica Washington-Miller of the Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre created “Shedding,” a thought provoking, postmodern dance for 14 dancers with music by Steve Reich.  

Tickets for “Falling Forward” are $20 for the public and $12 for students, seniors and children. Tickets can be bought at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). Tickets can also be purchased online at pacslo.org (an additional handling fee of $1 for students and $2 for public will be assessed at time of purchase).

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Art Center Morro Bay presents its annual, For the Birds exhibit from January 19 – February 20, 2023

This exciting exhibition celebrates Morro Bay’s vast array of indigenous species of birds and all things bird-related!  During this exhibit, Art Center Morro Bay will feature the hand blown glass of George Jercich.

Pacific Wildlife Care will be at Art Center Morro Bay during the opening reception, January 22, 2 -4 p.m., with at least one or more of their fascinating, rescued birds!  Pacific Wildlife Care is San Luis Obispo County’s only licensed rehabilitation center caring for injured birds, mammals, and reptiles.  

During this exhibit, attendees will find bird related fine art paintings, photography and three dimensional art to include pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass and more. Don’t miss this exciting exhibit and artist reception featuring live birds! This event is free and open to the public.  Art Center Morro Bay is open from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. daily.  For more information, go to www.artcentermorrobay.org. Image: Great Tailed Grackle is copyrighted and courtesy of Sara Danta

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Artists are welcome to apply for the next jurying for membership in Gallery Los Olivos closing on Sunday, March 26.  They welcome a range of subject matter and styles – both contemporary and traditional. A confirmed reservation is required, and they encourage early applications.  For information and to apply, go to www.gallerylosolivos.com and click on the Artist Submissions tab. 

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Art Center Morro Bay introducec Amelie Butkus, a young writer and illustrator from Morro Bay, who will conduct the demo “Understanding Situational Character Design: How to Tell a Story with One Person” on Monday, January 23 from 3 -5 p.m.

Amelie has written and illustrated the young adult mystery novel “A Lamplighter in Larkeney” set to be released this winter on Kickstarter. She has illustrated for multiple books, podcasts, and comics and is an accomplished character designer and illustrative artist. Her work spans from traditional, retro-influenced situational pieces to digital cyberpunk. You can find her work and portfolio at booksofamelie.com and @ameliebutkus on instagram.  

During this demo, Amelie will begin with an introduction of herself and share how she works her way through a single rendered full-body character in pencil, talking about motion and fluidity in blocking shapes, and expressing emotion in both facial and body language. This art demonstration is free and open to the public. 

Bring paper if you would like to draw along. This fast paced and fun demonstration is a precursor to her workshop, “Storytelling Through Character Design,” on  January 28 and 29, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The workshop is designed for students and young adults, however, everyone is welcome. Space is limited. Students may reserve a seat in this workshop online at https://artcentermorrobay.org/index.php/products/. For more information, go to www.ArtCenterMorroBay.org or call 805-772-2504

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DRUMline Live will perform two shows 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16 at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande. 

Complete with dazzling choreography and explosive percussion, DRUMLine Live! is a thrilling spectacle that pays homage to the show-style marching popularized at historically black colleges and universities, while providing a soul-stirring revue of some of America’s favorite music. With musical highlights from hip-hop, Top 40 (including Michael Jackson and Prince), American soul, gospel, jazz, big band and other musical genres, the 30-member cast — a world-class ensemble of percussionists, musicians and dancers — takes the audience on a journey infused with colorful, choreographed routines, vibrant costumes, and heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences.

Tickets range from $20-$55. They can be purchased online at www.clarkcenter.org or by phone at 805-489-9444. 

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