Birds still on display in Morro Bay

Echoes of the recent bird festival linger in an exhibit at the Art Center Morro Bay

Special to The TribuneJanuary 25, 2013 

Ruth Ann Angus’s photograph titled ‘Avocets’ is part of the exhibit at the Art Center Morro Bay.


  • If you go …

    What: It’s for the Birds

    Gallery hours: Noon to 4 p.m. daily. Show runs through Feb. 18

    Where: The Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay

    Contact: 772-2504

The Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival has come and gone, but there’s still time to enjoy the Morro Bay Art Association’s “It’s for the Birds” photography exhibit at the Art Center Morro Bay.

The main gallery features area nature photographers Marlin Harms, Ruth Ann Angus, Richard Hansen and Ralph Wessel, among other member photographers.

Expect birds from the Central Coast, such as Jerry Rynders’ pelicans, and birds seen elsewhere in the state, such as the flamingo photographed by Robin Powers.

Along with the serene shots of backyard birds, plovers and herons is a less-expected action photo by Suzanne Ritcheson called “Catch Me If You Can,” a horse chasing an egret.

The photos in the main exhibit are attractively mounted and framed and generally available for less than $200.

Additional bird photos, bird paintings and other miscellaneous work by member artists can be found upstairs. Joan Scott has a fun mixed media painting called “Pink Waves.” Pinks, golds and ocean waves envelop some kooky sea birds.

A “Crow” with a nice plumage of greens and blues is one of several oils by Sharon Westray. Another is “Herding Flamingos.”

Another standout upstairs is Cara Brown’s “Serenity Garden,” a watercolor with acrylic that seems to be a new take on Chinese brush painting themes of fish and fowl.

Carmen Fojo has an oil called “Revolution” that steers clear of a bird theme but is perfect for Carnaval season.

Picking Daisies features artist Tracy Taylor

Picking Daisies, a fabric and table linen store in the Creamery in San Luis Obispo, will be open late Feb. 1 during Art After Dark to feature a collaboration with local artist Tracy Taylor.

I rediscovered Taylor when she painted several whimsical and colorful Buddha scenes for Mee Heng Low Noodle House.

This will be the third year for a Tracy Taylor Valentine art show at Picking Daisies. She’ll create 10 Valentine-themed paintings and matching sets of affordably priced Valentine cards.

Warning: The works sold out quickly in the past two years.

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