Cayucos: Full of art and history

Events to showcase Cayucos Pier and Art Association founders

judysalamacha@gmail.comJanuary 5, 2014 

Judy Salamacha

Cayucos is set to celebrate its artists and history in two upcoming events. 

From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, the Cayucos Art Association will exhibit founding members’ art and share 25 years of memories. 

“In October 1989, those interested in developing an art association met at Hardie Park,” said Ingrid Goelz, who has been director of the association’s Cayucos Community Art Gallery for 10 years. 

“Richard Fishback, Jim Barker, Bob Emory and Al Musso approached the Cayucos Lions. They offered them an unused room in the veterans hall. Dec. 2, 1989, was the grand opening.”

Sharon Lee Strange, Andre Gaehler, Deci Saul, Juanita Emory, Lee Arnold, Anne Healey and John Grimes joined the founding board members.

“Our membership totals continue to average around 200, and our programs still feature members’ art and art education,” Goelz said. 

She credited Arnold, a retired school superintendent, and Musso, an artist, for immediately linking with Cayucos Elementary School. 

The education programs are still in place, but the Cayucos Education Foundation now administers summer programs and scholarships. Musso also started the adult art classes still available at the Cayucos Veterans Memorial Lions Hall.

Goelz said she expects founding members Musso, Fishback, Chip Van Nattan, Jerry Dobyns and Mel Wysock at the reception. Go to for more information. 

The second event occurs  from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17. The Cayucos History Museum will unveil its second exhibit which features the historic Cayucos Pier. Realtor-broker Shirley Lyon is the driver behind the Cayucos History Museum.

“For 30 years, it was always my dream to have a home for the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce. Timing was right with the board to negotiate the lease for a visitor center at 41 S. Ocean Ave.” 

Lyon also was chairwoman of a developmental history museum committee. Working under the Friends of the Library’s not-for-profit status, storage space for historical donations reached capacity before planning was complete. The committee of Lyon, Lou Smith, Barbie Molnar, Karry MacDonald and Elaine Thompson accepted the chamber’s invitation to share the visitor center space. Their first exhibit opened July 4 weekend, and its theme was Education in Cayucos. 

“In 1992, Lou Smith started the history project interviewing Cayucos historic families,” Lyon said. “We wanted to do this right. We’ve taken it slow to structure it properly. It is much more than opening the doors and putting pictures on the walls.”

Shirley and Bob Lyon moved to Cayucos in 1980. 

“My mother-in-law, Judy Lyon, was paid with a Cayucos lot for legal work she’d done on four lots. In 1921, Bob’s parents built one of the first cottages. He grew up in Paso Robles but spent summers in Cayucos. He’ll be remembered for the stories he’s told and written about Cayucos’ past.”

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