First Annual Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival with Local Surfers and Artists

Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival

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Morro Bay, CA (October 28, 2014)  – Chicago displayed the Cows on Parade Art Exhibit, artists in San Francisco left their painted heart sculptures all over town, Seattle artists created flying pigs and more, and in Los Angeles, a Community of Angels were all on display for charity. Now, in the seaside village of Morro Bay, surfboards take center stage for charity at the first annual Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival. Visitors and locals alike will be able to get up close and personal with the 22 surfboard works of art designed by local artists and on display throughout the city (including the Morro Bay Visitor Center) from November 1 – 28, 2014.

The idea of surfboards and artists coming together in Morro Bay is not surprising when you consider the long established romance between surfers and the picturesque beach community, as well as the love affair between this seaside town and artists. “Morro Bay is a great travel destination because of the people who live and work here, and this festival showcases just that,” says Brent Haugen, Executive Director of the Morro Bay Tourism organization. “The lifestyle here is creative, active, adventurous and unique. We have a great story to tell, and we like to do things our own way.”

In all, 27 artists will make their mark on a variety of surfboards in all shapes and sizes. The artists include professional, amateur and student teams from Del Mar Elementary School. Some of the works of art will not be sold but will remain in Morro Bay for locals and visitors to enjoy for years to come. A complete map showing the exact location of all the festival surfboards can be found at local businesses or online at www.morrobay.org/wp-content/uploads/MB-Surfboard-Art-Festival-Pamphlet.pdf.

“This is part of an effort to promote and appreciate public art,” said Walter Heath, president of Morro Bay in Bloom, the event’s organizing group. “The boards will mostly be painted, but there will be a few surprises, sculptures and other types of themes, even a mosaic.”

The show culminates with a November 29th public auction of these one-of-a-kind art pieces during a gala at Fish Bonez Restaurant from 5 to 8 p.m. Some of the proceeds will go to local non-profit organizations Morro Bay in Bloom and Project Surf Camp.

The Surfboard Art Festival is just one of many great events happening in Morro Bay. Next year marks the 60th Anniversary of the first Art In the Park show, which takes place on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekend. For a full list of events, go to www.morrobay.org.

From art, surfing and fishing, to kayaking, biking, hiking, beachcombing, museums and just plain relaxing, Morro Bay is the real deal. In fact, all year long, visitors and locals alike can discover art and more, including unique shopping in the cozy village of Morro Bay. Stroll along the Embarcadero or quaint downtown and discover one of-a-kind boutiques, jewelry stores, art galleries and more. Find unique gifts, antiques, and hidden treasures and check out the distinctive coffee shops, wine tasting bars, live music venues and more in a working fishing village that will lift your spirits.

The Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History is regally perched on a hill overlooking the Morro Bay Estuary. In addition to amazing panoramic views of the coastline, the view form the museum includes the world-famous Morro Rock. Featuring state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, this is the only museum of its kind in the California State Park system.

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