Presenting “Guided by Shadows” October 15, 2019, 7 p.m.
Photo by Photographer Lindsey Ross.
Photo by Photographer Lindsey Ross.
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Photo by Photographer Lindsey Ross.
Photo by Photographer Lindsey Ross.
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The Ojai Photography Community welcomes fine art photographer Lindsey Ross, presenting “Guided by Shadows” on October 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Ross represents a new generation of photographers who are seeking contemporary artistic possibilities in nineteenth century photographic techniques. Like the slow food movement, the vintage photography revival is a shift away from the culture of instant gratification and disposability. In her illustrated presentation, Ross will cover her work in the wet plate collodion process, one of the earliest methods of photography, invented over 150 years ago.

Not for the fainthearted, this demanding process uses a glass plate coated with a light-sensitive emulsion. There is only a ten-minute window to expose and develop the plate. The photographer must have immediate access to a darkroom, and only one image can be created at a time. In addition to these challenges, extremely toxic and potentially explosive materials must be expertly handled to complete the process safely. These one-of-a-kind photographs, with their detailed, haunting beauty, cannot be reproduced and there is no possibility of post-processing. Each one is both a unique image and a tangible object of art.

In her current work, which forms the subject of the presentation, Ross seeks to create a new archetype of the American West and to reimagine its reality in the light of contemporary history. She says, “The conventional interpretation of the American West views the landscape as rugged, masculine and something to be tamed or commodified. The presence of the feminine renders the landscape as fragile.” In Ross’s hands, guided by her passion for authenticity, the collodion process produces images that have a mythic quality and a feminine spirituality that connects all things.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Ross moved west after graduating from college in 2003 to follow her love of independence and sense of adventure. In British Columbia she worked on a self-sustained cattle ranch, and like the photographic process she would eventually embrace, the ranch was grounded in a way of life from the nineteenth century. It was off the grid, and she herded cattle, grew vegetables, cooked meals, and strengthened her sense of autonomy.

Her photographic career began with five years of photojournalism in Wyoming; then she moved to California in 2008 to pursue an MFA at Brooks Institute, graduating in 2012. Upon viewing a collection of early prisoner mug shots, she began working with wet plate collodion in 2010. This process has become her ideal format in a lifelong search for independence combined with a sense of connection. In her artist statement she describes herself this way: “She finds freedom in taking raw materials and transforming those into photographs. The slow pace of collodion requires a presence and intimacy that connects her to both the physical and spiritual world.”

Ross’s images have been exhibited in galleries from Santa Barbara, CA, to Telluride, CO, and most recently, in Budapest, Hungary. She has been Artist in Residence from 2016 to 2019 for art organizations and festivals in Santa Barbara, Telluride, and Budapest. Two documentaries about her work were featured at major film festivals: “Alchemistress” at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2013 and “Lindsey Ross: A Less Convenient Path,” at the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

For more on Ross, see her website: https://www.lindseyrossphoto.com

The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach. http://www.ojaiphotographycommunity.com/index.html

 


 

Writer: Letitia Grimes

Ojai, CA: The Ojai International City of Peace team will present the Fifth Annual United Nations International Day of Peace Festival in Libbey Park on Sunday, September 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will be an educational, entertaining and inclusive celebration for all ages.

Through the inspiration of local peace builders, Ojai was designated the 99th United Nations International City of Peace in 2014, and the Ojai City Council officially declared the city’s new status in 2015. Currently there are 248 Cities of Peace worldwide, with 25 in the United States. Three of the original peace advocates are guiding the 2019 festival: Brian Berman, Lisa Berman, and Ray Powers.

“Climate Action for Peace” is the theme for the 2019 International Day of Peace. It is an urgent call for action in response to the planet’s record temperatures, rising sea levels, the worst flooding ever recorded, and the most severe wildfires in modern history. Recently, the Ojai City Council signed a resolution to join 850 other cities around the world in the Declaration of Climate Emergency. Brian Berman says, “We feel the importance of understanding the connection between peace and our care for the earth and the actions we can take to express both.” Powers adds: “In alignment with the festival intention we encourage people to walk or ride their bicycles to the event as this helps reduce our carbon footprint in the community. To reduce the quantity of paper flyers, we invite attendees to bring their smartphones and take photos of any displayed information.”

The ICP team has invited organizations, inspiring speakers and artists who are peace builders and sustainability advocates. Themes will include: Educational Foundations of Peace in Schools; Climate Change Action Steps; Creating a Bicycle Friendly City; Transition to Renewable Energy; Protecting Our Public Lands; Holistic Health - Peace Within/Peace Without; and Community Peace Building.

Peace Awards will be presented to individuals or organizations that have done excellent work creating unity and peace. The annual Awakening Peace Prize will be awarded to Dr. Robert Dodge for his outstanding work in nuclear disarmament advocacy. A family practice physician in Ventura, Dodge is the president of Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles, and co-founder of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions.

Awaken both inner artist and peace builder in the family-friendly interactive Peace Art Zone. Plan on bringing your lunch - if possible, in zero waste reusable containers - and join the worldwide “Feast for Peace,” an annual global event that will take place in multiple countries across six continents.

The fiscal sponsor of the event is local educational non-profit, Awakening Peace 501(C)(3), dedicated to creating events that bring the community together and inspire support for local and world peace initiatives. This includes transitioning towards a green, sustainable and resilient future.

For further information, go to: https://ojaipeace.net

 


 
“Approaches to Street Photography” Tuesday, September 17, 7 p.m
Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
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Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
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Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
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Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
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Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
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Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
Photograph by Christopher Broughton.
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Ojai, CA: The Ojai Photography Community welcomes master photographer and educator Christopher Broughton, presenting “Approaches to Street Photography” on Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai CA. The general public is invited to attend this free event.

Broughton’s passion for street photography developed during his twenty years as a professor at Brooks Institute. From 2012 to 2016 he led summer sessions in Paris, where the students learned street photography in the tradition of Parisian masters such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau. In his presentation he will share his extensive experience in this genre, breaking down his practice into fifteen key approaches that can be applied to any street from Ojai Avenue to the Champs Élysées.

Come and discover how to create compelling images with intriguing approaches like “Fishing a Background,” “Farming Events,” “Working with Sequences,” and “Only a Slice.” Broughton will discuss these topics as well as “Busy vs. Empty,” ”Chaos vs. Order,” “Looking Up and Looking Down,” “Over Their Shoulder/Following,” and other approaches that guide effective visual decisions in the flow of a dynamic street scene. Broughton will illustrate his talk with a selection of his powerful photographs from the streets of Paris. Visitors will also learn some basic elements that every street photographer needs to know: the best photographic tools, the ethics of the street, and how to find your individual “voice” as a photographer.

After completing both his BA and MS in photography at Brooks Institute, Broughton returned to his alma mater and served for twenty years in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Digital Photography, Advanced Studio Applications, Optics of Fine Art, and Photographic Theory. When Brooks closed, he began teaching at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles as Adjunct Professor in the MFA Film, Television and Photography program, where he is currently employed. This summer he has been teaching a “Photo Boot Camp” workshop through UCSB Extension in collaboration with the Ernest Brooks Foundation. This month he will be leading a street photography workshop in Los Angeles.

A nationally and internationally exhibited photographer, Broughton’s work is in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Quincy Art Center.

For further information on Broughton, visit: https://www.christopherbroughton.com
For information on his street photography workshop, go to: https://www.ernestbrooksfoundation.org/workshops.html

The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach. http://www.ojaiphotographycommunity.com/index.html

 


 
“Shooting in the Cold and Snow.” Tuesday, August 20, 7 p.m.
Photographs by Carl Volpe.
Photographs by Carl Volpe.
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Cool down in mid-August with Carl Volpe in his presentation, “Shooting in the Cold and Snow,” hosted by the Ojai Photography Community on Tuesday, August 20, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA. The OPC invites the public to this free event.

Although no one in Southern California would be using these techniques in summer, many photographers may be shooting in the winter season and will want to be prepared. Freezing temperatures and snowy landscapes make some of the most difficult and challenging conditions for photographers. In his presentation, Volpe will briefly discuss some of the clothing and equipment problems to expect; then he will focus on the complex creative, compositional and post-editing issues associated with photographing winter images.

Volpe is a travel photographer who has logged trips to over 35 countries. During the fall and winter of 2018/ 2019, he was shooting in Yellowstone, Alaska and Antarctica, so his experience with cold weather photography is very recent. About Alaska, he wrote: “Most of the trip the high daily temp was about 0 Fahrenheit, and the nights we were atop the mountain, it was hovering between -15 and -20. I have never worn so many clothes at one time in my life.”

After retiring early from a career in a Fortune 50 company, Volpe discovered a passion for travel photography during a trip to Italy in 2007. With no previous experience in any art form, he was surprised by the creativity that began flowing from his photographic trips. Soon he was exhibiting and winning awards: his work has been displayed at the Los Angeles Center for Photography, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Studio Channel Islands Gallery, Ojai Art Center, as well as many other galleries and venues. A resident of Agoura Hills, he is actively involved in local art and photography organizations.

Volpe sums up his approach to the art of photography in these words: “My work reflects an existential need to experience the world’s beauty, grace and simplicity. My challenge is to give voice to that which I see.”

For more information and images, go to http://www.carlvolpephoto.com/

The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach. http://www.ojaiphotographycommunity.com/index.html

 


 

“Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia”
Thursday, Aug. 22, through Wednesday, Oct. 23
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture and William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art
Printmaking as a medium has for centuries been associated with the making of flat, editioned images — mostly on paper. The 20 contemporary printmakers in this exhibition have removed the artificial boundaries around printmaking. They have created works on everything from porcelain and recycled wood to melting ice. Each piece has been manipulated — cut, folded, burned, fired, mounted, recorded or pasted. They live in the toxic residue left by the contaminated water of Flint, Michigan, and are even inked onto good old fashioned paper — only sideways, on the paper’s less-than-one-millimeter-thick edge. They are built like a puzzle or planted as a garden. Some are architectural; others are biological.
The featured artists are Justin Barfield, Shawn Bitters, Vanessa B. Cruz, Florence Gidez, Rebecca Gilbert, Ruthann Godollei, Sheila Goloborotko, Brandie Grogan, John Hitchcock, Andrew Kozlowski, Lauren Kussro, Nathan Meltz, Guen Montgomery, Jill Parisi, Andrew Raftery, Samantha Parker Salazar, Marliee Salvator, Mizin Shin, Swoon and Eszter Sziksz. Goloborotko curated the exhibit, which was made possible by the generous contributions of the Janet Dibble Revocable Living Trust.
Admission is free. Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Rolland Gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 805-493-3697, email rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit callutheran.edu/rolland or CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

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Faculty Recital
Eric Kinsley, Keum Hwa Cha and guest artist Haekyung An
“Classical Favorites”
Saturday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel
Eric Kinsley on keyboards, Keum Hwa Cha on violin and guest artist soprano Haekyung An will perform masterpieces often neglected in modern concert halls. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

 


 

Oceanview Pavilion Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach located at 575 E. Surfside Drive Port Hueneme is proud to present Colors by the Sea Art Walk and Music Fest Saturday July 20, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday July 21, Noon – 5:00 pm. Free admission and free parking available in Lot E for your convenience.

This free event will feature talented Local Artist’s, Musicians and Vendors from Ventura County, Live Entertainment sponsored by No Cover, Food Trucks, and a Kids Zone Saturday July 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm !!!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet local vendors, Artists and dance to your favorite local bands.

For additional information call Oceanview Pavilion at (805) 986-4818.

 
Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall on Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Photographer Briana Diamond
Photographer Briana Diamond
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Photographer Briana Diamond
Photographer Briana Diamond
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Photographer Briana Diamond
Photographer Briana Diamond
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Photographer Briana Diamond
Photographer Briana Diamond
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Photographer Briana Diamond
Photographer Briana Diamond
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Photographer Briana Diamond
Photographer Briana Diamond
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Contributor/Writer: Letitia Grimes

The Ojai Photography Community welcomes Ventura based photographer, Briana Diamond, who will present “Riders of Waves, Mermaids and Milk-maids.” Do mermaids really exist? To find out, visit Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. The OPC invites the public to this free event

Diamond’s presentation will take the audience over and under the ocean waves and into the starry skies with images of surfers, mermaids, and the Milky Way.

An emerging young photographer, Diamond graduated from Brooks Institute in 2014 with a degree in Visual Journalism. She works in multiple commercial fields, with a versatility ranging from still photography to vide-ography, social media directing to video production and catalog photo shoots.

Growing up in Southern California, Diamond began surfing at the age of seven and exploring photography in her backyard around the same time. At the age of eight, she found her career path; she recalls: “I still remember the day I was at the grocery with my mom when I was eight years old and saw my first Surfer magazine. I couldn’t believe that you can mix both passions into a career - surfing and photographing! I was mind blown and immediately started taking photos on land of surfers.” Pursuing her twin passions with single-minded purpose, she chose independent study in high school and at the age of sixteen was mentored by a photographer with National Geographic.

At Brooks Institute, Diamond finally zeroed in on her major artistic focus. She studied underwater photography with top nature photographer, Ralph Clevenger, and discovered her true calling. “We learned all about photographing and even editing images on water and underwater,” she says. “I was in heaven - this is where I belong - in the water.”

For more of Diamond’s images, go to https://brianadiamond.photoshelter.com/about/index

The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – Novem-ber. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach. http://www.ojaiphotographycommunity.com/index.html

 

Bargains on photographic equipment, and much more, will be offered on June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Clara St., Ojai, CA.

Members of the Ojai Photography Community will sell quality items ranging from professional gear bags to reflectors to lenses as well as cameras, lighting equipment, paper, mats and fames. Will include such big name items from Lastolite Pro, Manfrotto, Think Tank, Kinesis, Mongoose, Nikon and more.

Proceeds will go to the OPC’s annual contribution to the non-profit Help of Ojai. Everything will be priced to sell.

Partial List of Items that will be for sale:

IToya Art Portfolios
Nikon Cable Release and Battery Pack
Canon Focusing Screens
2.0 Lens Baby
Mongoose Gimbal Action Head
Saddle Sandbag
Posing Table
Lastolite Pro Reflectors
Assorted Filters – Hoya, Singh-Ray,
Lowenpro Rolling Bag
Think Tank Shoulder Bags/Shoulder Harness V2.0
Kinesis Photo Gear Bags
Assorted Paper for ink jet printing/Plastic Sleeves for prints
Misc. Frames and Mats
Cameras and Lenses (inc Canon 5D Mk II, Pentax Film SF1, 4x5 Graphic View Camera and lenses, 4x5 Toyo Field View Camera and lenses, 4x5 Speed Graphic with lens
Colortran Dual 1000 Studio lights with case

 
Drone Photography – It’s All About Altitude
All photographs by Chuck Place.
All photographs by Chuck Place.
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Ojai, CA - The Ojai Photography Community (OPC) will host Santa Barbara based photographer, Chuck Place, presenting “Drone Photography - It’s All About Altitude,” on June 18 at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai CA. The OPC invites the public to attend this free event.

In his presentation Place will cover the exciting new field of drone photography. He will share his experiences and the expertise he has achieved in shooting aerial photographs for hospitality, construction and real estate clients. His illustrated talk will feature a selection of the stunning images he has created utilizing a drone. He will discuss the unique advantages of drones as well as their safety issues. Their advantages provide the photographer with a perspective impossible either at ground level or at the higher level of an airplane. Along with aerial capability, drones remain quiet and cost little compared to standard aircraft. Safety is of paramount importance: “Essentially you are flying a four-bladed weed whacker,” Place says, and advises photographers to put safety in the forefront of their minds at all times.

Summing up his presentation, Place writes: ”Often I am asked if composing a photograph with a drone is the same as creating an image at ground level. The answer is yes—and no. It is similar, of course, but being able to make large adjustments to the altitude of a camera adds a whole new dimension to the process. ‘Drone Photography—It’s All About Altitude’ discusses the similarities and the differences when you are shooting with essentially a tripod that extends from 1 foot to 400 feet. That changes everything!”

Place is a highly successful commercial and editorial photographer with over thirty years of experience and an extensive list of clients. His images have appeared in National Geographic, Sunset, Islands, Time, Westways and Smithsonian magazines, as well as many other leading publications. His corporate and institutional clients include Patagonia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Biltmore Hotel and the University of California, to name a few. He has worked with a wide array of major book publishers, from Prentice Hall to Lonely Planet.

An outstanding educator, Place taught for twelve years at Brooks Institute. He is now teaching photography classes at Santa Barbara City College. Visit his web-site for more information and images: https://www.chuckplacephotography.com

The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach.

 

"Crescent Lake Shoreline" by Paul Roark.
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"Lava Beach Surf" by Paul Roark.
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"Jumbo Rocks" by Paul Roark.
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"Pompei Basilica to Vesuvius" by Paul Roark.
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The Ojai Photography Community will host Paul Roark, internationally recognized fine art photographer, presenting “Windows into a Black and White Reality” on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m., in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Clara St., Ojai, CA. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

One of the finest black and white photographers in the world, Roark discovered his forte in 1982 when a traveling exhibit with his photography was burglarized. The thieves took only his black and white prints, leaving his color images behind. Since that time he has specialized in this genre of photography, pursuing his passion for both the art form and its technical challenges.

Born in Glendale, CA, Roark grew up in a family involved with photography and art for three generations. He had access to a darkroom in his family home and achieved a mastery of photographic skills by his teens, winning awards for his work in high school. At that time he made a decision to pursue a practical career in his working life and continue with his chosen art form as a sideline. After winning a scholarship to UCLA and graduating with a law degree, he practiced as an attorney until early retirement. During the final fifteen years of his law career, he gradually transitioned into his second career as a photographer. In 1996 he moved from Los Angeles to Solvang, where he currently resides.

Roark’s approach to his art emerges out of his fascination with light, design and pattern recognition. His black and white images create a window into the inter-locking patterns of natural forms without the distraction of color. He constructs an overall design with a dramatic impact that attracts the viewer into smaller, interesting patterns, keeping the eye in the image as long as possible. Because of the extraordinary depth of detail possible with carbon inkjet printing, the viewer can discover layers upon layers of visual fields that continue to astonish the eye the longer one looks.

When digital black and white photography began to surpass film in the ‘90s, Roark found that the available inks for printing black and white digital images were disappointingly inadequate. Roark’s response was to create his own inkjet printing sets directly from carbon pigments, enabling an immense array of light-fast tonalities. Determined to make black and white photography more accessible and affordable, he has provided formulas and directions for carbon-based ink sets on an open-source, royalty-free basis. In another innovation, Roark has replaced traditional photo papers with cotton-based archival watercolor paper. The combination of 100 percent carbon pigments on this kind of paper is more archival and lightfast than silver gelatin prints.

Roark’s most recent exhibits include “Carbon on Canvas,” at the Gallery Los Olivos, and “Between Light and Dark,” at the Elverhoj Museum in Solvang. The Gallery Los Olivos, where he is Director and Manager, has a permanent display of his work. For further information and images, go to http://www.paulroark.com

The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – Novem-ber. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach. The general public is always welcome to attend.

 

CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Art Lecturer Christophe Bourély drew his inspiration for this year’s collaborative spring faculty art exhibit while he was driving.

“Sometimes there’s a traffic jam,” he said. “You look to your right and there’s a golf course. You have these manicured lawns that probably consume a lot of water, and there’s maybe a couple of golf carts and a couple of people on these hundreds of acres of land. And here we are stuck outside of the fences. It talks about the disparities that exist here and in other places.”

Bourély and Art Lecturer Larry Lytle then got to work and created “Country’s Club,” a whimsical yet pointed look at America’s golf culture. The exhibit is on display in the John Spoor Broome Library Gallery on the CSUCI campus from April 25 through August 24 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

For their artistic social commentary, Bourély created six 36-by-48-inch oil paintings while Lytle, a photographer, constructed three-dimensional dioramas ranging in size from 18-by-18 inches to 30-by-19 inches.

“Indeed, country clubs represent some of the most (un)fairways we are facing today,” Lytle wrote in their joint artists’ statement. “Aside from the destruction of our planet, they embody the rising inequality and injustice between the 1% and the 99%, the haves and have-nots. Clearly, country club memberships that are upwards of $500,000 in initiation fees and $25,000 in annual dues are emblematic of our ever-increasing income-disparity issues.”

For the exhibit, Lytle did a little golf research and learned the game that was a precursor to golf got its start in Scotland in the 15th Century.

“Two days after her husband was murdered, Mary Queen of Scots was on the golf course playing golf,” Lytle said.

Bourély says he does not play golf, but Lytle admits he has — on municipal courses.

The public is invited to the opening, which will feature putting greens, golf balls and clubs so guests can try their hand at the game.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CSUCI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For more on the show and the artists: https://art.csuci.edu/exhibitions/,
www.christophebourely.com/, www.larrylytleart.com.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is reimagining higher education for a new generation and era. We are an innovative higher education institution that enables students to succeed and thrive – serving as an engine for social and economic vitality that provides the intellectual resources necessary for a thriving democracy. With more than 7,000 students, 1,200 employees and 14,000 alumni, CSUCI is poised to grow in size and distinction, while maintaining one of the most student-focused learning environments in public higher education. Connect with and learn more by visiting www.csuci.edu or CSUCI’s Social Media.

 

The Ojai Photography Community will hold their annual Members’ Night on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA. The event, which features photography by members, is free and the public is invited to attend.

Members of OPC will present up to ten of their images that have a common thread. The photographic presentation might be of favorites, a series with a theme, a body of work, or images that tell a story. A narrative by each participating photographer will accompany the images. Some of the topics will be: reasons for selecting the images, the stories behind them, how they were made, and experiences in the field. The evening get together will be a way to encourage the growth of members’ individual art and showcase their photography. For further information, call (805) 646-8405.

The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach.

 

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College will host its annual Spring Spectacular during the weekends of March 16 and 23rd. This fun-filled family event features animal shows, kid-friendly games and food. This year’s activities will take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on March 16, 17th, 23rd, and 24th at Moorpark College under the theme “Zootastic Beasts and How to Save them.” Visitors will meet guest animals and trainers from various industries, including Hollywood Paws and Saving Wildlife, among others. Guests can meet the zoo’s two new tiger cubs, Neil and Karma, as they play next to Ira the lion and Kadogo the hyena. Behind-the-scenes tours will also provide unique opportunities to see animal feeding and training up close.

America’s Teaching Zoo is also home to an important program that trains the next generation of animal stewards. The Exotic Animal Training and Management program (EATM) was established in 1974 to provide students with high-quality instruction in exotic animal care and training. Students get hands-on experience while caring for nearly 200 animals at the zoo.

the globe recruit EATM’s distinguished graduates,” shares Mara Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the program. “Each year our students work around the clock to produce their biggest fundraising event, Spring Spectacular, which invites the community to experience the very best of what our Zoo has to offer.” In fact, America’s Teaching Zoo was recently ranked among the top 100 places to take your kids in Los Angeles by Mommy Poppins Magazine.

Spring Spectacular is open to the public and ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for kids/seniors, and $5 for Zoo members; children ages two and under can attend for free. All proceeds support America’s Teaching Zoo and the EATM program.

Additionally, this year Moorpark College will host its second annual Spring Festival, a free campus-wide open house celebration from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 in conjunction with the first day of Spring Spectacular. Friends and families will enjoy carnival games, food, and shows as Moorpark College highlights its esteemed programs. For more information please call (805) 378-1441 or visit www.moorparkcollege.edu/zoo. Moorpark College is located at 7075 Campus Road Moorpark, California.

MOORPARK COLLEGE, one of three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District, was founded in 1967. It is set on 150 beautiful acres, nestled in the foothills on the southeastern flank of Ventura County, about 40 miles from UCLA, and approximately 75 miles from UC Santa Barbara. It is also a short drive from CSU Northridge, CSU Channel Islands, and California Lutheran University. Moorpark College was recognized in the Huffington Post in March of 2015 as the fourth-best community college in the nation. It has an excellent reputation for university transfer preparation, and its signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology, and exotic animal training, which incorporates the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo. The college also offers a dynamic range of classes and programs in the visual and performing arts, and its pristine athletic fields and mild climate provide an excellent home for student athletes.

 
Free event is Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai CA.

"Snowy Sunday Morning" by Photographer Sharon Lobel
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"Pacific Sunset" by Photographer Sharon Lobel
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"After The Storm" by Photographer Sharon Lobel
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"Abandoned" by Photographer Sharon Lobel
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"Twilight Surf" by Photographer Sharon Lobel
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"The Ponte Vecchio" by Photographer Sharon Lobel
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Contributed by Ojai Photography Community

Sharon Lobel

The Ojai Photography Community will host award-winning travel photographer Sharon Lobel in a presentation entitled “All About Travel Photography and More” on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai CA. The OPC welcomes the public to attend these free events.

Lobel will share her “Suitcase for Success,” packed with key elements for capturing stunning images while you are on the road. Her illustrated talk will include landscape tips, lighting, and ideas for photographing all kinds of subjects, from insects to mountains. She will cover her best tools and tricks in the field, as well as how to pack camera gear using simple tools. For anyone planning a trip this year, or even just dreaming about one, Lobel’s presentation will inspire them to dig deep into their passion and discover what motivates them to become a successful travel photographer.

Always ready to set off to find another adventure, Lobel has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Mexico and the United States. She is a National and State accredited Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman, active in three professional photographers’ organizations, with multiple awards in each of them. In the Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County, she was named twice as Nature Photographer of the Year. She is a double international silver medalist with the Professional Photographers of America. Her awards in the Professional Photographers of California include Animal Photographer of the Year for 2016, and in January 2019 she was presented with the prestigious Evans-Kingham Award for her outstanding service to the photographic community. Her energy and enthusiasm spill over into a workshop and adventure business that she co-founded, called “Image Adventures.”

For more information and images, go to https://sharonlobelphotography.co

The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Monthly free presentations are part of the groups community service and education outreach. The general public is always welcome to attend.

 

“Dear Diary…I’m fourteen, and people think I should be scared because I’m surrounded by violence, but around here it’s an everyday thing. The first thing I see when I get off the bus is graffiti on walls, beer bottles, filling trash cans, empty cigarette packs and syringes.”—Excerpt from “The Freedom Writers Diary.”

Camarillo, Calif., Feb. 26, 2019 — With drugs, gangs, violence, poverty and racial tension underscoring their lives, teacher/author Erin Gruwell soon realized traditional teaching methods were not going work on the 150 students she taught in Room 203 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach.

“Instead, we learned to make the class a safe place,” Gruwell said. “Safe from the societal ills outside — racial stereotypes, prejudice, toxicity in the teachers’ lounge.”

The students were being bused in from their neighborhoods, which were often violent — riddled with racism, drugs, gangs and hopelessness.

“These were kids of color coming into a lily white neighborhood,” Gruwell said. “They weren’t always welcome and they weren’t always embraced.”

With textbooks abandoned in a corner of the classroom, Gruwell turned instead to a teaching method that turned these 150 “unteachable” students into the original “Freedom Writers,” a group of students whose stories launched a book, a movement, a movie, a foundation and now, a PBS documentary entitled “Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart,” which airs on March 28.

CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is one of six California universities in six different counties hosting an advance screening of the documentary. The campus and the public are welcome to attend the screening from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 in the Grand Salon.

After the 56-minute screening, Gruwell and an original member of the Freedom Writers will conduct a Q & A session and copies of the book, “The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them,” will be provided to students in attendance.

First published in 1999, the book is a collection of gritty, authentic essays born in Gruwell’s classroom 25 years ago when she realized the lives her students led had grim similarities to young people who were growing up in the midst of war and violence — what Gruwell calls an “undeclared war.”

Instead of teaching students how to pass tests, Gruwell found a way to compare the students’ reality in urban America to the worst examples of war and violence throughout history. She worked side jobs to afford to bring guest speakers to the classroom and take field trips.

She had them read books about other young people trying to survive war and violence like “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo.”

Then, she encouraged her students to write about their own feelings and experiences and the “Freedom Writers Diary” took root and blossomed into a publication and a 2007 movie starring Hillary Swank as Gruwell. This year is the 20th anniversary of the book’s publication.

CSUCI Dean of the School of Education Brian Sevier, Ph.D., was a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Boulder when he first learned about Gruwell and The Freedom Writers. At the time, he was teaching an education course covering everything from school funding to lessons that were culturally relevant.

“One night in my graduate apartment, I was watching ‘Prime Time Live’ and Connie Chung did a segment on Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers,” Sevier said. “I ran as fast as I could to record the segment on my VCR. This was exactly what we were talking about.”

Sevier always remembered the reaction from the superintendent of Gruwell’s district, who talked about educators like Plato and Aristotle.

“They didn’t teach the page and what’s on the paper…they taught the people,” Sevier said.

And by teaching the people, the once-hardened teens discovered a new way to express themselves and rewrite their futures. Every single one graduated and attended college.

Reservations are required by visiting: go.csuci.edu/FW or by email to: csuci_events@csuci.edu

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CSUCI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For questions call 805-437-3900.

About California State University Channel Islands
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Lunchtime Organ Recital Series
Joseph Peeples
Friday, March 1, 12:30–1 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel

University organist Joseph Peeples will showcase the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in 30-minute recitals on the first Friday of each month. Works performed will be of a varied character and suited to all. Audience members are welcome to bring a lunch and quietly enjoy the recital.

Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Cal Lutheran 48-Hour Film Jam
Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3
William Rolland Art Center

The Cal Lutheran 48-Hour Film Jam Spring 2019 is a campuswide competition in which teams of directors, writers, actors, editors and cinematographers are assigned a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue. The teams have 48 hours to create a short movie containing those elements. The competition runs from 7 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free. Sponsored by the Multimedia Department and the Digital Cinema Guild. For information, contact Alejandro Guzman at alejandroguzman@callutheran.edu.

Faculty Recital
Eric Kinsley
“Rare and Forgotten Chamber Music”
Saturday, March 2, 7:30 pm.
Samuelson Chapel

The ensemble recital under the direction of keyboardist Eric Kinsley has unearthed repertoire in several archives worthy of rediscovery. In this concert, musicians present Kinsley’s new edition for a quartet by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and chamber music at the time of Friedrich dem Grosen (Frederick the Great). The commonality of the selected sonatas by respected composers such as CPE Bach, Joseph Haydn and Luigi Boccherini is the obligato keyboard realizations.

Donations accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

SAKURA Cello Quintet
Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel

Experience a rich and colorful sound world like no other. A cello quintet hailed as “brilliant” and “superb” in the Los Angeles Times, SAKURA presents an eclectic program of music spanning eight centuries in dazzling arrangements, opening new vistas of expression by showcasing the warmth and scope offered by the sound of five cellos. Repertoire includes arranged works ranging from the vulgar to the sublime: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Debussy’s “Clair de lune,” Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes,” Corea’s “Spain,” and others.

Yoshika Masuda, a Cal Lutheran assistant professor of music and director of string studies, is a co-founding member of SAKURA.

Donations accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Franzen Organ Recital Series
Richard Elliott
Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel

Richard Elliott, principal organist at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, will perform the spring concert of the Orvil and Gloria Franzen Organ Recital Series. Elliott participates in the daily recital series on the tabernacle’s 206-rank Æolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square on the choir’s weekly radio and TV broadcast “Music and the Spoken Word.” As accompanist for the Tabernacle Choir, Elliott has performed as a recitalist in many of the world’s great halls and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. For several years, he was assistant organist at the John Wanamaker Department Store (now Macy’s) in Philadelphia, home to the world’s largest functioning pipe organ.

Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Reel Justice Film Series
“Chavela”
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
Lundring Events Center

“Chavela” is a captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame. There will be a Q&A panel following the film.

Admission is free. Sponsored by the Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice, the Women and Gender Studies program, and the Department of Languages and Cultures. For information, contact the CEJ at 805-493-3694 or cej@callutheran.edu.

International Film Festival
“Das Experiment”

Thursday, March 14, 8 p.m.
Richter Hall

This 2001 German thriller is based on the novel “Black Box” by Mario Giordano and deals with a social experiment resembling the Stanford prison experiment of 1971. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and starring Moritz Bleibtreu, the film won several German Film awards including for Best Film and Best Leading Actor.

Admission is free. Shown in German with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Cultures in conjunction with David Nelson of the History Department. Free street parking after 7 p.m. For information, contact Walter Stewart at 805-493-3436 or stewart@callutheran.edu.

Faculty Recital
Uziel Colón
Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel

Pianist, composer and producer Uziel Colón, known artistically as UzC, presents music from his new album, “Intersections.” The recital also features original jazz arrangements of famous ’80s songs, culminating in fresh, original Latin jazz sprinkled with classical and pop music. Colón, the director of the Cal Lutheran Jazz Collective, will be accompanied by some of the best musicians in the L.A. area.

Donations accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Bring Your Own Brain (BYOB)
A Day to Hack Solutions for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Swenson Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences 101

BYOB is an event seeking solutions to challenges faced by individuals on the autism spectrum. Following a discussion by panelists who are on the spectrum, participants break into teams to design solutions, or hacks, to address challenges. The day concludes with voting on the most innovative or creative hack. Prizes of $50 per person will be awarded to the winning team.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Sponsored by the Graduate School of Education and the Autism Communication Center. For information, email Melissa Spence at mspence@callutheran.edu. To register, visit CalLutheran.edu/autism.

Hats and High Tea
Sunday, March 17, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Gilbert Arena

The California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association’s eighth annual Hats and High Tea will raise money for student scholarships and educational grants.

Guests will enjoy tea with sandwiches, fruit and desserts. The afternoon will begin with a champagne reception and will feature music, a silent auction and a raffle.

Attendees are encouraged to cap off their tea party attire with a hat. Table sponsors and party hosts will decorate each table in a festive theme. Awards will be presented in categories including most creative table setting and wildest and most elegant hats.

CLA was founded in 1963 to stimulate community interest in Cal Lutheran’s academic, athletic and cultural programs. Members organize fundraising and social events throughout the year to support academic departments and student scholarships. The organization has provided nearly $2 million through the years.

Faculty grants support academic and cultural programs, many of which involve students and benefit the community. Scholarship winners are selected for their community service, leadership potential and academic achievement.

Tickets are $55 for adults and $25 for children. Sponsorships are available. For reservations or more information, visit CalLutheran.edu/cla or contact the University Relations Division at 805-493-3151 or fielding@callutheran.edu.

TRAC 2019: The Representational Art Conference
Sunday, March 31 – Thursday, April 4
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

TRAC: The Representational Art Conference is the premier international event focused on cutting-edge representational art in the 21st century – where imagination matters and the mind meets the hand. TRAC provides a platform for understanding the unique possibilities of representational art and perhaps some illumination about future directions. This year, we are especially interested in the relationship between imagination and 21st-century representational art.

Speakers include Cheech Marin, the comedian and founder of the Riverside Museum of Chicano Art; Tim Jenison, the obsessive genius depicted in the Penn and Teller film “Tim’s Vermeer”; Corinna Wagner, the author of “Pathological Bodies and Art and Soul”; and Roger Dean, the prolific creator of album covers for the rock band Yes.

Demonstrations of sculpture, painting and drawing will be presented by Julie Bell, Brian Booth Craig, Virgil Elliott, Teresa Oaxaca, Alicia Ponzio, Scott Prior, Alexey Steele, Boris Vallejo, Pamela Wilson and others. Visits to area galleries include discussion with exhibiting artists.

For registration costs, student discounts and the full schedule, visit trac2019.org.

 
Delayed by Borderline shooting, public shows slated

California Lutheran University has been invited to stage “columbinus” at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, a particularly meaningful honor after the Borderline shooting rocked the campus and curtailed the originally scheduled public performances.

Students will perform the play about the 1999 Columbine High School massacre for festival attendees three times on Feb. 14 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Before the festival, the students will present free public performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Preus-Brandt Forum on campus. Director Brett Elliott, cast members, and Cal Lutheran psychology and criminal justice faculty will participate in informal discussions with the audience after each show.

The original performances were canceled as the university community dealt with the Nov. 7 shooting, which took the life of 2018 alumnus Justin Meek at a “College Country Night” attended by about 30 Cal Lutheran students, and the fires that began the next day. Instead, 160 people attended one free invitation-only performance.

Seven productions were chosen for the festival from among more than 200 in Southern California, Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. Judges will select four to six of the best and most diverse from the eight regional conferences to showcase at the national festival in Washington. This is the fifth time a Cal Lutheran play has been selected for the regional festival.

“The students and the entire artistic staff worked hard to create this production, and it is a special honor to share it with the festival’s 1,000 attendees after the tragedy that our campus, our community and the country have endured,” said Theatre and Dance Department Chair Michael Arndt.

The 2005 drama weaves together police evidence, the shooters’ journals, and interviews with parents, survivors and community leaders to depict the shooting, what led up to it and the aftermath. It examines archetypes of adolescence, drawing on nationwide interviews with high school students.

In preparation for the production, the students watched documentaries on the tragedy, researched the shooters’ mental health problems and learned how the shooting changed high school culture. The intensity of the play, which features hate speech and graphic descriptions of violence, was difficult for them, but they felt the message was important. That feeling increased after Borderline. Counselors met with the cast and crew, many of whom knew Meek and survivors and some of whom evacuated or helped others during the fires, and they attended rehearsals and the private performance to help them process their feelings.

The cast features Clayton Currie of Ventura, Jonathan Irwin of Washington, Victoria Karr of Corona, Amber Marroquin of Costa Mesa, Jacob White of Palmdale and Jordan Erickson, Mahyar Mirzazadeh and Gabrielle Reublin of Thousand Oaks.

Tickets are available at CalLutheran.edu/theater. For information, call 805-493-3452.

 

Moorpark College Theatre Arts is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming Spring 2019 production of SPAMALOT; a production based on the uproarious Monty Python comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Auditions will be held Dec. 17, 18 and 19 from 3:30 - 6 p.m. in room PA-100 of the Performing Arts Center on the Moorpark College campus. Interested parties should bring 32 bars of sheet music, preferably from musical theater, and wear comfortable clothing for a dance audition. An accompanist will be present for the audition.

The Tony® Award Winning Best Musical, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, featuring a bevy of showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and “French people.” This performance is sure to have audiences laughing and marveling at death-defying dance and musical numbers. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony® Awards—including Best Musical—and was followed by two successful West End runs.

“This will easily be the biggest production we have brought to our main stage in the last three years,” shares John Loprieno, the play’s director and chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department. “My phone has been ringing off the hook since we announced the audition and I’ve had students practicing their various British accents since Halloween!” Anyone hoping to join the cast must also enroll in a three-unit Theatre Production: Performance class at Moorpark College. “With the insane comedy antics of Monty Python’s Holy Grail and 20 production numbers that feature show tune parodies, tap dancing, and Lady of the Lakerettes, how can you not have the thrill of a lifetime?” says Loprieno. “So, grab a shrubbery and your Finnish Slapping Fish and come out to audition!”

SPAMALOT will run March 7 – 24 with evening performances from Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. in the studio theatre at Moorpark College. Tickets go on sale Jan. 15 and may be purchased through the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center Box Office at (805) 378-1485 or online at www.moorparkcollege.edu/pac. For additional information regarding SPAMALOT or the Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department, please contact Director John Loprieno at (805) 378-1469 or jloprieno@vcccd.edu. Moorpark College is located at 7075 Campus Road Moorpark, California 93021.

MOORPARK COLLEGE, one of three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District, was founded in 1967. It is set on 150 beautiful acres, nestled in the foothills on the southeastern flank of Ventura County, about 40 miles from UCLA, and approximately 75 miles from UC Santa Barbara. It is also a short drive from CSU Northridge, CSU Channel Islands, and California Lutheran University. Moorpark College was recognized in the Huffington Post in March of 2015 as the fourth-best community college in the nation. It has an excellent reputation for university transfer preparation, and its signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology, and exotic animal training, which incorporates the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo. The college also offers a dynamic range of classes and programs in the visual and performing arts, and its pristine athletic fields and mild climate provide an excellent home for student athletes.

 
Raptor by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Raptor by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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White Lily by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
White Lily by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Sierra by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Sierra by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Orcas by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Orcas by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Morro Bay by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Morro Bay by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Hunt Gardens by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Hunt Gardens by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Death Valley by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Death Valley by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer returns to the Ojai Photography Club as the final presenter for 2018 with a workshop on “The Wonderful World of NIK Filters.” The free event will be held on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Sofaer will demonstrate the functions and “tips and tricks” of the versatile NIK digital photography plugins. Opening up shadows, making details vivid, adjusting the colors in sunsets - NIK filters can fine-tune these and many more image enhancements.

She will also show the complete workflow from Lightroom to Photoshop to NIK that she uses in processing nearly all of her images. As the “Digital Diva” of the Ventura County Camera Club, she is an excellent communicator in photography and has created a series of YouTube tutorials for digital techniques.

Originally sold for almost $400, NIK filters were reduced in price to $125 when Google bought them some years ago and then began giving them away for free. Unfortunately this meant that all development of them stopped. Recently DXO Labs bought them from Google and have upgraded them behind the scenes so that they now open in the latest operating systems, for both PC and Mac users.

Sofaer is an award-winning fine art landscape, nature and portrait photographer. Born into a theatrical family in England, she was a ballet dancer, singer and actress for many years until giving up a stellar career to raise a family. She always needed a creative outlet, and as her children grew she became a competitive dressage rider at horse shows. It was there that she began photographing friends and their mounts, inspiring her to learn and further explore what she could do with a camera.

In Sofaer’s own words, “I love being in the countryside, not only photographing the beauty and grandeur of nature, but also those small intimate moments that tell the story of a time and place. Composing a shot is like setting the stage, then one only has to patiently wait for the light and the drama to occur.” Visit her website for her galleries of images at: https://www.sofaerphotography.com/about.html

Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. The general public is always welcome to attend.

The club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the meeting will be on the fourth Tuesday. in November. Only members may submit images for review. More information is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com

 
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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The Ojai Photography Club will host Ojai based photographer Cindy Pitou Burton presenting “The Journey from Photojournalism to Fine Art” on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Clara St., Ojai, CA. She will give an illustrated talk about the dramatic changes in her photographic work that grew out of her move from fast paced photojournalism on the East Coast to innovative fine art photography in Ojai. The event is free and open to the public.

Pitou Burton began her career as a photojournalist working for major media outlets in New York City, including the New York Times, NBC, CBS, PBS, as well as prominent magazines and corporations. After sixteen years in this high-powered field, she made an abrupt change when her husband persuaded her to move to Ojai. Although living in Ojai was a long-cherished dream for him, she missed the excitement of her work in the city. The rugged landscapes of the West Coast seemed strange, almost foreign, after her many years in the green countryside of the East Coast. All of her familiar photographic subjects had been left behind. When faced with such challenges, she explains, her attitude is always “Just say yes!”

Beginning with black and white images of her backyard and the surrounding neighborhood, Pitou Burton gradually transformed her work into highly experimental fine art photography. Exploring alternative processes, she mastered the techniques of Polaroid transfers and digital manipulation. Her close-up images of flowers on a light box created a stunning x-ray effect. She has experimented extensively with unconventional papers and produced numerous series of limited edition fine art prints.

With iPhone technology and travel, Pitou Burton has successfully combined her photojournalism and fine art expertise. She discovered that the iPhone offers new possibilities and also mimics her early transfer process, especially for large-scale prints. Emerging from her travels are painterly images of Vietnam, India, and the Galapagos Islands. From the inner mysteries of flowers to the faraway places of the world, she follows her “Yes!” wherever it leads.

Pitou Burton has had many exhibits in New York and California, has been interviewed for the archives of Focus on the Masters and is an active member of the Ojai Studio Artists. For more information and her images, go to http://pitouburton.com

Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. The general public is always welcome to attend.

The club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Only members may submit images for review. More information is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com