Celebrating their 35-year Anniversary, the Oxnard College Ballet Folklorico Mestizo will present their spring concert, Friday, April 29th & Saturday, April 30th at 7:30 pm.

Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA. Presale tickets available at 6pm at the box office, or during regular business hours at the Oxnard College Business Office, 805.986-5811.

Original work by artist, Ms. Gaby Leon, will be on exhibit both evenings. Truly a family fun filled weekend of delightful music, dance & artistry. All invited to attend.

 


 

A Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger who first gained international attention as a backup singer for vocalist Leonard Cohen will give two free concerts on the CSU Channel Islands (CI) campus at 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

Los Angeles native Perla Batalla will lead a musical dramatic piece called “Blue House: Hearts on the Outside” at 5 p.m. in Malibu Hall. The performance is inspired by the frescoes, canvasses and private journals of two of the most significant painters of the 20th century: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

“Perla Batalla in Concert” will be performed at 8 p.m. The show will draw from her Mestiza heritage as well as her musical work touring with Leonard Cohen. “Mestiza” refers to a woman of mixed heritage.

Batalla’s father was a mariachi musician who owned a popular Spanish record store and her mother was from South America.

CI part-time reference librarian and music lover Stephen Brogden arranged the concerts, having seen Batalla perform at the Thousand Oaks Library when Brogden served as the director.

“I thought Perla would be an ideal candidate for the first show at CI,” Brogden said. “I had invited her to play twice at the Thousand Oaks Library and she was always a pro. Great voice, engaging stage presence, and more than willing to share the stage with young artists she likes.”

Batalla knows the importance of someone believing in you. It was Cohen who encouraged her to strike out on her own as a soloist, a move that resulted in critical acclaim for her music, including a Grammy nomination for her album “Mestiza.”

Brogden was also impressed that Batalla is a firm believer in the next generation of performers.

“At a time when art and music are marginalized in the education of youth, I am more than ever committed to educational outreach as I travel throughout the country,” Batalla said. “Exposing young audiences to the beauty of art, music and poetry through live theater may be the only hope we have.”

Brogden says he hopes to continue bringing live concerts of this caliber to CI. The performance was possible because of a grant from the Instructionally Related Activities fund at CI.

For more information on Perla, visit www.perla.com.

Admission is free, but an RSVP for Blue House; Hearts on the Outside is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=24576439793.

RSVP for Perla Batalla in Concert at: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=24575080728.

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 CI 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.

 


 
The premier art festival on the west coast

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS
OLD TOWN, CAMARILLO
Saturday, June 4th
11am – 7pm

This year’s Arts Alive is expected to showcase hundreds of local, regional and national artists along with the talented Artists-in-Residence from Studio Channel Islands. Art organizations will also be on hand to partake in the festivities at the biggest and most exciting art festival in Ventura County. Enjoy live music, food trucks, entertainment, wine & beer gardens with premium local wines, and variety of microbrews and domestic beers. There will be a Kids Corner featuring a sidewalk chalk contest, face painting, fun art projects and much much more! So pencil in the date and spend a day experiencing the arts and meeting the best artists in the industry.

Studio Channel Islands is located at 2222 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo. Gallery hours are Tuesday 11 - 3pm, Wednesday through Friday 11 – 5pm and Saturday 10 -3 pm.
Artist studios are open on Saturday, May 7th from 11 – 4pm.
For information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org or call 805-383-1368.

 


 
Art by Jill Penkhus
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Dates: May 6 to June 2
Ojai Center for the Arts
113 S. Montgomery St.
Ojai, CA 93023
RECEPTION MAY 14, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Artist's Statement
A selection from the artist's series, Tango Club, will open at the Ojai Art Center Main Gallery 113 S. Montgomery Street, on May 6th. The one woman show will feature large acrylic/pastel paintings on canvas. For this exhibit, the artist chose anatomy in action through exaggerated dance style, relationship between the tango partners, with a few quirky ideas thrown in. (Various animal heads substituted for heads of the male partner is one example of license taken in these free flowing forms.)

Jill's 14 year career as a medical illustrator was a very different experience of the human body than this exhibit. After completing a Masters degree in anatomy and medical illustration, she worked at the Brain Research Institute and the Department of Anatomy at UCLA. She spent hours in the dissecting lab, and attended surgeries in order to illustrate procedures. The illustrations appeared in medical journals, at scientific conferences, and various atlases of anatomy including Grants Atlas of Anatomy, Clemente's Anatomy (UCLA) and primarily, Gray's Anatomy. The work was static and exacting, mostly rendered in pen and ink, carbon tone, and occasionally in limited colors.

Jill now believes that her artistic life is partly a reaction to the exactness of that work which depicted the body and its structure from skeleton to skin. "I prefer to paint dramatic personalities, lots of motion, color and impressionistic fantasy ideas. I'm having a lot more fun." She hopes you will too.

 


 
Jazz Collective
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Grammy-nominated percussionist will be special guest

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Jazz Collective will present a free outdoor concert in the Uyeno Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

Under director Uziel Colón, 10 student performers in the Jazz Collective will play straight-ahead jazz, Latin and funk. The repertoire will include songs that were made famous by Carl Jader, Jaco Pastorius, Spyro Gyra and Yellowjackets.

The musicians, all of whom will solo, are Alex Avaneszadeh, a biology major and music minor from Simi Valley, on piano; Luis Burgos, a biology major from Whittier, on trumpet; Matthew Case, a criminal justice major from Thousand Oaks, on drums; Cory Cranston, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Santa Clarita, on guitar; Grant Escandon, a music major from Newbury Park, on piano; Lauren Hesterman, a communication and music production major from Vacaville, on cello; Torrance Klein, a music production major from Thousand Oaks, on bass; Michael Martindale, a music major from Granada Hills, on trombone; Nolan Monsibay, an interdisciplinary educational studies major from Northridge, on piano; and Caleb Solberg, a music major and Spanish minor from Miami, on tenor sax.

Grammy nominee and master percussionist Roberto Rosario will perform as a special guest. The composer, producer and arranger has performed throughout the United States and in Australia, Cuba, Japan, Ecuador and Spain. He was percussionist for the group La Clave Secreta, whose album “Frutero Moderno” was a nominee for Best Tropical Latin Album at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009. In 2010-11, he toured as percussionist with the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical “In the Heights.”

Colón is a pianist and composer whose repertoire ranges from piano improvisations in Latin jazz to commercial pop, salsa rhythms and gospel. The Studio City resident has performed at events including the Heineken JazzFest in Puerto Rico, the Beantown Jazz Fest in Boston, CJW in Beijing and the MadaJazzcar Festival in Madagascar. He works for The Latin Recording Academy and composes, arranges and produces music for television shows and independent artists.

The amphitheater is located next to Overton Hall at 3163 Regent Ave. Guests should bring low-back lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu.

 
Photo by Sean Kilmurray
Photo by Sean Kilmurray
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Photo by Sean Kilmurray
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Photo by Sean Kilmurray
Photo by Sean Kilmurray
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Photo by Sean Kilmurray
Photo by Sean Kilmurray
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Photo by Sean Kilmurray
Photo by Sean Kilmurray
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For the month of April, the Ojai Photo Club changes its focus to explore a genre of photography that finds beauty in things falling apart. Sean Kilmurray, an emerging photographer and student at Brooks Institute in Ventura, will speak about creating mysterious and evocative images in unconventional settings. The theme of his talk is “Entropy.” The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Entropy is about forms becoming irreversibly disordered over time, and images of entropy may include dilapidated buildings, rusting machinery, or peeling paint on graffiti covered walls. Kilmurray has found inspiration in these unlikely places, which other photographers, looking for more appealing subjects, might pass by. In his images an enigmatic beauty appears that could not be seen when the forms were perfect. The colors shift, the light breaks up, and surfaces acquire a rich patina. These neglected and abandoned spaces invite the viewer to imagine their stories and secrets. Who owned the once elegant blue chair, now sitting in a discarded railway car? What existential crisis drove someone to write messages to the universe on ruined walls? Through the alchemy of Kilmurray’s camera lens, fragments scattered by entropy are transformed into works of art.

Kilmurray’s interest in photography began when he was ten years old and found a point and shoot camera in the attic of his family’s home. Attending the innovative Cambridge School of Weston in Massachusetts, he was encouraged in the study of photography by two outstanding teachers. Kilmurray writes, “I had a profound experience with the late Karl Fisher working on Digital Collage. This photographic approach was totally a stretch for me. Karl gave me the courage to do something different and I will always remember his depth and inspiration. In Anne Rearick’s black and white film class I also found an intriguing direction photographing barns and the inside and outside of dilapidated buildings.” At Brooks Institute he continues to follow his passion because, as he straightforwardly expresses his viewpoint, “I see more of the world when I am photographing.” For a preview of Kilmurray’s photography as well as his other talents in sculpture and woodworking, go to: seankilmurrayphotography.com.

These monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. Visitors are always welcome to attend.

The Ojai Photography 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. For additional information please visit: www.ojaiphotoclub.com

 

Rancho Camulos Artists Day
Rancho Camulos Museum
DATE: Saturday, May 14
TIME: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
LOCATION: 5164 E. Telegraph Rd., Piru, 93040

Join us for our annual Artists Day at charming Rancho Camulos Museum, a favorite place for plein air painters, photographers and anyone looking for a peaceful, creative retreat. $25 admission includes morning breakfast treats, and salad buffet luncheon. Docent-led tours of house museum included.

Reservations are a must!

Reservation Information:
Admission: $25 per person. Reservations can be made by mailing your check to Rancho Camulos Museum, P.O. Box 308, Piru, CA. Questions? Email us at garyhill8@msn.com or call Hillary at 805-832-9435.

 

Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
April 27, 2016
7:30 PM

The Ventura County Camera Club announces a free public presentation and dialogue with professional photographers Jami Tarris and Theo Allofs to be held 7:00 PM Wednesday April 27, 2016 at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93003. The husband and wife team has a combined 40-plus years experience specializing in landscape and wildlife photography around the world concentrating on endangered species and fragile habitats. Additionally, they conduct photographic trips on several continents catering to photographers of all skill levels. They craft their visual storytelling incorporating Theo’s scientific geology background and utilizing Jami’s educational background in psychology.

They both have a commitment to conservation and the protection of endangered species. Theo is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Currently, Jami has been involved with activities to preserve the habitat of Sumatran orangutans from the unlawful encroachment and destruction of palm oil producers.
Theo is planning to show a story about Australian red kangaroos and images of Namibia. Jami is planning a story about a Kalahari Desert man who raised a young lion cub and will also show images of pumas on a recent shoot in Patagonia. There will be back stories and “how I did that” conversation with the audience along with Q&A time.

Theo has a number of published books on subjects including Namibia, Australia, Brazil’s Pantanal and the Yukon to mention a few. He has also written numerous articles for photography magazines and conducts photography masterclasses. Both have had their images in numerous publications including National Geographic, the New York Times, Smithsonian, Time, GEO, BBC Wildlife, Der Spiegel and Terre Sauvage.

One can see their artistry at their respective websites, www.theoallofs.com and www.jamitarris.com.

About The Ventura County Camera Club
The Ventura County Camera Club is one of the older photography clubs in California. No one has maintained a history but its founding is thought to have occurred in the mid-1940s. The club provides the opportunity to learn the techniques and appreciate the art of photography through critiques of members’ images by guest professional photographers, exposure to the work of others, workshops, and planned photo field trips, in a friendly atmosphere. Club meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the second Wednesday of each month, January - November at the Poinsettia Pavilion and are free to the public, however, only members can submit images for critique. Learn more about the Ventura County Camera Club at www.venturacountycameraclub.com.

 

Preparations for the 23rd annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival are well underway and Casa Pacifica is pleased to announce three new first-time Hosts - Premier America Credit Union; Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC; and Conico Oil/MacValley Oil Company - will be joining longtime Hosts, the Zarley and Van Huisen Families for the 2016 Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival! Including this year’s Festival, the Zarley Family will have hosted the event for eight years, and the Van Huisen Family for seven years. The Festival will be held from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. on Sunday, June 5th at California State University Channel Islands’ glorious campus in Camarillo. Each year Festival sponsors, and most prominently the Hosts, provide significant financial support which establishes a solid foundation for the costs of holding the Festival and guarantees the event will garner substantial proceeds to benefit the many campus- and community-based programs and services Casa Pacifica provides to abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families.

In addition to the participation of the generous Hosts, Mastros’ Steakhouse will once again sponsor the VIP Entrance and offer a taste of what is to come inside the Festival grounds with a champagne welcome, delicious Mastro’s hors d’oeuvres, and musical entertainment. The VIP Lounge by Wells Fargo will also offer sponsors, their guests, and VIP ticket holders exclusive fare, drink and entertainment including the Anheuser Busch Belgium Beer Garden (featuring Stella Artois, Leffe, and Hoegaareden brews); selections of gourmet fare prepared by Plated Events by Chef Jason; delightful desserts by Bread Basket; special libations by Bloody Cure (Bloody Mary) and Twenty88 (martinis); and the cool grooves of the band Sound Effect.

The Wine, Food & Brew Festival is still welcoming sponsors! Please join us, be part of the fun, and most of all, support the vital services Casa Pacifica provides to our community’s most vulnerable children and families. It’s not too late to sign up and connect your name or business with this "Can't Miss" event! For more information, contact Casa Pacifica’s Development & Event Coordinator, Juliana Thiessen at (805) 366-4014, jthiessen@casapacifica.org or visit the Festival sponsor page at http://www.cpwinefoodbrewfest.com.

About Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica or to learn about its “Building New Foundations of Hope” Capital Campaign that is underway, please visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.

About Premier America Credit Union
Founded in 1957, Premier America is one of the nation’s largest credit unions, with nearly 100,000 members and more than $2 billion in assets. Premier America offers members a contemporary banking experience including convenient, 24-hour worldwide account access through the latest mobile and online banking technology. Additionally, members benefit from personal service, great rates, low fees and a full complement of lending, investment and insurance services.

About Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC
Located in Westlake Village, CA, Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner was founded on a simple tenet – to provide the highest quality, innovative legal services to businesses and their owners. The firm has maintained this objective since 1992, expanding its services over time to address the needs of its clients and includes: Corporate and Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Employments Law, Business Litigation, Real Estate, and Insurance Coverage. NPW can be contacted at (818) 879-9700.

About Conico Oil / MacValley Oil Company
Established in 1989 and located in Westlake Village, Conico Oil is a Shell Oil gasoline and diesel fuel wholesale distributor and transportation company supplying both Shell Branded and unbranded fuels throughout Southern California, including the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Conico Oil currently operates 29 Shell branded locations, 30 USA branded locations, two ARCO branded location, a truck-stop, and maintains a 20 truck distribution fleet. Its fuel sales are in excess of 120 million gallons annually. Conico Oil’s mission is to provide and transport quality fuel products safely to its customers in a timely manner at a fair price, while providing the highest level of customer service and the best buying experience in the industry.

MacValley Oil Company, located in Oxnard, CA, is a petroleum distribution center with deliveries, on-site fueling, and a CFN Cardlock Network (Commercial Fueling Network). Oils and filters are available on-site or can be delivered. The company is open to the public 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

 
“Goose at Gate” by Jessie Arms Botke, c. 1920s, oil on board, 16” x 14” (available in the live auction).
“Goose at Gate” by Jessie Arms Botke, c. 1920s, oil on board, 16” x 14” (available in the live auction).
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Saturday, March 19, 2016
“Lion Creek Meadow, Happy Valley” by Victor Schiro, 2016, oil on canvas, 23” x 27” (available in the live auction).
“Lion Creek Meadow, Happy Valley” by Victor Schiro, 2016, oil on canvas, 23” x 27” (available in the live auction).

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, the Santa Paula Art Museum will host its Sixth Annual Fine and Decorative Art Auction with works by noted early twentieth century California artists like Jessie Arms Botke, Cornelis Botke, Ralph Holmes, and Douglas Shively highlighting the event. The silent auction begins at 3:00 p.m., followed by the live auction at 4:30 p.m. Admission to the auction is $15.00 for museum members and $20.00 for the general public.

Over 60 works of art, ranging from stunning oil and watercolor paintings to decorative glass, pottery, and prints, will be up for bid. Contemporary works by renowned local artists including George Lockwood, Gina Niebergall, Susan Petty, and Victor Schiro will complement the more historic offerings. To see a complete catalog of all of the items available in the auction, please visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org/auction.html.

The annual Santa Paula Art Museum auction is a wonderful opportunity to find beautiful works of art for one’s home and private collection. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center and its educational programs. Guests will also experience the thrill and fun of a live auction, announced this year by professional auctioneer Mr. John Eubanks of California Auctioneers.

The event is graciously supported by sponsors Bank of the Sierra, Calavo Growers, Rotary Club of Santa Paula, Limoneira Company, and Santa Paula Community Bank. The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. Contact the museum by calling (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

 
"Alto Twilight" by photographer Logan Hall
"Alto Twilight" by photographer Logan Hall
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"Encino Interior" by photographer Logan Hall
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"Signal Interior" by photographer Logan Hall
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"Pool Twilight" by photographer Logan Hall
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"Sulphur Entryway Fountain View" by photographer Logan Hall
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"Sulphur Façade Twilight" by photographer Logan Hall
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"ValleRio Detail" by photographer Logan Hall
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The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Ojai based photographer Logan Hall as its March presenter. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA. Specializing in real estate, portraiture, events and advertising, Hall was voted Best Photographer in the Ojai Valley News, Best of the Ojai Valley contest, for three consecutive years, 2013 through 2015.

The theme of Hall’s presentation will be “Architectural Versus Real Estate Photography.” His extensive background will allow him to probe into questions that reveal the characteristics of each genre. For example, he will ask if there is really a difference between the two; when does one apply while the other does not; and when do they become the same thing. Looking at the end goal of the photo, he will speak about different approaches depending upon whether the image will be used as a listing or a fine art print. Drawing on his experience in both exterior and interior architectural photography, Hall will discuss what works in each context and what equipment is best to use.

Logan Hall started as a young and aspiring photographer with a 35 mm Canon film camera and soon began to realize that there was more to photography than just pointing and shooting. Now, fifteen years into his craft, he has built a list of photography clients that range from real estate agents and wineries, to celebrities and government officials. With his specialization in real estate images he has shot over a hundred properties in the last six years and his client list includes Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams and Re/Max.

In 2010 he became the chief photographer for the Ojai Valley News and the director of photography for the Ojai Valley Visitors Guide. Photographing everything from traffic collisions to portrait images, while managing staff photographers and stringers, Hall developed a sense for what works and what does not work in any given photography situation.

In 2012 Hall took the position as Creative Director of the Ojai Quarterly and the Ojai Monthly magazines. Currently he oversees and creates feature layout design and works to conceptualize photo shoots tailored to any given individual story. For a full range of Hall’s gallery photos go to: http://www.loganhallphotos.com

After his presentation, Hall will review images submitted by club members. Monthly presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service outreach and visitors are welcome to attend.

The Ojai Photography 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. For additional information please visit: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

 
“Goose at Gate” by Jessie Arms Botke, c. 1920s, oil on board, 16” x 14” (available in the live auction).
“Goose at Gate” by Jessie Arms Botke, c. 1920s, oil on board, 16” x 14” (available in the live auction).
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On Saturday, March 19, 2016, the Santa Paula Art Museum will host its Sixth Annual Fine and Decorative Art Auction with works by noted early twentieth century California artists like Jessie Arms Botke, Cornelis Botke, Ralph Holmes, and Douglas Shively highlighting the event. The silent auction begins at 3:00 p.m., followed by the live auction at 4:30 p.m. Admission to the auction is $15.00 for museum members and $20.00 for the general public.

Over 60 works of art, ranging from stunning oil and watercolor paintings to decorative glass, pottery, and prints, will be up for bid. Contemporary works by renowned local artists including George Lockwood, Gina Niebergall, Susan Petty, and Victor Schiro will complement the more historic offerings. To see a complete catalog of all of the items available in the auction, please visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org/auction.html.

The annual Santa Paula Art Museum auction is a wonderful opportunity to find beautiful works of art for one’s home and private collection. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center and its educational programs. Guests will also experience the thrill and fun of a live auction, announced this year by professional auctioneer Mr. John Eubanks of California Auctioneers.

The event is graciously supported by sponsors Bank of the Sierra, Calavo Growers, Rotary Club of Santa Paula, Limoneira Company, and Santa Paula Community Bank. The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. Contact the museum by calling (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

 
a wooden suspension hook.
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Cal Lutheran collection was last exhibited in 1972

Papua New Guinea artifacts belonging to California Lutheran University will be on display for the first time in more than 40 years.

“Ritual and Art: Pluralities in The Ellsworth La Boyteaux Collection of New Guinea Artifacts” will be exhibited from March 3 through April 7 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. March 11.

The exhibit will feature many sculptures including Abelam ancestral figures. There are also Kwona bark paintings, drums, coconut-shell spinning tops, woven masks that adorned large yams during harvest ceremonies, and the prow of a canoe. The display will feature items of personal adornment such as jewelry and a bride’s hair covering, as well as utilitarian objects including elaborate ceiling hooks, daggers, spears and spear launchers.

The pieces come from the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea in the Prince Alexander Mountains and the surrounding area. Usually in storage on campus, the collection contains more than 150 objects collected in the early to mid-1960s from various groups in the East and West Sepik provinces.

Unlike other collections containing pieces that show significant revision by artists after removal from the field, often to increase their appeal to Westerners, this collection has been largely untouched.

The pieces provide a peek back in time to a period of increasing contact between Westerners and people from the Sepik River region, when artisans from the indigenous cultures began to create work specifically for foreign consumption. Some of the exhibit’s items were made expressly for sale to outsiders, but others were intended for everyday or ceremonial or military use.

An Australian patrol officer originally collected the artifacts and La Boyteaux, an art collector, later acquired them. The late Jerry Slattum, an art professor at Cal Lutheran, arranged for many of La Boyteaux’s pieces to be displayed on campus in 1972. La Boyteaux donated the collection to the university a few years later.

Admission to the exhibit and reception is free. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It is located in William Rolland Stadium, north of Olsen Road between Campus Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

 
"Olivia" by Photographer David Baker.
"Olivia" by Photographer David Baker.
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"Olivia" by Photographer David Baker.
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"Italian Cafe" by Photographer David Baker.
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"Bride" by Photographer David Baker.
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"Patriot" by Photographer David Baker.
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"Boris" by Photographer David Baker.
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The Ojai Photography Club welcomes the return of Ojai based photographer David Baker to their February 16, 2016 meeting. The program begins at 7:00 PM, at Kent Hall, located at Help of Ojai’s Little House, 111 Santa Ana Street, in Ojai.

Baker will speak on “Luminosity Masks Using Photoshop.” This will be a richly in-formative mini-workshop for photographers interested in advancing their ability to bring out the very best in their images. Although designed primarily for intermediate to advanced Photoshop users, the presentation is sure to inspire anyone attending by showing how dramatically luminosity masks can transform images. Baker will be using his award-winning photographs to demonstrate his process before and after masking.

The basic function of luminosity masks is to isolate and manipulate tones in an image - lights, darks, and all the intermediate values. The masking process uses only the data in the photograph itself and blends the tones seamlessly. This powerful technique allows the photographer to select specific areas of an image to enhance, at the same time avoiding the hard edges of standard adjustments. From simple corrections for exposure problems, to complex personal expressions of beauty and color, luminosity masks provide photographers with a versatile tool kit for exploration and creativity.

Baker is internationally known for his creative website and graphic designs. He is best known in the United States for his web site design for the 1995 Academy Awards, Super Bowl XXX, Microsoft Windows NT site, and the California State Legislature.

In the early 1970s, after seven years as a deputy sheriff for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, he worked as a professional contract photographer for the Monterey Park Progress newspaper.

He then left the photography profession to become a successful software engineer and graphic designer. He was founder of Beverly Hills Software, an internationally known website design firm as well as founder and President of Real Time Computer Science in Camarillo. He has served as Director of Development for Symantec/Peter Norton and as Computer Architecture Specialist at Intel Corporation.

In 1998 Baker relocated to Ojai, California, and rekindled his lifelong passion for photography. He currently serves as the chair of the Photography Branch at the Ojai Art Center and acts as the Ojai Art Center Staff Photographer and Website Architect. Active in the Ojai Photography Club, he recently became a core member of the club’s central team that oversees the organization. Visit his website for images and extended information: http://www.ojaiimages.com/

After his presentation, Baker will review images submitted by club members. Monthly presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service outreach and visitors are welcome to attend.

The Ojai Photography 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. For additional information please visit: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/.

 
Cal Lutheran concert one of six California tour stops

A choir that has performed from Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden to Carnegie Hall will give a free concert at California Lutheran University on Feb. 20.

The Augustana Choir Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel.

Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, is known throughout the United States for the excellence of its choral tradition. Founded in 1931, the Augustana Choir is the school’s premier choral ensemble and has performed in some of the most storied venues in the world, including Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. The choir has released many recordings and performed on commercial and public radio and network television.

The Cal Lutheran concert is one of six stops in California where the Augustana Choir will perform under the direction of Jon Hurty in February.

The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane in Thousand Oaks. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu.

 
Quartet’s free concert Feb. 19 at Cal Lutheran chapel

The Saxomania quartet will trade their saxophones for clarinets in a free concert slated Feb. 19 at California Lutheran University.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Richard Bunter, Patrick Ingram, Don Nardone and veteran faculty member Daniel Geeting will play works for a clarinet quartet by Alfred Uhl and Paul Harvey. Geeting will also play Aaron Copland’s Concerto for Clarinetas commissioned by Benny Goodman. Accompanying him on piano will be faculty member Eric Kinsley.

Bunter studied under Bill Cain at California State University, Northridge. The Oxnard resident is a member of The Palace Hot Society Orchestra, an Oxnard group that performs Roaring ‘20s music, and the Harry Selvin Big Band.

Geeting has been a member of the Cal Lutheran music faculty since 1984. The Canoga Park resident conducts the University Symphony and teaches music history and music appreciation in addition to saxophone and clarinet. He earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Southern California and a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Oregon. He received an institute certificate from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and previously held professorships at Cornell College and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Ingram studied with Don Raffell. The Thousand Oaks resident performs with the Harry Selvin Big Band, Ventura County Concert Band, The Palace Hot Society Orchestra and The Unforgettables big band.

Nardone studied clarinet with George Jones at Princeton University while earning a degree in electrical engineering. The Thousand Oaks resident performs with the Conejo Pops Orchestra and the Cal Lutheran Wind Ensemble.

Donations will be accepted.

The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane in Thousand Oaks. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

 
Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join us for Free Family Day at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Families can enjoy our newest student art show and participate in a variety of art activities around the Museum. Guests will also be able to tour the Museum’s current exhibitions including “Nature Inspired: The Paintings of Sherry Loehr,” a stunning display of paintings by award-winning Ojai artist Sherry Loehr. Loehr’s work is inspired by nature, and her depictions of birds, flowers, fruits, and plants will delight visitors of all ages. Also on view is the “De Colores Art Show: Campesinas,” which illustrates the unique experience of campesinas (female farmworkers) in California and Ventura County. Admission to the Museum is free for everyone on Free Family Day.
The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Regular admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and is free for museum members and students. For more information, please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

 
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion of luthiers James Wimmer of Santa Barbara, David Eichelbaum of Ojai, Matt Larrivée of Oxnard and David Salais of Ventura as they discuss their training, techniques, and sourcing of rare woods that they use to craft one-of-a-kind instruments for musicians. Collectors and musicians turn to luthiers (i.e., someone who makes string instruments generally consisting of a neck and a sound box) if they are in search of a unique tone or sound, or if they want to create an instrument that doesn’t exist anywhere else. These craftsmen, featured in the Museum’s exhibit Duets: Art and Artisans in Harmony, explain their craft, their inspirations and their most unique creations.

James Wimmer is a master violin maker who resides in Santa Barbara. As a young adult, James established a band and started to perform locally. After a few lineup changes, their repertoire changed to string band music and blues. They wound up taking their act to Germany and finding plenty of work. As a result, Jim wound up staying there for a prolonged period of time and decided to take work as an apprentice violin maker with master craftsman Wolfgang Uebel. After returning to the United States, James opened his shop in 1986 and started producing find concert qualify violins.

David Eichelbaum is one of today's most sought after steel string acoustic builders. Since 1994 he has offered his popular line of Finger style guitars including the Grand Concert and the Grand Auditorium. He currently produces fewer than 15 instruments a year, each one a collaboration between client and luthier. David works out of his studio in Ojai. He stated, “I realize that commissioning a handmade guitar is often the realization of a lifetime dream, and I feel fortunate and honored to spend my life doing this work I love so much.”

Jean Larrivée began a guitar-building apprenticeship with Edgar Monch Sr. in Toronto, Canada. His first guitars were based on European classical guitar designs and became part of the Larrivée Family Collection. In September 2001, Larrivée opened a second plant in Oxnard, California. In 1971 Larrivée began adding inlay designs to their guitars. From the jungles of India, to the south of Spain, Jean continues his tireless quest to secure the finest woods in the world.

Davis Salais of Ventura has a studio in the Bell Arts Factory on Ventura Avenue in downtown Ventura. He hand crafts requintos, which are small guitars. The term requinto is used in both Spanish and Portuguese to mean a smaller, higher-pitched version of another instrument. He began as a carpenter at 15, gradually learning to work with fine woods and teaching himself to make classical and flamenco guitars. He also makes ukuleles and requintos, some of which are carved from 1 pieces of mahogany wood.

The panel will be moderated by museum librarian Charles Johnson, who is a musician as well. Admission to this event is included with Museum admission and is free for Museum members.

For further information please contact: Stefanie Davis, director of marketing, at (805) 653-0323, x303 or sdavis@venturamuseum.org

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $5.00 Adults (18 years & older) $3.00 Seniors (65 and older), Students & AAA members with ID, $1.00 Children (17-6 years old) Children 5 years old & younger are FREE. The first Sunday of every month is free general admission for the public. For more information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 
Presented By Artists Guild Of Fillmore

Ventura College Santa Paula is pleased to host Via 126, an art exhibition presented by the Artists Guild of Fillmore. The exhibition will be featured at the Ventura College Santa Paula Learning Resource Center (957 Faulkner Road, Suite 106, in Santa Paula) from January 19 through March 11, 2016. A meet-the-artist reception is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Artists Guild of Fillmore was founded in 2009 to promote interest in original work created by local artists. Via 126 showcases ten diverse artists who utilize a variety of media including watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, and more.

“We are very fortunate to be able to highlight the outstanding work of some of our local artists,” said Ventura College President, Dr. Greg Gillespie.

Works from Fillmore artists Paul Benavidez; Judy Dressler; Lady Jan Faulkner; Lois Freeman-Fox; Joanne King; Jeremy Kirsch; Virginia Neumann; Doris Nichols; Luann Heber Perez and Lia Verkade will be on display for the community to enjoy. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Free Parking is also available.

“The Artists Guild of Fillmore is both honored and pleased to once again exhibit our artwork at the Ventura College Santa Paula campus,” said Fillmore artist Virginia Neumann. “We especially appreciate the enthusiasm and hard work the staff has shown in bringing the Via 126 show to life.”

For more information, please call (805) 525-7135 or visit www.venturacollege.edu/santapaula and www.artistsguildoffillmore.org.

Ventura College, an accredited two-year institution of higher education, has been a part of the beautiful seaside community of Ventura, California, since 1925. It is conveniently located approximately 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. The 112-acre campus, set in the rolling hills of Ventura, has an enrollment of 14,500 students. Ventura College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Sciences Degrees in 33 majors, and Certificates of Completion and Proficiency Awards in 61 areas of study. Ventura College also has Transfer Guarantee Agreements with CSUCI, CSUN, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz. Class schedules are posted at www.venturacollege.edu. For more information, contact the Ventura College Welcome Center at 805.289.6420.

 

CSU Channel Islands (CI) has added the Camarillo Library as a venue for this year’s Spring Library Lecture Series.

CSU Channel Islands (CI) hosts more than a dozen free public lectures from January through May at libraries throughout Ventura County, as well as the Channel Islands Boating Center.

The Syrian refugee crisis; the drought; the Chumash; immigration; pollution from microplastics; computer security; oil spills; grief and connecting communities through public art are among the topics that will be explored by experts from numerous departments at CI, including Biology, History, English, Computer Science, Political Science, and Environmental Science & Resource Management, to name a few.

When organizing the library lecture series, Dean of Arts & Sciences Karen Carey, said she looks for variety and makes an effort to bring back speakers with topical and popular subject matter.

“I also try to find faculty who haven’t given a community lecture before so that people in the community can hear about all the great work being done on campus,” she said.

Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Road
Lectures are Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m.

March 7
“The Prehistory of the Channel Islands and Coastal California: A 10,000 Year Retrospective” by Professor of Anthropology Colleen Delaney, Ph.D.

Centuries before coastal Ventura County was awash in lights and cars and noise, the Chumash and Tongva people paddled to the Channel Islands in plank canoes that were some of the most sophisticated ocean-going craft in the Americas. They used a type of shell and bead currency that was still used in California when Europeans arrived.

Delaney will take the audience back 10,000 years to learn about the Channel Islands, why they were so important to ancient people, and why they remain important to us today.

April 4
“Politics to the Extreme” by Professor of Political Science Sean Kelly, Ph.D.

Not since the U.S. Civil War has the political gulf between Americans on opposing sides been so wide and so angry. “Politics to the Extreme: American Political Institutions in the 21st Century” is a book Kelly co-wrote with fellow CI Professor of Political Science Scott Frisch, Ph.D. Kelly will draw from his research to give some context to the ideological polarization we’re seeing as we near the 2016 Presidential election.

Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road
Lectures are Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Feb. 10 (Wednesday)
“Reconnecting Art, CONTINUED »