The Aviation Museum of Santa Paula is open to the public the First Sunday of each month, and is where local aviation history comes alive. Our “Chain of Hangars” is open for you to explore from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Hangar Number One is the first in our Chain of Hangars. It tells the history of the founding of Santa Paula Airport in 1930. Visitors can stroll through privately owned hangars that house vintage aircraft and collections of memorabilia, vehicles and antiques. At 11:00 am, our ‘Spotlight Aircraft’ presentation features a different unique aircraft of SZP each month.

The Young Eagles program offers free plane rides for youth ages 8 to 17 the first Sunday of the month, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Santa Paula Airport. Contact Neil Fowler at (805) 647-6994 for information and reservations.
On Sunday, August 7th, 2016, the Inland Valley Porsche and Tri-County Mustang Clubs will be displaying vehicles from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Since 1930, Santa Paula Airport has been widely recognized around the world for its antique, classic and experimental aircraft as well as celebrated for its climate and its friendliness. The Airport is located at 800 Santa Maria Street, between Palm and 10th Street exits of the 126 Freeway. Admission is FREE; rain cancels the event. (805) 525-1109; www.aviationmuseumofsantapaula.org.

 


 
A collection of agriculture-themed works by painter Whitney Brooks Abbott
Whitney Brooks Abbott
Whitney Brooks Abbott

Opening Reception at the Ag Museum on Friday, July 22, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

The Museum of Ventura County is proud to present an exhibition of twelve oil paintings by Carpinteria-based artist Whitney Brooks Abbott from July 22 through September 5, 2016. These lush landscapes feature local rural scenes with barns, trees and farm equipment that many will find familiar and pleasing, with names like “Open Barn”, “January’s Harvest” and “Hoops and Hives”.

Whitney Abbott was born in 1972 in San Francisco, CA. At the age of three, she and her family moved to Carpinteria, CA, where she spent much of her childhood drawing the life she found around her on her family’s avocado and lemon ranch. Whitney attended UC Santa Cruz from 1990 to 1994, majoring in Fine Art through Porter College. In 1993, she received a fellowship to study at the Yale School of Art in Norfolk, CT. After graduating, she returned to Southern California, where she continues to paint and teach in the Santa Barbara area. Whitney shows her work with the Santa Barbara based Oak Group, which was founded in 1985 by a group of artists including her mother, plein air artist Meredith Brooks Abbott. This group was and is dedicated to the preservation of open spaces, and helps bring awareness to conservation with their depiction of natural vistas. Whitney also exhibits at the Easton Gallery in Santa Barbara.

Says Abbott: “Painting, for me, is a celebration of our material world in a very spiritual sense. As a painter, I study the interaction of light against surface, and take this material relationship into the personal world of my imagination. At the same time, working with the very tangible elements of the paint itself, I honor the physical nature of creativity.”

Meet the artist at an opening reception for this exhibition at the Ag Museum at 926 Railroad Avenue in Santa Paula from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

 


 
Exhibition and Opening Reception

Explore fascinating private collections in the Ojai Valley Museum’s newest exhibition. From Italian motorcycles to vintage bicycles and skateboards, ViewMaster reels to mid-century souvenir paintings, you are invited to view an eclectic group of collections. Why does one person collect insecticide sprayers and another decorative eggs? Beer steins, movie costumes, Depression glass, Caucasian Mountain rugs, and Frank Sinatra memorabilia round out the treasures on display.

The free opening reception for “Ojai Collects” is Saturday, July 9, from 5-7pm. It includes a No Host wine bar.

The exhibit will be on view through September 25, 2016.

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. Free parking is available behind the museum, off Blanche Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Group or school tours available by appointment.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 201, email ojaimuseum@gmail.com, or visit the museum website at OjaiValleyMuseum.org.

 


 
Photograph by Greg Cooper
Photograph by Greg Cooper
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Photograph by Greg Cooper
Photograph by Greg Cooper
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Photograph by Greg Cooper
Photograph by Greg Cooper
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Photograph by Greg Cooper
Photograph by Greg Cooper
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Photograph by Greg Cooper
Photograph by Greg Cooper
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Photograph by Greg Cooper
Photograph by Greg Cooper
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Brooks Institute instructor, Greg Cooper, returns to the Ojai Photography Club as the July presenter and reviewer of member images. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday July 19, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Cooper will lead a conversation and share images in his presentation, “What Makes A Photograph Good?” He will address this question by dissecting the qualities that make a photograph successful in the context of its use. Known as an innovative and inspiring teacher, he will focus on the most important phase of editing: not Photoshop, but the photographer’s initial decisions about the image. “Often people think 'editing' means Photoshop,” Cooper emphasizes, “but in reality it means picture selection and choices.”

A native of Ojai, Cooper graduated in 1996 from Western Kentucky University with a double major in photojournalism and anthropology. Prior to his experience with Western Kentucky, Cooper had been hooked on photojournalism in 1988, while attending classes at Ventura College. During his time in junior college, Cooper worked as a staff photographer at the Ojai Valley News in his hometown. He would spend the next eight years finishing up an associate’s degree, traveling abroad, working part-time in photo labs, shooting freelance and working as a staff photographer.

After leaving Western Kentucky, Cooper returned to Southern California and joined the Ventura County Star, where he worked his way up to assistant photo editor. The Columbus Dispatch then lured him away to become its Sunday photo editor. Three years later, Cooper again returned to Ventura County. This time he pursued his Masters Degree from Brooks Institute. He has been teaching at Brooks in the Visual Journalism program as a full time faculty member since 2003, and most recently has added video and web design to his areas of expertise.

Monthly presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. Visitors are 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/

 


 
Santa Paula Alliance along with the Nature Conservancy will be holding a nature walk along the Santa Clara River complete with food from the Abundant Table.
Santa Paula Alliance along with the Nature Conservancy will be holding a nature walk along the Santa Clara River complete with food from the Abundant Table.
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Heritage Valley Art Growers. (l-r) Lolita Wyche-Bowman, Deborah Galarza, Laura Cunz, Carole Cately, Colette Swan, and Wana Klasen.
Heritage Valley Art Growers. (l-r) Lolita Wyche-Bowman, Deborah Galarza, Laura Cunz, Carole Cately, Colette Swan, and Wana Klasen.
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A group of Fillmore Artists who meet to paint under tutelage of Wana Klasen will be presenting their first Group Art Show from June 4, 2016 through July 30, 2016 at the Blanchard Community Library located at 119 North Eighth Street in Santa Paula. The art is original, colorful, eclectic work completed in a variety of media including water color, mixed media, pastel, and graphite, and with varying subject matter. The artists are also offering gallery quality giclee’ prints and note cards! Showing work in this exhibit are artists, Carole Cately, Laura Cunz, Deborah Manning-Galarza, Colette Swan, Lolita Wyche-Bowman, and Wana Klasen.

 

The Santa Paula Concert Series presents a classical concert, Alas and Ole, with Stuart Fox and Mary Rawcliffe on Saturday, July 30th at 4:00 PM at the historic Universalist Unitarian Church, a Ventura Historical County landmark, located at 740 East Main Street, Santa Paula. This performance presents music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern eras performed by soprano Mary Rawcliffe and guitarist/lutenist Stuart Fox.

Stuart Fox plays nylon string, electric, and MIDI guitars and Renaissance Lute, French Baroque Lute, and Theorbo and is a leading specialist contemporary music and in early music on original instruments. He has been on the faculty at CalArts since 1973 and has performed in all aspects of the music business for over 50 years. Soprano Mary Rawcliffe has performed world wide singing music from the Middle Ages to the present. She is a noted specialist in historical vocal techniques and taught for many years at the University of Southern California.

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula has been home to a number of musical events throughout its 127-year history. Admission is $20 donation at the door, from the church office during office hours, or by PayPal on the church’s website: www.uucsp.org. Credit cards, checks and cash are accepted at the door. Children 12 and under are $10; children 5 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula Building and Historical Fund. UUCSP is a registered Ventura County Historical Landmark. For more information, call 805-525-4647 or email uuscpoffice@gmail.com. Parking is on the street or behind the church.

 

"Central Havana" by Photographer William Hendricks
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"C Roach" by Photographer William Hendricks
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"Imperialistas" by Photographer William Hendricks
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"Korda and Che" by Photographer William Hendricks
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"Mad Aline Sepia" by Photographer William Hendricks
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"Nike Girl Sepia" by Photographer William Hendricks
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Ojai, CA - The Ojai Photography Club welcomes the return of William Hendricks, Professor of Photography at Ventura College, who will share his images and speak about life in Cuba. Based on his 62 trips over the last 23 years, the presentation, “Cuba: Then and Now,” begins at 7:00 p.m. on June 21 at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Hendricks holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts from Brooks Institute and he has been teaching photography in the Art Department at Ventura College for the past 25 years. As both a photographer and educator, his work has taken him around the world with an array of clients and personalities. His images have been exhibited throughout the United States, with solo exhibitions in Havana, Cuba and Seoul, Korea.

Since 1993 he has been conducting cultural exchange trips to Cuba, acting as teacher and guide. On the early journeys he witnessed a turning point in Cuban history. “I didn’t know it at the time,” he recalls, “but it was both the end and the beginning. It was the end of the Soviet financial influence, and the beginning of a set of new economic ideas, a fledgling private sector and a vibrant underground black market.”

In his approach to photography, Hendricks seeks to compress the chaos and contradictions of life into memorable images. Cuba is full of contradictions: crumbling buildings and youthful exuberance, world-famous artists and anonymous street musicians, audiences that cheer classical ballet and baseball with the same enthusiasm. In his long love affair with Cuba, he has looked into its soul and captured images of its unique beauty.

The complex and distinctive character of Cuba will soon be challenged by an influx of tourists bringing inevitable changes. Travel restrictions for American citizens are gradually being relaxed, and on May 2 of this year, the first US cruise ship in nearly four decades arrived in Havana. Hendricks’ photographs provide a timely look at the island, offering a window into the real Cuba before tourism reshapes the culture. For more information on his work, visit www.hendricks-studios.com.

The Ojai Photography Club is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie and hosts presentations as part of its community service. Visitors are always welcome and admission is free.

For additional information please visit www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

 
“Bird on My Fence” by Gail Pidduck, oil on panel, 8 x 8 inches, Collection of the artist.
“Bird on My Fence” by Gail Pidduck, oil on panel, 8 x 8 inches, Collection of the artist.
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June 18 through November 6, 2016 at the Santa Paula Art Museum
“Over the Tree Tops” by Gail Pidduck, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, Collection of the artist.
“Over the Tree Tops” by Gail Pidduck, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, Collection of the artist.
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The Santa Paula Art Museum is pleased to present “One Look at Nature: The Paintings of Gail Pidduck,” opening June 18 and on view through November 6, 2016. Gail Pidduck is one of Santa Paula’s most esteemed resident artists, and her much-anticipated solo show will feature over 50 breathtaking new works, all of which explore the beauty of nature and the local landscape. The exhibition will premiere with a reception on Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for museum members and $15.00 for the general public.

Gail Pidduck describes herself as a ruralist painter. Born and raised on a ranch in Santa Paula, Gail spent much of her youth exploring nearby fields and orchards. Pidduck’s early experiences have greatly influenced her perspective as an artist. In creating this exhibition, Gail was inspired by both the large and small parts of nature in her home area. The resulting group of works features sweeping views of mountains and valleys, and smaller studies of birds, cacti, flowers, and fruit.

One Look at Nature will also feature works by artists that Pidduck greatly admires including Marla Frazee, Henry Graumlich, Lettre Sauvage, John Nichols, Michelle Onstot, Nate Pidduck, Chris Provenzano, Michael Rohde, Chuck Spink, Sylvia Torres, Regina Vorgang, Judith Wilson Weldon, Jackson Wheeler, and George Wilson. With their inclusion, Gail hopes to convey that there is more than one way to create, and more than one way to look at the beauty of the world.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North Tenth 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 info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

 
“Cliff Was Brilliant” by Billy Schenck
“Cliff Was Brilliant” by Billy Schenck
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Paintings, sculptures and drawings to be featured

An exhibit of Western-themed art will open June 10 at California Lutheran University.

“Romancing the West: A Legacy of American Images” will be on display through Aug. 11 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus. The free exhibit features figurative and landscape paintings, sculptures and drawings.

Two artists, Logan Maxwell Hagege and Jeremy Lipking, have studios in Agoura Hills. Hagege draws inspiration for his contemporary landscapes and figures from Southern California as well as from his travels throughout the Southwest and the Northeast Coast of the United States. Influenced by the figurative tradition of 19th century European painters, Lipking paints landscapes, still lifes and human figures.

Other featured U.S. painters are Carole Caroompas, Nicholas Coleman, Glenn Dean, Tracy Felix, Billy Schenck and Oleg Stavrowsky. Caroompas’ paintings examine the intersection of pop culture and gender archetypes. Coleman works in gouache and oil. Dean recently has turned his attention to the figure within the landscape. Felix exaggerates geology and heightens color to express the drama and excitement of landscapes. Schenck, who worked in Andy Warhol’s studio and sold out his first solo show in New York City at 24, incorporates techniques from photorealism and pop art. Born to Russian parents in Harlem, Stavrowsky became a technical illustrator and then expanded to fashion illustration and other types of commercial art.

The late Cyrus Edwin Dallin, Frank Tenney Johnson and Harold Shelton are other featured American-born artists. Dallin was a sculptor best known for his naturalistic portraits of horses and Native Americans, whom he lived among as a boy. Johnson popularized a style of painting cowboys known as “The Johnson Moonlight Technique.” Shelton, a sculptor, started out shaping wildlife of Colorado from beeswax.

Featured painters David Grossmann and the late Roy Kerswill immigrated to the U.S. Grossman, who spent his childhood in Chile, began plein air painting as an art academy student. English-born Kerswill, who sailed a canoe from Canada to New Orleans, painted historical scenes and landscapes in oil and watercolor. The exhibit also features paintings by the late Hungarian painter István Benyovszky.

The exhibit features the William Rolland Collection in conjunction with works on loan from Maxwell Alexander Gallery and Western Project. It is partially funded by a resident fellowship from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard. It 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, contact curator Rachel Schmid at rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

 
Heritage Valley Art Growers (l-r) Lolita Wyche-Bowman, Deborah Galarza, Laura Cunz, Carole Cately, Colette Swan, and Wana Klasen.
Heritage Valley Art Growers (l-r) Lolita Wyche-Bowman, Deborah Galarza, Laura Cunz, Carole Cately, Colette Swan, and Wana Klasen.

A group of Fillmore Artists who meet to paint under tutelage of Wana Klasen will be presenting their first Group Art Show from June 4, 2016 through July 30, 2016 at the Blanchard Community Library located at 119 North Eighth Street in Santa Paula.

The art is original, colorful, eclectic work completed in a variety of media including water color, mixed media, pastel, and graphite, and with varying subject matter. The artists are also offering gallery quality giclee' prints and note cards!

Showing work in this exhibit are artists, Carole Cately, Laura Cunz, Deborah Manning-Galarza, Colette Swan, Lolita Wyche-Bowman, and Wana Klasen.

A “Meet the Artists” Reception is planned for Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 5-7pm.

 
John Chiles at Fort Point in the early 1960's. Photo credit: Fred Windisch
John Chiles at Fort Point in the early 1960's. Photo credit: Fred Windisch
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Great Highway Explores the History of San Francisco Through Surfing
10 year-old Dickie Keating in Pacifica, CA. Photo credit: Dick Keating
10 year-old Dickie Keating in Pacifica, CA. Photo credit: Dick Keating
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Surfers underneath the Cliff House, San Francisco. Photo credit: Fred Windisch
Surfers underneath the Cliff House, San Francisco. Photo credit: Fred Windisch
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Uncle Dick Keating surfing Pacifica, CA in the early 1940's. Photo credit: Dick Keating
Uncle Dick Keating surfing Pacifica, CA in the early 1940's. Photo credit: Dick Keating
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On Saturday June 25th at 7pm, at the Ojai Valley Grange, the Ojai-based production company On The Water Front Creative presents a surf film night featuring the award-winning documentary film, “Great Highway: Journey to the Soul of Bay Area Surfing.”

Utilizing rarely seen archival footage and photographs, “Great Highway” traces the roots of Bay Area surfing, which began at San Francisco’s notorious Ocean Beach, and explores the changes to both the City and to the surf scene over decades. The story is told by the people who lived it, from the Hawaiian lifeguards at the City’s giant Fleishhacker Swimming Pool in the 1940’s to kids growing up today who surf the challenging, and increasingly crowded, swells in preparation for Maverick’s and other big wave spots. For more than sixty years, people have surfed the cold waters off San Francisco’s shores, far from the limelight reserved primarily for Southern California’s surf culture. Much like the city of San Francisco itself, the surf culture of Northern California is full of colorful and eccentric characters, who offer their own perspectives on the history and the future of surfing. The film includes interviews with Ocean Beach regulars such as wetsuit mogul Jack O’Neill, exercise guru Jack LaLanne, internationally known big wave surfers Michael Ho and Fred Van Dyke, and northern California surfboard shaper and waterman Dick Keating, to name a few. While the story is rooted in surfing, the film is as much about the history of San Francisco as it is about the beaches that ring the City’s outer edges.

Filmmakers, Mark Gunson and Krista Howell will be in attendance at the Grange screening for a Q&A afterward, so come join us for a night of California surfing history and fun. Part of the ticket sales goes to benefit the Ojai Valley Grange, a local non-profit.

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016. Doors open at 6:30, Film begins at 7pm
Where: The Ojai Valley Grange Hall, 381 Cruzero Street, Ojai, CA
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2551563

For More Information: Elizabeth Pepin Silva, otwfront@gmail.com

 
A talk by Mary Winder via the Santa Barbara Museum of Art at the Ojai Library

Mary Winder will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, to deliver a talk entitled “Ancient Mystery Cults of Greece and Rome.” Ms. Winder comes to us via the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Community Speakers Program.

This presentation will cover Ancient Mystery Cults—one of the most intriguing but least understood aspects of Greek and Roman religion. These cults were an important part of life in the ancient Mediterranean world, but their actual practices were shrouded in secrecy, and many of their features have remained unclear until recently. Mystery cults flourished in the ancient world for roughly a thousand years, from the sixth century B.C.E. to late antiquity. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art owns an impressive collection of Greco-Roman sculpture and artifacts; this presentation will illustrate one of the many facets of why this art was so very important to the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, City Librarian, at (805) 218-9146.

The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, CA. Hours of service are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Ventura County Library System:
Inspiring our community to explore, discover, and connect.
The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.

 

Ojai Valley Museum is pleased to announce their participation this summer as a Blue Star Museum. The museum joins more than 2,000 museums across American offering free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

“We are happy to provide an interesting, free experience for military families as a small way to express our gratitude to the men and women serving our country,” said museum director Wendy Barker.

The Blue Star Museum program is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program provides military families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural and artistic heritage. Museums of all types, in all 50 states, participate in the initiative.

The Ojai Valley Museum highlights the history, art and culture of the Ojai Valley in their museum located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. The museum is housed in a beautiful National Register building. Free parking is available behind the museum, off Blanche Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Group or school tours available by appointment.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, email ojaimuseumdawn@sbcglobal.net or visit the museum website at OjaiValleyMuseum.org.

 

The Ojai Art Center will host Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut for a special event on Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the Art Center Theater.

The presentation will include a slideshow of Ut’s photographs to be followed by a question and answer session with the artist.

Ut rose to fame with his iconic Vietnam War photo of several children fleeing a botched napalm attack on their village on June 8, 1972. Central to the photo was an unclothed nine-year-old girl, Kim Phuc. Once it hit the press, the picture quickly gained widespread distribution, affected the hearts and minds of people all over the world, and marked a turning point in the conflict.

“As a Vietnam veteran and photographer, Nick’s images from the war leave an indelible mark in my memory,” says Art Center photography chair David Baker. “They truly tell the horror of war, especially for the innocents. The ‘Napalm Girl’ image shows that better than any image I have seen.”

According to legend, Ut used his media credential to get Phuc and other children admitted to a hospital following the moment he captured on film. Ut said in a past interview that the girl was initially “very upset about the picture.”

Her story, however, has a happy ending. Today she lives in Canada and does humanitarian work. The two are still in communication to this day.

Tickets for Ut’s presentation are available in advance at ojaiact.tix.com.

For more information on Ut’s appearance or any other Ojai Art Center event, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org or call 805-646-0117.

 
Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for “A Daring Adventure” at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free for everyone. It will be a fun filled day including a special visit from Elaine Horn, nationally renowned Judy Garland impersonator, as Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz.” Children can participate in a reenactment of the Wizard of Oz, take a picture with Dorothy, enjoy a lollipop from Munchkinland and participate in hands-on art activities. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the moment!

Visitors can also view the Museum’s current exhibitions including “Nature Inspired: The Paintings of Sherry Loehr,” and “Building History: The Story of the Museum’s Home.”

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North Tenth 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 info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

 
"Shades Of Gray” photograph by David Baker.
"Shades Of Gray” photograph by David Baker.
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Written by Myrna Cambianica and Letitia Grimes

“Shades Of Gray,” the 13th annual Ojai Art Center Photography Branch juried exhibit, opens on Saturday, June 4, with a free opening reception from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through June 29 at the Ojai Art Center Gallery, located at 113 South Montgomery St., Ojai, CA.

Once it was the only choice open to a photographer, but now black and white im-aging has become an outstanding medium of artistic expression. All photographs in this year’s exhibit are in black, white, and shades of gray; and because the theme is open, many different genres and techniques will be represented. Black and white photography can reveal the underlying essence and story within an image and bring into focus the individual artist’s specific point of view. It can also make textures, lines and patterns visible that would otherwise be lost in a background of colors. Photographers from Ventura County and beyond are participating, as well as students in a special division for grades 7 through 12.

David Baker and Tanya Kovaleski will be this year’s distinguished judges. One of Baker’s specialties is black and white imaging and Kovaleski will add balance to the judging with her experience as a teacher and fine artist.

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

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 Cama-rillo. He served as a Computer Architecture Specialist at Intel Corporation, and as Director of Development for Symantec/Peter Norton/Security Products.

Currently the chair of the Photography Branch at the Ojai Art Center, Baker is also Ojai Art Center Staff Photographer. He serves as Website Architect and Staff Photographer for the Ojai Studio Artists. 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/

Kovaleski photographs nature, architecture and structures as a means of bringing her experience of a specific place and time back into her studio. These images often become points of departure for her abstract paintings and sculpture. She also uses photography to document her own sculptures and paintings for her portfolio.

Both an educator and a studio artist, Kovaleski has taught sculpture at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. She holds graduate degrees from both UC Berkeley and Yale University School of Art. Her sculptures, paintings and installations have been exhibited in one-person as well as group shows. Most recently, two of her large-scale sculptures were installed at the Sam Maloof Foundation, and at the Los Angeles Arboretum. Since 2010, Kovaleski has called Ojai home. Visit her website at: http://www.voulkos.com/asd/kovaleski

For full information please visit: http://ojaiacphoto.org

 

CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet on Sunday 5/22/16 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. The public is invited to play, listen and dance to Country Western and Bluegrass music. Free admission and parking, refreshments available. calfiddlers.com or call 805-797-6563.

 

The Ventura County Potters’ Guild is a collective of ceramic artists is made up of professional and recreational potters and ceramists; instructors from local high schools and colleges; as well as people with a passion for ceramics. The VCPG began with ten Ventura area potters who came together in 1957 to form a potters’ guild. College ceramics instructor, William Winterbourne, lead the group as “master potter”. They pledged themselves to maintain high professional standards and to provide to the public examples of contemporary pottery through exhibits and local sales and mentoring.

This year’s spring sale on June 11 & 12 in Libbey Park, Ojai will be our 57th anniversary of celebrating the Guild's fine ceramic artists along side of Ojai's premier Music Festival. There will be a Guild themed competition, "Natural", that will be juried as well as a People's Choice Award. Please come vote for your favorite piece! Demonstrations that will entertain both children and adults are planned.

For more information, call 805 644-6800

In July 2010 the VCPG opened its first full-time gallery located in Ventura Harbor at 1567 Spinnaker Drive #105. The gallery currently features 21 juried VCPG members who take turns working shifts and selling their wares.

Proceeds from pottery sold at guild events make possible demonstrations, workshops, a lending library of books and videos, and scholarships to local ceramic students. Monthly meetings are generally held the 4th Monday evening of each month from September to May and feature guest speakers who present information or demonstrations in his or her field of expertise; anyone interested in pottery is welcome to attend.

Since its creation 57 years ago, the VCPG has become a non-profit organization, promoting interest in pottery making and appreciation of the ceramic arts. The Guild has grown from the original 10 to more than 135 members and has expanded beyond Ventura to represent much of southern and central California.

 

On Sunday, May 15, from 12 noon to 4 pm, kids and families can meet real, live turtles and tortoises and create their own “homemade” turtle to take home; all ages are welcome. This is a local observance of World Turtle Day, designated to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for turtles and tortoises.

The California Turtle and Tortoise Club will be bringing four species of turtle to the Museum of Ventura County, to teach kids about their lives, their care and their origins. There will be a special appearance by “Tut” a male California Desert tortoise (see attached photo), along with his “friends” Tortilla and Amelia (also in photo). Also attached is a photo of a sulcata tortoise of African origin; one will be on hand to examine. There will also be hatchling—just born—tortoises at the event.

How’s your tortoise-knowledge!? Did you know all tortoises are actually turtles? Turtles usually live in water and have webbed feet. Come to the museum to learn how to tell the difference between species.

In addition, kids can create their own “pet” turtle, using a bowl for a shell, to take home! Admission to this event, including the craft session, is free for kids (Adults pay $5 admission fee).

The California Turtle and Tortoise Club is a society dedicated to turtle and tortoise preservation, conservation and education. Founded in 1964, the club promotes and facilitates the care, rescue and adoption of native and non-native species.

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 are free general admission for the public. For more information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.