After three years of construction, the Ventura College Art Department is proud to announce the grand opening of the remodeled Studio Arts Building (SAB) and the newly constructed New Media Gallery on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 6-8:30 pm (4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA). Opening ceremonies will take place across from the New Media Gallery followed by studio class demonstrations, faculty and student displays, and a closing reception with light refreshments for the exhibition, Innovation and a Rejection of the Past: The Artistic Avant-Garde. The event is free and open to the public.

In March 2002, citizens of Ventura County voted to authorize a $356 million general obligation bond to renovate and expand all three Ventura County Community College campuses. The bond funds allocated for Ventura College supported the construction of the Library and Learning Resources Center (2005), Student Services Center (2008) and the Sportsplex (2009). Later, construction continued with the Advanced Technology Center (2011), General Purposes Classroom Building (2011), Ventura College Performing Arts Center (2012) and the Applied Science Center (2015).

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Bernard Luskin and Ventura College President Greg Gillespie, I would like to thank the residents of Ventura County for approving the funds to support these projects,” said VCCCD Board Chair Larry Kennedy. “We are proud of the work that has gone into constructing the Studio Arts Building and New Media Gallery and look forward to presenting these 21st century facilities to our students and the community.”

The Ventura College Art Department offers beginning and intermediate courses in Color and Design, Drawing, Life Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Digital Media, Photography, and Art History to assist students in gaining insight into creative and critical thinking. The Ventura College Art program has a long tradition of producing many of the region’s most accomplished artists and continuing education students who have forged advanced skills and careers as exhibiting artists, educators, graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, art technicians, art historians, commercial artists, and gallery/museum professionals.

The Art Department maintains two galleries: Gallery 2, a student-run gallery and art lab, and the New Media Gallery exhibiting work by historically significant and nationally known artists. Additionally, these exhibition spaces provide students with hands-on experience in gallery and museum management.

After six decades of providing quality community college education at the 4667 Telegraph location, Ventura College, with the support of the voters, will celebrate its history and look towards the future as it prepares to serve a new generation of Ventura County students. For more information on art classes or to obtain notices of upcoming art events, lectures, and exhibitions, please contact the Ventura College Art Department, Gwendolyn Huddleston, Ed.D., Dean of Academics, gklewishuddleston@vcccd.edu, 805-289-6388.

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.

 


 

CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet on Sunday 11/13/16 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.

 


 
Photo by Kirby Russell
Photo by Kirby Russell
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Photo by Kirby Russell
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Photo by Kirby Russell
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Photo by Kirby Russell
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Photo by Kirby Russell
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Photo by Kirby Russell
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The Ojai Photography Club concludes its 2016 series of monthly events with a presentation by Ojai based photographer Kirby Russell, “Structure and Light,” on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Russell will demonstrate how nearly every image he creates in-cludes these two key elements. “It is a fact that light is one, if not the most significant element of photography,” he explains, “With light we can “illuminate,” put focus on, bring meaning to, create or embellish the sensation of emotion, and bring life to a subject. In concert with light is “structure. “Structure by definition is the way something is built, arranged, or organized. However in photography, structure may not have rigid shape or necessarily intend to create order; it may all change as a matter of visual perspective."

Previously viewed and new photography will be presented along with before and after examples, leading into Russell's "artistic bent" on the significance of photographic enhancements that can empower the visitors’ own images. He will provide a brief snapshot of his background, including influences on his photography, his work in fulfillment services, and his experience in shooting large events. The primary focus, however, will be the discussion about structure and light, and how these elements impact photographs.

Russell’s photography and graphic illustration work has been published in select magazines, newspapers, and online publica-tions both nationally and internationally. He is a student of the New York Institute of Photography, a member of Professional Photographers of America, and a member of the National Press Photographers Association. He is president of a technical and creative marketing firm providing a wide variety of services, in-cluding event photography, video services, and team management, for over two hundred clients worldwide. Russell has photographed everything from corporate portraits, to theatrical performances, to exotic auto racing. To see more examples of his work, go to http://kirbyrussell.zenfolio.com and Facebook at: http://bit.ly/2epn0cC

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, inspi-ration, 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

 


 

CSU Channel Islands (CI)’s November art shows in Napa Gallery take visitors from the realities of human impact on the Santa Rosa Island to a make-believe world with monsters, demons, mortals and gods.

The primary show, “Fluid Entropy” by Janet Neuwalder, is somewhere in between the natural world and the cosmos with wall installations assembled from hundreds of fragments that seem to float on the wall.

“Fluid Entropy” opens with two other exhibits from Oct. 31 through Dec. 9 with an opening scheduled in Napa Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10.

The other two exhibits are: “Tales of Prima: Strange Creatures and Mysterious Landscapes” by Art senior Stephanie Canlas, and “The Human Impact on Santa Rosa Island (Part Two)” by more than 20 sculpture and art students who visited Santa Rosa Island to do artistic research.

“Entropy” will be in the Napa Gallery, “Santa Rosa” is on display in the CI Palm Temporary gallery and “Prima” will be on the Grad Wall, all located within Napa Hall on the CI campus.

Neuwalder, who is an art instructor at California Lutheran University, is a sculptor and installation artist who works in mixed media, clay and ceramic processes. She uses natural and manufactured materials such as papers, fibers and books, “the residue topography of human existence,” she says, and coats them with liquid clay.

“Clay is an ancient material and seems inexhaustible in its ability to express a sense of timelessness, endurance and expressive meaning,” she said.

“The Human Impact on Santa Rosa” is a group project organized by Art Lecturer Christophe Bourely and Professor of Art Matt Furmanski.

In spring of 2016, Furmanski and Bourely took more than 20 art students to Santa Rosa Island to see what impact human contact has had on the land.

“We talked about the importance of open space as inspiration to artists, we talked about and studied environmental art and art that conveys a message of some kind,” Furmanski said. “The approach was to allow the students to encounter nature and open space and open themselves to the inspiration of it all. To study how we as humans affect our surroundings and are affected by them.”

Part I of the project was two dimensional – photographs and paintings. Part II incorporates sculpture.

Students used a variety of marine detritus to assemble sculptures, including lobster traps, fishing gear, balloons, floats and buoys and all manner of plastics—especially non-biodegradable bottles.

The Grad Wall exhibit is a voyage into Canlas’ imagination with a series of digital paintings that invite guests into a fantasy world called Prima.

“There lives an endless sea of stories, teeming with fantastical creatures, celestial kingdoms, and lush, vivid landscapes,” Canlas said.

Tales of Prima will be a website dedicated to Canlas’ characters and their world, a project that Canlas has been working on for the past few years. Included on the website will be stories, details, diagrams and information about the species, languages and cultures of Prima.

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.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 


 

For 22 years they’ve shared a home; now Mary Kolada Scott and Don Scott are sharing a wall. Her paintings and his photographs will be exhibited Nov. 1-26 on the red wall at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

The show is “His & Hers: He Shoots, She Paints.” It will feature acrylic and mixed-media paintings by Mary and digital prints from Don.

The Scotts plan to be present 5-8 p.m. Nov. 4 for First Friday Ventura, and 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19 for a reception in conjunction with the opening of Buenaventura Art Association’s Holiday Boutique and the second Arts & Eats mini artwalk between four downtown Ventura galleries. Participating galleries include Buenaventura Gallery, Fox Fine Jewelry, Gallery V at Very Ventura, and Latitudes. Select restaurants and shops will be offering small bites as art lovers and holiday shoppers stroll between galleries.

Buenaventura Gallery, at 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit the nonprofit art cooperative’s website, www.buenaventuragallery.org, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

 


 
“Alham, Somerset” by Thomas Noel Smith.
“Alham, Somerset” by Thomas Noel Smith.
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Display of 19th-century works to open at Cal Lutheran

A collection of British landscape paintings highlighting people’s dependence on animals will be on display from Thursday, Nov. 10, through Thursday, Jan. 19, at California Lutheran University.

“In the Company of Animals: 19th-century British Country Life” will be on exhibit in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The exhibit will feature British landscapes from the mid- and late 19th century from the William Rolland Collection. Scenes highlight people’s dependence on animals for labor, comfort, food and friendship.

Works in watercolor and oil by artists including Robert Cleminson (1844-1903), Albert Milton Drinkwater (1862–1917), Nathaniel Neal Solly (1811-1895) and Thomas Noel Smith (1840-1900) will be included.

Admission is free.

The gallery is inside William Rolland Stadium, which is located on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and 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 T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or
rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

 
“One Path to Many Roads” by Silvia Huerta, pen, ink and watercolor on board, 14 x 11 inches, Collection of the artist.
“One Path to Many Roads” by Silvia Huerta, pen, ink and watercolor on board, 14 x 11 inches, Collection of the artist.
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October 22, 2016 through January 29, 2017 at the Santa Paula Art Museum
“Alegria” by L.T. Bunning, charcoal on paper, 24 x 20 inches, Collection of the artist.
“Alegria” by L.T. Bunning, charcoal on paper, 24 x 20 inches, Collection of the artist.
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SANTA PAULA, CA - The annual De Colores Art Show returns to the Santa Paula Art Museum with a premiere reception on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The group exhibition features art by 30 contemporary artists whose vibrant works are inspired by Latino culture. The premiere party will include live music by Paraguayan harpist Ignacio Lopez and Trio Príncipes. Admission to the event is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and is free for students and museum members.

With the De Colores Art Show now in its 23rd year, longtime curator and featured artist Xavier Montes is excited to showcase new perspectives. “This year’s show is about envisioning and working together toward a better future,” says Montes. “It’s about acknowledging the struggles and achievements of the previous generation and empowering young people to embrace their diversity and pursue their passions.” The artworks on display come in a variety of styles and media, and tell meaningful stories of hope, heritage, strength, and peace.

The exhibition features art by Richard Arenas, Jackie Bermudez, Joe Bravo, L.T. Bunning, Ray Cirerol, Lynn Coleman, Pedro de la Cruz, Beverly Cunningham, Roy Grillo, Dolores Gonzalez Haro, Sergio Hernandez, Gina Herrera, Silvia Huerta, Carolyn Jorgensen, Beverly Lazor, Renate Lichter, Maria Lopez, Rhonda Magnus, Mike Molina, Xavier Montes, Rick Ortega, Betty Saunders, Christina Ramos, Sylvia Raz, John Robertson, Mark Tovar, Veronica Valadez, and Doreen Villanueva. The show is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors which include Calavo, Clinicas del Camino Real, La Cabana, and Santa Paula Latino Town Hall. The 23rd De Colores Art Show runs through January 29, 2017.

The Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center is located at 117 North Tenth Street in beautiful downtown Santa Paula. The Museum features rotating exhibitions of vintage and contemporary art, educational programming for children and adults, artist talks and demonstrations, a gift shop, and more. 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 free for museum members and students. For more information, please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554 or info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

 
Accomplished cellist to conduct Founders Day Concert
Yoshika Masuda
Yoshika Masuda

Revamped ensembles and a new conductor will make their debut at California Lutheran University’s annual Founders Day Concert.

The concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The 20-member University String Symphony, which includes members of the former University Symphony, will perform selections from “Capriol Suite” by Peter Warlock, Theme and Variations by Aleksandr Glazunov and Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings in F major under the direction of Yoshika Masuda. The accomplished musician also began giving cello lessons at Cal Lutheran this fall.

The University Wind Ensemble will close the concert with an eclectic mix of traditional favorites and exciting contemporary works. The ensemble became an all-student group this fall. It continues under the direction of assistant professor of music Michael Hart, the director of bands at Cal Lutheran.

Masuda has performed as a cellist at the Solitär at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Sydney Opera House, the Dai-ichi Seimei Hall in Tokyo and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. A keen advocate of contemporary music, he presented the world premieres of works by Michael Cutting, Xander Rodzinski and Bent Sørensen.

The cellist took first place in the 40th Midland-Odessa National Young Artist Competition in Texas, the 25th Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition and the 11th All-Japan Viva Hall Cello Competition. He received the prestigious Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Award in 2010.

Masuda is a founding member of the cello quintet SAKURA, whose performances were recently described by the Los Angeles Times as “brilliant” and “superb.”

Born in Kobe, Japan, Masuda moved to Australia after the 1995 earthquake destroyed his family’s house. He began playing the cello at the age of 5 and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music with first-class honors and a master’s degree in music with distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in England. He holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with the legendary cellist Ralph Kirshbaum.

The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane. Additional parking is available in the lots at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu.

 

Oxnard, CA - Bridge Carney, PT boat historian and model maker, will be the featured guest at the next Channel Islands Maritime Museum Speaker Series, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 20, at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. Carney will share his experience with the ELCO PT boat and its missions in the Pacific, as well as discuss the PT 157, its crew, and its assignments in the Solomon Islands, including some of the more notable and harrowing missions in the South Pacific during the summer of 1943. These missions include the 157’s skillfully executed rescue in contested waters of the PT 109 crew and its skipper, Lt. John F. Kennedy, who would go on to become the 35th President of the United States.

Carney’s two books on the subject, written in collaboration with the original skipper and torpedo man of the PT 157, also cover the making of his highly accurate and detailed PT 157 model, which will be on display at the presentation.

The Speaker Series is a lecture series held every third Thursday at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Refreshments are served at 6.30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7.00 p.m. Entry is free with membership, $5 for non-members, $4 for seniors. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org or call (805) 984-6260.

 

The Santa Paula Concert Series presents a classical concert, Dvořàk Meets Shostakovich on Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 PM at the historic Universalist Unitarian Church, a Ventura Historical County landmark, located at 740 East Main Street, Santa Paula. This performance presents the String Quartet No. 3 of Dmitry Shostakovich and the String Quartet No. 12, Op.96 of Antonin Dvořàk.

The Sincopa String Quartet was established in 2015, and had its debut concert in May 2016 in Ojai, California. The members of the quartet come from different countries, and each of them brings influences from different cultures. Now all living in the L.A. area, they have come together because they share the same passion for chamber music. Violinist Ashot was a member of the prestigious Vardanyan Quartet in Armenia. Violinist Luis-Gustavo Mascero Alberto hails from Brazil and had studied and performed both classical and jazz performance. Violist Jennifer Wu has performed from Carnegie Hall to Walt Disney Hall, as well as internationally. Cellist Wonsun Keem has been a member of the Gyung-gi Philharmonic and Bach Solisten Seoul Ensemble. All four members freelance throughout 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 available on the street or behind the church.

 
T.O. native honors 25 years since organ’s completion
Joseph Peeples
Joseph Peeples

A Thousand Oaks native who has returned to his hometown to teach music at California Lutheran University will present his first faculty recital on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Joseph Peeples will perform a concert of organ music at 7:30 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The concert celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Borg Petersen Memorial Organ’s dedication. To mark the occasion, Peeples will play a dramatic piece featured in the inaugural concert, Chorale No. 2 in B Minor by César Franck.

Peeples will also present a variety of compositions for organ featuring music by William Bolcom, J.S. Bach, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Felix Mendelssohn, Josef Rheinberger and Louis Vierne.

Growing up in Thousand Oaks, Peeples studied piano with nationally honored teacher Ed Francis and earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Channel Islands. He left home to earn a master’s degree in music from Brigham Young University and a doctorate from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He taught a variety of music courses at both universities and continues to serve on the faculty of the annual Brigham Young University Organ Workshop in Provo, Utah.

Peeples was a finalist in the 2014 Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition in Organ Playing. He recently performed during the L’Organo Recital Series of Charleston’s annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival. A church musician for 20 years, he currently serves as a substitute organist for churches throughout the Los Angeles area.

At Cal Lutheran, the adjunct professor teaches applied organ and courses in music appreciation and keyboard harmony. He also teaches at Pepperdine University.

The Borg Petersen Memorial Organ was dedicated in October 1991. Created with the chapel in mind, the 2,109-pipe organ took almost a year to construct. Artisans crafted it from white oak to blend with the chapel furnishings. Huge zinc and copper pipes soar 26 feet vertically, and three tiers of brass Spanish trumpets jut horizontally from the pipes. The console is made of walnut burl with cherry and maple wood stops. The pedals and the keys, both naturals and sharps, are made of rosewood.

Donations will be accepted.

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

 
Featured artists from the private collection of VC professor Tomás Sanchez

Ventura College presents a Chicano Art Exhibit, “The Imagery of Chicano: a Perspective of Chicanismo in Contemporary Art” Sept. 26 - Nov. 17 at the Ventura College Santa Paula site, 957 Faulkner Road, Santa Paula. The artwork on display comes from the private collection of Ventura College history professor Tomás Sanchez.

An art reception will be held 6-8 p.m., Oct. 13, with an introduction to Chicano Art by Sanchez at 6:30. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at the art reception. Parking is free. Sanchez will discuss the origins of Chicano Art and the various genre and symbolism found in this art form.

“My appreciation of Chicano Art began when I became involved with the Chicano Movement in its early stages,” said Sanchez. “Chicano Art is a reflection of our contemporary society. It incorporates and reflects the current and growing influence of the Chicanos in 21st Century California and the United States.”

Sanchez has been a serious Chicano Art collector since the mid-1980s. Featured artists in his collection and this exhibit include Carlos Almaraz, Roberto Tito Delgado, Elsa Flores, Salomón Huerta, Leo Limón, Roberto Gil de Montes, Frank Romero and Patssi Valdez.

At Ventura College Santa Paula, Sanchez teaches World History, Western Civilization History, United States History and Chicano History.

VC Santa Paula Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (805) 525-7136, or visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/vcsantapaula.

 
Photo by Christopher Broughton
Photo by Christopher Broughton
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Photo by Christopher Broughton
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Written by Letitia Grimes and Myrna Cambianica

The Ojai Photography Club will host a presentation by photographer and master teacher Christopher Broughton on October 18, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 West Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Broughton’s theme, “Practicing Seeing,” is based on his experiences in Paris over the past five summers teaching a ten-week study abroad program in photography to Brooks Institute students. Inspired by great Parisian photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau, he was quickly drawn to the allure of street scenes in the City of Light.

Street photography offers unique opportunities for honing your craft, Broughton discovered. He calls it “a master’s course in anticipation, prediction, speed and your skill to capture the moment,” and elaborates: “Shooting on the street is possible anywhere. You don’t have to go on a trip because you are already there. It keeps you looking. It allows you to practice seeing anytime.” The presentation will be richly illustrated with photographs taken on the streets of Paris and also in the studios of artists living there.

Broughton grew up traveling with family, and at the age of eleven, took his mother’s twin lens camera to summer camp with one roll of film. In his words, “The precious twelve frames were mine to fill with the jewels of summer. The quest to visually fill the frame has never stopped. I see photography as a unique medium because it straddles the space between a moment of time and the witnessed perspective of how the photographer sees the world.”

After completing his BA and MS in photography at Brooks Institute, Broughton joined the faculty at Brooks and taught there for twenty years until the recent closure of the school. An outstanding and dedicated teacher, he co-authored a textbook called Capture: Digital Photography Essentials. His images have appeared in numerous photography and design magazines, and his work has been exhibited widely in the Southern California area. Visit his website at: http://www.christopherbroughton.com

Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service 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/

 
“One Path to Many Roads” by Silvia Huerta, pen, ink and watercolor on board, 14 x 11 inches, Collection of the artist.
“One Path to Many Roads” by Silvia Huerta, pen, ink and watercolor on board, 14 x 11 inches, Collection of the artist.
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October 22, 2016 through January 29, 2017 at the Santa Paula Art Museum
“Alegria” by L.T. Bunning, charcoal on paper, 24 x 20 inches, Collection of the artist.
“Alegria” by L.T. Bunning, charcoal on paper, 24 x 20 inches, Collection of the artist.

The annual De Colores Art Show returns to the Santa Paula Art Museum with a premiere reception on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The group exhibition features art by 30 contemporary artists whose vibrant works are inspired by Latino culture. The premiere party will include live music by Paraguayan harpist Ignacio Lopez and Trio Príncipes. Admission to the event is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and is free for students and museum members.

With the De Colores Art Show now in its 23rd year, longtime curator and featured artist Xavier Montes is excited to showcase new perspectives. “This year’s show is about envisioning and working together toward a better future,” says Montes. “It’s about acknowledging the struggles and achievements of the previous generation and empowering young people to embrace their diversity and pursue their passions.” The artworks on display come in a variety of styles and media, and tell meaningful stories of hope, heritage, strength, and peace.

The exhibition features art by Richard Arenas, Jackie Bermudez, Joe Bravo, L.T. Bunning, Ray Cirerol, Lynn Coleman, Pedro de la Cruz, Beverly Cunningham, Roy Grillo, Dolores Gonzalez Haro, Sergio Hernandez, Gina Herrera, Silvia Huerta, Carolyn Jorgensen, Beverly Lazor, Renate Lichter, Maria Lopez, Pola Lopez, Rhonda Magnus, Mike Molina, Xavier Montes, Rick Ortega, Betty Saunders, Christina Ramos, Sylvia Raz, John Robertson, Mark Tovar, Doreen Villanueva, and Veronica Valadez. The show is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors which include Calavo, Clinicas del Camino Real, La Cabana, and Santa Paula Latino Town Hall.

The Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center is located at 117 North Tenth Street in beautiful downtown Santa Paula. The Museum features rotating exhibitions of vintage and contemporary art, educational programming for children and adults, artist talks and demonstrations, a gift shop, and more. 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 free for museum members and students. For more information, please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554 or info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

 

Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation and Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation has announced Don Felder, a former legendary guitarist with the Eagles, will be performing at this year’s “At The Bowl” benefit concert on Oct. 22 at Libbey Bowl.

Felder, who played lead guitar with the Eagles for 27 years, originated the music on numerous Eagles milestones and co-wrote their biggest hit – the iconic “Hotel California.” In addition to performing this song, he will be showcasing many Eagles hits in a specially crafted concert entitled “Don Felder, an Evening at the Hotel California.”

The funds raised by this event will support Community Memorial Health System construction projects – the building a new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura and a new Continuing Care Center in Ojai.

General admission tickets and sponsorship packages are available at www.cmhsatthebowl.org. Or call 805-667-2881.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, as well as the Centers for Family Health, serving various Ventura County communities.

 

CSU Channel Islands (CI) Performing Arts students and two members of the award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe will conduct an interactive lecture/performance satirizing the politics of 2016 along with political shenanigans from years past.

The public is welcome to watch Mime Troupe members Hugo Carbajal and Lisa Hori-Garcia join upper division Performing Arts students as they present “57 Years of Political Theater” Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Malibu Hall 140 on the CI campus.

The title, which is derived from the political satire troupe’s 57 years in existence, encompasses a presentation of information, scenes and new material from past, present and future moments in U.S. politics.

The performance marks the conclusion of an intensive visiting artist residency at CI that begins Sept. 26. Carbajal and Hori-Garcia will give 15 hours of instruction over the course of four days to students in an upper level Performing Arts class called Acting III: Performance Styles.

The Troupe incorporates a form of theater called “Commedia dell’arte,” which began in 16th century Italy and spread throughout Europe.

The Troupe does not perform silent mime, but each year creates an original musical comedy that combines melodrama, farce and Commedia dell’Arte, always with a topical political theme.

“What is particularly engaging for a university is that these methods are grounded in historical periods but performers use them to comment on contemporary issues,” said Associate Professor of Performing Arts Catherine Burriss, Ph.D. “It gives us a chance to study our history, engage with the present, and further our knowledge for the future.”

Burriss stressed that a solid understanding of performing arts has never been more relevant than it is in the 21st Century.

“In this day of the 24-hour news cycle and the saturation of new media, whether it’s a live audience, YouTube, Instagram or Snapchat, all performance is socially and politically engaged” Burriss said. “Performance is so much a part of how we communicate and how the media works and how politics works.”

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.

Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation should contact Disability Resource Programs at 805-437-3331 or email accommodations@csuci.edu as soon as possible, but no later than seven (7) business days prior to the event, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 
“Anticipation” by Beverly Lazor, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches, Collection of the artist.
“Anticipation” by Beverly Lazor, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches, Collection of the artist.
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“The Right Stuff” by L.T. Bunning, charcoal and white on paper, 24 x 20 inches, Collection of the artist.
“The Right Stuff” by L.T. Bunning, charcoal and white on paper, 24 x 20 inches, Collection of the artist.
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“SZP Grounded ‘05” by Dorothy Orr, watercolor on paper, 34 x 27 inches, Collection of the artist.
“SZP Grounded ‘05” by Dorothy Orr, watercolor on paper, 34 x 27 inches, Collection of the artist.
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SANTA PAULA, CA – In recent months, visitors to The Art of Aviation exhibition at the Santa Paula Art Museum have been invited to cast their votes for their choice of best artwork. The aviation-themed exhibition features art by over 30 artists working in a variety of media. Hundreds of ballots were tallied, and the Museum is thrilled to announce the People’s Choice Award winners.

First place was awarded to Santa Paula artist Dorothy Orr and her stormy watercolor entitled “SZP Grounded ’05.” Camarillo artist L.T. Bunning was honored with second place for her charcoal drawing entitled “The Right Stuff.” Tied for third place were Los Angeles County artists Sergio Hernandez and Beverly Lazor for their oil paintings entitled “Low Pass” and “Anticipation,” respectively.

The Art of Aviation is a group art show produced in partnership between the Santa Paula Art Museum and the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula. The exhibit is a tribute to Santa Paula and Ventura County’s historic and contemporary aviation culture. Many of the artworks on display were painted on location at the famous Santa Paula Airport, established in 1930. Visitors can view all of the winning works and many more now through October 16, 2016, at the Santa Paula Art Museum.

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.

 

Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016, the Ojai Library will be participating in Indie Author Day. This special day is centered around indie writing and publishing, and includes author panels, book readings, workshops, and information on how to get your self-published eBook into the library catalog.

The Ojai Library will be one of many libraries across North America delivering Indie Author Day events. These events are designed to bring local writing communities together. At 11 a.m. PST, everyone will have a chance to join a digital gathering featuring a Q&A with writers, agents, and industry leaders. Then, from 12 to 3 p.m. the library will host presentations by individual authors, and at 3 p.m. there will be a panel discussion. Visit indieauthorday.com for more information!

All events for the day are free and open to the public. For additional information or event schedule inquiries, 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.

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"At The Tropicana" by Photographer Myrna Cambianica
"At The Tropicana" by Photographer Myrna Cambianica
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"Dominoes" by Photographer Myrna Cambianica
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"Havana 6am" by Photographer Myrna Cambianica
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"Street Walker" by Photographer Myrna Cambianica
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Ojai, CA - Offering intimate glimpses of Cuba at the turn of the millennium, a new photography exhibit at Coffee Connection in Meiners Oaks is on the menu along with the espresso and cappuccino. The images in "My Angle on Cuba" are all from photographer Myrna Cambianica's 2001 Ventura College trip to Cuba conducted by photography professor and mentor Bill Hendricks. Reflecting her profound reaction to the Cuban experience, most of the images are tilted to an oblique angle. "Cuba turned my perpendicular life askew with its vibrancy and wealth of spirit," Cambianica explains in her artist statement. "So much to capture: the beautiful people, the sadness under smiles, the ice cream colors of faded walls, the coming and going of ordinary lives - a country and people to be recorded with a twist, not straight on.”

Cambianica discovered a passion for photography in 1998 upon retiring from her career as a successful restaurateur. She has been education chair for the Ojai Photography Club for the past 16 years, identifying judges and presenters for the monthly meetings, as well as mentoring new photographers in the club. Her images have won numerous awards and eight will be installed permanently at Ventura Community Memorial Hospital.

"My Angle on Cuba" will be on view through October 31. The Coffee Connection, serving organically grown fair trade coffee, is located at 311 E El Roblar in Meiners Oaks, open 5 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

 
"Dance Rehearsal" by Photographer Dean Zatkowsky
"Dance Rehearsal" by Photographer Dean Zatkowsky
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"Bolsa Chica Bird" by Photographer Dean Zatkowsky
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"Gloria Steinem" by Photographer Dean Zatkowsky
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"Ojai Meadow Blue Birds" by Photographer Dean Zatkowsky
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"Owl" by Photographer Dean Zatkowsky
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"Trombone Shorty" by Photographer Dean Zatkowsky
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"Trombone Shorty" by Photographer Dean Zatkowsky
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The Ojai Photography Club welcomes the return of Ojai based photographer and guerrilla writer Dean Zatkowsky as the September presenter. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

After 45 years as a hobbyist and semi-professional, Zatkowsky chose to take up photography full time a year ago. His presentation, “No Bad Light,” will cover the transformation he experienced as he pursued three intersecting paths in photography: assignment, wildlife, and fine art. He will share images and anecdotes from his journey, including, he explains, “assignment work photographing icons such as Gloria Steinem, Renee Fleming, and Lyle Lovett; my rigorous and untidy quest to become a better wildlife photographer; and my exploration of an arena totally new and quite frightening to me: art.”

The transition to professional work has impacted Zatkowsky’s photography in many ways, but especially in his attitude toward lighting. “As an amateur,” he recalls, “failure was always an option and was welcomed as a learning expe-rience. As a professional, I have to get the shot! This has changed my approach to preparation, required that I overcome my shyness in social situations, and led me to understand there is no bad light, only lighting challenges.”

In the seven years Zatkowsky acted as the director of the Ojai Photo Club, he was well known for the exuberance and humor he brought to meetings, along with solid expertise. His “No Bad Light” presentation promises to follow in the same lively tradition. As a preview, this is his summary of the fun and information a visitor can expect: “Along the way, we’ll discuss how to find an owl, how to make a billionaire smile, why there is no bad light, why knees are a photographer’s most valuable resource, why gear does matter even though we are forced by etiquette to pretend that it doesn’t, and how to narrow down 250,000 images to twenty really good ones.”

Summing up his career in photography, he writes: “Like many in his age cohort, Dean Zatkowsky took up photography as an adolescent in the 1970s, convinced it was a shortcut to the company of naked women. It wasn’t. It did, however, bring great joy to his life, and he has pursued the craft ever since. From shooting weddings at the age of 18 (when he vowed to never again shoot a wedding) to shooting wildlife and dance as labors of love, to shooting performances and receptions for clients such as the Orfalea Foundation and UCSB Arts & Lectures, Dean has adopted a philosophy that there is no bad light, only lighting challenges that require quick thinking and a sizable inventory of trickery.”

For more of his know-how and humor, go to his photography blogs: https://cameraclubconfidential.com and http://dizzyone.net/nobadlight/. For a gallery display of his selected wildlife images, drop by OVA Arts, 108 North Signal St., Ojai.

Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. Visitors are 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. For additional information please visit: www.ojaiphotoclub.com