A talk by Shirley Waxman via the Santa Barbara Museum of Art – at the Ojai Library

Shirley Waxman will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, to deliver a talk entitled “East Meets West: Japanese Inspired from Monet to Van Gogh.” Ms. Waxman comes to us via the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Community Speakers Program.

When Japanese woodblock prints arrived in Europe they had a profound influence on avant-garde artists of the nineteenth century. Impressionists and post-impressionist artists such as Monet, Mary Cassatt, Degas, Pierre Bonnard, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vincent van Gogh created art that in composition, color, and imagery, borrowed directly from the Japanese. This talk will explore the development of Japanese woodblock prints and the artists who were inspired by the craze for all things Japanese.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional 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.

 


 
“How to Realize Your True Self Through Photography”
Photo by Enrico Natali
Photo by Enrico Natali
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Photo by Enrico Natali
Photo by Enrico Natali
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Photo by Enrico Natali
Photo by Enrico Natali
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Photo by Enrico Natali
Photo by Enrico Natali
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Photo by Enrico Natali
Photo by Enrico Natali
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Photo by Enrico Natali
Photo by Enrico Natali
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Photo by Enrico Natali
Photo by Enrico Natali
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The Ojai Photography Club hosts Ojai based photographer Enrico Natali as its guest presenter for September. The free event, “How to Realize Your True Self Through Photography,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2017, in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA.

Natali has the unique distinction of two careers in photography separated by a period of total immersion in the practice of Zen meditation. In his first photo-graphic career in the 1960s and ‘70s, he began working with his passion for the American urban landscape and the people who live in it. He spent months in the New York City Subway using an unobtrusive twin lens reflex camera to capture stunning black and white portraits of commuters. It was in this series that Natali discovered his vocation as a photojournalist. His groundbreaking solo exhibition in 1969, “New American People,” at the Chicago Institute of Art, witnessed the full scope of life in Detroit at a time of crisis and change. The series was later released in book form as “Detroit 1968.”

Natali began practicing Zen meditation in the 1970s and eventually abandoned his photographic career. In 1980 he moved with his family to the edge of the Los Padres National Forest in Ojai Valley’s Matilija Canyon, founding a retreat center there in 1990.

Out of the silence of three meditative decades a new photographic journey emerged in 2001 and continues into the present. Now shooting digital in color, Natali brings the clarity of Zen training to cityscapes and urban people. His vision, unclouded by preconceptions or agendas, embraces everything in the city, from graffiti to street scenes to construction sites. He sees beauty everywhere: “My intent is to make visible the beauty of that which we take for granted, that which is so common that it all but disappears. For in the experience of the beautiful, the inherent nature of reality - that every moment is complete in and of itself, independent of subject matter, time or place - is revealed. From this perspective, the door to paradise is as easily accessed through McDonald’s as through the Museum of Modern Art.”

Covering both his early and recent work, Natali will present images from the New York subway and Detroit series through more current projects, including “Just Looking,” “The Color of Paradise,” and “In Plain Sight.” His books from all the series will be available during the break for visitors to examine or purchase.
For full information on Natali go to: http://www.enriconatali.com.

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

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

 


 
"Brian" by artist Sandy Treadwell.
"Brian" by artist Sandy Treadwell.
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"LakeSwim" by artist Sandy Treadwell.
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"Dennis" by artist Sandy Treadwell.
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"Libby" by artist Sandy Treadwell.
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"LiftOff" by artist Sandy Treadwell.
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"Lyra" by artist Sandy Treadwell.
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The Ojai Art Center will present a new exhibit, “Ojai Portraits,” by Ojai artist Sandy Treadwell, from Sept. 2 through Sept. 27 in the Main Gallery. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are both free and open to the public.

The solo exhibit will showcase Treadwell’s intimate portraits featuring a broad spectrum of local residents, including many familiar faces as well as children and pets. All portraits are in charcoal on paper.

Treadwell began his artistic work when he moved to Ojai after retiring from careers in politics and journalism. In fulfillment of a lifelong fascination with portraiture, he studied with Ojai-based artist Dan Schultz. Thanks to a great teacher, Treadwell discovered an ability to draw and to capture the essence of a subject.

Rather than depicting the mountains and valley of Ojai favored by many artists, Treadwell has chosen to focus on what he calls “the landscape of the living.” Working in the tradition of classical realism, he uses a draughtsman’s precision to express his deep affection for the humanity of his subject. Enjoy his web link: http://www.sandytreadwellportraits.com

The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St. For further information call (805) 646-0117.

 


 
Photo by Photographer Nancy Lehrer
Photo by Photographer Nancy Lehrer
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Photo by Photographer Nancy Lehrer
Photo by Photographer Nancy Lehrer
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Photo by Photographer Nancy Lehrer
Photo by Photographer Nancy Lehrer
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Photo by Photographer Nancy Lehrer
Photo by Photographer Nancy Lehrer
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The Ojai Photo Club will feature photographer Nancy Lehrer for its August presentation, "Building a Photo Story: Personal Documentary Projects." The free event will be held at 7 p.m. on August 15, 2017, in Help of Ojai's Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana Road, Ojai, CA.

Over the past two years Lehrer has worked on two personal documentary projects involving close family members. The first followed her parents after they had moved into an assisted living apartment. The second, a longer story, chronicled the first four months of her husband's slow recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome. "Both of these projects were emotionally difficult," she said, "yet extremely rewarding both personally and as a photographer. The resulting images of course have special meaning to me, but they also transcend my small universe to tell the universal stories of aging, change, struggle, and recovery.”

Lehrer will share her experience in photographic storytelling and present ways that visitors can use their skills to create their own documentary series. A wide range of storytelling will be discussed. “Whether you decide to use your photographic skills to delve deeply into an emotional journey,” she said, “or just to honor a birthday celebration, your engagement with the experience will change your perspective and allow you to create a unique and powerful view.”

An independent photographer based in Thousand Oaks, Lehrer has been using photography to capture her personal stories for most of her life. Although she has achieved master’s degrees in Music and Computer Science, she has always held on to her passion for photography. She has studied with American photography masters Joy Maisel, Sam Abell, Gerd Ludwig and Arthur Meyerson. Her images have received several local awards, including first place in the July 2014 Ojai Art Center exhibit.

For more information about Lehrer’s work, go to her website, http://www.inancyimages.com or to her blog, https://inancy.wordpress.com.

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

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

 


 
Fukoshima Portfolio Photo by Photographer Michelle Magdalena Maddox.
Fukoshima Portfolio Photo by Photographer Michelle Magdalena Maddox.
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Fukoshima Portfolio Photo by Photographer Michelle Magdalena Maddox.
Fukoshima Portfolio Photo by Photographer Michelle Magdalena Maddox.
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Fukoshima Portfolio Photo by Photographer Michelle Magdalena Maddox.
Fukoshima Portfolio Photo by Photographer Michelle Magdalena Maddox.
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Fukoshima Portfolio Photo by Photographer Michelle Magdalena Maddox.
Fukoshima Portfolio Photo by Photographer Michelle Magdalena Maddox.
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The Ojai Photography Club hosts Michelle Magdalena Maddox, an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer based in Pacific Grove, California. The free presentation, “The Creative Process,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Maddox is one of a growing number of young photographers returning to the darkroom for a fresh approach to the art of film photography. A graduate of Brooks Institute in 2006, she has successfully combined a career as a full time commercial photographer with her creative work in fine art prints. Her fine art photography is dedicated to silver gelatin and platinum prints and portfolios in limited editions. Going beyond digital images, her prints are tangible works of art. One portfolio, “Resurgence,” is enclosed in a handmade box designed by the artist and wrapped in raw Japanese silk.

In her presentation Maddox will share her journey through photography with an in-depth look into the many series she has created and her evolving process. The theme running through her art, from still life to figurative subjects, is the sensuous beauty of light on natural forms. Working in a disciplined and at the same time intuitive way, she has opened up new channels of expression in a traditional medium. In her Artist Statement, she says: “I am quite the intuitive person, so regardless of how prepared I am, or set on one idea I may be, I am always open and seeking new ideas or components; watching the light, and following it with all my heart.”

Maddox has exhibited at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, the Monterrey Museum of Art, and the National Steinbeck Center. Her commercial work has received recognition through the International Photography Awards. For more information on her work, go to http://www.michellemagdalena.com

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

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

 

"Brass Band Claiborne 2010" by Photographer Lewis Watts
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"Couple In Belleville" by Photographer Lewis Watts
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Photo by Photographer Lewis Watts
Photo by Photographer Lewis Watts
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"Man in Porte de Pantin Metro" by Photographer Lewis Watts
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"Uncle Lionel" by Photographer Lewis Watts
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"Woman Memilmont" by Photographer Lewis Watts
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Writer by Letitia Grimes

The Ojai Photography Club will host Lewis Watts, nationally and internationally known photographer, archivist and educator. His work is in the permanent collections of leading art and history institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the Oakland Museum of California. The free event, “Documenting the Cultural Landscape,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

“Cultural Landscape” is Watts’ term for the traces of ancestral cultures left behind when people migrate because of war, oppression, or for economic opportunity. “In some cases,” he says, “the traces that they leave say as much about who they are as their portraits.”

For the past forty years Watts has documented the paths of the African diaspora in the Deep South, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Caribbean, and most recently, in the refugee camps of northern France. He is always asking these core questions: “What happens when people go from one place to another? What do they bring with them? What remains intact and what changes?” His photography distills the enduring elements, the transformations, and the survival of the cultural essence.

A professor emeritus of art from UC Santa Cruz, Watts has taught photography, visual history and digital arts/new media. With Ojai based photographer Elizabeth Pepin Silva as co-author, he published “Harlem of the West,” a visual history of the Fillmore district of San Francisco in the ‘40s and ‘50s. The book documents an era when an African-American migration from the Deep South created vibrant new multicultural neighborhoods with a stellar jazz scene.

“New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition” is Watts’ most recent book, a journey through the cultural landscape of New Orleans both before and after Katrina. “New Orleans has a patina that reflects history, climate and culture which attracted me long before Katrina altered the landscape,” he says. “There are expressions of culture here that happen nowhere else in the world.”

In the fall of 2015, Watts visited the refugee encampment in Calais, France, which at that time contained over three thousand people fleeing war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere. From this experience he created a photographic series documenting the resilience of refugees under the harsh conditions of the camp. His lifelong study of migrations and how cultures survive through them is especially relevant to the global realities of mass migrations today.

For more information on the work of Lewis Watts, go to http://artsites.ucsc.edu/faculty/watts/pages/main.html.

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

The 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/

 
Photo Montage by David Baker.
Photo Montage by David Baker.
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Contributors: Myrna Cambianica and Letitia Grimes

The Photography Branch of the Ojai Art Center welcomes artists to submit photographic images for its upcoming 14th annual juried photography exhibit, “Animal Kingdom,” opening Saturday - June 3, 2017 with a reception from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Entries may be submitted to the Art Center on Thursday, June 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. or Friday, June 2, from 8 to 10 a.m.

This year we are welcoming submissions showing animals and creatures of all kinds. Humans can be included if they show a relationship between the animal and the human. Submissions can be pure photographic images or those that have been digitally altered. From ferocious to cute is what we are looking for. Animals share the planet with us and this year’s theme encourages the artist to show that connection within their entry images.

Two distinguished experts from two different fields will be judging the exhibit: Jeffrey Crussell, Ojai-based photographer, artist and educator; and Dr. Linda Bogart DVM, from Matilija Veterinary Hospital. Their points of view from separate disciplines will be synergistic in evaluating the images for both artistic qualities and sensitivity to the animal kingdom.

From an early age photography has been the cornerstone of Jeffrey Crussell’s life and art practice. He received his first camera when he was five. By the time his family settled in Southern California, his photographic equipment had expanded to 4x5 and 8x10 view cameras.

Crussell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture and a Master of Fine Arts in photography and has headed a company specializing in visual communications. He is a board member of the Ojai Studio Artists and has taught architecture, fine arts, and photography at several California universities and colleges over the past 35 years.

Dr. Linda Bogart is a prominent local veterinarian who is well known in the community for her compassion and empathy with the wide variety of animals that appear at her practice.

Amateurs, professionals, and students in grades 7 through 12, are all welcome to enter. Students will have free entry fees. Cash awards will be given for First, Second and Third Place winners, including the student division. For full information and questions contact: David Baker (805) 558-6460 (call or text) or e-mail at david@ojaiimages.com

For full information and the Call for Artists please visit: http://ojaiacphoto.org/2017-exhibit.html

 
Photo of Photographer Greg Cooper by Claudia Figuerido.
Photo of Photographer Greg Cooper by Claudia Figuerido.
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Volunteerism: Putting Your Photographic Skills to Use In the Community
Photo by Greg Cooper
Photo by Greg Cooper
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Photo by Greg Cooper
Photo by Greg Cooper
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Photo by Greg Cooper
Photo by Greg Cooper
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Photo by Greg Cooper
Photo by Greg Cooper
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Photo by Greg Cooper
Photo by Greg Cooper
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Written by Letitia Grimes

The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Ojai-based photographer and educator, Greg Cooper, as its May presenter. Cooper, Director of Community Outreach for the Humane Society of Ventura County, will bring together volunteering and photography in his presentation, “Volunteerism: Putting Your Photographic Skills to Use in the Community.” The event will take place Tuesday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA.

A volunteer for the Humane Society since 1990, Cooper will speak and share images from his long and fulfilling experience in community service. “Giving back to the community that has given me so much has been more rewarding than I could have imagined,” he says. His volunteer work for the shelter has included documenting their animals, staff, facilities, and fundraisers such as the annual Santa Paws event. In his current position as their Director of Community Outreach, he acts as a community liaison, coordinates speaking engagements and media briefings, and oversees charitable giving programs.

Cooper’s presentation will cover the multiple ways that photographers can volunteer their time and skills in community groups. “Most non-profits need assistance with their photo (and video) presence online, in print and for fundraising efforts,” he explains, “and most are desperate to have somebody who has these skills.”

In addition to the focus on volunteering, Cooper will present strategies for creating successful pet portraits based on his experience with shelter animals and his own HSVC rescued dog, Biskit.

A native of Ojai, Cooper graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1996 with a double major in photojournalism and anthropology. During his time in junior college, Cooper worked as a staff photographer at the Ojai Valley News in his hometown. Returning to Southern California, he worked at the Ventura County Star as an assistant picture editor. The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch lured him away to work as their Sunday picture editor. In 2003 Cooper returned once again to Ventura County, this time to pursue his Master’s degree in Photography at Brooks Institute. After graduating in 2004, Cooper was hired as faculty in the Visual Journalism program where he taught until Brooks’ closure in 2016. Cooper continues to work in education as an adjunct instructor for Ventura College and Santa Barbara City College.

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

 
Free concert will highlight flute and horn quartets

The California Lutheran University Wind Ensemble will present its annual Festival of Scholars Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in Samuelson Chapel.

The flute and horn quartets and percussion ensemble will be highlighted. The performance will feature soloist and works for concert band.

The program will include an original work by student composer Cassidy Helikson, a political science major from Newberg, Oregon.

The performance will feature guest student conductor Terah Landy of Porterville. Landy graduated last year with a bachelor’s degree in math and is currently working toward a teaching credential and master’s degree in education.

The concert will conclude with a dedication to graduating senior musicians.

Michael Hart will conduct. The assistant professor of music and director of bands at Cal Lutheran teaches music theory and ear training, provides private lessons to all trombone, euphonium and tuba students, and serves as a field supervisor for music education majors. As a tubist, the Moorpark resident performs as a solo artist and frequently appears in chamber groups, symphonies and concert bands throughout Southern California. He also is active as an adjudicator, presenter and guest conductor throughout the state.

The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus.

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

 
Photos by Dean Zatkowsky.
Photos by Dean Zatkowsky.
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“Ojai’s Top Model - Goofy Edition: A Learn While We Play Adventure.”

The Ojai Photography Club will go interactive in its April meeting, featuring guest presenter Dean Zatkowsky - and members of the audience - in “Ojai’s Top Model - Goofy Edition: A Learn While We Play Adventure.” The event will take place Tuesday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m., at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA.

Visitors can expect what Zatkowsky calls “an evening of interactive ridicu-lousness.” Using a portable photo studio and casting club members and visitors as models (adorned by a wide selection of mostly ridiculous props), he will walk attendees through the photographic decision-making process. This will include background selection, managing multiple lights, lens considerations, camera settings, composition, and most important of all, evoking action and expression.

“The props create a perfect environment for learning, because they free otherwise shy people to perform for the camera. The resulting poses and expressions get us thinking about what makes a portrait interesting,” says Zatkowsky. “An opportunity to be ridiculous is an opportunity to learn.”

To encourage participation, those who choose to model will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Random club members will be called upon to direct the models and will also have a chance to win prizes. Zatkowsky views the experience as “an exercise in empathy, but with funny hats.”

“Three years ago we did a photo booth like this as a club social activity and it was a lot of fun. This time we’ll weave in the ‘how-to’ element,” said Photo Club Education Director Myrna Cambianica. “There’s a reason for every decision the photographer makes, and Dean will explain his decisions in real time during the shoot. For those interested in setting up a small home or portable studio, this will be an opportunity to see one in action.”

Summing up his career in photography, Zatkowsky writes: “Like many in my age cohort, I 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 my life, and I have pursued the craft ever since. From shooting weddings at the age of 18 (when I 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 Audacious Foundation and UCSB Arts & Lectures, I have adopted a philosophy that there is no bad light, only lighting challenges that require quick thinking and a sizable inventory of trickery.” Learn more at deanzphoto.com.

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

 

The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a critique meeting on Wednesday, April 12th 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd.

A professional photographer from the area will critique member's prints and digital images. Each month a special topic is chosen which features some interesting aspect of photography. This month's topic is "Abstracts" and Bill Hendricks will judge. Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome and admission is free. Only members may submit images for critique. See the club's web site for more information about the club and examples of member's work or call 908-5663. WWW.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com

 
Photo credit: Brian Stethem/Cal Lutheran
Photo credit: Brian Stethem/Cal Lutheran
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Performers, crafts, food will fill Cal Lutheran campus

After a one-year hiatus, one of the largest Nordic festivals in the western United States will return to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on April 1 and 2.

The 42nd Scandinavian Festival will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Sami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors and activities for people of all ages.

For kids, the festival includes a Children’s Theater, performances by community children’s groups and a puppet show of Hans Christian Andersen stories. Children can travel through Scandinavia by earning passport stamps for each craft they make linked to the culture of the five different countries. Visitors young and old can create head wreath decorated with flowers and ribbon and dance around the maypole.

Festivalgoers can wander through an authentic Viking village, as well as a Sami sliddastallan, or community gathering. They can ask a rune reader for advice and visit Norwegian elkhounds. Families can try their hand at Dala horse croquet and play an ancient Viking game called kubb. Moving into the 20th century, Scandinavian vintage cars and motorcycles will be on display.

Cooks will demonstrate how to make ableskivers, leftse, krumkake and more. The Scandinavian food available in the food court will also include Swedish pancakes, Icelandic fish and chips, Viking dogs, Swedish meatballs and open-faced sandwiches.

Performers will include acclaimed storytellers Stina Fagertun of Norway and Robert Seutter (aka True Thomas), musician and entertainer Ross Sutter, the ABBAFAB tribute band, Scandia and Swedish folk dance groups.

New this year at the genealogy booth will be a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy representing Family Tree DNA, which sells a variety of DNA kits. Local genealogy experts from the Conejo Valley and Ventura County Genealogical Societies will be on hand to share their knowledge and resources.

The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring the event.

The campus is located at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

Admission is free for children, $5 for teenagers and $10 for adults. Two-day tickets are available for $15 for adults and $7 for teens. Parking is free. For more information or to volunteer, go to scandinaviancenter.org or email scanfest17@gmail.com.

 
Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
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Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
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Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
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Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
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Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
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Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
Photograph by Juan Carlo Mendoza
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By Contributors Letitia Grimes and Myrna Cambianica

Ojai, CA - The Ojai Photography Club shifts into high gear with Juan Carlo Mendoza, Ventura County Star staff photographer, who will present “Photojournalism: Integrating Life and Lens.” He will speak about his career as a photojournalist, the stories behind his images and his passion for the outdoors, which includes living in a tree house! Many recent images will be part of his presentation. The event will take place Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 West Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Mendoza is an award-winning multimedia journalist who has produced video and photographs for the Ventura County Star newspaper since joining the staff in 1993. Characterizing himself as “seeking ways to push himself professionally, physically and creatively,” he has covered stories from natural disasters to high school sporting events to annual community events to everyday life in Ventura County and other parts of the world.

Born in the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, Mendoza grew up in Oxnard. In his free time, he can be found gardening, climbing rocks, running trails or riding his bike. He practices yoga on a daily basis and has been a yoga instructor. For his 46th birthday, he biked and ran the entire length of the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains - all 69.5 miles - to bring awareness to this uniquely Southern California outdoor wonderland. The trail connects Ventura County to Los Angeles and was recently completed when the National Park Service acquired the last three of 180 properties needed to make it a contiguous trail. In 2016 he joined the Mountain Bike Unit for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The team of patrol volunteers provides public assistance and resource protection to the national and state parklands in Southern California.

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

 
“Untitled” by Jessie Arms Botke, oil on canvas, 22 x 24 inches (available in the live auction).
“Untitled” by Jessie Arms Botke, oil on canvas, 22 x 24 inches (available in the live auction).
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Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Santa Paula Art Museum. The silent auction begins at 3:00 p.m. The live auction immediately follows at 4:30 p.m.

SANTA PAULA, CA – The Santa Paula Art Museum’s annual art auction is back and bigger than ever! On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the Santa Paula Art Museum will host its Seventh Annual Fine and Decorative Art Auction. Dozens of artworks - ranging from stunning oil and watercolor paintings to decorative glass, pottery, and prints - will be available in both a silent auction format and during a thrilling live auction! 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. All proceeds from the event benefit the Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center.

Highlighting the live auction are works by noted early twentieth century California artists like Jessie Arms Botke, Cornelis Botke, and Ralph Holmes. Contemporary art by local favorites including Meredith Brooks Abbott, Raymond Cuevas, Tony Jankowski, George Lockwood, Kevin Macpherson, Gina Niebergall, Susan Petty, and Richard Schloss will complement the more historic offerings. To browse a complete catalog of the items that will be available in the auction, please visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org/artauction.

The annual art auction at the Santa Paula Art Museum is a special opportunity to find quality works of art for one’s private collection. Guests will experience the fun and excitement of a live auction announced by professional auctioneer John Eubanks of California Auctioneers. During the event, three paintings by Jessie Arms Botke and Cornelis Botke will also be raffled off to three lucky winners. To purchase raffle tickets, please visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org/artauction. Raffle tickets can also be purchased during the auction until 4:00 p.m. Winners do not need to be present to win. The auction is sponsored by Bank of the Sierra, Calavo, Limoneira, Rotary Club of Santa Paula, and Santa Paula Community Bank.

The Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center is located at 117 North 10th 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. For more information, please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554.

 
“Above Ediza Lake” by Nita Harper, oil, 24 x 24 inches, Collection of the artist.
“Above Ediza Lake” by Nita Harper, oil, 24 x 24 inches, Collection of the artist.
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Six Artists Take Viewers on a Journey to the Sierra Nevada Mountains

March 4, 2017 through July 9, 2017 at the Santa Paula Art Museum

SANTA PAULA, CA – In August 2015, artists Linda Brown, Marian Fortunati, Nita Harper, Debra Holladay, Laura Wambsgans, and Sharon Weaver embarked on a week-long expedition to paint the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The six women call themselves the PAC6, six artists painting across the country. The product of their pilgrimage to the Sierras is an exhibition nearly two years in the making, featuring over 60 paintings that take the viewer on a journey of discovery to experience the seasons, wildness, and fierce beauty of the High Sierra. Between Heaven and Earth: The PAC6 Paints the Sierras will premiere with a reception on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for museum members, and $15.00 for the general public.

The first images of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with their dramatic peaks and pristine lakes, caught the imagination of a young America and helped to open the West. Following in the historic footsteps of the early California Impressionists, the PAC6 have created a body of work that provides an opportunity to see these iconic vistas from a new and contemporary perspective. While each of the six artists paints in a personally distinctive style, the pack’s purpose in creating the show was identical. It is the hope of PAC6 that in seeing the exhibition, viewers will be inspired toward their own great adventure - one filled with awe at the beauty and grandeur of the American landscape. The exhibit will also include a short video documentary with film footage and commentary describing the group’s Sierra trip. Between Heaven and Earth is on view from March 4, 2017 through July 9, 2017.

The Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center is located at 117 North 10th 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 p.m. 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.

 

Haole, Ventura’s surfing dog, will ride with Grand Marshal Mary Osborne, champion long boarder and professional surfer, when the annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches up Main Street for the 29th time in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 11.

The theme of this year’s parade, which begins in front of Mission San Buenaventura at 10 a.m., is “The Sporting Life: The Games We Play.”

Haole, an 8-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, wowed hundreds of thousands attending the 2017 Rose Parade as well as millions more watching on television with his surfing skills on a float equipped with a wave machine. Haole, whose name is pronounced “Howl-ie” and is owned by John and Kim Murphy, will join Osborne, a Ventura resident, who in addition to being a professional surfer and long boarder, is a women’s sports advocate, environmentalist, writer, model, TV personality and businesswoman.

The whole county will be turning out in green on Main Street. Last year’s parade drew over 90 entries, including floats sponsored by civic groups, nonprofits and local businesses and restaurants; marching bands; car clubs; horses; clowns and the Biggest Green Pig in the World. There also will be high school pep bands, youth groups and fun-loving adult groups entered in the parade.

In the spirit of this year’s parade theme, the organizing committee also encourages Ventura County teams from all sports and from every age group to join in the parade. That includes school teams, Little League and adult league baseball teams, football, softball, soccer and basketball teams. Individual sports enthusiasts such as skateboarders, golfers, bowlers and swimmers also are invited.

This year’s parade judges are: Michael Babbs, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District; Connie Sthal, representative of Ventura Elks Lodge #1430; Erika Beck, president of California State University Channel Islands; Richard Rush, former president of CSUCI; Sue Georgino of Georgino Development; and James Lockwood, public relations director for the Ventura County Fair and St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee representative.

The County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which ends at Laurel Street, is presented by the Ventura Elks Lodge #1430. The event’s committee is accepting entries for the parade. For entry forms or more information about the parade, visit www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com, email Jim Monahan at jim.monahan@att.net or email Nan Drake at nanodrake@aol.com.

 

CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet on Sunday 2/26/17 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

 
Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m

"The Rolling Stones" by Guy Webster
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"The Doors" by Guy Webster
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"The Beach Boys" by Guy Webster
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"Simon & Garfunkel" by Guy Webster
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"Mamas and Papas" by Guy Webster
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"Guy in Venice Studio" by Lisa Gizara, Gizara Arts Photography
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Written bt Letitia Grimes

Ojai, CA: From Rock and Roll to Hollywood with Guy Webster

The Ojai Photo Club will rock and roll into its new year of free monthly events with a presentation by internationally renowned celebrity photographer, Guy Webster. His images on the album covers of ‘60s and ‘70s rock groups such as the Doors, the Mamas and the Papas, the Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, and many others, became cultural icons for millions of people across the globe. His groundbreaking portraits took celebrities out of the photographic studio and created a natural and intimate aesthetic for a new era.

Growing up in Hollywood in a show business family, Webster was uniquely positioned to become a sought-after photographer to celebrities, since many had been neighbors, classmates, or friends. The music revolution of the ‘60s coincided with the beginning of his career, and he followed his passion for the emerging musical scene. His portraits of the early years of rock and roll have become legendary.

His prolific work has encompassed an extraordinary range of prominent figures, from rock stars such as Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan, to Hollywood icons including Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand, to famous authors like Truman Capote and Allen Ginsberg, and former presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Known for his wit and spontaneous anecdotes, Webster will present the images and fill in the backstories behind the portraits in his recent retrospective book, “Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons.” The event will take place on Tuesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m., in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

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

 

An award-winning cellist and California Lutheran University music lecturer will present a faculty recital on Saturday, March 4.

Yoshika Masuda will perform a captivating selection of works written for cello and piano spanning three centuries at 7:30 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Masuda has performed as a soloist and chamber musician 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 Nick Strimple, 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 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.

 

The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a critique meeting on Wednesday, February 8th 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd.

A professional photographer from the area will critique member's prints and digital images. Each month a special topic is chosen which features some interesting aspect of photography. This month's topic is PANORAMA. Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome and admission is free. Only members may submit images for critique. See the club's web site for more information about the club and examples of member's work or call 908-5663.

www.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com