“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.

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

 


 
"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

 


 
Sarah Gerhardt flies down the face of a wave at Maverick's. (photo: One Winter Story Archive)
Sarah Gerhardt flies down the face of a wave at Maverick's. (photo: One Winter Story Archive)
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Sarah Gerhardt and Frosty Hesson to speak after screening of One Winter Story Maverick’s surf documentary
Sarah Gerhardt prepares to paddle a half mile out to sea to reach the lineup at Maverick's. (photo: Elizabeth Pepin Silva)
Sarah Gerhardt prepares to paddle a half mile out to sea to reach the lineup at Maverick's. (photo: Elizabeth Pepin Silva)

On Saturday October 8th at 7pm, at the Ojai Valley Grange, the Ojai-based production company On The Water Front Creative presents a big wave surf film night featuring the multi-award-winning documentary film, One Winter Story. Afterwards, film’s star, big wave surf pioneers Sarah Gerhardt, and Frosty Hesson, who’s mentorship of a young big wave surfer was depicted in the Hollywood film Chasing Maverick’s, along with OWS filmmaker Elizabeth Pepin Silva, will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their lives and big wave surfing. This is a rare chance for the audience to meet these two surf legends in person.

One Winter Story is an unprecedented glimpse into the male-dominated world of big-wave surfing from an unusual and seldom seen perspective - a woman’s. This hour-long documentary, experimentally shot on film, explores the life of big-wave surf pioneer and Ph.D scientist, Sarah Gerhardt, a relative unknown who made surfing history in 1999 as the first woman to surf Maverick’s, the giant wave in Northern California. Using a montage of film and voice, One Winter Story traces Sarah’s dramatic journey from poverty and despair to faith and forgiveness as she struggles to find her place both in the line up, and in the world.

The film has screened internationally and has won multiple film festival awards including grand prize at Europe’s largest surf film festival in France, and the Jury Selection Award at the Santander Sports Film Festival in Spain.

Come join us for a fun night of California big wave sufing. As with all our surf film nights, part of the ticket sales benefits a local Ojai non-profit.

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016. Doors open at 6:30, Film begins at 7pm
Where: The Ojai Valley Grange Hall, 381 Cruzero Street, Ojai, CA
Tickets: http://onewinterstory.brownpapertickets.com

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

 


 
Peace Pod with Ojai Sign: Anahata Pomeroy, Julie Heyman, Lisa Berman, Kathy Nolan, Brian Berman, Dianne McCourtney, not present in photo Ray Powers and Sylvie Lee. Photo by David Baker.
Peace Pod with Ojai Sign: Anahata Pomeroy, Julie Heyman, Lisa Berman, Kathy Nolan, Brian Berman, Dianne McCourtney, not present in photo Ray Powers and Sylvie Lee. Photo by David Baker.
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Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Ojai’s Peace Day 2015. Photo by Rakesh Menon.
Ojai’s Peace Day 2015. Photo by Rakesh Menon.
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Ojai International City of Peace will host the UN International Day of Peace at three successive venues in Ojai on Wednesday, September 21st. Ojai's Day of Peace is an event for all ages. The full day of celebration begins with the Sounding of the Bell Chant and Meditation, from 7:15 am- 8:15 am at the Porch Gallery (310 E. Matilija St., Ojai).

From 9 am to 4 pm activities move to the Ojai Art Center (113 S. Montgomery Street, Ojai ), beginning with a Chumash blessing by Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, followed by peace building presentations, music, reflection, audience participation, and the announcement of this year’s Ojai Noble Peace Prize recipient. Some of the day’s presenters include Khaled Alawar, David Baker, Evan Austin, Kathy Nolan, Alan Chang, Andy Gilman, Vina Lustado, Marilyn Miller, Dmitri Corbin, Akka B, and Nuri Ronaghy.

From 12 noon-2pm, at the Ojai Art Center, there's a Bring Your Own Brown Bag Lunch and presentations from a Panel of Peacemakers: 9 local citizens sharing how they ‘keep the peace’ within themselves as they face the challenges in their area of work: Arts, Business, Community, Communication, Education, Environment, Governance, Health, and Spirituality.

Concluding the day's events, from 7:30pm-9:00pm is a Concert for Peace at Meditation Mount (10340 Reeves Rd., Ojai ) an evening of evocative music, heartfelt songs and potent imagery celebrating the unity of all humankind, featuring Ray Powers, Alarra Saress, Andro Kotula, (a suggested donation of $20.00).

International Day of Peace began in 1981 as an annual day of cease-fire and non-violence. Thousands of events are held all over the world on this day, and this is the second year Ojai International City of Peace, so designated by an Ojai City Council Proclamation in April of 2015, is sponsoring the full day’s events. Ojai is one of 139 Cities of Peace world-wide.

The public is invited to participate in any or all of the Peace Day’s activities. For an event schedule and full list of presenters, visit http://ojiapeace.net/day/

 


 
Columbus Day Weekend

The 33rd annual self-guided Ojai Studio Artists Tour – one of the exemplary art events in California – is set for Columbus Day weekend, October 8, 9 and 10. "We have over 50 studios on the tour this year," explains OSA Board President, Soni Wright. "It gives collectors an extra day to see all the wonderful artwork and make decisions what to buy.”

Artist studios throughout the breathtaking Ojai Valley will be open each day from 10am to 5pm. Artist demonstrations proved so popular last year, they’ll be expanded in 2016 with the Demonstration Schedule distributed in advance. Among the demonstrations are drawing with an Ipad, plein air and encaustic painting, pot throwing on the wheel, live portraiture in pastel and ink and a public painting project.

For those who would like to make art as well as see art, a brand new selection of specialized pre-Tour workshops will be offered on Friday, October 7th. They are Eco-Dying with Ojai Plants, taught by fiber artist Carol Shaw-Sutton, a class in 3D Printing, taught by sculptor Brian Berman and Silverpoint Drawing, taught by painter/printmakers, Linda Taylor and Katie Van Horne. Registration and fee details are online at ojaistudioartists.org. A free Tour ticket is included in the workshop registration for both the drawing and 3D printing classes. The eco-dying course includes three silk scarves and lunch at the artist's studio.

Another pre-Tour highlight is the free introduction to OSA artists offered at 7pm on Friday, October 7th at the Ojai Art Center. Ceramics/glass artist Richard Flores will introduce a new video he has produced featuring the Tour artists and their work. The video is designed to help people plan their personal Tour schedules and will be available to view throughout the Tour.

Tour-goers are all invited to join OSA Tour artists at Saturday’s "Pink Moment" Reception, open (free) to all ticket-holders. The event features a raffle of beautiful baskets filled with original art and fine local products, such as Ojai honey, olive oil and lavender. Proceeds from the Tour and Art Basket Raffle fund OSA’s “Artreach Program” of youth art scholarships and funding for community arts needs.

Tour tickets are $30 in advance and cover studio visits all three days and admission to Saturday’s Dessert Reception. Tickets and Tour brochures are available at ojaistudioartists.org, and on Tour days at the Art Center.

The Ojai Studio Artists Tour has a rich legacy, from its early days which included the celebrated Beatrice Wood, Horace Bristol and Otto and Vivica Heino, to today’s membership of distinguished, award-winning artists. Come see why leading critics and media describe the Ojai Studio Artists as “world-class,” and the Tour, “a rare experience” - while the growing influx of stylish shops and trendy restaurants only add to Ojai’s unique “destination appeal.”

TOUR FACTS:

October 7, Friday: Three daytime art-making Workshops with registration and fee details
at ojaistudioartists.org. Free Pre-Tour program for locals and early arrivals, 7pm Ojai
Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery Avenue.
October 8, 9 & 10, Saturday, Sunday & Monday: OSA Studio Tour, over 50 artists, 10 am
to 5 pm
October 8, Saturday night: "Pink Moment" Reception, Live Music, Art Basket Raffle, 7 to 8:30
Advance Tickets: $30 adults, $15 for youth 16 and older; youth 15 and under free. $20/person for arranged groups of 10 or more.
Tickets available online at: ojaistudioartists.org
Tickets bought on Tour days are $35 adult
Ojai Studio Artists mission:. . . to create an environment where artists thrive ― professional and student alike — and fulfill the potential of the arts to enrich lives and build community. The Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) are an approved 501 (c)(3)nonprofit.

 


 

School segregation, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War were topics pulsing through Los Angeles barrios in the 1960s, but the Latino voices in the area went largely unheard and unpublished.

Writer/editor Tony Solis Gomez and about five associate, all college graduates or college students, decided to do something about it. They founded a magazine called “Con Safos,” which is at the heart of an exhibit called “Con Safos Magazine — Reflections of Life in the Barrio.”

The exhibit is up through Oct. 7 at the CSU Channel Islands (CI) John Spoor Broome Library with a reception at the gallery on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

“There really wasn’t any publication featuring writers or artists from the barrios, and we wanted to tap into the creativity of the people in the barrio,” Gomez said. “We wanted to publish short stories, painting photography, and artwork of an unusual nature.”

Barrio artists and writers found their voices on the pages of Con Safos, including cartoonist Sergio Hernandez, who was 19 when Gomez persuaded him to join the group working on the magazine.

“It was crazy. The civil rights movement was starting up in Los Angeles. We had a voice, but we had no venue,” Hernandez said. “There was no magazine, there were no newspapers. There was nothing like that for us. So we decided to create our own magazine.”

The magazine contained current events, but also provided a public venue for cultural icons such as Chicano artistic pioneer Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, who worked as one of the art directors at Con Safos.

The exhibit opening reception on Sept. 6 will include a talk from curator Denise Lugo, an Art Lecturer at CI and former director of the Latino Museum and History, Art and Culture in Los Angeles. She created the exhibit with help from CI Assistant Professor of Spanish Margarita López López, Ph.D., who served as the Exhibition Sociolinguist.

“After 46 years, the importance of that time of the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles lies in the courage and commitment of young Chicanas and Chicanos, like newsperson Rubén Salazar, who dedicated their lives to issues of social justice and respect for the Chicana/o Latina/o and Spanish-speaking communities,” López López said.

Salazar worked for the Los Angeles Times in the 1960s, becoming the first Mexican-American journalist from mainstream media to cover the Chicana/o community.

López López consulted on “Caló,” a barrio slang that was a combination of several linguistic influences, and was used in “Con Safos.”

“It had influences from Mexico, from African American communities, the prison system, and from within the barrio itself,” Gomez said. “You would have words that were pretty unique.”

For example “jefita” means “mother,” “bola” means “money,” and “orale” means “all right! Or right on!”

Lugo said “Con Safos” was as significant to Latinos in the 1960s as the Harlem Renaissance was to African Americans in New York City.

“When you look at ‘Con Safos,’ it functions at the same level,” Lugo said. “We are talking about the first voice of the Chicano movement.”

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.

 


 
Jarl Mohn, President and CEO of National Public Radio.
Jarl Mohn, President and CEO of National Public Radio.
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Presentation at Cal Lutheran will cover news business

The president and CEO of National Public Radio will speak at California Lutheran University on Friday, Sept. 16.

Jarl Mohn, who took the helm of Washington, D.C.-based NPR two years ago, will speak at 7 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus in an event presented by KCLU Radio, a community service of Cal Lutheran. He will discuss the news business and the future of NPR.

Mohn oversees the nonprofit multimedia organization’s strategy to create a more informed public by working with member stations across the country including KCLU. Nearly 1,000 member stations serve about 30 million weekly listeners.

In his career, Mohn has helped a variety of media businesses on different platforms respond to rapid changes in audience trends. He created E! Entertainment Television and served as its president and CEO from January 1990 to December 1998. From 1986 to 1990, he was executive vice president and general manager of MTV and VH1, where he introduced the long-form programming strategy at the heart of the networks today and diversified audiences by developing innovative programming around alternative music formats. He was also the founding president and CEO of Liberty Digital, a public company that invested in cable networks, the internet and online businesses.

Mohn spent almost 20 years in radio, many of them as a disc jockey at stations including WNBC in New York. In addition to his on-air work in radio, he served as a programmer, general manager and owner of a group of radio stations.

Prior to joining NPR in 2014, Mohn served on the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio for more than a decade, including two years as chairman. He spent over 12 years on the board of the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, including six years as its chair. He has also been a corporate director and adviser to a number of media companies, making direct early-stage angel and seed investments in digital media/technology ventures. Since 2008, he has served on the board of Scripps Networks Interactive.

He and his wife, Pamela, created The Mohn Family Foundation in 2000. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit has donated to public radio stations, children’s charities, human rights advocacy groups, healthcare organizations and art museums.

KCLU provides NPR and local news programming in Ventura County at 88.3 FM, Santa Barbara County at 102.3 FM and 1340 AM, Santa Maria at 89.7 FM, San Luis Obispo at 92.1 and online at kclu.org.

Tickets are $20. To purchase, call KCLU at 805-493-3900.

 
Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

Fillmore indie folk band “Gathering” will return to the Santa Paula Art Museum with a concert on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of art and music as the popular local group performs an acoustic blend of styles and genres inside the Museum’s main gallery. Admission to the concert is $10.00 for museum members and $15.00 for the general public.

Gathering features musicians Bill Bartels, Eric Brown, Gregg Cassity, and Teddi Cassity. The bandmates describe themselves as a group of friends who, through time, make music. Folk influenced and harmony driven, Gathering’s sound is completely unique, and their talents have earned the group a devoted following. The band’s current tour, entitled “These Days,” is a narrative journey filled with original songs, as well as creative covers of classic tunes.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North Tenth Street in beautiful 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 p.m. 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 call (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

 

Join Us for Fun, Games, Animals and Tractor Displays from 10:30am to 1:30pm on Monday, September 5
following the Santa Paula Labor Day Parade

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is proud to present its 4th Annual Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair on Monday, September 5th, immediately following the Santa Paula Labor Day Parade. The event begins at 10:30 pm. More than two dozen classic farm tractors from decades past will be displayed by the Topa Topa Flywheelers Club on Railroad Avenue adjacent to the Museum. This celebration also features live music by Santa Paula’s favorite rock and roll band the Cruise Knights, food trucks, and many free activities for children, including a petting zoo from the Aloha Animal Experience, face painting by Fancy Pantz, and old-fashioned games, such as pedal tractor races, potato sack races and the egg toss. There will be exhibits on display inside the museum as well, and crafts for kids to make and take home.

Admission to the fair and the museum is free. The Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair is sponsored by the Limoneira Company and Ventura County’s Topa Topa Flywheelers.

Inside the Museum, visitors can view exhibits about agriculture in our air-conditioned historic building. Current exhibits are AG Air: Aviation in Agriculture, The Dirt on Tractors, which portrays the evolution of the modern tractor, and paintings by local artist Whitney Brooks Abbott. Kids can climb on a real Oliver tractor and visit the Museum’s active beehive. See if you can spot the Queen bee! For more information, call (805) 653-0323 x 303

 
20th-century reduction of "Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni,” which was by Andrea del Verrocchio. The bronze reduction is 19 x 16 x 8 inches. Courtesy of Richard Gardner Antiques, Chichester, England.
20th-century reduction of "Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni,” which was by Andrea del Verrocchio. The bronze reduction is 19 x 16 x 8 inches. Courtesy of Richard Gardner Antiques, Chichester, England.
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Cal Lutheran exhibit features copies of famed statues

An exhibit of small reproductions of giant military sculptures will open Aug. 26 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

“Historical Military Reductions” runs through Oct. 29 on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Battles and war heroes have been celebrated in monumental sculpture for millennia. Warriors are featured on horses during combat, in contemplation before entering a campaign, or in the moments before death. Over many generations, skilled artists have created reductions, sometimes of works that have since been lost.

The exhibition features four 20th-century bronze reductions of acclaimed military sculptures dating from antiquity. “The Dying Gaul,” depicting the defeat of the Galatians, was probably commissioned in bronze in the third century B.C., but only a marble copy remains in Rome. The reduction of “Alexander the Great on Bucephalos” was based on a first-century Roman copy of a sculpture of the Macedonian king and his beloved horse that probably dated to the fourth century B.C. The original “Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni,” made after the military commander’s death by Andrea del Verrocchio, dates to the late 1400s and stands in Venice, Italy. The marble original of Vincenzo Vela’s “The Last Days of Napoleon I” from 1871 was displayed at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867, where it won a prize and garnered the artist fame.

The pieces are from the William Rolland Collection.

Admission is free. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

 

Herman Rush first met Frank Sinatra when he was a teenager. Sinatra’s manager was Rush’s uncle, Manie Sacks. That gave Rush a front row seat to experience the career of one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.

During a Town Talk on August 28th, Herman Rush will share stories about his life with Frank Sinatra. You’ll hear behind the scenes stories “Ole Blue Eyes” career in music and movies as well as the Rat Pack.

Herman Rush had a long career in the entertainment industry himself. A top talent agent, he represented Nancy Sinatra and has produced movies, TV specials and hit shows including The Montel Williams Show.

Rush spent decades putting together a comprehensive collection of Frank Sinatra memorabilia. Highlights from his collection are including in the Ojai Valley Museum’s current exhibition, “Ojai Collects” which is on view through September 25th.

The Town Talk will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on August 28th at the museum. Admission is $5; free for museum members.

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Ave; 805 640-1390; OjaiValleyMuseum.org.

 
"Fall Trees Near Bishop" by Douglas Shively, 1982, oil on board.
"Fall Trees Near Bishop" by Douglas Shively, 1982, oil on board.
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Saturday, August 20, 2016, at the Santa Paula Art Museum

SANTA PAULA, CA – Browsers are welcome at the Santa Paula Art Museum’s Second Annual Vintage Art Fair on Saturday, August 20, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the event is free. Guests will be able to browse and buy vintage art from some of the top dealers in California and Ventura County. Vendors will be displaying and selling a huge selection of historic and high quality paintings, photographs, prints, posters, drawings, books, and more.

Some of the highlights of the fair will be early California plein air paintings by notable Ventura County artists like Jessie Arms and Cornelis Botke, Horace Bristol, Robert Clunie, and Douglas Shively. The second annual event has also expanded to include rare and collectible books, as well as Native American basketry and textiles. Participating dealers include Dan May, Don Shorts’ Art Walk, Jane Handel, Jim Farber, John Nichols Gallery, Lost Horizon Bookstore, Stewart Fine Art, and The Calico Cat Bookshop.

This unique event will allow visitors to view and explore hundreds of vintage artworks while learning about art and collecting from knowledgeable art dealers with decades of experience. The fair will be held in the beautiful setting of the architecturally significant Santa Paula Art Museum, and event attendees will also be able to enjoy the Museum’s current exhibitions, including “One Look at Nature: The Paintings of Gail Pidduck” and “The Art of Aviation.”

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.

 

Robert Wassell has been pursuing rare vantage points in the Los Padres National Forest for more than three decades. On a sketchbook carried in his backpack, he captures views few other hikers reach, brings them home to Ventura, and creates paintings to give everyone a window to that world.
His new body of work will comprise an Aug. 23-Sept. 17 solo exhibition at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura titled The Penumbra of the Forest.

“I’m an expressive representational painter trying to capture the elusive penumbra of our local forest,” said Wassell, whose show will include several Channel Islands scenes. Many of the new pieces also feature expansive skies.

Penumbra, in astronomy, is the partially lighted area surrounding the complete shadow of an eclipse, but it also is more generally defined as a shadowy, indefinite area, he said, “something you know is there but can’t quite see … the essence of the forest, a presence you feel when alone in nature.

“I’m using the word because I want people to look it up and argue about it; I want them to remember,” he said.
The show will include about 30 oil-on-canvas paintings, from 11 by 18 inches up to 35 by 39 inches, said Wassell, who will be at the gallery for an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 27.

“My art has always been my No. 1 priority throughout my whole adult life,” he said.

Born in Pennsylvania in 1951, Wassell took private art lessons in his teens “from a great watercolor painter, the late Alice Welsh Jenkins, in Kingston, Pa.,” studied fine arts at Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, then earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1975 at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore.

“When I moved here in 1985, I took a ride up into the forest at Rose Valley. Someone put a glossy pamphlet under my windshield wiper, Keep the Sespe Wild, and I had an epiphany: I wanted to explore and capture the Los Padres Forest in my art.”

Since then, he has made almost weekly forays into the forest and, “Some of these works are the result of 18- and 21-hour hikes. I had a foot injury last year, and have worked back to six-hour hikes,” Wassell said, but he still has “a long way to go to get back to where I was physically.

“I mostly hike alone. My longest day hike was 21 hours, and in 2015 I did a two-day hike down into the Sespe Gorge and made 28 drawings on the trip. I have painted six paintings from the 28 drawings so far,” he said. “A typical hike is five drawings, and some I will paint almost immediately, and others not for years.”

Wassell has developed and refined a singular painting style in his 30-plus years of traversing the Los Padres and has produced hundreds of artworks, many of which can be viewed on his website, www.wassellart.com.

Buenaventura Gallery, at 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more about the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association and its programs, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

 

Experienced singers are invited to audition for the CSU Channel Islands (CI) Choir, a blend of campus and community singers who will rehearse for and perform December concerts called “Bach to Africa.”

Auditions will be held by appointment Aug. 18 through 21. To make an appointment, email the choir’s conductor, KuanFen Liu at downbeatplus@gmail.com no later than Aug. 15.

“We are always looking for good tenors, baritones and basses, but we are also in need of experienced female singers,” Liu said.

The choir holds multiple concerts in early December and in May. The winter concerts, “Bach to Africa,” is a journey from the cathedrals of Europe to the plains of Africa through music.

The winter concerts will open with J. S. Bach’s Motet Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV 225, a piece written probably around 1727 for a double chorus, with a string quartet, two oboes and two bassoons doubling the voices.

“The choir is going to be divided into two choirs,” Liu said. “The choirs will be responding to each other in singing. This will be the first time we will be taking up such challenge.”

There will be winter and holiday favorites. The “Africa” part of the performance, which consists of selections performed with CI’s African Drumming class, a new course added in spring of 2016 through the University’s Performing Arts program.

“Just as most African music is performed in Africa, we also will be doing some improvisation and our own arrangements of these traditional African musical pieces. We are very excited to invite CI’s faculty and students from the Improvisation and African Drumming classes.” Liu said.

The choir consists of roughly 60 to 65 singers ages 18 and up. They are CI faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the community.

Offered as part of the University Performing Arts program, the choir is a weekly class that meets every Monday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Malibu Hall 140. The first rehearsal of the fall semester takes place Monday, Aug. 29.

Each semester, the curriculum covers a wide range of musical genres from the medieval period to the present. The choir members have the chance to perform throughout Ventura County and on campus.

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.

 

CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet on Sunday 8/14/16 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

 
Spring Cleaning - Photographer David Baker
Spring Cleaning - Photographer David Baker
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Aragonés Cartoon … Special for Ojai Photo Club Presentation
Aragonés Cartoon … Special for Ojai Photo Club Presentation
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Portrait of Sergio - Myrna Cambianica Photographer
Portrait of Sergio - Myrna Cambianica Photographer
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Aragonés Cartoon - Special for Ojai Photo Club Presentation
Aragonés Cartoon - Special for Ojai Photo Club Presentation
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Sergio at work - David Baker Photographer
Sergio at work - David Baker Photographer
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Aragonés Cartoon from Archives of David Baker … Baker at Computer and Sergio asleep at right
Aragonés Cartoon from Archives of David Baker … Baker at Computer and Sergio asleep at right
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For the month of August the Ojai Photo Club will focus on humor. Sergio Aragonés, internationally known cartoonist for over 50 years, will speak about creating a humorous story. The event will take place on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

The presentation will be as spontaneous as his cartooning - relating to the audience that evening. Expect a discussion of his life as a cartoonist, changes in cartooning in this century and his process of creating a story. Aragonés, widely regarded as “the fastest cartoonist in the world today,” will demonstrate his amazing talent using an easel and his pens.

Aragonés is a highly esteemed cartoonist, having won every major award in the field, including the National Cartoonists Society’s Ruben Award and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award. He was born in Spain, educated in Mexico and came to the United States in 1962. His first cartoon for Mad Magazine appeared in 1963, and he continues cartooning for that publication today. In the early eighties he teamed with wordsmith Mark Evanier, and they brought forth a series of comic books, including Groo the Wanderer. His artwork has appeared in hundreds of advertisements, editorial features, and in television animation. A full biography is available at his website: www.sergioaragones.com

RC Harvey in an article in the Comic Journal sums up the Aragone’s message, “His comedy isn’t edgy or arty or mean or “smart”: it’s true to life, to our lives – to all our lives. From Sergio’s humor, we learn tolerance and compassion. We also learn to laugh at ourselves. And it helps us survive.” Aragone’s himself shares that, “One of the pleasures of being a cartoonist is that when you are making and thinking of a new joke, that joke will make somebody laugh and will make them happy.”

Ojai photographer, David Baker, has known Aragonés since 1998 and is instrumental in bringing him to present. Baker tells this story about his friend, “My most memorable story about him is when he asked me to photograph his cartooning presentation at the Ojai Library to a group of small children. He set up his easel and sketch pad as the young children gathered around. As he began to talk about cartooning the children gathered closer to Sergio as if in some magical trance. The more he talked, the closer they got staring up at him and the sketches that were on the pad. It was if was the Pied Piper and they were all following him. He picked up one little girl and gave her a marker as she drew her cartoon while Sergio moved her arms and hand as if she was a puppet. It was a very magical moment to see as Sergio could take these children one a wonderful tour of cartooning.”

Join us for an evening with Aragonés, and be inspired to look for humor when you photograph!

Monthly 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/.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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