Raptor by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Raptor by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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White Lily by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
White Lily by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Sierra by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Sierra by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Orcas by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Orcas by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Morro Bay by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Morro Bay by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Hunt Gardens by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Hunt Gardens by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Death Valley by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
Death Valley by Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer
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Photographer Susannah Sofaer Kramer returns to the Ojai Photography Club as the final presenter for 2018 with a workshop on “The Wonderful World of NIK Filters.” The free event will be held on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Sofaer will demonstrate the functions and “tips and tricks” of the versatile NIK digital photography plugins. Opening up shadows, making details vivid, adjusting the colors in sunsets - NIK filters can fine-tune these and many more image enhancements.

She will also show the complete workflow from Lightroom to Photoshop to NIK that she uses in processing nearly all of her images. As the “Digital Diva” of the Ventura County Camera Club, she is an excellent communicator in photography and has created a series of YouTube tutorials for digital techniques.

Originally sold for almost $400, NIK filters were reduced in price to $125 when Google bought them some years ago and then began giving them away for free. Unfortunately this meant that all development of them stopped. Recently DXO Labs bought them from Google and have upgraded them behind the scenes so that they now open in the latest operating systems, for both PC and Mac users.

Sofaer is an award-winning fine art landscape, nature and portrait photographer. Born into a theatrical family in England, she was a ballet dancer, singer and actress for many years until giving up a stellar career to raise a family. She always needed a creative outlet, and as her children grew she became a competitive dressage rider at horse shows. It was there that she began photographing friends and their mounts, inspiring her to learn and further explore what she could do with a camera.

In Sofaer’s own words, “I love being in the countryside, not only photographing the beauty and grandeur of nature, but also those small intimate moments that tell the story of a time and place. Composing a shot is like setting the stage, then one only has to patiently wait for the light and the drama to occur.” Visit her website for her galleries of images at: https://www.sofaerphotography.com/about.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 club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the meeting will be on the fourth Tuesday. in November. Only members may submit images for review. More information is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com

 


 
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
Photograph by Cindy Pitou Burton.
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The Ojai Photography Club will host Ojai based photographer Cindy Pitou Burton presenting “The Journey from Photojournalism to Fine Art” on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Clara St., Ojai, CA. She will give an illustrated talk about the dramatic changes in her photographic work that grew out of her move from fast paced photojournalism on the East Coast to innovative fine art photography in Ojai. The event is free and open to the public.

Pitou Burton began her career as a photojournalist working for major media outlets in New York City, including the New York Times, NBC, CBS, PBS, as well as prominent magazines and corporations. After sixteen years in this high-powered field, she made an abrupt change when her husband persuaded her to move to Ojai. Although living in Ojai was a long-cherished dream for him, she missed the excitement of her work in the city. The rugged landscapes of the West Coast seemed strange, almost foreign, after her many years in the green countryside of the East Coast. All of her familiar photographic subjects had been left behind. When faced with such challenges, she explains, her attitude is always “Just say yes!”

Beginning with black and white images of her backyard and the surrounding neighborhood, Pitou Burton gradually transformed her work into highly experimental fine art photography. Exploring alternative processes, she mastered the techniques of Polaroid transfers and digital manipulation. Her close-up images of flowers on a light box created a stunning x-ray effect. She has experimented extensively with unconventional papers and produced numerous series of limited edition fine art prints.

With iPhone technology and travel, Pitou Burton has successfully combined her photojournalism and fine art expertise. She discovered that the iPhone offers new possibilities and also mimics her early transfer process, especially for large-scale prints. Emerging from her travels are painterly images of Vietnam, India, and the Galapagos Islands. From the inner mysteries of flowers to the faraway places of the world, she follows her “Yes!” wherever it leads.

Pitou Burton has had many exhibits in New York and California, has been interviewed for the archives of Focus on the Masters and is an active member of the Ojai Studio Artists. For more information and her images, go to http://pitouburton.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 review. More information is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com

 

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Photograph by Marc Alt
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The Ojai Photo Club’s free monthly presentation for September will feature documentary photographer Marc Alt with “Shooting the American West.” The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA.

For over one hundred years the romance of the American West has captivated the imagination of the world. The dynamic interaction of horses, cowboys and cattle has been the subject of countless films, television series, books, images and songs. Yet the gritty reality of life as a cowboy is still alive today, and Marc Alt travels across the Western states documenting the men and women who still ride and work in “the old ways.” He will present an in-depth look at cowboy traditions and trace their historical development from the ranchos of early California to the plains of Montana and the islands of Hawaii.

Alt will illustrate his presentation with work from his recent travels across Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and California. His images will feature a wide range of diverse locations, from million-acre historic ranches where the cowboys still sleep in bed-rolls in camp to a local event that showcases some of the traditions of horseman-ship and stockmanship from the Spanish and Mexican period in California.

More of Alt’s work is at: https://www.marcalt.com and on Instagram: @marcaltphoto

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 sub-mit images for critique. More information is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

 


 
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks

Nsenga Knight: Other Stars
Friday, Aug. 17, through Thursday, Oct. 11
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

“Each of my artistic projects is responding to my self-reflexive question: Who am I and what is my place in this world? My artworks exist as invitations to examine new possibilities that broaden our collective imaginations and challenge traditional boundaries of race, nationhood and religion.” —Nsenga Knight

Knight is a first-generation black American Muslim woman from Brooklyn, and her work is influenced by Islamic geometric art and the black experience. In this exhibit, she works with geometric drawings, text paintings, photographs, oral history recordings and other media. Listen to the enthralling stories of black women in Brooklyn who converted to Islam prior to 1975. Learn about Malcolm X’s pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964, his last religious duty. See how 10th-century astronomical renderings relate to a sociological interpretation of pilgrimage.

Knight received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania and has exhibited work at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, the New Museum for Contemporary Art and MoMA PS1. She lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.

Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at (805) 493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

Mapping Meaning: Adventures in Cartography
Friday, Aug. 17, through Tuesday, Nov. 6
William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Stashed in glove compartments, accessed on our phones and glowing on the metro, maps show us where to go and what to expect when we get there. The geography they interpret for us is, however, subject to the shaping influences of time and power. Coastlines are altered by rising sea levels, lands are “discovered,” boundaries are disputed and conquered, and cultures are created and erased.

Some maps are statements and some are fanciful. Some are mistaken, inserting an island or angling a lake at odds with reality. All maps reveal perspectives and priorities of the people commissioning or making them.

This exhibit presents a variety of beautiful maps and ways of reading them, along with objects from the times of their creation. Works date from the 16th century to the present, including a collection focusing on Scandinavia, a depiction of California as an island, and maps of the heavens. The works were generously loaned from the Dr. Ernst F. Tonsing Collection. Tonsing will give a related lecture at 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Room 212 of the William Rolland Art Center, which is next to the building housing the gallery.

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

Entrepreneur Speaker Series
Wednesdays, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5 and Jan. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Lundring Events Center

The Entrepreneur Speakers Series provides an energetic environment where like-minded and passionate people come together to share their ideas and build relationships. Each event begins with networking and a bite to eat followed by a main speaker and discussion. Past speakers have included serial entrepreneur and equity investor Dave Brekus and the founders of Eggology, Urbane Café, Seed&Spark and Blue Microphones.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Sponsored by the School of Management Center for Entrepreneurship. For information, write to som@callutheran.edu. To register, visit CalLutheran.edu/Entrepreneurship.

Reel Justice Film Series: “The Unafraid”
Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
Lundring Events Center

“The Unafraid” is a feature-length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, where immigration status prevents them from attending the top state universities and disqualifies them for in-state tuition at other public colleges. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they pursue activism and an education and fight for the rights of their families and communities.

Admission is free. Sponsored by the Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice and the Languages and Cultures Department. For information, contact the CEJ at 805-493-3694 or CEJ@callutheran.edu.

Faculty Recital
Eric Kinsley, piano and harpsichord
Saturday, Sept 22, 7:30 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel

Eric Kinsley will perform a piano and harpsichord recital with fellow members of the music faculty. The musicians will briefly introduce and play rare chamber and solo works of composers such as J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, C.W. Gluck, J.P. Rameau and Arvo Pärt.
Donations accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

University Lecture Series
A Thousand and One Years Ago: 1000 CE
Wednesday, Sept. 26, Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Lundring Events Center

In this series of lectures, with three more to come in the spring of 2019, Cal Lutheran professors will explore what life was like a millennium ago, that is, in about 1000 CE (or A.D.). What age was it? The Dark Ages? The Islamic Golden Age? The Heian Period? All of these and more? Come find out!

Sept. 26: “1000 CE: What Did the Simple Folk Do?” – Michaela Reaves, Ph.D., History
Oct. 23: “Devotion to God: Monks, Saints, Relics, and Pilgrimage” – Steven Shisley, Ph.D., Religion
Nov. 28: “The Turkish Expansion in the Islamic World: Ghazis, Sufis, and Mamluks” – Paul Hanson, Ph.D., History

Admission is free. Sponsored by Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library. Funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for “Lyceum: Humanities and Beyond!” For information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu.

“The New History of American Slaveries”
Christina Snyder
Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.
Ullman Conference Center 100/101

American slavery began long before Europeans arrived in the New World. Evidence from archaeology and oral tradition indicates that for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, Native Americans had developed their own forms of bondage. This should not be surprising since most societies in history have practiced slavery and kept a high proportion of the total global population unfree, according to archaeologist Catherine Cameron. If slavery is ubiquitous, however, it also takes on many distinct forms.

Christina Snyder, the McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University, studies the intersections of colonialism, race and slavery, with a focus on North America from the pre-contact era through the 19th century. She is the author of “Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America” (Harvard UP, 2010) and “Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in the Age of Jackson” (Oxford UP, 2017), which won this year’s Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians.

Admission is free. Sponsored by the History Department, Alpha Xi Psi Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, and the Organization of American Historians. For information, contact Sam Claussen at sclaussen@callutheran.edu.

Lunchtime Organ Recital Series
Joseph Peeples
Fridays Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, 12:30-1 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel

Adjunct faculty member Joseph Peeples showcases the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in 30-minute recitals on the last Friday of each month. The works performed are of varied character and suited to all. Bring your lunch.

Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Faculty Recital
Micah Wright, clarinet
Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel

Micah Wright will be joined by pianist Hui Wu for an evening of clarinet repertoire and transcriptions. Music by Claude Debussy, César Franck, Leonard Bernstein and Sergei Prokofiev.

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

 


 

The Naval Base Ventura County Surf Contest will showcase some of the best surfers in Southern California.

The contest, which will be held August 25th and 26th beginning at noon daily, is free and open to the public. This is an exciting opportunity for the surfing community to access some of the best waves Southern California has to offer. The Southern swell, submarine canyon, and sandbars cause a distinctive and larger wave break than at other local beaches. The event draws international surfing champions from around the globe, and 70 contestants are expected to ride the waves.

There will be live music throughout each day and for the first time, MWR will host a Cornhole Tournament offering prizes for the two-person team winners. A variety of vendor booths will be open during the event and food will be available for purchase.

The Las Posas Gate at NBVC Point Mugu will be open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. both event days for visitors. All guests will be directed to a parking lot near the Surf Contest venue. During these times, NBVC residents and personnel will need to show their DoD ID to proceed to areas on base outside of the Surf Contest thruway and venue.

Photography is allowed only at the venue site and toward the ocean during the Surf Contest. No other photography of the installation will be allowed. The media is welcome.

For more information, please call NBVC Public Affairs at 805-989-8095 or 805-989-9234.

 
Free event to be held August 21, 2018 entitled “A Brief History of Portraiture”
Photographer and educator, Tim Meyer.
Photographer and educator, Tim Meyer.
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The Ojai Photo Club will feature photographer and educator Tim Meyer as its presenter for August. The free event, “A Brief History of Portraiture,” will be held on August 21 at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA.

Meyer will offer a fast-paced journey through the history of portraiture, spanning more than two millennia and including a wide variety of art media. With a lifetime of experience in photographic portraiture, he will discuss different artistic ap-proaches to creating portraits, from 600 BC to the present. He will illustrate how these styles have influenced the way we portray ourselves and how they continue to have an impact on contemporary photography.

Throughout his thirty-five plus years as a professional photographer, educator and author, Meyer has been internationally recognized and respected for his innovative style and technique. His photographic art has been displayed in both solo and group exhibitions and has earned multiple awards. His book, “The Portrait: Understanding Portrait Photography,” is published in four languages and has been adopted as a textbook in numerous colleges. A second book, “Light Shaping,” is also available worldwide.

As an academic educator, Meyer holds both an MA and MFA in art and photography. He taught full-time at Brooks Institute until its closure in 2016, and is currently an instructor at Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles. In addition to many national education programs, he has lectured internationally in England, Germany and Mexico. His areas of expertise are portraiture and wedding photography; and basic, advanced and creative lighting.

Meyer’s industry achievements include the Professional Photographers of America’s Master and Craftsman degrees. He has served as a councilor for this organization from 2009 to the present.

Concurrent with his teaching, Meyer has maintained a successful portrait and wedding photography business in Santa Barbara. For more information and to view Meyer’s portfolio images go to: https://tmeyer.myportfolio.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 sub-mit images for review. More information is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

 

Resilient Women: The Art of Daggi Wallace
April 26 through Aug. 9
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

Painter and pastel artist Daggi Wallace is a member of the Studio Channel Islands community. This exhibition is a compilation of her most recent work including an exploration of water, a focus on the Berlin wall, and studies that relate to the #MeToo movement. Though it is not the case with her work in general, this exhibit focuses on portrayals of women.

Wallace was born in West Berlin close to the Berlin Wall in 1962. She uses the wall as a symbol for all the walls in life, including those internally built. She uses the wide-open spaces of the American Southwest and the freedom of bodies of water to reflect how she felt after immigrating to the United States.

“Focusing mainly on portraying the human condition and our connection to each other, my work always begins with a visual trigger that evokes a strong emotional response in me or with an idea I want to explore,” Wallace said.

Wallace’s paintings have been published in several books and magazines, including American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Professional Artist, International Artist, the Pastel Journal, Poets and Artists and Pratique Des Arts.

Cal Lutheran students Christine Dauzat of Chatsworth, Christian Duimstra of Rancho Cucamonga, Cristina Farias of Camarillo, Paris Notter of Westlake Village, Brianna Pinal of Vista, Evan Pine of Calabasas and Mikaela Wundrow of San Diego curated the exhibit as part of their Arts Management and Museology course.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival
Weekends June 29 through Aug. 5
Kingsmen Park

The 22nd season of one of the region’s most popular outdoor theatrical events features the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s performance of William Shakespeare’s “The Two Noble Kinsmen” and “Othello.”

“Othello”
Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m. | July 20-22 and 27-29, Aug. 3-5
Grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment.

Racial animus, jealousy and revenge drive Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Othello.” This masterwork of early modern drama features the playwright’s most famous and arguably best-crafted villain, Iago. In a tale that feels all too contemporary, the villain’s weapons of choice are his victim’s own prejudice and paranoia. Iago wields them with a merciless intelligence, smiling as he effects the ruin of the noble Othello and his naïve young bride, Desdemona, and dragging down the entire state in the process. Join us under the stars for this truly timeless masterpiece.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theater company of Cal Lutheran. The nonprofit organization runs apprentice programs for professional and aspiring Shakespearean actors, an educational tour program in local schools and summer theater camps for youth.

General admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 65 and over, $15 for students with ID and, as always, free for everyone under 18. Reserved lawn boxes have room for six and are available online for $90 to $110. For tickets and information, visit KingsmenShakespeare.org or call 805-493-3452.

Nsenga Knight: Other Stars
Friday, Aug. 17, through Thursday, Oct. 11
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

“Each of my artistic projects is responding to my self-reflexive question: Who am I and what is my place in this world? My artworks exist as invitations to examine new possibilities that broaden our collective imaginations and challenge traditional boundaries of race, nationhood and religion.” —Nsenga Knight

Knight is a first-generation black American Muslim woman from Brooklyn, and her work is influenced by Islamic geometric art and the black experience. In this exhibit, she works with geometric drawings, text paintings, photographs, oral history recordings and other media. Listen to the enthralling stories of black women in Brooklyn who converted to Islam prior to 1975. Learn about Malcolm X’s pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964, his last religious duty. See how 10th-century astronomical renderings relate to a sociological interpretation of pilgrimage.

Knight received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania and has exhibited work at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, the New Museum for Contemporary Art and MoMA PS1. She lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.

Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. See Page tkt for parking. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at (805) 493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

Mapping Meaning: Adventures in Cartography
Friday, Aug. 17, through Tuesday, Nov. 6
William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Stashed in glove compartments, accessed on our phones and glowing on the metro, maps show us where to go and what to expect when we get there. The geography they interpret for us is, however, subject to the shaping influences of time and power. Coastlines are altered by rising sea levels, lands are “discovered,” boundaries are disputed and conquered, and cultures are created and erased.

Some maps are statements and some are fanciful. Some are mistaken, inserting an island or angling a lake at odds with reality. All maps reveal perspectives and priorities of the people commissioning or making them.

This exhibit presents a variety of beautiful maps and ways of reading them, along with objects from the times of their creation. Works date from the 16th century to the present, including a collection focusing on Scandinavia, a depiction of California as an island, and maps of the heavens. The works were generously loaned from the Dr. Ernst F. Tonsing Collection. Tonsing will give a related lecture at 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Room 212 of the William Rolland Art Center, which is next to the building housing the gallery.

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

Lunchtime Organ Recital Series
Joseph Peeples
Fridays Aug. 31, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, 12:30-1 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel

Adjunct faculty member Joseph Peeples showcases the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in 30-minute recitals on the last Friday of each month. The works performed are of varied character and suited to all. Bring your lunch.

Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

 
"Climbing Cardinals" by Photographer Felice Willat.
"Climbing Cardinals" by Photographer Felice Willat.
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"La Boca Tango" by Photographer Felice Willat.
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"Jemma_El_Fnaa" by Photographer Felice Willat.
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"Molokai Maidens" by Photographer Felice Willat.
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"Water Bearer" by Photographer Felice Willat.
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"Women at Work Sasoon Harbor" by Photographer Felice Willat.
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The Ojai Photography Club will feature fine-art photographer Felice Willat as the presenter for June. The event, “Lifescapes,” is free and open to the public and will be held June 19 at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana Road, Ojai CA.

“Lifescapes” is Willat’s name for images that focus on the interconnection between the landscape and its human inhabitants. A world traveler for many years, she has found the traditional genres of landscape photography and portraiture unsatisfying for her vision. Creating a new artistic approach, she uses the lens of her camera to capture the moment when the human and the landscape are revealed to be inseparable. Although her images have been taken during trips abroad, she does not consider herself a travel photographer. Instead, she identifies as an artist who happened to discover art while traveling with a camera in her hand.

The presentation will trace the evolution of Willat’s art over the past decade, beginning with a trip to Burma in 2007 through her most recent journey to India in March of this year. The talk will be illustrated with images from worldwide destinations including Burma, India, Argentina and Hawaii. She will discuss her meditative approach: how her camera provides a sense of stillness and presence. As she expressed it: “I could capture a moment, something sacred or common-place, an unconscious gesture, a tattered clothesline, a red plastic pitcher, or a worn prayer book. I like to leave the familiar, travel to far-away places, and find the gift of really being present.”

Willat began her journey into photography in mid-life after co-founding a successful time management company, Day Runner, and raising three children. Returning from a trip to India one year, she hung a few photographs in her office taken with a small point-and-shoot camera. A colleague commented that she had an eye for photography and this encouragement led her to take design and photography classes and coaching. In subsequent trips her art evolved into a meditation on the oneness of the human and natural world. Her images speak of the stillness that makes this interconnectedness visible.

Based in Santa Barbara, Willat has exhibited widely and won numerous awards for her fine-art photography. The venues for her work have included the Los Angeles Center for Photography, Bergamot Station, the Brand Library, and the Topanga Canyon Gallery, among many others. She has published a book of photographs and poems, “The Quiet Between, Song of Burma.”

For more information on Willat, go to: http://www.felicewillatphotography.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

 

The Ventura County Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center at 5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo. Our program will be a "Double Delight Evening". Our speaker, Hetty Shurtleff, is a American Rose Society Award Floral Arranger who will show us how to do her flower arrangements. Our second "delight" will be a silent auction of garden items and other wonderful things that our members will be bringing in. It will be a fun and informative evening! The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for advice from Consulting Rosarians and refreshments. There will be a little Rose Show at 7:00 P.M. and our program will begin at 7:30 P.M. Visitors are always welcome to our VCRS meetings.

For more information contact; Janet Sklar at 818-993-6622 or Barbara Morse at 805-499-1657. Our website is: www.venturacountyrosesociety.org

 
Photographer Luther Gerlach. Photograph by Scott Miles.
Photographer Luther Gerlach. Photograph by Scott Miles.
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The Ojai Photo Club will feature photographer Scott Miles as its presenter for May. The free event, “The Scientific Photographer,” will be held on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA.

Miles developed a love for exploring the world outside his reach in the museums he visited as a child. Now he is a cultural heritage photographer, specializing in documenting objects in museums, private collections and at archaeological sites. Using advanced techniques, he creates highly accurate images for digital archives. His work preserves a permanent record of humanity’s achievements that can be shared with a global audience. He is passionate about sharing these treasures and will illustrate his discussion with images he has produced for museums.

Miles will discuss techniques for achieving professional quality image capture. A member of the faculty at Brooks Institute beginning in 2002, he developed a curriculum in scientific and technical imaging. He has had a longtime fascination with the power of photography, as he expressed it, “to make the invisible visible.” He continued, “Scientific phenomena and subjects that are too small, too fast, too slow, outside the visible spectrum of light, can all be revealed with the right im-aging techniques.”

Wrapping up the discussion, Miles will preview his current installation art projects. He is creating two high-speed video installation pieces that will be placed at The Blackboard Gallery in Camarillo in November. These pieces use slow-motion (high frame rate capture) video and other installation components to explore our relationship with time and space. For more on Miles see his website at: http://thescientificphotographer.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

 
All photos courtesy Sarah Bourscheid
All photos courtesy Sarah Bourscheid
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The Ojai Photo Club will feature photographer and documentary cinematographer Sarah Bourscheid as its guest presenter for April. The free event, “Quiet Compassion,” will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA.

Bourscheid practices compassion through the lens of her camera, striving to bring the viewer and the subject together to discover their shared humanity despite any differences. In her eyes, empathy and beauty are inseparable. The presentation will explore compassion in everyday life and include projects on loss, strength and love. She will show a selection of her still images as well as a preview of a video documentary currently in production.

For Bourscheid, her photography is a journey of growth, deepening her own empathy. “In this tumultuous and divided world,” she writes, “it’s important to understand that our differences can bring us closer.”

Growing up in New Jersey, Bourscheid developed an early passion for storytelling and at first thought she wanted to be a novelist. But after two years in New York for a degree in creative writing, she realized that she didn’t want to think up stories in her head when there was so much that captured her attention in the world around her. Changing tracks for a more visual medium, she went on to graduate from Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Science in visual journalism. Although she has changed career paths, she feels that her background in writing has made her a stronger visual storyteller. Currently she is a professional photographer, videographer and documentary cinematographer based in Ventura. She specializes in event coverage, corporate video, documentaries and video editing. As a staff photographer for the Ojai Valley Visitor’s Guide, she has created the series “Faces of Ojai.”

For more information about Bourscheid’s work, go to her website, http://scheidmedia.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/

 
Photo credit: Brian Stethem.
Photo credit: Brian Stethem.
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Performers, crafts, food to fill Cal Lutheran campus

The largest Nordic festival in Southern California will return to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on April 21 and 22.

The 43rd Scandinavian Festival will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Sami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia. The family-friendly festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music, dancing, food, crafts, activities, demonstrations, vendors and lectures.

The festival includes a Children’s Theater, a puppet show of Hans Christian Andersen stories and performances by community children’s groups including the Redwood Middle School Jazz Band. Children can travel through Scandinavia at the festival, earning passport stamps as they complete crafts reflecting the five different countries. Visitors young and old can create head wreaths decorated with flowers and ribbon and dance around the maypole.

Festivalgoers can also wander through an authentic Viking village, as well as a Sami sliddastallan, or community gathering. They can ask a rune reader for advice, visit Norwegian elkhounds and take Scandinavian dance lessons. Families can also try their hand at Dala horse croquet and play an ancient Viking game called kubb.

Cooks will demonstrate how to make aebleskivers, lefse and krumkake. Other food options include Swedish pancakes, Viking dogs, Swedish meatball pizza, open-faced sandwiches and Swedish baked goods.

The festival kicks off with an opening ceremony and a parade of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Sami participants in traditional costumes carrying flags of their countries. Performers will include Icelandic folk rock band The Evening Guests, the ABBAFAB tribute band, acclaimed storytellers Stina Fagertun of Norway and RJ Ryan Seutter, musician and entertainer Ross Sutter, and folk dance groups.

Vendors of Scandinavian handicrafts will be selling their wares, and Scandinavian vintage cars and motorcycles will be on display. A booth will feature genealogy experts who can help visitors trace their family trees and a representative of Family Tree DNA, which sells a variety of DNA kits.

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

Admission is free for children 12 and younger, $5 for teenagers and $10 for adults. Parking is free. The campus is located at 60 W. Olsen Road. For more information or to volunteer, go to scandinavianfest.org, email scanfest2018@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

 
All photographs courtesy Holly and Mark Jansen. Event and biography information below.
All photographs courtesy Holly and Mark Jansen. Event and biography information below.
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The Ojai Photo Club will feature Holly and Mark Jansen, Ventura-based photographers and workshop leaders, who will present “A Photographer’s View of Iceland and the Changing Climate.” The event will be held March 20, 2018, in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Clara St., Ojai, CA.

Over the past five years the Jansens have traveled to Iceland conducting photographic tours of its magnificent and pristine landscapes. Based on their perspective as keenly observant photographers and frequent travelers, they have witnessed evidence of changes in the area due to ice melt, receding glaciers and the impact of man on the environment. Unlike scientific approaches, the Jansen presentation will show climate change emerging over time through multiple photographic images that tell their own story.

Iceland drew worldwide attention and became a favorite destination for tourists following its massive volcanic eruptions in 2010. The internet was flooded with stunning pictures of the country known as “The Land of Fire and Ice.” The Jansen presentation will offer an opportunity to view the wild and dramatic landscape of Iceland off the tourist track, and will include images from their most recent expedition in February 2018.

Mark Jansen is a successful fine art photographer who has participated in over forty shows and gallery exhibitions in Southern California. His large-scale murals of vintage World War II aviation images are permanently displayed at the Camarillo and Santa Maria airports. He grew up in Los Angeles and studied Commercial Design and Photography at Moorpark College.

Holly Higbee-Jansen is a native of the San Francisco Bay area. Her family loved photography and she spent many summers with them in Yosemite National Park attending Ansel Adams’ landscape photography workshops. She holds degrees in Business and Design from Skidmore College and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Mark and Holly Jansen cofounded Jansen Photo Expeditions, and they have provided single and multi-day instructional photography workshops throughout the American West, Iceland, and Costa Rica since 1996.
For further information, go to https://jansenphotoexpeditions.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 review. More information is available at www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

 
All photographs by Guy Webster.
All photographs by Guy Webster.
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Ojai, CA: “Second Look” with Guy Webster

The Ojai Photo Club will kick off a new year of free monthly events with the return of Guy Webster, internationally recognized celebrity photographer. His presentation, “Second Look,” will begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 20, in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Clara Street, Ojai, CA.

Webster’s images first appeared on the album covers of ‘60s and ‘70s rock groups, becoming 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. His prolific work has encompassed an extraordinary range of prominent figures, from rock stars such as Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan, to Hollywood legends including Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand, to famous authors like Truman Capote and Allen Ginsberg.

“Second Look” is inspired by the idea that when the photographer takes a second look at his images there are more treasures to be discovered. Webster will present shots from his archives that have never been published before, accompanied by his gift for entertaining audiences with the backstories. This will be a preview of his new photographic anthology by the same title.

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. Spanning forty years, his innovative photographic work has covered the worlds of music, films and politics. For more about Webster and his portraits, go to https://guywebster.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

 

Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Santa Paula Art Museum
Admission is free for everyone

SANTA PAULA, CA – On Sunday, February 25, bring your family and friends to “Free Family Day: An Imaginary World” at the Santa Paula Art Museum! Visitors are invited to explore the Museum's current exhibitions, participate in hands-on art workshops, and challenge one another to a digital game of "I Spy." Admission to the event is free for everyone and activities will run from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free Family Day: An Imaginary World will allow guests to interact with the art featured in the Museum’s current “Setting the Scene” exhibit, all of which was created by artists who worked in animation and film during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Participants will be shown how to create a flip book animation drawing that will then be made into a short animated video using stop-motion technology. Freelance illustrator and photographer Lala T. Konrath will lead the drawing segment of the workshop and video game artist and 3D animation specialist Anita McLaughlin will lead the digital component.

The Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center is located at 117 North 10th Street in historic 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.

 

An artistic exploration of Mother Nature untouched was nearly consumed by Mother Nature unleashed when the Thomas fire threatened the works of Ojai artist Lorraine Serena.

Serena, whose work will appear in an upcoming exhibition at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI), was evacuated from her Ojai home four times as she and CSUCI Art Lecturer Anette Kubitza put together the show. The studio where Serena works as well as her art pieces were at her home.

“Each time Lorraine was evacuated, we didn’t know if the work would survive,” Kubitza said.

Titled “Sanctuaries,” the exhibition will run from Feb. 19 to April 7 with a Feb. 22 opening in the John Spoor Broome Gallery. The reception will last from 5 to 7 p.m. with a talk from Serena about her work. Visit the John Spoor Broome Library for library hours.

“For me, ‘Sanctuaries’ is about places of peace and solitude and comfort,” Serena said. “Landscapes, churches, temples. I was doing it as a contemplative thing.”

Serena’s charcoal drawings are large, about 49 by 60 inches. The shrines are examples of Serena’s collage work.

To Kubitza, “Sanctuaries” is a study of the multilayered relationship between human beings and their environment, which can be a source of peace and power.

“Nature can evoke feelings of soul-nurturing retreat from social woes, yet recently, those gave way to feelings of awe and powerlessness as riverbeds flooded and fires roared,” Kubitza said.

Serena received her bachelor’s and Master of Fine Arts at UC Santa Barbara and lived in Montecito for a time before moving to Ojai, so watching the fire sweep through the two counties she called home was heartbreaking for her.

“I just got chills through my whole body at the mention of it,” Serena said. “It’s just horrifying.”

Serena hopes “Sanctuaries” reminds guests of the softer side of nature.

Serena began her career with a series of artistic collaborations at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. These installations involved more than 600 student artists.

Later, Serena would go on to establish Women Beyond Borders (womenbeyondborders.org), which became her life’s work.

The multi-year project involved sending more than 1,000 artists in 50 countries one small wooden box each, which they made into a piece of art, then returned to Serena. Among the artistic boxes are works from more than 10,000 children, 6,500 with disabilities.

“We’re all isolated artists in our studios,” she said. “I’m very fond of collaboration. I don’t like to just walk alone as an artist. I like to walk with other artists.”

Serena considers “Sanctuaries” and “Women Beyond Borders” both as examples of her overarching art form: building community.

She is fond of quoting Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro, who said: “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) 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. CSUCI’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. CSUCI 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 by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

 

CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Professor and Chair of the Environmental Science & Resource Management Program Sean Anderson, Ph.D., will speak about the short- and long-term effects of the Thomas Fire as part of the Ventura Land Trust’s (VLT) 2018 Environmental Speaker Series.

The community lecture begins at 7 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. in Ventura.

The lecture is entitled “No Doubting Thomas: The Impacts, Management and World after 2017’s Ventura County Fires.”

“I’ll be talking about the ecological impacts of the Thomas Fire we have seen to date and what we are likely to see in the coming months,” Anderson said. “In particular I’ll discuss the fire’s impact to our local wildlife: which animals perished, which animals survived, and how our ecosystem will be changed for the foreseeable future.”

Anderson will discuss how wilderness areas react to wildfires, especially during this unprecedented climate change, as well as how the fire affected local ecosystems and wildlife. He will also talk about measures we can take to prevent erosion and flood damage in the future as well as encourage the return of native plants and animals.
Anderson and his team of graduate and undergraduate researchers have been measuring the effect of the Thomas Fire on wildlife and the wilderness using methods such as drone-mapping and an ongoing public survey asking residents to report any dead wild animals along the road or in the aftermath of the fire. (The survey is at: http://bit.ly/firekill)

Anderson hopes the survey will help determine where to set up habitats to encourage the return of some species of plant or animal all but wiped out by the fire.

Now in its third year, this is the first in this year’s environmental series, which the VLT hosts annually in order to educate the public about important environmental topics.

A suggested donation of $10 per person will be collected at the door and will go toward restoration work at the VLT’s Big Rock Preserve. Space is limited and reservations are highly encouraged. RSVP at: www.venturalandtrust.org/events.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) 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. CSUCI’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. CSUCI 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 by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

 

Press release By John Hankins

Wilderness Basics Course – class starts Feb. 7

The local Sierra Club’s annual Wilderness Basics Course promises adventure, friendships, confidence, beauty, weather, inspiration, knowledge, tasty food and hardy health.

It’s all about the Club’s ethic of showing people the forests, open spaces, mountains and rivers in a safe and comfortable manner, and you don’t have to be a member.

Now in its 9th year, the program runs from Feb. 7 to March 28 with conditioning hikes, car camp and backpacks in prime locations in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The course is geared to a wide variety of experiences, ranging from novice to knowledgeable, out-of-shape to out-of- sight. It’s for everybody, from teens to seniors, singles, couples and family members.

Last year’s classes had a Camarillo woman sign up with her daughter, a Santa Barbara student, a hiker who “wants to take it to another level,” an empty-nest couple, retirees, man who wanted to follow his backpacking son, another who “wants to get to know the area,” and many who cited simply getting outside in the fresh air.

Classes are Wednesday nights at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura. Outings are during weekends.

Co-founder of the Los Padres Chapter’s WBC, Teresa Norris, took the club’s course in San Diego, and became so enthusiastic she went on to become a leader, and when she moved to Ventura County in 2004, she volunteered to help create the popular class here.

“Taking WBC helped me update my gear and lighten my load. When I did that, my trips became more enjoyable and I could hike faster too,” she said, and perhaps most important, “I made some of the best friends of my life.”

But before she took a WBC course, “I carried an extra pair of blue jeans and 6 liters of water on one trip where I wasn't sure about finding water. I could hardly lift my pack, just like Cheryl Strayed in ‘Wild’.”

WBC graduate Kristi KirkPatrick said, “It was inspirational, challenging, and so much fun to hang out with this wonderful group of people.”

Course content Chair Alisse Fisher emphasized that all WBC hike leaders are trained in first aid and have knowledge of the flora and fauna; the speakers are experts in gear, safety, food, fitness and the new outdoor book has the latest information. Also, course handouts are online for those who may have missed a class or want to refresh.

Last word is from club leader Nina Danza, who posted of “a great work-out today on the trail. Just what I needed. Need to repeat much more frequently. Can I retire yet?”

Early bird prices are available until Jan. 24 and the funds are used to cover expenses. Last year some extra funds were donated to the nine Search and Rescue teams in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

All the detail you need or to sign up is at: http://www.lospadreswbc.org

 

The Finnish people drink more coffee per capita than any other people in the world. Finland holds world championships for mosquito catching. Finland has a 100 percent literacy rate. And on Finland’s “National Sleepyhead Day,” the last person in the household to wake up is thrown in the water.

These are just a few fun facts about Finland, a small but mighty country that celebrated 100 years of independence on Dec. 6, 2017.

In honor of this milestone, CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is hosting an exhibition in the Broome Gallery called “History and Mystery: Finland at 100.”

Facilitated by Professor of Art and Broome Library Coordinator Irina D. Costache and curated by Professor of Art Liz King, the exhibit contains a wide variety of Finnish literature and artifacts owned by Finnish native Tiina Itkonen, Associate Professor of Education & Political Science. Itkonen wanted to share her culture with her adopted country, so she came up with the idea of the centenary exhibition.

“For me, it was a cultural and emotional thing to have my country turning 100,” Itkonen said. “It’s a huge sense of pride especially for outer Fins, who are Fins who have been abroad for a long time. We’ve had events like this around the world.”

An opening reception will be held on Jan.25 at 5 p.m. in the Broome Gallery, which is on the second floor of the John Spoor Broome Library. The exhibition will run through Feb. 12.

CSUCI Provost Geoff Chase, who was a Fulbright Scholar in Turku, Finland, will give a welcome address followed by words from the Finnish Consul General Stefan Lindström.

Finnish music played at the reception will be to underscore the world-renowned Sebelius Academy in Helsinki, which trains some of the finest conductors and musicians in the world. It is named for Finnish composer and violinist Jean Sibelius, often credited with giving Finland a sense of national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia with his composition “Finlandia.”

Also on display will be Finnish pottery, musical instruments, metal ware, photos of architecture and Marimekko fabric, known for its environmentally safe production process, and innovative designs.

“As a designer and an artist, I find Finnish design inspiring and amazing in its simplicity,” King said. “The Marimekko fabric has clean, simple and colorful designs. A lot of great architects and designers come from Finland.”

King thinks putting a spotlight on a country that straddles Russia and European Union gives CSUCI students and the public a chance to see how the impact this small country has had on American culture.

“A lot of everyday items are made by Finnish people,” King said. “They developed Nokia cell phones, Angry Birds, and Fiskar scissors, which you may have in your kitchen.”

Itknonen said she is perhaps most proud of Finland’s educational system, in which teaching is a well-paid and sought-after profession and yields a country with a literacy rate of 100%, a testament to the power of investing in people.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) 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. CSUCI’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. CSUCI 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 by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

 

Biomythography: Currency Exchange
Through Thursday, Feb. 1
Curator’s Walk-through: Saturday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m.
William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

This exhibition investigates multiple forms of currency and the ways in which they are encoded in today’s culture. Contemporary artists from Costa Rica, Southern California and elsewhere use multimedia to draw attention to and understand the idea of cultural currency.
Featured artists include Guillermo Bert, Audrey Chan, Christian Salablanca Diaz, Chuck Feesago, Mimian Hsu, Elisa Bergel Melo, Kim Morris, Albert Lopez Jr., Marton Robinson, Javier Estaban Calvo Sandi and Glen Wilson. The exhibit is curated by Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley.

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

Convergencia / Convergence
Through Thursday, Feb. 1
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

Curated by prolific representational artist Hernán Miranda, this exhibition features work by contemporary Paraguayans. Although several of the artists live abroad in Germany, Argentina, France and the United States, all the works are influenced by their mother country. Media include oil, acrylic, charcoal and graphite, and sculptures in bronze and glass, for “a convergence of different languages” in art coming from Paraguay, Miranda explains.

Artists include Gustavo Beckelmann, Osvaldo Camperchioli, Maite Casablanca, Esperanza Gill, Jorge Codas, Michael Oliver, Sila Estigarribia, Hernán Miranda, Roberto Morelli, Corina Paredes, Liliana Segovia, Felix Toranzos, Jorge Von Horoch and Gabriel Brizuela.

Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at (805) 493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

History Lecture Series: Collapse
“The Han Dynasty Collapses”
Jan. 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
Grant Brimhall Library Community Room

Given that no civilization lasts forever, how can we identify moments in history when a society, as it had been known for generations, ended?

Over six lectures, Cal Lutheran history professors will explore the collapse of Ancient Egypt, the Persian Empire, the Han Dynasty and the Roman Empire, as well as the Black Death and the end of the European order. At this talk, David Nelson will discuss the civilizational collapse of 226 CE.

Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Library are sponsoring the free event. The Grant R. Brimhall Library is located at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. For information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu.

Lunchtime Organ Recital Series
Joseph Peeples
Fridays, Jan. 19, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13,
at 12:30 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel
University organist Joseph Peeples showcases the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in four 30-minute recitals featuring varied works for all audiences. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.

Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Biomythography: Un-Panel Workshop
Thursday, Jan. 25, 4-6 p.m.
Overton Hall
Organized and facilitated by Dorit Cypis and Holly Tempo, this workshop will train participants in creating open dialogues and resolving conflict while addressing themes from the art exhibition “Biomythography: Currency Exchange.”

Cypis is an Israeli-born visual artist and innovative professional mediator. Her work explores themes of history, identity and social relations and has been presented in diverse cultural contexts in the United States and internationally. She is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International and the co-founder and educator of the North East Youth Council. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute for the Arts and a Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. In 2014, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rauschenberg Foundation Residency.

Tempo is an associate professor of painting at Otis College of Art and Design who is known for her labor-intensive paintings and site-specific pieces. Her work utilizes urban tropes such as trash, graffiti and cardboard used by the homeless to create shelter. It has been shown extensively in Southern California as well as in India, Spain, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Israel and Central America. Tempo holds an MFA from the Claremont Graduate University.

Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP by Jan. 10 to rollandgallery@callutheran.edu. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or
rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

International Film Festival
“Mona Lisa is Missing”
Featuring Q&A with producers Joe and Justine Mestichelli Medeiros
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14
The “Mona Lisa” was stolen? Surprisingly, yes – on Aug. 21, 1911. Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian immigrant, took the painting and hid it in his dingy tenement room in Paris for more than two years. How did he do it? Why did he do it? The award-winning 2012 documentary “Mona Lisa Is Missing: The True Story of the Man Who Stole the Masterpiece” answers these questions and more.

The documentary is written and directed by Joe Medeiros, who is considered the leading authority on the theft of the masterpiece, and co-produced with Justine Mestichelli Medeiros. The husband and wife, who live in the Conejo Valley, will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the free event. This selection in Cal Lutheran’s fifth annual International Film Festival is shown primarily in English with some subtitles. The theater is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.

For information, contact Brittany Corbucci at 805-796-4555 or bcorbucci@callutheran.edu.