“Forlorn and Forsaken” by Breezy Winters (Brooks Institute), photograph, Collection of the artist.
“Forlorn and Forsaken” by Breezy Winters (Brooks Institute), photograph, Collection of the artist.
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“Astronaut Study #2” by Thadius Taylor (Ventura College), oil on canvas paper, Collection of the artist.
“Astronaut Study #2” by Thadius Taylor (Ventura College), oil on canvas paper, Collection of the artist.
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“Adequate Pipe” by Dylan Gasaway (Ventura College), high fired ceramic, metal, wood and reclaimed materials, Collection of the artist.
“Adequate Pipe” by Dylan Gasaway (Ventura College), high fired ceramic, metal, wood and reclaimed materials, Collection of the artist.
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SANTA PAULA, CA – The Santa Paula Art Museum will introduce the next generation of California art and artists in its newest exhibition, Next Generation Revisited, featuring students from Brooks Institute, California Lutheran University, California State University Channel Islands and Ventura College. The student show will premiere Saturday, February 28, 2015 with an opening reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Admission to the reception is $10.00 for SPAM members and $15.00 for the general public. Students of all ages will be admitted free.

Next Generation Revisited celebrates the significance of the relationship between an artist and his/her teacher, and recognizes the profound influence they can have on one another. The students featured in the exhibition were specially selected by their own teachers for their emerging talents, fresh perspectives and, most importantly, their hard work and dedication to their crafts.

The student show will feature art in a variety of two and three-dimensional media. The works are bold and thought-provoking and explore a variety of contemporary themes like science, technology and war. Each artwork will be accompanied by a narrative written by both teacher and student describing how each has been inspired by the other. As student Megan Petree says of her Ventura College professor Jenchi Wu, “I would not be the artist I am today without her guidance.” The exhibition will run through July 5, 2015.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th 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.


Dean Zatkowsky by photographer David Baker.
Dean Zatkowsky by photographer David Baker.

Written by Writer/Contributor Brian Berman

Free for All

After six years of awesome and inspirational leadership for the Ojai Photo Club, Dean Zatkowsky has hung up his president’s hat, but will continue as a club member. The club membership wholeheartedly thanks him for his tireless service and for bringing the club into the technological age. A new team will take over the tasks of running the organization with the same enthusiasm, programs and dedication to education, inspiration and camaraderie.

The first meeting of 2015 will kick off with David Baker, Ojai Images photographer and website architect, who will present the “ins and outs” of the new Ojai Photo Club website. The talk will includehighlights of the amazingly easy way for members to submit images for review by the invited guest presenters. His presentation will be followed by a “Free for All” evening of self-review. The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

The “Free for All” will be held in lieu of a judge reviewer. Members will submit one image, either in print or digital format, and explain their point of view and ask for questions. A problem photograph may be submitted and the audience may offer suggestions for improving the image.

Full details on the club are available at our new website: http://www.ojaiphotoclub.com. The website includes information on membership, newsletters, submission guidelines, a tribute video to Zatkowsky and more.

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

The club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Only members may submit images for critique.



Camarillo, CA - When she needed advice, Jerilee Petralba would always stop by Kathy Musashi's office at CSU Channel Islands (CI).

"When I was a student, I would bounce ideas off her," Petralba, 35, said.

Later, Petralba came to work at CI in the same building and her friendship with Musashi flourished. They were 30 years apart in age, but shared a love of art.

Musashi was a quilter and Petralba was studying for a degree in graphic design at CI.

Almost 11 years after they met, both women have distinguished themselves as artists and have, for the first time, collaborated on an exhibit called "Rendered Into Pieces."

The show, which opened Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 18, has an opening reception Thurs., Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CI Palm Gallery at 92 Palm Drive in Camarillo.

The exhibit combines Musashi's work—a modern take on the traditional art of quilting— with Petralba's work in cutting edge digital design.

"It is like an exploration between quilting and digital," Petralba said. "We've never created anything together before."

Both women discovered their art as a second career. Petralba earned her degree in liberal arts at CI before returning to get another baccalaureate degree in graphic design, then began to create artwork with her graphic design skills.

Musashi discovered quilting as a young adult after taking a hiatus from sewing while raising her family.

"I sewed a lot as a kid," Musashi said. "Once I had to put a zipper in my kid's pants, that was the end of that," she said.

Musashi didn't realize how professional her pieces were until her coworkers arranged a one-woman quilt show for Musashi when she retired from CI in 2014.

"I got a lot of nice compliments," she said.

What: "Rendered Into Pieces" exhibit reception
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Date: Thurs., Feb. 12
Where: CI Palm Gallery
Address: 92 Palm Drive, Camarillo
For more: Call 437-2772 or click on: http://art.csuci.edu/gallery/camarillogallery.html.

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.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world's largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/


"Tulip Bouquet" by Carol Henry
"Tulip Bouquet" by Carol Henry
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Artist creates prints by projecting light on photo paper

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - One-of-a-kind flower images will be on exhibit from Thursday, Feb. 26, through Friday, April 10, at California Lutheran University’s Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture.

An opening reception for “ShadowGraphica,” which features the works of artist Carol Henry, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 28.

Henry is a darkroom artist who creates botanical images without using a camera or film. She has spent three decades making the monoprints in the darkroom by projecting light through the cells of a flower directly onto Cibachrome paper. She calls her darkroom prints “florachromes” and “shadowgraphs.”

Because no negative is involved in Henry’s photographic process and the flowers can withstand only a single exposure, each image is one-of-a-kind. The Swiss photo paper Cibachrome has been discontinued due to the popularity of digital photography, so Henry’s inventory of unexposed paper is diminishing.

In addition to dozens of the unique Cibachrome prints, the exhibit will include 8-by-10-foot digital enlargements that place the viewer within the frame of the art piece, able to roam the colorful forms and explore the translucent work much as an insect might.

Inspired by the floral paintings of Georgia O’Keefe, Henry worked for years to develop a photographic technique that would allow her to explore the internal spirit and essence of flowers. While pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and design at Northern Michigan University, Henry discovered the technique one afternoon while she was confined to the college darkroom due to a howling blizzard.

Henry is the photo director at Carmel Visual Arts. She spent more than three years as the fine print specialist for the Ansel Adams Gallery and was a three-year artist in residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Center. She is a charter member of Women in Photography International.

She has been represented in more than 30 galleries and 200 exhibitions. Her work is widely collected both nationally and internationally and is in many permanent and corporate collections.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center on the south side of Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Cal Lutheran’s Art Department is sponsoring the free exhibition and reception. For more information, call Michael Pearce at 805-444-7716 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwan_fong.


Actresses Kevlyn Holmes (left) and Cecilia Lindgren. Photo by Brian Stethem.
Actresses Kevlyn Holmes (left) and Cecilia Lindgren. Photo by Brian Stethem.
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In play, violent attack transforms lives of couple

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University’s Theatre Arts Department will present a play about the transformation of a couple’s lives after a violent attack from Feb. 25 through March 1.

The Mainstage Production of “Stop Kiss” will be performed at 8 p.m. daily Wednesday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, Feb. 28, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Black Box Theatre on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The play by the American playwright Diana Son was produced off-Broadway in 1998 at The Public Theater in New York City and extended three times. One of the stars was Sandra Oh of the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy.”

After Callie meets Sara, the two slowly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that puts one of the women in a coma and transforms their lives in ways they could never anticipate. Throughout “Stop Kiss,” relationships are explored, formed and ended. Scenes alternate between the timeline leading up to the kiss and the aftermath.

“’Stop Kiss’ isn’t a play about homophobia or about gay rights, though it certainly may make you think about those topics,” said director Jocelyn Hall. “This is a play about love and how two people, who just happen to be women, manage to find it with each other as well as with themselves.”

Hall, an adjunct faculty member, earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Cal Lutheran in 2005 and went on to earn a master’s degree in fine arts from California State University, Long Beach. She also studied improvisation and sketch comedy at IO West in Hollywood, where she performs monthly. Along with teaching, she continues to pursue acting in the theater and on camera. She was awarded the Best of Fringe award for her work in a production of “Three Tables” at The Hollywood Fringe Festival.

The play stars Kevlyn Holmes, a psychology major from Gazelle, and Cecilia Lindgren, a theater arts major from Thousand Oaks.

The Black Box Theatre is located in the Theatre Arts Building at 141 Memorial Parkway.

Admission is $10. For more information, call 805-493-3415.

Local Photographer Mario Rodriguez captured City Hall last week. Thank you for the great photos Mario.
Local Photographer Mario Rodriguez captured City Hall last week. Thank you for the great photos Mario.
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Photo by Mario Rodriguez
Photo by Mario Rodriguez
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Photo by Mario Rodriguez
Photo by Mario Rodriguez
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Free event at Carmike part of International Film Series

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University’s International Film Series will continue with a free screening of the Chinese film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

The 2000 film directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee will be shown with subtitles at 7 p.m. at Carmike Thousand Oaks 14.

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which is rated PG-13, takes place in Qing Dynasty China, where miracles are credible and spirits and gods are present in the human world. Here, it is not unbelievable for Zen warriors to float through the air, skim the water and battle in trees and on rooftops. Pain, revenge and duty bind people in this world, but in the after life, love and faith linger on.

The lavish and exciting fantasy became the highest grossing foreign-language film ever released in the United States and was a rare example of a subtitled film that achieved widespread stateside success. Its many awards include four Oscars including Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director at the Golden Globes, and four British Academy Awards including Best Director.

Lee was one of the first Chinese-born directors to find critical and commercial success on both sides of the Pacific. He made his directorial debut in 1992 with the dramatic comedy “Pushing Hands,” the first in a trilogy dealing with conflicts between older and younger generations. He directed his first Hollywood film, “Sense and Sensibility,” in 1995. This was followed by “The Ice Storm” in 1997, “Ride With the Devil” in 1999, “Hulk” in 2003, “Brokeback Mountain” in 2005 and “Taking Woodstock” in 2009. He earned the 2013 Academy Award for Best Director for his latest film, “Life of Pi.”

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Carmike Thousand Oaks 14 is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive.

The festival, sponsored by the university’s Department of Languages and Cultures with support from Pearson Library, will continue with the German film “The Lives of Others” on March 12 and the French film “Mood Indigo” on April 15.

For more information, contact Debby Chang at 818-865-9772 or ddchang@callutheran.edu.

Cal Lutheran concert will honor Thousand Oaks couple
Thomas Trotter. Photo credit: Adrian Burrows.
Thomas Trotter. Photo credit: Adrian Burrows.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An internationally renowned British organist will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at California Lutheran University.

Thomas Trotter of Birmingham plays the sole concert in this year’s Orvil and Gloria Franzen Organ Program Series. The program will include works by George Frideric Handel, John Stanley, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Paul Hindemith, as well as contemporary composers James MacMillan and Errollyn Wallen.

One of Britain’s most admired musicians, Trotter became the first organist honored as Best Instrumentalist by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2002 and received the International Performer of the Year Award from the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in 2012.

Appointed Birmingham City Organist in 1983, he is also the organist at St. Margaret’s Church in Westminster Abbey and a visiting fellow in organ studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is a recording artist and tours on four continents, playing at renowned concert venues and festivals.

This year’s Franzen series event honors Thousand Oaks residents Eugene Craig and Jennifer Zobelein for their generous support of the university’s Music Department. The couple, who earned teaching credentials from Cal Lutheran and taught elementary school for more than a decade, are music enthusiasts. Jennifer, who wrote “A Forest of Pipes: The Story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ,” plays the organ and piano. Craig, who has performed with the Conejo Players, plays the organ and piano in addition to the accordion and guitar and also composes music. The Ventura County Arts Council named them the Arts Philanthropists of the Year in 2012.

Donations will be accepted.

Samuelson Chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

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

Award-winning Christopher Cokinos will discuss birds
Christopher Cokinos
Christopher Cokinos

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An award-winning nature writer will talk about extinct bird species at California Lutheran University in February.

Christopher Cokinos will present “Re-civilization: Extinction, Heresy and Hope” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Overton Hall. As part of his talk, he will read selections from his 2000 nonfiction book, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds.” The free event, part of the university’s Artists and Speakers Series, ties into Cal Lutheran’s emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches and environmental issues.

Cokinos is an associate professor of English at the University of Arizona where he teaches creative writing and curates The Next American Nature and Science Writing series. Affiliated with the university’s Institute of the Environment, Cokinos has strong interests in research-based nonfiction writing on nature and science, and science fiction as literature. Other interests include climate change (especially geoengineering), extinction, natural history, space sciences, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and improving science communications.

He is the author of the literary nonfiction book “The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars,” the lyric essay collection “Bodies, of the Holocene” and the poetry chapbook “Held as Earth.” His current book project is a history of the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

“Hope is the Thing with Feathers” won the Glasgow Prize and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. For “The Fallen Sky,” Cokinos received a National Science Foundation grant to participate in a meteorite-hunting expedition in Antarctica. The book was a finalist for the Saroyan Prize.

Cokinos’ books have been featured and praised in such media outlets as “All Things Considered,” People magazine, the Boston Globe, Nature, Science, and Natural History. His poems, reviews, essays and aphorisms have appeared widely in such publications as Poetry, Science, Birder World, Hotel Amerika, Orion, The New York Times and The American Scholar. His essays have won the John Burroughs natural-history essay prize and the FineLine Lyric Prose Prize from Mid-American Review. He contributes to both the Los Angeles Times and High Country News.

Overton Hall is located south of Memorial Parkway and west of Regent Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, contact Jacqueline Lyons at jlyons@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3825.


CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet on Sunday 2/8/15 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.

Robert Thies
Robert Thies
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Event features accomplished pianist, violinist, cellist

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present the Premier Players in concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, in Samuelson Chapel.

Pianist Robert Thies and violinist Lorenz Gamma will join Cal Lutheran faculty cellist Joyce Geeting in a performance of music by Antonin Dvorak, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert and Zoltan Kodaly as part of the university’s Artist and Speakers Series.

As the Gold Medal Award winner in the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Thies is the only American pianist to win a Russian competition since Van Cliburn’s triumph in 1958. Thies is described by the Los Angeles Times as a pianist of “unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power.” A frequent recitalist in the United States and abroad, he has developed a reputation for his genuine interpretations of intriguing and delicately balanced programs. The Los Angeles resident he has worked and recorded with top studio musicians and film composers. His playing can be heard on Mychael Danna’s Oscar-winning score to “The Life of Pi” and he was a featured pianist on Danny Elfman’s concert piece “Serenada Schizophrana.”

Born and educated in Switzerland, Gamma is a violinist who, like Thies and Geeting, has enjoyed a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. The Los Angeles resident has performed internationally a large part of the string quartet repertoire of more than 50 composers, as well as most of the other standard chamber music repertoire of more than 80 composers. Gamma dedicates himself with passion to coaching chamber music in addition to teaching violin. He has given master classes in the U.S., Europe and Asia and has taught violin at several universities. His private and professional violin students have won numerous prizes and gone on to continue their studies at prestigious music schools.

Geeting has been featured in televised solo and chamber performances in Europe and the U.S., served as a soloist and faculty member for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria and toured Western Europe with the Collegium String Quartet. The Simi Valley resident has performed as a soloist with festivals in Austria and Italy and as a guest artist with symphonies throughout the U.S. The Los Angeles section of the American String Teachers Association named her the 2014 Studio Teacher of the Year and she has numerous award-winning students as well as former students who are professionals throughout the U.S. and in Europe and South Africa.

The free concert is part of the university’s Artists and Speakers Series. The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visitCalLutheran.edu.


SANTA PAULA, CA – “End of Bees,” a tantalizing look into a world made of earthly elements.

“End of Bees,” the art of Elena Horowitz-Brookes, is the current exhibit at the Ventura College Santa Paula site. A Meet the Artist Reception will take place Tuesday, February 3, 6:30-8:00 PM. The exhibit will run through March 12, 2015.

Elena Horowitz-Brookes’ recent series, “End of Bees,” is a lyrical depiction of altered reality concerned with depth and space. Defying her own post-apocalyptic world with whimsy, the alluring colors and flower-like shapes are juxtaposed with a sense of anxiety, urgency even. Striped teardrop shapes echo powerless bees—frustrated without their stinging power, as they spit and ooze into the primordial garden. Elena's often complimentary color scheme is tweaked, creating an acidic charge unexpected in the abstracted fields, while hints of feminism dance in egg shapes around her acrylic works on canvas. Elena's work is a tantalizing look into a world made of earthly elements but still not our own. She explores the richness of those elements and creations just beyond our grasp; not in an attempt to define or categorize, but simply to ponder and admire. In this manner, Elena's paintings and works on paper do not force their viewer to believe any which way. Open for interpretation, they are open arms to exploration and expression. www.elenahorowitz-brookes.com

Art Exhibitions at the Ventura College Santa Paula site offers students and members of the community a forum for the presentation, interpretation, and discussion of artworks, from a variety of media within an educational setting. An on-going series of exhibitions by visiting artists encourages individual thinking, develops visual literacy, supports local artists, and inspires a lifelong commitment to the arts. For more information contact (805) 525-7136 or vcsp@vcccd.edu. The Ventura College Santa Paula site is located at 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula, CA 93060. Parking and admission are free. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Follow the event online: https://www.facebook.com/events/193410630829569

Mixed-media Ojai artist exhibits work at the Ag Museum

The Museum of Ventura County presents Contemporary Impressions: The Artwork of Kate Hoffman at its Agriculture Museum, opening February, 7, 2015 and remaining on view through May 31, 2015. The opening reception will be held Saturday, February 7, from 4-7 pm. Award-winning artist Kate Hoffman is familiar to many people in Ventura County for her paintings of horses and other animals, as well as for the fluid blue and green water of her seascapes.

She usually paints in oils on large surfaces, blending rich, earthy colors with outlined suggestions of shape and volume. Her images are simple and loose, and her surfaces are often rubbed to suggest the dimension of the canvas, paper and gesso underneath. This exhibition comprises 12 large works, mostly oil on canvas and many of which depict horses.

“My goal,” she says, “is to create an avenue directly into the emotion of the painting, whether it’s a horse, a giraffe or a tiny boat on a vast green sea.”

Hoffman studied at the Art Students’ League in New York and at the Instituto Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums, including the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico and The Logan House Gallery of the Beatrice Wood Foundation in Ojai. Her work can be found in many private collections, as well as the permanent collections of the Ojai Valley Inn and Rotary International U.S Headquarters in Chicago.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California, in their historic downtown. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under, and for Museum of Ventura County members. The first Sundays of every month is free to the public. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.


Buenaventura Art Association will present a selection of works by the late Len Poteshman in a Feb. 10-March 7 exhibition at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

A prolific Ventura artist for more than a decade, Poteshman was 88 at the time of his death of brain cancer in August 2014. His longtime life partner and studio mate, sculptor Linda Carson, is curating the show from the collection of Poteshman’s daughters, Neila and Mica, who inherited his paintings and sculptures. There will be a reception in connection with the show from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 21.

Poteshman aspired to be a concert violinist, but broke both hands badly in an airplane accident after being drafted during World War II. So he pursued an art career instead, studying at the Chicago Art Institute, American Academy of Arts and Chouinard Art Institute before earning his Master of Fine Art degree at the University of Guadalajara under the G.I. Bill.

He painted portraits in Mexico for a time before moving back to the States, where he became a deputy in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, moving up the ranks during a 25-year career. Poteshman’s art background became part of his work: He sketched crime suspects from witness descriptions, sculpted representations of victims’ wounds and re-created crime scenes for investigations. He also worked undercover on art fraud cases with the FBI and other agencies.

After retiring from law enforcement, Poteshman taught art in Los Angeles until relocating in 2001 to Ventura. Figures remained a frequent theme in his paintings, and he often used acrylics and epoxy to create sculptural canvases.

The posthumous exhibition of Poteshman’s art will be at the Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., which is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more about BAA shows, art opportunities and joining the nonprofit artists’ cooperative, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org.

Local Photographer Mario Rodriguez captured the sunset in Downtown Santa Paula on Sunday, January 25th. Thanks for the great photo Mario.
Local Photographer Mario Rodriguez captured the sunset in Downtown Santa Paula on Sunday, January 25th. Thanks for the great photo Mario.
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Thousand Oaks Chinese Folk Ensemble
Thousand Oaks Chinese Folk Ensemble
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Free event features food, music, dance, martial arts

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will host its popular Chinese New Year celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Soiland Recreation Center.

This year, the annual event coincides with the “Chinese Figurative Realism in the 21st Century” exhibit through April 9 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art and “A Chinese New Year Residency at the Kwan Fong Gallery” from Feb. 10 through 19.

The free event will celebrate the year of the wood sheep with a traditional lion dance and gong fu and tai ji martial arts demonstrations. Performers will include the Thousand Oaks Chinese Folk Ensemble, Yang Sheng Choir, in-Harmony Choir, Thousand Oaks Chinese School Dance Group, Thousand Oaks Tai Ji Group and Santa Barbara Dance Group.

Authentic egg rolls, dumplings, chicken, noodles and desserts will be served. Artists will demonstrate painting and calligraphy, and vendors will offer a variety of items for sale. Red envelopes will be distributed to participants for good luck.

Chinese New Year, which this year begins on Feb. 19, is the most important of the Chinese holidays. The holiday lasts 15 days and focuses on bringing good luck for the new year.

According to legend, Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian. To protect themselves, villagers put out food to satisfy the Nian. Later, finding that the beast feared the color red, they hung red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. Today, adults give red envelopes, often containing money, to children to symbolize wealth and prosperity in the coming year. Lanterns symbolize the brightness of spring. In dragon and lion dances, a group of dancers parade under elaborately decorated costumes to scare away bad luck.

Cal Lutheran’s Languages and Cultures Department, Multicultural Programs & International Student Services, Chinese Culture Club and Community Leaders Association are sponsoring the celebration.

Soiland Recreation Center is located in Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, contact Debby Chang at ddchang@callutheran.edu or Daniel Lawrence at 805-493-3489 or lawrenc@callutheran.edu.

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January 31

On Saturday, January 31 at 3 pm, artist Richard Schloss will present a gallery talk and tour of his solo exhibition Painting the Light: California Landscapes of Richard Schloss at the Museum of Ventura County. The UCSB-trained artist will give a firsthand account of how he began landscape painting in an era of abstract art (the 1970s), and how his plein air technique has developed over time. Schloss is a founding member of the famed Oak Group artist collective, formed in 1986 to raise awareness (and funds) for nature preservation along the Central Coast.

In honor of his roots as an art student and later an art instructor, Schloss will gear this talk toward art students, who will be admitted free with a valid student ID. For the public, admission to the gallery talk is included with museum admission.

To RSVP, please contact Tina Nielsen at (805) 653-0323 x330, or tnielsen@venturamuseum.org to attend.

The Museum of Ventura County presents Painting the Light: California Landscapes of Richard Schloss, an exhibition of more than thirty-five paintings from this prolific painter.

The oil paintings of Richard Schloss are a testament to the beauty of the land and sea that surrounds us—traditional, impressionistic and yet always unique in the genre of landscape painting. His exceptional and dramatic treatment of light creates and captures a moment in time that evokes memories of an unspoiled California. Quoting artist and co-founder of the Oak Group, Ray Strong, “there is light, and then there is Schloss light.”

Richard graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Master of Fine Arts in 1979 and a BA in Italian in 1981. Following his graduation, he lived and painted in the Santa Barbara area for many years. It was during those years that Schloss became part of a movement of landscape painters known as the Oak Group. This group of artists was committed to preserving open spaces by bringing public awareness to preservation efforts in areas throughout California, including the Channel Islands, Santa Barbara, the eastern Sierra and Marin County.

Featured in the exhibition are works culled from private collections and galleries throughout California as well as four new works created recently which have never before been exhibited.

Richard Schloss is recognized as one of California’s best landscape artists. He is part of a tradition of California plein air painters and Impressionists, reminiscent of the early twentieth century artists including Edgar Payne, Maurice Braun, William Wendt, Granville Redmond and others who, over one hundred years ago led the way. These artists, whether classically trained academic painters or self-taught artists, chronicled the scale, the scope and the picturesque expanse of California’s incredible vistas. Today, Richard Schloss continues that same dedication to his subject matter in the form of his light-filled canvasses and awe-inspiring natural landscapes.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $5.00 Adults (18 years & older) $3.00 Seniors (65 and older), Students & AAA members with ID, $1.00 Children (17-6 years old) Children 5 years old & younger are FREE. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

10 days of art demonstrations, talks at Cal Lutheran
Mian Situ
Mian Situ

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Six Chinese-born artists will give lectures and demonstrations, including the painting of a Mongolian couple on their wedding day, throughout a 10-day residency at California Lutheran University.

“A Chinese New Year Residency at the Kwan Fong Gallery” will run from Tuesday, Feb. 10, through Thursday, Feb. 19. It coincides with the “Chinese Figurative Realism in the 21st Century” exhibit on display from Jan. 22 through April 9 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art and the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 12.

Nan Liu, an associate professor of visual arts at Florida A&M University, will present a lecture titled “Introducing Traditional Chinese Brush Painting” from 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 10. He will demonstrate brush-painting techniques from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 11.

Xu Weixin, a professor and artist in the School of Arts at Renmin University of China, will discuss “Chinese Contemporary Art Observation ¬– Thinking and Practice” from 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 12. He will work on an oil painting called “The Miner” from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

California Art Club Signature Artist Jove Wang will present “Art Reflects Personality" and sign copies of his book “Instinct & Feeling: Jove Wang’s Oil Painting” from 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 14. He will paint a Mongolian couple on their wedding day from 1 to 5 p.m. Valentine’s Day and continue painting 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

Mian Situ, a California Art Club Signature Artist, will discuss “Chinese immigration History and My Art” and sign copies of the 2007 book “The Overseas Oil Painter of China: The Works of Mian Situ’s Oil Painting” from 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 17. He will return from 1 to 5 p.m. to paint a Chinese model wearing traditional clothing.

Z.S. Liang, an award-winning painter from Agoura Hills, will discuss “American Indian Culture and My Art” and sign copies of Tom Saubert’s 2014 book, “Z.S. Liang, Native Trails Fresh Tracks,” from 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 18. He will return from 1 to 5 p.m. to work on an oil painting of a Native American model.

Yu Ji, a professor of art at California State University, Long Beach, will discuss “American and Chinese Street Culture and My Art” from 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 19. He will return from 1 to 5 p.m. to demonstrate figurative drawing and composition in art.

Visitors to the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture may also catch the Chinese artists at work at other times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. throughout the residency. The free events are part of the university’s Artists and Speakers Series. For more information, visit CalLutheran.edu or contact Michael Pearce at 805-444-7716.


CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet on Sunday 1/25/15 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.

Phil Harvey. Photo by Sally Carless.
Phil Harvey. Photo by Sally Carless.
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Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Ojai has no shortage of Renaissance men and women, but none quite like Phil Harvey. He has forged distinguished careers as a singer in opera, light opera and musicals, and as a movie actor he appeared in the classic film “Touch of Evil,” among others.He is an accomplished photographer and some of his striking Ojai images are collected in the popular booklet in post card format, “Mystique of Ojai”. This Sunday, Jan. 25, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, he will share some of his stories with the public at the Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Avenue, in a special event, “A Conversation With Phil Harvey.”

The museum’s Town Talks coordinator, Mark Lewis, will sit down with Harvey to chat about his many-faceted career and the extraordinary people he met along the way, including Krishnamurti; John Bauer, founder of the Ojai Music Festival;Iris Tree, English poet and actress, who invited Harvey to join the Ojai Art Center’s Shakespearian Theater group; Orson Welles, who directed Harvey in “Touch of Evil;” and Clint Eastwood, whom Harvey met when both were young contract players at Universal.

Harvey also founded the Ojai Photography Club and the Ojai Community Chorus, and served as longtime music director at the Ojai Presbyterian Church. In 2003, he received the City of Ojai’s “Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award,” andin 2010 the Rotary Club of Ojai honored him as a Living Treasure. Indeed, he has a treasure chest full of stories to share this Sunday. Well into his tenth decade of life he remains a vibrant and active member of the local arts community. The event will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For this Town Talk, museum members are admitted free and $5 for non-members.

The Ojai Valley Museum, established in 1967, is generously supported in part by museum members, private donors, business sponsors and underwriters, the Smith-Hobson Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, City of Ojai, Ojai Community Bank, Rotary Club of Ojai, Ojai Civic Association and a grant from the Heritage Fund of Ventura County Community Foundation.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: Free for current 2014 members, adults - $5.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Tours are available by appointment. Free parking is available off Blanche Street at back of museum.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, e-mail ojaimuseum@sbcglobal.net or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley Museum.org Find us on Facebook Ojai Valley Museum