Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Ventura County Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center at 5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for advice from Consulting Rosarians and refreshments. A little rose celebration will be held at 7:00 pm, and our speaker presentation will begin at 7:30 pm.

The VCRS meeting will feature Clair Martin, past Rose Curator at the Huntington Library Rose Garden in Pasadena for over 30 years, who will speak on "Famous Gardens". Mr. Martin is a very knowledgeable Rosarian and author; we will certainly enjoy seeing and hearing about beautiful gardens.

Visitors are always welcome to our VCRS meetings. For more information contact: Janet Sklar at 818-337-9970 or Dawn-Marie Johnson at 805-523-9003. Our website is



The Santa Paula Society of the Arts is pleased to report that our Summer hiatus is over and our regular meetings will continue starting Sept. 21, 2014. The location is at the S.P. Railroad Depot upper gallery, light refreshments will be offered as well as an art demonstration by plein air artist Sparkle Taylor.

Her extensive experience and varied talents allow her to communicate creativity in many media. She began her professional life as a graphic designer and art director. She has worked with paint, clay, Cloth, fiber and metal. Always an avid camper and hiker, Spark was a natural for plein air painting. Come by to meet the talented artist on Sunday 9/21 from 2 to 4.

Visitors are always welcome. Gallery phone for questions is 525-1104


"False-Killer-Whale" - Photo by Richard Salas
"False-Killer-Whale" - Photo by Richard Salas
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"Galapagos-Shark" - Photo by Richard Salas
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"Goliath Grouper" - Photo by Richard Salas
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"Pacific Seahorse" - Photo by Richard Salas
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"Whale-Shark" - Photo by Richard Salas
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The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Richard Salas, professional photographer and author,as our September presenter and guest judge. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday September 16, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Salas specializes in underwater nature and commercial photography. His A.S.K. Studio has been based in Santa Barbara since 1980. Upon his move to Santa Barbara he enrolled at the Brooks Institute of Photography and was fortunate to be mentored by Ernie Brooks, then president of the institute and a legend in the world of underwater photography. Salas worked professionally as a commercial photographer after graduation.

In 2004 Salas decided to combine two passions - photography and diving and has dedicated much of his current work to capturing portraits of what he calls “our underwater family.” Salas says, “I am committed to using my art and technique to spark in others both a reverence and a sense of responsibility for the ocean and its creatures. Through photography I expose viewers to new ways of connecting to the underwater world and its inhabitants so that they, like me, may feel the heartbeat of our precious sea life.” His presentation in Ojai will include a selection of his stunning images and a discussion on the relevance of light with underwater photography.

Salas has in print two of a trilogy of books. “Sea of Light” (2009), his first publication is dedicatedto the underwater denizens of his beloved Santa Barbara Channel. His second book, “Blue Visions” (2012), traces sea-life from Mexico to the equator. The third in the series will be “Luminous Sea,” which will explore sea life of the Pacific Ocean - from the Equator to Alaska.

Masterful photography by Salas has lead to speaking engagements and exhibits at the Ty Warner Sea Center in Santa Barbara, The Long Beach Aquarium, The Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and numerous other venues in Southern California. For full information on Salas please refer to his website at:

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. More information is available at:


Free Sept. 20 performance celebrates Moon Festival

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present a free Chinese Moon Festival Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Samuelson Chapel.

The evening of traditional Chinese and Western music will feature local groups including the Thousand Oaks Folk Ensemble, the Westlake Village Symphony, the Dancing String Chamber, the Yang Sheng Choir and the In-Harmony Chorus. The program is appropriate for ages 8 to adult.

The Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is an important holiday that has been celebrated for thousands of years. Tradition holds that the moon is at its roundest and brightest on this day, signaling a time of completeness and abundance. The harvest season celebration is a day of family reunions, much like Thanksgiving in the United States. Family and friends get together to admire the moon and eat moon cakes. The legend associated with the festival recounts the story of a beautiful woman named Chang E who flew to the moon and has lived there ever since.

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

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures, the Pacific Pearl Music Association and the Center for Asian Performing Arts are sponsoring the concert.

For more information, contact Debby Chang at or 818-309-7254.


The Rose Ensemble
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Jewish, Christian, Muslim history explored at event

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present a free concert that blends the music of ancient Jews, Christians and Muslims at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.

The Rose Ensemble, an award-winning vocal group based in Minnesota, will perform “Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians and Muslims” in Samuelson Chapel.

The result of intensive research and training in the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages, “Land of Three Faiths” is at once sacred and secular, folk and classical. Steeped in the histories of the Abrahamic faiths, this exploration of language, spirituality and cultural exchange features a variety of instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European traditions. Laments of Sephardic Jews mingle with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish court songs. Rhythmic cantigas, Hebrew cantillation and Gregorian chant meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry. The mix of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles and ancient traditions highlights an important and devastating chapter of shared Judaic, Christian and Islamic history.

Each performance by The Rose Ensemble illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on history, languages, politics, religion, and world cultures and traditions to modern audiences. The goal is to perform vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind and lifts the spirit.

The group has thrilled audiences across the United States and Europe with a range of music spanning 1,000 years and more than 25 languages, including new research in Hawaiian, Swedish, Middle Eastern and American vocal traditions.

The Rose Ensemble has made nine critically acclaimed recordings. It received the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and first prize in both sacred and secular music categories at the 2012 Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain. Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, who founded The Rose Ensemble in 1996, received the 2010 Louis Botto Award from Chorus America “for entrepreneurial zeal.”

The ensemble can be heard regularly on American Public Media and the European Broadcasting Union and has been featured live on Radio France, Chicago Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio and National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

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

CLU’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the concert. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit



Camarillo, CA - An exhibition by CSU Channel Islands (CI) students at the Palm Gallery in Camarillo will showcase the intersection of Japanese art and ecology and the value of study abroad. Running Tuesday, Sept. 2, through Wednesday, Sept. 24, “Art and Ecology in Japan: Satoyama and Echizen,” displays traditional ceramic and sustainable land-use techniques from the village of Echizen, Japan, as presented by the 15 CI students who traveled there with their instructors in May for an innovative course.

At a free public reception on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., students will exhibit their own ceramic work alongside that of contemporary Echizen ceramicists, share posters and presentations highlighting the area’s venerated pottery and agricultural techniques, and answer questions about their travel and learning experiences.

The exhibition is the culmination of an UNIV 392 international experience course, Art and Ecology in Japan: Satoyama and Echizen, conceived and co-taught by English Professor Brad Monsma and Art Lecturer Amiko Matsuo. The two-week interdisciplinary course led students to Japan’s Fukui Prefecture for in-depth study of a centuries-old ceramic technique unique to Echizen and “satoyama,” an ancient, sustainable Japanese land-use concept linking village to mountain.

The students worked with clay under the guidance of expert Echizen ceramists, visited 800-year-old historic kiln sites, learned the workings of an organic rice farm, participated in Echizen’s renowned annual Pottery Festival, toured historical, spiritual and cultural sites, performed service activities, and experienced the area’s cuisine, scenery and exceptional hospitality. They were warmly welcomed by town dignitaries, artists, farmers, students, and even interviewed by the local media.

“This trip was my first international travel experience and being immersed in a different culture was very eye opening,” said senior Art major Meghan Sheetz. “I admire how the Japanese incorporate and embrace the arts in their everyday lives, whether through the ceramic bowl they use to eat food or taking grade-school children to the Kanazawa Contemporary Museum. There is a place in their culture for the arts and people honor those who dedicate their lives to an art form.”

Funded by CI’s Instructionally Related Activities Committee, the trip brought together a diverse group of students majoring in subjects including Art, English, History, Environmental Science & Resource Management, Psychology, and Political Science.

“One primary message of this exhibition is the importance of international travel as part of college curriculum,” said Monsma. “These experiences transform students' lives by expanding their worldview and what they see as possible in life. They return to their other college classes with more curiosity and confidence.”

“This show reflects the history of Echizen and provides a clear window into the revival and reclaiming of historical techniques and narratives as essential aspects of tradition,” said Matsuo. “Students were inspired by how the town has used its strong tradition of arts and farming to create a sustainable, collaborative economic and creative model.”

The CI Palm Gallery is located at 92 Palm Avenue, Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is closed Saturday and Sunday. For further information, visit, call 805-437-2772, or email

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.


Camarillo, CA - The CSU Channel Islands (CI) Art program is pleased to present “Destination Out: Photographic Explorations Into the Unknown,” an experimental photography exhibition that blurs the lines between real and abstract by Los Angeles-based photographer and editor Dean Brierly. The work will be on display in CI’s Napa Hall Gallery from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 26. The public is invited to a free opening reception with the artist on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery.

“Destination Out” is a collection of documentary photographs, urban scenes, and images from around the world that have been manipulated in the darkroom in untraditional, experimental ways. Using labor-intensive techniques like photograms, multiple negatives, reverse-tone printing, chemical painting, staining, bleaching and toning, Brierly blurs the boundaries between representational and abstract subject matter and adds visual and emotional complexity to the original images. His intent is to create open-ended meanings and an intuitive, emotional and analytical response among viewers.

Based in Studio City and raised in Detroit, Brierly is a photographer, writer and the editor of Black & White, the fine art photography magazine. He was formerly editor of B&W+COLOR, creative director/associate publisher of Photo Work and managing editor of Camera & Darkroom. His fine art photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions. He also publishes

The Napa Hall Art Gallery, the University’s premier art exhibition venue, is located on Ventura Street on the CI campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the CI Art program at 805-437-2772, email, or visit

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.

October 11, 2014
Jim Messina
Jim Messina

Ojai, CA - Singer-guitarist Jim Messina, a member of the 1960’s folk rock group Buffalo Springfieldand half of the 1970’s rock duo Loggins and Messina, will perform at a special fundraising event at Ojai’s Libbey Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Joining Messina on stage will be Rusty Young a singer and celebrated pedal steel guitarist who was a member with Messina in the seminal country rock band Poco.

“An Evening with Jim Messina with Rusty Young Sittin’ In” begins at 7 p.m. and is being co-sponsored by the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation and Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation. Proceeds benefit Community Memorial Health System’s construction projects: the building of a new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, and the building of a new skilled nursing facility adjacent to the Ojai Valley Community Hospital.

General admission tickets and special seating packages, some featuring a pre-concert dinner with cocktails, can be purchased online at For more information, call 805/652-4253.

Messina, who began playing the guitar when he was 5, has enjoyed a career in rock and country music that has spanned close to 50 years. He spent two years with the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame band Buffalo Springfield, best known for its 1967 anti-Vietnam War song “For What It’s Worth.”

After Buffalo Springfield disbanded in 1968, Messina was a founding member with Rusty Young of Poco, a band that was part of the first wave of the West Coast country rock genre.Messina played lead guitar and supplied vocals and some songwriting to the band. After recording two studio albums and one live album, he left Pocoin 1970.

Messina enjoyed his greatest commercial success with Kenny Loggins, from 1971-1976. Loggins and Messina sold more than 16 million records and had a number of Top 10 hits, including "Danny's Song," "House at Pooh Corner,” and "Your Mama Don't Dance.”

After a few years off for the rest, Messina made three solo albums in the '80s, as well as recording and touring with the original, reunited Poco– best known for its 1978 hits “Heart of the Night” and “Crazy Love” – when the band released the album Legacy in 1989.
Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 12 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

Ethel Percy Andrus at her Ojai Headquarters, Circa 1960
Ethel Percy Andrus at her Ojai Headquarters, Circa 1960
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The Ojai valley Museum and the Gables of Ojai are delighted to co-host a special presentation held in conjunction with the Ojai Valley Museum’s current exhibition on social innovator, Ethel Percy Andrus. Visiting AARP historian, Lily Liu, will give an enlightening power point focused on Andrus who founded Grey Gables and AARP in Ojai during the 1950s. The talk, “AARP and You: Our Shared Story,” will be held at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery Street, Ojai at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, September 9,2014. The public is invited to attend this free presentation.

Visiting lecturer Liu will be accompanied by Robert Hodder, VP Executive Communications & Public Outreach for AARP. They are traveling from Washington D.C. to visit the Ojai Valley Museum’s exhibit on Andrus because AARP is both an underwriter of the current exhibit and the company has loaned objects for the show. The museum exhibit, “Ethel Percy Andrus: How One Woman Changed America,” is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. and closes Sept. 14.

Seating is limited, so please call The Gables of Ojai to confirm your seat. (805) 646-1446.


If you always wanted to try silk painting, print making, mixed media and yes, even an app class in “phonography,” try the 4 Days 4 Ways workshop on Monday evenings in September, taught by resident artists at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo. Workshop participants can experience and create in four different media during sessions from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on September 8, 15, 22 and 29. Students spend each of the four Mondays with a different artist who introduces them to a new medium, and students take home an art project from each class-and perhaps a new passion.

The cost of the four-week workshop is $225 per student and includes all materials. There is a $30 discount ($195 per student) if signing up with a friend or relative. To register or for information, go to or contact Studio Channel Islands at 805-383-1368.

The four sessions of the workshop include:
Christine Leong’s Shibori/tie dyeing silk class where students each paint two scarves, learning two different styles of folding and binding, as well as how to apply and set multiple colors on the same scarf.

“Phonography,” where photographer Barbara Pickles teaches how to take artistic pictures with a cell phone camera by applying basic photography ideas and using free and inexpensive apps.

Peggy Pownall’s mixed media class which combines painting, drawing and collage to provide a dialogue between materials and imagination. While exploring what to say with the artwork, words are literally incorporated into the visual expressions.

Printmaking is one of the most recently developed art forms, and artist Gretel Compton’s class allows for experimentation and play. The students use the press for both monoprint and relief printing.

Studio Channel Islands Art Center and Blackboard Gallery are at 2222 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo. Hours are Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 11:00 to 5:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 3:00. For information, visit or call 805-383-1368. More than 40 resident artist studios are open to the public every First Saturday of the month from 10:00 to 4:00.


CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet Sunday 8/24/14 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. or call 805-797-6563.


A Spiritual Collective Festival Restoring the Cultural Beauty of the Chumash

DATE: Saturday, September 27, 2014
TIME: 10 am - 8 pm
PLACE: The Pottery Studio ~ 1804 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA
Cost: Adults $5, Children under 12 free

On Saturday, September 27th, 2014, the THIRD ANNUAL Festival of SUKINANIK’OY, a celebration of bringing Chumash History back to life in Ventura County, will be held in Ojai at The Pottery Studio, 1804 E. Ojai Avenue, from 10 am to 8 pm. Sukinanik’oy is a Chumash word meaning, “to bring back to life”. For the Barbareno/Ventureno band of Mission Indians (BVBMI), this is a day of celebrating the first time land has been returned to the original people of Ventura County.

Artifacts and human remains were unearthed on Saticoy property that was being developed. Respectfully, everything was reburied as preservation for this once long ago culture. An easement was created by the owners and developers to preserve the history and artifacts of the Chumash. The easement totals about 6 acres. This will be the first time any land in the Ventura area has been given back to the native Chumash people.

Local potter friend Larry Carnes (Chickasaw,) is once again opening his property to the community for this event. Carnes, a Master Potter and owner of The Pottery Studio in Ojai, consulted with the local tribal group to make sacred spirit stones from clay that are glazed with the Chumash designs as a way to preserve these symbols of great respect and spirit. A portion of all sales from this Chumash line of art go to the local BVBMI Tribe who continue their plans for a NON PROFIT Community Educational and Cultural Center that will include a native plant habitat, a tribal library and a place of honor for Native American Veterans.

Join artists, dance performers, local musicians and healers for this amazing collaborative community celebration and project fund raiser in appreciation of the beauty and history of our Valley. Spend the day and participate in the opening and closing ceremonies and blessings. There will be local musicians and Native American dancers, storytelling by Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, a fire ceremony, raffle and a silent auction. Please watch for the upcoming lists of talented artists and performers. Food by Bliss Yogurt of Ojai, Underground Food Truck and more, will be available for your purchase.

Please call if you are interested in performing or selling your art.

For more information call 805 646-6214 or look for entertainment schedules as

October 11-13, Ojai, CA

The Ojai Studio Artists Tour has a rich legacy, from early days that included the celebrated Beatrice Wood, Horace Bristol and Otto and Vivica Heino, to today’s membership of distinguished, award winning artists, each juried in by their peers.

Ojai, California - The 31st annual self-guided Ojai Studio Artists Tour – one of the premier art events in California – is set for Columbus Day weekend, October 11-13. This is the first three-day event in the Tour’s history. Fifty artist studios throughout the breathtaking Ojai Valley will be open each day from 10am to 5pm. The event takes place at the Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai, CA.

The 2014 Tour features the work of six new OSA artists. This year, artist demonstrations will also be a feature at several studios, with the Demonstration Schedule posted in advance on the OSA website and distributed to participants on Tour days.

For locals and early arrivals, there’s a special Pre-Tour program at 7pm on Friday, October 10th. Led by OSA artist Karen Lewis and designed to help people plan their personal Tour schedules, the program provides an introduction to the lives and work of each of the fifty participating Tour artists.

Another popular Tour highlight is Saturday’s Dessert Reception and live music event, open (free) to all Tour artists and ticket-holders. The event also features a raffle of beautiful artist-made “Art Baskets” filled with original art and fine local products, such as Ojai honey, olive oil and lavender.

Proceeds from the Tour and Art Basket raffle fund OSA’s “Artreach Program:” principally the youth art scholarships OSA awards each Spring; also, funding for community needs such as art books for the Library and capital improvements for the Ojai Center for the Arts. To date, OSA Artreach funding totals almost $150,000, making the OSA Tour “the tour with a higher purpose.”

Advanced Tour tickets are $25 adults, $15 for youth 16 and older; youth 15 and under free. Tickets bought on Tour days are $30 adult, $15 youth. A single Tour ticket covers studio visits all three days and admission to Saturday’s Dessert Reception. Tickets and Tour brochures are available at When a ticket is bought online, purchaser receives a link to the detailed map of studio locations and addresses.

The Ojai Studio Artists Tour has a rich legacy, from early days that included the celebrated Beatrice Wood, Horace Bristol and Otto and Vivica Heino, to today’s membership of distinguished, award winning artists, each juried in by their peers. Leading critics and media describe the Ojai Studio Artists as “world-class,” and the Tour, “a rare experience.” Ojai Studio Artists mission is to create an environment where artists thrive ― professional and student alike — and fulfill the potential of the arts to enrich lives and build community. The Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) are an approved 501 (c) 3 nonprofit.

October 10, Friday: free Pre-Tour program for locals and early arrivals, 7pm Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery
October 11-13, Saturday-Monday: OSA Studio Tour, 50 artists, 10 am to 5 pm
October 11, Saturday night: Dessert Reception, Live Music, Art Basket Raffle 7 to 8:30

Web:, Phone: 805-646-9892

About Ojai Studio Artists:
Twenty-nine years ago, three nationally recognized Ojai artists, Bert Collins, Marta Nelson, and Gayel Childress, were inspired to invite art lovers and collectors into the studios of Ojai's many fine artists, sharing a weekend in celebration of art and creativity. The first year, 24 artists opened their studios and 20 more held a joint exhibition at the Ojai Art Center. From this core group, the Ojai Studio Artists group formed. OSA today has doubled in size from its beginnings – each new member juried in only after demonstrating the highest standards of professional excellence and achievement. Since then, the prestige of OSA's annual tour has grown. The second weekend in October has become a premier art experience as thousands tour the studios of the renowned Ojai Studio Artists, traveling at their own pace and visiting with Ojai's finest artists. For visitors, it's a unique opportunity to meet artists, develop relationships and expand collections.


Following the Santa Paula Labor Day Parade
Monday, September 1st 2014 10:30am to 1:30pm

The Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum will host its Second Annual Vintage Tractor Fair on Monday, September 1st, 2014, following the Santa Paula Labor Day Parade.
More than two dozen classic farm tractors from decades past will be displayed by their proud owners on Railroad Avenue adjacent to the Museum from 10:30am to 1:30p.m. Live music, food trucks, and tractor-themed kids’ activities will add to the fun. Admission to the 2nd Annual Vintage Tractor Fair and to the Agriculture Museum is free. A Kids’ Outdoor Fun Zone, which is $5 per person, will also be featured. The Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair is sponsored by the Limoneira Co.

Visitors can view rare tractors and talk to the tractors’ owners, who are all members of the Topa Topa Flywheelers club, as well as view a working vintage engine demonstration. Delicious food options will be available for sale from World Famous Franks, selling gourmet hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches, and Kona Ice, selling refreshing snow cones. Beer and wine will be sold in the beer garden, with the help of Garman’s Pub of Santa Paula.

With the purchase of a $5 wrist band, visitors can enter the Kids’ Fun Zone, in a secured area adjacent to the tractors. Families can stay in or return to the Kids’ Fun Zone as they wish, with the wrist band. Inside, children can compete in or watch pedal tractor races, or bounce in a supervised, super-sized Jolly Jump. They can also ask for a balloon character from our balloon artist Cookie the Clown. There will also be a chance for kids and adults to get close and personal with several farm animals from chickens to alpacas in petting zoo area by Aloha Animal Experience.

Inside the Museum, visitors can view new exhibits about agriculture and vintage equipment in the air-conditioned historic building. Kids can climb on a real Oliver tractor and visit the Museum’s transparent, real beehive. Also, visit the Museum’s General Store and shop our local vendors for special items.

Santa Paula’s favorite rock and roll band, Cruise Knights, will play classic tunes on stage during the Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair. Don’t miss the pie eating contest that will be held at 12:00pm, sponsored by Marie Callender’s. For more information, call (805) 525-3100.

"Zion Gate" by Laura Walter
"Zion Gate" by Laura Walter
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Journeys Through Peace is the next exhibition at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura, showcasing watercolor paintings by Laura Walter from Aug. 12-Sept. 6.

“I’ve been working on this show for a year,” said the Ventura painter, who also is a symphony flutist and Westmont College music instructor. “In this show I’m exploring the various inner states that people have to find their peaceful place. It can be traveling, being in other cultures, or being in nature.”

Walter will be in the gallery to discuss her work during an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 16 and during First Fridays Ventura, Sept. 5, 5-8 p.m. She plans to show about 30 recent paintings, from 5 by 7 inches up to 24 by 30.

“I started seriously painting 14 years ago,” she said, adding that favorite subjects are “people, landscapes — anything that tells a story.

“Whether traveling through Israel or hiking in the national parks, I love thinking about the process of calming down,” Walter added. “In these watercolor paintings, I explore color, texture and story.”

And, she said, “In this show I have a lot of rocks. … Rocks appeal to me because they seem to be so permanent and constant. Of course they are not; they are always changing, but so slowly that we are not always aware of it. I am interested in symbols of stability.”

“I love exploring both of these diverse areas,” Walter said of her travels to Israel and southern Utah and how rocks were not the only link. “Once I started painting and choosing subjects, I realized there were further juxtapositions: the Jordan River and the Virgin River; Zion Gate and Zion Canyon; petrified sand dunes and petrified people.”

Her pictorial souvenirs of both regions 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 Walter’s show or the Buenaventura Art Association, a nonprofit artists cooperative celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, phone 648-1235 during gallery hours or visit the website

"Metal Boy" - Photograph by Paul Meyer
"Metal Boy" - Photograph by Paul Meyer
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"Ooti Market" - Photograph by Paul Meyer
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"Packaged Goods Lady" - Photograph by Paul Meyer
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"Kanyakumari" - Photograph by Paul Meyer
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"PanLady" - Photograph by Paul Meyer
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"Spinner" - Photograph by Paul Meyer
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Join us for: “An Insider’s View of Southern India” with Brooks professor and photographer, Paul Meyer, at the August 19th meeting of the Ojai Photography Club. The presentation begins at 7:00 pm at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Meyer will present a selection photographs taken during a one-month trip to South India. He states, “I am absolutely enamored with India. This was my 5th and longest trip. I spent an entire month there. I actually stayed with my former photo students that are from there. They took me around and I saw regular tourist stuff, but also “insider" stuff. Going to Mysore for Dasara was definitely more of a “local” thing than a Western tourist thing. The biggest difference, for me, between this trip and the trip before was that his time I didn’t go thinking I was going primarily for photography. I was going for the experience and I’d take pictures along the way. In my mind it wasn’t a “photo trip,” but just a trip. I ended up being more relaxed and getting much better images than I was expecting because I had little or no expectations - almost a “zen” photo trip. This was a different approach for me and I loved it!”

Meyer has been teaching a broad range of subjects at Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara Campus, for over 24 years. He was ten when he began documenting his family in Hawaii with his first camera. He earned his BA in Art from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 1977 and continued his education to receive a BA in Industrial Photography from Brooks Institute in 1981 and his MS from Brooks in 2000.

From 1982 to 1990 Meyer worked assisting some of the finest commercial and advertising photographers in New York and Los Angeles. He accepted a full time teaching position with Brooks Institute in 1990. Meyer has traveled extensively doing commercial and personal assignments and has been fortunate enough to go around the world twice with the Semester-At-Sea program.

In addition, Meyer is Director of Academic Affairs for High Sierra Workshops: For Meyer’s personal work see his website at:

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

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:

Deadline Extended to September 30 to apply for For Cash Grants to Ventura Artists and Art Students

Applications are Now Available through the Museum of Ventura County for the Bonita C McFarland Scholarship and the Forum of the Arts Endowment Grant

Bonita McFarland Scholarship: The Museum of Ventura County announces the application process for its visual arts scholarship is open. This scholarship is named for Bonita McFarland, a generous benefactor to the arts in Ventura County. The Bonita C. McFarland Scholarship is available to any continuing college level student of the visual arts who is also Ventura County resident.

The total amount awarded will be $2,500. In past years, individual awards have been $500 or more, depending on need and number of scholarships given. Applicants will be selected by a committee consisting of museum personnel and members of the art and academic community.

Forum of the Arts Endowment Grant This grant extends to the performing and literary arts, as well as the visual arts. Total amount awarded is also $2,500. The Forum of the Arts was formed in 1961 and was the first organization to offer grants to the local arts community. In 1987 the Forum of the Arts Endowment was transferred to the custodianship of the Fine Arts Committee of the Museum of Ventura County, which continues to award the Forum of the Arts grants.

Applications for each award are due September 30, 2014; they must be postmarked September 30 , 2014 or prior, or delivered to the Museum by Tuesday, September 30 2014, before 5:00 pm.

Applications are available online at, at the Museum or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the museum, addressed “Danielle/Bonita McFarland Scholarship 2014” c/o Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001 on the envelope.


CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet Sunday 8/10/14 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. or call 805-797-6563.


Womb with a View:
Selected Works by Sara Thomas
Opens Friday, August 1, 6-9 pm; Part of Downtown Ventura’s
Free First Fridays

What a title for Sara Thomas’ journey--so far--as a woman, mother, wife and daughter. These soft drawings in soft pastels, colored pencils and acrylic ink, carry profound messages. Her first exhibit in Ventura, "Womb with a View" includes a retrospective as well as new works, reflecting her life's journey and the archetypes of birth, death and rebirth. She returns to the womb to heal and rise again. Her recurring theme of the Madonna countered with playful abstracts reflect her spiritual journey.

An Army brat born in 1951, Sara Kendrick Thomas lived her early years in Trieste, Italy and Berlin, Germany, plus on the East Coast of the U.S. Her family settled in Southern California, eventually ending up in Ventura, where she attended Buena High. Sara came late to art after surviving viral encephalitis at age 35. The close brush with death forced her to drop her pre-med studies but serendipitously landed her in the hands of Bay Area portrait artist Jackie Kirk, with whom she studied.

After Sara's husband, Mickey Thomas, of Jefferson Starship fame (yes, she is that 'Sara') survived a brutal beating in late 1989, the couple, along with their young daughter Taylor, moved to Lake Tahoe to heal from the trauma. Here she continued her studies under master sculptor, David Foster, and painter, Phyllis Shafer.

After her divorce, art took a back seat. Sara left her beloved lake, returning to Ventura to be near her family. She began to work again after being inspired by a children's book gifted to her by Museum of Ventura County’s curator Anna Bermúdez.

"Beginning," a 74-by-62-inch oil-on-canvas diptych by Carolin Peters
"Beginning," a 74-by-62-inch oil-on-canvas diptych by Carolin Peters
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Carolin Peters shows man’s path in large oil paintings

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A series of oil paintings following a mythical man’s journey of self-discovery will be on display in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture at California Lutheran University from Aug. 16 through Oct. 2.

An artist’s reception for “The Journey,” featuring the work of Carolin Peters, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

The medium- to large-scale paintings follow a soldierly character on his journey through a dreamlike land, telling a story of self-realization through the exploration of nature and the fantastic. The series depicts encounters with characters and places that affect his path. The works are set in open, pristine landscapes and secluded caves where animals provide guidance to the man as he seeks his true self.

“In this visually and generally overstimulated age, which is all too often laced with cynicism and defeatism, I offer up work intended to wrest away a few minutes of quiet joy, creating a mental and physical space in which to start or continue our personal journey,” said Peters.

Peters, of Orange, has received numerous honors including the Best of Show Award from the Pacific Art Foundation, the 2006 Merit Award from The Art Renewal Center, and the Passport to China Scholarship from the Contemporary Chinese Fine Art Gallery. A native of a small town in southern Germany, she moved to Southern California in 2002 and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art from Laguna College of Art and Design. She has participated in numerous shows throughout California.

Admission is free. The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, contact curator Michael Pearce of the CLU Art Department at 805-444-7716 or visit