Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the opening of two exhibitions running concurrently in its galleries at Napa Hall.

CI will present Los Angeles-based artist Corey Stein’s series “The Accidental Arsonist” in the main gallery at Napa Hall from Monday, Jan. 27, to Friday, Feb. 21. A free, public artist’s reception and talk will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Stein uses a diverse array of art media to tell the true story of a large and destructive wildfire set off by the improbable encounter of a grasshopper and an electrical fence. Woodcarving, beading, painting, paper sculpture and comic book art are all employed to tell the story of the fire and the life cycle of the small creature that started the conflagration. Stein imparts both sadness and whimsy into this unfortunate collision of nature and humanity’s intervention in the environment.

“Re-Imagining,” a ceramic series by senior art student Han Nguyen, will run simultaneously in CI’s Grad Wall Gallery at Napa Hall, Room 1154. A free, public opening reception with the artist will also take place Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Nguyen’s beautifully crafted exhibition is inspired by the creation stories of her native Vietnam, where people are believed to be descendants of dragons and celestial deities. “Re-Imagining” explores the rich and heterogeneous nature of the Asian American experience at its very best.

The Napa Hall Art Gallery 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 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.


1st female American-born Chinese doctor lived locally

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The first American-born Chinese female physician and changing U.S. social norms of race, gender and sexuality will be the subject of a free lecture at California Lutheran University in February.

The Artists and Speakers Series will present Judy Tzu-Chun Wu in a presentation titled “Doctor Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: Strategic Transgression and Normativity in Asian-American History” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Lundring Events Center.

Wu is an associate professor at Ohio State University where she holds a joint appointment with the department of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and coordinates the Asian American Studies Program and the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective.

Her first book, “Doctor Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity,” focuses on the first-known American-born woman of Chinese descent to obtain a medical degree in the United States. “Mom Chung” graduated from the University of Southern California’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1916, a time when Chinese in California lived in a climate of widespread discrimination.

Margaret Chung was born in 1889 in Santa Barbara, the eldest of 11 children. Her parents became invalids when she was very young, and she was forced to support the family by the age of 10. She first drove a horse-drawn freight wagon and then, as a seventh-grader, worked 12-hour days in a Chinese restaurant. The family moved to Ventura, and then to Los Angeles. She put herself through college and medical school by winning scholarships, selling medical supplies and lecturing on China. Dr. Chung went on to provide medical care for American GIs during World War II and “adopted” more than 1,000 “fair-haired bastards,” as she called her American GI sons. She died in 1959.

Wu’s second book, “Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era,” was published last year. She is currently collaborating on a political biography of Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink, co-sponsor of Title IX legislation and the first woman of color elected to Congress.

Lundring Events Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at 130 Overton Court on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s history department, Alpha Xi Psi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, Artists and Speakers Committee, Asian studies minor program, Center for Equality and Justice and President’s Diversity Council are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact David Nelson at or 805-493-3318.


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Symposium highlights writers, civic leaders, scientists

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The 2014 Nordic Spirit Symposium at California Lutheran University will highlight Scandinavians who played major roles in the development of the Western United States.

“Scandinavians in the Old West” will be held Feb. 7 and 8 on the Thousand Oaks campus. The public is invited to join in the spirit of a symposium, which blends music, dining and the free exchange of ideas to enhance the pleasure of learning.

Jennifer Easton Attebery, director of the Folklore Program at Idaho State University, will open the Friday evening session with a discussion of how translations of Buffalo Bill dime novels and weeklies by Swedish emigrants influenced perception of the American West back home. John Mark Nielsen, executive director of the Danish Immigrant Museum in Iowa, will follow with a light-hearted overview of the novels of immigrant Kristian Ostergaard, which portrayed the important role Danes played in the Old West.

On Saturday, Ryland Penta, a student at the University of Washington, will discuss the lasting legacy of civically active Scandinavians in that state, including department store founder John Nordstrom. Judith Lähde Reynolds, co-author of a biography of Gustaf Nordenskiöld, will relate how the controversial young Swedish scientist made Mesa Verde famous long before it became a national park.

Three former CLU employees will give presentations on Saturday. Mary Hekhuis, former director of public relations at CLU, will tell how Finnish immigrant Oscar Wirkkala’s creativity and inventions revolutionized logging on the steep slopes of the Pacific Northwest. Ernst F. Tonsing, CLU professor emeritus of religion and Greek, will recount how “Three Lucky Swedes” (one of whom was Norwegian) struck it rich in the Alaska Gold Rush, founded the city of Nome and became benefactors to their home countries as well as San Francisco and Oakland. Dorothy Schechter, CLU professor emerita of music, will entertain the audience with the piano music of and stories about composer Edvard Grieg, “the rugged ‘cowboy’ individualist from the west coast of Norway.”

A reception will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Scandinavian Center. The symposium will conclude with dinner and entertainment at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Lundring Events Center. All presentations will be in Samuelson Chapel.

CLU and the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation are sponsoring the symposium. The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the Norway House Foundation in San Francisco provided grants.

For prices, schedules and registration, call 805-660-3096. The early registration deadline is Jan. 18 and the deadline to sign up for the Saturday lunch and dinner is Jan. 24.



Horses racing across hills in the Bighorn Mountains, cowhands returning home after a long day’s work and young cowboys in a winter storm - these are some of the images you will encounter in “Horses and Icons of the West”, an exhibit of photographs by Fine Art Photographer, Robert Diehl. The photographs will be exhibited on the Shively Wall at the Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula.

The Santa Pauls Society of Arts is hosting Diehl as a featured artist January 22 through February 27, 2014 at the Blanchard Community Library, 
119 N. 8th Street, Santa Paula, California.

The photographs in the exhibit are from a collection made during a week on a three thousand square mile ranch in Wyoming.

Diehl’s photograph, “Shadows on the Wall” from this collection won best of show in the 2013 Art and Photography Show sponsored by the Santa Pauls Society of Arts.

He studied at the West Coast School of Photography and at Professional Photographers of America schools. He has received recognition in juried exhibitions, nationally and in Southern California. His work is in the U.S. Veterans’ Administration Collection as well as corporate and private collections.

He is a member of Buenaventura Art Association, Studio Channel Islands Art Center, and the American Society of Media Photographers.


Free event at Muvico part of International Film Series

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present a free screening of an epic historical drama from China on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Muvico Thousand Oaks 14 as part of its International Film Series.

“Red Cliff,” a 2009 film directed by legendary action-cinema master John Woo, will be shown at 7 p.m. The breathtaking war epic was a massive hit in Asia and the most expensive Asian film production of all time.

Starring international superstar Tony Leung, “Red Cliff” is based on the 208 A.D. Battle of Red Cliffs that heralded the end of the Han dynasty. With permission from the Han dynasty emperor, the power-hungry Gen. Cao Cao organizes a southward-bound mission designed to crush the two troublesome warlords in a bid to unite all of China. Thus begins a military campaign of unprecedented scale. Vastly outnumbered by Cao Cao’s brutal army and with no other hope for survival, the warlords form an unlikely alliance to mount a heroic campaign. A series of military engagements on land and on water eventually culminates in the battle of Red Cliff, where 2,000 ships were burned and the course of Chinese history changed.

Woo was born in southern China and grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career. He has won 13 international film awards including the Asian Film Award for Top-Grossing Film Director in 2010 and the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Director for “Face/Off” in 1998.

Leung is a Hong Kong actor who won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award for “In the Mood for Love” in 2000. He is a nine-time winner of the Hong Kong Film Award and three-time winner of Golden Horse Film Awards.

CLU’s department of languages and cultures is sponsoring the event with a grant from the CLU Community Leaders Association. Inspired by the six-year success of the university’s French Film Festival, faculty members replaced the event with the international festival this year.

The series will continue with the German movie “The Experiment” March 5 in CLU’s Lundring Events Center and the French film “Chicken with Plums” April 30 at Muvico.

Muvico is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive.

For more information, contact Debby Chang at or 818-865-9772.


Lara St. John began concert tours of Europe at 12
Lara St. John
Lara St. John

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present violinist Lara St. John in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The Canadian-born musician will present a free concert in Samuelson Chapel as part of CLU’s Artists and Speakers Series. She will perform with Martin Kennedy on piano.

St. John has been described as a “volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone” by the Los Angeles Times, a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times and “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad magazine. She has performed as a soloist with major orchestras in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia and has given recitals in major music halls in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Prague, Berlin, Toronto, Montreal, and Beijing. She will come to CLU after presenting three concerts in Spain.

A prolific recording artist, St. John runs her own label, Ancalagon, which she founded in 1999. Her first Ancalagon recording, “Bach: the Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo,” was the best-selling double album on iTunes in 2007. Her“Mozart” recording won the 2011 Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year for Soloist with Large Ensemble.

St. John has been featured on the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CNN’s “Showbiz Today,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a Bravo’s “Live At the Rehearsal Hall.” She has appeared in People and U.S. News and World Report and on the cover of Strings magazine.

She began playing the violin when she was 2. She made her first appearance as soloist with an orchestra at 4 and her European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon when she was 10. She toured Spain, France, Portugal and Hungary at ages 12 and 13, entered the Curtis Institute of Music at 13, and spent her first summer at the Marlboro Music chamber music retreat three years later. Her teachers have included Felix Galimir and Joey Corpus.

She performs on the 1779 “Salabue” Guadagnini thanks to an anonymous donor and Heinl & Co. of Toronto.

The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit


The Ventura County Concert Band, conducted by Ms. Julie Judd, invites you to the second in our Fiftieth Season of great concerts with Ventura County’s own band. The all-volunteer band delivers a wide variety of music and includes special guests. The concerts are free, interactive, entertaining and musically enriching for the whole family.

Our second concert celebrates “Golden Oldies”, including favorite classical treasures through the exciting big band era. We mix in pop favorites, marches and some new compositions to provide something for everyone.

Please join us: Sunday, January 26th, 2014, at 3:00pm in the Ventura High School Auditorium, located at 2 N Catalina, Ventura.


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KammerMusikere comprises strings, winds, brass

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A chamber orchestra from Pacific Lutheran University will perform an eclectic program of dance music at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University.

KammerMusikere will perform music related to dances from tango to ballet. The program includes a little-known American polonaise by John Philip Sousa. Orchestra director Jeffrey Bell-Hanson will conduct.

The 31-member ensemble comprises strings, winds and brass. KammerMusikere means “chamber musicians” in Norwegian in a nod to PLU’s Norwegian Lutheran founders. The orchestra tours domestically and internationally and recently performed in historic venues in Bavaria and north central France. PLU has a strong music program, with about 200 students majoring in music and more than 600 participating in the department’s programs each year.

Bell-Hanson, director of orchestral activities at PLU, is in his 12th season as conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and associate professor of music. He has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and in Europe.

Donations will be accepted.

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


The Oxnard College Latino Thought Makers Series is pleased to present "An Evening With Edward James Olmos" on Saturday, January 25, 2014, in the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center Auditorium (OCPA) located at 4000 S. Rose Avenue in Oxnard, CA. Olmos, a Tony Award nominated star of Zoot Suit, Stand and Deliver, Blade Runner, Miami Vice, Battlestar Galactica, and many other film and television productions, will discuss his life and career with host Rick Najera, a Comedian, Writer, Director, and Author. The evening begins with a reception in front of the Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m., followed by the main event at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Oxnard College Institute for Latino Performing Arts, this event is the third in a series spotlighting influential Latinos in the fields of Performing Arts, Politics, and Social Issues. Admission is free for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Parking is $2.00. For tickets or information, contact Connie Campos at tel. 805-986-5804 or by email at

East German poster for "West Side Story"
East German poster for "West Side Story"
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Mike Kaplan’s vintage collection is on display at CLU

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Film producer Mike Kaplan will be featured in a free Tea and Talk from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in conjunction with the exhibit “Gotta Dance!” at the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

Kaplan, an award-winning art director and producer, will give a presentation in Lundring Events Center on the “Gotta Dance!” exhibition, which includes more than 40 vintage film posters from his personal collection. A reception will be held in the Rolland Gallery following the presentation, and Kaplan will lead a guided tour of the exhibit.

When Kaplan was 8, he started coloring the theater ads in The New York Times and was fascinated by how they would change. Later, he began collecting film posters from Hollywood memorabilia shops and then from auctions and the Internet.

During his career as a producer, director and distributor, Kaplan has collaborated on poster campaigns with artists including David Hockney, Don Bachardy, Allen Jones, John Van Hamersveld and André Carrilho. He frequently worked with British airbrush artist Philip Castle, including on a poster for Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” that was voted the All-Time Best Film Poster by patrons of England’s Odeon Cinema Circuit.

“Gotta Dance!” is on exhibit through Feb. 8. The free exhibit spotlights the movie poster as an underappreciated art form and explores the diverse ways in which dance has been used as a dominant image to represent musicals and other films. Kaplan selected the works, which are of varying size and rarity, for their artistic and historical significance. The majority date from between 1930 and 1950, a golden age for movie poster design. Many are from overseas, where designers made extensive use of illustrations rather than photos. There are posters from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Argentina.

Highlights include an original French-release poster for “An American in Paris” that belonged to Gene Kelly, a poster featuring a young James Stewart dancing with Eleanor Powell in “Born to Dance” and an immaculate image of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in elegant evening attire for “Carefree.” The exhibit also features a rare American 40-by-60-inch “Strike Up the Band” poster featuring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in caricaturist Al Hirschfeld’s design. There are several posters from major musicals including the East German “West Side Story.”

Lundring Events Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at 130 Overton Court on the Thousand Oaks campus. The Rolland Gallery is located at 160 Overton Court. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact curator Jeff Phillips at 805-493-3697.

Clarion has performed extensively throughout U.S.
Keith Benjamin
Keith Benjamin

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An organ and trumpet duo will present a concert at California Lutheran University at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in Samuelson Chapel.

Clarion, featuring organist Melody Steed and trumpeter Keith Benjamin, will perform “Sonata in D Major” by Arcangelo Corelli, “Clarion Calls” by Samuel Adler, “Four Themes on Paintings of Edward Munch” by Anthony Plog, “Sanctuary” by Gwyneth Walker and works by Oskar F. Lindberg and Petr Eben.

Steed, an associate professor of music at Bethany College in Kansas, and Benjamin, a professor of trumpet at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, formed their duo in 1983. The pair has recorded two compact discs and performed extensively throughout the United States. Focusing their musical endeavors on the promotion of 20th-century literature for trumpet and organ, Steed and Benjamin have premiered works by Adler, Don Freund, Steven David Beck, Peter Hamlin, James Mobberley and Eugene O’Brien.

This is the final concert of the 2013-2014 Orvil and Gloria Franzen Organ Program Series at CLU.

Donations will be accepted.

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

For more information, please call the music department at (805) 493-3306 or visit

The Ralph Mathis Band
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February 15, 2014

The Ralph Mathis Band, appearing at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum on Saturday, February 15, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., has appeared with top bands around the world and can play any style of music from rhythm and blues to soul, country or rock and roll. They specialize in stylish popular standards. From their snappy jaunt down “Route 66” to their sweet remembrance of “Sunny,” the band shares tunes from the heart. Admission to the concert is $10 for the general public, $5 for Museum members, and $2 for kids with an adult. Seating is first come, first seated, and all galleries are open during the evening.

Ralph Mathis began singing professionally as a teenager in clubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. The brother of Johnny Mathis, Ralph went on to play with Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke, Connie Francis, B.B. King, Don Ho, Dion and the Belmonts, The 5th Dimension, Petula Clark, and Tony Orlando. Mathis played in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, England, Germany, Switzerland, France, Brazil and Mexico, and led the show band on the original “Love Boat,” the Pacific Princess.

The Ralph Mathis Band includes Ralph on guitar and vocals, his wife Irene Mathis on bass and vocals, Tommy Orlando on drums and vocals, and Jimmy King playing keyboards.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located in historic downtown Santa Paula at 926 Railroad Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free for Museum of Ventura County members and children ages 5 and younger. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the Second Thursday Gallery Talks are followed by an additional gallery talk at the Santa Paula Art Museum. For more information, go to or call (805) 525-3100.

Eric Kinsley to perform classical masterpieces Jan. 24
Eric Kinsley
Eric Kinsley

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A California Lutheran University music faculty member will present a piano recital of classical masterpieces at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Samuelson Chapel.

Eric Kinsley will perform works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig von Beethoven, Ignaz Pleyel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Guest artists include faculty members Daniel Geeting on the clarinet and Heidi Valencia Vas as a vocalist.

Kinsley, who teaches piano at CLU, is a performing artist and writer who earned a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music. The Thousand Oaks resident has been a member of the New York Contemporary Music Band, Pacific Classical Winds and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has received grants in early and contemporary music from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Harpsichord Society and the Sylvia Marlow Foundation.

He performed and recorded at the Discoteca Di Stato in Rome and has broadcast on public radio and television. He has worked with and performed premieres of the music of John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Morton Feldman, Miguel del Aguila and others. His book on the innovative chamber music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was released in 2012.

Samuelson Chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit

Santa Paula Society of the Arts

On January 12 at 2:00 p.m. the society will invite any and all to a water color art demonstration at our usual monthly meeting in the upper gallery of the Railroad Depot, which is located on the corner of 10th and Santa Barbara Streets in Santa Paula, across from the huge Moreton Bay Fig tree.

The Ventura artist doing the demonstration will be Wendy Lefkowitz who ventures between the realistic and the whimsical.

More of her work can be seen on her Website @

We invite one and all at no cost with light refreshments served at a mid-demo intermission. Feel free to bring a friend.

Wana Klasen
Wana Klasen

Fillmore Artist, Wana Klasen was selected by the Santa Paula Society of the Arts to be the first Featured Artist at the Santa Paula Depot Gallery. The feature began in October 2013 and will continue through January 4, 2014.

Select pieces of Klasen's work depict her eclectic style and include watercolor and mixed media presentations.

The Depot Gallery is located at the corner of Santa Barbara Street and Tenth Street in Santa Paula and is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 12:00-4PM.


The CSU Channel Islands (CI) Choir is now holding auditions for its combination university-community choir. Auditions will be held by appointment up until the first rehearsal of the year on Monday, Jan. 13. At this time, the choir is specifically looking for tenors, baritones and basses. Contact the choir's choral director, Dr. KuanFen Liu, at 805-278-0375 or, to schedule an audition.

The choir is made up of CI students and faculty members, as well as members of the community. Offered as part of the University's Performing Arts Program, the choir is a weekly class that meets every Monday evening from 7 - 9:30 p.m. in Malibu Hall 140. Each semester, the curriculum covers a wide range of musical genres and periods from Medieval to the present time, and offers members the chance to perform publicly throughout Ventura County as well as on the CI campus.

The choir is led by Dr. KuanFen Liu. Dr. Liu holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, a Master of Music in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in voice performance from Tunghai University in Taiwan. She has conducted the choir since its inception in 2004.

For 2014, concerts will be performed in late March, early May and December. The highlight of the March concert will be the performance of Brahm's Requiem, accompanied by the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra and professional soloists.

"We chose to perform the Brahms Requiem as an anniversary tribute to the victims of last year's Boston Marathon tragedy on April 15 and as a remembrance of a beloved former choir member, the Rev. William Gutknect,” said Dr. Liu. “Unlike almost all other requiems, which are funeral pieces and very sad, Brahms wrote this music to provide a message of hope and comfort. He specifically put the piece in his own language, German, rather than Latin, so that the public could understand his message of condolences to the living."

To learn more about the class, visit the choir’s website at or contact Dr. Liu at 805-278-0375 or

Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) is the sponsor of the choir. CICA is a 501 (c)(3) organization that serves Ventura County, bringing music education and performance to the local schools and community. For more information, visit the CICA website at or contact Nina Ruhland at 805-914-4589 or

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

Saturday, January 4th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Ventura Botanical Gardens invites you to its third annual Sow in the New Year. Celebrate with us and help create our gardens by sowing California native wildflower seeds. This year, we will have three species of lupine seeds.

Sow in the New Year is family-friendly and free. It is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, walk the trail with its gorgeous ocean views and sprinkle the hillsides with California native wildflower seeds. With a bit of rain, the seeds promise beautiful flowers along the trail in the spring. Participants will also have the chance to learn about California native plants and the progress of theVentura Botanical Gardens.

Meet at the Grant Park BBQ area off of Brakey Drive. We will be sowing the seeds along the upper portion of the trail. Parking is available.

We look forward to seeing you there. Happy New Year!

For more information, call (805) 232-3113.

Knitters (l-r) Joan Padilla, Kit Willis, Silvia Basich, Sue Dickens, Sally Dunio, Carolejo Adams, Lanae Carter and Alyce Barnwell. Other knitters not pictured are Nancy DeGroot, Marge Hatton and Charlene Hartenstein.
Knitters (l-r) Joan Padilla, Kit Willis, Silvia Basich, Sue Dickens, Sally Dunio, Carolejo Adams, Lanae Carter and Alyce Barnwell. Other knitters not pictured are Nancy DeGroot, Marge Hatton and Charlene Hartenstein.
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(l-r) Carolejo Adams and Lanae Carter
(l-r) Carolejo Adams and Lanae Carter
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Meiners Oaks Library Knitters proudly display a year’s worth of afghans they created and donated to the Linus Project, a nonprofit providing blankets to children in need. See:

The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 10 am to 11:45 am at the Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Avenue, Ojai, CA.

For more information phone Deb Fletcher, Meiners Oaks Library Supervisor, 805 646-4804. Knitters of all skill levels are welcome, as are donations of acrylic yarn.

CLU to host international event in Ventura in March
keynote speaker Juliette Aristides
keynote speaker Juliette Aristides

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Artists, critics, academics, collectors and curators will return to Ventura in March for the second international conference on representational art presented by California Lutheran University.

The Representational Art Conference 2014 will be held from Sunday, March 2, through Wednesday, March 5, at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach. Presentations, panel discussions and studio art demonstrations will explore the direction of 21st-century representational art, which portrays recognizable people, places and objects. TRAC will include an excursion to CLU’s Thousand Oaks campus to see the “Women by Women” exhibit in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture and the “Resonating Images III” show in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art.

CLU faculty members Michael Pearce and Michael Lynn Adams organized the first conference in 2012 to address the lack of critical appreciation of representational art and explore the new directions it might take.

Distinguished philosopher Roger Scruton will be one of two keynote speakers. He explored what makes an object beautiful in his 2009 book “Beauty” and caused a stir with his BBC Two documentary “Why Beauty Matters” when it was released the same year. Scruton insists that beauty is a real and universal value with an indispensable role to play in shaping the human world. He is a visiting professor and a Blackfriars Hall fellow at the University of Oxford and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Juliette Aristides, a painter and writer dedicated to rebuilding traditional arts education in the United States, will deliver the other keynote address. The author and painter is the founder of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle. She teaches workshops throughout the world. In recent years, representational artists have set up ateliers in imitation of the Renaissance workshops where students worked alongside masters to learn the techniques of drawing, painting and sculpture. There are now numerous ateliers in every major city in the United States. CLU has seven faculty members with on-campus studios they are using as ateliers.

Odd Nerdrum, a Norwegian who is regarded by many as one of the greatest living representational painters, will discuss beauty, art and kitsch with Scruton. Nerdrum has written about why representational painting should be called kitsch rather than art because of the way it tugs at the heart and emotionally engages people. Nerdrum is known for his allegorical images of refugees adrift in an inhospitable Icelandic landscape.

Virgil Elliott, Pam Hawkes, Jeremy Lipking, Graydon Parrish, Stephen Perkins, Tony Pro and Alexey Steele will present demonstrations.

Early-bird registration by Jan. 31 is $375. Single-day passes are available. For more information, go to

Thru December 31, 2013

Linda Carson's involvement with ceramics began in 1956 at a workshop conducted by Gertrude and Otto Natzler. She studied sculpture while raising her two children, but put her creative activities on hold to pursue a career as a psychotherapist. Children grown, Carson has rediscovered her passion for transforming clay into sculpture and jewelry design. The human foot, in many forms and colors, are central to many of the ceramic designs. Many of her creations have a humorous element to them. Linda will greet guests December 31st, 11 am - 2:30pm.

Irene Estrin's creations come from nature and it's textures and colors. Friends have accepted her obsession to scour the earth for texture to use in clay. Direct transfer of the textures are preferred and she uses the theme "Nature Inspired Texture by Land and Sea". Driftwood and feathers are often added for special effect. Estrin's uses the old pinch pot and Native American method using a puki and coil. Irene will greet guests December 19, 20, 26 from 11 am - 2:30 pm.

Gallery artists are from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and including Ojai Valley.