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Sunday, August 25, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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Ojai Valley Museum presents a Town Talk related to the current exhibition, “Ojai Collects,” which showcases selections from eight Ojai private collections. The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 15th, 2013.

The talk will be held on Sunday, August 25 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Rotating Gallery of the museum. Michele Ellis Pracy, Ojai Valley Museum Director and Curator of “Ojai Collects”, will moderate the panel discussion, “The Joy of Collecting”. The panelists include four collector/lenders to the current exhibit: Richard Flores (Archery Bows), Valerie Greenberg (Mickey Mouse & Disney), Richard Matzkin (New Guinea/Sepic River carvings), and Kevin Wallace (Southern Outsider Art). An additional panelist is the premier Ojai automobile collector, Dwayne Bower.

The purpose of this enrichment event is to reveal through questions, answers, and stories, the joys of collecting, the many ways of collecting, and the psychology of collecting. In essence, how does a private individual choose a passion/avenue/focus of collecting, and how is that manifested in their personal life?

Mark your calendar and plan to attend this revealing and insightful adjunct experience to the Ojai Collects exhibit. Members are FREE and non-members are $5.00 at the door. Seating is limited, so please call the museum office to reserve seats @ (805) 640-1390 x 203.

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, Rotary Club of Ojai, and the Ojai Civic Association.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2013 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 or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley Find us on Facebook Ojai Valley Museum


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Friday, September 13, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Ojai Valley Museum presents a Town Talk related to the current exhibition, “Ojai Collects,” which showcases selections from eight Ojai private collections. The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 15th, 2013.

Guy Webster will give a power point presentation, “Fifty Years of Motorcycling and Collecting.” Event will be held on Friday, September 13th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Rotating Gallery. Legendary portrait photographer Webster has assembled the world’s finest collection of vintage Italian motorcycles that happen to be housed in a by-appointment-only museum in Ojai. He will focus his presentation on his passion for collecting motorcycles that began at age 14 despite the wishes of his mother and the dictated laws of the time. Webster will tell a story of collecting that spans his lifetime. Webster says, “I could tell you how much this bike or that one is worth, and sure, it’s a lot of money. But that’s not what this (collection) is about. I don’t justify my passion in dollars and cents. Instead, I collect these machines to commemorate lives and times, and loves, that comprise the stuff of legends.”

Mark your calendar and plan to attend this revealing and insightful adjunct experience to the Ojai Collects exhibit. Members are FREE and non-members are $5.00 at the door. Seating is limited, so please call the museum office to reserve seats @ (805) 640-1390 x 203.

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, Rotary Club of Ojai, and the Ojai Civic Association.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2013 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 or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley Find us on Facebook Ojai Valley Museum



Rubicon Theatre Company’s Summer of Youth Programs concludes with the 5th Annual Kids for Kids Benefit Concert “COME TOGETHER: The Music of the Beatles”

Come together and celebrate the talented Rubicon Theatre youth artists as they wrap up the summer with the fifth annual KIDS FOR KIDS BENEFIT CONCERT, a youth produced fundraiser that benefits Rubicon’s Education & Outreach program. This year’s concert entitled “COME TOGETHER: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES” is inspired by the band’s music and message of love and togetherness. The evening will feature Rubicon students, teachers and special guests performing some of the greatest Beatles hits in their own styles and arrangements. You’ll want to sing along to the tunes we all know so well, such as “Let it Be” and “All You Need is Love.” The night will be hosted by Rubicon Alumni JENNIFER RIDGWAY and DANIEL DAVID STEWART, and will include a raffle with many prizes from local businesses as well as other special surprises.

The Kids for Kids Benefit Concert was started 5 years ago by former Rubicon student, Julie Harris. After growing up at the theatre and participating in classes, summer programs and assisting instructors, Julie wanted a way to ensure others had the opportunity to be a part of Rubicon as well. So, a group of Rubicon Theatre Alumni put together and performed in the first ever Kids for Kids Benefit Concert in 2009. The proceeds from the event benefit the youth of Ventura County by helping these theatre programs continue and thrive. Julie went on to graduate from UC Irvine with a degree in Entertainment Business. Julie states, “There is no worthier cause. This event will always hold a very special place in my heart, and it brings me so much joy to see it continue every year.”

JENNIFER RIDGWAY (Co-Host) is grateful to be returning to the Rubicon stage and is so excited to be emceeing for the first time. Her theatre credits include Buried Child (Shelly; Four Star Theater Award - Outstanding Featured Performance), King John (Constance), Macbeth (Lady MacDuff), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero), Hairspray (Amber), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Helena), Little Women (Jo), Our Town (Mrs. Webb), and Defying Gravity; directed by Jenny Sullivan. Jennifer (A.K.A. Red) has called this wonderful theater her home for most of her life, and was very proud to co-produce the annual "Kids for Kids" benefit at Rubicon in 2011. Thank you for supporting our local talented youth!




Camarillo, CA - The CSU Channel Islands Choir invites members of the public to audition for the group’s 10th anniversary season. Auditions for the campus/community choir will be held by appointment throughout the month of August. Those interested should contact the choir’s instructor, Dr. KuanFen Liu, at 805-278-0375 or

Rehearsals begin Monday evening, Aug. 26, and are held each Monday from 7 to 9:50 p.m. in Malibu Hall 140 on the CI campus. All voice types are invited to audition, though there is a special need for tenors and basses. This semester, the choir will perform Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, the Brahms Requiem with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, and other songs of varied styles from throughout the world.

The CSU Channel Islands Choir brings together campus and community members for a diverse weekly class, offered as part of the University’s Performing Arts Program. Led by Dr. KuanFen Liu, the choir exposes participants to a wide range of musical genres and periods, as well as the opportunity to perform publicly on campus and throughout Ventura County. Enrolled students do not need to audition to participate in the class but will need to sing for the instructor to determine vocal range and placement. Community members pay $75/semester administrative fee to participate.

Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) is the choir’s sponsor. 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, call 805-484-6601 or visit the CICA website at To learn more about the CI class, as well as upcoming events and auditions, visit the choir’s website at

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 Ventura County Pottery Gallery is proud to present potter Victoria Littlejohn and her new work August 1 through August 31, 2013. These brightly glazed pieces flaunt the magnificent blooms we see on our California desert and locally grown cactus plants including the time consuming making of cactus needles.

Victoria Littlejohn studied ceramics at U.S.C. from 1958 till 1962 at which time she earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in ceramics and secondary teaching credentials. She was privileged to study pottery with Carlton Ball, Susan H Petersen, Peter Voulkos and Marguerite Wildenhain. Littlejohn now resides in Summerland.

After teaching High School and ceramics for two years, Victoria decided to open her own business and in 1964 ‘Victoria Littlejohn Ceramics’ was launched. For the next 46 years she was a “pottery making machine” turning out literally thousands of pots including a production line of ceramic trivets which were sold nationwide.

During all those years Littlejohn worked in stoneware and porcelain exclusively. In 2011 she was commissioned to design some pottery for the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts involving the use of terracotta clay. She says “It was a shocking experience because it was like starting pottery all over again.” After two years of this struggle she started to achieve some desirable results. These new cactus garden and patio lights are the result. They will be on display at the Guild’s Pottery Gallery the month of August.

Please come visit Littlejohn at the Gallery Monday, August 12th, 11 – 7 pm and Wednesday August 21st, 3 – 7 pm.


"High Anxiety" acrylic on canvas, by Brent Hanson
"High Anxiety" acrylic on canvas, by Brent Hanson
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“I had to stop painting pretty pictures for a bit,” said Brent Hanson. “While bright, colorful paintings help me stay up and hopeful, I have more to share and I’m going to share it.”

The Oxnard artist, who said he has some compulsive obsessive behaviors that he’s dealing with (“mostly food and weight”), does so in part by turning his foibles into art. The result is “Persistent, Perplexing Preoccupations,” an exhibition of about a dozen recent works in acrylic on canvas and mixed media at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

Hanson’s show will open Aug. 13 and run through Sept. 7. He will be on hand to discuss his art during an opening reception 4-7 p.m. Aug. 17.

“One the one hand, I paint bright, bold, colorful imaginary landscapes, florals and figurative works that lift me emotionally, that offer hope, and to surround myself with beauty,” Hanson said. “On the other hand, I paint abstract and surreal work when I want to express emotions and tell stories about my life experiences. This show uses abstract and surreal works to express my experiences and emotions around compulsive obsessive behaviors in my life.”

“This is not about judgment. In fact, I have few regrets so far,” he added. “There are still times I find myself drawn into those attitudes and the behaviors that accompany them, but today the price is too high. I know I’m not alone.”

For Hanson, who said he began painting in 2009, the self-examination and creative focus he put into this show is about “being willing to be bold, to push myself; not to think outside the box but learning to get rid of the box altogether, if you will.”

The paintings in “Preoccupations” range in size from 16 inches square to 6 feet square, he said. To see examples of Hanson’s work in a range of subjects, visit and

The Buenaventura Gallery, at 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, visit the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association’s website,, or call the gallery at 648-1235.


Chili! Music! Cars! Poker!
Family fun at the fifth annual chili cook-off and music festival, at camarillo ranch on sunday, sept. 1

Looking for Labor Day week-end fun!! It’s right in your own backyard.

Camarillo Hospice presents its Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off and Music Festival Sunday, September 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Camarillo Ranch.

With an ICS-sanctioned chili competition, live music by Caught Red Handed and Fantastic Diamond, Classic Car Display, Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament and Kids’ Zone, this event offers something for everyone.

In addition to prizes and trophies for the best red chili, chili verde and salsa, the crowd favorite will be honored as the People’s Choice chili. The competition is not limited to those with prior experience. Rules and Regulations and an entry form are available at, or

Buy-in for the Texas Hold’Em Poker, held in the Red Barn, is $100. There will be several non-cash prizes awarded during the course of the tournament, and the grand prize is a seat at a $500,000 tournament.

The Chili Cook-off and Music Festival is a family- and fun-oriented Labor Day week-end event. In addition to chili, music and poker, there will be a Classic Car

Display and Kids’ Zone throughout the afternoon. Admission is $10 for adults, with active military and children under 10 free.

The Pleasant Valley Lions Club will be cooking their famous hamburgers and hot dogs, and various other vendors will be on site. Beer and wine also will be available. Interested vendors (food and/or arts and crafts) may contact Camarillo Hospice at 805-389-6870 or or complete an application available at

The Chili Cook-off and Music Festival is one of the major fundraisers for Camarillo Hospice, a volunteer hospice and grief counseling center. Various levels of sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Camarillo Hospice office, at the Camarillo Farmers Market starting August 10, and at the Ranch on the day of the event.

Camarillo Hospice is a volunteer hospice and grief support center in Camarillo dedicated to the dignity of life by providing care, comfort, support, and counseling to individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness and/or grieving the loss of a loved one, as well as education on end-of-life issues to all. Founded in 1978, it serves people throughout Ventura County free of charge.

For information on the purchase of tickets, sponsorships, and other details, please call the Camarillo Hospice office at 805-389-6870 or go to the Cook-off website,, or Hospice website,

County Fair continues for 138th year

July 29, 2013 - It’s here! It’s here! The 2013 Ventura County Fair, “Boots, Barns & Banjos” opens Wednesday, July 31st at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Here for its 138th year, the Ventura County Fair is a longtime county tradition that cannot be missed!

The Ventura County Fair opens with “Dollar Day”, sponsored by Pepsi! On opening day, admission to the fair is just $1 until 3 PM. For just $1, you can see top-notch exhibits, horse shows, participate in contests and see fun, free entertainment. It’s a great value!

Arrive early and see the fair’s traditional “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony”. Winners of the Ventura County Fair’s poster contest will cut the ribbon, marking the opening of the 2013 Ventura County Fair.

As you enter the fair, you’ll immediately see, hear and smell your favorite fair features! You’ll hear the familiar sound of the infamous Tune Bandits at the Main Gate Stage. The smell of delicious funnel cakes, cotton candy and popcorn fill the air. Fair favorites like Uncle Leo’s Kids’ Tractor Pull, the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs and Hypnotist Tina Marie all make appearances on opening day. Join the fun and have a grand time.

Be sure to check out the Ventura County Fair’s newest attractions. The Youth Expo, sponsored by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, will feature a children’s hay maze, which is great fun for young fairgoers. Sample the brand new “Pig in a Poke”, which can be found at Cruisers Food Stand on Kelly Court. At first glance, this snack appears to be an ice cream sundae. Look closer and you’ll realize it’s a pork and mashed potatoes meal!

While you are at the fair, don’t miss Motorsports. Beginning at 6 PM in the Grandstand Arena, this amazing show will feature motorcycles and quads. Motorsports requires an additional $5 ticket for adults, and children ages 12 & under are admitted free. Motorsports is presented by Gold Coast Toyota Dealers.

End your night with an amazing fireworks show. At 10 PM, a fabulous fireworks extravaganza will burst in the night sky, right over the ocean. This great show is the perfect ending to a fun day at the fair.

The 2013 Ventura County Fair, “Boots, Barns & Banjos” runs from July 31st-August 11th. For more information, visit

August 13, 2013

PIRU, CA - Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) will host a low cost rabies clinic from 7 p.m. -8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13 at the Ventura County Fire Department’s Piru Fire Station 28, 513 N. Church Street, Piru. Six dollar rabies vaccinations will be provided to animal owners on a cash only basis.

In addition, the clinic will offer additional vaccinations - canine DHLPP & Parvo, canine bordetella and feline FVRCP - for $20 each and the rattlesnake vaccine for $40 each.

Dog/cat licenses and dog spay/neuter vouchers will also be available. Licenses are $20 for spayed/neutered animals, $75 for unaltered animals and both cash and checks are accepted.

For more information, please visit or call (805) 388-4341 Option 6.

For more information, call 1-888-223-PETS (7387), 805-388-4341 or go to


CSU Channel Islands Professor Jerry Clifford will discuss “The Physics of Art” in a free presentation from 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Harbor Village Gallery. It is third in a series of free art appreciation events sponsored by the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association and the first in the seaside gallery at Ventura Harbor.

Clifford has taught a college course by that name for many years at CSUCI, along with mathematics, applied physics and astronomy courses. Using classical and modern artworks, he will examine how artists employ light and color to affect our perception, often through their careful observation rather than scientific training.

He also will discuss the nature of light, the basis of color and its use in images, and take a look at eyesight and how the brain processes images. Learning some of the science involved can help everyone’s understanding and appreciation of art and may provide helpful insights for working artists.

The talk is open to BAA members and all interested members of the public. Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are necessary. To secure a place, RSVP to 648-1235.

The gallery at 1591 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor Village is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and remains open until 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information about Clifford’s presentation or BAA and its galleries, call 648-1235 or visit the website

Autumn, oil on canvas by Hilda Kilpatrick.
Autumn, oil on canvas by Hilda Kilpatrick.
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Resulting piece to be raffled

Ventura artist Hilda Kilpatrick will demonstrate alla prima oil painting, a wet-on-wet method that yields fresh, expressive canvases, in a free session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 10 at the Buenaventura Art Association’s Harbor Village Gallery.

Kilpatrick’s painting will be raffled off at the end of the demonstration. Tickets are $15, and the winner need not be present.

The technique, also known as direct painting, sidesteps the usual underpainting and gradual building up of colors with layers. Instead, the painting is completed while the pigments are wet, usually in one session. Famous painters who employed the style range from Paul Cezanne and John Singer Sargent to Caravaggio and Hieronymus Bosch.

Kilpatrick plans to talk about the alla prima (Italian for “at once”) method as she begins the painting and for the first half-hour or so, then will take questions while she continues to paint and as viewers come and go.
She worked in pastels in her native Peru, Kilpatrick said, and began to seriously develop her skills as a painter after moving to the United States. She has been painting since 1998 and has had many solo exhibitions and show awards. Landscapes are a favorite genre, influenced by the early California painters and the Impressionists. “By capturing places on my canvas, they remain timeless,” said Kilpatrick.

Regular hours for the gallery at 1591 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor Village are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and it stays open until 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information about Kilpatrick’s demonstration and raffle tickets or the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association, call 648-1235 or visit the website


The Ag Art Alliance presents

The Sixth Annual Art About Agriculture Exhibit
November 9, 2013 to February 9, 2014
$500 in Prizes

Art will be on exhibit at TWO museums
Santa Paula Art Museum
117 N. 10th Street
Santa Paula, California


Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum
926 Railroad Avenue
Santa Paula, California

The Ag Art Alliance was formed in 2007 by Gail Pidduck and John Nichols. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote Art About Agriculture by exploring all the facets of agriculture from workers to water, from machinery to fields and to the food that goes on our plates.

For more information, and to learn more about the exhibit through video interviews with the curators, artists may visit:


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VENTURA, CA - Members of the Ventura community can take part in two special events at Foster Library. These events are free and fun for the whole family.

August 2nd at 7:00 p.m. “The Hidden Treasures of Korean Art and Modern Korea” Two documentary films focusing on Korea will be shown. The first film illustrates the artistic and cultural achievements of Korea's past, and the second film shows Korea's industrial achievements since the Korean War. Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture. A reenactment of a traditional Korean wedding will follow the screening. Traditional Korean food will be served.

August 11th at 4:30 p.m. “What is the Electric Car?” A free screening of this exciting documentary will take place in the Topping Room. What is the Electric Car? is a new feature length documentary about Electric Vehicles (EVs) which are now on sale & arriving in showrooms in 2013. This entertaining film will trace the early history of EVs and continue forward 100 years later to follow the re-birth of an entire industry. This film is not just for EV enthusiasts or those passionate “Green” consumers, but will be an exciting journey for all audiences to go “Back to the Future!” EVs will be on site, you don’t want to miss this opportunity as Ventura is part of a nationwide Ride the Future tour.

For more information on E.P. Library visit or the Facebook page

The mission of the Ventura County Library is to meet the general reading, life-long learning and informational needs of the people of Ventura County, with special focus on children, youth and families. E.P. Foster Library provides books, DVDs, music, programs and more to people of all ages. A free library card can be applied for and used at any Ventura County library location.

Scott Haskins
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Friday, July 26, 2013
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Rotating Gallery
FREE to OVM Members
$7.00 at door for Non-members

In conjunction with the Ojai Valley Museum’s current exhibition, “Ojai Collects: Selections from Eight Ojai Private Collections,” the museum will host a PowerPoint lecture and book signing by world renowned, Santa Barbara based, painting conservator Scott Haskins. The title of his presentation is “Practical Tips for Collectors – Due Diligence When Buying and Damage Prevention.” A professional associate of the Ojai Valley Museum, Mr. Haskins is the conservator who restored the Jesse Arms Botke mural sections that are permanently displayed in the Sanctuary Gallery at the museum, and that once graced the lounge at The Oaks of Ojai hotel. We are delighted to have him return to share his knowledge about, and passion for, fine art conservation.

Scott Haskins’ childhood attraction to both art and science are happily merged in his professional life as an art conservator specializing in paintings. His passion for this field began in 1975 while studying for a master’s degree through an Italian painting conservation program. He was 23 years old. In 1978 he earned his master’s degree and moved back to the states where he held a faculty position at BYU in Utah, conserving the university’s art and history collections. In 1984, while at BYU, a group of private investors invited him to set up an art conservation lab in Santa Barbara, which he did, calling his new enterprise Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (aka FACL). He works his worldwide projects from this local base.

Scott Haskins established FACL, Santa Barbara, with an expert’s conviction that fine art conservation and restoration are necessary professional services within the art field. He works exclusively on paintings: paintings on walls (murals), paintings on canvas (easel) and art on paper. And, although he might advise on caring for the following, he “does not restore books, furniture, stained glass windows, old cowboy boots, antique cars, ancient documents, mummies . . . just paintings.” His laboratory provides services to large and small museums, art collectors, government collections, public art maintenance projects, auction houses, historical societies, corporate collections and the world of individuals who inherited paintings.

In addition to painting restoration, Scott Haskins’ FACL provides other services, including analysis of condition/authenticity; art related insurance evaluations – damage assessments; expert witness/legal testimony; and art collection consultations. After the 1994 earthquake in Northridge, Haskins was inspired to add another dimension to his areas of expertise – “to educate people about what they can do to save their valuable possessions when there is a physical disaster such as earthquake, fire or flood.” His soft cover book, “Save Your Stuff From a Disaster,” is a down to earth handbook about protecting and preserving a large array of treasures, including photographs, negatives, compact disks, ceramics, glass, rugs, sculpture, furniture, paintings and other collectables. Haskins will sign and sell his book immediately following his presentation.

If you have “things” you collect and “things” you cherish, you should be in the audience on July 26th to learn from an expert on the buying and preserving of “all things collectible.” Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Please call (805) 640-1390 x 201. OVM members are Free of charge; Non-members are $7 at the door.

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, Rotary Club of Ojai, and the Ojai Civic Association.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2013 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 or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley or find us on Facebook Ojai Valley Museum

Image: "Icarus Dreaming", mixed media assemblage by Bob Privitt
Image: "Icarus Dreaming", mixed media assemblage by Bob Privitt
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Artist Bob Privitt will be giving a special presentation titled “Why I Put What I Put Where I Put It, or ‘Bob! What Were You Thinkin’?’ ” on Friday, August 2nd, 6:30pm, at the Buenaventura Gallery in Ventura. One in a series of artist talks presented by the Buenaventura Art Association this year, the talk will take place during First Fridays Ventura Gallery Crawl.

Privitt, whose solo show “The Birds of Bob Privitt: Dreaming of Flying,” will be on exhibit at the downtown Ventura gallery at the time of the talk, is a Professor Emeritus from Pepperdine University in Malibu. He taught art at colleges and universities for 40 years before retiring from Pepperdine in 2004, where he capped 25 years with a two-year stint as artist-in-residence.

Privitt's ever-present sense of humor is evident in the title of his talk. He acknowledges that people are often mystified by the style of art he often works in, assemblage, which is a form of sculpture using "found" objects. “Using examples of work in the exhibition, I will show how to develop an understanding of an artwork through the process of analytical deconstruction.

“I’m interested in the juxtaposition of disparate elements to create new meaning,” he said of his intricate and thought-provoking works. “I have long been intrigued by images and shapes which seem to have simple and obvious meanings, but upon further examination prove to have multiple and even contradictory meanings.”

Admission to the talk is free. The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information about the show or the nonprofit artists’ cooperative Buenaventura Art Association, contact the gallery at 648-1235 or visit


The Ventura County Arts Council has begun a Strategic Planning process and we are seeking input from key community members. You have been selected by the VCAC Board of Directors for the valuable perspective you can offer our agency based on your participation and experiences within your respective field of arts interest.

We value your judgment and would therefore like to get your answers to a few questions that will let us know how well we are addressing the cultural needs of the county, based on our mission as stated below.

Here is the link to the short survey:

We value your judgment and thank you for taking the time to provide guidance to the Ventura County Arts Council. The responses we receive will determine the programs and services the Council provides to the community over the next 3 years. All responses will be confidential and information will be shared without any reference to the individual that provided the response.

MISSION: The Ventura County Arts Council supports and strengthens the arts throughout Ventura County by fostering a healthy environment in which the arts and culture can thrive and be accessible to all.

We are grateful for your time and assistance.

Todd Collart
President, Board of Directors

Margaret Travers
Executive Director


Most kids are familiar with guacamole, but how many have grown their own avocado tree, starting with an avocado seed? Kids and their families are invited to learn how the large seed they usually remove from inside an avocado can grow into an avocado tree at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum on Sunday, August 4, 2013, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

During the free event, called “Grow an Avocado,” kids will work with the Agriculture Museum’s Education Coordinator and be given all the supplies they need to start their own plant. They can take home their seed along with instructions about proper care published by the California Avocado Commission. Sample avocado seeds started a month before the event will show kids what they can expect to see at home in the future. Avocado recipes will be shared with visitors.

“Grow an Avocado” is part of the Museum’s ongoing series of Free First Sunday activities for families and children. Designed to encourage agricultural awareness, these activities take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. every first Sunday of the month. Admission to the Agriculture Museum is free all day on Free First Sundays and includes admission to all Museum exhibits.

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

Explore History Through Docent-Led Gallery Talks

Exhibits will come alive at the Museum of Ventura County during the new docent-led gallery talks. Each week knowledgeable Museum docent will highlight current exhibits and share their stories and research on a variety of topics including the Chumash Indians, Mission era and pioneer stories, and the history of Ventura county film making to name a few.

Talks will be held in the Huntsinger Gallery at 2 pm. These special talks will be held on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The third Wednesday Gallery Talk will be lead by Curator. Admission for the Wednesday Gallery Talks is included with general admission. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. Seating available if needed.

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. 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 or call 805-653-0323.

July 28, 2013

SANTA PAULA, CA – The Santa Paula Art Museum is thrilled to announce that the band “Gathering” will return to the Museum with their “deeper well” tour on Sunday, July 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Bartels will be joined by fellow band members Eric Brown on harp, conga and percussion, Gregg Cassity on guitar, and singer/songwriter Teddi Cassity. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will accompany the group’s acoustic blend of styles, harmonies and genres. Admission to the concert is $10.00 for SPAM Members and $15.00 for the general public.

Members of Gathering describe themselves simply as a group of friends who have come together to make music from the heart. Bill, Eric and Gregg play acoustic blues and folk, and as Bartels said, “Teddi can sing anything.” They create original songs, and also cover their favorites from Lyle to Bruce, Odetta to the Weavers, to Bonnie and some of the graces. Mostly they play what strikes them, and the music is uniquely their own. It will be a very special performance and should not be missed.

The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call (805) 525-5554, or email

Event kicks off with “Convergence” benefit on July 19

VENTURA, CA - ArtWalk Ventura will take to the streets of Ventura’s historic Downtown and Westside Cultural District on Saturday, July 20, from noon until 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, from noon until 5 p.m. That weekend, shops, restaurants and storefronts will be transformed into high-end art galleries and studios showcasing the talents of more than 500 regional artists in the thriving arts community.

The following is a guide of the must-see attractions for this year’s cultural event:

· Focus on the Masters presents “Convergence” – The electrifying kick-off event will feature a breathtaking performance by Ventura County Ballet Company’s DAnce ART the evening of Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. The ballet ensemble will dance to live classical music performed by Grammy-nominated composer Miguel del Aguila and master violinist Yue Deng, as projections of paintings by Koch bathe the dancers in expressionistic color and texture. Advanced tickets only may be purchased at

· Gerd Koch Exhibition – Gerd Koch, a trailblazer of the Ventura County art scene for more than 50 years, has been honored as ArtWalk Ventura’s 2013 Artist of Distinction. His art exhibition will be on display at the Vita Art Center.

· PODS® Mini Galleries – Donated by Steve Yapp, owner of Your Local PODS® Service Provider, 16 PODS® containers will be converted in mini art galleries, each one uniquely designed by local artists. The storage containers will be placed throughout Downtown and Ventura’s West End, connecting the mini galleries with more than two dozen traditional galleries. A few of the PODS® containers on display have been transformed by muralist MB Hanrahan and John White, as well as a PODS® container that has been designed by Patagonia as a tribute for its 40th anniversary.

· Chris Jensen Portrait Gallery – Chris Jensen, the man behind the lense who took portraits of 40 featured ArtWalk Ventura artists, will have his photographs on display in a PODS® Mini Gallery located at Bell Arts Factory.

· Street Festival – Sponsored by the Ventura Auto Center, the street festival will feature live music, art, vendors and an eco-friendly automobile display on Thompson Boulevard, outside the WAV, located at 175 S. Ventura Ave. This free, family-friendly festival is open to the public and being held in conjunction with the WAV, a state-of-the-art artist community that offers affordable living and work space for more than 80 artists from 21 countries, who are painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, writers, actors, filmmakers and more.

· Bowl Hop – ArtWalk attendees may purchase a $25 beautifully hand-crafted artistic bowl. In return, patrons will receive a punch card to “hop” around to fine restaurants in Ventura and sample delicious cuisine. All proceeds from Bowl Hop will benefit Project Understanding, a 501(c)(3) charity that provides hope by developing and directing resources for the purpose of transforming lives and community through justice, mercy and compassion.

· Bell Arts Factory Acoustic Garden – A major sponsor of this year’s ArtWalk Ventura event, the historic Bell Arts Factory will host live music throughout the weekend and feature three exhibitions: The Artists’ Union in the Janet Addision Community room, Vita Arts Center’s “Artist of Distinction” exhibition featuring Gerd Koch, as well as Mike Nava’s art display in the Tool Room Gallery. Food trucks will also be on-site providing delicious fare to patrons.

For more information about ArtWalk Ventura, visit

About ArtWalk Ventura
ArtWalk Ventura is a free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios and pop-up venues in Ventura's historic Downtown and Westside Cultural District and Downtown that features the work of the finest regional artists, drawing cultural tourists from all over. The event is now run by an all-volunteer group which has added new life to the event. For more information about ArtWalk Ventura, visit, or email ArtWalk Ventura event organizer and owner of Vita Art Center Mary Perez at Find us on Facebook at