July 13 Thru July 31, 2013

The Ventura County Pottery Gallery will feature its sculpture artists in a group exhibit from July 13 through July 31, 2013. This collection shows a wide range of diverse styles of ceramic sculpture that the gallery's 21 artists create. Gallery artists are from Ventura and Santa Barbara county including Ojai Valley.

 


 
Photo by Holly Jansen
Photo by Holly Jansen
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Photo by Mark Jansen
Photo by Mark Jansen
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Photo by Holly Jansen
Photo by Holly Jansen
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Photo by Holly Jansen
Photo by Holly Jansen
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Photo by Mark Jansen
Photo by Mark Jansen
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Photo by Holly Jansen
Photo by Holly Jansen
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Photo by Mark Jansen
Photo by Mark Jansen
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Photo by Mark Jansen
Photo by Mark Jansen
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Photo by Holly Jansen
Photo by Holly Jansen
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Photo by Mark Jansen
Photo by Mark Jansen
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Ojai, CA - The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Mark and Holly Jansen, of Jansen Photo Expeditions, to their July 16 meeting at 7:00 PM, Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai.

The Jansens have been teaching and guiding photographic workshops since 2005, taking their clients on photographic tours throughout the American West and the world. Their Ojai Photography Club presentation on landscape photography, “It’s All About the Light,” will take members and visitors on a photographic journey that is all about learning to catch the light at perfect moments. Join us for stories and images of their favorite places and discussion of correct use of light, ISO settings and apertures. See the following for images, Jansen biographies and full information on these two adventurous and spirited photographers: http://www.jansenphotoexpeditions.com/Pages/default.aspx

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: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

 


 

VENTURA, CA - The Ventura Family YMCA will host their 13th Annual Fun and Fitness 5K on July 27th at the Ventura Family YMCA starting at 8:00 a.m. Event proceeds will help to fund the Ventura Family YMCA Open Doors Programs which ensures that no one is every turned away from the YMCA due to their inability to pay.

The event includes a 5K run or walk around the city of Ventura followed by a pancake breakfast all who participate. Awards will be handed out to the top three places in each division along with amazing raffle prizes throughout the day! Most importantly this is a wonderful opportunity to have fun with family and friends while supporting the Ventura Family YMCA. All pre-registered participants will receive a 5K T-shirt and the first 100 people will receive a YMCA goodie bag. Also, participants will be able to use the Ventura Family YMCA facility before and after the race.

Pre-registration is $30 for individuals and $65 for families and can be taken at the Ventura Family YMCA or online. Race day registrations will be $35 for an individual and $80 for a family.

To register for the Ventura Family YMCA Fun and Fitness 5K visit ciymca.org/ventura or for more information contact Patrick Lynch at 805-642-2131 ext. 22 or email Patrick.lynch@ciymca.org. Come see how we've been building
strong kids, strong families and strong communities in Ventura since 1887 and join us in a new generation of health, family and friendship at the YMCA!

About the Y
The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Ventura Family YMCA serves over 20,000 individuals annually through facility memberships, before & after school childcare, day & resident camps, youth sports, swim lessons, teen programs, and many more healthy lifestyles and community enriching programs which nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Through it's Open Doors program, the Y ensures that no one is ever turned away due to their inability to pay and facility memberships without contracts or join fees makes the Y accessible to all. The Ventura Family YMCA is located at 3760 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, CA 93003. Log on to ciymca.org/ventura.

 


 

Moorpark, CA - The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club Announces the 4th Annual Moorpark Beer Festival. This annual community fundraiser will take place at 5pm on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Presale tickets are sold at a 20 percent discount and will be available shortly online at http://www.moorparkbeerfestival.com/tickets.

“We are excited to once again bring this great community event to Moorpark” remarked Lilly Canterbury, Chair of the Moorpark Beer Festival. “This event is a great opportunity to bring the community of Moorpark together with our neighbors in the region and to raise money to support our local schools and nonprofit organizations.”

This year the Moorpark Beer Festival will feature a new venue: Moorpark College. This new venue will feature a 100,000 square foot festival space, large VIP area and ample parking in the college lots.

The Moorpark Beer Festival is the annual fundraiser of the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club. Started in 2010, the event has become a staple in the Moorpark community calendar and funds the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club’s philanthropic efforts throughout the year. All of the proceeds of the Moorpark Beer Festival will benefit the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which uses the funds to support local schools and community organizations. Last year, the Moorpark Morning Rotary Foundation gave $25,000 in festival profits to 20 local schools and nonprofits.

 


 
South Mountain by Robert Clunie
South Mountain by Robert Clunie
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July 20, 2013
Hazy Afternoon by Robert Clunie
Hazy Afternoon by Robert Clunie
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SANTA PAULA, CA – The Santa Paula Art Museum is taking a look back at the works of adventurous artist Robert Clunie. Clunie lived and worked in Santa Paula for 25 years beginning in the early 1920s. The retrospective spans 40 years of Clunie’s art and includes his famous Sierra scenes as well as unique and rarely seen pieces from private collections. An opening reception will be held Saturday, July 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Admission to the reception is $10 for SPAM members and $15 for the general public.

Robert Clunie was born in Scotland in 1895, and his natural artistic talents were obvious from a young age. He came to the United States in 1911, settling first in Michigan. By 1918, he knew he had found his true home in California. Clunie’s connection to Santa Paula is owed to the beautiful Myrtle Ireland, whom he met at a Ventura dance when Myrtle was still a senior at Santa Paula High School. They were married in 1919.

Clunie is best known for his breathtaking paintings of the Sierra Nevada. Most summers found him at his campsite at 11,000 feet in upper Big Pine Canyon, painting feverishly from morning to dusk. This retrospective is special however in that it also includes some of his more unusual work including early depictions of Ventura County and portraiture. The exhibit runs through November 3, 2013.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and is free for Museum members and students. For more information, please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

Publicity Images: “South Mountain” by Robert Clunie, 1928, oil on canvas, 24” x 28”, Private Collection; “Hazy Afternoon, The Minarets from Minaret Summit” by Robert Clunie, 1929, oil on canvas, 41” x 47”, Private Collection.

 


 

Exhibit opening reception, July 12, 5pm at the California Oil Museum. A showing of the newly restored film, Safety Last!, a 1923 black and white silent on July 12, 7pm at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Santa Paula. Reception is free; film showing is $5 suggested donation.

The exhibit at the California Oil Museum will be consisting of 30 photographs along with rare items from the family’s collection including posters, scripts, awards and more. Showing of the film, Safety Last! will be at Santa Paula’s Universalist Unitarian Church located at 740 East Main Street. Don’t miss this rare treat to see the newly restored 2K digital film transfer with musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1989, synchronized and restored under his supervision and presented in uncompressed stereo.

The comic genius of silent start Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd – the modern guy striving for success- is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last! Is the perfect introduction to him. Lloyd plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department –store clerk. He comes up with a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat of derrring-do on his part that gets him started on the climb to success. Laugh-out-loud funny and jaw-dropping in equal measure, Safety Last! Is a movie experience par excellence, anchored by a genuine legend.

Who: Harold Lloyd: The King of Daredevil Comedy

What: Photograph exhibit and film showing

Where: California Oil Museum and Universalist Unitarian Church in Santa Paula

When: July 12. Opening reception at 5pm, Film showing at 7pm.

 
Director Brett Elliot played title role in 2001 staging

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Twelve years after playing Hamlet on the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival stage, Brett Elliot is bringing the Bard’s famous tragedy back as director.

“Hamlet” will conclude the 17th annual season at California Lutheran University with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 19 through Aug. 4 in scenic Kingsmen Park. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and pre-show entertainment begins at 6:15 p.m.

“Hamlet” is the story of a young Danish prince who seeks to avenge the death of his father in a court filled with manipulation and deceit. Set in 1601, the year it was written, the Kingsmen production highlights Hamlet’s internal, spiritual struggle as he confronts his terrifying destiny. Featuring Elliott’s characteristic fight choreography, the briskly paced but thoughtful traditional rendering is designed to offer plenty of fodder for sophisticated fans while remaining an accessible and engaging introduction for young people and newcomers.

Elliott, who the Los Angeles Times called a “convincing” and “forceful presence” in the title role in 2001, wanted to revisit Shakespeare’s masterpiece as director after the success of his productions of “All’s Well That Ends Well” and “Romeo and Juliet” on the Kingsmen stage.

Ty Mayberry will make his debut with the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company as Hamlet. He also played the role at the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre of Houston and directed the play in Los Angeles. Ted Barton, who has performed at the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre and with many Shakespeare companies around the country, will also appear in the festival for the first time. Kingsmen veterans Elyse Mirto, Marc Silver and John Slade help round out the cast. Harold Dixon, a University of Arizona professor emeritus of theatre who has performed in and directed multiple Shakespeare productions, returns after playing Prospero in the 2013 festival’s first show, “The Tempest.”

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theatre company of CLU. In addition to producing one of the area’s most popular outdoor theatrical events, it provides apprentice programs, an educational tour program and summer youth theater camps.

Guests should bring low-back lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and warm clothes. General admission is $20 for adults and free for those under 18. Box seats, which accommodate six adults, are $75 or $90. For information or advance lawn box reservations, call 805-493-3014 or visit http://www.kingsmenshakespeare.org. Individual tickets are available only at the door.

 
Show in CLU gallery examines contemporary life

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An exhibit featuring art by masters including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and David Hockney will run through Sept. 28 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

The opening reception for “Resonating Images II” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

The free exhibit features a wide variety of works reflecting life from the middle of the 20th century through today by many significant artists. Leslie Sacks Fine Arts loaned pieces by Cubist movement co-founder Picasso, pop art leader Warhol, and Chuck Close, an artist known for his highly inventive techniques for painting the human face. President Bill Clinton presented Close with the National Medal of Arts in 2000, and President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The show also features two recent pieces by Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

One of the exhibit’s artworks is “La Familia,” a 1992 charcoal-on-canvas by Fernando Botero. The Colombian artist depicts daily life, milestones, historical events and the natural world in a figurative style combining fine details and exaggerated volume. The result is art conveying scathing criticism, irony and humor.

The exhibit also includes works by Ernie Barnes, Sandow Birk, Rebecca Campbell, Rafael Coronel, James Doolin, D.J. Hall, Constance Mallinson, Peter Milton, Larry Rivers, Doug Webb, Ruth Weisberg, Robert Williams and Jerome Witkin.

Curated by Jeff Phillips, the artworks are on loan from artists as well as the California African American Museum, David Hockney Studios, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, La Louver Gallery, Mixografia and the Museum of Latin American Art.

Events sponsored by The Ann Peppers Foundation Arts Education Series will be scheduled throughout the course of the exhibit.

The Rolland Gallery is located on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. For more information, call 805-493-3697 or email rollandgallery@callutheran.edu.

 

Bikes of all styles, makes and models will join the July 28 Summit to Sea Poker Run & Rally and ride the historic route taken by the likes of Steve McQueen, Von Dutch, and Bud Elkins. Ridin from sunny Santa Paula - home of the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival - through Ojai, past Lake Casitas and coming down to the sea, returning to Santa Paula for a rockin’ rally with vintage bike display, toe-tapping live music, tri-tip BBQ, air show, and Firestone 805 Beer Garden.

In this far-from-typical school fundraiser for the country school with under 100 students (kindergarten to sixth grade), that has been the heart of the Upper Ojai community for a century, the Summit Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (501c3) will raise funds that pay for teachers’ aides, an all-school art program, campus enhancement, and other programs to enrich the learning environment at the school.

On Sunday, July 28, in partnership with the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, Summit Elementary School PTO volunteers will welcome motorcycle riders of all types of bikes to the first Summit to Sea Poker Run and Rally. Riders will cruise on the 50-mile course taking them on scenic back roads from the Summit in Upper Ojai down to the Ventura sea returning to the fields of the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival in Santa Paula to play their hands and other surprise prize-winning cards, and kick back to the rockin’ tunes of RedFish and Hard 6.

Registration starts at 9 am in Santa Paula just off highway 126 at the Limoneira fields- 18249 East Telegraph Road - located behind the 76 gas station at 55 North Hallock Drive. Riders will receive the course map and Poker Run stops and will then cruise through Santa Paula up scenic highway 150 through the Upper Ojai Valley in view of the Topatopa mountains. Riders will loop through the back roads of the Ojai Valley and head down to the sea for a coastal Ventura ride as they head back to Santa Paula for the rockin rally.

Back at the rally, vintage bikes of all kinds will be on display, including the World’s Oldest Indian motorcycle from 1902 (courtesy of David Hensen from The Shop). The rally will also include a tasty tri-tip BBQ, vendors and ice-cold Firestone 805 on tap. After hard-rockin performances by Hard Six, a local Ventura favorite, and RedFish, known as the band “uglier than The Beatles cuter than the Rolling Stones,” the day wraps with an air display by the Santa Paula Airport Association, including historic plane fly-bys, aerobatic stunts and sky divers.

Online pre-registration before July 15: $35 ($45 with a passenger) gets you registration in the Poker Run, entrance to Rally and eligible for High/Low prizes, door prizes and raffle ticket for each paid rider supporting Turning Point Foundation mental-health services for veterans. Free event pin for first 100 registrants. After July 15, price will be $45 per rider/$55 with passenger. General admission to Rally is $5. Kids 10 and under are free. Sponsors include Firestone 805, The Shop, Johnny Angel Chop Shop, and Cal Coast Motorsports.

 

California State Old Time Fiddlers District 8 will meet Sunday, July 14 and 28, 2013 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Join fiddlers for an afternoon of playing, listening and dancing to Country Western and Bluegrass music. No admission or parking charge. Refreshments available. For more information and to find out about upcoming workshops go to calfiddlers.com or call 805-797-6563.

 
July 20-21, 2013

Join the Museum of Ventura County for an exciting ArtWalk Ventura weekend special exhibition, Art on the Edge, with exhibits featured throughout the Museum, in the Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion, and on the Plaza.

Saturday, July 20 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. watch a live demonstration by artist Paulo Ruvalcaba on the Museum Plaza and meet featured artists Ryan Carr, Courtney Sprigg, Dominica Sanchez, and James Norwood in the Pavilion. Keep the party going from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. on the Museum Plaza when the Next Generation presents an outdoor screening of the 1998 comedy written and directed by the Coen Brothers, The Big Lebowski. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy evening of an adult humor! $20.00 per person includes a nacho buffet, popcorn and a no-host bar. Reservations required by calling (805) 653-0323 x 7.

Sunday, July 21 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the Museum Plaza watch as sculptor John Perry creates numerous configurations with his famous Equilique figures! Perry will be showcasing the various ways these acrobatic figures can be arranged and stacked to create hours of fun! Also on display will be some of his more traditional sculptures of animals, birds, and fish. Ryan Carr, Courtney Sprigg, Dominica Sanchez and James Norwood showcase their work in the Pavilion.

During the entire ArtWalk weekend the Museum galleries will be open with free admission. Catch the summer exhibitions: Shooting for the Stars, Celebrity Photographs by Guy Webster; Quiet on the Set! A Century of Film in Ventura County; and Charlie Chaplin shorts in our temporary Art Deco-inspired movie theater.

Meet the Artists:
Paulo Ruvalcaba is an illustrator for the film, video game, and book publishing industries. He also teaches classes on painting from live models at the new Gallery 1880 in Midtown Ventura and directs weekend plein-air excursions.

Ryan Carr is an alumni from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA (2008) in Illustration. He currently resides in Ventura and enjoys nature and drawing in fine lines.

Courtney Sprigg is a 20-year-old college student and artist who is extremely proud to be a bookworm and is always in the process of executing a new oil painting.

Dominica Sanchez is a California visual artist currently living in Canton, OH. She works primarily with ink, oil stick and graphite on paper.

James Norwood studied Fine Arts at CSUCI. He is a former teacher trained in sculpture and casting.

John Perry was born in Bath, England at the outbreak of WWII. He received no formal art training but at a young age a rare bone disease left him bedridden for 18 months with idle time to perfect his sculpting skills. Later in life he perfected resin casting and created his famous Equilique figures.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323. The all-volunteer ArtWalk Ventura is a weekend of coordinated exhibits, sales, artist demonstrations and events at galleries, studios, and other venues. To learn more, go to www.artwalkventura.org for details.

 
Nationally celebrated artist Gerd Koch named 2013 Artist of Distinction

VENTURA, CA - ArtWalk Ventura, Ventura County’s weekend celebration of the area’s thriving arts community, returns for its 20th year on July 20-21. ArtWalk Ventura has long been a signature event of Ventura, drawing thousands of cultural tourists from all over California.

The two-day event will take to the streets of Ventura’s historic Downtown and Westside Cultural District as venues will be transformed into high-end art galleries and studios for patrons’ viewing pleasure. Artwork of more than 500 esteemed regional artists, including this year’s Artist of Distinction, Gerd Koch, will be on display throughout the weekend.

New to ArtWalk’s free, self-guided tour is the addition of PODS® Mini Galleries, with 16 PODS® containers being converted into mini art galleries, each one uniquely designed by local artists. The transformed PODS® containers, generously provided by Steve Yapp, owner of Your Local PODS® Service Provider, will be placed throughout Downtown and Ventura’s West End, connecting the mini galleries with more than two dozen traditional galleries.

“The PODS Galleries are a great addition that brings an entire new dimension to ArtWalk,” said Mary Perez, ArtWalk Ventura organizer and owner of Vita Art Center. “The creative ingenuity of the artists is exciting to see as they will have a new medium to explore, transforming the storage containers from plain white boxes to artwork, art installations and mini art studios.”

Kicking off the illustrious affair will be a special multimedia benefit event hosted by Focus on the Masters on Friday, July 19. “Convergence” will feature an electrifying performance by Ventura County Ballet Company’s DAnce ART. 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.

Also new to ArtWalk Ventura this year, under the generous sponsorship of the Ventura Auto Center, will be a street festival with 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.

ArtWalk Ventura attendees also will have the opportunity to participate in Bowl Hop, in which they 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.

“We are always excited to bring this sensational event to life every year as we get to share the fantastic work crafted by our vibrant arts community,” Perez said. “ArtWalk is a great way for our community to praise and appreciate the stunning artwork these world-class artists residing Ventura County can produce.”

For more information about ArtWalk Ventura, visit http://westsideartwalk.org/.

Event Info:
What: ArtWalk Ventura
When: Saturday, July 20, noon – 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, noon - 5 p.m.
Where: Ventura’s Historic Downtown and Westside Cultural District

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 http://westsideartwalk.org/, or email ArtWalk Ventura event organizer and owner of Vita Art Center Mary Perez at maryperez@vitaartcenter.com. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VenturaArtWalk.

 
Guy Webster, photographed by Liza Gizara, 2009.
Guy Webster, photographed by Liza Gizara, 2009.

Get up close and personal with renowned celebrity photographer Guy Webster at the inaugural event in the Museum’s new Salon Series. Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres in the gallery featuring his exhibit, Shooting for the Stars: Celebrity Photographs. Then gather round as Guy shares his personal and intimate memories of the film and television stars, who were often both subjects and friends, he photographed during his long career.

This Salon Series will be held on Friday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. $45 for non-members and $35 for Museum members with seating is limited to 50 guests.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 
Dale Chihuly – “Macchia Ver2”: Stinsmuelen-Amend Collection, Contemporary Studio Glass
Dale Chihuly – “Macchia Ver2”: Stinsmuelen-Amend Collection, Contemporary Studio Glass
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June 29 through September 15, 2013
Recurves Archery Bows: Richard Flores Collection, Archery Bows – 1940 to Current
Recurves Archery Bows: Richard Flores Collection, Archery Bows – 1940 to Current
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Paul Suttman Bronze – “The Hat”: Anonymous Collector
Paul Suttman Bronze – “The Hat”: Anonymous Collector
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New Guinea Mask: Matzkin Collection, New Guinea Art: Sepik River
New Guinea Mask: Matzkin Collection, New Guinea Art: Sepik River
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Mickey Mouse -OVMuseum Installation Detail: Valerie Greenberg Collection, Mickey Mouse & Disney
Mickey Mouse -OVMuseum Installation Detail: Valerie Greenberg Collection, Mickey Mouse & Disney
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Kienholz - “Kienholz TV”: Anonymous Collector, American Art 1968-1980
Kienholz - “Kienholz TV”: Anonymous Collector, American Art 1968-1980
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Jasper Johns - “Fools House”: Anonymous Collector, American Art
Jasper Johns - “Fools House”: Anonymous Collector, American Art
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The Ojai Valley Museum opens its third exhibition for 2013 on Saturday, June 29th, to celebrate the “individual passion for collecting.” “Ojai Collects” includes significant works from private collections housed throughout the town of Ojai. Many of these pieces have never been shown in public prior to this exhibit. The eight collections included in the show represent personal passions for: Popular Culture, American Art 1968 – 1980, New Guinea/Sepik River Carvings, Archery Bows, American Bronzes, Southern Outsider Art, The American West, and Contemporary Glass Art. They will be installed in the Rotating Gallery.

Museum Director and Curator of “Ojai Collects,” Michele Ellis Pracy, visited the homes of the eight Ojai based collectors and selected the exhibited works in order to give visitors of all ages an educational and specially unique museum experience. Each private collection in the exhibit has wall texts and object labels illuminating the subjects and objects displayed.

In essence, the eight Ojai residents are sharing selections from their stellar collections amassed over many years. These individual collectors are sharing their own personal museums with us over the summer months.

Included in the private collections are works by American modern art stars such as Claes Oldenburg, Edward Kienholz, Jasper Johns and Frank Stella, among others; etchings by Edward Borein, describing the American West and cowboy culture; pieces by premier glass artists Dale Chihuly and William Morris; and Mickey Mouse and other Disney collectibles. All are pieces that have never been organized into an exhibition in this manner, and rarely, if ever, seen by the public!

The exhibition runs through Sunday, September 13. The opening reception will be on Saturday, July 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2013 members, adults - $4.00, 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.

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.

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

 
The Artists Guild of Fillmore artists pictured are Judy Dressler, Joanne King, Lois Freeman-Fox, Virginia Neuman, Lady Jan Faulkner, Doris Nicholas, Karen Scott Browdy and Luanne Perez.
The Artists Guild of Fillmore artists pictured are Judy Dressler, Joanne King, Lois Freeman-Fox, Virginia Neuman, Lady Jan Faulkner, Doris Nicholas, Karen Scott Browdy and Luanne Perez.
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The Artists Guild of Fillmore is presenting their Third Annual Art Exhibit on the Shively Wall at the Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. 8th Street, Santa Paula. The Show runs for two months, it opened June 1 and will close July 25, 2013. This is a collaborative effort between the Artists Guild of Fillmore, Santa Paula Society of the Arts and the Blanchard Community Library. Show hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12 noon - 8; Wednesday 10 - 6; Saturday 10 - 2; closed Friday and Sunday

The Guild consists of local Fillmore artists who create art in a variety of media and artistic styles that melt into cohesive color, energy and pattern. The public is invited to come and view the Exhibit.

Mark your calendar for August 31 through October 2, 2013 when more of the art work of the Artists Guild of Fillmore will be highlighted at the famous Ojai Art Center,113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.

 

The Buenaventura Art Association will present “The Birds of Bob Privitt: Dreaming of Flying,” an exhibition of his drawings, assemblage and sculpture, in a solo show July 16-Aug. 10 at its downtown Ventura gallery.

Privitt, who lives in Thousand Oaks, taught art at colleges and universities for 40 years before retiring in 2004 from Pepperdine University in Malibu, where he capped 25 years with a two-year stint as artist-in-residence.

In creating his art, Privitt said, he gravitates toward “subjects dealing with the human condition.” He uses some conceptual methods of Dada and Surrealism to explore the psychological balance between “reasonable” and “irrational,” but does not consider himself a Dada or Surrealist artist.

“I am merely an observer of the human condition, with its myths, dreams, future hopes, flights to freedom, and the balance between positive events and negative actions,” he said, hence this show highlighting “birds and the possibility of a flight to freedom.”

Privitt will attend an opening reception 4-7 p.m. July 20 and, ever the teacher, will present a special talk at a 5-8 p.m. reception Aug. 2 during First Fridays Ventura. He’s titled the 6:30 p.m. presentation “Why I Put What I Put Where I Put It, or ‘Bob! What Were You Thinkin’?’ ” and said that, “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.”

Privitt’s works have been chosen by jury in more than 100 national and regional exhibitions and earned awards in more than a third of them. His drawings and sculptures are in many public collections, including those of several universities and the City of Thousand Oaks. Examples can be found online at mediasquirt.com/privitt.

About two dozen of his artworks will be in “The Birds of Bob Privitt” in the Clauphine Dooley Gallery at the Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St. 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 www.buenaventuragallery.org.

 
Stagnant Mobility Series by Ricardo Rodríguez
Stagnant Mobility Series by Ricardo Rodríguez
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Cell Series by Ricardo Rodríguez
Cell Series by Ricardo Rodríguez
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Bones Series by Ricardo Rodríguez
Bones Series by Ricardo Rodríguez
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Ojai, CA - “Where is Photography Today?” is a question Ricardo Rodríguez will ask – and answer – on Tuesday, June 18, when he visits the Ojai Photography Club’s regular meeting.

Rodríguez studied photography at the University of Puerto Rico. In 2010, he obtained his Masters in Fine Art at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. After earning his MFA he taught photography at Ventura College.

Rodríguez utilizes photography to explore the different ways he can approach reality, and usually he shows photography combined with installations. Since the beginning, he has been interested in creating conceptual work, and he is particularly interested in blurring the line between reality and representation. His work has been recognized in his native Puerto Rico, as well as in Korea and the United States. Recently his work became part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California. Currently, Rodríguez is the gallery curator of Tool Room Gallery in Ventura and teaches photography at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada Flintridge, California.

The program begins at 7:00 PM, at Kent Hall, located at Help of Ojai’s Little House, 111 Santa Ana Street, in Ojai. After his presentation, Rodriguez will critique images submitted by club members. Monthly presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service outreach and visitors are welcome to attend.

The Ojai Photography 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. For additional information please visit: http://ojaiphotoclub.com/ and http://www.ricardorodriguez.net/

 
E.P. Foster Library welcomes NASA rocket scientist Dr. Mark Rayman for his presentation

Ventura, CA - On Sunday June 23, 2013, the community of Ventura will get the rare opportunity to meet a true rocket scientist. Dr. Marc Rayman will give a fascinating and entertaining presentation on the Dawn mission and its use of ion propulsion as well as its two exotic destinations. He also will share the excitement and profundity of controlling a spacecraft in deep space.

The ambitious and exciting Dawn mission, launched in September 2007, is one of NASA's most remarkable ventures into the solar system. The spacecraft has recently completed a spectacular exploration of Vesta and is now traveling to Ceres; these were among the last uncharted worlds in the inner solar system prior to Dawn. They are the two most massive residents of the main asteroid belt, that vast collection of bodies between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres is so large that it is included in the category of dwarf planets, along with Pluto. The alien landscapes Dawn reveals provide humankind with a new perspective on the solar system. Remnants from the time that planets were formed, Ceres and Vesta hold clues that will help scientists understand the dawn of the solar system.

Dawn orbited Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012 and returned astonishing views of this fascinating world. It is the only spacecraft ever to orbit an object in the asteroid belt and is the first ever targeted to orbit any two solar system destinations. Such a mission would be impossible without the use of ion propulsion, a technology that has mostly been in the domain of science fiction, but which was tested extensively on the Deep Space 1 mission, paving the way for Dawn.

For additional information about the event contact Sara Roberts, Senior Librarian at (805) 648-2715.

E.P. Foster Library is located at 651 E Main St. Ventura, CA.

 
“Sacramento Delta Patterns” by William Dewey, photograph, 24” x 26”, Collection of the artist.
“Sacramento Delta Patterns” by William Dewey, photograph, 24” x 26”, Collection of the artist.
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June 29, 2013
“Wonder Valley” by Mary-Austin Klein, oil on duralar mounted on board, 33.5” x 23.5”, Collection of the artist.
“Wonder Valley” by Mary-Austin Klein, oil on duralar mounted on board, 33.5” x 23.5”, Collection of the artist.
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SANTA PAULA, CA – The Santa Paula Art Museum’s newest group show features forty artists whose works examine the issue of the recognizable character of California, both the place and the people. The highly diverse ensemble of artists and artworks reflect the many “faces” of California’s complex identity. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. where guests can meet the artists while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres. Admission to the reception is $10 for SPAM members and $15 for the general public.

“Face of California” called upon artists to illustrate their first impression of California, leaving it very much open to their individual interpretation. The assemblage of works that resulted is nothing short of extraordinary. The show features forty pieces of art, ranging from works in oil like Mary Austin Klein’s breathtaking “Wonder Valley”, to Roe Anne White’s incandescent photography, to Sylvia Raz’s charismatic sculpture “The Tios are Coming”. Taken as a whole, the show is an ode to landscape, landmarks, light and life. With its warm and inviting imagery, the exhibit is perfect for summer viewing, and the show runs through October 20, 2013.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and is free for Museum members and students. For more information, please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

 
Kingsmen to present ‘The Tempest’ June 28 to July 14

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The 17th annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival at California Lutheran University will open with “The Tempest.”

Directed by J. Michael Arndt, performances will begin at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 28 through July 14 in scenic Kingsmen Park. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and entertainment.

“The Tempest” is a magical fantasy set on an island ruled by Prospero, an exiled duke who uses his magic to shipwreck his usurpers and bring them ashore. The play opens with a massive storm aboard a ship, which will be conveyed through staging without the aid of lighting effects since it will be still be daylight in the park.

One of William Shakespeare's last plays, “The Tempest” is often viewed as a personal reflection on his life in the theater and a poetic farewell. Comedy, revenge and romance mix with spirits and monsters in this play, which seems to be taken mostly from Shakespeare’s imagination.

“The play contains some of the richest characters, most beautiful poetry, largest abundance of music, and magical spectacle seen in any of his plays,” said Arndt, the artistic director of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company.

Kingsmen composer Chris Hoag created an original score with new songs written specifically for the show.

The cast contains six actors who are also Shakespeare directors, including Harold Dixon, who plays Prospero. The former chair of the theatre arts department at the University of Arizona, Dixon has performed in regional theater productions across the country. Eighty-year-old Robert Nairn, a native of Scotland who first appeared with Kingsmen in 1999, will be the oldest actor to ever take the Kingsmen stage when he performs as Gonzalo.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theatre company of CLU. In addition to producing one of the area’s most popular outdoor theatrical events, it provides apprentice programs, an educational tour program and summer youth theater camps.

General admission is $20 for adults and free for those under 18. Premium box seats are $90 and side box seats are $75. Box seats accommodate six adults. For information or advance lawn box reservations, call 805-493-3014 or visit http://www.kingsmenshakespeare.org. Individual tickets are available only at the door.