April 17, a perfect spring day for a delightful Sunday afternoon concert by our Ventura County Concert Band. 3:00 P.M. at the Ventura High School Auditorium.

Answering your cards, letters and requests, I have planned an unforgettable concert for you. I am sure that it will stir every facet of your being as you listen to the many delightful melodies from the greatest band music on the planet.

Our band members have created fine music for you during this past decade. These outstanding musicians will be the featured soloist at this performance. This concert will be the "CONCERT OF THE YEAR". An event to be enjoyed and remembered by all.

Share this invitation with a friend.

I'm looking forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely yours,

Maestro Dr. Bruce Colell



Coins, cash and counterfeiting! On March 27, 2011, the California Oil Museum in association with the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum will premiere Money Makes the World Go Round, an exhibit exploring the art and history of money from colonial America to the modern world, as well as the crimes of currency including counterfeiting and the most infamous bank heists of all time! This exhibit runs through June 12, 2011.

The California Oil Museum is located at 1001 E. Main Street in Santa Paula. Admission is $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Students (6-17), and FREE for children 5 years and younger and for our Members. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening reception will be 1-3pm on Sunday, March 27. Bring your own collectable coin to display for the day!

Did you know that the first money used in the early colonies was beads, furs and tobacco? North American settlers were forced to use whatever was available including money substitutes — anything of value that could be exchanged for goods and supplies. Many types of European and Mexican coins also circulated. This early American currency and much more will soon be on display at the California Oil Museum! See also how Ben Franklin impacted American numismatics – from the earliest security measures in the printing of colonial paper money to designing Continental coinage and currency for the newly established United States.

Money has become one of the most prolific artistic mediums in the world, capturing our most celebrated presidents and citizens in portraiture and allowing them to remain ever-present in our society. The most iconic representations of Abraham Lincoln have been rendered on coins and banknotes and these early portraits will be shown. In addition, the artists behind money design and their artistic process will be revealed as well as the shapes, colors and materials of current money used throughout the world from coins to credit cards!

The power of money is often more appealing than its design and has inspired many a crime. Our visitors will become skilled in detecting counterfeit money, and will get to know the most cunning and dangerous bank robbers in history! Join us in discovering how Money Makes the World Go Round!

Who: California Oil Museum

What: Money Makes the World Go Round

When: March 27 – June 12, 2011

Where: 1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060

Why: To discover the art, history and power of money


March 28, April 3 and May 2, 2011

SANTA PAULA, CA – A series of special events entitled Botke Vistas will be hosted at the Santa Paula Art Museum in exploration of the Museum’s featured exhibit, The Artist’s Eye: The Working Life of Jessie Arms Botke and Cornelis Botke. On March 28, the co-curators of the exhibit will host a discussion on the history of the Botkes and their art. On April 3, the Museum invites the public to B.Y.O.B., “Bring Your Own Botke”, and share the story behind your painting with fellow collectors and fans. On May 2, local painter Susan Petty will offer her artistic perspective on the Botkes’ technique and style.

“The exhibit itself is comprehensive. In fact, it is one of the largest Botke exhibits ever organized and, yet, there is still so much left to be revealed,” co-curator Jennifer Heighton said. Heighton, along with fellow curators Meg Phelps and Kitty Botke Seemel will chronicle the careers of both Botkes and disclose little-known facts about the married artists. The curators will discuss their thought process in creating the exhibit and seeing it through fruition.

As a granddaughter of the Botkes, co-curator Kitty Botke Seemel will provide fans of her grandparents with a true impression of what life was like with the painters. Heighton added, “It will be a rare opportunity to truly get to know the Botkes!” This Curators’ Talk will be held on March 28, 2011 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and is $5.00 for Members and $10.00 for Non-Members.

If the Museum’s multiple galleries filled with Botke treasures do not satisfy, then bring your own! In April, the Museum will host a gathering for Botke collectors and the general public. Former Museum of Ventura County Curator Anne Graumlich will moderate the event as fellow enthusiasts mix and mingle alongside works from their private collections.

“Botke collectors are always happy to share because they are aware of the delight that Jessie and Cornelis’ works bring to other people. Considering that these selections will all be from private collections, many of them will not be on display again,” said Phelps. B.Y.O.B. will be held on April 3, 2011 from 4 – 6 p.m. and is $10.00 for Members and $15.00 for Non-Members.

Through the Eyes of an Artist will be the final event in the Botke Vistas series. As the lives of Jessie Arms Botke and Cornelis Botke were defined by their art, in order to fully comprehend them, one must see through an artist’s eyes. Esteemed Ventura artist Susan Petty will offer her own viewpoint as she describes and welcomes questions about technique, style and creative inspiration. This event will be held on May 2, 2011 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. and is $5.00 for Members and $10.00 for Non-Members.

The exhibit runs until June 5, 2011 and may be viewed during regular Museum hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. To RSVP to a Botke Vistas event or for more information, please call the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org



Work by colleagues & former students of Carlisle Cooper, William McEnroe, Norman Kirk and Gerd Koch will honor these four master artists and legends, in an exhibit in the Museum of Ventura County’s Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion, on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, from 11 am- 4 pm. In addition to the exhibition, there will also be painting demonstrations in the museum plaza by Norman Kirk, Debi Nowak-Hawkes, Rex Kochel and Annette Hammer. Admission is free for museum members, $5 for the general public, and includes entry to the entire museum. To attend call 653-0323 x 315.

Artists invited to exhibit include Cathy Day Barroca, Paul Benavidez, Richard Byron, Julie Dahl-Nicolle, Pat Richards Dodds, Richard Franklin, Donna Granata, Annette Hammer, Edward Hudson, Maggie Kildee, Rex Kochel, Jonny Kwan, Rita McBride, Debra McKillop, Carole Milton, Bob Moskowitz, Mona Newhouse, Debi Nowak-Hawkes, Bob Privitt, HirokoYoshimoto, and Jay Yoshimoto.

The two-day exhibition compliments Four Masters- Four Legends, the museum’s current retrospective of paintings by Cooper, Kirk, Koch and McEnroe, four of Ventura County's most influential painters. All were involved in the seminal development of Ventura County arts organizations, and in the Ventura College Art Department, where they taught and nurtured generations of artists from the 1950s to today. The Four Masters- Four Legends exhibition ends April 24.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura, California. Open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for members and children under 6. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.



Santa Barbara, CA. — Retired Secret Service Agent John Barletta will share his intimate story of serving President Reagan, his memories of the President and his thoughts on Reagan’s legacy at a special event hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, April 29 at The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara.

In November, 1994, five years after leaving office, former president Ronald Reagan made a courageous gesture when he told the American people in a moving letter that he had Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable form of dementia.

“(Nancy and I) hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition,” Reagan wrote in his letter. “Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.”

Indeed, at the time of Reagan’s diagnosis, most people didn’t know much about Alzheimer's disease. Reagan’s letter helped to lead the way in breaking down that stigma and the myths that surrounded Alzheimer’s. Following Reagan’s disclosure, the ensuing years saw numerous high-profile politicians, actors, professional athletes and news personalities acknowledge their loved ones with the disease.

Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago, will join Barletta as a special guest. He will discuss how Ronald Reagan’s trust and faith in the American people changed the public discourse of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, invites the public to attend this special event, which will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 29 at The Reagan Ranch Center, 217 State Street, Santa Barbara. The evening includes a rooftop champagne welcome followed by a reception and tours of exhibit galleries at The Center. Western attire will be welcomed.

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at the Chapter’s website at alz.org/cacentralcoast. For more information, visit the website or call the Chapter office at (805) 892-4259.

About The Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. The California Central Coast Chapter of the association covers San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties. alz.org/centralcoast


(Clockwise, starting with actress on the cube) The stars are Chaz Hodges, Eric Groth, Alex Greene, Sarah de la Garrique, Jeremy Hanna and Beth Palko.
(Clockwise, starting with actress on the cube) The stars are Chaz Hodges, Eric Groth, Alex Greene, Sarah de la Garrique, Jeremy Hanna and Beth Palko.
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Audience members will be chosen to join cast

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - The California Lutheran University Creative Arts Division will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in April.

The Mainstage Theatre performances of the Tony Award-winning musical will be at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from April 7 through 17 in Preus-Brandt Forum.

The one-act musical, which was nominated for six Tonys and won two, follows six quirky adolescents as they attempt to win the top prize in the annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Three equally quirky grown-ups run the bee. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman and written by William Finn and Rachael Sheinkin, “Spelling Bee” was called “irresistible” and “’A Chorus Line’ with pimples” by The New York Times. The original Broadway cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award.

For each performance, four audience members will be chosen to join the cast onstage as competitors in the bee.

Ken Gardner, a CLU theatre arts professor for 26 years, is directing the play. The stars are senior theatre arts major Chaz Hodges of Chicago as Marcy, sophomore music major Eric Groth of Newbury Park as Chip, junior theatre arts major Alex Greene of Westlake Village as Barfee, freshman theatre arts major Sarah de la Garrique of Agoura Hills as Olive, sophomore theatre arts major Jeremy Hanna of Thousand Oaks as Leaf and senior international studies major Beth Palko of Glendale, Ariz., as Logainne.

The forum is located south of Olsen Road between Mountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive.

General admission is $20. For more information, call (805) 493-3415.

Documentary follows cancer survivor’s crusade

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - California Lutheran University will show a 2010 documentary that charts one year in the life and work of a cancer survivor and biologist.

“Living Downstream”” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Roth Nelson Room as part of CLU’s Reel Justice Film Series, which examines the themes of equality and social justice. After the film, faculty members will participate in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session.

Raised in a small town in Illinois, Sandra Steingraber was diagnosed with bladder cancer when she was just 20 years old. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when Steingraber was in high school. Many of her aunts and uncles have struggled with the disease. One aunt died from the same form of bladder cancer that she had. One might think that there is a genetic link, but Steingraber was adopted. This led her to consider something else families can have in common ‑ environment.

Based on Steingraber’s acclaimed book, “Living Downstream” is an eloquent and cinematic feature-length documentary. The poetic 85-minute film follows the ecologist and cancer survivor during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. Part scientific exploration and part personal, the film documents the growing body of scientific evidence that links human health with the health of our environment.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard between Memorial Parkway and Olsen Road on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice is sponsoring the free screening. For more information, contact Sam Thomas at sthomas@callutheran.edu or (805) 493-3693.

Areté concludes season with Bernstein on April 3, 2011

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - Areté Vocal Ensemble will conclude its second season with a concert devoted to the music of Leonard Bernstein at California Lutheran University.

“Tribute to Leonard Bernstein: Part 2” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in Samuelson Chapel.

The program will begin with the full ensemble singing Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” in Hebrew. The piece is scored for organ, harp and percussion. Then individual Areté members will perform solo songs from several of Bernstein’s Song Cycles. The program will conclude with music for the Broadway stage including two of Bernstein’s biggest hits, “Candide” and “West Side Story.”

Areté is an innovative professional ensemble of vocal artists in residence at the Thousand Oaks university. Music Director and Conductor Wyant Morton, CLU’s music department chair, created the ensemble to perform and record the widest possible choral repertoire, including works from essentially all periods of music history. Special attention is given to contemporary, experimental, improvisatory, crossover and ethnic music.

The ensemble was designed to fill a need in Southern California for groups that can perform the many vocal works that visionary composers are creating today. Areté, which takes its name from the Greek word meaning striving for excellence, focuses on performing the new, the unknown and the unconventional with energy, passion, expertise and virtuosity.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near the corner of Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen and Mountclef Boulevard.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15, $10 for seniors 65 years and older, and $5 for students with ID. Tickets purchased at the door are an additional $5. Children under 12 are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.aretevocalensemble.org, e-mail aretevocalensemble@me.com, or call (805) 493-3308.

David Botello painted the mural “Chicano Time Trip” in Lincoln Heights in 1977.
David Botello painted the mural “Chicano Time Trip” in Lincoln Heights in 1977.
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CLU presentation will cover changes from ‘70s to ‘90s

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - Changes in Chicana/o art through the years will be highlighted during a lecture from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at California Lutheran University.

Charlene Villaseñor Black will present “Chicana/o Art: Tradition and Transformation” in the Roth Nelson Room on the Thousand Oaks campus.

An associate professor of art history at UCLA, Villaseñor Black will review key moments in the history of Chicana/o art from the 1970s through the 1990s. She will discuss how the art changed as it moved from the streets to the galleries and how artists of the 1980s and 1990s transformed the political ideals of the Chicano Movimiento of the 1960s and 1970s. The presentation will also cover how the emergence of feminism, postmodernism and transnationalism energized artists.

Villaseñor Black teaches a range of courses on Mexico, Spain and Chicana/o art. Her research and publications span both 17th century and contemporary art in the Hispanic world. Her first book, “Creating the Cult of St. Joseph: Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire,” won the College Art Association Millard Meiss Award. She is now working on her second book, “Transforming Saints: Women, Art, and Conversion in Spain and Mexico, 1521-1800.”

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice and Art Department are sponsoring the free event with funding from the President’s Diversity Council.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard between Olsen Road and Memorial Parkway.

For more information, contact Christine Sellin at csellin@callutheran.edu.

Photo of Canada Larga Canyon, pastel, 1999
Photo of Canada Larga Canyon, pastel, 1999
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SANTA PAULA, CA. – A retrospective exhibit of works by beloved Ojai landscape and still life artist Bert Collins opened on February 26th to a very enthusiastic crowd.

“This retrospective is truly representative of Bert’s entire evolution as an artist” states Museum Director, Jennifer Heighton, “It will include some of her earliest surviving paintings that few people have ever seen. It is rare to have such a comprehensive collection of an artist’s work spanning more than fifty years laid out before you.”

Alberta “Bert” Collins was born in Los Angeles in 1928. Her career as a painter began at the age of fifteen at a ceramics factory near her home in Glendale. In 1960, Bert began practicing with both acrylic and oil paint, and had her first solo art show just eight months later. Commissions soon poured in from galleries in Newport Beach to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. In the following years, Collins maintained a near constant production of paintings in order to satisfy demand. Deciding that a less commercial creative process would be more enjoyable, Bert and her husband, Ralph, relocated to Ojai in 1976.

Bert was one of three artists who founded the Ojai Studio Artist’s Tour in 1983. After almost thirty years, the tour has revitalized local arts education and the economy. In 1984, Bert stumbled upon two particularly inspiring pastel landscapes in a gallery. She and her art were suddenly transformed. Bert immediately began painting in pastels and studied with such renowned pastel artists as Albert Handell and Glenna Hartmann.

The majority of Bert’s works are realistic landscapes, seascapes and still lifes rendered in soft pastels on sand paper. She continues to use acrylics and oils, but to a lesser degree than pastels. Collins is ambidextrous when she paints, capable of wielding a brush in either hand so that she may move more freely over her canvas. Although a well-known plein air artist, Bert prefers to paint from memory, or to use her imagination in developing subjects.

Museum Assistant, Julie Cluster, says, “That she often paints from her imagination is remarkable because her pieces are so realistic. The landscapes seem almost tangible. It’s as if you can feel the sunlight on your skin and sense the sky changing above you when you look at one of her paintings. Bert manages to capture the dynamism of nature because she has such a natural instinct for color and light.”

Today, Bert continues to teach pastel classes and workshops at her West Hills Ojai Gallery where she is oft quoted as asking, “Who has more fun than I do?” With a successful career spanning more than fifty years, a remarkably joyful spirit, and an extraordinary oeuvre, it is only natural that she should ponder such a question.

The exhibit will run until July 10th, and may be viewed during regular Museum hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060.


Two Upcoming George Stuart Monologues

The Rise and Fall of the Tsars
Exhibition of George Stuart Historical Figures®

Tuesday, March 15 • 1:30 p.m.
Flogged into Modernization: How Peter I and Catherine II Changed Russia
Learn how these rulers expanded Russia into a vast empire and world power,
while modernizing the Russian aristocracy.

Tuesday, April 19 • 1:30 p.m
Twilight of the Tsars: From Imperial Isolation to Revolution
Delve into the chaotic times of the Bolshevik Revolution, which led to the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, and the replacement of the Tsar's absolute power with a totalitarian government.

Each Monologue - $15 general public, $10 museum members
RSVP: 805.653.0323 x315
100 E. Main Street, Ventura • www.venturamuseum.org

Brahms, Tchaikovsky pieces featured

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - California Lutheran University faculty and students will present Brahms and Tchaikovsky: The Height of Romanticism at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 27, in Overton Hall.

The concert will feature faculty members Melissa Phelps on violin and Joyce Geeting on cello. The featured students are sophomore accounting major Jiachang Guan of Beijing, freshman music major Antonio Foreman of Agoura Hills, senior music major David Mason of Ventura and junior political science major Rebecca Cardone of Katy, Texas. Louise Brown, a professional violist from Santa Clarita, will also perform.

The musicians will present Brahms’ Sextet and Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence.”

Overton Hall is located south of Memorial Parkway near Regent Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus.

A $10 donation is requested. For more information, e-mail joycegeeting@yahoo.com.

Event features the music of Michael Schelle
Michael Schelle
Michael Schelle

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - California Lutheran University’s 9th Annual New Music Concert will feature the music of two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Michael Schelle.

CLU faculty, students and guest performers will present the concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in Samuelson Chapel. Schelle, who has a theatrical and eclectic musical style, will participate in a question-and-answer session at the beginning of the event.

Schelle will play piano on “Prayer.” His wife, Miho Sasaki, will be the featured pianist on “Straight, No Lithium,” which Schelle wrote for her to perform. Commissioned for the 2010 Decay and Regeneration in the Arts symposium in Japan, the piece includes “regenerated” parts of two of Sasaki’s favorite works by Brahms and Chopin and a final movement that “regenerates” her favorite Bach prelude.

The program will also include “Say Goodnight, Gracie,” “Blue Plate Special,” “Gimme Shelter” and “The Viola the Wind Swept Away.” Other guest performers will include Lynn Angebrandt on cello, Darius Campo on violin and Amy Wilkins on harp.

More than 200 orchestras and professional ensembles across the United States and abroad including the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have performed Schelle’s work. Recent critically acclaimed international performances of his music include Kammerorchester Basel in Switzerland, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra in Moscow and the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Tokyo.

Schelle has been the Composer-in-Residence at Butler University in Indianapolis for 30 years and is the founding director of the college’s JCFA Composers’ Orchestra, which is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of music by “not-dead-yet” composers. A frequent guest composer at universities and new music festivals across the country, he has received composition grants from many prestigious arts organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Symphony Orchestra League. He is also a restaurant critic and the author of a book on film music and was a finalist in the International Humour in Poetry Competition in Paris.

The chapel is located off of Campus Drive south of Olsen Road on the Thousand Oaks campus. Additional parking is available in the lot at the corner of Mountclef Boulevard and Olsen Road.

Donations will be accepted. For more information on the concert, call the Music Department at (805) 493-3306 or visit http://visit www.callutheran.edu/music. For more information on Schelle, visit http://www.schellemusic.com.

‘8: The Mormon Proposition’ part of Reel Justice Series

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. – California Lutheran University will show a documentary about the Mormon Church’s campaign in support of Proposition 8 in California at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30.

“8: The Mormon Proposition” will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Lundring Events Center as part of the Reel Justice Film Series.

Director Reed Cowan initially planned on making a documentary about gay teen homelessness and suicide in Utah but he soon turned his focus to the idea that the homophobia that prompts otherwise loving parents to kick teenagers out of their homes is deep-seated in current Mormon ideology. Cowan and his fellow filmmakers, who experienced firsthand what it was like to grow up gay in the Mormon faith in Utah, turned their attention to the historic campaign by the Mormon Church to pass Proposition 8 in California. The film is their emotional outcry to what they found.

The Reel Justice Film Series, which examines the themes of equality and social justice, will continue with "Living Downstream" on April 6.

Lundring Events Center is located in Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, which is on the north side of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice and Gay-Straight Alliance are sponsoring the free screening. For more information, contact Sam Thomas at sthomas@callutheran.edu or (805) 493-3693.

Come Fiddle Around!

California State Old Time Fiddlers, District 8, meet Sunday, March 13, 1:30 - 4:30 at Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View.

Join the fiddlers for another afternoon of listening or dancing to Country, Western, & Blue Grass music. No admission or parking charge.

Refreshmentsavailable. Info: 640-3689, 517-1131, www.calfiddlers.com.

Exhibit showcases the best student works

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - The CLUFest 2011 Multimedia Showcase slated from March 26 through April 15 will feature the best in digital and interactive media created by students.

An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture at CLU.

The exhibit recognizes CLU’s most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers and computer artists. All students were invited to submit works. Featured pieces will include digital photography, digital illustration, 3-D artwork, animation, video and audio.

Working with a local prop company, students in the Multimedia Capstone class designed the gallery and displayed the pieces to reflect a music theme, although the artwork did not need to deal with this subject.

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

The Multimedia Department is sponsoring the free exhibit. For more information, contact Tim Hengst at (805) 493-3241 or thengst@callutheran.edu.

Four Days Only: March 24-27, Special Presentation March 26

The Braceros of Ventura County, a traveling exhibition presented in conjunction with California State University Channel Islands, will illustrate the impact of the Bracero Program on Ventura County history. It is on view from Thursday, March 24 through Sunday, March 27, in the Museum of Ventura County’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion. Admission is $5, and includes entry to all museum galleries. On Saturday, March 26th at 3 p.m, exhibit visitors can attend the illustrated lecture presented by José M. Alamillo, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Chicana/o Studies Program at California State University Channel Islands.

The exhibition explores the Bracero Program in Ventura County from 1942 to its end in 1964, through interviews, photographs, posters, and artifacts. Begun as a temporary war measure to address labor needs in agriculture and the railroads, it eventually became the largest guest worker program in U.S. history.
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. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.


Scientists estimate that one third of the world’s food crops and four-fifths of its flowering plants depend on some form of insect pollination, mainly by bees. Yet honeybees and native bees around the globe are declining in numbers.

Join us at the UC Hansen Agricultural Center on UPDATE: DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO APRIL 2nd!!! March 26th for another Saturday at the Farm. Speaker, Anna Howell, MS, Entomologist UC Cooperative Extension-Ventura will present: Beefriending Your Local Bees. Discover the fascinating world of bees, pollination and its impact on eco and agricultural systems, observe collections of native bees and demonstration on how to build native bee nests. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free. Space is limited, reservations required. Call 805-525-9293 ext 214 or email: sbmiller@ucdavis.edu.

The UC Hansen Agricultural Center will be open on March 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for self-guided Faulkner House, garden tours, and Master Gardener plant sale. If you would like to participate in these activities, no reservation required. For more information visit our website at www.uchansentrust.org. UCHAC is located at 14292 W. Telegraph Rd in Santa Paula. Admission to the farm and parking are free.

"Hope Street"
"Hope Street"
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Hilda Kilpatrick is a visual storyteller. Her new body of work, titled “Hope”, is a pictorial narrative that reflects the artist’s interpretation of the sentiment. Light-hearted in concept, Kilpatrick’s new paintings will be featured in a solo exhibit at the Buenaventura Gallery from March 29 to April 23, 2011. Opening reception is Saturday, April 2 from 4-7pm.

The inspiration in Kilpatrick’s subject matter derives from the notion that her scenery may be drastically different in a few years, or gone altogether. Environmental changes, overpopulation, urban growth—are but a few factors that attract the artist to capture the current landscape.

Her characteristic loose brushwork, warmth-infused surfaces and fresh painterly approach are evident in this new body of work. Yet, Kilpatrick’s impressionistic new series incorporates some new elements---figures, cars, signs, animals—which create the aspect of the narrative.

She has shown her work at the Museum of Ventura County, City of Ventura Mayor’s Office, been honored with the City of Ventura 2007-08 Artist Fellowship; se was awarded the Founders and People’s Choice at the 70th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Show and has been featured in national publications such as SkyWest Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

This is her third solo show with Buenaventura Art Association.

The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara Street , Ventura , CA 93001 . Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12-5pm and Saturday from 11am to 5pm. (805) 648-1235 or visit www.buenaventuragallery.org.

April 16, 2011

Fine art and delicious fare highlight this Spring’s Art Alfresco Invitational Exhibition and Art Sale, presented by the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday, April 16, from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Stroll through the easels and sculpture of thirty of the region’s finest artists, exhibiting and selling their work in the museum’s plaza and Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion. Admission is $20 per person, and includes food samplings from local purveyors and entry to all museum galleries. A portion of the proceeds from each artwork sold will support museum programs. To make reservations, call (805) 653-0323 x 304.

Artists participating in the invitational include Catherine Day Barroca, Virginia Beale, Kitty Botke, Sherri Cassell, Michele Chapin, Gayel Childress, Roger Conrad, Raymond Cuevas, Steven Curry, Bill Dewey, JoAnne Duby, Fran Elson, Gail Faulkner, Maribel Hernandez, Dan Holmes, Norman Kirk, John Nichols, Susan Petty, Chris Provenzano, Roxie Ray, Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Larissa Strauss, Arline Tepper, Andrea Vargas-Mendoza, Susan Vogel, Laura Wambsgans and Hiroko Yoshimoto.

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.