Magna executive to discuss key to future success
Markus Tomaschitz
Markus Tomaschitz

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A top manager with the world’s largest automotive supply company will speak at California Lutheran University on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Markus Tomaschitz, executive director for the Education & Research Division of Magna International Europe AG, will present “Talents: Competing for the Future” in Lundring Events Center as part of the Silver Anniversary Distinguished Speaker Series celebrating the formation of CLU’s Graduate School of Education and School of Management. The event begins with networking from 6 to 7 p.m.

Tomaschitz asserts there has been a massive shift in the way businesses operate in relation to success or failure in recent years. Ambiguity and anxiety are influencing performance and leadership decisions, negatively affecting companies’ long-term success. He will discuss how we can put an end to poor business practices and implement better ones. He will also talk about how building relationships between companies and universities is the key to the future success of businesses.

Prior to joining Magna, Tomaschitz was executive director of FH JOANNEUM-University of Applied Sciences, one of Austria’s leading universities. He also was senior partner and CEO of Europe–MPO, an international consulting network.

Tomaschitz writes and lectures on management, leadership, entrepreneurship, education and human resource management. He is a member of the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation board and serves as an adviser on education and research to Austrian federal and state governments.

He holds a doctorate in organization and human resource management from the Institute for Human Resource Management at the University of Graz in Austria. He also earned advanced degrees in social economics and business administration in Austria and an MBA from California State University, Hayward.

Corwin, ELS Language Centers, the Pacific Coast Business Times and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal are sponsoring the free presentation.

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

RSVP by Friday, Nov. 11, to Lauren Amundson at or 805-493-3445.


Author wrote about plight of Norwegian Jews
Irene Levin Berman
Irene Levin Berman

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An author will discuss what happened to her family and other Norwegian Jews during the Holocaust as part of the 2011-2012 Scandinavian Lecture Series.

Irene Levin Berman will present “Norway and the Holocaust” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Overton Hall. This is the second event in a two-part series featuring personal experiences during World War II.

Berman is the author of ”’We are Going to Pick Potatoes:’ Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story.” Born and raised in Norway, she was a young child when she and her family escaped to neutral Sweden as Nazi Germany invaded Norway and began the deportation of 2,000 Norwegian Jews in 1942. Seven members of her father’s immediate family were among the 771 victims murdered in Auschwitz.

After the war, Berman struggled to understand the silence of returning Jews as they tried to rebuild their lives in Norway. Missing relatives were referred to as “having disappeared.” In 2005, she began to examine the label of being a Holocaust survivor and her strong dual identity as a Norwegian and a Jew. She found that the story of the Norwegian Jews had for the most part been overlooked in histories of the Holocaust.

Encouraged by the director of Norway’s Resistance Museum, Berman researched and wrote her book. It is not just about the Holocaust, but also about growing up Jewish in Norway during and after World War II. Originally written in Norwegian and published in Norway in 2008 to good reviews, she wrote an English version that was published last year.

Berman, a resident of Bloomfield, Conn., has lived in the United States most of her adult life. She is a professional translator of Scandinavian languages and has co-translated seven plays by the renowned Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.

Overton Hall is located near Soiland Humanities Center south of Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. Parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

The CLU History Department and the Scandinavian American Cultural & Historical Foundation are sponsoring the free presentation. For more information, contact Anita Londgren at 805-241-1051 or call the Scandinavian Center at 805-241-0391.


Live & In Concert: Freddy
Live & In Concert: Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, American Bandstand Legend. 6- 10 pm Saturday November 5th. $10 Cover Charge. Happy Hour 7 - 8 pm. Grill Open till 9:30pm. Please visit to pay for the concert or both dinner and concert. Also on November 5th: Charity Golf Tournament for On The Path Golf Academy.
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Pieces of donor’s eclectic collection to be displayed

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, possibly the country’s only dedicated art gallery housed inside a stadium, will open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The gallery will open at 11 a.m. A dedication for the $8.9 million William Rolland Stadium and Gallery of Fine Art will be held at 12:30 p.m., just prior to the 1 p.m. homecoming football game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

The initial exhibit in the 2,200-foot gallery will feature large bronze statues depicting the life of a Native American, oil and watercolor paintings and an Indy 500 racecar that belong to Rolland. In the future, additional pieces from Rolland’s large and eclectic collection as well as visiting exhibits will be displayed. A specially commissioned 7-foot-2-inch bronze statue of a football player, “Heading for the End Zone,” will stand outside the stadium entrance.

The museum-quality interior features a decorative ceiling with a floating panel, a highly polished tile floor and recessed lighting. Bronze-tinted windows look out over the entry terrace.

Rolland, who donated $5.45 million for the stadium, requested that the facility include a gallery that could display his art. The real estate developer and former Los Angeles City firefighter from Westlake Village began buying pieces in the mid-1950s and has amassed a huge collection ranging from 17th-century to contemporary works. A fan of the artistry of high-performance automobiles, he owns race cars dating back to the 1940s including winners of the Indianapolis 500 from three eras. He also has bronze sculptures that belonged to Elizabeth Taylor, a collection of Murano glass and such curiosities as a letter penned by Mark Twain. The cars and artworks will be displayed in the gallery on a rotating basis.

As the feats taking place on the field and the pieces inside the gallery are both examples of what people can accomplish, Rolland sees them as fitting together well. He is also excited by the possibility of exposing sports fans who may not otherwise visit a gallery to various types of art.

CLU officials have embraced the unconventional combination of art and athletics under one roof, viewing it as a reflection of the broad experience that CLU provides to students as a liberal arts university.

The stadium is located on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. Admission to the gallery, ceremony and game is free.


Group of Women in Chicago in 1902. One woman clothed in full mourning.
Group of Women in Chicago in 1902. One woman clothed in full mourning.
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Today we no longer see veiled widows dressed in black, or houses hung with black crepe. But in the 19th and early 20th centuries, grief in the United States had many prescribed customs. On Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. hear Shelly Foote, nationally recognized expert on costume history, discuss how clothing, accessories and other traditions helped people of that era deal with loss. The illustrated talk will be held at the Museum of Ventura County. Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for museum members, and includes entry to all exhibits, including Departures: A Century of Death & Dying in Ventura County. For reservations call (805) 653-0323 x 7.

Foote will explore the origins of some surviving customs from that period, such as memory cards, and the demise of others, such as jewelry made from the hair of the departed. She will also explain how, at a time when most deaths took place at home, specific mourning conduct helped families communicate their loss to the community as well as protect their need for privacy.

Shelly Foote’s 30-year career with The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, included supervision and development of their 1700-1920 Costume Collection. As Assistant Chair of Social History, she was also responsibility for collections including more than 250,000 objects. A Ventura native, Foote volunteers her extensive skills in the Museum of Ventura County’s collections area, and serves on their Accessions Committee. She is president of the Western Region of the Costume Society of America.

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 is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.


Camarillo, CA - Oct. 21, 2011— Watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, ceramic sculptures and fused glass will be on display in the newest Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s exhibit, “Show and Tell,” which will open on Nov. 3 and continue to run through Nov. 26.

The gallery will host a reception and awards ceremony open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guests are invited to join the artists while they share the stories behind their pieces.

37 artists have chosen their finest works for the show. Featured artists include Rich Brimer, BiJian Fan, Maggie Kildee and Bob Privitt.

Awards for the best two- and three-dimensional pieces will be given during the reception. First prizewinners will receive a joint solo show in the gallery in 2013.

Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Old Town Camarillo is open regularly on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The resident artists welcome the community to Open Studios on November 5, 10am to 3pm.

Benefit for CLU baseball includes banquet, auction

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Tommy Lasorda will give the keynote address at the 32nd annual "Sparky" Anderson/CLU Baseball Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Moorpark Country Club.

Celebrities will be on hand prior to an 11 a.m. round of golf and during a social hour starting at 4 p.m. Celebrities who have attended in the past include Mike Scioscia, Vin Scully and Matt Franco.

Guests who are not golfing are invited to come for the silent auction and dinner, during which the former Dodger will speak.

Proceeds benefit the CLU baseball program. Since becoming a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1992, the CLU baseball program has amassed a record of 566-268 (.678). Kingsmen baseball has captured nine conference championships in 19 years of SCIAC membership. In addition, 11 NCAA West Regional bids have been awarded to the club. In 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, and 1999, CLU advanced to the NCAA Division III World Series. Most recently, CLU finished third at the World Series in 1999.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., and a shotgun start for the event is set for at 11 a.m. The social hour and silent auction run from 4 to 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony.

Tournament fees for individual players are $225. The price includes lunch, dinner, range balls and prizes. Team rounds of golf are available at several price levels, including opportunities for signs honoring corporate sponsors. The admission fee for the auction and dinner is $50.

Moorpark Country Club is located at 11800 Championship Drive.

For more information or to register, go to or call Marty Slimak at 805-493-3398.

Dangerous WWII experiences inspired novels, films

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Ib Melchior of Los Angeles will discuss his exciting careers as a counterintelligence agent, writer and director as part of the 2011-2012 Scandinavian Lecture Series at California Lutheran University.

“Ib Melchior: Writer, Producer, OSS Agent” will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in the Roth Nelson Room. This is the first event in a two-part series featuring personal experiences during World War II. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Irene Levin Berman will speak of her family’s escape from Norway during the Holocaust.

Melchior, a Denmark native, toured with a British theatrical company, first as an actor and later as stage manager and co-director. In the United States with the troupe when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, he volunteered his services to the U.S. Armed Forces, operating with the "cloak-and-dagger" Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the U.S. Military Intelligence Service. He also served in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) as a military intelligence investigator attached to the Counter Intelligence Corps. At the lecture, he will have a gun that was used to try to kill him. Adolf Hitler had presented the weapon to the person who used it against Melchior. The U.S. Army and the King of Denmark decorated Melchior for his work in the ETO.

The dangers Melchior encountered inspired him to develop espionage stories that evolved into novels and films. His books include “Order of Battle: Hitler’s Werewolves,” “Quest: Searching for Germany’s Nazi Past” and “Case by Case: A U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent in World War II,” an autobiography that will be re-released in a new edition next year.

Melchior directed some 500 New York-based television shows ranging from the musical "Perry Como Show" to the dramatic documentary series "The March of Medicine." Beginning in the late 1950s, he wrote a number of low-budget science-fiction films including “The Angry Red Planet," "Journey to the Seventh Planet" and "The Time Travelers." His 2009 book, “Six Cult Films From the Sixties,” provides the inside scoop on the production of some of his films.

In 1976, Melchior received a Golden Scroll for Best Writing for his body of work from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. He is still writing at 94.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard near Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The CLU History Department and the Scandinavian American Cultural & Historical Foundation are sponsoring the free presentation. For more information, call Anita Londgren at 805-241-1051 or the Scandinavian Center at 805-241-0391.

Areté Vocal Ensemble
Areté Vocal Ensemble
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Vocal program ranges from Bach to contemporary

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Areté Vocal Ensemble will open its third season at California Lutheran University with a concert program that ranges from the Johann Sebastian Bach to contemporary composers.

"Bach and Beyond, Part 1" will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Samuelson Chapel.

The goal of “Bach and Beyond” is to make a relevant connection between the timeless cantatas of J.S. Bach and new music by living composers.

This first concert pairs J.S. Bach’s famous cantata “Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79” (“God the Lord is Sun and Shield”) with a new cantata composed for Areté by East Coast composer Kevin Jay Isaacs titled “On The Nature Of:” The new piece is scored for voices, alto saxophone, piano and percussion. The men of Areté will also perform “evening morning day” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

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 $20, $15 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 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, email or call 805-493-3308.

“Sprigs of Avocado” by Gail Faulkner, watercolor, 16”by 20” (frame size)
“Sprigs of Avocado” by Gail Faulkner, watercolor, 16”by 20” (frame size)
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“Art About Agriculture” is an agricultural themed art exhibit which will be held November 5, 2011 through February 26, 2012 at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street, in historic downtown Santa Paula. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote Art About Agriculture by exploring all of the facets of agriculture from workers to water, from machinery to soil and to the food that goes on our plates.

Portions of the exhibit will also be on display at the Museum of Ventura County’s newly opened Agriculture Museum, located within walking distance of the Art Museum at 926 Railroad Avenue in Santa Paula. The Agriculture Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Be sure to visit both museums to see the entire show.
The public is cordially invited to the opening reception on Saturday, November 5 from 4 to 6 pm at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Cost is $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. All work in the exhibit will be for sale. The Agriculture Museum will be open to guests of the reception as well from 4 to 6 pm.

Art About Agriculture features art by over 45 artists working in both two and three dimensional media who create art that in some way draws its inspiration from our agricultural heritage and/or contemporary agriculture. That inspiration includes, but is not limited to, depictions of rural landscape, farm animals, farm products, rural life, and art that in a more abstract way deals with issues and ideas related to agriculture.

The Ag Art Alliance was formed in 2007 by Gail Pidduck and John Nichols to promote a greater appreciation of the place of agriculture in our lives by revealing the many facets of agriculture through the eyes of artists. The Art Museum is thrilled to be hosting the exhibit once again.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is also the repository and exhibition hall for the Santa Paula Art Collection. The valuable assemblage represents the accumulation of award winning entries in the Santa Paula Art Show which began in 1937. Also currently on exhibit is the 18th De Colores Art Show, celebrating Latino art and culture. The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Admission: Adults $4, Seniors $3 and members and students are free.

WHAT: Ag Art Alliance 4th Annual Exhibit “Art About Agriculture”

WHERE: Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St. Santa Paula, CA
Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave. Santa Paula, CA

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 5 from 4 to 6 PM at the Santa Paula Art Museum, cost is $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members

EXHIBIT DATES: November 5, 2011 through February 26, 2012

Multimedia students assist with unique production

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will complete its fall Tennessee Williams series with an untraditional production of “Suddenly Last Summer” Nov. 10 through 20 on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Performances of the Fall Mainstage production are slated for 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 11, 12, 17 and 19 in the Black Box Studio Theatre. A special “midnight” performance will be presented at 11 p.m. Nov. 18 and a matinee will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 20.

“Suddenly Last Summer” is a one-act play that opened off-Broadway in 1958 as part of a double bill with another of Williams’ plays. He wrote it after beginning a period of psychoanalytic treatment and it seems to serve as a type of exorcism of Williams’ inner demons. In one of his starkest and most poetic works, Williams explores the nature of insanity, desire, voyeurism and the inherent danger that lies in humanity’s search for truth. Given the disturbing nature of the subject matter, this play is intended for mature audiences.

In contrast with “Summer and Smoke,” the first of the two Williams’ shows produced at CLU this fall, “Suddenly Last Summer” will break away from the linear narrative in favor of presenting a psychological examination of the writer. Directed by Nate Sinnott, an assistant professor in CLU’s Theatre Department, the production will be dominated by dream imagery, highlighting the powerful themes and language of the play. To this end, “Suddenly Last Summer” will incorporate more non-traditional styles of theatrical presentation such as interpretive movement and live video. Faculty and students from CLU’s Multimedia Department are assisting with the production.

The cast includes the following: Martha Sadie Griffin, a senior theatre arts major from Alexandria, Minn., as Mrs. Venable; Brent Ramirez, a senior theatre arts major from Simi Valley, as Dr. Cukrowicz; Shannon Dempsey, a senior communication major from Stratford, Conn., as Catharine Holly; Taylor Lampela, a senior theatre arts major from Bakersfield, as Mrs. Holly; Jordan Parrott, a junior theatre arts major from Antioch, as George Holly; Sarah McKee, a freshman math major from Sunnyvale, as Sister Felicity; and Kelsey Goeres, a junior communication major from Santa Maria, as Miss Foxhill. The chorus members are Ally Crocker, a junior theatre arts major from San Diego; Erik Groth, a junior music major from Newbury Park; Jeremy Hanna, a junior theatre arts major from Thousand Oaks; Ben Michaels, a freshman theatre arts major from Redlands; and Alison Waxman, a freshman theatre arts major from Simi Valley.

Zip and Stephanie Wilson of Westlake Village are sponsoring the production.

The Black Box Studio Theatre is located in the Theatre Arts Building, which is on the north side of Memorial Parkway near Pioneer Avenue. Admission is $10. For more information, call the Theatre Arts Department at 805-493-3415.

CLU event is second in series on Spanish missionary

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The second in a series of talks on Spanish missionary Junipero Serra has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at California Lutheran University

Award-winning author Gregory Orfalea, who teaches at Westmont College, will present “Serra and the Indians of California: A Hymn or a Horror?” in Nygreen Hall 1. The talk had originally been scheduled for Nov. 8.

Orfalea will show that Serra, as a latecomer to the colonial scene, brought a more complex mindset to his relationship with Native Americans than is commonly understood.

A former writing teacher at CLU, Orfalea has written eight books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and memoir, including a 2010 collection of short stories titled “The Man Who Guarded the Bomb.” Scribner plans to release “Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra and the Spanish Encounter with the California Indian” next year.

He has won awards for his writing and grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the California Arts Council, and has served as a judge for the PEN USA Award and the Arab American Book Award. He was a finalist for the 2010 PEN USA Award in creative nonfiction for “Angeleno Days: An Arab American Writer on Family, Place and Politics.”

Nygreen Hall is located on the south side of Memorial Parkway near Pioneer Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the free presentation. For more information, contact Dan Geeting at or 805-493-3311.

We've Come a Long Way!

Sunday • October 23
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join the League of Women Voters of Ventura County, American Association of University Women of Thousand Oaks,
and the Museum for festivities, music, refreshments and costumed portrayals.

California passed women's suffrage 9 years before the national battle was won!

Special guest Dr. Beverly Merrill Kelley, author, columnist and California Lutheran University professor,
presents an illustrated lecture on the historic ballot measure.

$10 public • $5 Museum members,
LWV & AAUW members
Includes entry to all exhibit galleries
RSVP 805.653.0323 x 7

OPEN: Tuesday - Sunday 11 - 5 • 100 E. Main Street, Ventura

“Which Way Home”
“Which Way Home”
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Documentary featured in CLU Reel Justice Film Series

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will screen an award-winning documentary about children attempting to immigrate to the United States at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.

A faculty panel will discuss the film and answer questions following the screening in Lundring Events Center.

As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, “Which Way Home” shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to cross the border.

The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “The Beast.” Director Rebecca Cammisa tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, 9-year-old Hondurans desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota; Jose, a 10-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are rarely told stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow.

“Which Way Home” has received many honors including the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize and a nomination for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.

The film is part of CLU’s Reel Justice Film Series, which examines the themes of equality and social justice.

The documentary ties into this year’s First-Year Experience program at CLU. CLU freshmen had to read “Enrique’s Journey,” the true story of a teenage boy who rode “The Beast” from Honduras to the U.S. to find his mother, before they arrived on campus for New Student Orientation. Author Sonia Nazario, who originally wrote the story as a series for the Los Angeles Times, spoke on campus in September and students have discussed the book in their Freshman Seminar classes. It was Nazario’s series that prompted Cammisa to make the film.

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

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Sam Thomas at or 805-493-3693.

Deborah Jarchow
Deborah Jarchow
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Cathe Bodie
Cathe Bodie
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Story by Chloe Vieira

If your license plate frame reads, “My other wheels spin colored cotton,” you fit in perfectly with the crowd who gathered at Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s Wearable Art and Jewelry Show on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Skilled craftspeople, artists, weavers, spinners and curious community members shared wearable art at more than 31 tables covered in a rainbow of fabrics. Vendors including Slipped Stitch Studios, Mimi’s Needle Basket and RedFish Dye Works, set up booths in the grass between the artist’s studios in Old Town Camarillo.

The art center and the Ventura County Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild collaborated on the show. Weaving artist Deborah Jarchow has been in residence at the art center for seven years and is also a member of the guild. She said the shared event showed how much the art center and the guild have in common.

“I love to bring new members along to the guild and introduce them to weaving,” Jarchow said. She teaches weaving classes for beginners of all ages. Students can leave her six-hour class with a completed scarf. Jarchow says weaving is often faster than knitting.

“It’s like driving. Once you know how you don’t have to think about it,” she said.

Cathe Bodie, who took her first weaving class from Jarchow, raises alpacas and weaves their hair into scarves, hats and gloves. She sat at her wheel as it twisted tufts of hair into a long strand.

“The fiber suits scarves because it has good drape,” Bodie said.

Other booths on the lawn were strewn with yarn ball winders, drawstring bags, knitting needles, dyed threads of every color, scarves, hats, bags, jewelry, looms, bowls and vases.

Weaver and guild member Glenda Clift spun her wheel in her stocking feet. Without shoes, she could use the pedal more easily.

“You can spin from sheep’s wool, alpaca fibers, rabbit hair, yak, llama, dog, buffalo and even camel hair,” Clift said, “It’s just millions and millions of hairs twisted together.”

Nearby, Suzi Spooner and her mother showed off their handmade jewelry and rugs. The Spooner family sells crafts and uses the money to support two adopted children in Uganda.

“I wanted to do something to help them,” said the teen.

Spooner said her brother and sister weave rugs; her mom makes felted bags and her sister-in-law sews denim bags.

Spooner’s mother, Monica, has been a weaver for 22 years. She says the guild was a place for her to meet other weavers, share ideas and get inspired. “We all have fiber in common, and we all have yarn hidden under our beds,” she said.

On one table sat a collection of wooden weaving and spinning contraptions with odd names like small skein winder, lazy Kate and Inkle. Each has a unique purpose in the weaving process, said guild member Mary Jane Trifiro.

“Weaving was big in the 1960s and ‘70s and there has been resurgence in the last few years,” Trifiro said.

During the event, other artists in residence welcomed guests into their studios. Artist Carol Henry is hosting later this month “Art for Fun Nights,” an opportunity for non-artists to enjoy wine, mingle and experiment with paint.

“I never let people use erasers, that way they’ll keep moving on,” Henry said of her approach with newcomers.

At the event’s raffle drawing, winner Pat Netzley took home two huge baskets full of spinning and knitting supplies, notebooks, lotions, jewelry and more.

“I get teased at guild meeting for winning the raffles all the time,” Netzley said.

Those interested in joining Jarchow’s weaving classes can contact her at Contact Henry for more information about “Art for Fun Nights” at


9 am to 4 pm

Ojai, CA - Bargain hunters and treasure seekers are invited to downtown Ojai on Saturday, November 5, 2011 for the 3rd annual Ojai Village Merchants Back Yard Sale featuring gifts, art, clothing and collectibles from more than twenty merchants.

Ojai's most popular shops will clear out their stockrooms, and set up shop in the Arcade Plaza, to offer all kinds of merchandise at pre-holiday discount prices. Shoppers will find antiques and collectibles, local art, hand-crafted jewelry, beauty supplies, boutique clothing and accessories, and home decor. Participants include Busy Babes, Human Arts Gallery, Kindred Spirit, Made in Ojai, Nomad Gallery, Plush Surroundings and Treasures of Ojai to name a few. Live music by Smitty West and Friends will add to the festivities. Lunch served by restaurants adjacent to the Plaza will be available to refuel hungry shoppers!

Free of chain stores, and brimming with small town charm and hospitality, Ojai offers an "unchained" shopping experience. It’s where one-of-a-kind takes on new meaning, and friendly shopkeepers are on hand to assist with finding that perfect something special. Free parking throughout the village. Rain or shine. Sponsored by Ojai Village Merchants.

For more information on the event, call Katrina Sexton at 646-2852 or Gloria Jones at 640-8844. For more information on Ojai shops and galleries, and directions to Ojai, visit

‘Direct from Norway’ features clarinet and piano
Nils Marius Kjøsnes
Nils Marius Kjøsnes

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A duo of Norwegian musicians will perform “Direct from Norway” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Overton Hall at California Lutheran University.

Pianist Knut Erik Jensen, music director of the International Opera Institute of California, has performed more than 80 solo concerts featuring Norwegian and international music in the United States since 2007. He played Edvard Grieg’s A-minor Concerto as guest soloist for the opening of the 2007-2008 season of North Dakota’s Minot Symphony Orchestra and performed the same piece with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of the Republic of Moldova in Eastern Europe in 2009. A few weeks later, he completed his master’s examination concert at the University of Trondheim playing Alexander Scriabin’s piano concerto with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Jensen has recorded two CDs of Norwegian piano music: “Edvard Grieg – Anniversary Collection” and “Nordic Elegance.”

Clarinetist Nils Marius Kjøsnes has been playing in concert bands since he picked up the clarinet at the age of 8. He is a former member of the Norwegian Royal Air Force Band and played Claude Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie” with the Student Society Orchestra of Trondheim in 2009. Kjøsnes recently founded iQuintet, a woodwind quintet that plays a broad repertoire of chamber music. He is working on his master’s degree in American and European clarinet music from the 20th century and this tour is the first of three major graduate projects.

Donations will be accepted at the free concert.

Overton Hall is located south of Memorial Parkway near Regent Avenue. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit

a two person show by Hilda Kilpatrick and Lois Freeman Fox

November 3 – January 16, 2012

Reception: Saturday, November 12, 6-9pm

Fox Fine Jewelry

210 E. Main Street, Downtown Ventura, across from Mission

Mon – Thu 10:30am-6pm

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Enjoy a free fall harvest day of fun at the farmer’s market, next to Marine Emporium Landing

The Farmer’s Market at Channel Islands Harbor will hold the 16th Annual Farmer’s Market Pumpkin Fun Day 10:30 – 1 p.m., Oct. 30 at the Farmer’s Market next to the Marine Emporium Landing, 3600 South Harbor Blvd. The outdoor festival is free and open to the public.

There will be a pumpkin decorating contest, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin weight guessing, children’s costume parade and costume contest with prizes at 12:30 p.m. This year, there will be two sessions of trick or treating (one for young children at 10:30 a.m. and another for older children at noon.) The Farmer’s Market will feature arts and crafts, live music, food and more.

For more information about the 16th Annual Farmer’s Market Pumpkin Fun Day, call the Farmer’s Market at (805) 643-6458.


Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the opening of “Chinatown Plaza and Victorians” by Simone Gad, a well-known Los Angeles artist. The exhibition will be on display in the Napa Hall art gallery located on the campus from Nov. 10 through Dec. 16. A free public reception will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gad was born in Brussels, Belgium to holocaust survivor parents from Poland, who immigrated to the United States via Ellis Island and eventually settled in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles. She spent her childhood watching her father, a custom European tailor, make patterns from scratch for ladies coats and men’s suits on his Singer sewing machine. Unable to emulate her father’s sewing skills, at the age of twelve, when she saw work by Vincent Van Gogh and Ed Kienholtz at the Los Angeles County Museum, she secretly developed her desire to be a visual artist. Eventually, she realized that she was destined to be a collage artist and painter.

Gad started out making fabric works in 1969, constructing them out of velvet, satin, embroidery and beadwork. In the early 1970s she made the switch from fiber art to collage and object elements on vinyl. In the late 1980s she moved into making self-portrait painting collages on canvas. In the late 1990s she began a new series of architectural paintings. Now, in the new millennium, Gad’s paintings evolved to depict images of L.A. Chinatown Plaza and Victorian homes. Her recent work addresses the preservation of “old” Los Angeles and it's disappearing architecture.

In addition to her career as an artist, Gad has appeared as an actress in numerous motion pictures and television programs, including Speed, 1994, Get Smart, 1995, and will be seen in the upcoming film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Gad’s collages and paintings are widely exhibited in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, New York and throughout the nation.

CSU Channel Islands is located at One University Drive, Camarillo. Napa Hall gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the Art Program at 805-437-8570 or

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research.