Evening Presentation March 3, 2011

What words and images should represent an artist’s life and contributions for posterity? How should they be chosen? On Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m., Focus on the Masters founder Donna Granata will address these choices when she offers a multimedia sampling from Focus on the Masters (FOTM) archives, featuring legendary Ventura County artists Carlisle Cooper, William McEnroe, Norman Kirk and Gerd Koch. A question and answer session will follow. The presentation at the Museum of Ventura County is $10 for the general public, $5 for museum members. For reservations, call 653-0323 x 315. Admission to all museum galleries is included.

Granata will touch upon the evolution of FOTM’s archiving, and the process involved in documenting a life. Cooper, Kirk, McEnroe and Koch, who helped shape Ventura County’s art community, shared their oral histories with FOTM between 1997 and 2004, during the formative years of the archives. The artists are also featured in Four Masters - Four Legends, the museum’s concurrent retrospective, on exhibition February 26 – 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.

 


 
Jack McGee
Jack McGee

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - Veteran character actor Jack McGee will talk to California Lutheran University students and the community at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the first of a series of informal discussions with actors on their craft.

“A Conversation With … Jack McGee” will be held in the Preus-Brandt Forum on the Thousand Oaks campus. Actor, writer and director Markus Flanagan, who teaches at CLU, will be the moderator for a one-hour talk followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

McGee co-stars in “The Fighter,” the 2010 film that has been nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. The movie also received four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for McGee and the four other stars.

The youngest of eight children born and raised in the South Bronx, McGee began striving to get noticed early in life and went on to be the president of his senior class and a star football player before discovering his knack for performing. He performed with the 1960s rock band “The Young Rascals” and in the late 1970s worked as a New York City firefighter to make ends meet. Fittingly, his first big part was in the 1985 firefighter film “Turk 182.” McGee went on to appear in a series of feature films and television movies and series. His most notable role has been as Chief Jerry Reilly on FX’s edgy firefighter drama “Rescue Me.” He also played Hickey in the Spike TV series “Players” last year and has recently guest starred on several shows including “CSI: Miami,” “Criminal Minds” and “Monk.” McGee appeared with Kevin Spacey in the 2010 film “Father of Invention” and with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts in the 2009 action thriller “The International.” Later this year, he will be seen alongside Nicholas Cage in “Drive Angry” and with Brad Pitt in “Moneyball.”

Flanagan, a 24-year veteran in the industry, has appeared in 10 movies and more than 100 TV shows. He also lectures for acting programs throughout the country.

Flanagan’s 2007 book, “One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide,” explains how to make it in the business of acting while staying sane and focused. The “A Conversation With…” talks at CLU will take the same approach, providing theatre arts students and other aspiring actors with advice from professionals. The next talk in the series at 7 p.m., March 23, will feature Doug Jones, who is best known for his work under heavy makeup and prosthetics playing science fiction and horror characters.

Donations will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit the CLU Theatre Arts Department.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard.

For more information, call (805) 493-3415 or e-mail dramadpt@callutheran.edu.

 


 
“The Lottery”
“The Lottery”
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Documentary explores education crisis in U.S.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - California Lutheran University will screen a documentary on the efforts of four families to get into a charter school at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23.

“The Lottery” will be shown in Lundring Events Center on the Thousand Oaks campus as part of the Reel Justice Film Series.

In a country where 58 percent of African American fourth graders are functionally illiterate, “The Lottery” uncovers failures of traditional public schools that cause hundreds of thousands of parents to attempt to flee the system every year.

“The Lottery” follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win what they see as a chance for a better future.

Directed by Madeleine Sackler and shot by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held, “The Lottery” explores a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education but also why it is fixable. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, “The Lottery” makes the case that any child can succeed.

The Reel Justice Film Series, which examines the themes of equality and social justice, will continue with “The Stoning of Soraya M.” on March 7, “8: The Mormon Proposition” on March 30, and “Living Downstream” on April 6.

Lundring Events Center is located in Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, which is north of Olsen Road near Campus Drive.

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

 


 

“Fantasy of Flowers” will be the theme for the 2011 Fillmore Flower Show to be held April 16,17 at the Senior Center located at 533 Santa Clara St., Fillmore, California. The show will be free to the public during the hours of 1:00pm-4:00pm both Saturday & Sunday. Entries will be accepted Saturday between 7:30am to 10:30am. There will be one entry fee of $5.00 for each adult exhibitor, no matter how many entries are entered.

There will a youth poetry, prose, or short essay contest like we offered last year with the topic being the same as the show theme. Entry brochures will be available soon at City Hall, the Library, the Fillmore Historical Museum, & the Senior Center. Music will be provided by Asher Smith.

The Fillmore Historical Museum brought a wonderful Flower Show History scrapbook to display last year with the first entry dated 1925. Many guests enjoyed looking at it & discovering pictures of themselves & friends from years gone by. We chose to take a look back at the 57th annual flower show of 1980, by reusing the theme for that show.

Notes taken from the scrapbook stated that music was provided by Byron & Marian Bessette of Oxnard. The Grand prize award would be an Irish silver plated bowl. Another article said that 1980 was proclaimed a “terrible year” for flowers because of “terrible wind & extreme heat.”

Now that the theme is announced, you can begin to allow your creative “juices” to flow with fresh ideas for a fantasy of flowers entry.

 


 

Hear Ventura County’s most influential and legendary living artists share their processes, inspirations and thoughts on the region’s artistic tradition, when Carlisle Cooper, William McEnroe, Norman Kirk and Gerd Koch participate in a panel discussion on Sunday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County.

Colleague and artist HirokoYoshimoto, guest curator of Four Masters - Four Legends, the museum’s concurrent retrospective of the four men’s work, will moderate the panel. Attendance is $5 for the general public, free for museum members, and includes entry to all museum galleries. For reservations, call 805-653-0323 x 315.

The artists will discuss their creative motivations and inspirations, as well as their involvement over 50 years in the development of Ventura County arts organizations and the art department at Ventura College. Drawing upon decades of artistic experience and influence, the panelists will also share observations about today’s art students and arts community, as well as what they think the future might hold. A question and answer period will follow the panel discussion.

The Four Masters - Four Legends exhibition opens with a free public reception Friday, February 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and continues through April 24. For information on other related events, go to www.venturamuseum.org .
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.

 
 

Camarillo, CA. – Harold S. Edwards, President and CEO of the Limoneira Company, will be a featured speaker at CSU Channel Islands (CI) on Friday, Feb. 11. Edwards is appearing as part of the spring speaker series presented by the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics.

The event, which is free and includes lunch for the first 250 attendees, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall on the CI campus. It is sponsored by the MVS School of Business & Economics and the MVS Business Advisory Council.

Dr. William P. Cordeiro, Director of the MVS School of Business & Economics, noted that Edwards has been a longtime friend and supporter of CI and is also a member of the University’s Foundation Board.

The NASDAQ-listed Limoneira Company has a 118-year history and is a global, vertically integrated agribusiness based in Santa Paula. Harold Edwards is a fifth generation member of one of the farming families associated with the company over its long history.

Founded in Ventura County in 1893, Limoneira’s founders were pioneers whose vision helped create the foundation for California’s current dynamic citrus industry. Along with strategic investments in agribusiness, real estate, water and energy businesses, Limoneira is also the largest avocado producer in the United States and the largest vertically integrated lemon supplier in California.

To attend the event please visit: http://business.csuci.edu/events.htm. For additional information contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 or merissa.stith@csuci.edu.

Free parking will be available on campus in lot A10 located off Ventura Street. Once on campus, follow the directional signs to parking lot A10. Shuttle service will be available between the campus parking lot and presentation room.

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.

 
'On the Ranch' by Andrea Vargas Mendoza
'On the Ranch' by Andrea Vargas Mendoza
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Paintings & Found Art Come Together

There are no boundaries between painting, drawing and sculpture in Inheritance, a site- specific installation of new dimensional works by Andrea Vargas-Mendoza, on exhibition in the Museum of Ventura County’s Sculpture Garden from February 26 – May 3.

Vargas-Mendoza, who uses schematic lines that cut and animate space within her paintings, describes the coming together of her paintings, drawings and found objects as homage to the history of our San Buenaventura landscape, in the tradition of California Romanticism.

The artist was raised in the San Francisco Bay area, where art lessons early in life and the guidance of mural artists gave her a foundation upon which she could built. After graduating in rhetoric from the University of California Berkeley, Vargas-Mendoza moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and studied art while pursuing independent projects in animation and illustration. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions, in an installation at the Oakland Museum, and in the 2008 group exhibition Between Heaven & Earth, at the Museum of Ventura County. She is currently an artist in residence with Arts for Action in Ventura County.

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 www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 
St Thomas Aquinas Church
St Thomas Aquinas Church
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Mark your calendars for Town Talk Sundays at the Ojai Valley Museum: January 30 and February 13, 2011 from 2 to 4 pm.

An elite group of long time valley residents will fascinate and titillate attendees with wonderful historic Ojai stories. Paula Spellman will be the moderator and the topics covered will have a wide range from ghosts to scandals!

The January 30th panel includes Rose Boggs, Terry Hill, David Mason, Helen Peterson, Maxine Tempske and Craig Walker. The February panel consists of Lerie Bjornstedt, Dwayne Bower, Bill Burr, Pat Doerner, Alan Rains and Cricket Twichell.

Town Talks are held in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, “The Allure of Ojai’s Arcade.” The exhibition was underwritten with a substantial gift from “Ojai Community Bank” and was sponsored by the following current Arcade businesses: Ojai Village Pharmacy, Primavera Gallery, Rains Department Store, Kava Home, Human Arts Gallery, Feast Bistro, The Hub, Kindred Spirit, Busy Babes, Barrel 33, Casa Barranca Winery, Ojai Terrain, Priscilla’s, and Bonnie Lu’s Café.

The events will be held at the Ojai Museum, 130 W. Ojai Avenue. Admission is free for 2011 members and $8.00 for non-members. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Payment is to be made in advance by check, credit card or cash. Please call 805 640-1390 to reserve or for additional information. Visit the museum website at: http://www.ojaivalleymuseum.org

 
Books include ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’
Lisa See (Photo by Patricia Williams)
Lisa See (Photo by Patricia Williams)

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - New York Times bestselling author Lisa See will speak and sign books at California Lutheran University on Thursday, Feb. 17.

An Evening with Lisa See will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Lundring Events Center. She also will sign books from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Pearson Library foyer.

See has always been intrigued by stories that have been lost, forgotten or deliberately covered up, whether they occurred in the past or are happening right now. In her 2009 novel, “Shanghai Girls,” she delves into the forgotten history of two sisters who leave Shanghai in 1937 and go to Los Angeles in arranged marriages. It is a story of immigration, identity, war, love and sisterhood.

In See’s 2005 critically acclaimed international bestseller, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” Lily and Snow Flower are trapped in the rigid gender expectations of their culture. They must use “nu shu,” the secret writing developed and used by women in China, to communicate and share their experiences with each other.

See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles, where she still lives today. She lived with her mother as a child but spent a lot of time with her father’s family in Chinatown. In her first work, the critically acclaimed 1995 memoir “On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family,” See traces the journey of her great-grandfather. Fong See overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family. The 1995 book explores the immigrant experience, Chinese culture, biracial and bicultural families, and United States and California history.

Her other novels, including “Flower Net,” “Dragon Bones” and the instant New York Times bestseller “Peony in Love,” have all received praise and awards for their excellence.

See also designed a walking tour of Chinatown and has helped develop gallery spaces and exhibits, including the interactive Family Discovery Gallery at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. She was the 2001 National Woman of the Year selected by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

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

The Center for Equality and Justice, Pearson Library and Multicultural Programs are presenting the free public event. For more information, contact Yen Tran at (805) 493-3092 or nttran@callutheran.edu.

 
Paul Dwork, The Magic of Merlin
Paul Dwork, The Magic of Merlin
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March 12 at High Street Arts Center in Moorpark, Notable Cast of Performers Lines up For Annual Magic Show in Moorpark

Local magician Paul Dwork has lined up five famous colleagues to perform in the annual Rotary Creates Magic show, March 12 at High Street Arts Center in Moorpark. The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Camarillo to benefit a designated worthy cause and this year’s recipient of the proceeds will be the Brain Injury Center of Ventura County.

The acts perform a wide range of magic for all ages, from illusions to stage magic, comedy and quick change. All six performers are members of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Dwork, known professionally as “Merlin,” created the show in 1985 as a fund raiser for his children’s pre school. He brought in colleagues from the Magic Castle and the show was a real hit with the audience. It is now an annual tradition and it sells out every year.

Along with Dwork, the show will feature Tony Clark, a master of close-up and stage illusions; Farrell Dillon, an illusionist who has performed all over the world; and Stoil and Ekaterina, an eastern European couple who perform costume change magic. Shawn McMaster, who combines close-up and stage magic with comedy and has been featured on the television series Masters of Illusion, will serve as Masters of Ceremonies. McMaster and Clark are Ventura County residents.

Dwork resides in Camarillo, learned magic while serving in the Army and has been performing for over 40 years. He calls his act “The Magic of Merlin.” Dwork is a pharmacist, too, and operates a magic store within his successful main business, a pharmacy and medical supplies outlet in Camarillo, Merlin Medical Supply.

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“Giving Back – The REAL Pot of Gold” is Parade Theme

Ventura County, CA - The annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade will march down Main Street for the 23rd time in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 12 at 10 AM. The theme is “Giving Back – The REAL Pot of Gold.”

This year’s Grand Marshal is Ventura County resident Ed Hogan. Born of Irish immigrants, Hogan lived through the great depression and with his philosophy of “Courage, Compassion and Commitment” created Pleasant Travel Service, a leisure travel agency that he grew to a multi million-dollar business before his retirement in 1998.

Hogan’s big Irish heart and his philosophy of “Courage, Compassion and Commitment” led him and his wife, Lynn to establish the Hogan Family Foundation, The foundation serves underprivileged families with necessary medical emergency travel, animal therapy for children, rescue for abandoned and abused dogs among other generous services.

For his generous contributions to Ventura County and his undying desire to pay forward the bounty of his American Dream, Mr. Ed Hogan will be honored as 2011 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.

Parade entries are being accepted until March 4. Parade organizers invite bands, dancers, acrobats, clowns, horses and organizations to participate in the county’s greenest event! Entry forms can be downloaded from the Parade’s website, www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com or by calling Jim Monahan, Parade Chairman at 643-4275.

WHAT: 23rd Annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade
“Giving Back – The REAL Pot of Gold”

WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 10 AM

WHO: Ed Hogan, Grand Marshal

WHERE: Main Street in downtown Ventura, beginning at the Mission San Buenaventura, ending at Laurel Street

INFO: www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com or 643-1356.

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About Ed Hogan
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February 5, 2011

Learn how to plant a colorful garden that requires little water or maintenance, when the Museum of Ventura County presents Plant Native, Save Water, on Saturday, February 5, at 2:00 p.m.

Antonio Sanchez, co-owner of Nopalito Native Plant Nursery in Ventura, will share his knowledge of local native plants and discuss which of them attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The presentation is $7 for the general public, free for museum members, and includes admission to museum galleries. For reservations, call 805-653-0323 x 315.

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.

 
Layla Hallberg in Buenaventura Gallery. Photo by Wana Klausen.
Layla Hallberg in Buenaventura Gallery. Photo by Wana Klausen.

The Board of Directors for Buenaventura Art Association (BAA) is pleased to announce the selection of Layla Hallberg as their new Executive Director. A “Meet the Director” reception will be held on Tuesday, February 8 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Buenaventura Gallery. The reception is open to Buenaventura Art Association members as well as the general public.

Hallberg, a six-year resident of Ventura, has been an active volunteer with the Ventura Music Festival. For the last two years, she managed the festival’s visual artists.

Jim Black, President of BAA says, “I am thrilled that the BAA will have an executive director as capable as Layla. From an extremely qualified field of candidates, she was the very best. Her leadership style is based on mutual respect, collaboration and consensus building. The arts community in Ventura is already the envy of half of Southern California. Layla’s contribution will improve and strengthen our organization and further enhance the cooperative spirit of the Ventura arts community. We are fortunate to have her.”

Hallberg has a solid business background in art-related industries and gallery management. She owned her own custom-fabric design firm for over ten years. Her clients included Disney and various other theme-oriented properties. In addition, she was a Director with the Martin Lawrence Galleries in Sherman Oaks, Century City, Redondo Beach and Universal City Walk. Her duties there included art selection, artist liaison and exhibit creation.

Hallberg studied International Business through the UCLA Extension Program. She also has her B.S. in Environmental Health Science with an emphasis in Environmental Planning from Brigham Young University.
Buenaventura Art Association currently operates two galleries: The Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura and the Harbor Village Gallery at the beautiful Ventura Harbor. In addition, Buenaventura Art Association curates and manages exhibits at Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) with the help of the CMH Foundation and Sue Pollack. Buenaventura Art Association was formed in 1954 by Ventura city leaders.

Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E Santa Clara St in downtown Ventura. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday from noon – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit them on the web at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org

 
Elmer Ramsey, vocalist Nancy Osborne perform at CLU
Vocalist Nancy Osborne
Vocalist Nancy Osborne

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - A concert of 1940s era big band music and love songs will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at California Lutheran University.

“A Valentine Concert: Elmer Ramsey, His Trumpet and Orchestra” will be held in Samuelson Chapel. With assistance from guest performers, Ramsey and the Conejo “Pops” Orchestra will perform music from some of the greatest artists of the big band era including Artie Shaw, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie. The program will also include endearing love songs from World War II.

Dynamic vocalist Nancy Osborne will perform. The Westlake Village resident has performed with such bands as the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Tex Beneke and Johnny Vana’s Big Band Alumni, with whom she made two CDS and a DVD. Osborne produced her own 17-piece big band CD, “Hot Swing, Cool Jazz,” which is played on more than 120 radio stations throughout the world. With experience in films and television, Osborne also brings acting skills to the stage.

Daniel Geeting, a member of the CLU music faculty since 1984, will be featured on clarinet. He has performed extensively as a recitalist, played on movie and television soundtracks, and recorded two CDs featuring the clarinet works of major English composers.

Ramsey, a CLU professor emeritus of music, began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 14, and three years later had his own 40s-style big band on a Washington radio station. Many members of his orchestra are CLU alumni and have also performed with Harry James, Glenn Miller and Tex Beneke orchestras.

Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $10 for students and $20 for others. Only cash and checks will be accepted.

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

For more information, call the Music Department at (805) 493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu/music.

 
Béla Bácsi
Béla Bácsi
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Stone carver Béla Bácsi wants to share his knowledge

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - Internationally recognized sculptor and marble carver Béla Bácsi will exhibit recent work and lead a master class for the public at California Lutheran University.

“Scultura Marmo: Sculpture by Béla Bácsi” will be presented from Saturday, Feb. 12, through Friday, March 18, in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture. The opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. The exhibit will feature 17 extraordinary marble and bronze works and show how a sculpture develops from a maquette, or small preliminary model, to a finished piece.

Bácsi will demonstrate his sculpture technique and processes from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in Room 13 of F Building. Using the machinetta di punti and other classical Italian tools, he will carve one of his works in progress. There will be a 30-minute break for a picnic lunch.
The Santa Barbara resident, who teaches drawing and sculpture at CLU, is one of the most accomplished sculptors in Southern California. Bácsi is known for his narrative skill, complex and fluid forms, and the exquisite detail finish of his work, in which the hand of the artist is readily apparent. His work is widely exhibited and is included in significant collections throughout the country and abroad.

In 1999, he won the National Sculpture Society’s (NSS) Gold Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize for his first submission to a national competition. In 2001, his fellow exhibitors at the California Art Club (CAC) 91st annual members’ exhibition awarded him the Gold Medal for sculpture. He is a fellow of the NSS and a signature member of the CAC.

Bácsi, who fled Hungary with his family in 1956, began sculpting in clay and hand carving a variety of materials as a child and later began working with alabaster and bronze. Drawn to stone carving, he apprenticed with master carvers in Italy in the 1970s. The marble for his projects is statuario crema, venata delicata, from the Cave di Michelangelo, the quarries established by Michelangelo 500 years ago. While making sculpture is his passion, he also feels compelled to pass on his knowledge as it was passed to him by Italian masters.

To RSVP for the master class, contact Randy Toland at (805) 493-3025 or toland@callutheran.edu by Feb. 19.

The gallery is in Soiland Humanities Center, which is located on the south side of Memorial Parkway near Regent Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus. F Building is located near Pioneer Avenue just north of the Swenson Center for the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

CLU’s Art Department is sponsoring the free exhibit and class. For more information, call Michael Pearce at (805) 444-7716 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu/kwan_fong.

 

Camarillo, CA. - The Art Program at California State University Channel Islands (CI) has announced a new exhibit, “Women Beyond Borders: What’s a Box Got to Do With It? Reflections on the Body” to be on display Jan. 31 through March 14 at the John Spoor Broome Library. A free public reception and guided tours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit will feature a selection of approximately 80 boxes from the “Women Beyond Borders” collection. Co-curated by Dr. Anette Kubitza, an Art lecturer at CI, and artist Lorraine Serena, founder and artistic director of “Women Beyond Borders,” this unique cross-cultural women's art project began in Santa Barbara in the early 1990s. It features small wooden boxes transformed by over 900 international participants into elaborate artworks that have become repositories for the personal, political, and economic realities of women across the world. The show will also include ephemera and a film documenting the international exhibition-journey of “Women Beyond Borders.”

CSU Channel Islands is located at One University Drive, Camarillo. The exhibit will be available for viewing Jan. 31 through March 14. Library and gallery hours are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m. For additional information contact the CI Art Program at 805-437-8570, email art@csuci.edu or visit http://womenbeyondborders.org.

Limited parking is available on campus. A daily permit is $6. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the VISTA Bus to the campus; the fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

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.

 
The members of the Artists Guild of Fillmore have changed and added to the images on display in the windows of the Rudkin Building. It is located at the corner of Central Avenue and Santa Clara Street. They invite people to look through the windows to see what has been created by these local artists, all of whom live right here in Fillmore.
The members of the Artists Guild of Fillmore have changed and added to the images on display in the windows of the Rudkin Building. It is located at the corner of Central Avenue and Santa Clara Street. They invite people to look through the windows to see what has been created by these local artists, all of whom live right here in Fillmore.
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Three hundred and forty-six combined years of artistic experience and influence will be honored when the Museum of Ventura County presents Four Masters - Four Legends, a retrospective exhibition of work by Carlisle Cooper, William McEnroe, Norman Kirk and Gerd Koch, opening February 26. The exhibit’s free public opening reception will be held on Friday, February 25 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. The exhibition continues through April 24.

A panel discussion with the four artists, moderated by artist and exhibit curator Hiroko Yoshimoto, will be held at the museum that same weekend, on Sunday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m. Admission to the Sunday event is $5 general public, museum members free. The following Thursday, March 3, 7:00- 8:30 p.m., Donna Granata will present a multimedia reflection on the honored artists, selected from Focus on the Masters’ archives. Thursday's presentation is $10 general public, $5 museum members. To attend either event, call 653-0323 x 315, as space is limited. Admission to galleries is included in event prices.

“These four masters have profoundly influenced and continue to shape art and culture in Southern California,” said colleague Yoshimoto, who has chosen selected works that represent the range of their careers. The exhibition will also explore the artist’s seminal involvement in arts organizations in Ventura County, and their teaching careers at Ventura College, where they have influenced and nurtured generations of artists, from the 1950s to today. The four men were all born within a ten-year span of each other.

Carlisle Cooper (b.1919) is a figurative painter who explores the human condition as it concerns man’s relationship to truth. He describes his figures as symbolic of the progress mankind has made in developing art, religion, philosophy and science.

William McEnroe (b.1922) experiments continuously with the process of painting. An active painter, pastelist, teacher, art historian, stage set designer and poet, his book “La Grande Livre,” published in 2010, features his most recent pastels and poems.

Norman Kirk (b. 1924) is best known for his watercolors, which are in the collections of major museums in Southern California. He is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and the Gold Coast Watercolor Society (now part of the Buenaventura Art Association). Kirk painted the Lake Casitas event for the 1984 Olympics, and cover illustrations for the Ventura County Design House tour.

Gerd Koch (b. 1929) paints expressionistic abstractions and stylized interpretations of nature. Initially inspired by the chaparral around the artists’ commune he organized during the 1960s, his interests expanded to include the mystical, mythological and metaphysical character of nature in ethnic and primitive as well as Greek and Egyptian cultures.

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(l-r) The cast of CLU’s “The Cherry Orchard” includes Jordan Skinner as Trofimov, Jessica Butenshon as Anya and Elyse Sinklier as Ranevskaya.
(l-r) The cast of CLU’s “The Cherry Orchard” includes Jordan Skinner as Trofimov, Jessica Butenshon as Anya and Elyse Sinklier as Ranevskaya.
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CLU production of “The Cherry Orchard” invited to regional festival, Encore performances of ‘Cherry Orchard’ slated

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - California Lutheran University’s Theatre Arts Department has been invited to stage its production of “The Cherry Orchard” at the prestigious Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

The Anton Chekhov play about a quirky family in early 20th-century Russia will be presented at the festival in Los Angeles on Thursday, Feb. 10. The public is invited to attend performances at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 5, in CLU’s Blackbox Studio.

Only 10 productions from Southern California, Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah were invited to fully mount their shows at the festival. This is the second time a CLU Mainstage Theatre production has been selected.

Judges will select four to six of the productions from the eight regional conferences to be showcased at the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The 42-year-old program is designed to encourage, recognize and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs.

The CLU production was originally staged in November under the direction of theatre arts professor Michael J. Arndt. Assistant professor Nate Sinnott designed the evocative and symbolic set and the lighting that reflects the haze of time. Costume designer Val Miller, a new lecturer at CLU, captured the look and feel of the period; professional composer Chris Hoag provided a haunting score and sound design; and Barbara Wegher-Thompson coached the performers on movement.

The cast features the following: senior music major Kayla Bailey of Moorpark; junior theatre arts major Storie Blake of Encino; sophomore theatre arts major Jessica Butenshon of Astoria, Ore.; junior theatre arts major Alex Colello of Las Vegas, Nev.; senior theatre arts major Ryan Culbertson of Plainfield, N.J.; junior theatre arts major Alex Greene of Westlake Village; sophomore theatre arts major Jeremy Hanna of Newbury Park; sophomore Karolina Keach of Calabasas; freshman English major Dan Knierim of Puyallup, Wash.; junior Taylor Lampela of Bakersfield; senior theatre arts major Jeff Opine of Los Altos; sophomore theatre arts major Tommy Schofield of Edmonds, Wash.; junior theatre arts major Elyse Sinklier of Des Moines, Iowa; sophomore multimedia major Jordan Skinner of Phoenix; sophomore multimedia major Jordan Stidham of Westlake Village; and sophomore theatre arts major Catherine Widmann of Broomfield, Colo. Junior theatre arts major Anne Sherman of Agoura Hills is stage manager and freshman theatre arts majors Ashton Williams of Sparks, Nev., and Kaylin Mendoza of Los Alamos are assistant stage managers.

CLU’s Blackbox Studio is located in the Theatre Arts Building on the north side of Memorial Parkway near Pioneer Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus. Limited seating is available. Donations will be collected. For more information, call the Theatre Arts Department at (805) 493-3415.