Free summer concert series held at Peninsula Park

Channel Islands Harbor is holding Concerts by the Sea each Saturday through Aug. 27. The free summer concert series will be 4 – 6 p.m. at Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard at Channel Islands Harbor, next to the Casa Sirena Hotel and the Hampton Inn. Parking is free.

August Summer Concert Lineup:

Aug. 6 Pier 101 Variety

Aug. 13 Unkle Monkey Tropical Rock

Aug. 20 Acadiana Cajun/Zydeco

Aug. 27 Cadillac Angels Rockabilly/Surf Music

For more information on Concerts by the Sea or the Channel Islands Harbor, visit


Saturday & Sunday, August 20-21, 2011

Ventura, CA – The first ever Ventura Folk Festival will feature such greats as Jim Messina, JD Souther, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Doe and special guests at the scenic Mission Park in Downtown Ventura on August 20 and 21.

Over twenty bands are scheduled to perform over the two day festival including The White Buffalo, Dead Rock West, Peter Case, Garrison Starr, Jamie Drake, Justine Bennett, B Willing James, Jamie Drake, Matt Duke, Jay Nash, Tony Lucca, Delaney Gibson, Lee Koch, Ted Lennon, The Rincon Ramblers, Frankie Fuchs band w/Robin Wiley, Tall Tales & the Silver Lining w/Guests, The Kinfolk, and 50 Sticks of Dynamite.

Featuring Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina), JD Souther (Souther Hillman Furray Band, hit songwriter), Ramblin' Jack Elliot and John Doe (X, The Knitters), the Festival draws from the musical and social activism influences of singer/songwriters Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others.

The outdoor event will be held in beautiful Mission Park, across the street from the historic San Buenaventura Mission, the last built by Father Junipero Serra in 1782. The quintessential coastal town of Ventura lies between Malibu and Santa Barbara on Highway 101, roughly 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

The festival is teaming up with two local non-profits: FOOD Share, which fights hunger and provides nutritious food to those in need in Ventura County and Harmony Project, which promotes positive youth development through music lessons and ensemble participation in underserved areas
of Ventura and Los Angeles.

Tickets are $25 for one day or $40 for both. Kids under 12 get in free with paid adult. A V.I.P option includes a beer and wine tasting lunch for $50. Tickets are available through Eventbrite at For more information and frequent updates, please “Like” the festival on Facebook at

Contact: Polly Hoganson


Play concludes 15th Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Social media will play a role in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s modern take on “The Merchant of Venice.”

The 15th season of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival began with “The Taming of the Shrew,” which drew record opening-weekend crowds with nearly double the number of people that attended the first weekend in 2010. The company will present the second and final play of the season at 8 p.m. July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 and Aug. 5, 6 and 7 in scenic Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University.

While “The Merchant of Venice” is one of the most produced of Shakespeare’s works, this is the first time that the Kingsmen company has presented the tale. It is the story of a merchant named Antonio who helps a friend get a loan to pay for his efforts to court a wealthy heiress. The lender, Shylock, insists that Antonio pay with a pound of his flesh if the loan isn’t paid.

Director Michael Arndt, who helped launch the festival in 1997, sees the play as one of divisions and isolations. Words and their literal and metaphorical interpretations are central to the structure, and the modern references help bring that home to current audiences.

“In 2011, we are inundated by words. They are spoken on the Internet, TV and radio. They flow back and forth through email, text messages, YouTube videos, Facebook posts and tweets,” Arndt said. “We hear the provocative words of malevolent dictators, the doublespeak words of campaign politicians, the bigoted words of talk radio hosts, the mentally deranged words of television bad boys and the non-stop pitch words of modern advertising.”

The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Pre-show entertainment featuring Renaissance music, comic Shakespearean improvisations and wandering performers begins at 6:45 p.m.

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

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and free for patrons 17 and younger, are available at the door. Reserved lawn-box seating for four to six adults is $70 to $90. Reservations for box seating can be made online at or by calling (805) 493-3455. Parking is available at the corner of Mountclef Boulevard and Olsen Road.


October 1st benefit for the historic Ventura Pier

Tickets are now on sale for Pier Under the Stars—the 18th annual benefit for the historic Ventura Pier on Saturday, October 1st, from 5-8 PM. Each year more than 800 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair adjacent to the pier to sample the county’s best food and spirits provided by over 50 area businesses.

Restaurants, cafes, wineries and breweries serve their signature dishes and beverages from tented booths along the seaside Promenade while guests enjoy live music by Luna Gitana, dancing and bid on silent auction items—all to benefit the city’s 139-year-old pier.

The sell-out event hosted by Pier into the Future–-a non-profit 501 c (3)—“is a much anticipated community gathering of friends that raises funds for our beloved Pier”, said Pier Into the Future Executive Director Jenise Wagar. The organization was founded by a group of dedicated community leaders, in partnership with the City of Ventura, to establish an endowment fund to preserve, maintain and enhance the historic Ventura Pier for future generations to enjoy.

General admission tickets are $60.00 and include food and beverage tasting, a commemorative Pier wine glass and complementary parking. A limited number of VIP tickets are offered at $100 each. VIP tickets include all of the benefits associated with General Admission, plus early entrance to the event at 4:30 pm and a reserved seat at a VIP table along the promenade.

Tickets are available at the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, 101 S. California Street or by calling 805.648.2075. Additional information, including sponsorship opportunities and restaurant/winery participation forms can be found at or by calling 805.797.7544.


Opens July 16, 2011

SANTA PAULA, CA – A Taste of History: The Story of Citrus Labels exhibit will open at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Saturday, July 16th with an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Wine and hord d’oeuvres will be served. Members $15, Non Members $20. For an invitation or reservation information contact the Museum at 805-525-5554 or email

A History of Citrus Labels is co-curated by Santa Paula and Ojai farmer, Mike Shore and Museum Director/Curator, Jennifer Heighton. “After all, Santa Paula is the Citrus Capital of the World”, said Shore. “The label exhibit ties into our Community so well”. “And it ties into the wonderful Art Museum building, said Heighton. ”The Santa Paula Art Museum is housed in the original headquarters of the Limoneira Company, who just happens to be the largest grower of lemons in California.” This informative exhibit is set to show the evolution of labels along with equipment used in the labeling process.

Citrus box labels began to be used to identify the brand name and packing house location of boxes of fresh fruit in Southern California in the late 1880s. These labels replaced the earlier methods of identifying shipments of citrus fruit; stenciling, stamping or burning the brand information on wooden-crate ends or the tops of wooden barrels.

Labels were used on wooden boxes until the mid-1950’s when the wooden boxes were replaced by cardboard boxes with preprinted labels on the box ends. The termination of the use of the wooden boxes left large quantities of unused labels in citrus packinghouses. These labels were gradually gathered up by collectors, some of which will be featured in this exhibit.

The exhibit will run until October 30th, 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.

Avocado and Lemon Treats For Guests

SANTA PAULA, CA - Just in time for summer, Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula is offering discounted individual and group rates for tours of the 118-year-old avocado and lemon ranch.

Ranch & Sustainability Tour: Visitors view avocado and lemon orchards and learn about the intricacies of producing avocados and lemons as well as colorful stretches of row crops – strawberries, celery, cilantro, cabbage and beets. The tour shows guests what modern farmers are doing to become more sustainable including: a 5.5 acre "solar orchard" (with 6,400 photovoltaic solar panels). Weeds are kept in check naturally around the panels by English miniature sheep. Guests also stop by Limoneira's 10-acre green recycling yard (operated by organic materials recycler Agromin). Here, grass clippings, branches and leaves are naturally composted. Microorganisms turn the materials into mulch that is then distributed in the orchards, reducing water use by one-third and keeping weeds down.

A final stop is the Visitors Center, which provides a photographic history of farm life at the turn of the century. Limoneira Ranch Fruit Crate Art symbolizes the history and heritage of California citrus. Max Schmidt, a native of Germany and founder of Schmidt Lithographers of Los Angeles, developed crate labels for Limoneira that were patented in 1927. These "Santa" and "Paula" labels are on display as well as other labels from Limoneira Ranch history. Tour length: approximately 1 hour.

Packinghouse Tour: The Limoneira Packinghouse dates back to 1919 when its design won an award from the Southern California chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Every year, Limoneira packs more than 3 million field cartons of lemons that fill 3,000 trucks, which take them on the first leg of a journey that ultimately ends on tables in homes and restaurants worldwide. Visitors walk above long conveyors, whirring sorters, stampers, carton fillers, and cleansing baths as the lemons are readied for market. Tour length: approximately 1 hour.

Each guest receives a gift of lemons and avocados. Beverages are provided.

Tours can be combined. Tours are $20 each per adult ($38 combined), $10 each per senior (age 60 and above, $20 combined) and $5 per child, ages six through 16 ($10 combined). Children five and under are free. A picnic area is available for lunch. Lunch or dinner can be catered for parties of eight or more.

For more information including group discounts, go to, e-mail or call 805-525-5541.

Saturday, July 23, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday night, July 23, the Museum of Ventura County hosts the after-party to honor artists participating in Ventura’s new Westside ArtWalk. The public is invited to the free reception, featuring the Dan Grimm Band, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 100 East Main Street.

During the evening event, Cole Smothers’ photographs of Westside ArtWalk artists are on special exhibition. Smothers joins more than 30 artists featured in the museum’s summer exhibition Splash! which celebrates the art and history of Ventura’s local beach culture and ocean waters.

The museum is a participant in the July 23 and 24 Westside ArtWalk, uniting Ventura’s arts community in one weekend of coordinated events. Running Saturday, July 23 from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 24 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., the newly created Westside ArtWalk is a free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios and pop-up venues in Ventura's westside cultural district and downtown. Run by volunteers, it replaces Ventura’s prior ArtWalk concept.

For more information on other Westside ArtWalk venues and events, such as the Bowl Hop and the Sunday evening benefit for Focus on the Masters, please go to For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.


This Friday • July 1 • 5:30 - 8:30
Begin your summer at the RECEPTION for our new exhibit…Splash!
Ocean inspired art by more than 30 local artists
Music by The Soul Surfers
$5 • museum members free • RSVP: 805.653.0323 x 7

Splash Exhibit • July 2 - September 18
Plunge into the art and history of our local beach culture and ocean!

Don't miss Sculptor G. Ramon Byrne’s remarkable, interactive, life-size musical instruments
Exhibit extended through July 4!

Reduced admission for Independence Day only:
$2 adults; $1 seniors & children 13-17;
free for 12 years old and younger if accompanied by a paid adult
Active duty military and their immediate family are free with ID

Open: Tuesday - Sunday • 11 - 5
100 E. Main Street • Ventura • 805.653.0323

Now through July 29 in a Group Show exhibit

Please join us for an "Evening With The Artists"
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blanchard Community Library
119 No. Eighth Street
Santa Paula, Ca.

Edward Drummond Libbey
Edward Drummond Libbey
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June 30 - September 11, 2011
Fernando Tico
Fernando Tico
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Sherman Thacher
Sherman Thacher
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Tom Clark
Tom Clark
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The Ojai Valley Museum presents its second original history exhibition of 2011, “Sharp & Savvy: 14 Historic Men of Ojai,” which will open on June 30 and runs through September 11. A gala reception is planned for Saturday, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.

In 2008 (June through September), the Ojai Valley Museum mounted an exhibition entitled “Smart & Sassy: 17 Historic Women of Ojai.” The upcoming “Sharp & Savvy” show is the male counterpart to this previous all-female exhibition.

“Smart and Savvy” is a three-dimensional, in-depth study of fourteen influential men, who are acknowledged as 19th century “movers and shakers” in the Ojai Valley. The featured men are: Thomas Bard, Abram Blumberg, John J. Burke, Dr. Charles Butler, Tom Clark, Abram Hobson, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Edward Drummond Libbey, John Meiners, Charles Pratt, Doc B.L. Saeger, Royce G. Surdham, Sherman D. Thacher, and Fernando Tico.

Visitors will learn about each man’s impact in his respective capacity as civic leader, land owner, educator, spiritualist, art aficionado, benefactor, physician, architect, banker, or tradesman on the town of Ojai and its environs. Each man in the exhibit is described with an extensive textual biography, a period portrait revealing his personage, and a mannequin dressed to reflect the man at the height of his influence. In addition, photographs from the Ojai Valley Museum Archive further describe each man and his endeavors.

The Ojai Valley Museum, established in 1967, is generously supported in part by Museum Members, Private Donors, Business Sponsors and Underwriters, the Smith-Hobson Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, City of Ojai, and Rotary Club of Ojai.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, California. Free parking is available in the lot off Blanche Street behind the museum building. Adult admission is $4.00. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Private tours can be arranged by calling (805) 640-1390 x 203.

For more information or to RSVP for the July 16 gala reception, call (805) 640-1390 x 203, email or visit the museum website at
Reception will be $25 per person. RSVP by Friday, July 8.You may also visit the Ojai Valley Museum on Facebook and at


VENTURA, CA – Performance Theatre for Young Artists will continue performances of "Into the Woods," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, June 25 and 26 at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road in Ventura. The musical weaves together plots from several Grimm's Fairy Tales and explores what happens to several characters after the stories’ “happily ever-afters.”

The show features talented 11- to 18-year-old actors from throughout Ventura County. Performances will be held at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26. A special gala will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday before the 7 p.m. performance. Tickets cost $15.00 for adults, and $12.00 for students, seniors and children 17 and under. Admission to the June 25 gala and performance costs an additional $10.00. Tickets can be purchased on line at Since the show is a dark comedy with some mature subject matter, it is not recommended for very young children.


SANTA PAULA, CA – The Santa Paula Art Museum invites you to delight in the unique sounds of the Ventura British Brass on Saturday, June 25th at 4:00 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non members. Please call 805-525-5554 or email for an invitation and reservation information. All proceeds directly benefit the Museum.

The British Brass Band is a unique ensemble with a very specific instrumentation. Originating in Britain, it is naturally quite popular in the commonwealth countries and has become very popular throughout Europe and the rest of the world. The rich, dark, and mellow tone quality stems from the fact that all the instruments except the trombones, are conically bored in design, permitting the brass band to produce a most distinct and unique sound.

Unlike most popular brass ensembles in the United States, the British style brass band has a fixed, standard instrumentation using cornets, not trumpets, and alto horns, not French horns. Cornets are pitched the same as trumpets, but have the different shaped conical bore, and the tubing is wrapped tighter, making it appear smaller than a standard trumpet. The different bore gives the cornet a darker, mellower, more lyrical sound.

The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060.

Available for Advanced Orders

SANTA PAULA, CA – The Santa Paula Art Museum Guild members are busy working on the 2012 Santa Paula Art Museum Calendar, featuring art from both the renowned Santa Paula Collection and the Santa Paula Art Museum Collection. This year’s cover highlights Robert Clunie’s “Buttermilk Country” (collection of the Santa Paula Union High School District). This will be the fourth year of the popular calendar, and sales are brisk. Proceeds from this year’s sales will be earmarked for landscaping improvements for the Museum grounds. All orders are appreciated, and those who purchase 5 ($10 each) or more calendars will be listed in the 2012 calendar as a CONTRIBUTOR. If you are interested in becoming a SPONSOR of the 2012 calendar, please submit your logo and a $250 check to the Museum. In return for the generous sponsorship, you will receive 10 calendars and your logo will appear on the inside back cover of the calendar. Both contributors and sponsors need to submit their order and information by July 1. These calendars make great gifts and are appropriate for many occasions. They will be ready for you to pick up at the Museum in October.

The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 pm – 4 pm and Sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm. Currently on display are paintings by Norman Kirk and Bert Collins. Always on display are selections from the Santa Paula Art Collection. For more information contact Executive Director Jennifer Heighton at 805-525-5554/ or send orders to the Museum at 117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, 93060.

Kingsmen Shakespeare kicks off 15th season

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Experienced Shakespeare director Jan Powell will make her Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival debut with the production of “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the festival will present “Shrew” at 8 p.m. July 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 in scenic Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University.

Powell is the former artistic director of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and founding artistic director of Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company in Portland. She has produced and directed for organizations throughout the country including the American Shakespeare Center, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Mendocino Shakespeare Festival, New York’s Looking Glass Theatre, Boston’s Stoneham Theatre and Nevada Repertory Theatre.

The play within a play starts inside a tavern in an Elizabethan English inn. After a troupe of traveling players arrives, the grimy tavern is transformed into sunny Italy, and the workers watch and eventually take part in the story of “The Taming of the Shrew.” While the play is true to the original text, Powell said the production is not about a man dominating a woman, but about two people figuring out how to make a relationship work. It is suitable for all ages.

The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Pre-show entertainment featuring Renaissance music, comic Shakespearean improvisations and wandering performers begins at 6:45 p.m.

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

CLU’s Theatre Arts Department launched the festival in 1997 in conjunction with the Santa Susana Repertory Theatre Company. Put together on a shoestring budget by a dedicated corps of volunteers, the first festival featured several professional actors, garnered tremendous praise and drew more than 3,000 people. Today, about 7,000 people attend the festival each summer.

Originally, actors performed on the grass without a stage or sound reinforcement and with minimal lights and settings. Today, workers erect a professional stage, full sets and complete lighting and sound systems. Set among trees next to a small creek, the venue provides a unique experience complete with croaking frogs.

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and free for patrons 17 and younger, are available at the door. Reserved lawn-box seating for four to six adults is $70 to $90. Reservations for box seating can be made online at or by calling (805) 493-3455. Parking is available at the corner of Mountclef Boulevard and Olsen Road.


The Museum of Ventura County will be open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Independence Day, Monday, July 4, with reduced admission.

Enjoy the summer exhibition Splash!, featuring large-scale installations of ocean-inspired art and a look into Ventura’s beach resort past. Entry on July 4 will be $2 for adults; $1 for seniors and children 13-17 years old; free for children 12 years old and younger if accompanied by a paid adult. Active duty military and their immediate families may also enter free with proper identification.

The museum is a participant in the national Blue Star Museums initiative, in which active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve members and their immediate family members are free guests at participating museums, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Museum of Ventura County participates through September 4. For more information go to

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.


Who Played Behind Your Favorite Albums of the ’60s and ’70s? The Wrecking Crew
Rare Opportunity to See This Award Winning Music Documentary Fundraiser

See and hear the music and story of Los Angeles studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, who played behind some of the best known recordings of the ’60s and ’70s. Filmmaker Denny Tedesco, whose father was one of these amazing musicians, will meet and greet at each screening, along with Wrecking Crew pianist Don Randi.

Features rare historical footage, interviews and testimonials from stars of the music industry. Ten film festival awards in the last four years.

*The museum will donate $10 of each $15 admission to the non-profit International Documentary Association, to help finance music rights licensing fees, to enable this film to be shown to the general public in the future.

Friday, June 17 • Screenings 6:00 & 8:00 pm
Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Event Pavilion
Reception 5:00 - 8:30 pm
Includes admission to all exhibitions, including Rock 'N' Roll, fifty photographs of 1960s rock stars
by renowned celebrity photographer Guy Webster

To guarantee seating, all tickets must be prepaid 805.653.0323 x 7

100 E. Main Street, Ventura • 805.653.0323

Nancy Jane Marie regales us with her tales of adventure in seedy London town. Photo courtesy of Dean Zatkowsky.
Nancy Jane Marie regales us with her tales of adventure in seedy London town. Photo courtesy of Dean Zatkowsky.

"No,” says I, “it's got to be LIVE. They've got to see it's not a trick of the light. They've got to know it's REAL!"

Following the success of Antigone, Senga Classical Stage Company returns with 3 wildly different NEW ... Tales from the Women’s Locker Room.

Playwright Gowan Calder’s An Audience with the Lizard Lady, is a clever, piercingly funny piece about a woman with an extraordinary talent to adapt and survive her traumatic childhood. Set in Scotland and steeped in droll, no-nonsense native wit, we are invited into the extraordinary world of the freak-show circus to witness the human capacity to endure and thrive. Nancy Jane Marie (who played Lenore, the bitch ballet diva with cancer in Senga's The Swan Queen - 2009 Tales) plays Morag Kerr, the Lizard Lady, with a long tale!

Mary Steelsmith’s one act play, Fertility, is set in California. Meet Fran (Vivien Latham), a highly-strung successful businesswoman all too used to getting her own way, and Jemma (Maranda Mobley), her hapless, over-worked assistant. The two women examine an unusual sculpture of a woman rumored to have special powers which affect anyone who touches it. The sculpture’s beauty and power affect both women deeply and both are made to see themselves and each other in a whole different light. The jargon of the boardroom comes up hilariously against the exasperating realities of motherhood in this sharp comedy of contemporary womanhood.

Canadian playwright, Shirley Barrie, completes the trilogy of plays with Duck Blind, about the assumptions and expectations we have of other people: Jenny (played by Chehala Klingberg), a 14-year-old marooned on a duck blind is adrift on the foggy water. She has been separated from her parents in an accident. She converses with a duck, the only other living thing around. As the realization dawns that her parents might not actually find her, we see her teenage hubris peel away to reveal the little girl inside, as she comes to realize exactly what her parents mean to her.

Opens Friday, July 8 through July 31.
Performs Fri. and Sat. at 8:00. Sundays at 2:30.
(Special $10 performance on Thursday, July 21 at 8:00)
The Ojai Valley Grange
381 Cruzero St., Ojai, CA 93023
Tickets: $15. $12 (seniors and students)
$10 (Group rates, 8 or more)
For reservations please call (805) 646-4885

Come Fiddle Around

California State Old Time Fiddlers, District 8, will meet Sunday, June 12, 1:30 - 4:30 at Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Spend an afternoon listening or dancing to great music. No parking or admission charge. Refreshments available. Info 640-3689, 517-1131, or visit our web site at

Call to Artists, $500 in Prizes

The Ag Art Alliance is now accepting entries for the 4th Annual Art About Agriculture Exhibit at the Santa Paula Art Museum ( to open on November 5. Deadline for entries is September 23. To request a Prospectus with Rules and Guidelines and Entry Form from John Nichols at

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

Art about Agriculture is open to all artists over the age of 18 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 may include, but is not limited to, depictions of rural landscape, farm animals, farm products, rural life, or art that in a more abstract way deals with issues and ideas related to agriculture.

All styles of work are considered: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, batik, metals, and tapestry.

Artists may enter a maximum of 3 works. Work should not exceed 150 pounds and the size limit is 36x48. Wall hung work must be framed and ready for hanging. Works on paper should be glazed. The Ag Art Alliance reserves the right at all times to exclude any work that presents complex exhibition challenges. Only work created in the last two years and not previously shown in an Art About Agriculture show will be considered.

Entry Requirements
Selection will be made from digital images emailed to the Ag Art Alliance at or sent by mail on a CD with 1-3 images (300 pixels per inch at about 4x5 inches. This size usually reproduces well in newspapers and magazines. (If the image is too large for email use a service like Pando or YouSendIt). No PowerPoint or similar presentations. Include name, contact information, medium, titles, sizes, and prices. Images must be received by September 23, 2011.

Works for the exhibition will be selected by a panel of Ag Art Alliances curatorial staff and John Nichols and Gail Pidduck.

All artwork must be for sale to be eligible for the exhibit. The Santa Paula Art Museum and the Ag Art Alliance receive a 40% commission on all sales.

There will be $500 in prizes awarded by a panel of judges.

If you are mailing your art submission please include a non-refundable processing fee of $30. If you are emailing your submission please send the processing fee by mail or using Pay Pal. Address for PayPal payments is No submissions will be viewed until the processing fee is received. The fee covers the submission of up to 3 images. Make checks and money orders payable to the Ag Art Alliance.


Ventura, CA - Community Memorial Hospital’s first-floor lobby and hallways is decorated with a vibrant and eclectic mix of paintings and drawings by local artists as the hospital holds its “Splashes of Color” art exhibit that began Monday and will run through Sept. 14.

A “Meet the Artists” reception is set for Tuesday, June 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the hospital’s first-floor lobby. This event is open to the public.

The exhibit, a joint partnership between CMH, the Buenaventura Art Association and the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation, is located on the first floor at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St. in Ventura. Any proceeds are used for future exhibits as well as to benefit local artists and the foundation’s philanthropic efforts.

The exhibit’s theme, according to Layla Hallberg, executive director of the Buenaventura Art Association, came in a sudden burst of inspiration during an organizing meeting. Committee members were struggling to come up with a theme, Hallberg said, when Haady Lashkari, a Community Memorial Health System administrator, blurted out, “Why don’t we just call it ‘Splashes of Color’?”

“We all thought that was absolutely an appropriate theme,” Hallberg said. “The colors will give the hospital a good, summertime feeling.”

For the exhibit, local artists were asked, “What does ‘Splashes of Color’ mean to you? Watermelon dribbling down a chin …A sprinkler in summer …Abstract shapes? Whatever it means, we want to see your interpretation.”

About 50 artists answered the call, Hallberg said, and the 85 works on display will cover “all sizes, styles and mediums. It’s a really good group.”

Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.