(l-r) Sally Carless, Phil Harvey and Myrna Cambianica. Photo by Sally Carless.
(l-r) Sally Carless, Phil Harvey and Myrna Cambianica. Photo by Sally Carless.
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Three friends have joined together with “50-70-90,” a photography exhibit at Ojai Coffee Roasting Co., 337 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA. The exhibit runs through Nov. 30, 2014.Participating photographers Phil Harvey, Myrna Cambianica and Sally Carless are members of the Ojai Photography Club. Their show, about the beauty of the natural world, is grounded in the beauty of their friendship. The multi-generational photographers—one in her 50s, one in her 70s, and one in his 90s—share their love of photography, nature, and each other. Each has their own style and interests: Harvey focuses on majestic landscapes, Carless creates intimate portraits of wild animals along with documenting Ojai’s bald eagles, and Cambianica gets up close with fine art images and photo montage. Some of their recent exhibits include Ojai City Hall, Ojai Community Bank, Ojai Art Center, and several years exhibiting together at the Art Detour.

Harvey has been an artist and nature photographer for over thirty years. He has an eye for the light of life as he creatively captures the essence of those moments that take one’s breath away. This gifted photographer expresses this essence in his collection of “Mystique of Ojai” images. He founded the Ojai Camera Club in 1984, and this group continues today as the Ojai Photography Club.

A man of many talents, Harvey has a long history as a professional actor/singer in opera, light opera, television and movies. He was the Musical Director at the Ojai Presbyterian Church for 15 years, andfounded the Ojai Community Chorus in 1987. He received the City of Ojai’s “Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award” in 2003, the Rotary Club honored him as an Ojai “Living Treasure” in 2010, and two of his photographs were accepted for the City of Ojai’s permanent collection in 2014.

Carless sees photography as a way to feed the soul; to educate, inspire, and remind us of the beauty that surrounds us in every moment. She will be displaying images from her two most recent projects: “A Year with the Eagles”– photographs and videosdocumenting Ojai’s first bald eagle family in over 90 years and “Portraits as Portals: An Invitation” – intimate soulful portraits of wild animals that provide an opportunity to see and experience the animal world in a new way.

Carless’s photography has been published by organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, the National Radio Project, the Sacred Land Film Project, the WinnememWintuTribe, and several local nonprofit organizations such as the Ojai Raptor Center and the Ojai World Music Festival. Her work was recently awarded First Place at the Ojai Center for the Arts "Reflect" photographic exhibit. Also an educator, musician, and writer, Carless is the founding director of Global Village School (www.globalvillageschool.org) Visit her website at: www.sallycarless.com/photography.htm

Cambiancia is a former restaurateur. Retirement allowed her time to enroll in photography classes at Ventura College between 1999 and 2002 with professor William Hendricks. She has been an active active member of the Ojai Photography Club for 16 years and Education Chair and mentor for beginning photographers for the past 14 years. From 2004 to 2013 she served under Roger Conrad on the Ojai Art Center Photo Branch Committee. Her images often encompass the cycle of life from birth to death to re-birth and evoke thoughts of fragility, transformation, and impermanence. Her current work has extended into the exploration of photomontage.

The public is invited to stop by, enjoy a coffee or some great food, and view the work of these award-winning photographers. Ojai Coffee Roasting is open from 5:30 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.

 


 

The Santa Paula Society of the Arts is proud to announce that they will host a demonstration by celebrated artist Joe Cibere. Joe Cibere’s painting style and art demonstrates his love of nature and wilderness. His “abstract realism” paintings integrate strong design and balance with a sense of illusion and have appeared in “Watercolor Magazine” and in the International Artists book “The Watercolor Sky and Cloud Techniques of 23 International Artists”. Learn to paint dramatic skies as well as some techniques for waterfalls and cherry blossoms. The event is open to the public at no charge on Sunday, November 9th from 2 pm till 4 pm, at the Santa Paula Society Of the Arts depot gallery, located at 963 Santa Barbara Street, in Santa Paula. If you have any questions, please call Kaye Ford at 805 861-8023.

 


 
"Little Big Man"
"Little Big Man"
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Cal Lutheran, library to host free movie showings

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Classic movies shot in the Conejo Valley will be shown for free at California Lutheran University and the Thousand Oaks Library.

“Little Big Man,” “Davy Crockett” and “Old Yeller” will be shown during Conejo Valley Film Festival III on Nov. 15 and 16.

The Cal Lutheran event will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in Richter Hall on the Thousand Oaks campus. A short video on actor Ray “Crash” Corrigan and his Simi Valley movie ranch Corriganville will be shown first. Corrigan’s son, Tom Corrigan, will discuss the ranch’s history as a location for Western television shows and movies and a place for families to meet stars like Rin Tin Tin and Chief Thundercloud and watch gun-fighting stuntmen on weekends.

The showing of the 1970 film “Little Big Man” will follow. Dustin Hoffman plays Jack Crabb, who tells of his life as awhite child raised by Cheyenne Indians and fighting with Gen. George Custer in the 19th century. The film is an anti-establishment film of the period and is considered a Revisionist Western, with Native Americans receiving more sympathetic treatment and the United States Calvary depicted as villainous.

Two Walt Disney family films will be shown on Nov. 16 at the Thousand Oaks Library. “Davy Crockett” will begin at 1 p.m. The 1955 live-action adventure film stars Fess Parker. “Old Yeller” will follow at 3 p.m. The 1957 tragedy tells the story of a boy and a stray dog in post-Civil War Texas. At the screenings, experts will provide historical context and answer questions.

Richter Hall is in the Ahmanson Science Center, which is located south of Memorial Parkway near Pioneer Avenue. The Thousand Oaks Library is at 1401 E. Janss Road.

Cal Lutheran’s Multimedia Department and the city of Thousand Oaks are sponsoring the festival. For more information, contact Timothy Hengst at 805-493-3241 or thengst@callutheran.edu or Billy Martin at billymartin@conejovalleyfilmfestival.com.

 


 
(l-r) The leads include John Marino as Sir Lodwick Knowell, Maryann Good as Isabella Fancy and Kevin Repich as Sir Credulous Easy. Credit: Brian Stethem
(l-r) The leads include John Marino as Sir Lodwick Knowell, Maryann Good as Isabella Fancy and Kevin Repich as Sir Credulous Easy. Credit: Brian Stethem
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‘Sir Patient Fancy’ features lavish costumes, stage

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present the comedy “Sir Patient Fancy” in full Restoration style with extravagant period costumes and seats on the stage.

The Theatre Arts Department Mainstage Production directed by Michael J. Arndt will begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 13 through 22 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Preus-Brandt Forum on the Thousand Oaks campus.

“Sir Patient Fancy” was written in 1678 by Aphra Behn, the first Englishwoman to make a living as a playwright. The bawdy play has a complex plot featuring intrigue, mistaken identity and misunderstandings. The names of characters like Lady Knowell and Sir Credulous Easy give clues to their nature.

The most innovative and provocative element of Restoration Theatre was that women were introduced to the English stage as actresses for the first time. In “Sir Patient Fancy” and other Behn plays, female characters dominate the action and are brighter and wittier than the men.

During this time period, plays were performed primarily for the upper class and nobility, who often sat on stage so they could be seen. In the Cal Lutheran production, audience members will be invited to sit in box seats on the stage and don Restoration clothing.

Costume designer and assistant professor Noelle Raffy assembled authentic-looking Restoration clothing including corsets and huge skirts for the women and high-heeled shoes, shoulder-length wigs and lots of lace for the men. Assistant professor Erik Diaz modeled the stage after a Restoration playhouse complete with a decorative proscenium arch featuring doors. Ailish Riggins provided English dialect coaching and Jeff Wallach created period choreography. Brett Elliott, associate artistic director for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company of Cal Lutheran, staged combat scenes and composer Christopher Hoag wrote an original baroque score.

The leads are theatre arts major Christopher Clyne of Camarillo; theatre arts major Annika Dybevik of Issaquah, Washington; theatre arts major Maryann Good of Loomis; communication major Mario Granados of Van Nuys; theatre arts major John Marino of West Hills; theatre arts and communication major Kevin Repich of Simi Valley; theatre arts major Seta Wainiqolo of Moorpark; and theatre arts major Alison Waxman of Simi Valley.

Admission is $10 at the door. The forum is located south of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard.

For more information, call 805-493-3415.

 


 
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - The Art program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present “Rafael Perea de la Cabada: The Impossibility of Logic,” at the John Spoor Broome Library Gallery, Thursday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Jan. 23. The internationally known Santa Barbara artist’s exhibition will open with a free public reception on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Recognized for his talents in a wide range of media, Perea de la Cabada’s latest exhibition highlights work from 2008 to 2014 and ranges from two-dimensional paper, collage and canvas works to three-dimensional works in aluminum and clay. Curated by CI Art program faculty member Anette Kubitza, the show is constructed around the concept of giving shape to thoughts and concretizing ideas. As Cabada noted: "Finding the right shape is a never-completed quest. Everything has an illogical component."

Perea de la Cabada was born in Mexico City and has lived in Santa Barbara since 1987. He received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in Mexico City and went on to earn his M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide and is included in numerous public and private collections in the U.S., Mexico, Switzerland, France and Germany.

Perea de la Cabada teaches Advanced Painting and Drawing in the Fine Arts Department at Santa Barbara City College and has served as a Master Artist for mentorship programs, master classes, and mural projects for both the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and The Arts Fund. He recently completed a public art commission with designer Richard Irvine on the West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project for the City of Santa Barbara.

The gallery is located on the second floor of the John Spoor Broome Library. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For additional information, visit http://art.csuci.edu/gallery/librarygallery.html; or contact the Art Program at 805-437-2772. For more information on the artist, please visit http://rafaelperea.com.

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. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world’s largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/

 


 
Julius Caesar (Giovanni Arcuri) faces his friends and countrymen on the yard in Rebibbia prison in a scene from “Caesar Must Die.”
Julius Caesar (Giovanni Arcuri) faces his friends and countrymen on the yard in Rebibbia prison in a scene from “Caesar Must Die.”
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‘Caesar Must Die’ follows prison inmates staging play

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present a free showing of an Italian movie about inmates staging Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

“Caesar Must Die,” in Italian with subtitles, will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Carmike Thousand Oaks 14 as part of the university’s second annual International Film Festival.

The 2012 film explores the transformative power of art under the most challenging of circumstances. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani filmed the drama-within-a-drama in Rome's Rebibbia Prison, where inmates are preparing to stage “Julius Caesar.” After a competitive casting process, the prisoners begin exploring the text, finding parallels to their own lives in its tale of fraternity, power and betrayal. Hardened criminals, many with links to organized crime, the actors find great motivation in performing the play. During the rehearsals, photographed in nooks and crannies within the prison, the inmates work through their own conflicts.

A unique blend of narrative and documentary, the film follows real-life prison inmates. The film was scripted, but the inmates use their real names and recite their own stories when they are introduced at rehearsals. Most of the film is in black and white.

“Caesar Must Die” won the Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and five David di Donatello Awards from The Academy of Italian Cinema including Best Film and Best Director.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the festival.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Carmike Thousand Oaks 14 is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive.

For more information, contact Brittany Asaro at basaro@callutheran.edu or Sheridan Wigginton at 805-493-3358.

 
Event part of Cal Lutheran’s Books and Brew series
Heather Winterer
Heather Winterer

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An award-winning poet from New Mexico will read her works at California Lutheran University’s next Books and Brew event on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Heather Winterer’s presentation will run from 4 to 5 p.m. in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus. A reception will follow.

Winterer teaches at Northern New Mexico College. She earned a doctorate in literature and creative writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was a Shaeffer Fellow for poetry. She also holds a master’s in creative writing from Columbia University School of the Arts.

The Colorado Center for Literary Publishing issued her first book of poetry, “The Two Standards,” in 2012 as part of the Mountain West Poetry Series. A series of 10 poems from her manuscript “Art’s Garage” won the Iowa Review Prize for 2010. She has also won the Tusculum Review and Literal Latte prizes for poetry. Her writing has appeared in such national journals as American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Fence, The Colorado Review and Hotel Amerika.

The English Department is sponsoring the free poetry reading. The next events in the Books and Brew series are book club discussions of “The Way They Say Yes Here” by Jacqueline Lyons on Dec. 3 and “Claire of the Sea Light” by Edwidge Danticat on March 4 and a poetry reading by Andrew McFayden-Ketchum on March 18.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard. For more information, contact Jacqueline Lyons at jlyons@callutheran.edu.

 
a sculpture in the exhibit by Shelly Ann Moore of Thousand Oaks
a sculpture in the exhibit by Shelly Ann Moore of Thousand Oaks
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Cal Lutheran show features variety of works by alumni

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The public is invited to take a free tour of a California Lutheran University art exhibit in Italian from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Brittany Corbucci, an Italian instructor at Pepperdine University, will guide visitors through “Coming Home: Alumni Art Exhibit” in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is part of a series of foreign-language tours of the gallery. Corbucci is the adviser for Pepperdine’s Cultural Italian American Organization (C.I.A.O.), which promotes the study of Italian language, heritage and culture.

The exhibit of art by Cal Lutheran alumni was curated in honor of the 50th reunion of the first two graduating classes. It will be on display through Thursday, Jan. 8.

The show features paintings, ceramics, photography, graphic art, fused and stained glass, sculpture, mixed media, block prints and drawings by alumni who graduated between 1965 and 2009. The exhibitors include professional artists whose works have been shown in museums, galleries and private collections throughout the world as well as alumni who paint in their spare time. The featured artists from Ventura County are Ben Hengst, Timothy C. Hengst, Carol Heyer, Catherine Ferguson Miller, Shelly Ann Moore, Andrea Pappas and Aihua Zhou. Others from California are Michael Lynn Adams of Woodland Hills, Samantha Fried of Calabasas, Craig Fulladosa of Palmdale, James Huchthausen of Cambria, Margaret Knight of Tustin, John Gilbert Luebtow of Chatsworth, Lisa Lindberg-Van Nortwick of Rolling Hills,Glen P. Tarnowski of San Clemente and the Rev. Gregory Uthus of Pasadena. Out-of-state contributors are Christopher Marshall of Brooklyn, Paul Neuhaus of Minneapolis and Carol Virak of Washington.

A giant, winding, interactive tunnel sculpture by Grant Toland of Ventura will be installed outdoors from Nov. 3 through Nov. 8.

The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of the late Jerald “Jerry” Slattum, who was a devoted art professor from 1962 through 2004. One of his self-portraits is on display.

Rachel T. Schmid curated the free exhibit. University Advancement, Alumni and Parent Relations, and the Ann Peppers Foundation Arts Education Series are the sponsors.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 805-493-3697 or email rollandgallery@callutheran.edu.

 

SANTA PAULA, CA – Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Santa Paula Art Museum! The Museum will be hosting a free Family Day Event on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free for the whole family. Families can participate in traditional hands-on art activities such as papelpicado, La Catrina and El Catrin puppets, bonnets and sombreros, and decorate sugar skulls. Explore the community altar “Tribute to the Dream” and contribute by bringing an item as an offering or ofrenda in honor of a hero in your life. Enjoy stories that depict the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos.

Visitors will also be able to view the “21st De Colores Art Show: In Search of Magulandia”, an exhibition featuring art by over 30 artists from across Southern California and the Southwest. The show is a tribute to the legacy of visionary Chicano artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján and celebrates Latino heritage, history, and iconography.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00p.m.Regular admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and is free for museum members and students. For more information, please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org

 
Wyant Morton and Areté Vocal Ensemble
Wyant Morton and Areté Vocal Ensemble
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Professional vocal artists to perform at Cal Lutheran

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Areté Vocal Ensemble will kick off its sixth season with a concert of popular American songs at California Lutheran University.

“A Tribute to the American Musical Theater and American Song” will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The 29-member professional ensemble will sing tunes from the Broadway stage, the Great American Songbook and some of today’s leading composers. The program will include hits from many musicals including “State Fair,” “Camelot,” “Wicked” and “A Chorus Line.” Songs by Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein will also be featured.

Music director Wyant Morton will conduct. Jessica Helms, a Cal Lutheran alumna and accompanist for the Music Department, will play piano.

Morton founded Areté, which is based at Cal Lutheran, with the goal of performing the widest possible vocal repertoire, including works from essentially all periods of music. Special attention is given to contemporary, experimental, improvisatory, “cross-over” and ethnic music.

The ensemble, which takes its name from the Greek word for excellence, focuses on performing the new, the unknown and the unconventional with energy, passion, expertise and virtuosity. Through the combined power of words and music, an uncompromising attention to musical detail and a passion for live performance, Areté offers audiences a joyful, moving, educational and soul-nurturing experience.

Morton is director of choral activities and a professor of music at Cal Lutheran. He also maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator appearing throughout the United States and Canada.

The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane in Thousand Oaks. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

Tickets purchased online in advance are $15. Tickets purchased at the door are $20. Student tickets are $10 with ID. Admission is free for children younger than 12. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.aretevocalensemble.org.

 
Morten Johannes Lauridsen to visit Cal Lutheran
Morten Johannes Lauridsen
Morten Johannes Lauridsen

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Popular composer and National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Johannes Lauridsen will talk about his music and perform with California Lutheran University students at two free public events culminating the First-Year Experience Program for freshmen.

Lauridsen will discuss his music and why he chose to become a composer at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus. At both events, he will also perform with the university’s Choir, Women's Chorale and music faculty as well as the professional Areté Vocal Ensemble based on campus. Wyant Morton, director of choral activities, will conduct.

In a new twist on the university’s First-Year Experience Program, all of this year’s freshmen watched online videos of Lauridsen and his music and the award-winning 2012 documentary “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen.” They also read a companion booklet to the film called “Morten Lauridsen’s Waldron Island Reflections.” In the past, incoming students have all read the same book, discussed it in their freshmen seminar classes and attended a lecture by the author.

The National Endowment for the Arts named Lauridsen an “American Choral Master” in 2006. The following year he received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”

Lauridsen was the Los Angeles Master Choral composer-in-residence from 1994 to 2001. He has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years and founded the school’s advanced studies program in film scoring.

He has won numerous grants, prizes, commissions and honorary doctorates and held residencies as a guest composer and lecturer at more than 70 universities. His works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy Award nominations. Distinguished artists and ensembles throughout the world regularly preform his vocal cycles, collections and instrumental works.

The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane. Seats will be reserved for Cal Lutheran freshmen, so space for the public is limited and available on a first-come basis. For more information, contact Jim Bond at jabond@callutheran.edu.

 
“Celery Harvest” by Roxie Ray, acrylic on canvas
“Celery Harvest” by Roxie Ray, acrylic on canvas
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The Ag Art Alliance presents The Seventh Annual“Art About Agriculture” Exhibition at the Santa Paula Art Museum and the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum
“Pauly and Hamburger” by Renate Lichter, acrylic on canvas
“Pauly and Hamburger” by Renate Lichter, acrylic on canvas
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“One at a Time” by Beverly Wilson, oil on canvas
“One at a Time” by Beverly Wilson, oil on canvas
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The Seventh Annual “Art About Agriculture”, an agricultural themed art exhibition featuring work by over 65 artists, will be on view November 8, 2014 through January 25, 2015 at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Part of the exhibition will also be on display at the nearby Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote art about agricultureby exploring all of the facets of agriculture from workers to water, machinery to soil, to the food that goes on our plates.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Santa Paula Art Museum. The cost of admission is $10.00 for museum members and $15.00 for non-members. The MVC Agriculture Museum willalso be open to guests of the reception from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. with free admission.

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. Art About Agriculture features art by over 65 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.All work in the exhibition will be for sale.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in historic downtown Santa Paula. The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Regular admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and free for members and students.Please call (805) 525-5554 for more information. The Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum is located within walking distance of the Santa Paula Art Museum at 926 Railroad Avenue in Santa Paula. The MVC Agriculture Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information about the MVC Agriculture Museum please call (805) 525-3100. Be sure to visit both museums to see the entire show.

WHAT: Ag Art Alliance 7th Annual Exhibit “Art About Agriculture”

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

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 8 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Santa Paula Art Museum, cost of admission is $10.00 for museum members and $15.00 for non-members. The MVC Agriculture Museum will also be open to guests of the reception from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. with free admission.

EXHIBIT DATES: November 8, 2014 through January 25, 2015

 
HOLOS design 3D sculpture for peace
HOLOS design 3D sculpture for peace
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Creating the First HOLOS Public Artwork for Peace in Ojai, CA

“The HOLOS design is a 3D sculpture for peace. Each of its 9 spirals appears to be separate, yet connected, to the whole. Its design transcends language, religion, and political divisions -expressive of our one shared humanity,” said Brian Berman its artist creator. The spirals radiate around the form and return endlessly to the hub, energetically rejuvenating, and offering hope for humanity and joy to those who view it.

The goal is to install the first HOLOS sculpture, in the city of Ojai, by International Peace Day, September 21, 2015.

Berman shares, “Creating the first HOLOS sculpture as a public artwork for peace will benefit the entire community as well as help inspire people around the world to begin building a culture of peace and non-violence.” His vision and plan is to expand peace in Ojai by offering programs in the schools that help students learn conflict resolution skills and foster tolerance around diversity.

To enable creating this first HOLOS sculpture for peace, Berman has a Kickstarter campaign running until November 2nd, where you can learn more about the genesis of the design and the vision for this peace initiative. Ojai residents and visitors will be the first ones to receive the benefits of this public artwork for peace. Imagine the rewards of peace expanding in our and other communities: less crime, less violence, improved education, improved business, and enhanced government performance.

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Public invited to attend annual event featuring sand mural installation, art exhibitions, speakers, crafts, face painting, and performances

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the campus and community to join in the Sixth Annual Day of the Dead: Celebration of Life, Monday, Oct. 27, at the John Spoor Broome Library. Presented by CI Intercultural Services, the Broome Library, and students of the Art program, the free public event features speakers, dancers, music, face painting, crafts, art exhibitions, and the opportunity to participate in creating a giant sand mural altar on the Library Plaza.

Sand Mural Altar Installation – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., join celebrated Chicano artist Fabian Debora as he creates and installs a 7-ton, 20-by-10-foot Mixteco-styled sand mural altar on the Broome Library Plaza. Guests may place their own ofrendas (offerings) on the mural throughout the day to celebrate the lives of loved ones.

Multiple altar installations created by CI students in the Art and Spanish programs, as well as altars from student clubs and The Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project, will also be on display in the Broome Library Gallery and Alcove through Nov. 9.

Celebration of Life – Speakers, Crafts, Face Painting, and Performances – 5 p.m.
The Celebration of Life begins at 5 p.m., with distinguished community speakers including the Honorable Berenice Díaz Ceballos, Consul de Mexico, Arcenio J. Lopez, Executive Director of Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project, and CI campus administrators and faculty. Craft activities will be provided by the School of Education/Credential office and face painting by CI students. The evening will close with peformances by CI’s mariachi band and Ballet Folklórico. A Mixtec translator will be at the program.

El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration, rooted in ancient ritual worship and the Spanish Christian holiday of “All Soul’s Day.” Mexican families celebrate the lives of deceased family and friends by creating home altars and placing offerings of everyday life such as pan de muertos (sweet bread baked in shapes of skulls and figures), candles, yellow marigolds known as Cempazuchitl/Zempasuchil, and photos of the departed souls on the altar.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. 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 CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information contact Kirsten Moss, Director of Multi-Access Programs, at 805-437-3156 or kirsten.moss@csuci.edu.

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. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 
Solvang's Founders. The Rev. J.M. Gregersen (far right) stands with (left to right) land agent Mads Frese and fellow founders P.P. Hornsyld and the Rev. Benedict Nordentoft. Courtesy of Elverhoj Museum of History and Art.
Solvang's Founders. The Rev. J.M. Gregersen (far right) stands with (left to right) land agent Mads Frese and fellow founders P.P. Hornsyld and the Rev. Benedict Nordentoft. Courtesy of Elverhoj Museum of History and Art.
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Free presentation slated for Nov. 1 at Cal Lutheran

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The grandson of one of the founders of Solvang will talk about the 103-year-old town’s history at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at California Lutheran University.

Erik Gregersen, a board member of the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang, will give an illustrated presentation titled “Danish Colony in California: Solvang 1911-2014” in the Roth Nelson Room on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The Danish-American colony of Solvang began as the dream of Danish immigrants and educators. Followers of a folk school movement in Denmark, the Rev. J.M. Gregersen, the Rev. Benedict Nordentoft and professor P.P. Hornsyld wanted to buy a large tract of land on the West Coast, subdivide it to start a town for Danish immigrants, and use the profits to build a Danish-style folk school.

After an extensive search, the founders purchased 9,000 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley, part of an original Mexican land grant. It was an ideal location with fertile land, a flowing river, oak-dotted hills and a mild climate, and the men gave it the Danish name for “sunny field” upon its founding in 1911.

The folk school opened in November 1911. The young Danish-American adults who attended took English- and Danish-language classes in addition to courses ranging from folk dancing to bookkeeping. In 1914, the school moved to a new three-story building on a hill overlooking town and became Atterdag College, which means “there’ll be another day.”

The settlers strove to preserve their culture while assimilating into the West. Almost all of the early buildings were designed in the western or mission styles. Solvang grew quickly and prospered as Danish entrepreneurs supplied the growing community with goods and services.

In 1947, the Saturday Evening Post magazine published a story and photos about Solvang that prompted a stream of tourists to begin arriving. Residents decided the town’s look should better reflect Danish culture, and they began constructing windmills and new buildings, renovating old structures, and renaming streets. Wild, open rangeland with grazing cattle and sheep gave way to dairies, dry farming and irrigated fields. Today it is home to vast vineyards and horse ranches.

The Roth Nelson Room is located at 3391 Mountclef Boulevard.

The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation and Cal Lutheran’s History Department are sponsoring the free event as part of the Scandinavian Lecture Series. For more information, contact Howard Rockstad at 805-497-3717.

 
Educators can learn salsa, paint and create music
Ana Maria Alvarez
Ana Maria Alvarez

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A woman who has dedicated her life to activism through dance will be the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Arts and Learning Symposium at California Lutheran University on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Ana Maria Alvarez, founder and executive director of Los Angeles–based Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater, will speak on the symposium theme, “Inclusivity Through Creativity.” During a breakout session, Alvarez and two members of the company will teach participants salsa Rueda, a dance in which pairs form a circle and perform moves that are called out.

In other breakout sessions, participants will learn how to paint diverse skin tones, use art with autistic students and create music quickly with Logic Pro software. The event, which will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lundring Events Center, also will feature student performances, a student art exhibit, buffet lunch and continental breakfast.

The public symposium, which is sponsored by the Susan Greiser Price Arts Integration Program in Cal Lutheran’s Graduate School of Education, is designed to build partnerships between educators and community members to strengthen arts access from kindergarten to the university level. It provides free hands-on training to educators for using art, dance, drama and music to teach a variety of subjects. Participants will develop action plans during round-table discussions and leave with a variety of tools and ideas that they can use in their classrooms.

The symposium is offered free to college students, teachers, school administrators, artists, arts educators and others interested in arts education and arts integration.

A Cuban-American choreographer and educator, Alvarez founded Contra-Tiempo in 2005 to transform the world through dance. Rooted in salsa and afro-Cuban dance, the company also draws from hip-hop, urban and contemporary styles in an effort to be accessible to people of all races and classes.

Alvarez received a bachelor’s degree in dance and politics from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Art and Cultures. She trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and with Urban Bush Women of New York and Narisco Medina in Cuba. She has received grants from many organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work has been commissioned by St. Joseph’s Ballet, the Tanzmesse Dance Festival in Germany, CounterPulse’s Performing Diaspora Festival and many others.

Reservations are required. To register, go to CalLutheran.edu/artslearning. For more information, contact Clarisse Lincir at lincir@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3423.

 

An inspiring, thoughtful, patriotic music program honoring those who fought for our country will be performed on Sunday November 9, 2014 at 3:00pm at the Ventura High School Auditorium located at 2 N. Catalina, Ventura. FREE. For information call (805) 289-7925.

 
The museum hosts its first car show Sunday October 19, 2014

On Sunday, October 19, from 11 am to 3 pm, the Museum of Ventura County will hold its First Annual Car Show in the parking lot adjacent to its site. There will be live music by Mark MacKay Band, craft-making in the museum courtyard for kids, food provided by Blue Light and World Famous Frank’s Food trucks and of course, over 60 cars from collectors throughout Ventura.

Clubs participating will be Ventura Vintage Rods, the Rodfathers and Roam’N Relics, among others. “A car is a work of art to me; I collect vehicles like someone else might collect sculptures or paintings”, said Gary Entrekin of Ventura, whose maroon 1949 Cadillac convertible will be on display (photo attached). Entrekin’s daughter Jessica helped plan the show when she was an intern at the museum.

There will be prizes awarded at 3 pm, including “People’s Choice” (the most popular card according to visitors and “Best Paint Job”.

Admission to the galleries will be free – guests can see three new exhibitions on view: “Beisbol: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues”, “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire” and “Colossal Efforts – A Behind-the-Scenes look at George Stuart’s Creative Process.”

 

WHAT: Ventura Potters' Guild presents: Kim Myhre Clarke ... From the Beginning
WHERE: The Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N Ventura Avenue, Ventura, 805 648-3035
WHEN: Monday, October 20, 2014
Doors open at 7 pm
Program begins at 8 pm

Clarke grew up in Los Angeles where she attended art classes at Barnsdall Art Center and the Pasadena Asian Museum as a child. She studied ceramics at Glendale College, Los Angeles City College and Moorpark College and has been working on her craft for over 35 years. Over the years, Clarke has developed a unique style of whimsical figures showing influences that tie together with Maurice Sendak, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and the late Len Poteshman's sketches. Clarke is also skilled in raku and other types of ceramic firings and has taught ceramics at the Simi Valley Adult School since 2006 while maintaining a ceramic studio in Ventura since 2007. She recently began teaching ceramic and mosaic classes at the Ventura Adult Center. Clark will be sharing her path in ceramics along with photos of her work and perhaps a last minute demonstration.

Locally her work is represented at the Guild's Gallery at Ventura Harbor and Human Arts in Ojai. Her work is collected world wide.

The public is welcome. Free.

 

The Ventura College Santa Paula Site is pleased to present the fall art show, Nine Points of View, exhibited by the Artists Guild of Fillmore. The exhibit runs October 13 through December 19, 2014. A Meet The Artist Reception will take place Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:00-9:00pm.

The Artists Guild of Fillmore was founded in 2009 to create interest in original work created by local artists. Nine Fillmore artists are featured in the show: Lois Freeman-Fox, Luanne Hebner Perez, Virginia Neuman, Joanne King, Wana Klasen, Lia Verkade, Doris Nichols, Lady Jan Faulkner and Judy Dressler. Nine Points of View showcases nine diverse artistic styles in a variety of media including watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media and more.

The artwork is on display at the Ventura College Santa Paula Site located at 957 Faulkner Road, Suite 106, in Santa Paula. Free parking is available. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.