Sunday, July 11th

Want a fun filled afternoon-join the Old Time Fiddlers, District 8, Sunday, July 11 from 1:30 - 4:30 at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Country, Western, Bluegrass music for listening or dancing. No admission charge. Free parking. Refreshments available. Info: 640-3689, 517-1131 or


Shakespeare company stages play for first time

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – July 7, 2010) The 14th Annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will present “The Winter’s Tale” for the first time to conclude its 2010 summer season at California Lutheran University.

Performances are slated at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from July 23 through Aug. 8 in scenic Kingsmen Park.

“The Winter’s Tale” is a dream-like story that explores the themes of jealousy, love, honor and rebirth. Convinced that his pregnant wife has been unfaithful to him with his childhood friend, King Leontes of Sicilia orders that his friend be killed and his wife imprisoned. Time brings reflection and repentance. The story is tragic and comic, solemn and irreverent.

Director Susan Angelo is the education director and a resident artist at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. She is returning to the Kingsmen festival after directing “Twelfth Night” in 2003. She conducts Shakespeare workshops at many high schools and colleges including CLU, New York University and University of California, Los Angeles.

Richard Baird, who played the title role in last year’s production of “Macbeth,” is Leontes. Veteran stage actress Aaryon Kopp is making her debut appearance with the festival as Leontes’ wife, Hermione. Travis Brazil, who began his career with The Royal Shakespeare Company and has performed on many European and American stages, returns to the festival after two years to portray Leontes’ friend, Polixenes, the King of Bohemia.

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.

Tickets are $15 and free for those under 18. Reserved lawn box seating is $60 to $75. Parking is available at the corner of Mountclef Boulevard and Olsen Road.

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 and summer theater camps for youth.

For more information, visit or call (805) 493-3455.



Rancho Camulos Museum has again been selected to sell advance tickets for the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival which will take place July 30 and 31, 2010 in Santa Paula. You save money and support Rancho Camulos if you purchase admissions through us. Advance Tickets are $7 per adult ($10 at gate), $3 per youth ages 5 to 14 ($5 at gate), kids under 5 are free. You may purchase tickets at Rancho Camulos Museum during our regular tour hours, 1-4, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, or at the Rancho Camulos produce stand daily from 7:30am - 7:00 pm.

You may also order tickets at or 805-521-1501. You may also make arrangements to have your prepaid tickets mailed (allow 2 weeks) or held for you at the festival "will call". Talk this up with your friends and family. Consolidated orders are appreciated.



Ojai Valley Museum is to add flair to this year’s Independence Day celebration with an Italian Street Painting demonstration in the front courtyard of the museum. John Aaron, with the assistance of fellow artists, will draw the logo for next year’s 1st annual 4th of July Chalk Art Festival. This Aaron designed museum event logo will be scaled to an 8-foot chalk portrait that pays tribute to Michelangelo and Ojai’s amazing citrus. Aaron is the Artistic Director for the demonstration and next year’s Chalk Art Festival. Additionally, he is the founder of the global art project, CHALK4PEACE, a longtime artist, educator, events coordinator and graduate of Thacher School.

The chalk artists can be viewed from 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 in the front courtyard of the Ojai Valley Museum at Blanche Street and Ojai Avenue. The public is encouraged to stop by this free demonstration.

For more information call the museum at (805) 640- 1390 or visit the museum website at:



Over the July 4th holiday weekend, the Museum of Ventura County marks the completion of phase one of their construction as they return to their permanent location at 100 East Main Street in Ventura, with free admission Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On July 4, in the museum’s new front plaza, Sueños Cubanos AfroCuban Folkloric will entertain from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and Danza Azteca Mayahuel traditional dancers from Ojai will perform from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Visitors will also see four new exhibits. The Museum is closed on Monday, July 5.

The museum’s 89 South California Street location in Ventura, which they occupied temporarily during construction, closed June 21.

Beginning July 6, admission to Museum of Ventura County is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17. MVC members and children under 6 are free. Located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura, the museum is open 11:00 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed most Mondays. For more information go to or call 805-653-0323.



SANTA PAULA, CA – Classical music aficionados are in for a treat as the Santa Paula Art Museum will present their first “Museum Musicale”, a program of chamber music by the acclaimed Highland String Trio, plus Oboe, at a concert Sunday afternoon, June 27th, at 4:00pm. The performance will take place at the new Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street in Santa Paula, and will be staged in the Museum’s Great Hall.

Works by Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven will be performed by a quartet of superb musicians, each of whom has a long resume of significant musical accomplishment. The evening will conclude with wine and cheese and conversation with the artists, and tickets are still available. Reservations are $25 in advance, or $35 at the door. Call the Museum at 805-525-5554 to reserve your spot, or visit the Museum’s website at

Stephen Custer, Cello, is presently enjoying retirement from the LA Philharmonic after a distinguished 35-year career. Dr. Custer continues to teach at Pepperdine University, and makes his home in Westlake Village with his wife Sharon. (Sharon is the only child of Bernice Boles and Del King, and thus is a proud third generation Santa Paulan.)

Irving Weinstein, Violin, has performed with the Roth Quartet at UCLA for the past eleven years, and is a life-long music teacher and educational administrator. He teaches Instrumental Music for the LA Unified School District and the LA Community College District, and is Vice Chancellor of the LA Community College District. Mr. Weinstein resides in Oxnard.

Delores Walker, Viola, served as the music educator in the Oxnard and Hueneme School Districts for 39 years, and played for over 30 years in the Ventura County Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Walker majored in Music Education at Northwestern University, and currently resides in Camarillo.

Bruce Walker, Oboe, was principle Oboist with the Ventura County Symphony Orchestra for 28 years, and was the solo English Horn player with the Santa Barbara Symphony for 22 years. Dr. Walker received his Ph.D. from UCLA, and lives in Camarillo with his wife, Delores.


"Smoke Wave” photograph by David Orias.
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David Orias’s collection of photographs “Reflecting on Waves” will be exhibiting at the Harbor Village Gallery from Wednesday, July 14 to Sunday, August 8, 2010. An Artist Reception will be held on Friday, July 16, 2010 from 5 – 8pm.

Southern California’s waves are shown in their spectacular beauty through David Orias’s lens. “Water is colorless, yet it can take on the colors of the light that is shown through it or reflected upon it.” Orias’s photographs display the complex beauty of waves and their colors, shades, and reflections with a harmonic touch of photographic mastery. He chooses to photograph at dawn, capturing warm comforting colors; while using a slow shutter speed and camera motion, adding a unique and soft touch to his work. His photographs reveal waves in a full range of colors from oranges, reds, blues, turquoises, and more; reflections of the dawn, California’s fires, and other atmospheric wonders.

Orias reminds us that “every day, waves generated sometimes thousands of miles away breaks upon our shore. No two waves are exactly alike. Approaching the shore, they rise from the surface, crest and then extinguish themselves on the sandy or rocky shore. As soon as one disappears, another is there to take its place in this endless cycle of nature.” Waves come and go quickly, but Orias’s work pulls you in to admire “the shape of the wave and the light that reflects off its surface, creating lasting impressions of a subject that we often take for granted.” With the spirit of a true native, all of the waves photographed are from the local Ventura and Santa Barbara area.

A California native, Orias grew up in Santa Barbara, graduating from University of California Santa Barbara in 1980. Primarily artistically self taught, he has been photographing for the past seventeen years, working with subjects from birds, landscapes, nature, surfing, waves, and more. In addition, his work has developed throughout photography trips with other fellow artists. His shoreline photographs have won Best in Show at the Santa Barbara Fair and Expo. Often his work is displayed in Santa Barbara’s First Thursdays. Orias has been a member of the Santa Barbara Association for two years and the Buenaventura Art Association for one year.
David Orias’s work is perfectly displayed in the Harbor Village Gallery, in Ventura Harbor, where one can enjoy his capturing work along side the beach! There is nothing like Orias’s photographs of waves, displaying atmospheric reflections dance with Southern California’s powerful waves.

This is Orias’s first solo exhibit with the Buenaventura Art Association.

The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr., entrance # 3 in the Ventura Harbor Village, next to the big lawn. Open Monday through Thursday (closed on Tuesdays) from 12 to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11a.m. to 6p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 805-644-2750 or visit or


California State Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 8, will meet Sunday, June 27 at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View from 1:30 to 4:30. Join the fiddlers for an afternoon of listening and dancing to Western, Country or Bluegrass music. Free parking. No admission charge. Refreshments available. Info: 640-3689, 517-1131 or

Pink Orange.
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Sandra McCullough
Sandra McCullough

VENTURA, CA (June 10, 2010) – Gallery 255 will be exhibiting new work by Sandra McCullough one of the resident artists of the Sea Breeze Art Studios which she also founded in 2004. Ms. McCullough’s new work is a series of oil paintings. She has developed a unique surface of burlap and textured plaster on top of wood panel boxes. Her palette is in shades of pink and orange that is reminiscent of sherbet. One of the intrigues of this body of work is the juxtaposition of physical raw ingredients of wood, burlap and plaster to the sumptuous use of oil paint color.

In May 2004, as Owner/Founder, Sandra started Sea Breeze Art Studios and Gallery 255 (formerly Sea Breeze Art Gallery) in a dirty warehouse on Laurel Street from the ground up. While maintaining her full time artist studio and with her innate appreciation of dynamic artistic talent, Sandra has built a successful creative community within Sea Breeze Art Studios. Gallery 255 has also become successful as a selling contemporary art venue for artists whose exhibits rotate every four weeks.

Sandra McCullough has been creating art for over 50 years. With an adventurous personality, an entrepreneurial spirit and an interesting background, she continues to articulate those assets and her love of color in her artwork.

“Pink & Orange” runs July 8 – 31, 2010. The opening artist reception will be held on Saturday July 10 from 5:00-9:00pm.

A vintage Honda motorcycle.
A vintage Honda motorcycle.
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A very unique exhibit of exceptional vintage Honda Motorcycles to be shown at the California Oil Museum. Opening June 20 with a reception to meet the collector, Ron Mousouris, from 1-3pm. Nine motorcycles will be on display from 1952 to 1967 with one beautiful 1994 rare racing machine. These are from the collection of Ron Mousouris of Carpenteria. Hours are Wed – Sun 10am to 4pm. Admission is $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Students 6-17 and 5 & under are free.

One of the featured bikes is a 1954 Honda Benly J. The name "Benly" is a slightly altered Japanese word that translates to mean "convenient" in English. The Benly J of 1954 was the first Honda motorcycle ever to be raced in international competition. It was raced in Sao Paolo Brazil endurance race.

The Benly J was designed by Soichiro Honda, the founder of the Honda Corporation. Mr. Honda employed Mr. Kyoshi Kawashima, to assist with development of the engine and suspension. Mr Kawashima who was the very first employee of the Honda Company became president of the Honda Corporation when Mr. Honda retired.
The Honda Benly J represented the biggest gamble the Honda Company ever took on. There were over 140 motorcycle manufacturers in Japan during the 1950s. Had the 1954 Benly failed for any reason it would have meant almost certain death for Honda.

Here are a few key design features

1. 89cc single cylinder, 4 stroke pushrod activated over head valves.
2. Unitary swingarm/engine (the engine pivots in the frame with the swingarm
3. Inverted telescopic front suspension
4. Monoshock torsion block rear suspension
5. Reverse pivot brake an clutch levers
6. This example raced at the Mt Asama races of 1954
7. Never sold outside Japan

Vintage Honda collector and master restorer, Ron Mousouris, started hanging out at the local Honda shop during the “Summer of Love” in 1967. In September of ’69, when the first Sapphire Blue Honda CL350 Scrambler was uncrated at the shop, his sense of urgency peaked. The Honda CL350 cost $810 new and he had saved about $600. The shop owner recognized that the only way to get Ron to stop hanging around the shop all the time was to get him a bike. He let Ron work off the balance in his service department.

Ron rode the CL350 with reckless abandon every day for three months. One evening in late November he walked to the garage to find his Honda gone…Stolen. The vacancy in the garage felt like a crushing weight. “I wasn’t a particularly skilled rider at the time so the perpetrator may well have saved me from injury or worse”, said Ron. “In any case the life lesson that I have carried with me ever since is that a healthy person should acquire motorcycles regularly and often. This principle can also be applied to spouses. I have seen it done. For me though, it has always been motorcycles”.

What: Honda Motorcycles: Early Years to Present Day Racing
Where: City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum
When: June 20 to September 26
More information: Jeanne Orcutt, 805-933-0076 ext 291,

Dale Adrion is The Jailor, Rebekah Brockman is Luciana and Jaromb Brown is The Second Jailor in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Comedy of Errors.”
Dale Adrion is The Jailor, Rebekah Brockman is Luciana and Jaromb Brown is The Second Jailor in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Comedy of Errors.”
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Production of ‘Comedy of Errors’ great for families

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – June 14, 2010) The 14th Annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will begin on a lighthearted note with a family-friendly staging of “The Comedy of Errors” weekends from July 1 through 18 at California Lutheran University.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will present the play in the style of commedia dell’arte, making it a fast-paced, very physical show that is heavy on belly laughs. The characters, some in masks, will go into the audience to plead their cases. The green show, or pre-show production, will introduce commedia dell’arte to the crowd in a fun way involving audience participation.

One of Shakespeare’s shortest plays, this is a great show for families.

“The Comedy of Errors” is a tale of mistaken identity involving two sets of identical twins separated at birth. Egeon, the father of one of the sets of twins, is condemned to death but is given a day to raise the ransom required to save him from execution.

Laurie Walters, who played daughter Joanie Bradford on the television show “Eight is Enough,” portrays the Abbess, who helps bring about a resolution in the end.

CLU alumnus Kevin P. Kern, artistic director of the new Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre in Florida, is directing “The Comedy of Errors.” A member of the theatre faculty at the University of West Florida, Kern is a veteran of the Kingsmen stage and a former director of the company’s Apprentice Company and Summer Theatre Camp. He made his directorial debut with the festival in 2008 with a production of “As You Like It” set in the 1970s.

Performances are slated at 8 p.m. July 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 in CLU’s scenic Kingsmen Park. 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.

Tickets are $15 and free for those under 18. Reserved lawn box seating is $60 to $75. Parking is available at the corner of Mountclef Boulevard and Olsen Road.

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 and summer theater camps for youth.

For more information, visit or call (805) 493-3455.

June 27th, 2010

The Ojai Valley Museum has created a unique fundraising event, an auction of altered Libbey glass bowls, as a benefit for Ojai’s “Save Libbey Bowl” campaign. The idea for local artists and artisans to produce artwork on the bowls originated in May 2009 and will culminate in a Gala Auction of the altered bowls on June 27th at a private home. The museum will donate half of the proceeds from the “Bowled Over” auction to the Rebuild Libbey Bowl fundraising effort. The auction will take place midway through the museum’s current exhibition, “Ojai’s Libbey Bowl: Past/Present/Future,” which runs through July 11, 2010.

In March, the Ojai Valley Museum asked Libbey Inc. to donate clear glass, over-sized bowls to the museum for the auction. Libbey agreed and donated the requested bowls in five different shapes, for the especially selected artists to embellish.

On April 10th, the selected artists were invited to a museum reception where they chose their clear glass bowls to later return as fully realized works of art for the auction. At the auction a mini catalogue documenting all of the bowls will be given to the participating artisans and auction attendees as a memento of the project.

Local artists who were invited to embellish bowls include ceramicists, painters, printmakers, photographers, wood sculptors, and glass artists. All were asked to “think outside the glass” as a challenge to their standard media preferences. In addition to the local artists, celebrities such as Larry Hagman (Master of Ceremonies at the auction), Sergio Aragonés, and Ellen DeGeneres’ mother, Betty DeGeneres, were invited to participate. Robert Zollweg, Creative Director, Libbey Inc., will also embellish a bowl for the auction.

Artists participating in the “Bowled Over” auction are: John Aaron, Richard Amend, Sergio Aragonés, Barbara Bowman, Christine Brennan, Eilam Byle, Myrna Cambianica, Larry Carnes, Moira Casey, Gayel Childress, Leslie Clark, Kerry Crank, Evelyn Dayman, Betty DeGeneres, Merilee Eaton, Ruth Farnham, Richard Franklin, Yvette Franklin, Valerie Freeman, Kelly Greene, Larry Hagman, Ray Harding, Linda Harmon, Claire Hill, Kate Hoffman, Nancy Horwick, Gerry Kennon, Oatley Kidder, Joe Leech, Karen Lewis, Sherry Loehr, Kirk Lowry, Mary Ann Maybaum, Laura Peck, Elise Pogofsky-Harris, Sylvia Raz, Fred Rothenberg, Paul Roux, Teal Rowe, Betty Saunders, Jeff Seaton, Shahastra, Sharlene Smartt, Edie Smith, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Linda Taylor, Anna Thomas, Kaarina Tienhaara, Iris Williams, Dennis Wood, and Robert Zollweg.

Libbey Inc. and Ojai Creates, who donated the materials for artists to use, have generously sponsored this fundraiser. The members of the “Bowled Over” Auction Committee, which has been organizing the event, are: Bobbie Boschan, Anna Cho Wagner, Laura Peck, Michele Ellis Pracy, and Esther Wachtell.

For further information or to purchase tickets to the “Bowled Over” Auction, please call the Ojai Valley Museum (805) 640-1390, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The best in family entertainment from across the world comes to the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA as “Magic for Our Military” on June 19, 2010. Magicians from England, Belgium, Israel, Las Vegas and Hollywood will make their way to the Rubicon to support Sealed With A Wish Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing some of the comforts of home to U.S. troops serving in combat zones. Performances at 2:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Sealed With A Wish Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves to enrich the lives of U.S. troops serving in combat zones by providing comfort/care items from home. Most members of the Board of Directors are also members of the Academy of Magical Arts Hollywood’s Famed Magic Castle.) SWAW’s Board of Trustees includes Neil Patrick Harris, Steve Valentine, Susan Powell (Miss America 1981) and Lance Burton, Master Magician.

June 6 to September 4

(Ventura, California) Paintings and drawings with big themes, tall orders, huge dreams and grand ideas will be on display for public viewing at Community Memorial Hospital when the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation presents its “The Big Show” art exhibit which opened on June 6 and runs through Sept. 4.

The exhibit is a joint partnership between CMH, the Buenaventura Art Association, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Ventura and the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation.

All paintings and drawings on display are by local artists, with proceeds to be used for future exhibits as well as to benefit local artists, the Buenaventura Art Association and the foundation’s philanthropic efforts.
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.


Susan Seaberry’s exhibit of recent works titled “Innocence and Experience: The Figure in Art” shows at the Buenaventura Galley from June 22 to July 17, 2010. Opening Reception is Friday, July 9 from 5-8 pm. Meet the artists for First Fridays Ventura at the Buenaventura Gallery on July 2 from 5-8 pm.

Part independent rebel with intuitive talent and part designer with tendencies towards fashionista, Seaberry deliver her figures as characters from fabled tales whose human qualities relate to us as effortlessly as our own reflection. Colorful, whimsy and poised with drama or intrigue, the subjects express strength and individuality, two values Seaberry honors and executes with grace.

With nods to mythic subjects and symbolism art scholars interested in deciphering a hidden meaning will be amused. Those with a need for a immediate gratification will be intrigued as well. Her palate is “just to die for, daahling!” and her most recent simplistic pieces are drawn with the trained eye many artists dream of achieving. No frames on these larger charcoals will allow these bodies to move with those in the room, bringing an element of motion to the exhibit.

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Journalist tracked Honduran boy’s search for mother
Sonia Nazario is the author of “Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother,” a 2006 national bestseller that won two book awards.
Sonia Nazario is the author of “Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother,” a 2006 national bestseller that won two book awards.

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – June 4, 2010) The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who chronicled a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the United States will speak at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 1, in Overton Hall at California Lutheran University.

Sonia Nazario is the author of “Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother,” a 2006 national bestseller that won two book awards. The book is based on her 2003 newspaper story, which won more than a dozen awards including the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize. The book is required reading for incoming freshmen at dozens of colleges and high schools across the country.

Nazario has spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her stories have tackled some of the country’s most difficult problems. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1998 for a series on children of drug-addicted parents and she won a George Polk Award for Local Reporting in 1994 for a series about hunger among California schoolchildren.

The writer, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. Hispanic Business Magazine has named Nazario among the most influential Latinos, and Hispanic Magazine has designated her a “trendsetter.”

The CLU California Reading and Literature Project is presenting the free lecture and book signing. RSVP by Friday, June 25, to the School of Education at (805) 493-3705.

Bear Claw
Bear Claw
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And Thats All There Is
And Thats All There Is
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Mission Era Chumash Doll
Mission Era Chumash Doll
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When the Museum of Ventura County holds its free Sunday, July 4 Reopening Celebration at 100 E. Main Street in Ventura from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, visitors will not only see a spacious new front plaza with a water feature and a mosaic time line, a state-of-the-art event pavilion, and a renovated visitor center, but also four new exhibits. One will focus on the odd and unusual in the museum collection, another upon a legendary woman of mystery, and a third upon the timeless beauty of stone. And just in time for the nation's birthday, the George Stuart Historical Figures® will return, with the focus on the founding of America.

The 89 S. California Street location, which the museum occupied temporarily during construction, will be closed permanently after June 20.

The new museum exhibitions include:
Rare, Precious and Unusual: Treasures from the Collection (through September 6) From the mundane to the sublime, precious items, oddities and works of art from the collection are featured, some never before shown in a museum setting. See rare Chumash baskets, as well as the unexpected: the claws of Old Three Toes, a legendary bear who roamed the Sespe in 1780; an albino pocket gopher; and a Humboldt Penguin raised in an aviary in Fillmore. The museum began in 1913 with a collection of objects acquired by local doctor Cephas Bard, who came to Ventura after the Civil War and who often accepted historical objects in lieu of cash payment for his services. Today the museum collection contains more than 30,000 works of art and artifacts.

Between Fact and Fiction: The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island (through October 17)
Highlighting a figure of both fact and fiction, this exhibition explores the different perceptions developed around the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, as people have sought the elusive truth about her. Celebrated in legend and books such as the children's classic "Island of the Blue Dolphins," this San Nicolas islander was left alone in 1835 on one of the most remote of the Channel Islands, until she was found and brought in 1853 to Santa Barbara, where she died within weeks of her arrival. The exhibit includes a specially commissioned, one-quarter life-size figure of the Lone Woman by artist George Stuart.

Liberty! The Genius of the People (through September 6)
This grouping of George Stuart Historical Figures® features personalities involved in the American Revolution and the founding of the nation. These one-quarter life-size sculptures are renowned for their expressive faces and detailed costumes.

Romancing the Stones (through October 3)
The light plays with surfaces and translucency in an exhibit of stone sculpture by Ventura artist Michele Chapin.

Workshops at CLU cover technique, musicals, the Bard

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – May 27, 2010) The 25th year of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Summer Theatre Camp will begin in June at California Lutheran University.

CLU started the camp through its continuing education program and the drama department later took it over. When the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company took charge several years ago, it added a focus on the Bard. Throughout the years, the camp has retained its goal of helping students develop self-confidence, discipline, teamwork skills and acting techniques in fun and educational workshops. The number of participants is limited so that students can receive individual attention.

In “Beginning Shakespeare,” children will learn basic acting technique and its application to the Bard’s work, working up to presenting scenes on the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival stage. “Shakespeare in Production” is an intensive four-week training/rehearsal workshop that provides advanced students with an opportunity to hone their acting skills and perform an adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the festival stage. Students in “Acting Techniques” will study voice, movement, approaching a script, improvisation and stage combat and present play scenes before an audience. “Musical Theatre” will cover vocal technique and auditioning and culminate with a performance of selections from a well-known musical.

Ken Gardner, a CLU theatre arts professor who taught at the camp in its first year, is in his 14th year as director. “Musical Theatre” teacher Barbara Wegher-Thompson, who teaches at CLU and has been involved with the Young Artists Ensemble, is also one of the camp’s original teachers. Actors from Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, the professional theatre company of CLU, also provide instruction.

Workshops will be held Monday through Friday on the following dates:

“Beginning Shakespeare” (ages 8 to 12) – June 21 through July 2; July 5 through 16, 8 a.m. to noon
“Acting Techniques” (ages 12 to 16) – June 21 through July 2, 1 to 5 p.m.
“Shakespeare in Production” (ages 13 to 18) – July 5 through 30, 2 to 5 p.m.
“Musical Theatre” (ages 12 to 16) – July 19 through 30, 8 a.m. to noon

“Shakespeare in Production” costs $400. All the other workshops are $285.

Registration is available online at For more information, call (805) 493-3455 or e-mail


The Ventura County and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors will meet Sunday, June 20 at noon at Ventura College, Building B, in the cafeteria. The NAWCC is a nonprofit organization whose members include hobbyists, collectors, and professionals. The common bond is a fascination with the art and science of timekeeping and timepieces. You can learn more about the NAWCC at And more about Chapter 190 at

Everyone interested in watches and clocks, (modern or antique), is invited to visit and join our chapter. Members of the public are also invited to attend. There is a three dollar admission charge. Watches and clocks will be on display. There will be a mart followed by an informational meeting and a program.

Our program this month on June 20 at 1:15 p.m. will be a photo montage and recap of our annual Mart which was held on April 18th, at the Oxnard Airport, Commemorative Air Force Museum.

The Ventura County Chapter 190 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors was chartered in September, 2006, and distributes a monthly newsletter to members. Membership applications will be available at the meeting, or by calling 805-988-1764.