The Ventura County and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors will present their annual Antique Clock and Watch Mart at the Commemorative Air Force Museum located in the Camarillo Airport, Camarillo, CA on Sunday, April 18th from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In addition to over 50 tables of clocks, watches and other horological items, this year we will also include antique and collectable jewelry and other antiques and collectables. Experts will be available to give free appraisals, information on individual clocks, and also repair quotes. This is a free, no obligation public service and people are encouraged to bring their clocks for appraisal and evaluation or to simply find out a little about them.The $10.00 Mart admission includes a tour of the CAF WWII Air Museum and Aircraft as well as the opportunity to win fantastic door prizes including a ride in a vintage WWII airplane. Children are admitted free.

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.

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 Mart, or by calling 805-988-1764.

The Commemorative Air Force hangars are located at the Camarillo Airport. The airport is just off Highway 101 in Camarillo. Exit Los Posas and travel south to Pleasant Valley Road. Turn right and then another right onto Eubanks Street (2nd light) into the airport. On the corner of Eubanks and Airport Drive, look for the CAF sign on the hangar.

For more information regarding the Mart, please contact Ernie Jenson at (805) 482-6021



The time is now to think art. If you are a fine artist or appreciate the arts make your plans now to take part in the traditional opening weekend of summer with the 33rd annual “Art in the Park.”

The open-air juried art show is presented by the Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St., the oldest nonprofit art center in California. Drawing artists from all over California, the Art Center accepts work in the following categories: oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, glass, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fine jewelry, and mixed media. Cash prizes are awarded, but the weekend offers something more.

Ojai maybe a small town but is blessed with a large number of artists and hosts quality galleries set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain views and surrounded by enough open space for a solitary hike. At the forefront of the slow food movement, those attending the event can peruse a variety of eateries, several wine tasting rooms, and a superb farmer’s market on Sunday. In the evening Ojai offers several live theatre and music venues and only minutes away by foot.

Plan ahead and take part in an Ojai tradition under the canopy of Libbey Park’s century-old oak trees. Enjoy the beautiful casual surroundings and mingle with artists and patrons throughout the weekend.

Come discover Ojai this Memorial Day weekend.

For an artist’s application or further information about Art In The Park, call (805) 646-0117 or go online at


Awesome Art Winners.
Awesome Art Winners.
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The opening of the 9th annual "Awesome Art" show last Thursday at the Ojai Valley Museum was not so much an exhibit as it was an explosion of creativity and talent. Young artists from six local high schools created 407 outstanding works for the exhibit.

Beginning at four in the afternoon, the students, with parents, friends, teachers and other art lovers, poured through the doors of the museum, filling the gallery with high energy. Museum Exhibit Designers, Fred Kidder and Roger Conrad, had organized and installed a polished professional display for the show. An upgrade to the lighting system, made possible by a grant from the Ojai Civic Association, brought out the colors and forms of each creative work. By the end of the reception, two hours later, over 400 people had visited the “Awesome Art.”

After going from one work to another, chatting and admiring the students' achievements, many in the crowd eventually spilled into the museum patio, where volunteers from the Museum's Events Committee had set up a delicious display of heaped strawberries, pizza slices, and lemonade, along with mounds of cookies brought by Ojai Valley School.

In an afternoon still warm from a beautiful early spring day, Karen O'Neill presented the Marion E. Smith Awards for Excellence in Art, created jointly with her brother, Michael Burgos, and named in memory of their mother, whose love and support for young people in the arts continues in this Ojai tradition. As the awards were announced and gratefully accepted by each young artist, the entire gathering applauded with appreciation, not just for their own school or family, but also for the spirit of the exhibit as a whole.

The sheer volume and high quality of the art made it an overwhelming job to select award winners. According to Shahastra, a local painter who was one of the three judges of the show, the awards went to works combining rich imagination with excellent craftsmanship, a fusion of qualities that would be needed by the students to take their art out into the world.

The Best in Show award went to Lily Mays, Oak Grove School, for a stunning assemblage. Her large-scale, mixed media piece featured Barbie dolls, a mouse trap, text, a tape measure, and other surprising elements, all working synergistically to send a powerful message about the treatment of women's bodies in our society.

First Place winners were: Ceramics, Dustin Jones, Nordhoff, for "Tree Beard," a sculptural and very whimsical use of clay combining two different glazes; Digital Art, Pat McCarthy, Nordhoff, for "Armageddon," an intense and brooding image of destruction with a single flower of hope; Drawing, Sloane Tribble, Nordhoff, for "Abstract," an intricate web of morphing organic forms; Graphic Design, Kai Littlefield, Ojai Valley, for "Peace," a meticulously unified CD case design with a contemporary use of Asian brush strokes; Mixed Media, Isabel Hong, Besant Hill, for "Untitled," an ink collage showing a mastery of drawing combined with well-crafted collage elements; Painting, Laurel Tisserand and Luke Jackson, Oak Grove, for "Old Soul," a collaborative creation making a contemporary urban social statement with layered graffiti and a mysterious central icon; Photography, Ryley Swanner, Oak Grove, for "Untitled," a close-up image of a horse with a ray of light at the exact moment of illuminating the eye and burnished strand of hair; Sculpture, Melissa Carlson, Nordhoff, for "Untitled," a tour-de-force of woven ceramic bands using the luster glaze made famous by Beatrice Wood.

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The Ojai Valley Museum hosts its 5th NATIVE PLANT SALE on Saturday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the museum's Back Courtyard. In celebration of the Easter Weekend, this sale will include Orchids and Easter Lilies in addition to the usual inventory of native and drought resistant plants. All plants available for sale are suitable for climate and water conditions of the Ojai Valley and nearby southern California valley communities.

Plants are being provided by Lawrence Nicklin, Plantasia Landscaping; Scott & Betsy Smith, Euterpe Farms; David Mason, The Village Florist. Plant experts will be available during the sale for advice and information.

Proceeds from the Plant Sale benefit the Programs of the Ojai Valley Museum. Museum Members receive a 10% discount on purchases; a Membership Table is available at the Plant Sale for new member sign-ups throughout the day.

Event will be held at the Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Avenue. For more information, call (805) 640-1390.




Ojai Valley Museum Director Michele Pracy will conduct a presentation on "THE BUSINESS OF BEING AN ARTIST"
Sunday, March 28, 2010
2 – 4 p.m.
Museum Back Courtyard
130 W. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA

Free for 2010 Museum Members
$8 Non-members
$5 Students

Seating is limited, Reservations required, Call: (805) 640-1390

The topic is especially geared toward Awesome Art Student participants, but all practicing artists are welcome!


Artists Guild of Fillmore
Artists Guild of Fillmore
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The Artists Guild of Fillmore is presenting its first Show and Sale at Giessinger Winery located at 365 Santa Clara Street in Fillmore. The Show is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2010 and Sunday, March 28, 2010 from 11am – 4pm both days. Members of the Guild are all local artists and will be showing original art work selected from their respective repertoires. Visit the Guild’s website: The Guild also has plans for future events that will support and focus on art and artists within our community. All are invited to come and enjoy the art work, meet the artists, and stroll the grounds of the Winery.

Gerald Zwers
Gerald Zwers
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The Gerald Zwers “One Person Art Contest” will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from Tuesday, April 30 to Saturday, April 24, 2010. Opening reception is Friday, April 2, from 5 – 8 pm. Gallery events also include art giveaways and raffles during Ventura’s Spring ArtWalk on Saturday, April 17, 12 – 9pm and Sunday, April 18, 12 – 5pm.

The Buenaventura Art Gallery will be hosting a most unusual show by Award-winning artist and author, Gerald Zwers. The artist will give away over 100 works of art during the four week event, which is planned as a fund-raising benefiting the following local non-profits: Ventura Hillside Conservancy, the Ventura Film Society and Focus on the Masters. The Gerald Zwers “One Person Art Contest” will showcase the creative range of the human mind, with fun events designed to generate good for our community. There will be lots of prizes and free gifts.
Hard-working and tremendously dedicated, Zwers' abundant creativity typically generates several hundred works of art each year. This impressive multi-media output includes paintings that range in size from postage stamp-sized miniatures to large public murals. His subject matter includes traditional landscapes and seascapes, often painted on location in plein-air style, as well as large studio designed contemporary concept pieces and abstracts. His sculptures include a series of almost 1,000 two to twelve inch terra cotta figurines, as well as large internally-lighted sculptural pieces, often found in hotels or other public places. A number of his works have been installed in various municipal venues, such as the Ventura Beach Crown Plaza. The owner of five previous galleries in California with a background in art conservation, Zwers’ works has been acquired by collectors in nearly all fifty states as well as nine foreign countries.

This will be Zwers first solo show with the Buenaventura Art Association.

The Buenaventura Art Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001. Hours are Tues – Friday from noon – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Open for Spring ArtWalk April 17, 11 am to 9 pm and April 18, 12 to 5 pm Please call (805)648-1235 or visit


Local artist, Wana Klasen, will be exhibiting select pieces of art from her collection, EARTHSONG, at the Proverbs Coffee House during the month of March. The gallery is located at Peace Lutheran Church, 71 Loma Drive in Camarillo, and will be open Fridays and Saturdays of March from 1-4PM. Admission to the exhibit, entitled "Embellished Reflections", featuring the work of four artists, is free, and all are invited to the Opening Reception on Saturday,March 13, 2010 from 1-4PM.

Move Operations Back to Main Street Location

This upcoming 4th of July, the Museum of Ventura County will hold a free public celebration for the opening of their Martin V. and Martha K Smith Pavilion and new Front Plaza. The completion of the first part of their two-phased renovation at 100 East Main Street in Ventura also means that on Saturday, July 3, the museum will reopen at that address with a new exhibit, leaving their present temporary location on California Street.

The museum’s renovations will include a new Plaza with a water feature and open columned entrance facing Main Street, the new state-of-the-art Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Event Pavilion, a renovated tour lobby, new bathrooms, and a new parking lot. The Pavilion will be used for lectures, programs and a variety of events; it is capable of seating 200 for dinner, with the option to tent the front plaza for an additional 140 guests. The original museum building will be revitalized with reconfigured exhibit areas and the reopening of the Smith Gallery of George Stuart Historical Figures.

Phase two of the museum’s renovation, which includes new galleries, an education center, expanded library, new Museum Store, expanded collections storage, and offices, will begin when the museum has secured funding at a level that ensures completion, according to Museum of Ventura County Executive Director Tim Schiffer and Board Chair John Orr.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Farm Museum will open this fall in Santa Paula. Plans for an agricultural heritage museum have been in the conceptual stages for more than 30 years, and will soon become a reality.


Camarillo, CA. – CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the opening of the Condor Chocuyens Exhibit on Thursday, Mar. 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the Millennium News Center at the John Spoor Broome Library. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the CI Biology Program, the CI Environmental Science & Resource Management Program, and the John Spoor Broome Library. The program is open to the public.

Speakers for the opening program will be CI President Richard R. Rush; Amy Denton, Chair of the Biology Program; Marc Weitzel, Project Leader for the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Complex; Jesse Grantham, Condor Coordinator for the California Condor Recovery Program; and Christopher Cogan, Assistant Professor, CI Environmental Sciences & Resource Management Program. Their comments will also include information on an upcoming series offered by the University that will feature topics on the environment, conservation, and endangered species.

This program will present Chocuyens, the impressive California condor with a 9.5 foot wingspan, displayed in a plexiglass case. He was the first captive-bred condor, an endangered species, to be set free in the wild as part of the California Condor Recovery Program. Chocuyens captured America’s imagination. Unfortunately he died the following year from exposure to ethylene glycol, a property found in antifreeze.

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“6 a.m. Coos Bay” by Phyllis Solcyk
“6 a.m. Coos Bay” by Phyllis Solcyk
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Phyllis Solcyk’s exhibit of paintings, titled “By Land and By Sea” at the Harbor Village Gallery, will show from Wednesday, March 31 to Sunday, May 9, 2010. Artist Reception will be held on Friday, April 9, 2010 from 5 – 8pm.
Solcyk’s fine paintings offer soft and attentive details with an exquisite glow of mastery. Her realistic compositions include pristine Tall Ships, Coast Guard Cutters, Tugs, Fishing Boats and Seascapes. Each painting pulls you in for a closer look, revealing carefully crafted details.

Solcyk began her art education at the Chouinard Art Institute on scholarship. Shortly after she began work with Disney Studios! Thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Disney she assisted on the films “Lady and the Tramp” and “Sleeping Beauty” among other projects. After Disney she began illustrating for the Aerospace Industry, and her interests turned to science and space.

Solcyk was traditionally trained in oils until an allergic reaction shifted her concentration to watercolors, gouaches, acrylics and other water-based mediums. A blessing in disguise, she now thoroughly enjoys painting and teaching watercolors. Teaching for the past twenty-five years, Solcyk is fulfilled and inspired by helping other artists, from beginner to advance, master their techniques and visions. In this endeavor, she is blessed to learn just as much from them as they learn from her.

Solcyk is a member of many associations and clubs including: The National Watercolor Society (past President), The California Art Club, The International Society of Marine Painters, Buenaventura Art Association, to name a few. Her paintings are found in permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute and the Library of Congress. Recently her work has been added to the United States Coast Guard’s permanent art collection, which is on tour around the world.

This is Phyllis Solcyk’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 Wednesday through Monday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 805-644-2750 or visit or

California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Calif., March 3, 2010 – Children all over Ventura County are invited to CSU Channel Islands (CI) Broome Library on Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the 5th Annual Children’s Reading Celebration and Young Author’s Fair. The event is sponsored by CI’s John Spoor Broome Library, the English Program, the Ventura County Reading Association, Target Foundation, and the Ventura County Office of Education.

The celebration is open to the community with free admission and parking. Many exciting activities have been planned for children to promote reading, writing and creativity. There will be an interactive author presentation, storytime, bookmark making, story writing and creation of concertina books. The Celebration will feature an appearance by children’s author Alexis O’Neill who wrote The Recess Queen as well as The Worst Best Friend.

CI students in the English Program, as part of their service learning component, will be reading aloud to children. Children will also receive a signed copy of The Recess Queen to take home with them free of charge. This is funded by an early childhood literacy grant from the Target Foundation.

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What happens when a New York Police Detective, on vacation in Georgia, stumbles upon a murder investigation?  More murder, of course!  Who is guilty?  Surprises and a few laughs await you!  "Death and Nicotine", another original script by Fillmore High School English and Drama teacher, as well as ASB Advisor Josh Overton, takes the stage starting this Friday night in the drama room at the high school. There are seven total performances of this comedic murder mystery, including: Friday, Feb. 26th at 7pm - Opening Night
Saturday, Feb. 27th at 7pm, Sunday, Feb. 28th at 2pm - the only matinee performance!
Friday, March 5th at 7pm, Saturday, March 6th at 7pm, Friday, March 12th at 7pm
Saturday, March 13th at 7pm - Closing Night.
Tickets, available at the door only, are just $5 for students and $7 for adults!  The house opens 30 minutes before curtain, so get there early to get the best seats available!
What happens when a New York Police Detective, on vacation in Georgia, stumbles upon a murder investigation? More murder, of course! Who is guilty? Surprises and a few laughs await you! "Death and Nicotine", another original script by Fillmore High School English and Drama teacher, as well as ASB Advisor Josh Overton, takes the stage starting this Friday night in the drama room at the high school. There are seven total performances of this comedic murder mystery, including: Friday, Feb. 26th at 7pm - Opening Night Saturday, Feb. 27th at 7pm, Sunday, Feb. 28th at 2pm - the only matinee performance! Friday, March 5th at 7pm, Saturday, March 6th at 7pm, Friday, March 12th at 7pm Saturday, March 13th at 7pm - Closing Night. Tickets, available at the door only, are just $5 for students and $7 for adults! The house opens 30 minutes before curtain, so get there early to get the best seats available!
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Opening March 14 in the Iron Room of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum

A ‘howling’ new exhibit is coming to the City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum! Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century is opening March 14, 2010 in the Iron Room at the museum with five wolf specimens and one coyote specimen. Photographs and educational material will accompany the exhibit on this haunting and mysterious mammal. Join us at the opening reception on March 14 from 1-3pm at the California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main Street in Santa Paula. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 students and free for 5 years old and under. This exhibit, as well as all the exhibits at the museum, is suitable for children and adults alike.

The story of wolves in North America takes us to many places, from the Arctic to the southwestern United States. And for every region where wolves thrive or struggle to survive cultural and economic pressures continue to shape their existence.

This exhibition provides a compelling, continental perspective on wolves today. Organized by region, each wolf is presented in its human and natural-history context.

Wolves in the Far North Can they be hunted and their populations sustained?
Wolves in the Rocky Mountains Will land development crowd them out?
Wolves in the Midwest Can people change how they live to make living with wolves easier?
Wolves in the Northeast Will wolves return to their old haunts?
Wolves in the Southeast Do coyotes threaten the survival of the red wolf?
Wolves in the Southwest When they prey upon livestock, who gets hurt, the rancher, the wolf, or both?
Coyotes in North America Will coyotes win out over wolves in the competition for food and space?
Learn all this and more at the exhibit!

For more information about the museum call 805-933-0076 or go to our website at

Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, April 11, 2010

Reception and Awards: Thursday, March 11, 4 – 6 p.m.

2010 marks the 9th consecutive year that the annual student art exhibit, “AWESOME ART” is mounted in the changing gallery at the Ojai Valley Museum, Ojai, California. The exhibition runs March 4 through April 11, 2010 and showcases upper level student artwork from Nordhoff High, Thacher, Besant Hill, Ojai Valley, Villanova, and Oak Grove schools.

On average, the AWESOME ART group exhibition features 150 works of art, including ceramics, sculpture, drawings, paintings, photography, graphic design, digital, and mixed media pieces. PLEASE NOTE: many of the artworks are available for sale. This is an opportune time to collect new talent, purchase a special & affordable original gift, and support the Ojai Valley Museum programs.

In addition to museum exposure for the burgeoning Ojai student artists, the “AWESOME ART” show is an award opportunity for the participants. Each year since 2005, siblings Karen O’Neill and Michael Burgos have granted monetary awards to selected exhibiting students in memory of their mother, Marion E. Smith. Mrs. Smith was a longtime Ojai resident, an Ojai Valley Museum docent and a youth art supporter. The monetary awards, given in her name, are for merit and scholarship. The judges of “AWESOME ART, 2010” will be Ojai Studio Artist members: Bruce Tomkinson, Ceramicist; Shahastra, Painter; and Valerie Freeman, Photography/Digital Arts.

The O’Neill and Burgos grant also allows free admission to all students visiting the exhibit.

The Award Reception will be held Thursday, March 11, 2010 at the Ojai Valley Museum between 4 and 6 p.m. This special event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please remember exhibited work is available for purchase, and that donations to the Museum are always welcome.

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue and is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m. Specials tours can be arranged for Wednesdays.

Adult admission is $4.00. For more information call the museum at (805) 640-1390, email or visit the museum website at

“Stage One”, glass by Helle Sharling-Todd
“Stage One”, glass by Helle Sharling-Todd
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Figures and Spaces an exhibit of fused glass and steel by Helle Sharling-Todd will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from Tuesday, March 2 to Saturday, March 27, 2010. Opening reception is on Saturday, March 6, from 4 – 7 pm.

Figures and Spaces is a collection of episodes, as Sharling-Todd titles them, depicting moments of human interaction. Her inspiration comes from observing people and the drama they create among themselves, simply by being alive. “To observe humans and their activities never ceases to amaze me, and to create little dramas between a group of figures is fascinating,” explains Sharling-Todd. By isolating the activity of a single individual, the fallen figure or the helping hand, Sharling-Todd’s linear compositions tell a story of expression and relationship. The colorful frozen narratives portrayed in glass and steel have a historical quality to them, like a psychological thesis. The theories and results of these “episodes” have been visually preserved for posterity.

Sharling- Todd is widely traveled and has studied mosaics and stained glass throughout the world. A graduate of Bauhaus School of Architecture and Design in Krefeld, Germany and the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Sharling-Todd also studied mosaics at Art Academy in Ravenna, Italy and the Mexican mural movement at the National School of Art in Mexico City.

Sharling-Todd has created well over fifty public art projects around the world and locally, including the gateways at Ventura Avenue, the tile mural at the Senior Center, the Wright Library garden mosaic, and the mosaic “Water Lines” that run throughout the Port Hueneme library. Serving on the board for the International Contemporary Association of Mosaic Artists, Sharling-Todd has spoken and shown her work in Japan, Brazil, Egypt, Turkey, and Germany.

The Buenaventura Art Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001. Hours are Tues – Friday from noon – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Please call (805)648-1235 or visit


California State Old Time Fiddlers, District 8, meet Sunday, February 28, 130 - 4:30 at Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View.

Join the fiddlers for an afternoon of family oriented music and dancing. Free admission and parking. Refreshments available. Info: 640-3689 or 517-1131.


Sespe Players Auditions for Alice in Wonderland to be held Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 4:30-6:30P.M., Tuesday, February 23, 2010 from 7:00-9:00P.M., Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from 7:00-9:00P.M., with call backs on Thursday, February 25,2010 starting at 7:00P.M.

Auditions will be held at The Historical Train Depot located at 350 Main Street, Fillmore. Any questions please call Janet Foy at 217-2402 or Sara Glauser at 524-6960.

Looking forward to seeing you at the auditions.

Also, Sespe Players presents Beginning Acting Workshop hosted by acting coach Stephen Burhoe, Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 2:00-4:00P.M. at The Historical Train Depot 350 Main Street Fillmore. This class is free for anyone who would like to learn about acting, wants to be an actor, or simply looking to polish their interviewing skills. After ward, Sespe Players will begin Auditions for their spring production of Alice in Wonderland from 4:30-6:30P.M. for all those interested.

Grades 5 – 12 Invited to Illustrate “Western Nights and Carnival Lights”

February 16, 2010 (Ventura, CA) The 2010 Ventura County Fair Poster Contest is accepting entries. The contest is open to young artists in grades 5 – 12, who reside in Ventura County. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 13.

The theme of the 2010 Fair is “Western Nights and Carnival Lights” and will serve as the guideline to the imagery. Artwork may be created in any medium but may not be 3 dimensional.

Rules, deadlines and other information can be found on the Fair website, For more information about the contest call 648-3376 x 110 or send an email to

The Ventura County Fair will begin its annual 12-day run Wednesday August 4 and continue until Sunday, August 15.

For more information about the Fair, or the poster contest, please call the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 648-3376 x110 or visit


A second premier screening of 14 Days with Omar, a documentary by Ojai filmmaker George J. Sandoval on the art of Nicaraguan artist Omar d’León, has been added on Saturday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County. The earlier screening that day is filled to capacity. Both screenings of the film short will be followed by audience question and answer sessions with the artist and the filmmaker. Admission is free, but space is limited; advance reservations are required. Call (805) 653-0323 x 10.

Sandoval filmed and photographed the artist in his Camarillo studio over a six month period, as d’León talked about his art and worked on a painting featured in the museum’s current exhibition. The Magical Realism of the Americas: The Art of Master Painter Omar d’León runs through February 28. Considered a national treasurer in his homeland of Nicaragua, d’León fuses elements of Impressionism with qualities of magical realism.

Other documentaries by George J. Sandoval include Bridget and Dominick – from Longford to the Oxnard Plain (2006) on the pioneer McGrath Family of Oxnard; Courage and Contribution: The Chinese in Ventura County (2004); Oxnard, The Changing Face of an American City (2003 and The Moment (2002) a thirty minute film in collaboration with writer/poet Aram Saroyan. Sandoval is currently working on a short documentary on the Piru Labor Camp built during the Bracero Program (1942-1964).

The Museum of Ventura County is at 89 S. California Street in downtown Ventura. For information, go to call (805) 653-0323.