March 13 through June 20, Public Reception March 12

Quilts aren’t always made to keep you warm on a winter night. Some are created to hang as art, and might include photo transfers, digital, sun printed or painted textiles, hand and machine stitching, beading, appliqués, and unexpected patterns and subjects. See how 28 quilt artists from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties prove the point in Museum of Ventura County’s Becoming Art at the Seams: a Juried Exhibition of Art and Contemporary Quilts. Opening with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 12, the exhibit continues through June 20.

The 38 selected quilts are by Betty Amador of West Hills, Madeleine Bajracharya of Glendale; Loris Bogue of Simi Valley; Linda Cassirer of Santa Barbara; Margery Coler of Camarillo; Susan Conn Italo of Ojai; Sherry Davis Kleinman of Pacific Palisades; Isabel Downs of Santa Barbara; Sally Gould Wright of Los Angeles; Ranell Hansen of Carpinteria; Becky Haycox of Ventura; Margarete Heinisch of West Hills; Patty Latourell of Ventura; Rebecca Lowry of Los Angeles; Rodi Shemeta Ludlum of Oak Park; Pat Masterson of Ventura; Linda A. Miller of Culver City; Lorna Morck of Los Alamos; Roger Nguyen of Ventura; Kristin Otte of Goleta; Pamela Price Klebaum of Ventura; Karen Rips of Thousand Oaks; Carolyn Ryan of Thousand Oaks; Judy Rys of Goleta; Gayle Simpson of Thousand Oaks; Jeanne Surber of Santa Barbara; Susie Swan of Ojai; and Susan West of Santa Barbara.

Much of American quilting today includes traditional techniques passed down through the generations. However, quilters have historically embraced innovations, such as advances in textile printing in the 1700s, the introduction of the sewing machine in the 1800s, and ready-made patterns in the 1900s. In the 1970s, artists and craftspeople began to seriously make quilts for art exhibitions, exploring newly available materials and methods. In 1971, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York was the first major art museum to display quilts as art objects, according to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska.

The Museum of Ventura County, located at 89 S. California Street in Ventura, California, is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free admission, except for some events. For information, go to http://www.venturamuseum.org or (805) 653-0323.

 

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"Sycamores" by Douglas Shivley, who started the Santa Paula Art Show.
"Sycamores" by Douglas Shivley, who started the Santa Paula Art Show.
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SANTA PAULA, CA - A ten-year effort to establish a permanent home for Santa Paula’s renowned art collection is about to succeed, as the sparkling new Santa Paula Art Museum is set to open its doors. The opening exhibit, Celebrating the Founders: Organizers of the Santa Paula Art Show, will showcase the artists who started the Santa Paula Art Show in 1937, and which resulted in Santa Paula’s amazing collection.

The Grand Opening will be held on Sunday, February 14th , from 1:00 – 5:00pm, at the Museum’s new home in the historic Limoneira Building on 10th Street. A traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 1:00pm, attended by the Museum’s Board of Directors, dignitaries from City Hall and friends and supporters of the Museum from all over southern California. The public is encouraged to come and share in the excitement.

“We finally did it!” exclaimed an exuberant Mary Alice Henderson, Chair of the Museum’s board. “We’ve come so far, and we have so many people to thank for making this dream come true. The biggest thank you goes to the Limoneira Company, whose vision and generosity have allowed us to transform their magnificent building into a showplace for great art.”

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CSU Channel Islands is hosting a photography and oral history exhibit created through a partnership with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) and award-winning photographer David Bacon. The show, titled “Living Under the Trees”, opens on Feb. 4 and presents a series of photographs and oral history panels focusing on the current housing needs of the Mexican indigenous farm workers in California. Many of the photographs were taken in the farming areas surrounding the CI campus.

Dr. Kathleen Contreras, a lecturer in the University’s Education program, said that she had seen the exhibit in Santa Paula and thought that bringing the show to CI and its neighbors would be a meaningful way to promote dialogue and cultural interchange within the community. Bacon’s work contrasts the bounty of California’s agricultural industry with the living conditions of its migrant workforce.

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Wm. L. Morris Chevrolet Agency has teamed with the Rancho Camulos Museum to display the recently restored buggy used by Senora Ysabel del Valle at the ranch after 1855. Everyone is invited to view the buggy and the newest 2010 model autos in the Agency showroom.

The rockaway buggy dates from 1850-1855 and probably was bought for Ysabel when they lived in Los Angeles and came with her when they moved to Rancho Camulos. She used it for social calls and administrating to the ill near the ranch and Piru.

The buggy was very comfortable with rain curtains for the coach section and a seat for the driving in front.
Ralph and Pat Rees spent 22 months restoring the buggy “from the ground up.” The new upholstery and antique carriage lamps makes you feel like “taking a ride” at any moment. Some of the undercarriage had to be hand carved to replace bad wood. Leather straps were replaced and the axles were all worked over until, as Ralph said, it is good for another 100,000 miles. John Morgan gave Ralph direction when needed. This antique buggy is now in mint condition and as strong as the day it rolled out of the building of Miner and Steven Manufacture in New York.

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January 24 District 8 Old Time Fiddlers presents an afternoon of family oriented music and dancing. Local musicians. No admission charge, free parking. Refreshments available. Come, join the fun. 1:30-4:30 at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View.
Info: 640-3689 or 517-1131

 


 
18th century seekers, 2009 Baffin Babes highlighted

The 11th Annual Nordic Spirit Symposium at California Lutheran University will highlight explorers whose expeditions date from the 18th century to spring of 2009.

“The Nordic Explorers: From Polar Frontiers to the Silk Road” will blend music, dining and the free exchange of ideas to enhance the pleasure of learning in the time-honored spirit of a symposium.

A reception for presenters, performers and the public will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Scandinavian Center. Admission is $10.

In the Samuelson Chapel at 7 p.m., the program will continue with a presentation on Nordic explorers’ conquest of the polar frontiers. A Scandinavian scholar and nature photographer will then retrace the first and last journeys of the famed pioneering ethnobotanist Carl Linnaeus. Admission is $20, but free for students.
On Saturday, Feb. 6, the program begins at 9 a.m. in Samuelson Chapel. Ingebjerg Tollefsen and Kristin Folsland Olsen of Norway will share photos, videos and stories from the 80 days they and two other Scandinavian women known as the Baffin Babes spent skiing across Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Three scholars will discuss Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, Icelandic Canadian-Arctic anthropologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Swedish inner-Asia explorer Sven Hedin. Retired Thousand Oaks pastor Larry Johnson will speak about recently deceased agronomist Norman Borlaug, who will be inducted into the California Scandinavian American Hall of Fame. Magnus Martensson, Music Director of the Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York, will present comedy and music in the style of Victor Borge. Admission is $40, but free for students.

Diane Jarvi, the 2000 Finlandia Foundation National Performer of the Year, will perform a variety of folk and world music at the Saturday dinner celebration, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Lundring Events Center. Admission is $38.

Reservations are requested for the Friday reception. The deadline to register for the Feb. 6 luncheon and dinner is Jan. 25. Reservations are recommended but not necessary for the presentations.

The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation and CLU are sponsoring the symposium. It is made possible by grants from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in San Francisco.

For more information, call (818) 788-4552, e-mail seeallan@sbcglobal.net or visit http://www.scandinaviancenter.org.

 


 
“Wisdom”, conte crayon by Edwin Maltz
“Wisdom”, conte crayon by Edwin Maltz
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Do Faces Tell A Story? Architectural Fantasies and Portraits will be the exhibit of Edwin Maltz’s art works at the Buenaventura Gallery. His art works will be on exhibit from Tuesday, February 2 to Saturday, February 27, 2010 with an opening reception on Saturday, February 6, from 4 – 7 pm.

Maltz brings a harmonious connection between the structure of place and the soft graceful lines of the figures of his focus. The two subjects intermingle with each other as a story book does with words and illustration. The narrative among his strokes, lines and shadows of his images, capture our interest and lure you in for a closer listen. Many of Maltz’s images begin in the studio or on a drafting board, studies of a model or a place he’s visited, perhaps a European piazza from a travel abroad or a well rehearsed and translated passage from a history book. From there here takes us to a place from the past or to a place we can visit from his own imagination.

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digital photograph “Flower” by John Ferritto
digital photograph “Flower” by John Ferritto
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John Ferritto will have an exhibit of original artworks, titled “Photography by John Ferritto” at the Harbor Village Gallery, from Friday, January 29th to Sunday, March 7, 2010. Artist Reception is Friday, January 29th, 2010 from 5 – 8pm.

Capturing photographs of life’s pure and simple moments radiate throughout John Ferritto’s works. His subject matter include boats bobbing in the harbor, blooming flowers, eye catching architecture and other works of precious and wholesome moments. Ferrito takes you on a personal tour of what catches his eye; beauty in life’s simplicity.

Ferritto’s appreciation and study of photography began while growing up in New York City, wandering through museums, galleries and with two uncles who taught him composition and form. He used a four by five Crown graphic sheet film camera photographing his school newspaper and during his professional career as an engineer, developed an eye for the technical aspects of photography. Now in semi-retirement, Ferrito delves back into the world of photography, exploring the medium again. A member of the Ventura County Camera club, he actively helps others grow in their passion and technique of photography.

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CLU event is part of Black History Month

California Lutheran University will host a free performance of “Our Voice: A Celebration of Black Women in Music” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Preus-Brandt Forum, as part of Black History Month.

The performers are current and former cast members of Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia” and Disney’s “The Festival of The Lion King.” Nicole Pryor, Alana Simone, Nadine Roden, Angela Clark, Danielle White and Joel Rene make up the talented rotating cast.

This 45-minute show takes the audience on a journey through African American history using the music of African American women. The show includes songs like “Hoe Emma, Hoe,” a call and response slave song, and “Never Give Up,” which was originally performed by Yolanda Adams, one of gospel music’s most celebrated contemporary artists. It also includes the music of such 21st century entertainers as Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and Beyonce.

The Las Vegas Review Journal called the show “a historical panorama in song, narration and photo projections.”
Reservations are requested. CLU’s Office of Multicultural and International Programs is sponsoring the show. For information and reservations, call Linda Boberg at (805) 493-3323.
For more information about the performers and video clips, visit http://www.firestarterentertainment.com/ourvoice.html.

 
Last Chance to Explore Palace of Versailles With George Stuart

The last of artist George Stuart’s monologue presentations, If these Walls could Talk: Versailles, is scheduled at the Museum of Ventura County on Monday, February 1, 2010, at 1:30 pm. Learn about the grand architecture of Europe’s most famous palace, once the residence of some of history’s most famous figures.

The George Stuart Historical Figures® of King Louis XIV and of Marie Antoinette with her children are also on view at the Museum through February 28. The one-quarter life-size sculptures are renowned for their expressiveness and intricately detailed costumes.

Monologue seating is limited, so reservations are required. Call (805) 641-1876 ext. 305. Admission for the general public is $15, for museum members $10, and members of the George Stuart Historical Figures® Guild may attend at no charge.

Versailles has been synonymous with elegance in fashion and etiquette since 1682, when Louis XIV made it the showplace of the French monarchy. Today the palace and its grounds remain one of Europe's most visited sites.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 89 S. California Street in downtown Ventura. For more museum information please go to www.venturamuseum.org.

 
 
Krotona in the Ojai Valley
Krotona in the Ojai Valley
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Joseph Ross
Joseph Ross

Join historian and author Joseph Ross for a presentation and booksigning at the Ojai Valley Museum, Sunday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 3 pm. Ross’s latest book, Krotona in the Ojai Valley, is a portrait of the prominent theosophists that colored the economic, cultural and spiritual life of the unique Ojai community in the 1920's. The book also gives intimate glimpses into the life of the internationally renowned spiritual teacher J. Krishnamurti who lived and taught in the Ojai Valley for much of his life.

Ross’s interest in theosophy brought him to Ojai in the 1960s. He has been collecting letters, photographs and rare documents for decades. Author of seven books, he has recently published several more volumes of his Krotona history series, culminating with the fourth and final volume, Krotona in the Ojai Valley. The series follows the history of the Krotona Institute from its early years in Hollywood to its relocation in 1924 to Ojai, where it resides today.

The theosophical threads are widespread throughout the Ojai Valley and though the visionary theosophical leaders are long gone their spirit is very much alive here today. Come hear this fascinating and unique history from a local expert. Admission is FREE!

 

Peggy Dark grew up in Ventura in a family of devoted cooks, and following that tradition, eventually founded The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, one of Southern California’s premier catering firms. On Saturday, January 16 at 3:00 pm, Dark comes to the Museum of Ventura County to sign the new book “Fabulous Parties: Food and Flowers for Elegant Entertaining,” which she wrote with florists Mark Held and Richard David of Mark’s Garden. Along with food tasting, the event will include Dark’s discussion about the book, which adapts the principals of planning lavish large events to the more intimate scale and budget of home entertaining. She will also talk about how her career was influenced by her family and her hometown of Ventura.

Attendance is $15 for the general public, $10 for museum members. Call 805-653-0323 x 10 to make reservations. Because there is limited space, reservations are on a first-come, first-taken basis.

Dark, a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, co-founded The Kitchen for Exploring Foods in Pasadena in 1984, a catering and gourmet take-out business with a devoted Southern California following. Mark Held and Richard David are the owners of Mark’s Garden in Los Angeles, recognized in 1999 by the London Financial Times as one of the outstanding florists in the world.

 
Louis X1V
Louis X1V
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Elegance and Excess
Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
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Explore the grandeur of Versailles when artist and historian George Stuart recounts the lives of those who lived and ruled from the rooms of Europe's most famous palace. Three presentations of Stuart’s monologue If these Walls could Talk: Versailles are scheduled at the Museum of Ventura County on two Mondays, January 11 and February 1, 2010, both at 1:30 pm, and on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:30 pm.

The George Stuart Historical Figures® of King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette with her children are also on view at the museum through February 28. The one-quarter, life-size sculptures are renowned for their expressiveness and intricately detailed costumes.

Monologue seating is limited, so reservations are required. Call (805) 641-1876 ext. 305. Admission for the general public is $15, for museum members $10, and members of the George Stuart Historical Figures® Guild may attend at no charge.

Versailles has been synonymous with elegance in fashion and etiquette since 1682, when Louis XIV made it the showplace of the French monarchy. Today the palace and its grounds remain one of Europe's most visited sites.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 89 S. California Street in downtown Ventura. For more museum information please go to www.venturamuseum.org.

 
“Genocide B4” by Amani Fliers, Best of Show in 2009 BAA 23rd Annual Open Competition.
“Genocide B4” by Amani Fliers, Best of Show in 2009 BAA 23rd Annual Open Competition.
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Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for their 24th Annual Open Competition at the Buenaventura Gallery. The exhibit will run from January 5 – January 30 with the bring-in for the artists on Sunday, Jan. 3 and Monday, Jan. 4 from 11 am – 2 pm. The awards ceremony (with $1,500 in prizes awarded) will be on Saturday, January 9 from 4 – 7 pm. Dane Goodman, Director of Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College will be the juror.

Goodman’s artworks range a variety of mediums, from installations to prints, and have shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Honors include nominations for the Los Angeles based Friends of Contemporary Art’s FOCA Fellowship and the National Awards in the Visual Arts. During summer 2008, Goodman served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts.

Goodman states “I bring no agenda except to do the best I can in the given situation. I am open to all styles and media. I do look for a certain authenticity in the work, the something that makes the work the artist’s own and not someone else’s.”

Eligibility for the exhibition is open to all professional and amateur artists. Downloadable bring-in forms are available at www.buenaventuragallery.org or stop by the Buenaventura Gallery.

The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura. Hours are Tues – Friday from 12 – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information and entry form, visit their website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.

 
The Magical Realism of the Americas
 

UCLA Screenwriting Professor and Chairman, Richard Walter, shares with his participants the same unfailing foundations and principles that he teaches at UCLA, where he's chaired the legendary screenwriting department for over
27 years. Richard Walter is head of UCLA's Department of Film and
Television. His former students' screenplays include WAR OF THE WORLDS,
SIDEWAYS, and THE SIMPSONS, to mention just a few.

The Ventura Film Festival raises money for forest and ocean preservation, conservation, and restoration. Last year's Ventura Film Festival was a week long event held at the historic Majestic Ventura Theater and five other theaters in downtown Ventura, California and featured over 100 films from all over the world including Surfer Magazine's "Best Surf Film", Bustin Down the Door, and other award winning films such as MOMz Hot ROCKs, David Parsa's LIVE: A MUSIC AND SURFING EXPERIENCE, and Mango Tango.

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Small paintings by Irena Jablonski and Mary-Jo Murphy.
Small paintings by Irena Jablonski and Mary-Jo Murphy.
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An exhibit of small, original artworks by Buenaventura Art Association’s (BAA) members will be at the Harbor Village Gallery, from Wednesday, December 16th to Sunday, January 24, 2010. Reception is Thursday, December 17, 2009 from 5 – 8pm. The Buenaventura Gallery will continue their small image exhibit at the Buenaventura Gallery until Saturday, January 2, 2010.
For your holiday shopping come stop by the Harbor Village Gallery or the Buenaventura Gallery, filled with abundant works of art, all under fourteen inches at affordable prices. The “Small Image Exhibit” consists of a diverse sled full of art work, with stunning gifts for everyone. Jolly bundles of joy consist of drawings, mixed media, and paintings in acrylics, oils, watercolors, and more. Subject matters range greatly from portraits to landscapes and to abstract renditions. For an unforgettable gift for your special ones come down and pick out a precious, original work of art!
The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr., entrance # 3 in the Ventura Harbor Village, next to the big lawn. Open everyday except Tuesday from 12 to 5 p.m. The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara St., in downtown Ventura. Open Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 805-644-2750 or visit www.harborvillagegallery.com or www.buenaventuragallery.org

 
“Section of M51 with Progenitor Star”, glass mosaic by Larissa Strauss.
“Section of M51 with Progenitor Star”, glass mosaic by Larissa Strauss.
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Enchanted Loom is the most recent collection from artist Larisa Strauss. Her mosaics and glaze painting will be on exhibit from Tuesday, December 8 to Saturday, January 2, 2010 at the Buenaventura Gallery. Opening reception is Saturday December 12, from 4 – 7 pm.

A bold move to go where this woman has not gone before, Strauss look towards the stars for inspiration. Her show will draw you into the mystifying beauty of Strauss’s talent and the mesmerizing subject matter she has chosen to spread her horizons with. No project too small, Strauss’s name is found in the corner of many public art pieces around town. A few examples include Marina Park entryway mural and most recently the History of Ventura County mural at the Museum of Ventura County. Strauss again holds her own with her dazzling mosaics and layered glaze paintings paying reverence to images from astounding astronomers and NASA photographs.

The English neurophysiologist, Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, referred to the human interpretation of the cosmos as an enchanted loom, “where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one; a shifting harmony of subpatterns.” Insight from a timeless justification of what we see when the high powered lenses turns toward the skies, Strauss explains, “My show is an exploration of images taken from the farthest reaches of the universe, down to the minutest molecular structures of the body.”

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Experience the unique sand dunes, sculptured rocks and volcanic craters of Death Valley with geographer Dennis Napier as your tour director on a Museum of Ventura County three-day motor coach tour February 25-27, 2010.

The trip includes Death Valley National Park and Scotty’s Castle tours, the ½ mile wide Ubehebe Crater, and other sites such as Badwater, the lowest elevation in the Western hemisphere. Trip director Napier, who taught geography at Long Beach City College for 32 years, leads travel programs throughout the world.

The tour is $525 per person for double occupancy (single occupancy $655), which includes the escorted motor coach tour, tours of upper and lower Death Valley and Scotty’s Castle, 2 nights at the Furnace Creek Ranch, three meals, and luggage handling. The tour departs from Ventura, Glendale, or Mission Viejo.

To register by the Monday, January 25 deadline, contact the Museum of Ventura County’s Danielle Martell at 805-641-1876, x 305. For more details about the trip, visit: www.californiadiscovery.com.