Museum of Ventura County to Award Grants for Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Projects

Applications for the Forum of the Arts Endowment Grant Program are now available from the program’s administrator, the Museum of Ventura County. Ventura County artists (individual applicants) and arts organizations (organizational applicants) are eligible to apply for grants in the range of $250 to $1,000 for visual, performing and literary arts projects. All projects must take place in Ventura County. Applications will be evaluated on the project’s individual merit as well as impact on the community. A total of $2,500.00 will be awarded to selected recipients on a competitive basis.

Applications may be obtained from the museum’s website, or at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001, Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Museum. Please write “Danielle /Forum of the Arts Grants” on the outside of the envelope being sent to the Museum. Completed applications are due at the Museum no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than August 4, 2014.

The Forum of the Arts was formed in 1961 and was the first organization to offer grants to the local arts community. In 1987 the Forum of the Arts Endowment was transferred to the custodianship of the Fine Arts Committee of the Museum of Ventura County, which continues to award the Forum of the Arts grants.

For more information email or call (805)653-0323, x303

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.


Aaron Anthony Bonilla helped develop curriculum

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Summer Theatre Camp returns for its 29th year with a new director.

Aaron Anthony Bonilla takes the helm after serving as assistant director and helping to develop a new curriculum last summer. He also designed a new teacher development program for the apprentices who teach in the camp and previously served as lead teacher. A graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, he has spent 13 years devoted to theater production, performance and education.

Co-presented by California Lutheran University, the camp provides opportunities for children to learn theater techniques and try them out on stage while developing self-awareness, confidence and discipline. Everyone is cast in a final presentation for family and friends. Students in the Shakespeare camps perform shortened versions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or “The Comedy of Errors.”

In “Beginning Shakespeare,” children aged 8 to 12 will learn about the Bard, textual analysis, vocabulary, stage movement and combat techniques as they prepare to present scenes on stage. Training for 8- to 16-year-olds continues with “Advanced Shakespeare I” and “Advanced Shakespeare II,” covering Shakespeare scenes, stage combat, period dance and acting techniques in more depth and concluding with the presentation of challenging scenes. In “Acting Techniques,” students 12 to 16 will study voice, movement, improvisation and stage combat while preparing to perform prepared scenes and original work. “Musical Theatre” for 12- to 16-year-olds will cover vocal technique, acting and dance and culminate in a performance of selections from a musical.

Former Director Michael McCambridge, an associate professor of education at CLU who has more than 40 years of experience in education and drama, is on the camp staff. Barbara Wegher-Thompson, who teaches dance and movement at CLU and has been involved with the Young Artists Ensemble, will again teach “Musical Theatre.”
Teachers, actors and Kingsmen Shakespeare Company members round out the staff.

Two-week morning and afternoon sessions begin June 16 and continue through Aug. 1. Classes will be held in the CLU Theatre Arts Building and adjoining spaces.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, the professional theater company of CLU, presents the annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival each summer, coordinates apprentice programs for professional and aspiring Shakespearean actors and provides an educational tour program in local schools.

For more information, visit, call 805-493-3452 or email Registration is available online.


Photo by Sally Carless
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June 9 – August 8, Ojai Community Bank
Photo by Sally Carless
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Ojai photographer Sally Carless will be exhibiting her photographs of Ojai’s bald eagle family at the Ojai Community Bank from June 9 through August 8.

Sally Carless is a photographer, educator, and writer who has called Ojai home for almost twenty-five years. Her current exhibit, “A Year with the Eagles,” is the culmination of a documentary project that began on her birthday in April of 2013 when she went to the lake and discovered two baby eagles! She immediately fell in love, and followed the chicks from when they were just over a week old until they left the nest and flew off to new adventures later that summer. Sally immersed herself, spending hundreds of hours observing, photographing, filming, and documenting the first bald eagles to nest in the Ojai area in over 90 years. She has continued to visit the eagle parents, and is now happily watching their latest chick discover the world. Sally is very excited to share her love of the eagles with the Ojai community.

A reception will be held on Wednesday evening, June 18, from 5:30-7 at Ojai Community Bank, 402 W. Ojai Ave. Along with the photographs, Carless plans to show video clips of the eagle chicks in the nest.

The show is open during the bank’s regular lobby hours: from 9-5 Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 9-6. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Ojai Raptor Center. For more information visit or contact Sally Carless at or 208-2951.


Brian Kennedy Toledo Art Museum. Photo by Les Dublin.
Brian Kennedy Toledo Art Museum. Photo by Les Dublin.
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Toledo Art Museum And Ann Scanlin. Photo by Les Dublin.
Toledo Art Museum And Ann Scanlin. Photo by Les Dublin.
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Michele Pracy Addresses Toledo Art Museum Group. Photo by Les Dublin.
Michele Pracy Addresses Toledo Art Museum Group. Photo by Les Dublin.
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Toledo Art Museum Volunteers Gather for Ojai History Walking Tour. Photo by Les Dublin.
Toledo Art Museum Volunteers Gather for Ojai History Walking Tour. Photo by Les Dublin.
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The Ojai Valley Museum welcomed a large group from Ohio’s Toledo Museum of Art for its first visit to Ojai on Wednesday, May 21. Mayor Carlon Strobel warmly welcomed this group, who were here to celebrate our common history, philanthropy, and vision of Edward Drummond Libbey, both cities’ greatest benefactor.

Known as the glass magnate, Libbey founded Libbey Glass and was a major part of Libbey Owens Ford Glass, both internationally known. Edward Drummond Libbey and his wife, Florence Scott Libbey, founded the world-renown Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo is also known as “The Glass Capital of the World.”

Libbeychose Ojai as his western residence in the early 1900s. Ojai would not be the same place today without his contributions: Libbey Park, the Post Office Tower, the Arcade, the Arbolada, and The Ojai Valley Inn. After the 1917 fire destroyed St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, Libbey generously donated funds to help in its rebuilding. This structure now houses the Ojai Valley Museum, a National Historic Landmark.

Toledo’s Museum Director, Brian Kennedy, was joined by a group of 40 museum donor/service members, the Ambassadors, and its president, Susan Kruse, to learn more aboutLibbey’s Legacy in Ojai. Director Kennedy’s interest was piqued after a presentation about Libbey’s connection to Ojai. The Ojai program was compiled by David Mason, Laura Twining Crary (both OVM Board Members) and Laura’s sister, Tina, (Libbey House Foundation Board Member).

Ojai’s historian, David Mason, led a private historical discussion about Edward Libbey for a smaller group. OVM’s Board President, Ann Scanlin, spoke of both communities exchanging information about Libbey. To continue the dialogue, she suggested that an Ojai Museum group might like to plan a visit to The Toledo Museum of Art and The Libbey House, a National Historic Landmark, in Toledo.

Ojai Valley Museum’s Director, Michele Pracy, informed the Toledo group about the recent renovation of the permanent gallery and led them on a tour of the museum, including a special case of Libbey memorabilia and glass curated by her especially for this occasion.

The Twining sisters expressed to the group that they were born and raised in Toledo: several maternal relatives were employed by Libbey Owens Ford Glass, they attended Girl Scouts’ Camp Libbey, and attended art classes at Toledo’s Museum. In 1984, when Laura moved to Ojai, she was surprised to see that the same Libbey from Toledo had done so much for Ojai!

Following their museum visit, the Toledo group took the Historical Downtown Walking Tour, enjoyed a tour of the historic Libbey Ranch, and visited the art studios of Gary Lang and Ruth Pastine.

Ojai and Toledo have now developed a strong connection through the Libbey Legacy that will, hopefully, endure over time.

The Ojai Valley Museum, established in 1967, is generously supported in part by museum members, private donors, business sponsors and underwriters, the Smith-Hobson Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, City of Ojai, Ojai Community Bank, Rotary Club of Ojai, Ojai Civic Association and a grant from the Heritage Fund of Ventura County Community Foundation.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2013 members, adults - $5.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tours are available by appointment. Free parking is available off Blanche Street at back of museum.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, e-mail or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley Find us on Facebook Ojai Valley Museum


The Canela Band
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June 6, 2014

Established in the 1970s by Santa Paula High School friends, The Canela Band is reuniting for one performance at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum on Friday, June 6, 2014. The band will play from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to come to the concert after Santa Paula’s Main Street Cruise Night for this very special “Music at the Ag” event.

Influenced by popular soul, funk, latin and rock music they heard on the radio, and by Mexican music their parents loved, The Canela Band members composed soulful ballads and up-tempo dance tunes, in both English and Spanish. They played at many local parties and events in the 1970s and 1980s before going their separate ways to start careers and families. On June 6, George Castaneda, Jr., on keyboards and vocals, Billy Ramirez, on guitar and lead vocals, Danny Hernandez, on bass and vocals, Robert Torres, on percussion, Raul Rico, Jr., on congas, Peter Ramirez, on guitar, and Noah Castaneda, on keyboards, will come back to Santa Paula to play their most popular hits, including “El Amor” and “Cha Cha Linda.” A special performance by Xavier Montes’ guitar students will take place during intermission.

“Music at the Ag” concerts take place monthly at the Agriculture Museum, usually on the first Friday of the month. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $2 for kids with an adult, and $5 for Museum members. Seating is first come, first seated. Food Truck service will be provided by Chef Alberto Vazquez of “Rock Chef Rolls,” beginning at 7 p.m., and made-to-order dinner items may be brought into the air conditioned concert area in Limoneira Hall. Chef Vazquez learned to cook from his father at Harry’s Plaza Café in Santa Barbara, started cooking professionally at age 17, honed his craft at 5 star restaurants across the country, and recently was head chef at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks and at Westlake Village Inn.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located in historic downtown Santa Paula at 926 Railroad Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, the first Sunday of every month is free general admission to the public, and the Second Thursday Gallery Talks are followed by an additional gallery talk at the Santa Paula Art Museum. For more information, go to or call (805) 525-3100.


CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet Sunday 5/25/14 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. We will be playing, listening and dancing to Country Western and Bluegrass music. Free admission and parking, refreshments available. or call 805-797-6563.

"Age of Exploration #4 (The Preservation of Beauty)," an acrylic on canvas by Roni Feldman
"Age of Exploration #4 (The Preservation of Beauty)," an acrylic on canvas by Roni Feldman
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CLU show includes paintings, photos and installations

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An exhibit celebrating beauty in American life will run from May 30 through Sept. 11 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

An opening reception for “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 7.

Referencing the patriotic song “America the Beautiful” in its title, the exhibit offers glimpses of subjects both ordinary and monumental, from dramatic landscapes and “amber waves of grain” to cityscapes and the everyday pleasures people allow themselves. The mix of Americana reflects the country’s diversity, including many ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The exhibit features the work of installation artist Chris Christion of Claremont, landscape photographer Terry Evans of Chicago, painter Sonya Fe of Los Angeles, figurative painter Roni Feldman of Los Angeles, landscape photographer Frank Gohlke of Arizona, painter Amanda Joseph of Ohio, photographer Scott McFarland of Toronto, photographer Catherine Opie of Los Angeles, painter Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin of Boonville, painter, photographer and sculptor Nicolas Shake of Los Angeles, painter Seth Tane of Oregon, painter Christopher Ulrich of Los Angeles, photographer, painter and collage artist Jessica Wimbley of Claremont and painter Christine Wu of Los Angeles.

Art is on loan from Gallery Luisotti, Garboushian Gallery, LA Louver, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Regen Projects, Western Project and Zg Gallery.

Rachel T. Schmid is the curator. University Advancement and the Ann Peppers Foundation Arts Education Series are sponsoring the free exhibit and reception.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium at 160 Overton Court on the Thousand Oaks campus. 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, email or visit

Paul Lindhard at ArtCity Studios
Paul Lindhard at ArtCity Studios

VENTURA COUNTY, CA - ArtWalk Ventura, an annual two-day tradition of Ventura’s thriving arts community, which returns for its 21st year July 19-20, has announced renowned sculptor, Paul Lindhard, as this year’s Artist of Distinction.

Lindhard’scareer as a working sculptor spans more than 40 years and has evolved through woodcarving and bronze casting into a reverence for and fascination with stone, his principal medium for the past 25 years. He creates large and monumental sculptures, many of which that have been showcased in museums and galleries throughout the United States.

The scultpor’s leadership has helped cultivate greater visibility and understanding of the value of the arts in Ventura. Lindhard—who also teaches as a fine arts instructor at Santa Barbara City College—founded Ventura’s Art City Studiosalmost 30 years ago, a place that has launched the careers of scores of sculptors and new patrons for the arts.Lindhard isalso a former board member of the San Buenaventura Artists’ Union and co-founded the annual Fire & Light festival. He was a recipient of a 2007 Ventura Mayor’s Arts Award.

“I never imagined how much Art City Studios would evolve the way it has over the past three decades,” said Lindhard. “I love that this studio offers a platform for local artists to develop their craft and see them create remarkable works of art that is shared throughout the world.”

This is the fourth consecutive year ArtWalk Ventura’s panel of event organizers has appointed an Artist of Distinction Award. The honor recognizes an established individual artist for artistic excellence and efforts in contributing to Ventura’s art community.

“We are pleased to appoint Paul with this year’s honor as Artist of Distinction,” said Kevin Clerici, director of Downtown Ventura Partners. “Lindhardis one of the region’s most prolific artists and an avid supporter of fellow local artists. He has been a driving force of Ventura’s growth as a cultural community.”

About ArtWalk Ventura
ArtWalk Ventura is a free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios and pop-up venues in Ventura's historic Downtown and Westside Cultural District that features the work of the finest regional artists, drawing cultural tourists from all over. The event is now run by an all-volunteer group which has added new life to the event. For more information about ArtWalk Ventura, visit, or email ArtWalk Ventura event organizer and owner of Vita Art Center Mary Perez at Find us on Facebook at


Saturday May 17th, 2014
4:00 – 7:00pm
Country Roads Band… Rich, Mike, Frank, Ken, Danny.
Modern/Classic Country and Classic Rock.
Location: Giessinger Winery
365 Santa Clara Street
Fillmore, CA 93015
Ph. (805) 524-5000
Contact: Richard Carillo
Ph. (805) 279-6332

Why drive to Hollywood?

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Some of Hollywood’s funniest headlining comics will be presenting an evening of entertainment on Saturday, June 7 at 8:00 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, located at 403 W. Hillcrest Dr. in Thousand Oaks. The evening features seven comedians in an hour and a half show offered in an intimate cabaret setting. The show is for eighteen years and up only, and drinks may be purchased with valid ID. Doors open at 7:30.

Don’t feel like driving into Hollywood for comedy? This Lineup includes comics with credits from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, VH1, Comedy Central, MTV, National Lampoon’s Radio, Live at Gotham, TBS’ “Deal With It”,, Comedy Central’s Last Comic Standing, and more!

Comedian Theo Von is the host of TBS’ hidden camera show “Deal With It” from executive producer Howie Mandel. As a standup performer, Von had the highest-rated half-hour special on Comedy Central in 2012. He was voted Fan Favorite as a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing and was the winner of Comedy Central’s Reality Bites Back.
Jodi Miller has been performing Stand Up comedy all over the country for over 16yrs, and has also done 4 military tours including going overseas to entertain the troops in Afghanistan. She’s a reoccurring guest commentator on CNN’s Showbiz Tonight and has also been seen on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, SyFy, GSN and Playboy Plus. Jodi was writer on the Cinemax series Co-Ed Confidential and is also the co-author of the WTF Series WTF College, WTF Work & WTF Women SRSLY WTF, WTF America and OMG: GUYS all available in stores and online now.

A native of Long Beach, CA, Jesus Trejo has been described as one of funniest young comics to look out for. Jesus started stand-up in college and soon after he moved on to comedy clubs such as Hollywood Improv, Laugh Factory and The World Famous Comedy Store. His recent credits are Comedy Central's "Adam Devine's House Party", recurring on TBS "Sullivan and Son" and NUVOtv's "Stand Up & Deliver".

Julia Jasiunas is the producer of HashtagComedyLA and a native to the Conejo Valley. She has performed at The Comedy Store, Westside Comedy Theatre, Flappers Comedy Club and many other Hollywood hot spots. Josh Waldron will be hosting the evening.

#COMEDY tickets are only $7 for general admission presale and available for $10 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling (805) 381-1246 or Also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook under the handle @HashtagcomedyLA.


The Ventura County Concert Band golden anniversary concert season concludes with Fab Flashbacks and Timeless Tunes, conducted by Ms. Julie Judd. The concert features a wide variety of entertaining and enriching music, fun for the whole family. Sunday, June 1st, 3:00 p.m., in the Ventura High School Auditorium located at 2 N. Catalina in Ventura. Free.


WHAT: Ventura Potters' Guild presents: Victoria Littlejohn Mullins...Potters Wheel demonstration
WHERE: Ventura Senior Center, 420 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura
WHEN: Monday, May 19, 2014
Doors open at 7 pm
Program begins at 8pm
Contact: Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer

The Ventura County Pottery Gallery is proud to present California potter Victoria Littlejohn Mullins at their members meeting Monday May 19th. She will share her throwing techniques and other secrets with members and the community.

"Vikki" studied ceramics at U.S.C. from 1958 till 1962 at which time she earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in ceramics and secondary teaching credentials. She was privileged to study pottery with Carlton Ball, Susan H Petersen, Peter Voulkos and Marguerite Wildenhain. From 1962 - 1964 she was a studio assistant for local artist Tom McMillin.

After teaching High School and ceramics for two years, Victoria decided to open her own business and in 1964 ‘Victoria Littlejohn Ceramics’ was launched. For the next 46 years she was a “pottery making machine” turning out literally thousands of pots including a production line of ceramic trivets which were sold nationwide in galleries and store internationally. Her production pottery studio was in Oregon. Littlejohn is still a well known name whose work is sought by collectors world wide.

In 2011 she was commissioned to design some pottery for the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts involving the use of terracotta clay. She says “It was a shocking experience because it was like starting pottery all over again.” After two years of this struggle she started to achieve some desirable results. Recently Littlejohn has created center pieces wired for light that were inspired from the thorny colorful cactus plant and flowers. She joined the VCPG in 2010.

Littlejohn now resides in Summerland.

Free. All are welcome!

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Presentation by Brooks Institute instructor Greg Cooper on mobile media
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Photo by Greg Cooper
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Ojai Photo Club’s May meeting with a presentation on mobile media (i phones and the like). Jpgs are all phone photos by Greg Cooper (untitled).

Brooks Institute Visual Journalism instructor Greg Cooper returns to the Ojai Photography Club as our May presenter and guest judge. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, Tuesday May 20, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Cooper will present on aspects of Mobile Media (iPhone and other mobile phones) and critique member photographs. His presentation will focus on the basics of making professional-quality photographs and capture video/audio all with a smart phone and a minimal amount of additional equipment. This presentation is beneficial to those new to using a smart phone for photography all the way to those who already make great images but are looking to improve.

Cooper earned an AA in Liberal Arts from Ventura Community College in 1991 and a BA from Western Kentucky University in 1996, with a double major in photojournalism and anthropology. Cooper is a native of Ojai. During his time in junior college, he worked as a staff photographer for the Ojai Valley News.

After leaving Western Kentucky, Cooper returned to Southern California and joined the Ventura County Star, where he worked his way up to assistant photo editor. The Columbus Dispatch then lured him away to become its Sunday photo editor. Three years later, Cooper again returned to Ventura County. This time he pursued his Masters Degree from Brooks Institute of Photography. While at Brooks he did his master’s thesis on the future of digital photography at newspapers: “Still Photography at Newspapers: Its Uncertain Future as a Medium.” He has been teaching at Brooks Institute in the Visual Journalism program as a full time faculty member since 2003.

Cooper recently added video and Web design to his areas of expertise. A graduate of the Platypus Workshop and Apple certified in Final Cut Pro, Cooper continues to tell stories in a variety of media, including the iPhone.

Monthly presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. Visitors are welcome to attend.

The club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Only members may submit images for critique. More information is available at:


What: Ventura County Potters' Guild Annual Show and Dinner Plate Competition
When: June 14, 15, 2014
Saturday 10 - 6 pm
Sunday 9 - 5 pm
Where: Libbey Park, downtown Ojai

The Ventura County Potters’ Guild – Southern California’s oldest collective of ceramic artists is made up of professional and recreational potters and ceramists; instructors from local high schools and colleges; as well as people with a passion for ceramics. The VCPG began with ten Ventura area potters who came together in 1957 to form a potters’ guild in affiliation with the Arts and Crafts Association. They chose Ventura College ceramics instructor, William Winterbourne, to lead the group as “master potter” and pledged themselves to maintain high professional standards and to provide to the public examples of contemporary pottery through exhibits and local sales.

Historically the VCPG has held two pottery sales each year--one in the Fall/Holiday Season and one in the spring in conjunction with the Ojai Music Festival. This year’s spring sale on June 14 & 15 in Libbey Park, Ojai will be our 55th anniversary of celebrating harmony in fine music and fine ceramics.

In July 2010 the VCPG opened its first full-time gallery located in Ventura Harbor at 1567 Spinnaker Drive #105. The gallery is made up of more than twenty juried VCPG members who take turns working shifts and selling their wares.

Proceeds from pottery sold at guild events make possible demonstrations, workshops, a lending library of books and videos, scholarships to local ceramic students, as well as presentations by recognized artists and specialists in many different aspects of ceramics. Monthly meetings are held the 4th Monday evening of each month from September to May and feature guest speakers who present information or demonstrations in his or her field of expertise; anyone interested in pottery is welcome to attend.

Since its creation 57 years ago to promote the art and craft of ceramics in the community and to provide a forum for local potters to share their experiences and knowledge of clay, the VCPG has become a non-profit organization, promoting interest in pottery making and appreciation of the ceramic arts. The Guild has grown from the original 10 to more than 135 members and has expanded beyond Ventura to represent much of southern and central California. Some notable past members include: Daisy Hassall, Otto & Vivika Heino, Frank Noyes, Jessica Prescott and William Winterbourne.

"Spring Whimsy" Through May 31, 2014

The Ventura County Potters' Guild Gallery is proud to welcome Roe Estep as their newest addition to their Ventura Harbor gallery location and featured artist for the month of May. Estep was born on the east coast and spent most of her formative years there before moving to California in 1970.She has always pursued and actively practices the arts, whether it be music, poetry, or working with wood. For the past 9 years clay has been her driving passion. She finds nature the greatest inspiration for creating; it always helps in the process of giving a piece of work its life. Multi petaled flowers with colorful glazes adorn many of works. Most of her free time is spent in her backyard where her creativity flourishes. "It’s always a joy to make pieces that connect with people and have them enjoy the creation as much as I do in making it”. Shape, color, and ones vision of what they see is all part of artistic expression and she hopes to convey that in her work.
A reception will be held Friday, May 9th, 5- 7 pm. Roe will also greet visitors on May 11, 12 and 25th from 2:30 - 6 pm

Gallery artists are from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and including Ojai Valley.

One night only event juried by industry professionals showcases the best in CI student film and animation

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) announces the Third Annual Film & Animation Screening, a juried event showcasing the top films and animations created by CI students. The free public screening will be held Wednesday, May 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus.

The event features films and animations from art students in the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. Works range from short films and documentaries to 3D computer animations, motion graphics, stop motion, and traditional 2D animation.

The doors open at 6 p.m. Prior to the screening, guests may enjoy complimentary popcorn, cotton candy and other movie treats, and hobnob with the artists.

The event culminates in an awards ceremony honoring the top student entries, including the prestigious Best in Show Award. Winners are judged and selected by a jury composed of film, television and animation industry professionals. Audience members will also have the opportunity to select their favorite work for the Audience Choice Award.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Once on campus, follow signs to the screening in Malibu Hall. 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 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at

For additional information, contact Aldo Figueroa at, or the CI Art Program at 805-437-2772 or

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.


Camarillo, CA - Elementary school children from throughout the Pleasant Valley School District will join the CSU Channel Islands (CI) Choir in an internationally themed spring concert for the public. “Songs from Around the World” will unite the voices of the CSU Channel Islands Choir and the Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) Chorus for one performance on Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m. at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Admission is free, but a $20 donation is suggested to help support the PVSD Chorus.

The third, fourth and fifth grade students of PVSD Chorus practice each week after school, pursuing musical education that is no longer provided directly by the school district due to reduced funding. Their rehearsals culminate in a performance with the Channel Islands Choir, which is their sponsor. Their annual concert this year will focus on folk songs from around the world.

“We're so pleased that this program, funded by donations from the Channel Islands Choir, is able to help fill the gap in vocal music education that exists in the public school system today,” said Lisa Barra, instructor for the PVSD Chorus.

“We’re thrilled to share the stage with these young performers and play a role in their musical education,” said Dr. KuanFen Liu, Artistic Director for the Channel Islands Choir and Performing Arts faculty member at CI. “Music is an integral part of a well-rounded education that boosts students’ success in all areas of their life. It nurtures teamwork, self-discipline, confidence, and emotional IQ, and is one of the few subjects that uses both sides of the brain.”

The music sung by the Channel Islands Choir will complement the PVSD chorus' international theme, with pieces ranging from English madrigals to Canadian nature tunes and Taiwanese folk songs.

“This concert showcases how well the human voice can adapt to the different cultural influences, tones and requirements of each piece,” Liu said. “I'm particularly delighted that the choir is presenting two well-known folk tunes from Taiwan, my home country. In the Taiwanese culture, love and affection are expressed in a manner that’s intense but also much more reserved, which is a departure from today’s pop culture.”

Visit, or contact Nina Ruhland at or 805-914-4589, for more information.

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.


Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present “Renderings: Recent Oil Paintings by Kate Martin” at the CI Palm Gallery, Monday, May 5, through Wednesday, Aug. 20. A free, public reception with the artist will be held Thursday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Martin's minimalist oil paintings are renderings of precious items from nature collected on her long morning walks around Lake Casitas in Ojai. In her latest series of paintings, the CI art faculty member captures objects such as hummingbird nests, honeycomb, fungi, leaves and seedpods.

"After the fires of Montecito, I found a burnt charred piece of wood with four different types of fungi starting to grow from the dead wood,” Martin recalled. “At first, I was struck by the sheer beauty of the fungi and the wonderful trumpet shapes in hues of light green and blue. Then, I was enchanted by the rejuvenation capabilities of this supposedly dead wood. This was one heroic little piece of wood revealing the restorative side of nature and giving hope. This set me off on a new direction wanting to paint small treasures found in nature."

The CI Palm Gallery is located at 92 Palm Avenue, Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is closed Saturday and Sunday. For further information call 805-437-2772 or email

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.

Program Director Xavier Montes with three of his talented Strings Program students.
Program Director Xavier Montes with three of his talented Strings Program students.
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SANTA PAULA, CA – Celebrate Mother’s Day early with a traditional afternoon tea at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Tea will be served on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and all proceeds will benefit the Museum’s Strings Music Program. Guests will enjoy a delicious variety of teas, tea sandwiches, spring salad and scones, plus a performance by Strings Program students led by accomplished artist and musician Xavier Montes. Admission to the tea is $15.00.

The Strings Program, established at the Museum in 2012, offers free weekly music lessons to local youth, encourages music appreciation and self-expression, and provides a creative outlet in an inspiring environment. Program Director Xavier Montes, a Santa Paula native, has always had a deep interest and commitment to local youth and the benefits they can derive through art and musical expression.

Guests are invited to dress for tea, and ladies are encouraged to wear their favorite dress hat. Door prizes will be awarded for best traditional hat, best silly hat, and most flamboyant hat. Reservations for tea are helpful, but are not required. This event is graciously sponsored by Loose Caboose, Trader Joe’s and Vons.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. Contact us by calling (805) 525-5554 or email The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2014 Annual Photography Exhibit judges Sharon Butler, Kent Butler and Sergio Aragonés.
2014 Annual Photography Exhibit judges Sharon Butler, Kent Butler and Sergio Aragonés.
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Ojai, CA - The Photography Branch of The Ojai Center for the Arts has announced the 2014 Annual Photography Exhibit judges. They are Sharon Butler, Kent Butler and Sergio Aragonés.

They are all very well known and respected artists living in Ojai. This year we break from tradition as our judges are not full time photographers. The judges are experienced artists and were selected as their understanding and appreciation of light, gesture and color is well known and clearly demonstrated in their body of work.

Sharon Butler
Sharon has had a lifelong interest in, and love for, African and American Indian art, as well as an ongoing fascination in the Japanese and Chinese cultures. Sharon's work is influenced by her African childhood, as is her ongoing fascination with native form, design, and color.Sharon has worked in all mediums, but most prefers acrylics with which she can obtain a three-dimensional effect, a signature technique for which she is most well known. She also incorporates leather and authentic materials in her art to create the illusion of where one medium begins and where one ends. Sharon's work is represented Internationally as well as in The United States. During her career, Sharon has won numerous awards for her work, which is recognized for its unique style. Sharon now resides in Ojai, California, a location from which she draws inspiration, and where she feels she can perfect her skills.

You can see some of Sharon's beautiful art at's/Sharon.html

Kent Butler
Kent’s paintings have won numerous awards and are represented in private collections throughout the United States. His attention to detail, coupled with his inherent interest in the Western motif and American art, has led to his involvement in many related Western architectural design projects and murals. Born in Gunnison, Utah in 1944, Kent Butler developed a natural interest in nature as well as the American West. He can’t remember a time when he wasn’t drawing anything and everything that caught his eye, during his formative years. Kent began his formal art training at age 19 at the University of Utah. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he attended the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. Kent now lives in Ojai, California, a setting of great natural beauty, which Kent feels is the perfect place to focus and sharpen his talent, and to pursue an already highly successful career in the art world. Kent is known for his unique and expressive use of color, as well as his black and white drawings. Kent is available for commission portrait subjects including family, friends, and pets.

You can see more of Kent's art at

Sergio Aragonès
Sergio Aragonés is said to be the fastest cartoonist in the world today. He is certainly the most honored, having won every major award in the field, including the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award, and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award.

In 1962, he decided to try his luck in America, and arrived in New York with only twenty dollars and a folder bulging with his cartoon work. At first, work was slow in coming and what he did sell didn’t pay very well, forcing him to work as a singer/poet in Greenwich Village restaurants and to pick up other odd jobs. Things changed when he mustered the courage to approach the top market for silly pictures, Mad Magazine. Embarrassed by his halting English, he went to their office and asked for Antonio Prohias, the Cuban refugee who drew their popular “Spy Vs. Spy” feature. Sergio figured that Prohias could translate for him, but he figured wrong: Prohias, though thrilled to meet a fellow Hispanic cartoonist, spoke even less English than Sergio. He did, however, introduce his new “brother” about, and the Mad editors liked what they saw.

Sergio’s first contribution — “A Mad Look at the U.S. Space Effort” — appeared in Mad #76, cover-dated January of 1963. For that same issue, he also contributed the cover gag (the first of many) and his first “Marginal Thinking” cartoons to be printed in the magazine’s margins. He has since appeared in every issue of Mad except for one (the post office screwed up) and has done thousands of his unique pantomime cartoons. He also produced 16 best-selling original Mad paperback books.

In the early eighties, Sergio teamed with wordsmith Mark Evanier to bring forth the adventures of Groo the Wanderer. Groo quickly became one of the longest-running “creator-owned” comic book properties, outlasting many of the companies that published it. Together, Sergio and Mark have also produced other comics, including Fanboy, Boogeyman, Magnor, Blair Witch? and an acclaimed series in which together, they trash famous characters: Sergio Aragonés Massacres Marvel, Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC, and Sergio Aragonés Stomps Star Wars. For their comic book work, they have received multiple Eisner awards. Sergio has also “soloed” with two all-pantomime series, Actions Speak and Louder Than Words and on his new comic from Bongo, Sergio Aragonés Funnies.

His artwork has appeared on hundreds of advertisements and editorial features, and his animation has been featured on numerous TV shows, including The Shirley MacLaine Special, The Cher Special, The Half-Hour Comedy Hour and Dick Clark’s TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes.

You can learn more about Sergio at

2014 Annual Photography Exhibit - The Ojai Center for the Arts

The exhibit will be at the Ojai Center for the Arts from June 7th through July 9th. There will be an artists reception Sunday June 8th from 1 to 3 p.m. Complete information can be found at