October 24 & 25 - 60 exhibits and performances smARTen up Ventura's Downtown Cultural District

Ventura's Harvest ArtWalk takes place Oct. 24 and 25. The free, self-guided weekend walking tour showcases 200 established and emerging artists and performers at more than 60 galleries, events and eclectic gallery-for-a day venues in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District, Midtown and Westside, just steps from the beach and pier. Multicultural performances, a variety of children's activities and a free shuttle bus connect venue restaurants,
salons, antique shops, boutiques and cafes. A free shuttle bus runs continuously throughout the event connecting downtown and venues on the Avenue.

ArtWalk Featured Artist Bijian Fan will be showing his intricate, three-dimensional paper sculptures at the San Buenaventura Artists' Union Gallery (330 S. California St.). The Beijing-born artist uses two-dimensional materials and unconventional techniques to create light and airy sculptures that have earned numerous awards and been shown nationwide as well as at the Olympic Cultural Festival during the Beijing Olympics.

Other Harvest ArtWalk highlights include:

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The Thousand Oaks Arts Commission will host a visual arts show entitled ENCORE from October 6-28, 2009 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Gallery phone number is (805) 498-4390.

ENCORE will feature works of artists who participated in the 6th Annual Thousand Oaks Arts Festival which recently showcased over sixty local fine artists at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and The Lakes. Several featured artists will provide demonstrations: October 6-8, Bruce Hamilton; October 8-11, digital artists Julie and Craig Morton; and October 13-15, Ron Sousa with his "Memories of the South Pacific".

For additional information, visit www.toartsfestival.com.



“The Sculptors Eye: Photography of the Eastern and High Sierras”,” a solo exhibit by Duain Wood will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from October 13 – November 7, 2009. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 4 – 7 pm.

“The Sculptors Eye…” might seem like an odd name for a photography exhibit, yet Duain Wood’s black and white photographs appear to carve out the negative and positive spaces to create the image. When asked why he photographed in black and white, Wood replied, “Black and white is less distracting…you capture the essence of the subject without the distraction of color.”

Wood’s penchant for remote geographic locations in my photography stems from his love of travel and discovery as well as his passion for geography. He specializes in the capturing wide open spaces on film, which he admires for their "desolate beauty" His photography implies quietness and ruggedness, which is often encountered in remote locations of Sierra Nevada, Death Valley, Mono Lake.

Wood grew up in Ventura and was first exposed to the art of photography at Ventura College. He’s studied privately with a number of renowned photographers and has been a part of group shows in various areas of California.

The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura. Hours are Tues – Friday from noon – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit their website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. Buenaventura Art Association is celebrating 55 years of great art!


Well Known Chicana Poet and Novelist

VENTURA, CA. - Renowned Chicana writer Michele Serros has produced several outstanding works of literature and poetry. Her most popular are Chicana Falsa, Honey Blonde Chica, and How to be a Chicana Role Model. Her latest work is a young adult novel, Scandalosa. Ms. Serros will speak at Ventura College on writing and culture on Wednesday, October 14 from 7 pm to 8 pm in Guthrie Hall. Admission and parking are free. Attendees must park in student parking.

Named by Newsweek as "one of the top young women to watch for in the new century," Serros has been a featured contributor for the Los Angeles Times' children's fiction section and a commentator for National Public Radio (Morning Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, Anthem, Along for the Ride, Latino USA). In addition to being an award-winning poet, Michele has read her poems to stadium crowds of 25,000+ for Lollapalooza, recorded Selected Stories from Chicana Falsa for Mercury Records, and was selected by the Poetry Society of America to have her poetry placed on MTA buses throughout Los Angeles County.

Originally from Oxnard, Michele was a community college student, having attended both Ventura College and Santa Monica City College. She was still a student at SMCC when her first book of poetry and short stories, Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, was published. When the original publisher of Chicana Falsa went out of business, Michele continued to sell copies from her garage. In 1998, Riverhead Books reissued Chicana Falsa and as well as Serros' collection of fiction, How to be a Chicana Role Model . The latter instantly became a Los Angeles Times Best Seller and both publications are currently used as required reading in U.S. high schools and universities. In 2002, Michele wrote for the ABC television sitcom, The George Lopez Show. "An opportunity," she says, "that hopefully with my contribution opens the door for a wider representation of Latinos in the mass media."

Visit her at www.muchamichele.com. Visit Evie at www.myspace.com/riochica805

For more information, please contact Professor Mayo de la Rocha, History Department Chair, at 805-654-6400, ext. 3123.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Guthrie Hall, Free.


The Cesar Mateus Sextet, fresh from performances in Canada this summer, will bring their sultry Latin jazz to the Ventura College Theatre on October 8, 8 pm.
The Cesar Mateus Sextet, fresh from performances in Canada this summer, will bring their sultry Latin jazz to the Ventura College Theatre on October 8, 8 pm.
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Rosa LoGiudice will perform as part of the Grand Piano Soiree on October 6, 8 pm at the Ventura College Theatre.
Rosa LoGiudice will perform as part of the Grand Piano Soiree on October 6, 8 pm at the Ventura College Theatre.

VENTURA, CA. - On October 6, 7, 8, and 10, the Ventura College Music Department will host a series of musical events featuring faculty and guest artists. All events will be held at the Ventura College Theatre located at 4700 Loma Vista Road in Ventura. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students, VC staff, and seniors. There will be something for everyone!

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 8 pm: GRAND PIANO SOIREE: presents an exciting program of world favorites to include works by Albeniz, Chopin, Gottschalk, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla and Tinturin. The evening’s pianists are:
• Joy Asenas holds a B.F.A. in Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts. Active in MTAC (Music Teacher’s Association of California), Asenas teaches piano in Camarillo and Fillmore. She also enjoys performance, judging piano programs and lecturing.
• Shirley Kalberg Leak has taught private piano lessons for more than 60 years. As a recitalist, Leak has designed a series of programs entitled Evenings of Music, presenting them to intimate gatherings in her Ojai home. Leak also teaches organ and occasionally substitutes as organist and pianist at local churches. She is a member of the MTAC.
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Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for a photography competition in conjunction with PhotoVentura ’09. The theme is “Inspiration is YOU!” The juror is Scott Miles, Professional Photography Program Director for Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.

Entry fee for non Buenaventura Art Association members is $20 each or 3 entries for $45.00. Member entry fees are $15.00 each or 3 entries for $35.00. First Place prize is $200, Second Place $150, Third Place $100. Two Honorable Mentions non-cash prizes of a year membership to Buenaventura Art Association. In addition, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners will also receive a year membership to Buenaventura Art Association.

Entries need to be brought into the gallery on Sunday, October 4 and Monday, October 5 between 11 – 2 pm.
The awards reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10 during PhotoVentura ’09 Gallery Crawl from 5 – 8 pm. The exhibit runs from Oct. 6 – Nov. 7, 2009.

Scott Miles earned his Bachelor of Arts in Professional Photography at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA in 1982. After working as an agricultural photographer providing research support for Cornell University, he began his own business in Connecticut specializing in CONTINUED »

New Guidebook Shows Where to Find Mexican Muralists’ Work in California
Don Shorts
Don Shorts

You might be surprised to know you don’t have to go to Mexico to see murals painted by the famous Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. California has murals by them, too, and Ventura preservationist Don Shorts wants people to know where they are. His newest book is Mexican Muralists in California, A Guide Book, which Short will be signing Thursday, October 8, at 5:30 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County, 89 S. California Street, Ventura.

Shorts’ latest book describes not only the history of California murals painted by “Los Tres Grandes” and other Mexican muralists, but the 200-page illustrated guide also describes how and where to find the paintings, and includes information on interesting nearby sites and places to eat and stay while exploring. The guidebook is $17.50, and can be purchased at the Oct 8 book signing, or by calling the Museum Store at (805) 653-0323 x 24.

Shorts serves on the County Cultural Heritage Board, and specializes in art of California and Mexico. He has written several other books, including 1200 Mexican Artists, George Mason and the Story of Monterey Furniture, Leo Carrillo, and co-authored a book on Carmel artist Jo Mora. Shorts is also an owner of the Old California Store in Ventura.

The Museum of Ventura County is at 89 South California Street, corner of California and Santa Clara Streets in downtown Ventura. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open first Fridays of the month until 8 p.m. Free admission, except for some events. For information, please call (805) 653-0323 or go to http://www.venturamuseum.org.


Augustin Hadelich, violin
William Schuman: American Festival Overture
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

The Santa Barbara Symphony kicks off its 2009 – 2010 Season with William Schuman’s rousing American Festival Overture, followed by the return of top-notch violinist Augustin Hadelich who performed at the Symphony’s “Farewell to the Arlington” concerts in May 2008. Maestro Kabaretti and the outstanding musicians of the Santa Barbara Symphony sizzle in Tchaikovsky’s explosive Fifth Symphony.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 8:00pm and Sunday, October 18, 3:00pm

Location: Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara

Ticket Range: Saturday $32 to $125, Sunday $25 to $110

For tickets and reservations, please contact the Granada box office at (805) 899-2222 or order online at www.granadasb.org.


Captivating violinists Gilles Apap and Caroline Campbell, the former and current Concertmasters of the Santa Barbara Symphony, join forces for an unforgettable recital featuring an assortment of musical delights for both solo and duo violins accompanied by pianist Miwa Gofuku.

Sizzlin’ Fiddlin’ is a benefit concert to help support and sustain The Santa Barbara Symphony, an important musical institution celebrating its 56th Season.

Date: Thursday, October 8, 8:00pm

Location: Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara

Ticket Range: $55 to $100, $100 Patron Ticketholders are invited to attend the Post Concert Artists’ Reception and Silent Auction

For tickets and reservations, please contact the Lobero box office at (805) 963-0761 or order online at www.lobero.org.


The Museum of Ventura County is again participating in the fifth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine, on Saturday, September 26. While the Museum of Ventura County already has free admission in its present temporary location at 89 South California Street in Ventura, all of the expected 1,000 participating museums and cultural institutions with entry fees will provide free access that day if you present a downloaded Museum Day Admission Card (providing access for two people), found at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Links and listings of participating museums and cultural institutions can also be found at the Smithsonian site.

Museum Day is intended to emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the world's most visited museum and research complexes. Smithsonian magazine is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.

Museum of Ventura County is now featuring two new exhibits, Wearing Our Stories: Costume and Cultural Identity in the Latino Community, and Immigration to Integration: The Art of Cristian Gheorghiu. For more information, go to http://www.venturamuseum.org

“Ventura Sunrise”
“Ventura Sunrise”
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An exhibit of original artworks by Linda Cowell, titled Life and Earth, will be at the Discovery Gallery from Friday, October 2 through Wednesday, November 4, 2009. There is an opening reception on Friday, October 2 from 5-8 pm. during the First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl. The artist will also be at the Discovery Gallery for Ventura’s Harvest ArtWalk on Saturday, October 24 from 1-3 and 5-7 pm, and again on Sunday, October 25 from 12-2 pm.

The bold, beautiful, eye catching images of Cowell’s “Life and Earth” might cause a double take, but it’s worth the second look. Cowell’s realistic creations, in a variety of media, range from acrylic airbrushed animals on nontraditional surfaces to classic and poetic colored pencil drawings. Cowell’s interest in contrast and color give her an edge of super-realism. Local scenes, still life, and nature studies are expressions of shape, contour and texture – aspects of composition that are most intriguing to Cowell.

Showing creativity and enthusiasm for art from a young age, Cowell’s parents fully supported giving Cowell the outlets and opportunities she needed to help develop her talent. A desire to create with her older sisters also was a source of early interest in the arts. High School teachers were a large inspiration and encouraged various nontraditional media, planting seeds that would become the basis for Cowell’s endeavors down the road. Choosing the path most taken, and not the one her parents had hoped she would, Cowell did not study fine art in college but did came back to drawing and creating after her schooling was finished.

Cowell began airbrushing in the early 90’s and has covered everything from banners and t-shirts to surfboards and taxi cabs! In 2007 Cowell won the opportunity to design and paint Yellow Cab’s first “Cali Cab”, a mobile piece of artwork that is still transporting tourists and locals around the city of Ventura.

This is Cowell’s first solo exhibition with the Buenaventura Art Association.

The Discovery Gallery is located at the Ventura Visitor’s Bureau, 101 S. California St in downtown Ventura. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Receptions during the First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl are held from 5-8 pm. For more information, call the Buenaventura Art Association at 805-648-1235 or visit their website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org


Ventura College is pleased to announce a full schedule of music, dance, art, and lecture events for Fall 2009. For additional information regarding any event on the list provided below, please contact Alisa Sparkia Moore, Esq., Public Information Officer, 805-654-6462 or by email at asmoore@vcccd.edu.

Ventura College Arts & Lectures Series – Fall 2009

Sept. 24 Author Jim Botting, former FBI hostage negotiator, speaking and signing his book “Bombs, Bullets and Fast Talk”, Library Reading Room, 6 pm – 8 pm, Free, 805-654-6462 for information
Thru Sep. 30 Hiroko Yoshimoto “Rising from the Ashes” Painting Exhibit, Gallery 2, Monday- Friday, noon to 4 pm, Free, 805-648-8974 for information
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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Ventura Film Festival would like to welcome all the new volunteers to our family! WELCOME!

We are planning for 2010 so its important to attend as many meetings as possible. Don't worry we have a great time and almost always have a surprise lunch at one of the great restaurants that support the Ventura Film Festival. In the last few weeks we've eaten at the Taj Cafe, Jimmy's Slice, and Sicily by Gino's.

The next Ventura Film Festival meeting is Friday, September 18, 2009 at 1pm at:

1pm Friday Sept. 18, 2009
(inside the main conference room)
Ventura Film Festival
701 E. Santa Clara St.
Ventura, CA 93001

Don't forget to visit the official Ventura Film Festival web site at http://venturafilmfestival.org to see the new slide show and images that have been recently added to the gallery.

New videos have been posted to the official Ventura Film Festival video portal http://venturafilmfestival.net. Check them out!


Eight artists living in Fillmore met to discuss the formation of the Artists Guild of Fillmore with the purpose of promoting fine art produced by local artists. A series of meetings were scheduled to define ways and means to clarify goals. A prime concern is where to show the art and another is to create in people an interest for collecting work by local artists.

Those attending were Judy Dressler (oil painting), Lady Jan Faulkner (multi-media), Lois Freeman-Fox (mixed media), Lynn Hauge (oil and pastel), Joanne King (watercolor), Wana Klasen, (watercolor and mixed media) Virginia Neuman (acrylic and watercolor) and Luanne Perez (watercolor).


Camarillo, Calif., Sept. 10, 2009 – The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced the opening of its next exhibition entitled ‘Locals Only’ at the new Ventura gallery location. The public is invited to an opening reception to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Nov. 1. The art gallery is located at 21 California Street, on the ground floor of the historic Earle Stanley Gardner building on the corner of Main Street and California Street in the city of Ventura.

‘Locals Only’ will feature artwork created by selected artists of accomplishment and notoriety who live or maintain studios in the adjacent coastal cities of Ventura and Oxnard. Included in the exhibition are: Paul Benavidez, Lynn Creighton, MB Hanrahan, Carole Hilton, Gerd Koch, Steven Leslie, Paul Lindhard, Michael O’Kelly, Debra Mckillop, Christine Morla, Claudia Pardo, Michael Pedziwiatr, Julia Pinkham, Erik Reel, Helle Scharling-Todd, and Hiroko Yoshimoto. Artworks exhibited range in media including painting, sculpture, ceramic tile, and glass.

In addition to ‘Locals Only’ in the gallery’s north hall, featured artworks created by CI art students, alumni, and faculty will also be on exhibit upstairs and in the south hall portion of the grandiose exhibition space.

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Using everything from recycled bicycle tires to fabric, glass, plastic and precious metal, more than 30 local and regional artists and designers are busy creating clothing and accessories for the Museum of Ventura County’s 2nd annual art as fashion event Transformation: A Fashion Performance. The fundraiser is Saturday, October 3, with a catered reception at 6:00 p.m. and fashion show with runway seating at 7:15 p.m.

Fashions transformed from one use to another include one-of-a-kind clothes by clothing company Stewart + Brown, made of salvage cloth scraps from the manufacture of other garments; Anne Simon’s outfits fashioned of old rain gutter pipes, recycled Christmas tree beads and tops of mocha coffee drinks; Lisa D. Moore’s moving sculptural veil made from plastic bottles.

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Buenaventura Art Association announces a Photography and Photo Inspired Competition with the theme Channel Islands, Our Local Treasure. The exhibit will be at the Harbor Village Gallery from Wednesday, September 29 through Monday, November 8, 2009.

Here in Ventura and Santa Barbara County we are blessed with beautiful temperate weather and priceless views of the Pacific. Nowhere else on the Pacific Coastline are there such a group of preserved and protected treasures to gaze upon or experience as the Channel Islands National Park. Celebrate their beauty with your photography or photo-inspired image.

Awards will be given at the opening reception on Friday, October 9 from 5- 8pm. Peoples Choice votes need to be cast at Harbor Village Gallery on Thursday, October 1 from 12 - 5 or Friday, October 2 from 12 – 6.
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Sketching at Inspiration Point.
Sketching at Inspiration Point.
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“Art at the Islands,” an exhibit of photographs, drawings and sketches by the Girls Club of Ventura County Assistance League, will be at the Harbor Village Gallery from Wednesday, September 29 through Monday, November 8, 2009. A reception for the artists will be on Friday, October 9 from 5 – 8 pm.

Emily Thompson created a drawing and photography class for children, to increase awareness of the beauty and diversity of life in The Channel Islands. Thompson wanted to give the opportunity to more children to experience the class that she applied for, and won a grant from ArtLIVE, a three-year initiative from the Ventura County Community Foundation in partnership with the James Irvine Foundation. The grants were distributed through the Ventura County Arts Council through their Artist in the Community Partnership Grants Program.

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“Sketch of Andrew”, charcoal and colored pencils by Debi Nowak-Hawkes.
“Sketch of Andrew”, charcoal and colored pencils by Debi Nowak-Hawkes.
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“Portraits in Oil and Charcoal,” a solo exhibit by Debi Nowak-Hawkes will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from Sept. 15 – Oct. 10, 2009. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 19 from 4 – 7 pm. During the First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl (on Oct. 2, 5 – 8 pm), Nowak-Hawkes will draw portraits of any visitor wishing to sit for her.

Buttery oil paints and smears of rich black charcoal are used to preserve the likeness, personality and even the mood of the person, in this collection of impressionistic portraits. The camera has lessened the need for portraits, but the joy of an artist’s empathetic stroke continues to fascinate and draw the viewer into the subject’s world.

A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Nowak-Hawkes was born into an artistic family that always encouraged her art. She earned her B.A. in Commercial Art from Buffalo State College and began a successful career as a graphic designer and CONTINUED »