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).


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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.

“This particular exhibition is our first attempt to reach out and acknowledge the impressive talents and noteworthy accomplishments of numerous local artists by inviting them to exhibit in this new University venue,” said Jack Reilly, Chair of the Art Program at CONTINUED »



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.

Thompson has been able to open the class to 20 girls from the Assistance League of Ventura County’s Girls Club to participate in 3 days of creative lessons CONTINUED »

“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 »


The first meeting for the 2010 Ventura Film Festival will be held Friday September 4, 2009 at 1pm at the Ventura Film Festival offices located at

701 E. Santa Clara St.
Ventura, CA 93001

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California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Calif., Aug. 27 – The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands has announced their latest art exhibit at the John Spoor Broome Library entitled, ‘Photographic Portraits by Donna Granata: The Art of Building Community.’ These works are part of Ms. Granata’s Focus on the Masters (FOTM) Portrait Series.

The exhibition begins Sept. 3 and continues until Oct. 7. The public is invited to attend a reception for the artist on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Donna Granata is well-known for her portrait series of outstanding artists. A Brooks Institute graduate, holder of an honorary Masters degree from Brooks as well as a member of the faculty of Brooks Institute, Donna has created more than 140 photographic portraits specific to this series, each one revealing the individual character of the artist. CONTINUED »


The 25th annual Ojai Peddler's Fair is being held from 9am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday, September 19 & 20, 2009. Located in the Chaparral Auditorium at 414 E. Ojai Ave., in downtown Ojai CA. Parking is free in he adjacent Municipal parking lot, and admission is free.

Held rain or shine, the Peddler's Fair is chock-full of quality antiques, collectibles, handcrafts and international crafts.

This is a benefit for the Mira Monte PTO.

Vendors are sought.

For more information, please contact Pat at 805-964-8915.

Ramona Comes Home Again

Performances by more than 30 actors and dancers from the world famous Hemet Ramona pageant will highlight the second annual “Ramona Days” - October 4, 10-4 at Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark, Piru, CA. Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 classic California novel, Ramona, will come to life at the “Home of Ramona” as we celebrate all things Ramona. In addition to seeing vignettes from the play, visitors can watch the 1910 Mary Pickford movie filmed on location at Camulos, view unique memorabilia and historic displays, experience living history and attend presentations by Ramona experts such as “Ramona Memories “ author Dydia Delyser, Ramona pageant historian Phil Bergandi, and film maker Hugh Monroe Neely. There will also be food, music, dance, art and craft sales and demonstrations, museum and garden tours, free children’s activities and more. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and character for a true immersion experience.

In order to encourage wide community participation, admission fees will be reasonable with advance tickets for $5, and gate admission $8. Children aged 12 and under will be free. Advance tickets will be available in person at our gift shop and the Camulos fruit stand, via email, phone, mail, and at will call. Additional details will be posted at www.ranchocamulos.org as available. Vendor, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities are also available for this unique event.

A limited number of tickets at $50 each will also be available for a “Sneak Preview,” VIP fundraiser October 3, 3PM-6PM. The event will feature wine-tasting, food, unique entertainment and opportunities to interact with the Ramona cast. Contact the Museum at ranchocamulos@earthlink.net /805-521-1501. CONTINUED »

Showing at Museum of Ventura County August 22nd

"Tapadero", a feature-length documentary showing Saturday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m., at Museum of Ventura County. Admission is free.

The new enthusiasts of the legendary Californio method of horse training are the focus of Tapadero, a feature-length documentary showing Saturday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m., at Museum of Ventura County. Admission is free. Viewers will follow today’s new Californio vaqueros as they drive cattle on horses trained in a 300-year-old tradition, brought to California by vaqueros during the early 1800s.

Local filmmakers Susan Jensen and Paul Singer take us on a historic ride following the vaquero trail which starts in Sonora, Mexico, goes into Arizona, comes through Ventura County, and ends in Monterey. On this journey, we learn what kind of horses the early vaqueros rode, why they trained them differently, and what attracts young riders today to embrace this slow but rewarding method.

Ventura County’s own Aliso Ranch is featured in the documentary. It was once part of one of the great land grants formed during California’s rancho period.

The 82-minute film by J & S Productions, which features the music of Ian Tyson, can also be purchased at the Museum Store. For more information, go to www.tapadero.com


Sometimes artists must paint with words. If you seek to communicate more effectively through your artist’s statement or biography, resume for a grant submission or press release about your exhibit, sign up for the Buenaventura Art Association workshop “Words As Artist Tools.” The workshop will be held at the Buenaventura Gallery.

In the first session on Sunday, Nov. 1, Ventura County Star Copy Editor Don Scott and Museum of Ventura County Director of Marketing Susan Leeper Gerrard will share their experience and advice about writing to increase readers’ interest in your vision and artwork, whether in print or on the Web. In the second session on Nov. 15, artists will receive individual critique of your artist statement, resume/biography and press releases.

The workshop will be in two sessions: Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 pm and Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 pm. Cost is $15 for BAA members, $25 for nonmembers. Participants can register and pay online at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org or send a check to Buenaventura Art Association, 700 E Santa Clara St., Ventura, CA or stop by the gallery during normal business hours. CONTINUED »

“Answering the Door” bronze by Susan R. Kaufman.
“Answering the Door” bronze by Susan R. Kaufman.
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Sculptor Susan R. Kaufman will be teaching a “Miniature Clay Bust” workshop at the Harbor Village Gallery on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.

In this exciting workshop you will create a miniature clay bust of a loved one. You will learn how to apply clay onto an armature and how to capture a likeness. Susan will give pointers including emphasis on anatomical differences with the young and the elderly.

Students need to bring in several different views (frontal, sides, and back views of the person) of photographs of a loved one. The more pictures the better.

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“Tugboat” oil on canvas by Sally Miller.
“Tugboat” oil on canvas by Sally Miller.
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The growth of an artist can be seen in Sally Miller’s Retrospective opening on August 26 at the Harbor Village Gallery. Miller’s 60+ year career has spanned various subjects as well as mediums. She is equally agile in oils as well as watercolor. A reception for the artist will be Friday, August 28 from 5 – 8 pm. Miller will be joined by an exhibit of present and former plein air students.

Miller was documented by Donna Granata and Focus on the Masters (FOTM) in 2008 and according to FOTM:
Sally Miller is painter par excellence, compassionate critic and inspiring teacher. Josef Woodard, writing in the Los Angeles Times, calls her work serenely beautiful and timeless. Her earliest foray into teaching came when, as a seventh-grader, her teacher recognized Sally’s superior talent and, in essence, turned the class over to her. The die was cast and, for the succeeding seven decades, Sally’s life has involved drawing, illustration, watercolor, acrylics and oils, and teaching. CONTINUED »

“Gently Swaying”, watercolor by Gerardo Segismundo.
“Gently Swaying”, watercolor by Gerardo Segismundo.
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“Rhythm and Performance,” a solo exhibit by Gerardo Segismundo will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from August 18 – September 12, 2009. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, August 22 from 4 – 7 pm. As a special treat, an opera singer will perform during the reception.

Segismundo’s unique interpretation of “Rhythm and Performance” stems from his extensive art training, observant eye as well as his piano and percussion abilities. Throughout the years, he has developed a strikingly unique style characterized by strong clean forms, light, shadows and color that creates vibrancy within his rendition. His artworks display extraordinary detail while portraying his unique interpretation of the subject. Over the years, his skill and perception have evolved to the point where he is now a true master of line and color. He has used oils, acrylics, watercolors, pens, colored pencils, pastels and charcoals.

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September 26th & 27th - Strudel, Bratwurst and Oompah Pah Music

The Newbury Park Rotary Club will present its 23rd annual Oktoberfest, Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27 at Underwood Family Farms (3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark, 23 Fwy., exit Tierra Rejada, Moorpark).

A full day of authentic German music, dancing and food.

New this year is the "BrewFest Beer Garden,” featuring traditional Oktoberfest German brews along with selections from California microbreweries sponsored by JJ Brewsky's. Flown in direct from Germany, the Pillar Giant Pretzel, plus sauerkraut, strudel and Simi Valley Rotary's famous bratwurst booth.

Both days will feature best-dressed Bavarian costume (lederhosen, hats and dirndls) and stein-holding contests. Prizes will be awarded to all winners.

“Oktoberfest first began in 1810 in Munich as part of the marriage festivities of the German crown prince. It quickly became a celebration of the fall harvest and was attended by families throughout the region," says Mary-Catherine McBride, Newbury Park Rotary's event chairperson. "We hold fast to those traditions and have created a festival that is fun for all ages that attracts festival goes from all around Southern California." CONTINUED »

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An exhibit of original oil paintings and photographs by Erin Mason, entitled Emotions, will be at the Discovery Gallery from Friday, September 4 through Wednesday, September 30, 2009. There is an opening reception on Friday, September 4 from 5 – 8 pm. during the First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl.

Mason’s “Emotions” is a conversation with a friend, a therapist, a family member or yourself. A good listener will pause and respond with insight. The viewer turns into an observer of the artist’s dialog with herself. This introspective journey of feelings and how they are reflected in a physical way, are conducted in two mediums, oil and photographic print. Each image seems to have one foot in realism and the other in fantasy, between actuality and abstraction. We can’t touch, smell or hold an emotion, but the physical ways our bodies show them are recognizable. They are connections we each have with each other, we are sympathetic because we’ve been there, done that.

Mason’s characters and scenes reflect familiar emotions including frustration, surrender and serenity. A fantasy world pixie might have wings, but she has her limits, which hold her down to earth, to reality. The photographs of Arlington Cemetery in Mason’s exhibit capture moments of a place so heavy with emotion they will weigh down the viewer with a more sobering style of sympathy. CONTINUED »

Museum of Ventura County

Join historian Cherie Brant on a 90-minute walking tour of downtown Ojai on Saturday, September 19, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The Museum of Ventura County sponsored tour will include visits to landmark architectural sites and insight into the personalities and events that helped shape this internationally known artistic community. The walk begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp on the southwest corner of Montgomery Street and East Ojai Avenue in the city of Ojai. The morning will finish at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa with a tour of its landscaping and historic buildings. Lunch is not included, but available on one’s own at the inn. Cost is $15 for the general public, museum members $10. To make reservations by the September 14 deadline, call Museum of Ventura County, 805-641-1876, ext 305.


The Ojai Valley Museum’s second juried art show, OJAI CELEBRATES ART, is open to artists 18 years of age and older working in any gallery media. Cash awards will be given for first, second, and third place winners in the amounts of $300, $200 and $100. There will be an awards ceremony October 17 (Ojai Day) from 4 to 5 p.m. to acknowledge prizewinners.

Entries must demonstrate some connection to the Ojai Valley, its people, history, or natural environment. The exhibit will run from October 17 to November 22, 2009. The selections for the exhibit will be made from prints, slides or digital media mailed to the museum by September 14. Judges will be Alice Matzkin, painter; Richard Matzkin, sculptor; and Joseph Sohm, photographer.

For questions, submission instructions and entry form contact this e-mail: ojaimuseum@sbcglobal.net or telephone (805) 640-1390 or see: http://www.ojaivalleymuseum.org/