landscape, digital painting by Lois Freeman-Fox
landscape, digital painting by Lois Freeman-Fox
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Celebrated Ventura County artist Lois Freeman-Fox’s exhibit of digital paintings and drawings runs from May 26th through June 20th at the Buenaventura Gallery. The words “digital paintings” are two words that intuitively seem as if they don’t belong together. However, Freeman-Fox, an Emmy-awards winning film editor (who was one of the first in the industry to edit films digitally) proves herself at the forefront again with digital paintings that are not only expressive, but tactile as well.

“Historically, artists traditionally incorporate the latest technological advances or ideas into their artwork,” says Freeman-Fox. “The Renaissance introduced perspective; paint in tubes made art created by Impressionists more portable; and Pointillism encompassed scientific discoveries of the time relating to optical effects and the perception of color.” My work simply is incorporating the computer to create digital paintings.

“I paint traditional subject matter, portraits and landscapes with modern tools while exploring the art of the masters creating dynamic tension between the old and the new" says Freeman-Fox.

“The pieces in my show are drawn from both my family environment and my real environment,” says Freeman-Fox.

Vintage portraits of family members are vividly brought to life in a colorful celebration of the artist’s past, while the real environment Freeman-Fox calls home, the inspiring vistas of Ventura County’s glorious landscapes, serves as a natural backdrop of beauty as seen through this talented artist’s eyes. CONTINUED »


“After the Storm” by Nancy Raymond.
“After the Storm” by Nancy Raymond.
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Paintings By Nancy Raymond At The Discovery Gallery

Nancy Raymond’s “Inspirations”, an exhibition of original oil paintings will be at the Discovery Gallery from Friday, June 5 to Wednesday, July 1, 2009. There is an opening reception on Friday, June 5 from 5 – 8 pm. for First Friday’s Ventura Gallery Crawl.

Vast blue oceans, peaceful Sunday walkers on the promenade or a frequent feathered visitor to her backyard are what inspire Raymond to create the images of her first solo show. These are simple pleasures in life we sometimes over look when hurried with our day to day scheduled activities or appointments. At a place in her life with time to reflect on what brings her calm and a sense of peace, Ventura’s beauty, a place she has called home for 30 years, is a muse.

Raymond began painting when she joined the Newport Art Association in Rhode Island. Always interested in scientific illustrations in school, she paid attention to details in her drawings, but did not fully dive into her artistic tendencies until her husband was deployed with the Navy in 1970. Raymond didn’t have a lot of time on her hands. A new mother of two kept her busy, but this was a creative outlet she could enjoy at home as well a way to meet some new friends with similar interests. CONTINUED »


“Surfer’s Point” by Tina O’Brien
“Surfer’s Point” by Tina O’Brien
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Original Paintings By Tina O’brien At The Harbor Village Gallery

Tina O’Brien’s “Ventura by the Sea” solo show at the Harbor Village Gallery runs from June 18 to July 20, 2009. Artist Reception is Friday, June 19, 2009 from 5 – 8pm.
O’Brien “hangs ten” and then paddles out to the next set with the best of ‘em. This local surf girl rides her waves right onto her canvas. The surreal feeling when human experience connects with the energy of the ocean is hard put into words, so O’Brien turns epic waves into peaceful visuals. They carry an aura of paradise, a place beyond reach, but alas we are here in Ventura, a place O’Brien calls home.
Images of a familiar walk way lined in stoic palms and miles of dreamy blue and green oceans are found in her most recent collection. O’Brien’s traditional realist style, interpret surfers as poetry in motion and her paintings as poetic realism. Her sonnets are romantic views of islands in the distance, floral arrangements in a window sill and fresh spring fields, ballads of wistful and simple times. CONTINUED »


Saturday May 30th

Richard Lyons and Friends will be performing the “Ezra Clay Project” at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South Seventh Street, Santa Paula,
This just in! The Friends joining Richard Lyons has just been announced:
Backing Vocals: J.B. White and Candace Delbo
Base: Jack Joshua
Drums: Ken Delbo
Fiddle: Mark Parson
Guitars: Lee Rollag
Steel Guitar, Dobro, and Button Accordion: Bill Flores
Ukulele: Peter Bellwood
This will be a one of a kind concert and family friendly.
Reserve your tickets now at our website for Sat., May 30, 2009,
Doors Open 7:00 PM
Show begins 7:30 PM
Tickets $15.00
Richard Lyons lives in Upper Ojai/Santa Paula with his wife Laurie. He took up residence there after spending years in Los Angeles, where he wrote movie and TV music for a living. His musical styles range from classical to Jazz and R&B.
Other than a few formative years in Europe, he spent most of his youth in Kentucky, where story telling comes naturally. And, though he claims to have tried, he couldn’t escape the bluegrass and country music that inundated him at every turn. It left a deep and lasting impression on his memory, as did the natural beauty of that state. And, now, learning about the history of Santa Paula and Ventura County, and working with his hands on his land, has gotten him back in touch with his roots, and he has written a collection of songs that somehow combines both.
Please join us for a wonderful evening of music, friends, and family!
Reserve your tickets at



Visions of Change-Images of Transition
A Photography Exhibit at the Ojai Center for the Arts

Visions of change is the theme of this year’s photograph exhibition at the Ojai Center for the Arts. The sixth annual juried show opens June 6 and runs through July 8, 2009. The exhibit will explore photographers’ visions of people and things in the process of change.

Last year more than 40 works by nearly as many photographers were displayed at the Art Center. This year it is expected that many more artists will compete to have one or more of their works in the show.

Photographers are invited to submit their work on June 4 or June 5. Detailed submission information can be found on the Photography Branch page of the Art Center website (

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 4 pm. Admission is free. There will be a reception Sunday, June 7 from 1 to 3:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. The Art Center is located in downtown Ojai at 113 South Montgomery Street.


The Ventura College Dance Department spring concert brings dance genres of all types for an exciting show suitable for all ages.
The Ventura College Dance Department spring concert brings dance genres of all types for an exciting show suitable for all ages.
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VENTURA: The Ventura College Dance Department’s spring show, Now Playing: A Dancer’s Perspective, celebrates all forms of dance, music, and narrative. A Dancer’s Perspective will please all dance lovers with a full range of genre, including ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, and tap..
Now Playing: A Dancer’s Perspective will be in the main theater at Ventura College Friday May 15th at 8:00 pm, Saturday May 16th at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 pm and a 3:00 pm matinee performance on Sunday May 17th.
This original dance production is the artistic creation of the students in Dance 30, a course offered at Ventura College to give students real experience in choreography and performance. Now Playing: A Dancer’s Perspective is directed by Becky Contreras of Santa Paula.
Guest artists participating in the show include the Moorpark College Dance Department under the direction of Robert Salas, Devin Fulton, a member of the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, MacKinnons Dance Company and Connor Casavan, a principle dancer of Dance Prism, a Boston area teaching company that prepares young dancers for professional careers.
Students from around the county will be participating in this series of performances: Nathan Burdine and Emily Martinez of Camarillo, Fernando Ayala, Noemy Barboza, Yardira Barboza, Isaias Castillo, Martin Garcia, Glacy May Guijo Shynna Harper, Rudy Larrazolo, Jennifer Lemons, Ixchel Lopez, Heather Landry, Carolyn Luu, Ashley Martinez, Rafael Ramirez, Henry Vargas, Jr., and Louis Wicke all of Oxnard; Stephanie Banks, Michelle Iniguez, Sierra S. Marble, Nicole Morgan, Lindsay Winegar of Ventura, and Eddie Mendoza and Jessica Mayorga of Santa Paula.
All tickets at the door will be $10.00. Pre-sale tickets are $10.00 for general admission, $8.00 for students, seniors, and faculty members. For more information, or to order tickets contact Becky Contreras at 805-207-5877.


Mary Kolada Scott and Joyce Lombard will present a poetry reading at 4 p.m. May 16 in the Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. The event is in conjunction with Scott’s current solo exhibit, “Between the Lines: Paintings, Prints and Poems,” on display April 28 through May 23 at the gallery.
Scott and Lombard are Ventura poets, artists and friends who have participated in readings together over the years, including in the atrium at Ventura City Hall. They were in a group of women artists whose deconstructed fashion dolls were exhibited at Artists Union Gallery in 2007. They have published two poetry collections, “Sage” and “Only This Moment.” Their poems appear in “Her Mark 2009,” a journal of poetry and art published by Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.
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 Buenaventura Art Association is celebrating 55 years of great art!

Emily Van Dolah, age 15, performing in All American Ballet's 2008 production of The Sleeping Beauty
Emily Van Dolah, age 15, performing in All American Ballet's 2008 production of The Sleeping Beauty
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Ventura, CA. All American Ballet Company (AAB) will present a Spring Gala dance concert with exciting new choreography in classical, neoclassical and contemporary highlights on Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Buena High Auditorium at 5670 Telegraph Road in Ventura.

The concert will feature performances by All American Ballet School’s young dancers, along with professional guest artists, Enton Hoxha and Maria Tikhomirova. “Our Spring Gala will delight audiences with dancing that showcases what our young dancers have accomplished in their years of dedicated training,” says Camille Wallace, Board President. Performing both classical and modern dance solos in the show is Emily Van Dolah, age 15, whose goal is to dance professionally. In the past four years, Emily has received more than a dozen acceptances to prestigious summer programs such as San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet, including this summer with the Pittsburg Ballet Theatre on a full scholarship. “This show is fun to dance and will be fun to watch because it’s a little different and has variety,” says Emily. CONTINUED »


With state-of-the-art theatrics and video effects and perfection in choreography, the Ventura County Ballet Company will present the timeless tale of Cinderella in a thoroughly modern way at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, June 6 -7. The ballet features a top-notch cast of professional dancers with choreography by Rodney Gustafson.

Ticket prices range from $9-$23. Children 10 years and under are $10. Tickets are available online at, or call the box office at (805) 486-2424.

What: Ventura County Ballet Company presents Cinderella
When: 7:00pm, Saturday, June 6, 2009 and 2:00pm, Sunday, June 7, 2009
Where: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard CA
Tickets: Adults: $9 to $23. Children: 10 years and under $10


Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for their rotating exhibit on the ground floor of Ventura’s Community Memorial Hospital from June through August, 2009. Open to all 2D artists – original works only, no giclées or prints accepted. Works will be for sale and a reception for the artists will be held. The theme is “Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer” however; artists are encouraged to submit abstract interpretations of their definition of summer as well as literal renderings.

Submit works to Buenaventura Art Association for consideration. Criteria: jpeg only. No more than 400 pixels in any direction. Each jpeg must be identified with artist name and title of piece. Artists must include their full name, phone number and email address with each entry. No more than 3 entries per artist. Deadline: Monday, May 11, 2009 at 5:00 pm. There are no entry fees; however non-BAA members will be subject to a 40% commission if piece is sold.

Mail your CD’s to: Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E Santa Clara St., Ventura, CA 93001.or email More information on the website,


The Ojai Valley Museum, with its Spanish Mission Revival architecture, is the ideal setting for this exhibit of mission projects by Ojai Valley fourth grade students. The exhibit opens on April 17th and runs through May 17th. The student projects complement the display of Chumash Indian artifacts from the museum’s collection.

Docent tours for this exhibit are offered on Wednesdays. For reservation for tours and more information call 640-1390 or visit


The Ojai Valley Museum’s Native Plant and Treasure Sale will take place on Saturday, April 18th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the museum grounds.

Select from 500 native plants created for this event by Lawrence Nicklin of Plantasia Landscaping and Scott Smith of Euterpe Farms. Handouts and books on the care and maintenance of native plants will be available from the Ventura Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and docents will offer technical support and answer questions. A treasure sale of collectables and artifacts will occur along with the plant sale. Stevie Adams of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will speak at 11 a.m. on the “Rhythm of the River.”

For full information call the museum at (805) 640-1390.

May 2nd
Llewellyn Kingman Sanchez Werner shown with VC Symphony Orchestra Director E. Burns Taft at the October 2007 Ventura College concert.
Llewellyn Kingman Sanchez Werner shown with VC Symphony Orchestra Director E. Burns Taft at the October 2007 Ventura College concert.

VENTURA: The Master Chorale of Ventura County celebrates the 200th anniversary of composer Joseph Haydn, recognizes music director Burns Taft’s 70th birthday, and welcomes child prodigy Llewellyn Kingman Sanchez Werner as a soloist in a spectacular homecoming to Ventura College on Saturday, May 2, at 8 pm.
Llewellyn earned a degree from Ventura College before he was eight years old and is now enrolled at the Julliard School of Music at Lincoln Center in New York. When he started at Julliard, he was the youngest degree student in the school. Now 12 years old, Llewellyn returns to play the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Master Chorale Orchestra under the baton of Burns Taft.
The Chorale celebrates Haydn by performing his last, great masterpiece, the “Harmony” Mass. Written in 1802 after he surged into international stardom during his spectacular London sojourns, the Mass was the last large piece he wrote. It is extremely expressive and includes many joyous, spectacular moments. CONTINUED »

May 9th

VENTURA: Featuring the first great choral masterwork of Beethoven, the Ventura College Choirs and the Ventura College Symphony present their final spring concert on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 8 pm. With ticket prices low at $5 and $10 for general admission, the concert brings a variety of exciting music to the Ventura College Theatre. Tickets are available at the door the evening of the concert.
Beethoven wrote “Christ on the Mt. of Olives” when he was 33. It was his intention to commemorate the agony of Christ on the night before he was crucified. For this he employed three soloists, a full choir and a large orchestra. It is a very expressive work, with many big moments. The last chorus, a Hallelujah Chorus, is one of Beethoven’s most beloved pieces.
Elizabeth Helms, the director of VC Choirs, chose Laura Wargo to sing the role of the Seraph, a six-winged angel. Mitchell Burris is singing the part of Peter. The professional soloist Daniel Plaster of Los Angeles is singing the role of Jesus. It is one of the major, large dramatic presentations of the Christ story in choral music. Ms. Wargo, of Santa Paula, and Mr. Burris, of Ojai, are outstanding student members of the VC Choirs. CONTINUED »

“Gladys” by Nancy Pham was submitted to the Student Art Exhibit in 2008.
“Gladys” by Nancy Pham was submitted to the Student Art Exhibit in 2008.
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VENTURA: Ventura College is pleased to announce its Annual Student Awards Exhibition to be held in both the New Media Gallery and Gallery 2 on the Ventura College Campus, from April 16 to May 7. The campus is located at 4667 Telegraph Road, in Ventura. The artists’ reception will be held on April 16 at 7:00 p.m. on the patio by the Gallery 2. More than $6,500 in awards and prizes will be distributed to the winners of the juried show at the reception.

Hours for the Spring Semester are Monday through Friday, noon - 4:00 p.m. Please call Kate Martin, Gallery Manager, at (805) 648-8974 for additional information.

"The Baker's Wife"
"The Baker's Wife"
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Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Based on the film "La Femme de Boulanger" by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono

Old world charm permeates every moment of this bittersweet, wise and gently offbeat fable of life, love and bread by Joseph Stein (“Fiddler On The Roof”) and Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell,” “Pippin,” “Children of Eden” and the films “Pocahontas,” “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame” and “The Prince Of Egypt”).

The bickering residents of a small Provencal town at last find peace and contentment in the heavenly bread of the newly arrived baker and his attractive young wife, but when she is lured away by the attentions of a handsome young gigolo, the middle-aged baker loses all zest for life and baking, throwing the community into chaos. CONTINUED »

Featuring magicians Jim Kasmir, David Jockisch, & Shawn McMaster

May 1 and 2, 7pm
At Ventura's historic Dudley House
197 N. Ashwood, Ventura

Tickets: $25
Reservations/info: (805) 647-4622 or

Description: All proceeds will benefit local nonprofit Straight Up Ventura County ( Three popular magicians will create spellbinding illusions in three different rooms in the historic Dudley House, a Victorian home built in 1892, which is now a living history museum. All three magicians are well-known performers in California; Shawn McMaster recently appeared on an episode of Fox TV's "Masters of Illusion."

For more information, contact (805) 647-4622 or

Before the Hunt
Before the Hunt
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April 25th

Meet ArtWalk’s Featured Artist Dan Holmes at Museum of Ventura County during Ventura’s Spring ArtWalk weekend, April 25 and 26. Holmes will be signing the official ArtWalk posters featuring his work on Saturday, April 25, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. He will show and sell his photography from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. that day, and on Sunday, April 26, from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Holmes’ photographs can also be seen in the museum’s current exhibition Discovery: The Photography of Dan Holmes, which will continue through May 31. It includes both color and black & white photography, including scenes from Africa and the American west. He describes his images as reflections of those “moments in time when light, form, and color fit.” CONTINUED »

“In Tamilyn’s Garden” collage by Janet Black (2009)
“In Tamilyn’s Garden” collage by Janet Black (2009)
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One year ago, the Breast Center at Community Memorial Hospital joined with the Buenaventura Art Association to kick-off “A Celebration of Life.” Co-sponsored by Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation, local breast cancer survivors were partnered with eleven Buenaventura Art Association artists who were commissioned to create unique and personal artistic impressions associated with the cancer survivors’ experiences. One pairing consisted of survivor Tamilyn Taylor and artist Janet Black. They found common ground, first, over their love of cats and coffee, and later met to talk about Tamilyn’s experiences with breast cancer.

Black, who does portraiture in collage, took the lead from Taylor’s story and has created a portrait of Taylor with, of course, her cat. “The most fascinating thing about this partnering,” said Black, “is that Tamilyn kept a journal during her diagnosis and treatment, and I was able to use pieces of that journal in the collage itself, surrounding her with her own words and memories, in her own handwriting.” CONTINUED »


Hear children’s book authors and illustrators read their own words, at Museum of Ventura County’s free Family Times, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 and Sunday, May 17. Book signings and art activities are also part of the free afternoon.

On Sunday, April 19, Ventura author Amada Irma Pérez will read her bilingual books in Spanish, including Mi propio cuartito( My Very Own Room). Also on that day, author and illustrator Mary Ann Fraser of Simi Valley will read her books for children, which include Where Are The Night Animals? Jody Fickes Shapiro of Ventura will entertain with her writings, which include Up, Up, Up! It’s Apple- Picking Time.

On Sunday, May 17, author Alexis O’Neill of Simi Valley will read The Recess Queen, along with her other books; and Thousand Oaks author and illustrator Carol Heyer will include Humphrey’s First Christmas in her readings. Jody Fickes Shapiro will return to read her books again for Family Times.

Families who attend can enjoy a cozy reading nook, part of the museum’s current exhibit, Picture This! The Magic of Children’s Books. The exhibition, running through July 5, features original illustrations and writing by the authors and illustrators visiting Family Times, as well as work by Caldecott winner Simms Taback of Ventura. The exhibit area includes a cozy nook for families to read together. Children can also don costumes replicating garments in some of the books, such as the patched coat in Simms Taback’s book, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, or the colorful rebozo, or shawl, featured in the Amada Irma Pérez book Nana’s Big Surprise.

Museum of Ventura County is at 89 South California Street, Ventura. Open Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday -Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission, except for some events. (805) 653-0323 or go to