Louise Lofquist will solo with the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra performing Chopin’s Twenty First Opus on March 14.
Louise Lofquist will solo with the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra performing Chopin’s Twenty First Opus on March 14.

VENTURA: Pianist Louise Lofquist, professor at Pepperdine University, solos with the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 14, 2009. The program begins at 8 p.m. in the Ventura College Theatre. There are no advanced ticket sales for the concert. Tickets are purchased at the door the evening of the concert for a cost of $5 students, seniors and students and $10 for general admission.

Ms. Lofquist is playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. It is a brilliant work written when the composer was young and living in Poland. He used the Concerto to full advantage in creating his reputation as a genius composer and performer. The Concerto is widely admired and loved.

Ms. Lofquist holds several advanced degrees and is known as one of California’s best collaborative pianists. In addition, she is a vocal soloist.

Ojai music teacher and Ventura College student David Gorospe leads the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra percussion section. He is conducting the orchestra in Egmont Overture by Beethoven. This music tells a fabulous story of oppression, revolution and freedom of the Dutch people in times past. As such, the tale attracted the attention of Beethoven who cared deeply about social issues.

Beethoven ‘s Symphony No. 1 established him as a major composer in Vienna. It is the last piece in the March 14 concert. Compared to his predecessors, Beethoven takes the symphony form to new heights. It is more daring than any before him. In it, he introduced a new musical form called the Scherzo or “joke.” The youthful exuberance of the Symphony ushered in a complete new era of music.

Dr. Burns Taft is director/conductor of the Ventura College Symphony. The public is invited to attend the concert.

For additional information, please contact Dr. E. Burns Taft, Professor of Music, 805-654-6400 ext. 3210, or Alisa Sparkia Moore, Esq., Public Information Officer, 654-6462, asmoore@vcccd.edu.

 


 

Ventura, CA - Ventura Improv Company is having its annual Valentine’s Day comedy show on Saturday, February14th at the comedy group’s theatre in downtown Ventura.

The show is a special celebration of Valentine’s Day with a focus on the ups and downs of love and relationships — or the lack thereof. Singles, couples and everyone in between are welcome. The price of admission includes sparkling wine or cider, flowers and chocolate.

“We’ve developed the Valentine’s show tradition over the past few years. The improv can be funny and touching, and the audience appreciates the special perks,” says Judy Gottlieb, Vice President of Ventura Improv Company. CONTINUED »

 


 

After almost 20 years, the California Gold Coast Watercolor Society (CGCWS) has decided to merge with Buenaventura Art Association. “I think this will be a great merger for both organizations,” said Kristy Vantrease, co-President of the CGCWS. Christine Beirne, Executive Director of Buenaventura Art Association concurs: “I’m looking forward to the art and new energy that the Gold Coast members will bring.”
The founding members of the CGCWS were eight local artists: Gayel Childress, Barbara Greene and Elaine Rogers all from Ojai’ Jacqueline Walker and Sheila Allen from Santa Paula; Sally Miller from Ventura; Margy Gates from Oxnard and Jacquelyn Cavish from Port Hueneme.

Buenaventura Art Association celebrates 55 years this year and welcomes our new members. Buenaventura Art Association is located at 700 E Santa Clara St in downtown Ventura with locations at the Ventura Harbor Village, inside the Ventura Vistors and Convention Bureau and Community Memorial Hospital.

 


 
“Witness for The Prosecution” by famed mystery writer Agatha Christie.
“Witness for The Prosecution” by famed mystery writer Agatha Christie.
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The Ventura College Theatre Department presents “Witness for The Prosecution” by famed mystery writer Agatha Christie. “Witness for The Prosecution” will open with a preview performance free to the public on Thursday, February 19 at 8pm, and continue with performances on Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21 at 8pm, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 26, 27, and 28 at 8pm, and Sunday, March 1 at 3pm. Tickets, which may be purchased only at the door, are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for students, staff, and seniors.

The story line is as follows:
A naïve young man is accused of murdering a wealthy “elderly lady” he has befriended. His alibi is dependent on the testimony of his wife, who may or may not be telling the truth. A mystery witness produces evidence to discredit the wife. Who is telling the truth and what is being covered up? A courtroom drama and a thriller as only Agatha Christie could write, with multiple twists and turns right up to the end. CONTINUED »

 


 

"Upper Ojai" by Kristina Grey.
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"Still Life with White Vase" by Nancy Whitman.
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Kristina Grey and Nancy Whitman will display their art in a show at Fox Fine Jewelry from March 17 through May 12, 2009. Artists’ Reception will be Saturday, March 21st, 6 – 9 pm.

Kristina Grey, a Disney veteran who worked on Sleeping Beauty, has devoted her life to art as a vehicle for healing. She has used art therapeutically with male inmates, abused adults in a psychiatric unit, and in private practice. She has been painting, drawing and sculpting all of her life, with dozens of awards and shows to her credit. Her art, intuitive and inspired, is loose and colorful, a blending of post impressionist and abstract expressionists.

Nancy Whitman topped off her graduate art degree by studying in Paris, France. She fell in love with color and exuberant broad strokes as she was influenced by Matisse, Jawlensky and the Fauves. Her larger, free-flowing colorful pastels reflect the sheer beauty of nature that surrounds her as she paints in her studio in Upper Ojai.

For information on the show, contact Debbie Fox at (805) 652-1800.

Fox Fine Jewelry is located at 210 East Main Street, in Historic Downtown Ventura, Across the street from the Mission. (805) 652-1800. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:30 – 6p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 – 10 p.m.

 


 

Ventura, California - Country and Western singing star and song-writer Keith Anderson, whose 2008 hit “I Still Miss You” reached No. 2 in the Billboard country charts, will headline Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s 19th annual Gold Dust Gala, a benefit event on Saturday, April 18, at Ventura’s Seaside Park.

Tickets and sponsorship packages can be purchased online at www.golddustgala.org, or by calling the Foundation office at 805/667-2881.

Proceeds from the Gold Dust Gala are used for breast cancer detection and treatment, cervical cancer screening and vaccination, and needed diagnostic equipment that benefits women in our community who lack access to life-saving exams. In 2008, over 80 women who qualified for this program were cared for by Community Memorial Health System. CONTINUED »

 

Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for the second exhibit on the ground floor of Ventura’s Community Memorial Hospital in March 2009. Works will be for sale and a reception for the artists will be held as well. The exhibit is titled “Healing Arts” however; artists are encouraged to submit abstract interpretations of healing arts as well as literal renderings.

Submit works to Buenaventura Art Association for consideration. Criteria: jpeg only. No more than 400 pixels in any direction and no larger than 200 kb. Each jpeg must be identified w/artist name, title of piece. No more than 3 entries per artist. Deadline: Feb. 16, 2009. 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 cmhexhibit@buenaventuragallery.org. More information on the website, www.BuenaventuraGallery.org

 
Great Rooms Design Studio 'Opens Their Heart' to 'Music For Heart Foundation' with a fundraising reception at 3:00 p.m on Sunday, February 22, 2009

Please Join Us for a wonderful fundraising reception for 'Music For Heart Foundation' with proceed from sales going to fund heart surgery for indigent children and babies!

February is Heart Month and Carol Hilton & Ann Mulligan, owners of Great Rooms, Furniture Showroom & Design Studio announced today that they will host 'Great Rooms Opens Their Heart for Music For Heart Foundation'. The reception/fundraiser will see proceeds of sales going to the Music For Heart's program of funding surgery for children and babies with Congenital Heart Disease.

'Great Rooms Opens Their Heart for Music For Heart Foundation' will take place on Sunday, February 22, 2009 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at 651 Via Alondra, Suite 703, Camarillo, CA 93012. The event will mark the first collaboration for Great Rooms and local charity, Music For Heart Foundation and will raise much needed funds for the fifty-five (55) heart surgeries Music For Heart has committed to for May, 2009. CONTINUED »

 
Genocide
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Buenaventura Art Association’s 23rd Annual Open Competition brought entries from all over Ventura County. Juror Dennis Reed, Dean of Humanities/Arts at Los Angeles Valley City College had a tough time picking the approximately 125 pieces of art to be exhibit out of the 350 pieces submitted.

Amani J. Fliers of Thousand Oaks won “Best of Show” for her digitally enhanced photograph “Genocide B4”. The prizes in two-dimensional works are as follows: 1st Place, Jack Halbert for “California Streamin;” 2nd Place, Agnete “Chippy” Scharling Todd for “Bodily Apparatus;” 3rd Place, Susan Seaberry for “Brendon;” Honorable Mention, Karen L. Brown for “A Message to the Moon;” and Honorable Mention, Erik Reel for “1211 – Was the War Good for You?” The prizes in three-dimensional works are as follows: 1st Place, David Blackburn for “Buckeye Triangle Box;” 2nd Place, Bob Privitt for “Beyond Toys: Target;” 3rd Place, Joanne Duby for “Sands of Time;” Honorable Mention, David Blackburn for “Haiku Bench;” and Honorable Mention, Christine Watté for “Perseverance.”
The Buenaventura Art Association celebrates 55 years of great art this year. 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.

 
"I Loved Lucy" by Lee Tannen, Based on His Memoir - Directed by Sheryl Kaller and featuring Mary Beth Peil and Joseph Fuqua

Rubicon Theatre Company’s Fashion Forms PLAY’S-IN-PROGRESS series continues with a reading of Lee Tannen's I Loved Lucy, a new play based on Tannen's best-selling book of the same name, will be presented at 7pm Feb. 9, 2009 at Rubicon in Ventura, CA.

Directed by Sheryl Kaller, (Adrift in Macao, Dangerous Beauty) the reading will feature the talents of Mary Beth Peil (Sunday in the Park with George, Dawson’s Creek) as Lucille Ball with Joseph Fuqua (Hamlet, All My Sons) as Lee Tannen.

I Loved Lucy, according to press notes, "tells the story of the intimate relationship between Lucy and Lee (who was distantly related to Lucy) during the last decade of her life, a period which has come to be known as the 'lost Lucy years,' a time spent mainly at home out of the television spotlight and around a backgammon table. It's a candid, funny and poignant look at arguably the most recognizable face on the planet told by a man forty years her junior who became her best pal and closest confidante at the end of her life." CONTINUED »

 
“Lonesome Boat on the Yangtze River”, Sumi ink and Chinese watercolor on rice paper.
“Lonesome Boat on the Yangtze River”, Sumi ink and Chinese watercolor on rice paper.
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Teng Shu-Ming’s solo exhibition, “Mist & Cloud” will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from Feb. 3 – Feb. 28, 2009 with an artist reception on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4 – 7 pm. The “Mist & Cloud” is Teng’s 12th solo exhibition. Teng’s paintings are steeped in Sumi ink and Chinese watercolor tradition that date back thousand of years. However, the infusion of color adds a contemporary twist to her pieces.
Teng Shu-Ming has been a cover/featured artist in Ventura Life & Style Magazine has exhibited her work internationally. Her subject matter is reflected in her travels throughout China, Europe, South America and Africa. She often paints on location and her husband not only assists her in carrying her paints and easel, he guards her from wild animals! CONTINUED »

 
“Still Water” by Vonder Gray, acrylic on Canvas
“Still Water” by Vonder Gray, acrylic on Canvas
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Vonder Gray exhibition of paintings will be at the Discovery Gallery from Feb 5 to March 5, 2009. There is an opening reception on Friday, February 6 from 5 – 8 pm. for First Friday’s Ventura Gallery Crawl.

Gray brings her appreciation and admiration for her natural surroundings to the canvas. Offering insight to her muse, Vonder expresses “the thickness and texture of the paint and the energy that (goes) into its application, echo the textures and energies I find around water.”

Gray spent most of her life on the east coast. Growing up on Long Island and attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, the Montserrat School of Visual Art in Beverly, MA and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Almost eight years ago, Gray relocated to art centric Ojai and then to Ventura in this past year. She is a resident artist at the Sea Breeze Art Gallery and Studios in Ventura and has been a member of the Buenaventura Art Association upon moving to Ventura. Since she was a little girl, Gray says she always knew she would be a painter and has been showing her art work since the 70’s. Private collectors hail from California to Copenhagen, from LA to London. This is Gray’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 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call the Buenaventura Art Association at 805-648-1235 or visit their website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.

 

an Exclusive Look at the Beauty of Santa Barbara’s Underwater World

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Join Brooks Institute at its Gallery 27, located at 27 E. Cota St. in downtown Santa Barbara, as it presents Under the Sea, a stunning multi-media exhibit detailing the elegance and fluid motion of life captured underwater. This unique exhibit showcases the work from the undersea photography students as well as work from the collections of two of its underwater graduates, Kelly Kirlin and Katie Ward. This exhibit will be on display from February 5 – February 27, 2009 and March 9 – March 27, 2009. An artists’ reception will be held on February 5 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. during the First Thursday art walk.

For more than 45 years, Brooks Institute’s undersea class has engaged students in this distinctive and creative environment. Back in the 1960’s, Brooks Institute’s founder and his son, Ernie Brooks and Ernie Brooks Jr., took students diving off the coast of Mexico. This popular excursion turned into a full-time course with an official diving boat that Ernie Brooks kept in the Santa Barbara Harbor called “Just Love.” The students would travel to the Channel Islands and document the beauty of the undersea world. For more than 15 years, Brooks Institute faculty member, Ralph Clevenger, has continued the tradition by teaching these classes in this extraordinary photographic setting. It is from the work of his students that he selected images and videos to be displayed for this exhibit. CONTINUED »

 
“Lily Pads” by Nancy Horwick
“Lily Pads” by Nancy Horwick
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“Near and Far: Landescapes” originals in oil by Nancy Horwick at the Harbor Village Gallery
in addition, Mardi Gras exhibit by the members of Buenaventura Art Association.

The quiet observer translates to canvas in Nancy Horwick’s “Near and Far: LandEscapes”solo show at the Harbor Village Gallery. The exhibit runs from January 18 to March 2, 2009. Artist Reception is Friday, January 23, 2009 from 5 – 8pm.
Shake off the Holiday Blues, dust off that party dress and grab the noise makers and beads for HVG’s “Mardi Gras: Eat, Drink & Be Merry” exhibit! Life is a celebration and it’s nothing but fun and colorful pieces of art work at the Harbor Village Gallery from January 18 – March 2, 2009. An artist reception will be held on FAT TUESDAY, Feb. 24 from 5 – 8 pm. (Note: the gallery is normally closed on Tuesday, but will be open for the reception).
Horwick’s painterly images are a friendly sigh of optimism. Horwick returns to the elegance and beauty found in works of earlier masters, bringing a balance between the technical and emotional aspects of artistic expression. With a concern for the environment and the future of young artists, Horwick needs no shock value to catch your attention. She gently sets you in a peaceful place by the water or a top a hillside for a relaxing view of the valley below. CONTINUED »

 
New “Tours Aloft” activity lets guests climb tall ship rigging

Oxnard, Calif. – The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to Oxnard Tuesday, Feb. 3 offering dockside tours, three-hour sailing adventures, and a new activity, “Tours Aloft.” The ships are scheduled to arrive at approximately 4 p.m. at Channel Islands Harbor Marina, 3900 Pelican Way off Victoria Avenue, in Oxnard. The ships will fire a cannon salute to the city and tie up for a six-day visit. Both vessels make annual visits to the community.

For the first time in Oxnard, the ships will offer Tours Aloft, a new activity for guests dockside and during public sailings. For a suggested donation of $20, visitors can climb aloft in a harness for a mini-excursion to the highest yard on the main mast, as high as 70 feet off the water. Trained crew members will secure climbers into a full-body harness, and connect them to a fixed belay system. Climbers are encouraged to climb only as high as they are comfortable. (Due to equipment design restrictions, maximum weight for tours aloft is 220 pounds.) CONTINUED »

 
Longevity by Catherine Day Barr
Longevity by Catherine Day Barr
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Relief Cut Print by Laura Powers
Relief Cut Print by Laura Powers
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Hear Catherine Day Barroca discuss her new direction in bas-relief painting on wood, and prints on paper, at a free public reception, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7, at the Museum of Ventura County, 89 S. California Street in Ventura. At 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., Day Barroca will discuss her work in the museum’s current exhibition, With the Grain: Catherine Day Barroca. Museum visitors will also be able to touch copper plates and woodblocks, and see prints she made from them.

The reception also marks the opening of The Student Prints, a related exhibit of work by students taught by Day Barocca. It includes a decade of exceptional work from the Ventura College Print Shop, where Day Barroca was herself once a student. Both exhibitions are open through March 22.

Day Barroca, born in Panama, raised in Oxnard and Germany, is now a Ventura resident. Her work is often inspired by her multicultural heritage and travels, and reflects her interest in family, nature, and the historic Ventura Avenue community of Ventura. In 2001 she completed “Portrait of a Neighborhood,” a 100-foot-long mural in the interior of the Casa de Anza Library on Ventura Avenue.

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

 
The World We Want
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The World We Want: Documentary Film Presentation and Discussion

VENTURA: The Ventura College Spring 2009 Arts and Lecture Series starts with the screening of the 2008 documentary The World We Want on Friday, January 23 in the Second Floor Reading Room of the Library and Learning Resource Center (LRC) on the Ventura College campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Patrick Davidson, the director-screenwriter-producer of the film prior to the screening. The discussion will start at 6:30 p.m.; the film will be shown at 7:00 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.

The World We Want is the first feature length film from Patrick Davidson, an award winning writer-producer-director, well known and respected for producing high quality, socially conscious, and engaging entertainment. The captivating documentary tells the inspirational stories of teenage activists throughout the world fighting to improve their communities, countries and lives. Shot in high definition on location in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Russia, Senegal and the United States, the film follows the students’ battles for changes that include banning teenage gambling, lowering taxation on artists, creating a town constitution, securing clean drinking water and more. The World We Want documents the young citizens’ struggle to convince local and national leaders to enact their ideas while capturing the teenagers’ dedication, determination, and empowerment as they work together to change the world.

The Hollywood Reporter says, “What appears to be another routine, feel-good, youth-oriented doc morphs into a motivational how-to for young activists as it gains momentum and impact. The World We Want recently world premiered at AFI Fest, where it shared the audience award for best documentary feature….The film profiles teenage participants in Project Citizen, a school-based international civics program administered by a California nonprofit and funded by the U.S. Department of Education and others. Active in all 50 states and 65 countries internationally, the initiative educates students about local and national governance while involving them in real-world problem-solving. Eight international groups of youthful activists … participate in local projects and compete to win recognition as “Program of the Year.” Davidson … traveled around the world capturing the kids’ lives and their struggles to improve their communities. He lets the kids speak for themselves, their families and their hometowns. Particularly affecting are the personal accounts of young people seeking communal reconciliation and advancement in war-torn Colombia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.” CONTINUED »

 
“It Takes Money to Play This Game” by Stan Benson is oil on an oak panel in sepia tones.
“It Takes Money to Play This Game” by Stan Benson is oil on an oak panel in sepia tones.
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“No Barking” an acrylic by Janet Mackaig is just one of her recent works that will be at the Ventura College Gallery 2.
“No Barking” an acrylic by Janet Mackaig is just one of her recent works that will be at the Ventura College Gallery 2.
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Ventura College galleries feature unusual perspectives for first spring exhibit

• Jan. 22 – Feb. 14, Gallery 2, Noon – 4pm, call 805-648-8974, “Is This Insanity or Reality?” Works by Janet Mackaig , Free

• Jan. 22—Feb. 14, New Media Gallery, Noon – 4 pm, call 805-648-8974, “The Tourists are the Attraction” Paintings by Stan Benson, Free

VENTURA: The Ventura College Galleries inaugurate their spring 2009 shows with two exhibits featuring the unique perspectives of artists. In Gallery 2, the touching paintings of Janet Mackaig will be featured while in the New Media Gallery, oil on wood panel painter Stan Benson’s works will be exhibited. The exhibits run from January 22 through February 14. The reception for the artists is Thursday, January 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the patio by Gallery 2, and the press and community members are welcome to attend.

Janet Mackaig lives and works in Santa Monica. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSU Los Angeles, where she has done post graduate work. She has also done post-graduate work at UCLA. About her work, Ms. Mackaig says, “The content in these works of art have separated life into segments or situations. They resemble stream of consciousness writing. There is no consciousness logic. The paintings have strong personal intent, looking beyond the obvious. The artist is a world traveler seeking interesting adventures. A record is kept through photographs and back in the studio they can be used as a reference. Each painting has its own life or story. They are usually memorialized in the form of a poem. I am a painter, printmaker and poet and my paintings and prints are storytelling but not necessarily obvious as such. The poem can be written before the painting or after, it does not matter because the stream of consciousness becomes alive in the painting. Colors and materials belong to the conscious mind and are just a reference and helpful guide into the painting and the adventure into the unconscious.”

Mackaig has had 39 solo exhibitions, including shows in Laguna Beach, San Marcos,
Los Angeles, Walnut, Mt. Jacinto, Merced and Ashland, California; Alamosa, Colorado; and Anchorage, Alaska. Her works are held in more than twenty public collections from California to New Jersey, and she has most recently won juried exhibitions and awards in Los Angeles, New Jersey and Indiana, among others. For more information on Ms. Mackaig, visit janetmackaig.com.

When discussing the role of the viewer, Mackaig noted, “Disassociating with comfortable art and becoming disconnected makes you feel uneasy. Maybe, viewing ‘disconnected’ art gives the viewer a new sense of reality. Perhaps the artist jolts viewers so they question, what is going on in this world? We need to question. I like to think of my work as a visual haiku.”

Stan Benson, in “The Tourists are the Attraction,” brings to The New Media Gallery works done on natural wood panels as a background. His paintings of situations he has observed while traveling as a tourist will form the gist of this show, but his works include an incredible range of styles including what he calls Old School, Abstract, and Computer Art. Works from his amazing scope can be seen at http://www.home.earthlink.net/~stansart/ where there are six elevator floors of his work for the viewer to enjoy. For the exhibit at Ventura College, it should be noted that as an allusion to the simulated authenticity of tourism, he stains the wood creating a simulated marquetry effect. The sepia tones capture the nostalgia of travel memories while the wood hues are reminiscent of the many hues of mankind. He works with the unique pattern and texture of the wood, often adding paint or collage, to create representational paintings with a touch of abstraction.

The Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 4:00pm. For additional information and changes on hours, call Kate Martin, gallery director, at Ventura College, (805) 648-8974 or contact her by email at kate@katemartin.com.

 
A milestone of 15 years, 15 ‘Musical Chairs’ to adorn halls of businesses, galleries and government offices in Ventura County
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John Parker Chair
John Parker Chair
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Norman Kirk
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Norman Kirk Chair
Norman Kirk Chair
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The Ventura Music Festival’s 15th Season Art exhibition features a collection of 15 handcrafted chairs all to be auctioned off at its key fundraiser for the year on March 14, 2009.

In the past four years, the Ventura Music Festival has partnered with the local art community to help raise funds for the Festival. This year, in honor of its 15th anniversary, the Festival’s art exhibition celebrates each year since its founding by commissioning 15 one-of-a-kind “Musical Chairs.”

Each handcrafted chair features a unique perspective as artists feature their own style and interpretation of the Festival’s theme – Ruskaya: Music…the Soul of Russia. Interested parties also can now place bids on chairs prior to the auction through the Festival’s website at: www.venturamusicfestival.org.

Prior to the auction, all 15 chairs will remain on display at various venues throughout Ventura County.

Through February 15:

Affinity Bank & Trust, 101 S. Chestnut Street, Ventura

First California Bank of Oxnard, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, #102, Oxnard

Santa Barbara Bank, 250 S. Mills Road, Ventura

Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, Ventura

Fox Fine Jewelry, 210 E. Main Street, Ventura

San Buenaventura Artists Union Gallery, 330 S. California Street, Ventura (through Feb. 8 only)

Studio Channel Islands Art Center, 519 South C Street, Oxnard

February 16 – March 6:

Rabobank, 300 S. Mills Road, Ventura

Weaver Wines, 14 S. California Street, Ventura

Primavera Art Gallery, 214 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai

Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, #1455, Oxnard

Red Brick Gallery, 328 E. Main Street, Ventura

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 450 Harbor Blvd., Ventura

March 6 – 13:

All 15 chairs will come together and remain on display at Discovery Gallery, Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, 101 S. California Street, Ventura

Annual gala and fundraiser, March 14

The Ventura Music Festival’s annual gala and fundraiser, themed White Russian Nights is March 14 at the Four Points by Sheraton in the Ventura Harbor. Guests will enjoy a festive evening of fine dining, wine and entertainment, including a live auction of 15 Musical Chairs. Visit the website www.venturamusicfestival.org or call (805) 648-3146 for more information or to purchase tickets.

ATTACHED ARTIST PHOTO AND BIO

ALL 15 chair and artist images are available upon request from PR@consortium-media.com.

Artists Norman Kirk and John Parker are just two of 15 local artists participating in the Ventura Music Festivals art exhibition, “Musical Chairs.” In all, 15 chairs were created to celebrate the Festival’s 15th anniversary season. Norman Kirk’s chair photo courtesy of Schaf Photo. John Parker’s chair photo courtesy of Photo by Derek.

About the Artists

Norman Kirk: A resident of Santa Paula, artist Norman Kirk is best known for his watercolor paintings. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and the gold Coast Watercolor Society, he studied the classics at the Cleveland Museum of Art and continued his studies at the Los Angeles Art Center School of Design, UCLA, Chouinards, De Paul University and Ventura college where he has also taught watercolor painting since 1982.

He has been the cover artist and program book illustrator for the Ventura Co. Design House since 1994 and was a combat artist during WW II. His paintings have won countless awards in juried shows and has works presented in galleries and museums throughout California.

A lover of music and a passion for painting have overlapped and intertwined in ways that are difficult to explain throughout my life,” Kirk says. “My personal expression of the chair, titled ‘Adagio,’ contains images of composers, musicians, instruments, and other symbols representing the world of music. They are depicted with a combination of collage, original painted compositions, and unified with brushwork woven through the juxtaposed imagery.”

John Parker: John Parker, a visual artist, musician, graphic artist and resident of Ventura, is inspired to create art by modern art masters such as Modigliani, Picasso, Gustav Klimt and European poster art of the early 20th Century.

He has created graphics for local events such as Downtown ArtWalk and now serves on the Board of Directors at San Buenaventura Artists Union Gallery. This year marks his fourth season creating signature art, brochures, ads and all graphics for the Ventura Music Festival.

When describing his chair, Parker says “Listen! Has the music stopped? When it does.....have a seat! Here, where light and darkness meet, where day and night cast purple shadows on the street. A swirling phantasmagoria of color and rhythm surround you, hypnotizing you into dream....but wait! The music has started again....you must rise up and dance!”

 
"Rockin Red Ram Face” by Bob Privitt, 1st Place in 3D 22nd Annual Open Competition.
"Rockin Red Ram Face” by Bob Privitt, 1st Place in 3D 22nd Annual Open Competition.
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Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for their 23rd Annual Open Competition at the Buenaventura Gallery. The exhibit will run from Jan 20 – Jan. 31 with the bring-in for the artists on Sunday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 19 from 11 am – 2 pm. The awards ceremony (with over $1,000 in prizes awarded) will be on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 4 – 7 pm. Dennis Reed, Dean of Fine, Performing and Media Arts and Los Angeles Valley College will the juror.

Dennis Reed taught drawing and painting for twenty years, mainly at Los Angeles Valley College. He is a writer and curator who has organized one-person exhibitions of artists Doug Harvey, Emerson Woelffer, Walter Askin and Richard Pettibone, to name a few. He is perhaps best known for his work in photography, having organized exhibitions for such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC), the Oakland Museum, and The Huntington.

He has written numerous essays and two books, Japanese Photography in America, 1920-1940, for the Japanese American Cultural Center, and (co-authored) Pictorialism in California: Photographs, 1900-1940, for the Getty Museum. His most recent essay is The Wind Came from the East, was published in 2008 by Stanford University in the book, Asian American Art, 1850-1970.

He is a collector of art and photography, and his collections has been shown at such museum as the National Gallery of Australia, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the DeYoung Memorial Museum, the Houston Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, to name a few. In 2006 the Santa Barbara Museum of Art presented two exhibitions highlighting his collection of photographs. The January 2008 issue of Art on Paper magazine included an article profiling Mr. Reed. In January he will assume the role of Chair of the Photographic Arts Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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