There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
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on exhibition at the Museum of Ventura County from April 4 through July 5, 2009.

The artful pairing of memorable stories and imaginative illustrations inspires Picture This! The Magic of Children’s Books, on exhibition at the Museum of Ventura County from April 4 through July 5, 2009. A free public opening reception honoring the featured illustrators and authors is on Friday, April 3, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Designed for both children and adults, the exhibit features dozens of original illustrations and writer’s notes, which follow the highly collaborative process. Included is work by Caldecott Medal winner, author and illustrator Simms Taback of Ventura, and by illustrator Maya Christina Gonzales, authors and illustrators Mary Ann Fraser of Simi Valley and Carol Heyer of Thousand Oaks, and authors Alexis O’Neill of Simi Valley, Amada Irma Pérez of Ventura, and Jody Fickes Shapiro of Ventura.

Parents and children can create their own illustrated books, and a comfortable reading nook provides visitors of all ages a place to enjoy the featured books. Children’s book illustrations created by local high school students are on display June 5 through July 5. Special events surrounding the exhibits include a talk by author and illustrator Simms Taback, winner of the prestigious 2000 Caldecott Medal for children’s book illustration; book signings and readings; and new Toddler Tuesday sessions which include a story time and art projects.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 89 S. California Street in downtown Ventura; 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, call (805) 653-0323 or go to


Event Supported by Schwab Family Charitable Trust
Trina Boman
Trina Boman

Applications are now being accepted for the second year of the Henry Schwab Ventura County Violin Competition. The competition is open to young violinists up to the age of 25. Sponsored by a grant from the Henry and Miriam Schwab Family Charitable Trust, the competition seeks to encourage young violinists and help them with their education. $3,000 in prize money is awarded to the contestants who compete in two events. First, a preliminary audition will be held January 24, 2009 in order to select four finalists. The finalists will compete on May 24, 2009, by playing a concerto with the Ventura College Symphony. The public is invited to the May competition. The 2008 winner was then-16 year old Trina Bowman of Thousand Oaks.

For further information or to request an application, call 805-525-0144.

Background on Henry Schwab: The event, the Henry Schwab Ventura County Violin Competition, honors Henry Schwab, who began violin study in New York at a young age. His talent prompted his parents to send him to Europe in 1924 to continue his training. He studied in Vienna, graduating with highest honors. His study continued in Berlin with the world-famous professor Carl Flesch and later with the Russian virtuoso, Spiwakowsky. He studied in Paris under French master Jacques Thibaud. After taking a degree from Normale de Musique, he returned to the United States for a brilliant career as a concert violinist, concertmaster, teacher and collector of instruments. Maestro Schwab passed away at the age of 100 in 2006, and his wife Miriam has established this competition in his memory.

Additional Information on the Competition: The contest has two categories: for violinists up to the age of 17, upon the recommendation of their music teacher, and for those 18 – 25, either upon the recommendation of their music instructor or enrollment in an accredited college or university. There is a $30 entrance fee. The preliminary competition is January 24. Candidates must play two selections, both from memory, for the panel of judges. Competitors must bring a score for the judges and supply their own piano accompanist. Auditions will last no longer than 20 minutes. The evaluation will include accuracy, musicianship and style. Two finalists will be selected from each category to continue in the May 24, 2009 competition. The May competition will require two rehearsals with the Symphony and a live performance that will be open to the public.

The application for the Competition is available on the College website – – under the Public Relations section of the home page in the viewer’s lower right side of the screen. The completed application should be mailed with the entry fee check to the college at Ventura College, attn: Dr. Burns Taft, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura CA 93003.

Henry Schwab Ventura County Violin Competition
Name (Print) ____________________________________________________
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Email _____________________________ Phone(s) ______________________
Age ____________ Date of Birth _____________________________________
Name of Violin Teacher ______________________________
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Selections to be played at the Preliminary Audition
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If under 21, parent’s signature is required: _________________________________
Entry fee is $30. Please make the check out to Ventura College. Mail application and entry fee (checks or money orders only) to
Ventura College
Attn: Dr. Burns Taft, Music Dept. (Violin Competition)
4667 Telegraph Road
Ventura CA 93003


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January 10th, 2009
Peter Case
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Santa Paula Theater Center presents its first of five concerts of the year. "An Evening With Peter Case and special guest Crosby Tyler", Sat. January 10th. The doors open at 8:00 PM, concert starts at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $25.00 each. This is a kick off for Peter Case’s year-long European tour.

After 30-plus years as one of America’s most enduring and treasured songwriters, Troubadour prince Peter Case has made his most direct and affecting work to date. Case’s first album of original material since 2002, Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John is naked and aching calling to mind the best of the one-man-and-a-guitar ethos that has acted as the backbone of American songwriting since the early 20th century.

Case began his career as a teenage street musician in L.A. during the heyday of punk before forming the seminal power pop bands The Plimsouls and The Nerves. Going on to work with legends like T-Bone Burnett, Ry Cooder and David Hidalg Case has been honored with a three-disc tribute album by legends like Victoria Williams and Dave Alvin. Despite the accolades from his peers, Case is still focusing on making quality new music.

Guest Crosby Tyler performs a fusion of 60's pop mixed with a versatility of songwriting against a backdrop of urban Americana.

Stay informed by checking the Santa Paula Theater Center website for the most current play productions front and back stage and the four additional concerts through out the year.


Museum of Ventura County Workshop

Are you working on a project you just can’t complete? Are you stuck in a rut, not feeling fulfilled? Then clear your calendar on Saturday, January 24 and sign up for either a morning or afternoon session of a workshop called Unlock Your Creative Potential!

During the 1½ hour-long workshop, Brecia Kralovic-Logan, a Santa Barbara-based ceramic and fiber artist, writer and creativity coach, will share her easy to learn method for developing creativity, which can be applied to any field or endeavor. Each workshop session is limited to 24 students, and is held at the Museum of Ventura County, 89 S. California Street, Ventura.

Cost for the creativity workshop is $15 for the general public; $10 for Museum members. RSVP by January 16 to (805) 641-1876 ext. 305 for either the 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or the 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. workshop. Both sessions will cover the same material.


Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
California State Governor

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the death of Robert Graham:

“Maria and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Robert Graham. Robert was an amazing sculptor who forever shaped the presence of sculpture art throughout California and the world. His work was truly influential and he will forever remain an icon in this state. Our thoughts and prayers are with Robert's wife Anjelica and his entire family during this difficult time.”

Graham was inducted into The California Museum's California Hall of Fame on December 15. Graham’s work has been the subject of over eighty solo exhibitions and three retrospective exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Mexico, and is included in many national and international museum collections. He also designed the "Spirit of California" medal for the California Hall of Fame, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Gates and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C.

Daily excursions from Channel Islands Harbor let visitors see Pacific Gray Whales

OXNARD, Calif.—Channel Islands Harbor celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale with the 13th Annual Celebration of the Whales. Pacific Gray Whales offer plenty of opportunities for sightseers as they migrate through the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel on their way to the lagoons of Mexico. Whale watching excursions begin Dec. 26 and run through Apr. 15, 2009.
“It’s a magnificent sight to see these majestic creatures travel through our waters,” said Lyn Krieger, director, Channel Islands Harbor. “As part of our celebration, visitors have the unique opportunity to see these animals up close by participating in one of our whale watching excursions.”
Whale watching excursions to the Channel Islands National Park are offered daily. Businesses at Channel Islands Harbor offering these sight-seeing excursions include Captain Hook’s Sportfishing, (805) 382-6233; Channel Islands Sportfishing, (805) 382-1612; and Island Packers, (805) 382-1779.
For more information, call the Channel Islands Harbor Visitor's Center at (805) 985-4852.

Channel Islands Harbor serves as a center of recreation, boating, shopping and water sports activities. The harbor is home to three yacht clubs and nine full-service marinas that provide berths for 2,150 boats. It also hosts the Ventura County Maritime Museum. Located at Fisherman’s Wharf, the museum is a cultural center dedicated to the interpretation of maritime history through interactive exhibits and educational outreach.

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera.
Nine-time Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera.
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One high school student to play on stage with nine-time GRAMMY Award winner Paquito D’Rivera in Ventura Music Festival’s 2nd Student Jazz Competition
Paquito D’Rivera
Paquito D’Rivera

As part of its ongoing student outreach mission, the Ventura Music Festival announces its Second Student Music Competition, selecting one Ventura, Santa Barbara or Los Angeles high school student to play a number on stage with Latin-jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera, a nine-time GRAMMY Award winner.

D’Rivera will perform in Ventura on February 14, 2009 at Ventura High School.

High school students may enter the competition by providing a CD or MP3 of their recording via U.S. mail or through e-mail. Entries must contain the following information:

Student’s name and age

Student’s home address, phone number and e-mail address

Name of school, student’s music teacher, phone number and e-mail address

Name of recording and composer for contest entry

Mail CD’s to: Ventura Music Festival, Attn: Jenny Toder, 472 E. Santa Clara Avenue, Ventura CA 93001; or e-mail an MP3 to: Mary Braitman at: Entries must be received by January 15, 2009. Winner will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail. All entries for the competition will receive discount tickets to attend the concert.

For more information, visit the website at, or call 805-648-3146 or 805-647-5278.

About Paquito D’Rivera
Born in Cuba in June 1948, Paquito D’Rivera immigrated to the USA in 1980. Since launching his career, he has made more than 30 albums as a solo artist in the fields of jazz, bebop and Latin jazz. He tours worldwide with his various ensembles, including the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, the Paquito D’Rivera Big Band and the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet.

D’Rivera has also written and interpreted a large number of classical works and has played in a variety of formations and composed works – from solo pieces to a symphony. Collaborations include solo appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. One of the highlights of his career is the recording of his three chamber-music works by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2003.

The Ojai Museum is currently running an exhibit on Native Californians called Sing Me A Story, Dance Me Home. In conjunction with this exhibit on Native Tribes the Museum will offer enrichment programs for local schools. Above: Ann Scanlin, President of Ojai Valley Museum Board of Trustees with Teacher group.
The Ojai Museum is currently running an exhibit on Native Californians called Sing Me A Story, Dance Me Home. In conjunction with this exhibit on Native Tribes the Museum will offer enrichment programs for local schools. Above: Ann Scanlin, President of Ojai Valley Museum Board of Trustees with Teacher group.
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Ann Scanlin, President of the Ojai Valley Museum Board of Trustees, met with valley teachers and museum docents to discuss the latest exhibit at the museum. She gave them interpretive materials that they can use to prepare their students for this exhibit and the enrichment programs that the museum will provide to enlighten students about the culture of Native California. The exhibit is a beautiful collection of art, sculpture, basketry, and poetry created by Native Californians. “I believe this will be a wonderful experience for my students and the community,” noted Ron Schindel, sixth grade teacher at Oak Grove School.

The teachers attending were from MatillijaJunior High School, Mira Monte Elementary, Oak Grove School, Thacher School, Villanova Preparatory School and both campuses of Ojai Valley School. The teachers had a chance to preview the exhibit and to network with each other. Steve Gard, American History teacher at Matillija Junior High School remarked, “It is wonderful to meet teachers at this phenomenal exhibit. I’ll pass it on to our English Department. Wonderful!”

Students will be able to tour the exhibit and receive enrichment activities appropriate to their grade level. Teachers who wish to participate can drop by the museum to preview the exhibit and schedule a tour. Museum hours are Thursday and Friday, 1 to 4, Saturday, 10 to 4, and Sunday, 12 to 4. Please call the museum office, 640-1390, to let staff know when you will be stopping by. The museum is interested in connecting with teachers, students and parents to provide them with events and programs that will meet their needs. An advisory committee is being formed with representatives from each valley school to help the museum with this process

Beginning January 4, the Museum will present Sunday afternoon programs, each weekend through January 25. These presentations will include Julie Tumamait speaking about locations and culture of the Chumash Villages in the Ojai valley; Judy Vander sharing Shoshone music and dancing: Bob Lopez discussing the Chumash culture in Ventura County as well as a program with one of the artists whose work appears in the exhibit.

Pianist and Attorney Miriam Arichea will solo with the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra on December 6 at the VC Theatre at 8 pm.
Pianist and Attorney Miriam Arichea will solo with the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra on December 6 at the VC Theatre at 8 pm.

The upcoming Ventura College Music Department holiday musical events include the Symphony Orchestra on December 6, New Composers Concert on December 10, Jazz Band on December 11, Chamber Music Recital on December 12, and Master Chorale concerts on December 13 and 14.

Attorney and accomplished local pianist Miriam Arichea will solo with the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, December 6 at 8 p.m. in the Ventura College Theatre. This concert marks the 10th time that Ms. Arichea has been a featured artist. Her brilliant performances have endeared her to regional audiences. Ticket prices are $5 for students, seniors and staff and $10 for general admission. They are available for purchase at the door, the evening of the concert.
Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos are perennial favorites of the concert going public. His third concerto is especially brilliant, earning the nickname “Rach 3” and having the reputation of being exceedingly impressive and difficult. Ms. Arichea joins the ranks of the world’s top artists as she brings this gorgeous music to life.
John Biggs, a world-renowned composer living in Ojai, has written many orchestra works. The Symphony is featuring his evocative piece “The Ballad of William Sycamore.” This music celebrates a quintessentially American tale, and is enhanced by Ron Rezac, an actor seen often on regional stages, as the narrator.
Rounding out the program is a joyful arrangement of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” presented in many ways to capture the full measure of its seasonal message.

The New Music Composers Concert featuring faculty members Robert Lawson, Miquel del Aguila and their students is December 10, the Ventura College Jazz Band will perform on December 11 and the Chamber Music Recital is December 12, all in the Ventura College Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students, staff and seniors. All tickets are available at the box office on the nights of the performances.

The Master Chorale will have two holiday performances. On December 13, their concert, Cambridge Story and Song, will be performed at the St. John’s Seminary Chapel, 5012 Seminary Road in Camarillo at 2 p.m. All tickets are $15.
On December 14, the concert will be held at the San Buenaventura Mission, 211 E. Main Street, in Ventura, at 4;30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for priority seating and $15 for general admission. For tickets to either Master Chorale show, please call 654-0995 or email

For additional information, call Alisa Moore at 805-654-6462 or the Ventura College Theatre information line at 805-654-6392.

Michelle Inguez
Michelle Inguez

The Fall 2008 Dance Concert, PLANET DANCE, will be presented on December 18 – 21, 2008 in the Ventura College Theater. The concert will include ‘eco-conscious’ student dance work and feature an original ‘rockoperetta’ composed and written by local artists Loren Evans and Tamara Sue Varney. The shows are at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and there are 3 pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 for seniors and Ventura College staff and students and $10 for general admission.

The focus of this production is to raise awareness towards ‘eco-consciousness’ and to support solutions towards sustainable living. We can work together to help our community grow with as small a carbon footprint as possible.

The rockoperetta, Reboot Earth, visits the environmental vs industrial struggle. The main characters are educated young adults active in their respective professions. Max is an environmental attorney and Penny is the voice of a large real estate developing firm who meet in city planning hearings over and over again – opposing one another. They, unbeknownst to each other, play an internet game together in the evenings as an unbeatable team. In the end our characters grow as individuals and the communities that they represent benefit from their enlightenment. Choreographed by Dance Director CathyJean Butter and VC alumni Kristin Littlefield, the performers are students of the Ventura College Dance Performance class, VC Music students, and guest alumni. We are hoping to be able to include our VC IT specialists for a digital project.

For additional information, contact the Theatre Information Line: 805-654-6392 or CathyJean Butter at 805-341-6394.

Community gets involved in home and dock decorating contests

OXNARD, Calif. — Areas surrounding the Channel Islands Harbor will sparkle extra bright this holiday season as neighborhoods, marinas and shops compete in home and dock decorating contests. The contests take place during the month of December in conjunction with the 43rd Annual Parade of Lights at the Channel Islands Harbor.

Eight neighborhoods will compete this year for individual prizes in three categories – Whimsical, Most Creative and Best Decorated Overall. For more information on the home decorating contests, contact Susan O’Brien at 805-207-9579.
The dock decorating contest is open to boaters in all public marinas in Channel Islands Harbor, Westport and Seabridge. The contest is judged on total participation from the boats on each dock. The winning dock is treated to a catered dock party. For more information on the dock decorating contest, contact Gary McLaughlin at 805-815-4520. Judging for both the home and dock decorating contests takes place from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Businesses in Channel Islands Harbor will also decorate the street and watersides.
The public is welcome to enjoy the beautiful light displays. The Channel Islands Water Taxi is a great way to cruise the bay and see the homes, condominiums and apartments. Bicycles and walking are the best way to cruise the beaches.
Channel Islands Harbor serves as a center of recreation, boating, shopping and water sports activities. The harbor is home to three yacht clubs and nine full-service marinas that provide berths for 2,150 boats. It also hosts the Ventura County Maritime Museum. Located at Fisherman’s Wharf, the museum is a cultural center dedicated to the interpretation of maritime history through interactive exhibits and educational outreach.

“Birdwatchers” 22” x 30”, monotype with chine colle.
“Birdwatchers” 22” x 30”, monotype with chine colle.
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Linda Taylor’s solo exhibition, “Poetic Prints” will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from Dec. 9 – Jan. 3, 2009 with an artist reception on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 4 – 7 pm. “Poetic Prints” are original and unique prints created by Taylor and inspired by poetry. Each image uses a variety of printmaking processes, some utilizing multiple processes to create a single image. “Poetic Prints” is a result from Taylor’s belief that poetry and the creation of prints allow interpretation by the viewer (or reader) not negating, but assisting the original inspiration of the artists or poet.
Taylor’s journey as a printmaker is not a short one: it is a life-long passion that she pursues with enthusiasm and creativity. “The beauty of the handmade papers and the intensity of the printing inks are intoxicating,” says Taylor. “As a printmaker, I am fascinated with the various ways printmaking allows the artist to discover details of the physicality of materials. It is a process of thought balanced with action – of construction and destruction. Printmaking leads to a variety of explorations.”
Taylor noted that sometimes there can be some confusion as to what constitutes an original print. An original print is the direct result of an action created by the artist – whether it’s a drawing, carving, etching onto a plate that is then run through the press. A print that you can purchase at most retail stores is basically a photograph of an original piece of work created by an artist – the artist didn’t have any direct involvement or physical action to create that print.
According to Taylor, the print artist cultivates an inquiring open mind to utilize images and ideas as tools. Printmaking has rules, but rules beg to be broken – and those broken rules can lead to marvelous results!
Taylor discovered the printmaking process at San Diego State University and decided to pursue that creative process indefinitely. She began her career as a high school art teacher and returned to get her MFA from UCSB in printmaking and drawing. In 1977, Taylor taught briefly at Ventura College, initiating the stone lithography program there and eventually was hired to teach at Nordhoff High School where she remained until she retired in 2004.
Since retirement, Taylor has established an open-access print studio called “Spotted Dog Studio” at her home in Ojai. She works in all print processes – her favorite is monotype.
Taylor is an Ojai Studio Artist and was an Artist-In-Residence for the Museum of Ventura County. Her prints and drawings are included in many private and public collections across the United States.
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


Catherine Moore’s exhibit, Colors will be at the Discovery Gallery from, December 4 – January 2, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, December 5 from 5 – 7 pm. for First Friday’s Ventura Gallery Crawl.
Moore’s paintings are a conduit for communicating with intuition and spirit. When the connection is made, the vision is created. Whether planned or spontaneous, her goal is to dig deep, retrieve the essence and pass along to the viewer.
For instance, some of her paintings she creates environments where the viewer has an opportunity to float through the painting and participate in the interpretation. Others use elements of mythological symbols to tell the story of powerful female archetypes walking in two worlds guided by compassion and wisdom.
Moore’s art is an evolution of her many artistic interests and careers. Her eclectic background includes an AA in computer graphics, certification in digital multimedia, fine arts workshops with Zig Jankowski, Nancy del Pesco, Stephanie Elise and Karen Mc Lean, theater production with the Alacama Theater and others. She owned CP Graphics and worked in video production for Paradise Film and Video. She has taught the art of and created murals in Goleta, Ventura, and Ojai Unified School District. Her paintings have been accepted into juried shows in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Ventura where she received honorable mention as well as two first place awards.
Moore is currently a full-time artist, pursuing her life-long dream of exploring her creative spirit. She presently has a studio at Bell Arts Studios in Ventura, is a member of the Buenaventura Artists Association, & the Artists Union Gallery.
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

"Stevie" - basrelief painting by Catherine Day Barroca.
"Stevie" - basrelief painting by Catherine Day Barroca.
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December 14 - March 22

"Corner Morro Bay" by Jessie Arms Bottke
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"Liberation" by Catherine Day Barroca - bas relief oil paint on wood panel.
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Catherine Day Barroca’s new direction in bas-relief paintings on wood will be featured in the painter and printmaker’s first major exhibition, With the Grain: Catherine Day Barroca, opening at the Museum of Ventura County on Sunday, December 14.The exhibit runs through March 22, 2009.

Complimenting the Day Barroca exhibition is California Travels: Cornelis and Jessie Arms Botke Prints, 1922-1953. This selection of 25 works by the famous Santa Paula artists includes two new museum acquisitions, being shown for the first time. The Botke prints are on display December 14 through February 1.

Day Barroca’s large bas-relief paintings on wood combine elements of printmaking, painting, and sculpture. Her exhibition also includes etching, woodblock, and lithograph prints. Visitors will be able to touch copper plates, woodblocks, and a lithographic stone, and see the prints she made from them.

Since 1998, Day Barroca has taught in the Ventura College Art Department, where she was once a student. Born in Panama, raised in Oxnard and Germany, she is now a Ventura resident. Day Barroca’s work is often inspired by her multicultural heritage and travels, and reflects her interest in families, 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. Day Barroca’s work is featured in art collections such as those of the Museum of Ventura County, the City of San Buenaventura, the City of Oxnard, and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas. She directed the Ventura College Art Galleries from 2001 to 2005, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from the University of Kansas.

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

All day holiday festivities to be held at Channel Islands Harbor

OXNARD, Calif.—Channel Islands Harbor kicks off the holidays with its 43rd annual holiday Parade of Lights 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Dec. 13, with the parade beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy a full day of holiday activities and then watch a festive display of sparkling lights pass by on decorated boats.

“We hope to make this Parade of Lights at the Harbor a memorable one,” said Lyn Krieger, director, Ventura County Harbor Dept. “It’s really meant to be a family day of fun, getting everyone in the holiday spirit.”
Kids can play in 25 tons of snow falling at the north end of Harborview Park, off Harbor Blvd. near Marine Emporium Landing, beginning at 10 a.m. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides, a holiday artists’ market, exhibitors, food booths, live music, children’s hands-on art, activities, games and rides, gigantic inflatable fun zone, face painting, water taxi rides and much more.

Santa and his reindeer will ride through the sky to mark the beginning of the parade. The parade starts in front of Peninsula Park and heads to the Main Channel, turns at Hobie Beach, loops in front of the launch ramp then heads back to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and repeats the route for second run. The parade can be viewed from parks and walkways that line the route as well as from most Harbor restaurants.
Several hundred Santa to the Sea run participants will be headed to Channel Islands Harbor as they finish their half marathon run. The race begins in front of the giant Santa off the 101 freeway and ends at the Channel Islands Harbor Marine Emporium Landing. The race is sponsored by Garden Acres Mutual Water Co.

To participate in the parade, call Michele Gilmour at (805) 382-3013 to register your boat. To adopt a boat to be in the parade, contact Bill Conroy at the Ventura County Maritime Museum at (805) 984-6260. Any size boat can register for the Parade of Lights. For more information on registering your boat, visit

All registered boats will receive two tickets to the Parade of Lights Awards Ceremony Brunch at Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club the following morning, 10 a.m., December 14. Additional tickets are available for purchase, and the brunch is open to the public. In addition, parade participants can take part in various decorating contests and compete for awards.

For more information on the Parade of Lights visit or call (805) 985-4852.
Channel Islands Harbor serves as a center of recreation, boating, shopping and water sports activities. The harbor is home to three yacht clubs and nine full-service marinas that provide berths for 2,150 boats. It also hosts the Ventura County Maritime Museum. Located at Fisherman’s Wharf, the museum is a cultural center dedicated to the interpretation of maritime history through interactive exhibits and educational outreach.

“Naranja Clara” by Pete Gerard.
“Naranja Clara” by Pete Gerard.
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Bryson Gerard’s ceramic art and assemblages come together in a sculptural exhibition “Anoxia: A Fetish Retrospective” at the Harbor Village Gallery from November 19 through December 15, 2008 with an artist reception on Friday, November 21, 2008 from 5 – 8pm. In addition, an ornament competition (with the proceeds benefitting Food Share) and a small images exhibit are also at the Harbor Village Gallery.

Gerard quotes playwright Thornton Wilder in his biography: “style is but the faintly contemptible vessel in which the bitter liquid is recommended to the world." The styles of Gerard’s ceramic creations do fluctuate slightly in size, shape, color and function. From angled vases tinged in earthen glazes to small “medicine pots” who just might be vessels holding the bitter liquid being quenched by this world’s vanity or on the other hand could be filled with life’s sweet secrets. Beyond ceramics, Gerard’s skillfully crafted assemblages also suggest an element of holding more then the eye can see. The wit, craftsmanship and muses Gerard combines in all of his works captivate and some even flirt with the indulgence of functionality.

Gerard began his higher education in the Fine Arts at Pasadena City College and Cal State Long Beach. He achieved his Masters at Cal State Los Angeles after ceramics and photography independent study for a year in Japan. Gerard spent close to 30 years in the working with special effects, miniatures and props in Hollywood, leaving when technology evolved and computer generated imagery took hold. Currently living in Thousand Oaks and member of the Ventura County Potter’s Guild, Gerard is enjoying the return to creating original art, “forever on the look out for the best way to squeeze out the beauty of the moment.”

The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr. in the Ventura Harbor Village next to the Main Lawn. Open everyday except Tuesday from 12 to 5 pm. For more information, call the gallery at 805-644-2750 or visit their either website at or

Little Women at Ventura College
Little Women at Ventura College
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The perfect holiday entertainment, Little Women recounts the much-beloved story of the four March girls: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as they grow to adulthood in 19th-century New England. In the Ventura College Theatre for two weekends: Dress Rehearsal Thursday November 13, 8 p.m., free, Performances: Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 20, 21, and 22, all at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 23, at 3 p.m. Tickets: General: $9, Students, VC Staff, Seniors: $7.

Set in Concord Massachusetts in 1863, the March girls consider a Christmas without any presents. America is in the midst of a terrible Civil War. Their father serves the Union as an Army Chaplain in a military hospital in Washington, D.C. Their mother, with Meg and Jo’s help, struggles to make ends meet as a nurse at a local hospital. Meg tutors a wealthy family’s children; while Jo earns a small stipend caring for her cantankerous Aunt March. Younger Beth, too sick to work outside the home, tends to the housecleaning with Hannah the maid, and the youngest, Amy, with dreams of wealth and social status in mind, attempts to improve her vocabulary with curious results. The play encompasses five years in the trials and tribulations, gains and losses – emotional and material – of the March family. Through it all we experience the compassionate way they sustain each other. It is another era, another time, and another culture whose values we just might want to reconsider.

For more information, contact Professor Judy Garey at 654-6400 ext. 3236 or by email at or Public Information Officer Alisa Moore at 654-6462 or

Southwest II by Karen L. Brown, encaustic (wax) monoprint with chine colle, (2007) will be in the Small Images Exhibit.
Southwest II by Karen L. Brown, encaustic (wax) monoprint with chine colle, (2007) will be in the Small Images Exhibit.
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Still Life in White, by Dave Hicks, Cast detail from his exhibit in Gallery 2
Still Life in White, by Dave Hicks, Cast detail from his exhibit in Gallery 2
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VENTURA: In November and December, the Ventura College Galleries will host:
• In the New Media Gallery, Nov. 11 – 14: Open Tues. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Tues. and Wed. evenings, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
STUDENT ART SALE, All media available and works make terrific gifts!
• In Gallery 2, Nov. 11 – Dec.11: Open Monday - Friday, Noon - 4 p.m., Artist’s reception: Nov. 13, 7 p.m.—9 p.m.
COMPOSITIONS, A Ceramic Installation by Dave Hicks, who says, “My work is centered on an exploration of form and composition. Working my way through a composition, one object at a time, allows me to keep the process fresh and organic. At times there is a plan for the overall outline. Other times, I just react to the material, creating small pieces that will later assemble into complex compositions, which are unscripted and at times chaotic. Bringing order to chaos and forming relations for the unrelated…”
• In the New Media Gallery, Nov. 19 – Dec. 11 - Open Mon. – Fri., Noon - 4 p.m. Artist’s reception is Nov. 20, 7 pm – 9 pm, in front of the Gallery
Ventura College’s Friends of the Arts is having its Twelfth Anniversary invitational and membership exhibit/sale to benefit the VC Art Student Scholarship Fund. The “Small Images” show includes works many current and past Ventura College art faculty and students. The artworks are small in size and reasonably priced.
VC Friends of the Arts, working with the VC Foundation Office, is a not-for-profit club designed to raise scholarship funds for students majoring in the arts at Ventura College. Membership includes professional artists from the community, present/past faculty and alumni of Ventura College. Any interested persons are welcome to join.
Both galleries are open generally Monday through Friday, Noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call Gallery Director Kate Martin at 648-8974 or email her at for more information.

Amistad and Malcolm X are just two of the many award winning films for which Ruth E Carter was the costume director. She will speak about her craft on Nov. 13 at Ventura College.
Amistad and Malcolm X are just two of the many award winning films for which Ruth E Carter was the costume director. She will speak about her craft on Nov. 13 at Ventura College.
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VENTURA: The Ventura College Arts & Lectures Series presents FASHION FOR FILM: A Conversation with Ruth E. Carter, an African-American costume designer best known for her two Academy Award nominated films Malcolm X and Amistad, and her work with Director Spike Lee, on Thursday, November 13, 10:30 am, in the Circus Theatre (small theatre in the VC Theatre). She will bring costumes, her portfolio and present a power point on the impact of costuming on film. There is no fee for admission, and the public is invited.

For additional information, please contact Professor Simon Waltzer at 654-6400 ext. 1264 or Public Information Officer Alisa Moore at 654-6462.


Sunday November 9th will see the gathering of the members of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts at the R/R depot - corner of Santa Barbara and 10th St., Santa Paula.
President Judy Dressler will open the meeting at 2 p.m. with news of our sharing the building next to the Santa Paula Coffee Company for the Holiday season while the renovation of the depot is under way.
The meeting will be turned over to Vice President George Appel to introduce the demonstration artist for the day, Don Fay of Santa Barbara, who always presents a very interesting program.
Visitors and guests are always welcome and light refreshemnts will be served.