“Koi Feeding Frenzy” by Lois Bloom at Fox Fine Jewelry
“Koi Feeding Frenzy” by Lois Bloom at Fox Fine Jewelry
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Get “Stamped!” for a chance to win a gift certificate to Gallery of your choice!

First Fridays Ventura continues with a variety of exhibits and receptions for the public to attend. Every participating gallery/studio will have yellow balloons out front – so follow the balloons for an art-filled evening. Get “stamped” from five participating galleries and be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate to a gallery of your choice!

Bell Arts Factory –Bell Arts Factory - Visit our resident artists in their open studios. Their jewelry, paintings, ceramics, stained glass and other art pieces provide unique gift-giving opportunities.

The Community Room will be exhibiting scenic oil paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick, photography of Ventura by Linda F. Peterson, watercolors by Rex Kochel, and photography by Brooks student Stacy LaMascus.

Our Tool Room Gallery will be transformed by artists Sarah Kalvin and Alicia Morris Soto into a chapel-like setting dedicated to honoring Dia de los Muertos. Sarah will exhibit ceremonial garments from Chiapas, Mexico, along with photos from past celebrations. Alicia will create an "ofrenda" or altar where community members are invited to bring offerings for the souls that have touched their lives. The Gallery will be open 5-9 p.m. October 31 through November 2, and on 1st Friday, November 7th. Bell Arts Factory 432 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura 805.258.1160 www.BellArtsFactory.com

Buenaventura Gallery – “The Human Adventure” is inspired by Jablonski’s never-ending fascination with the reactions of people to conditions of life. The facial expression and body language that show these reactions are the subject matter of her exhibit. The exhibit runs through Nov. 9. Closing reception during First Friday Gallery Crawl. Buenaventura Gallery 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura 805.648.1235 www.BuenaventuraGallery.org

Discovery Gallery – Ventura County Potters’ Guild “Burnt Earth” juried exhibit at the Discovery Gallery from November 7 through December 3, 2008. The juror is Susan Gerrard from The Museum of Ventura County. Opening reception Friday, November 7 from 5 – 7 pm. The Ventura County Potters’ Guild was founded in 1957 to promote the art and craft of ceramics in the community and to provide a forum for local potters to share their experiences and knowledge of clay. This knowledge is passed on through guest speaker presentations, member's show and tell, informative newsletter, workshops, shows, sales and a library that features both books and videos. The Guild is comprised of professional and recreational potters and ceramists; instructors from local high schools and colleges; as well as people simply interested in ceramics in and around the Ventura County area. Discovery Gallery (inside the Ventura Visitors Bureau) 101 S. California St., Ventura. 805.648.1235 www.BuenaventuraGallery.org CONTINUED »


Rancho Camulos

“Ramona Days” - OCTOBER 18, 2008, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Helen Hunt Jackson’s classic California novel, Ramona, comes to life at Rancho Camulos, a National Historic Landmark, fondly known as the “Home of Ramona” The 1884 book which is still in publication spawned the first California tourist boom, inspired several movies, plays, pageants, books, advertising spinoffs, and controversy. It is Helen Hunt Jackson’s birthday and we are celebrating all things Ramona. There will be FREE admission, parking and activities for all ages: Living history, drama and tales, historic displays and presentations, arts and crafts fair with demonstrations, music, dance, antique farm equipment, hayrides, animal encounters, food, museum and garden tours, unique shopping opportunities, free children’s activities and more. There will be entertainment throughout the day including Ramona play scenes performed by the Hemet cast, performances by Los Californios, and the Inlakech Cultural Center Musicians and Ballet Folklorico. View Griffith’s 1910 silent film starring Mary Pickford shot on location at Camulos and listen to contemporary accounts of life in the Santa Clara River Valley. Proceeds from raffle, membership, sponsorship, and free will donations will benefit nonprofit Museum’s preservation, restoration & education efforts. Come in costume and character if you choose. Bring your Ramona memorabilia for “Show and Tell”. A unique event not to be missed! Check www.ranchcamulos.org for details. The Museum is located on Highway 126, 2 miles East of Piru, Ca. Phone 805-521-1501 Note: Contact us regarding sponsorship, volunteer, vendor, and exhibit opportunities.

Rancho Camulos Museum – the little museum that could
Hemet Ramona play cast returns to the Home of Ramona
All things Ramona: the books, the movies, the plays, and the memorabilia
Ramona Memories – Ramona Day’s participant Dydia Delyser’s book on the impact of Ramona on Tourism and the shaping of Southern California
Rancho Camulos Coloring Book – Talented Canyon Country Teen’s contribution to National Historic Landmark
You’ve heard of Helen Hunt and Janet Jackson; now learn about Helen Hunt Jackson, a remarkable American Women.
Ramona Day’s – History can be fun especially if you come in costume and character and participate in “Show and Tell”

Rancho Camulos Museum Contact Information
5164 East Telegraph Road / P.O. Box 308, Piru CA 93040
(805) 521-1501
On Highway 126, 2 miles East of Piru and 10 miles West of the I-5 at Santa Clarita
www.ranchocamulos.org / ranchocamulos@earthlink.net


Applications due November 7, 2008

"Rock the Oaks" is back! The ninth annual concert featuring local bands performing for Conejo Valley teens will be held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at 7:30 pm on February 27, 2009. "Rock the Oaks 9," sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation, offers local bands a chance to showcase their original music. Application deadline for "Rock the Oaks 9" is 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 7, 2008. Bands can obtain an application from:

· The City of Thousand Oaks website, www.toaks.org

· Information Desk, 2nd sec­ond level of City Hall

· Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 3rd level of City Hall

· Or at the Fabulous Thousand Oaks Teen Center

The Thousand Oaks Youth Commission is looking for four local bands to perform 30 minutes each of original music at the concert. All musical styles/genres will be considered, and there are no age limitations. The Youth Commission will review applications and demo tapes or CDs to determine audition candidates following the application deadline.

Call (805) 449-2743 or (805) 449-2788 or e-mail YouthCommission@toaks.org for additional information.


Fillmore Fields.
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at the City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum
Lemon Gourd.
Lemon Gourd.
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In The Carrots.
In The Carrots.
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The Ag Art Alliance is proud to announce the winners of the “Art About Agriculture” art exhibit which will run through November 16th at the City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main Street in historic downtown Santa Paula. The winner of the prestigious Limoneira purchase award is Hilda Kilpatrick for her “Fillmore Fields”. First place went to Suz Rawn for her “Lemon Gourd”, Second place went to Gail Pidduck for her “In the Carrots” and third place went to “Hayday” by Roger Conrad. There are six honorable mentions: “South Mountain and Strawberry Fields” by Susan Petty, “Ventura Ag Patterns” by Bill Dewey, “Parsley Harvest” by Robert Diehl, “Artichoke” by Gail Faulkner, “Vase I” by Nate Pidduck and “Afternoon Patrol with Oranges” by John Fielder.

The purpose of the exhibit is to promote Art About Agriculture by exploring all the facets of agriculture from workers to water, from machinery to soil and to the food that goes on our plates.

Art About Agriculture features art by 35 artists working in both two and three dimensional media who create art that in some way draws its inspiration from our agricultural heritage and/or contemporary agriculture. That inspiration includes, but is not limited to, depictions of rural landscape, farm animals, farm products, rural life, and art that in a more abstract way deals with issues and ideas related to agriculture.

The Ag Art Alliance was formed in 2007 by Gail Pidduck and John Nichols. Jennifer Heighton joined them recently. For more information on the exhibit and future activities visit www.agartalliance.com.

WHAT: Ag Art Alliance 2nd Annual Exhibit “Art About Agriculture”
WHERE: California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main St. Santa Paula, CA
EXHIBIT DATES: September 6 – November 16, 2008


Fillmore ArtHarvest 2008 Poster
Fillmore ArtHarvest 2008 Poster
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Fillmore’s annual art walk is growing! In its new incarnation as the Fillmore ArtHarvest, artists and performers will take to the streets, creating a festival atmosphere to showcase both local and regional talent.

Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2008, downtown Fillmore merchants and artists will transform Central Avenue between Main and Sespe Avenues into a pedestrian-friendly art space for all to enjoy.
Musicians will be performing at sidewalk level to provide an intimate experience for all visitors.

Downtown businesses will also be opening their doors to sponsor fine artists, potters, sculptors, photographers, gourd artists and jewelers. There will be multiple opportunities for guests to meander in and out of
shops, sample artistic wares and refreshments, and to take advantage of the local shopping scene.

Concurrent with the fine arts displays is the Chalk Art Festival and a hands-on art center. Chalk artists are invited to demonstrate their talents on the beautifully laid out sidewalks in front of the Fillmore
City Hall at 250 Central Avenue. Registration starts at noon right in front of the Hall. Bring your own pastels (no oils or hairspray, please) or they can be purchased at the registration table for $10.00 a set. All
artists, young and old are invited to participate. Call Colors at 524-2200 for more information.

Just across the railroad tracks at the corner of Central and Main, all are invited to enter a hands on art space with booths offering art activities for only a dollar each. Kids and adults can learn how to weave “God’s Eyes” or create a bashura banner among other activities.

Musicians will be performing at multiple locations up and down Central to add to the festive atmosphere. Performers will be announced at a later time.

One way or another, all guests can go home with beautiful artistic works, music CDs, tasty, local foods and goods, and with having had a satisfying, small-town “Fillmore experience.”

Sponsored by the Fillmore Downtown Merchants Association.

Robert Gutierrez & children.
Robert Gutierrez & children.
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Nov. 1st - Downtown Ventura Alive with Several Festivities!

Between the Museum of Ventura County’s 8th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Community Celebration, and Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc’s 5th annual traditional Día de los Muertos Aztec event, downtown Ventura is the perfect place to bring the family on Saturday, November 1. Both events are free.

This year, the museum’s most popular event is being held November 1 from 12:00 –3:00 p.m. at the Albinger Museum, 113 East Main Street, next to Mission San Buenaventura. The celebration includes traditional folk craft projects, face painting, and music by Mariachi Costa de Oro. Families can try their hand at decorating sugar skulls and masks, or make papel picado banners, papier-mâché butterflies, and paper flowers or skeletons. There will also be 12:30 and 2:15 p.m. performances of ceremonial Mexican songs on traditional instruments made by students at the Vita Art Center. Ofrendas (altars to honor the dead), created by local schools, artists, and community groups, are on display October 31 through November 7, at the Museum of Ventura County’s 89 S. California Street site, also in downtown Ventura.

Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc’s Día de los Muertos Aztec event is also being held Saturday, November 1, in downtown Ventura’s’ Mission Park on Main Street, across from the Albinger Museum, from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. It includes live entertainment, musical and dance groups, a Mexican mercado, authentic traditional Aztec dance performances, and ceremonial processions. Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc is dedicated to preserving and promoting understanding of Mexica/Azteca culture, history, traditions, ceremonies and dances.

The tradition of Día de los Muertos honors the dead who are said to come back to walk among the living on November 1 and 2. Colorful ofrendas are built to honor departed relatives and friends, and include objects they enjoyed in their lifetimes. Humorous skulls (calaveras), and skeletons blithely going about worldly business are the dominant symbols of the holiday. Día de los Muertos has roots in pre-Columbian as well as Catholic religious beliefs. Celebrated in many parts of Mexico and Latin America, Día de los Muertos is now popular in the United States among Latinos and non-Latinos alike.

"What You See is What You Get" by Dianne Bennett.
"What You See is What You Get" by Dianne Bennett.
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Artist Dianne Bennett
Artist Dianne Bennett

"Vaya con Dios" by Dianne Bennett, oil on metal.
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Ojai artist Dianne Bennett reuses found metal to create the small painted retablos and assemblages on exhibit and for purchase at the Museum of Ventura County during Ventura’s Harvest 08 ArtWalk weekend. Meet the museum’s ArtWalk artist on Saturday, October 18, from 1:00 - 7:00 pm, and on Sunday, October 19, from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County, 89 South California Street, near the corner of California and Santa Clara Streets in downtown Ventura.

Bennett often creates her pieces by reusing discarded materials. She describes her works as devotional objects that venerate the natural world, inspired by painted láminas and devotional art of Mexico, India and Asia, as well as by popular art of other cultures.

Bennett is also one of the artists featured in the museum’s invitational exhibition Between Heaven and Earth: Entre Cielo y Tierra, running through November 30. Linocuts and woodblock prints by the internationally known Artemio Rodriguez are also on museum exhibition during that same time.

For further information call Museum of Ventura County at (805) 653-0323 or go to http://www.venturamuseum.org.


As part of a series of events celebrating “The Big Read,” a community-wide reading initiative, the E. P. Foster Library in Ventura will present Alice Greenfield McGrath, on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth R. Topping Room at the E.P. Foster Library in downtown Ventura.
The “Big Read” book selection is Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya. The book is set in the 1940’s, a decade when big social changes were sweeping America.
In this special program, Ventura resident Alice Greenfield McGrath will talk about her own involvement with the notorious Sleepy Lagoon case.
This event is co-sponsored by the City of San Buenaventura and the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library and is free to the public. Light refreshments will be available.
The E.P. Foster Library is located at 651 E. Main Street in historic downtown Ventura. The Elizabeth R. Topping Room entrance is on Main Street, just west of the main entrance to the Library.
For additional information about The Big Read, visit the library website at www.vencolibrary.org.


Author Amada Irma Pérez leads a discussion of the award winning bestseller Bless Me Ultima, at the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m. The book by Rudolfo Anaya is a coming-of-age novel of a young boy in New Mexico in the 1940s, and was chosen by the City of Ventura to be read by the community during October’s Ventura Big Read.

A resident of Ventura, author Pérez has been a bilingual educator, literacy consultant and presenter for more than twenty-five years. Her teaching experience includes kindergarten through university, and her bilingual children’s books are designed to encourage multicultural understanding. Her first book, My Very Own Room/Mi Propio Cuartito, won the Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award and is given to every newborn in San Antonio, Texas through the Library Foundation‘s “Born to Read” program. Her second book, My Diary from Here to There/Mi Diario De Aquí Hasta Alla, won the Pura Belpre Honor Book Award. Her most recent publication is Nana's Big Surprise/Nana, Que Sorpresa.

Perez’s event at the museum is one of several associated with Ventura Big Read .The Ventura Cultural Affairs Division, in partnership with the Ventura County Library, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to take part in the Big Read, an initiative in which an entire community is encouraged to read the same book at the same time and participate in discussions on its themes. For more information, go to www.cityofventura.net/bigread.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 89 S. California Street in Ventura.

The Seaside Highland Games.
The Seaside Highland Games.
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October 11 & 12, 2008 with a full array of Scottish/Celtic activities for you to enjoy. Join us 9 am to 5 pm each day for Bagpipe Bands, Highland Dancers and Heavy Athletics with competitions in each arena. Several stages will be filled with your favorite Celtic entertainers from Alex Beaton to Celtic Spring--and a special extended day of music by the Wicked Tinkers on the Celtic Rock Stage Saturday night! Shop our 50+ Vendors for Holiday giving and enjoy authentic food and drink from the British Isles--including haggis! Much more information on the Games website www.Seaside-Games.com and don't forget that AMTRAK stops at our front gate!

In the Victorian era, taking off shoes and all the other underpinnings, was quite a chore as "Phoebe" (Dotty Wheeler) attempts to do for her "lady", "Mrs. Horace Swazey" (Dorothea Phelan). (photo: Roger Conrad)
In the Victorian era, taking off shoes and all the other underpinnings, was quite a chore as "Phoebe" (Dotty Wheeler) attempts to do for her "lady", "Mrs. Horace Swazey" (Dorothea Phelan). (photo: Roger Conrad)
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In the Victorian era, taking off shoes and all the other underpinnings, was quite a chore as "Phoebe" (Dotty Wheeler) attempts to do for her "lady", "Mrs. Horace Swazey" (Dorothea Phelan). This farcical skit, "A Victorian Strip" or "Victorian Clothing From the Outside In" was presented at the Ojai Valley Museum on Sunday as the closing event of the very popular "Smart and Sassy: Artistic Historic Women of Ojai" exhibit. Winning tickets of the Magic Carpet Raffle were drawn by Phelan and a Victorian Tea hosted by Andi Bloom and the museum's events committee was the culmination of the afternoon. Phelan and Wheeler's performance was made possible through the Speakers' Bureau of the Ventura County Museum of Art and History. The next exhibit at the Ojai Valley Museum is a juried art show, titled "Ojai Celebrates Art". It will open at the museum on Ojai Day, October 18 with a reception and awards ceremony from 3 - 5. Shari Skinner, President of Ojai Community Bank will present the monetary awards which have been donated by the bank. Admission is free. The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue. Museum hours are Thursday and Friday, 1 - 4; Saturday, 10 - 4 and Sunday, 12 - 4.


Sespe Players Agenda,
Sept. 24, 7:00, Villegas’ House
541 Stonehedge Drive, 524-3275

Welcome and Introductions

Purpose of Meeting

Sespe Players-Who and What They Do

Financial Report

Board of Directors-volunteers for positions
Vice President

Putting on a Show

Areas of Participation

Short Term Goals- Productions in Spring ’09 or Fall ‘09


Children’s Theatre Workshops

Long Term Goals-Researching and Writing Grants

Set the next meeting

"EYE TO EYE" - Written by Christopher Graybill, Directed by Chris Pizarro; A young couple on a blind date (no pun intended!) argue about who must pay for the dinner bill. To settle the dilemma, the man suggests they square off in a staring contest.
"EYE TO EYE" - Written by Christopher Graybill, Directed by Chris Pizarro; A young couple on a blind date (no pun intended!) argue about who must pay for the dinner bill. To settle the dilemma, the man suggests they square off in a staring contest.
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"ABANDONING HANNAH" - Written and directed by Sarah Greig; This student-written work takes the audience on a poignant journey with a young woman as she meets her birth mother. Can she find the strength to forgive the past even if it means opening up old wounds?
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Ventura, CA. - The Ventura College Theatre Department will present four one-act plays directed, produced and acted by student thespians at the Ventura College Theatre on the weekends of September 25, 26, and 27, and October 2, 3, 4, and 5. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. Admission to the final dress rehearsal to be held Thursday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. is free and open to the public. Tickets are $7.00 general admission and $5.00 for students, staff, and seniors. Tickets are available at the door one half hour prior to each performance.
The four one-act plays are:

ABANDONING HANNAH, Written and directed by Sarah Greig; This student-written work takes the audience on a poignant journey with a young woman as she meets her birth mother. Can she find the strength to forgive the past even if it means opening up old wounds?
ANDREW BRENNER Luis Soto (Oxnard)
BEN WALLACE John O’Grady (Santa Paula)
HANNAH WALLACE Vanessa Rodriguez (Oxnard)
CHRISTINA LARSON Stacey Truchanovicz (Ventura)

A MATTER OF HUSBANDS, Written by Ferenc Molnar, Directed by Dayna Miles; When an earnest young wife suspects her husband of having an affair with a famous Hungarian actress, she decides to confront her with the evidence and beg for her husband back. But the actress is smarter than she thinks.
FAMOUS ACTRESS Ixchel Lopez (Oxnard)
EARNEST YOUNG WOMAN Rebecca Lawson (Oxnard)

EYE TO EYE, Written by Christopher Graybill, Directed by Chris Pizarro; A young couple on a blind date (no pun intended!) argue about who must pay for the dinner bill. To settle the dilemma, the man suggests they square off in a staring contest.
MAN Kevin Bass (Ventura),
WOMAN Kelsi Sarno (Ventura)
WAITRESS Laura DonahuE (Ventura)

A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL, Written by Anton Chekhov, Directed by Michael Byrne; A young man, a father, and an attractive young daughter become completely entangled in their own ridiculousness over a simple marriage proposal!
NATALIA STEPANOVNA Elyse Sinklier (Ventura)
IVAN VASSILIYITCH LOMOV Alex Manriquez (Carpinteria)

For additional information, call Professor Judy Garey at the Ventura College Theatre department at 805.654.6400 ext. 3236 or by email at jgarey@vcccd.edu. The general information number for the VC Theatre is 805.654.6392.

Pat Clark Doerner and David Mason.
Pat Clark Doerner and David Mason.
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Caption: At the Ojai Valley Museum on Sunday, September 21, Pat Clark Doerner gave a presentation of the life of Zelma Wilson, famous Ojai architect and friend. Wilson designed many well-known buildings in Ojai such as Meditation Mount, Oak Grove School, Ojai Valley Athletic Club, Ojai City Hall and Villanova School Gymnasium. David Mason spoke about his good friends and popular actresses, Loretta Young and June Allyson. Loretta Young and her husband, Tom Lewis were partners in the ownership of the Ojai Vally Inn and lived next to the Inn on Country Club Road. June Allyson, "the girl next door",was a popular actress in the 1940s and 50s who was once married to actor, Dick Powell, with whom she had two children. After Dick Powell died, she married a Ventura dentist, Dr. David Ashrow and they lived on Foothill Road in Ojai for many years. David Mason now lives in their home. These presentations were part of the Smart and Sassy: Artistic Historic Women of Ojai exhibit which closes at the museum on Sunday, September 28.


The Museum of Ventura County is now taking applications for the 2008 Bonita C. McFarland Scholarship program. Applications are open to continuing college students of the visual arts who are also Ventura County residents.

A total of $5,000 will be distributed in varying amounts, depending upon need and the number of students chosen. Applications must be received by mail only, by the deadline of October 27. Further information and an application can be downloaded from the home page at www.venturamuseum.org. Applications are also available at the Museum of Ventura County, 89 S. California Street, Ventura. Museum hours are Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. An awards ceremony announcing recipients will be held at 4:00 p.m., November 17, at the Museum.

Bonita C. McFarland was a generous benefactor to the arts in this county, and funds for this scholarship are generated from her endowment.


On Saturday, September 27, the Museum of Ventura County will participate in the fourth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. On that day, participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide will open their doors free of charge to attendees who present Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day admission card. The admission card may be downloaded from http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday, or found in the September 2008 issue of Smithsonian magazine. Visit the website address above to also find information on participating museums. The magazine is associated with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Although the Museum of Ventura County’s facility at 89 S. California Street in Ventura is already free admission, all institutions participating in Museum Day will have free admission September 27, regardless of their regular admittance policy.

Events For Kids And Teenagers

Saturday, September 27, 2008
Santa Barbara Public Library - Townley Room

Exciting activities planned for youth of all ages
Opportunity to win free books!!!!!!!!!

11:00 – 12:00: Journaling Workout for Teens – ages 12-17
Author Diana Raab (Regina's Closet) will lead a Journaling Workout for Teens. Diana is a lifelong journaler and writer and lives in Santa Barbara. Be sure to bring your journal!
12:00 – 12:30: Father Gander Nursery Rhymes –ages 1-5
Children will love these Mother Goose rhymes rewritten for today’s world. Peter the Pumpkin Eater respects his wife, the town’s people help put Humpty Dumpty together, and Jill jumps the candlestick too!
12:30 – 1:30: Choices and Challenges Workshop – ages 11-17
Editor and Trainer Joan Bowman will conduct exercises in the nationally acclaimed life skills journals that empower teens to go after their dreams.
2:00 – 2:30: Mother Nature Nursery Rhymes –ages 1-5
Children will be delighted with these rhymes written to nurture a deep respect and love of nature in small children.
3:00 – 4:00 Fantastical Tales in the Townley - panel discussion
Panelists: Barbara Hart, John Roshell, Lynn Montgomery & Mary Hershey
4:00 – 4:30 Nature’s Wonderful World of Rhyme – all ages
Lauded by leading environmentalists/educators, these imaginative rhymes and illustrations foster a respect for nature and its fragility in the hearts and minds of children.

Dave Rivas’ “Parallax” forged titanium, winner of 2007 3D Open Competition.
Dave Rivas’ “Parallax” forged titanium, winner of 2007 3D Open Competition.

Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for the 2nd annual 3D Open Competition. The juror for this event is sculptor Ken Bortalazzo.
Entry fees are $12.00 for members of Buenaventura Art Association and $18.00 for non-members. Cash prizes will be awarded. The exhibit will run from Oct. 1 – Nov. 3 with the awards reception after the Kinetic Sculpture Race in the Ventura Harbor on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5 – 8 pm. Entry forms can be picked up at either the Buenaventura Gallery, the Harbor Village Gallery or at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org
Ken Bortolazzo's sculptures are an invitation to examine the dichotomy between object and nature, and to ultimately, explore the possibilities that dwell within that vision.
At once substantial and delicate, his metal works can be a metaphor for both human sturdiness and frailty. With a lifetime of hands-on experience, Bortolazzo tackles the larger issues of man-made versus nature and merges it with a rare sensitivity.
Bortolazzo discovered his creative passion for welded sculpture at an early age. Working primarily in mild and stainless steel as well as bronze, copper, silver and gold, he collaborated with many prominent artists, including Julio Agostini, Kenneth Noland and most importantly, George Rickey. During their twelve year working relationship, Ken evolved from studio assistant to Rickey’s acknowledged colleague. He remains a conservator of Rickey's work for the estate. Bortolazzo skillfully mastered the use of stainless steel and the custom designed pivots and bearings used in Rickey's renowned kinetic works.
This valuable experience inspired Bortolazzo's own work, and his highly geometric shapes soon emerged with greater regularity; taking on a persona of their own. Today Bortolazzo's sculptures span many artistic modes, from small, intimate pieces and works of kinetic playfulness to large monumental sculpture. He brings aesthetics, science, mechanical skill and an illusionist's insight to all he creates.
His early fascination of complex puzzles is evident in Ken’s intricate interlocking geometric forms. These structured sculptures subtly suggest their beginnings in the natural order of things: the rhythm and sequence of breaking waves, rock formations and plant growth. His large works play with light and scale, and reference the post-industrial landscape. His later kinetic works feature dynamic optical effects. Constructed out of burnished perforated stainless steel, they move and create a physical phenomenon known as optical interference patterns, a moiré effect. Bortolazzo's sense of craftsmanship defies the challenge of the material used, and each work finds a delicate balance between solidity and lightness.
Currently being shown extensively on the West Coast, Bortolazzo's sculpture can be seen in regional galleries, museums and public collections, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Outdoor Art, Denver and Microsoft corporate headquarters, Seattle. His work is also collected and represented throughout the United States, England, Japan and New Zealand.
The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura, California, Phone: (805) 644 – 2750. Open noon – 5. Closed Tuesdays.

Anacapa Island from Ormond Beach, photograph
Anacapa Island from Ormond Beach, photograph
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“Ventura County Vistas”, is photographer Joe Virnig’s love of Ventura County captured through the camera. The exhibit runs from Sept. Sept. 16 – Oct. 11, 2008 with an artist reception on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 4 – 7 pm. In addition, Buenaventura Gallery will offer champagne, chocolate and extended hours during First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl on Friday, Oct. 3.
In 1999 Virnig needed some local photographs and couldn't find any that really captured the true beauty of Ventura County. He dusted off his camera and started taking photographs embarking on what was to become a minor (okay, major) obsession to capture the iconic scenes that define life in Ventura County. Virnig’s exhibit reflect that continuing quest.
Virnig’s 6th grade teacher, Mr. Stroube, had a darkroom in the classroom and taught the class about photography, processing film, and making prints. Says Virnig, “I was hooked! In high school, I became a yearbook photographer.”
Virgnig received his Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. After graduation h worked in the Media Department at U.C.L.A. Medical Center for 2 years. He just hated living in Los Angeles so in 1986 moved to Ventura County and became a Realtor.
For the next 13 years he didn't pick up a camera except to take photographs of the houses he was selling. That changed in 1999 when he created his real estate website: I needed some local photographs for it and couldn't find anything that really captured the true beauty of Ventura County. So I picked up a camera and started taking pictures again. Nowadays, I have my camera equipment with me always. You never know when the light will be just right or what evening will host a spectacular sunset.
The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura. Hours are Tues – Friday from noon – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit their website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.