Photography Contest Now Open for Ventura County Youth

(Ventura, CA) “Kids, Cameras, and Crops” Youth Photography Contest is now accepting entries. The contest, in its second year, is run by Ventura County 4-H and the Ventura County Fair and is looking forward to more great entries this year. The contest is open to Ventura County youth ages 9-18.

“Kids, Cameras, and Crops” encourages youth to look at the agriculture around them in new and interesting ways. All entries will be showcased at this year’s Ventura County Fair, July 30-August 10.

Each entrant may submit one entry for each of 4 categories: Agriculture Products, Agriculture Equipment, Agriculture Places, and Agriculture People. The same image may not be entered in more than one category. Detailed rules and instructions are available on the Fair’s website: www.venturacountyfair.org

Entries must be received by July 18, 2008. Mail entries to “Kids, Cameras, and Crops” Photo Contest, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001 or hand-deliver entries to Ventura County 4-H Office, 669 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003.

For more information, please contact the Ventura County 4-H Office at (805) 662-6943.

 


 
Entries Accepted July 18, 19, 20 at Ventura County Fairgrounds
Entries Accepted July 18, 19, 20 at Ventura County Fairgrounds
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Entries Accepted July 18, 19, 20 at Ventura County Fairgrounds

Soon the Ventura County Fairgrounds will be full of pies, jams, table settings, photographs, homegrown fruits and vegetables, sculptures, homemade wines and beers, aquariums, gem & mineral exhibits, rabbits, sheep, and many, many other Fair entries. Make sure the fruits of your labor are on display during the 133rd Annual Ventura County Fair by bringing your entries to the Fairgrounds on the upcoming Entry Weekend.

On July 18, 19, 20 from 10am to 5pm, many departments will be accepting entries for the 2008 Ventura County Fair. Departments accepting entries include Amateur Fine Arts; Hobbies, Models & Collections; Home Arts (Arts & Crafts, Clothing & Textiles, Preserved Foods, and Special Exhibits); Professional Arts; Uncle Leo’s Barn Ag Contest; and Youth Expo & 4-H/Grange. Further information regarding entry dates for other departments can be found at the Fair’s website: www.venturacountyfair.org

With over 5,000 competitive exhibit categories, you are bound to find an exhibit to showcase your talents. There are trophies, ribbons, and over $175,000.00 in cash awards available. Make sure you check out the entry date for the Agriculture Dept.’s new scarecrow contest—cash prizes available in each class for a unique scarecrow. Don’t miss out on your chance to show Ventura County what you can do!

For more detailed information, please see the 2008 Ventura County Fair Entry Guide available at many convenient locations throughout Ventura County and online at www.venturacountyfair.org

Make sure to tell all your friends to “Meet you at the Fair” where they can oooh and aaah over your wonderful entries. For more information, please call (805) 648-3376.

 


 

The deadline for Ventura County Visual Artists to enter the 5th Annual Thousand Oaks Arts Festival is July 28 at 5 p.m. The Festival is set for September 20 and 21, 2008, at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Mary and Richard Carpenter Plaza Park, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., and will feature more than 70 visual arts exhibitors, live performances through-out both days, art demonstrations, and children’s interactive hands-on exhibits.

Artist prospectus and application are available on the Festival website, www.toartsfestival.com or call the Festival’s Visual Arts Chair Craig Morton, 818-991-6158 to have one mailed or for more information.

Artists who mail their applications by July 18 will pay only a $25 application fee and $225 booth fee. After July 18th, the fees increase to $40 for the application fee and $250 for booth space. Tables, chairs and canopy are provided for each booth. Festival admission is free for the public and hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists are encouraged to set up on Friday, September 19th, between 1 and 4 p.m. Overnight security is provided.

 


 

“Stay, and Breathe awhile…”

WHAT: The Mountain Shakespeare Festival, performs under the sky and stars
in scenic Pine Mountain Club in the Frazier Park area, launches its third
full season on July 5, 2008 through July 27, bringing top-notch
entertainment to Southern California.

The company motto is “Stay, and Breathe Awhile…” and this year’s
Shakespeare offering is the ever-delightful A Comedy of Errors.
For the first time, MSF will produce, in rotating repertory, a non-
Shakespearean play, You Can’t Take it With You.

Only a one-hour pleasurable drive from downtown Los Angeles, day and
weekend visitors can enjoy two shows in the outdoor theatre and a host
of outdoor activities in clean air, surrounded by the beauty of the pristine
mountains.

WHEN: Shows begin at 8:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00 pm Sundays
July 5, 2008 through July 27, 2008. Tickets cost $5.00

WHERE: To get to Frazier Park and the Pine Mountain Club area, simply go North
on I-5 to the Frazier Mountain Park Road Exit (Exit 236), follow the
canyon for 15 miles until you reach the village of Pine Mountain Club.
When you’ve reached paradise, you’ve arrived.

INFO: For tickets, please visit www.Mountainshakes.org or call 661-242-6904

Festival weekend get-a-way packages via Mountainshakes.org include:

Package A - couple - $275 (tax included)
One-night stay in Pine Mountain Club for two people
2 tickets to two shows (4 show tickets total)
2 tickets to dinner
A massage and a round of golf

Package B - couple - $475 (tax included)
Two-night stay in Pine Mountain Club for two people
2 tickets to two shows (4 show tickets total)
4 tickets to dinner
A massage and a round of golf
Horseback ride for two

Package C - family/two couples - $475
Two-night stay in Pine Mountain Club for four people
4 tickets to two shows (8 show tickets total)
4 tickets to dinner

For Custom Packages please call for your selection on accommodations and activities, including but not limited to: Cabins, B&B, Hotel, horseback riding, tennis, swimming, golf, spa services, jeep adventures, restaurants, and other clubhouse activities.

Other General activities include: hiking trails, sightseeing, bird watching, star gazing & shopping.

 


 

Robert Munns, Fillmore Artist, has once again been accepted in a National Juried Art Exhibition with his drawing entitled “Macrophage Study #7.” The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences 2008 Competition: Works of Art on Paper, held in Loveladies, New Jersey, opened June 21 and runs to July 14. Juror for the show is Charlotte Kotik, Curator Emerita of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art. http://www.lbifoundation.org/.

 


 
Lost River, 18” x 24”, oil
Lost River, 18” x 24”, oil
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“Painting Joy”, Orvel A. Jones solo exhibit will be from July 22 – August 16 with an opening reception Saturday, July 22 from 4 – 7 pm at the Buenaventura Gallery.
To see an Orvel A. Jones painting is to share in his joy of painting: his energetic brushstrokes along with his keen observation of nature infuse the viewer with a deep appreciation of his subjects. Born in San Diego and raised in California, Orvel finds that the energy and light of our beautiful state contribute to a quality of plein air painting that is quite unique to California. Orvel gives “credit to God for his direction. The two words ‘Paint Joy’ have a lot of meaning to me and I can only hope that this collection of paintings will stir the emotions of joy in others.
Jones received his B.A. in Fine Art from the California State University, Northridge and a Masters from California Lutheran University. His studies under the guidance of Hans Burkhardt helped to develop a passion for expressing his emotions with bold brushwork and a loose, impressionistic style. Early works were quite contemporary and abstract that garnered numerous first place awards in the Forum of the Arts, Buenaventura Art Association and the Olivia Hathaway competitions for Ventura County.
Jones taught elementary school for years before he became an administrator. He participated in a teacher exchange program that was part of the Fulbright scholarship program: his assignment took place New Zealand. The countryside in New Zealand provided Jones with many plein air opportunities in addition to teaching.
His work has been exhibited at the Rose gallery, E.P. foster Library and Wright Library, in Ventura California. One man shows include the Fine Arts Gallery at California State University, Northridge, La Mirada Exposition, and a sell-out show at the Rayburn house Gallery in Whangari New Zealand.
While he tends to favor California Landscapes his travels help him to develop paintings from sketches and photos from these trips. Over 40 years of experience with various mediums has helped to perfect his ability to play with the effects of light, shadow, color and texture to evoke an emotional response from his paintings.
Orvel particularly enjoys painting en plein air and feels that some of his quick location paintings are among his best works. He prefers the rough, spontaneous approach to his paintings with further refinement happening in his home studio.
"My loving family, God, good friends, a glass of fine wine, and painting come first in my life. I truly hope that a collector of my paintings can have the privilege of feeling and enjoying, not just the visual effects, but the warm emotions of a lifetime commitment to PAINTING JOY.
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.

 
Free summer concert series held at Peninsula Park

OXNARD, Calif.—Channel Islands Harbor is holding Concerts by the Sea each Saturday from July 5 – Aug. 30. The free summer concert series from 4 – 6 p.m. is held at Peninsula Park at Channel Islands Harbor, next to the Casa Sirena Hotel and the Hampton Inn. Parking is free.

Visitors can enjoy a wide array of musical styles including Jazz, Rock, R&B, Cajun, Zydeco, Folk and Oldies.

Summer Concert Lineup:

July 5 Judy Wexler Jazz

July 12 Drivematics Classic Rock

July 19 Randy Rich & the Ravens R&B

July 26 Acadiana Cajun/Zydeco

Aug. 2 Folk Collection 60s Folk Era Music

Aug. 9 Cadillac Angels 50s Surf Music

Aug. 16 Unkle Monkey Tropical Rock

Aug. 23 Ashford Gordon Jazz

Aug. 30 Teresa Russell & Coco Billi Rock/R&B

For more information on Concerts by the Sea or the Channel Islands Harbor, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org 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.

 
A fleet of tall ships demonstrate their seafaring power, beauty at Tall Ships Challenge

OXNARD, Calif.—Tall ships from around the world will converge on Channel Islands Harbor Aug. 7-10. A total of eight tall ships will weigh anchor at the harbor as part of the American Sail Training Association’s Tall Ships Challenge race series. These majestic ships will be open for visitors to explore Aug. 8 - 10. One of the ships, the HMS Bounty, was built in 1960 for the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” and recently used in “Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man's Chest.”

The Tall Ships Challenge begins in Canada and races along the Pacific Coast to end in San Diego. Channel Islands Harbor is the only stop between San Francisco and San Pedro.

While at the Channel Islands Harbor, people of all ages can climb aboard the decks and relive the ships’ colorful history through docent stories. Battle re-enactment sails, a pirate camp, tours and educational programs are also part of the festivities. Visitors additionally can wander through the Ventura County Maritime Museum and enjoy food and beverages from the many vendors.

Some ships visitors can explore include the Californian, the Official Tall Ship Ambassador for the state of California. Built in 1984, it is a replica of the speedy 1847 Revenue Cutter, the C.W. Lawrence. The ship is 145 feet long, 101 feet tall and with all nine sails flying, carries 7,000 square feet of sail.

The Spirit of Dana Point is a traditionally built replica of a 1770s privateer employed during the American Revolution. The ship is classified as a 118-foot topsail schooner, with a sparred length of 118 feet and 5,000 square feet of sail.

Cash ticket sales will be available at the festival. Credit card purchases can be made online at www.tallshipschannelislands.com and through Ticketmaster. For more information on the Tall Ships Challenge call the Channel Islands Harbor Visitor Information Line at 805-985-4852 or visit their Web site.

Channel Islands Harbor serves as a center of recreation, boating, shopping and watersports 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. For more information on the Channel Islands Harbor, visit the Web site at www.channelislandsharbor.org or call 805-985-4852.

 
Participants invited to Join the Fun

The 2008 Ventura County Fair Parade is scheduled to march down Main Street in downtown Ventura to celebrate the 133rd Ventura County Fair.
The Parade date is Saturday, August 2, beginning at 10 AM. The parade will march from Catalina Street past the Reviewing Stand on Ash Street and end at Palm Street.
The Ventura County Fair Parade is a great way to herald the Fair and it is also a great way for community organizations to get public recognition. This year’s parade will be broadcast on CAPS television and on Time Warner Cable.
Deadline for parade entries is July 15. Parade applications can be picked up at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and on line at www.venturacountyfair.org. Please call 805-648-3376 for more information, James Lockwood, Ventura County Fairgrounds, (805), 648-3376 X 110, FAX (805) 648-1012, www.venturacountyfair.org, "Meet me at the Fair", 2008 Ventura County Fair, July 30 - August 10, 2008.

 
“Moodlamp” stained glass.
“Moodlamp” stained glass.
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Paula Castillo’s exhibit, Illumination will be at the Discovery Gallery from July 3 – July 31, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, July 11 from 5 – 7 pm. “Illuminations” is Buenaventura Art Association’s first stained glass exhibit. Castillo includes lamps, mirrors and whimsical figures all rendered in varying colors and glass.
Castillo has always been fascinated by how glass distorts light: the color, textures and variations are endless. Her interest in functional art forms combined with her interest in stained glass led her to begin a series of lamps and mirrors. Taking her idea for a lamp from paper through the labor of construction is one of imagination as the end product is not evident until it is complete. After the last solder joint has been done and the polishing rag is put down, it is only when a light bulb is inserted and the switch is turned on that she can see the results. The true colors of the glass are rich with ambient hues and prisms of light dance on the ceiling.
The vibrancy and contrast of the desert skies and colorful mountains in Castillo’s native Albuquerque are reflected in her work: the multi-cultural and ever-present art of her native New Mexico continue to inspire new ideas in glass.
Castillo has explored various mediums including watercolor, acrylics and has spent much time doing intricate embroidery works. She took her first stained glass class in Los Angeles while living in Topanga and was immediately immersed. She began with the Tiffany foiled method of construction and has since begun using the leaded method of construction. Larger constructed pieces are generally made in the later method, however Castillo feels comfortable with both.
She has helped numerous clients see a vision of art in glass deigns through her custom installations in many Southern California homes and businesses. Virtually all of her installations are original works of art created for the client. These include windows, doors, skylights, transoms and other decorative arts for the home.
She has a particular affinity for modern design that is sometimes flavored with Native American and/or Art Deco elements. “I feel most inspired while designing abstract forms utilizing both the linear and curvilinear and inter-mixing them to create a journey for the eye”, says Castillo. “Because I have so many designs that are just waiting to come out, I rarely replicate a design, however I could easily make the same piece to look vastly different in other choices in glass. Glass can be opaque, translucent, semi-translucent, wispy, wavy, bumpy, bevel or multi-colored”.
Castillo has shown her work at street fairs and demonstrations from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles and has shown locally at various art galleries including: Café on A, Harbor Village Gallery, Camarillo Old Town Studio and Buenaventura Gallery. She is a member of the Buenaventura Art Association and is enthusiastically involved in many Ventura County cultural events.
Castillo earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. She is currently the Office Manager at Buenaventura Art Association. Paula currently resides in Santa Paula, California.
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.

 
Upon a Time, 24” x 30”, oil on canvas.
Upon a Time, 24” x 30”, oil on canvas.
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Not Far From Here, Ron Zolkover’s solo exhibit will be from June 24 – July 19 with an opening reception Saturday, June 28 from 4 – 7 pm at the Buenaventura Gallery.
Our beautiful coastal region is Zolkover’s inspiration for “Coastal Impressions.” An avid outdoorsman, (he owns a boat, sails the Channel Islands and surfs) he starts most of his paintings plein air. “I love the challenge of painting plein air – when I started one piece, I was up on a hill and was fascinated with the way the sun hit the vines. I started painting at the same time that a large storm was brewing. The wind was blowing my easel around and I was painting furiously with one hand holding a brush and one hand holding my canvas. The next day, I went back to the site, and all the leaves were blown off the vines!” Zolkover finished the piece in his studio.
Zolkover has been heavily inspired by “The Oak Group,” a group of Santa Barbara artists that are both painters and conservationists. The Oak Group preserves undeveloped land on canvas and donates about ½ of their sales to various conservation groups in Santa Barbara and Marin County. Zolkover has taken some classes from their members as well as had numerous discussions with the members on painting.
Talking comes easily to Zolkover – he is a salesman whose territory is the coastal region of southern and central California. “I had a goal to never live or work more than a mile from the beach,” said Zolkover. “I’m proud to say I’ve managed to keep that goal.” He is a native Californian and has lived on Silverstrand Beach for 20 years.
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.

 

I would like to inform you of a change of date for the Arthur Murray "Dancing Under the Stars" event. The original date was July 13th, 2008. We have moved it to August 24th, 2008. The location and time are still the same. It will be held August 24th, 2008 at 6:00 pm at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara.

Arthur Murray Dance Studio is hosting a celebrity dance competition called "Dancing Under the Stars" to benefit the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of the Tri-Counties. The event will be at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort.
The competition is similar to what is seen on Dancing With the Stars. It will consist of 6-8 local celebrity performers. The event will also include a silent auction of items to be donated by local businesses and organizations. All employees, including the director and the instructors, are donating their time. 100% of ticket sales and auction proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties. We are asking for your support to offset expenses in running the event.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization with local chapters throughout the country. It was established in 1980 and has grown into the largest and most professional wish granting organization in the world. The goal of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties call 1-888-899-9474 or go to: www.tri-counties.wish.org.

Last year was our inaugural event, and it brought in nearly $10,000! This year we have a lofty goal to double that amount. We can only do this with your help.

We invite you to become involved by:
• purchasing tickets to the event at $75 per ticket
• donating an item for the silent auction
• becoming an event sponsor through a cash donation
• offering a donation of services to support the event

We look forward to seeing you at this great event! For more information contact Arthur Murray Dance Studio at (805)963-6658 or (805) 495-1445.

 

“Meet me at the Fair! ”

VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Fair is proud to announce the “Miller Lite Grandstand” entertainment line up for the 2008 Fair.

Wednesday, July 30 – Motorsports/Demolition Derby

Thursday, July 31- Motorsports

Friday, August 1- Doobie Brothers

Saturday, August 2- Sara Evans with special guest Carlene Carter

Sunday, August 3- Los Tigres del Norte

Monday, August 4- The Beach Boys (back by popular demand)

Tuesday August 5 (matinee) Suzanne Somers

Tuesday, August 5- Trace Adkins

Wednesday, August 6- Raven Symoné

Thursday, August 7- Plain White T’s

Friday, August 8- Tower of Power with War

Saturday, August 9- P.R.C.A. Rodeo

Sunday, August 10- P.R.C.A. Rodeo.

“Our concert series is the best opportunity for Fairgoers to see big name entertainment for the price of gate admission. There is something for everybody and it’s the best value this summer” says Barbara Quaid, Chief Executive Officer of the Ventura County Fair.

Additional information about the Ventura County Fair is available at www.venturacountyfair.org or www.myspace.com/venturacountyfair and by calling the Fairgrounds offices at (805) 648-3376

 
Ojai Valley Museum

From the early beginnings of Ojai, then known as Nordhoff, smart and sassy women have been instrumental in changing the face of Ojai and all it has to offer. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet seventeen of these smart and sassy artistic and historic women of Ojai who will be featured in the Ojai Valley Museum’s exhibit beginning June 26 and running until September 28. These outstanding women contributed to the culture and enhancement of Ojai in the fields of art, architecture, sculpture, theatre and ceramics. Some of the women have recognizable names such as June Allyson, Charlotte Bronstein, Vivika Heino, Elaine Rogers, Nancy Rupp, Zelma Wilson, Beatrice Wood and Loretta Young. However, there are several others that made a lasting impact on our valley, but may not be familiar names to many such as Inez Berry, Florence von Breyman, Agnes Duncan Brown, Hope Frazier, Julia Morgan, Evelyn Nordhoff, Carmen Robertson, and Frances Clarke Sayers. This exhibit will include photographs of the women, artifacts of their lives and stories about who they were and what they have contributed to this community. Sponsors for this exhibit are the Smith-Hobson Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kaufman of Beverly Hills. Opportunities for prizes will be available throughout the exhibit with the winners being selected at the closing of the exhibit in September. Among the opportunities will be three spa packages from The Oaks at Ojai, donated by Sheila and Don Cluff.

An opening gala will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the museum. There will be delectable hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar, and living histories presented by “Dames to Duchesses”. Three of the Dames will be mingling with guests as they portray famous women in Ojai history. Catherine Dain will represent the artist, Beatrice Wood, Gai Jones will portray architect, Zelma Wilson, and Linda MacNeal will emulate the actress, June Allyson. In addition, Cricket Twichell will represent the child actress and art activist, Carmen Robertson. Music will be provided by Beverly Broadbent Beal, the current organist at the Ojai Presbyterian Church who will portray Agnes Duncan Brown, Ojai Presbyterian Church organist, at the turn of the century. The public is invited to this grand opening. For reservations, call the museum office at 640-1390. The $25.00 donation may be paid by check, cash or credit card. The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue and is open on Thursdays and Fridays, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 

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. New locations!
643 Project Space – closed for June & July. Reopens in August. www.643ProjectSpace.com. info@643projectspace.com or Monica Furmanski at 310-592-9127
Art Gallery of Grace – Mixed Media artist Lee Hodges studio and gallery. Refreshments provided during First Friday Gallery Crawl. Art Gallery of Grace. 1560 E Main St., Ventura, CA 805.302.3167
Artists Union - "Lucky" Soft opening May 2nd for First Friday. Members only exhibit. This is an open theme exhibit created especially for our members. This is always a very eclectic exhibit and a special feature of this competition (upstairs exhibit) will be the lucky juried group chosen to compete for awards and prize money. In addition, The City of Ventura Artists’ Fellowship Showcase. An exhibit to honor all 2007/08 grant recipients which includes Brad Barron, Alison Casson, Zivana Gojanovic, Donna Granata, Hilda Kilpatrick, Jeanne LaRocco, Paul Lindhard, Amy Maloney, Teal Rowe, Stephen Schafer, Ralph Silerio & Larissa Strauss. Congratulation from you r sponsors, the San Buenaventura Artists’ Union Gallery. Artists Union 330 South California Street Plaza, Ventura 805.643.3012 www.VenturaArtistsUnion.org
Bell Arts Factory – “The America Woman” traveling Colorado marble sculpture by Francisco Sotomayer. “The American Woman” is a life-size sculpture of a woman reclining atop a 10-foot long grand piano. The sculpture is carved from one 21-ton block of marble. The sculpture has traveled through Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Kansas and other places. This is her first visit to Ventura. Sotomayer drives her on a flatbead – the sculpture is enclosed in a clear crate. In addition, Parmlee Gomez collage exhibit in the community room as well as artist studios. Bell Arts Factory 432 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura 805.258.1160 www.BellArtsFactory.com
Buenaventura Gallery – Scott Wynn’s exhibit, “Central Coast Visions” will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from May 27 to June 21, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, June 6 from 5 – 8 pm during First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl. Wynn’s images evolve from the life long photographer’s eye which he uses to express his view of California landscapes. Buenaventura Gallery 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura 805.648.1235 www.BuenaventuraGallery.org
Discovery Gallery – Pat Richards Dodds’ exhibit, Safe Harbor will be at the Discovery Gallery from June 6 – July 2, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, June 6 from 5 – 7 pm during First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl.
The incredible colors and patterns of the sky playing against the sea in New Zealand, Tasman Sea and Australian waters called a challenge to Dodds. The brilliance of the colors drove her to experiment with a new palette and different oil painting products – her “comfort zone” or Safe Harbor had changed. This exhibit reflects those changes as well as the journey to her new Safe Harbor. Discovery Gallery (inside the Ventura Visitors Bureau) 101 S. California St., Ventura. 805.648.1235 www.BuenaventuraGallery.org
Fox Fine Jewelry - Kathy Ikerd and Maudette Ball Fink will display their work at Fox Fine Jewelry in an exhibition from May 15th through July 14th, 2008.
Kathy Ikerd spent 17 years traveling overseas with the military. The vibrant colors and elegant simplicity of the Far East left a lasting impression that often appears in her work. Kathy’s current work reflects a post-impressionist style and a heightened sense of color.
Maudette Ball Finck is both painter and printmaker, specializing in collagraphs and monotypes. Soft colors and close value relationships are characteristic in her work. She is influenced by the California coastline, gardens, environmental issues and the human condition. Career highlights include being the chairman of the City of Ojai Arts Commission.
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.
Red Brick Gallery - "Water World" May 12th through June 23rd. A journey above and below the ocean's surface has consumed the thoughts and creations of this group of artists: we invite you to view our version of the big blue, enjoy live music by Varon Thomas and sip some sangrias on June's First Friday. Red Brick Gallery 328 E. Main St. Ventura 805-643-6400 www.RedBrickArt.com.
Sea Breeze Gallery - Our showcase artist is Lisa D. Moore with Interwoven Circles "A Cycle Of Works". Exploring the interconnections amoung Diatom's, Pillow Lace, Temari Balls, Orbital Paths and more. For the June 6th First Friday we are hosting performance skits by the Dames to Dutchess performance group. They will start at 7pm and perform a different skit on the hour and half-hour. Sea Breeze Gallery 255 South Laurel Street , Ventura 805.643.3973. www.SeaBreezeArtGallery.com.
SPA by Diane Loring, Inc. at the Historic Love House – works by 5 artists. The 5 BAA Members currently exhibiting their artwork at the SPA by Diane Loring, Inc. at the Historic Love House at 119 Figueroa St. in Downtown Ventura are Nancy Horwick, Joy Berger, Wana Klasen, Tobie Roach and Kay Zeitlemaier. The show began on May 6th and will continue through July 7th. An artist reception will be on Friday, June 6th from 5– 7pm. Located at 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura 805.641.0022. www.spaventura.com
Under the Sun Cultural Arts Gallery and Arts for Action is hosting “Una Noche de Otro-Arte” (An Evening of Other Art), a book reading by Canek Peña-Vargas, editor of the newly released book The Speed of Dreams,Selected Writings 2001-2007, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, and art exhibition dedicated to raising awareness about the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico.
We welcome the public to this educational reception to learn about the struggles the Indigenous people of Chiapas are facing and about Zapatista values -- such as land, housing, health, nutrition, women's rights, indigenous rights, workers rights, freedom, democracy, justice, and autonomy. All are invited to this book reading/art reception to meet Canek Peña-Vargas and the artists which include Xavier Montes, Dolores Haro, Emilia Garcia, Edmund Lara, Eduardo Hinojosa-Espinoza, Adrian Gaspar, Francisco Norzagaray and photographer Arturo Perez. Bell Arts Factory 432 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura 805.258.1160
Upfront Gallery – inbetween exhibits Upfront Gallery 267 S. Laurel Street, Ventura 805.340.1448 www.upfrontgallery.org
For more information regarding First Fridays Ventura, visit www.FirstFridaysVentura.com.

 

Pat Richards Dodds’ exhibit, Safe Harbor will be at the Discovery Gallery from June 6 – July 2, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, June 6 from 5 – 7 pm during First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl.
The incredible colors and patterns of the sky playing against the sea in New Zealand, Tasman Sea and Australian waters called a challenge to Dodds. The brilliance of the colors drove her to experiment with a new palette and different oil painting products – her “comfort zone” or Safe Harbor had changed. This exhibit reflects those changes as well as the journey to her new Safe Harbor.
Art has been a part of Dodds’ life since her youth. As a student at Santa Monica High School, Dodds had lessons in drawing, design, painting, ceramics, sculpture; nearly unheard of in today’s public schools. Dodds was awarded a scholarship to study life drawing at Chouinard Art Institute, and followed up as a Fine Art major at the University of Washington.
After a hiatus devoted to raising a family, Dodds found herself on the short list of artists asked to be resident artists at an art organization called Studio 83 back in 1986. During this time Pat’s work evolved through the input of prestigious artist that included Gerd Koch, Hiroko Yoshimoto and Mary Michel. Though the group disbanded several years later, the value of the artist community resonated with Dodds.
More than 15 years later, Dodds led the founding of a new art organization, committed to similar goals as the original Studio 83, but with plans for a much greater longevity. Studio Channel Islands Art Center provides more then 30 artists with a place to create, the continuing challenge that professional artist provide one another, and the chance to serve as the mentor that once served them.
After a 20 year career as an executive banking officer, Dodds retired in 2006 to resume her passion as a painter. She is an Artist in Residence at SCIART. Dodds was recently one of featured artist in the 10th Anniversary exhibit at Studio Channel Islands Art Center. She was named Artist In the Community Award for the 2007 Ventura County Arts Council’s Art Stars Awards.
Dodds has won numerous awards, including a scholarship to Chouinard Art Institute, the Theme Award at the Ventura County Fair, San Buenaventura Art Association, Thousand Oaks Art Association and SCIART Juried Members Competition. She won the Grand Prize and President’s Award in the 2007 SCIART Juried Members Show.
Her work is in the private collections of Mr. and Mrs. David Nirenberg, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Dufau, Patricia McCormick, John and Susan Kulwiec, Ms. Cindy Schwan, Sharon Clark Orfalea, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Cummins as well as others.
Her exhibits include City National Bank, Ventura County National Bank, Affinity National Bank, Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura County Government Center, the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, The Ventura Artist Union, The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, the 2006 and 2007 Camarillo Art & Jazz Festival, Studio Channel Islands Art Center and the Studio 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 www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.

 
Dr. Priscillia Partridge de Garcia to be first artist exhibitor

Buenaventura Art Association brokered an alliance with Ventura College’s Elaine Tennen, the director of the Student Health Center. The association will exhibit works on a rotating basis at the newly opened health center.
Tennen called Buenaventura Art Association wanting to beautify the new health center, she felt that there were a number of walls that were perfect for exhibiting art. Christine Beirne, Executive Director of the association called Bob Moskowitz, head of the Ventura College Art Department and discussed the prospect with Moskowtiz. Moskowtiz felt that since many members were former Ventura College students, the alliance benefited all involved.
Beirne and Buenaventura Art Association office manager Paula Castillo visited the site, met Tennen and agreed that the site was perfect for an art exhibit.
The first artist chosen to exhibit at the Ventura College is watercolorist, Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, May 29 from 5 – 7 pm at the Ventura College Health Center located on the Ventura College Campus.
Dr. Partridge de Garcia was a counselor at Ventura College for ten years and worked to establish the Women’s Re-entry Center at the College that offered counseling, clothing exchange, mentors, books and support for women at Ventura College.

 

Ventura Potters Guild Artists will have their 49th annual show and sale in Ojai’s Libbey Park on June 7 and 8 from 9 am to 6 pm. Forty artists will display their latest ceramic creations ranging from functional pots to art pieces. “Our members produce functional and non-functional works in most of the available clay varieties (earthenware, lowfire, highfire, stoneware, porcelain) in sizes ranging from scale miniatures to large urns and sculpture pieces. Members bring a wide range of experience and abilities to the show.”, says Guild President Richard Franklin.

Held in conjunction with the Ojai Music Festival, the Annual Show is a great opportunity to see what Ventura County artists are creating in clay. The artists will be on hand to discuss their respective methods and techniques. A percentage of all sales at the annual show goes to scholarships for deserving students at Ventura County Community Colleges and Santa Barbara City College.

The Ventura County Potters Guild was founded in 1957 by local ceramic artists and teachers. It is a non-profit organization formed 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 monthly programs with guest speaker presentations and member's show and tell, informative newsletters, workshops, shows, sales and a library that features both books and videos. Guild meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month from September through May at the Ventura Senior Recreation Center at 420 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA. For more information contact Patti Hallowes, phallowes@msn.com or go to www.vcpottersguild.com.

 
“Mid Morning Under The Eucalyptus” Oil On Canvas.
“Mid Morning Under The Eucalyptus” Oil On Canvas.
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Scott Wynn’s exhibit, “Central Coast Visions” will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from May 27 to June 21, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, June 6 from 5 – 8 pm during First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl.
Wynn’s images evolve from the life long photographer’s eye which he uses to express his view of California landscapes. A native of Southern California, Wynn, has watched the countryside change from rural landscapes into urbanized developments altering the views he remembers of his youth. The oil paintings in “Central Coast Visions” evoke dreamy memories of an innocent and untouched California backdrop and effectively correspond with Wynn’s fascination in the unbelievable power of nature.
The multi- step process the artist uses to achieve his images begins with a composition constructed from one or more photographs. After working the layout on paper and on the computer, he begins to paint with layers of transparent pigment and color from an idealized memory of his subject.
This will be Wynn’s first Solo Show with the Buenaventura Art Association, but he has exhibited works in many venues including Santa Paula Art and Photography shows, Maritime Museum exhibits, LA and Ventura County Art Festivals and has received awards from the Buenaventura Art Association and the Ventura County Fair Professional Artist Competition.
The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 Santa Clara St., Ventura, California, 93001 Phone: (805) 648.1234 .Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12-5 pm .and Saturday 11 – 5. For more information, visit their website at www.buenaventuragallery.org.

 

Enjoy day tripping, but not the driving? Consider a Museum of Ventura County motor coach trip this summer. The first, on Tuesday, June 3, explores the newly opened Broad Contemporary Art Museum at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the other on Wednesday, July 16, tours the exotic gardens of Lotusland in Montecito. Both day trips originate in Ventura.

The Los Angeles trip on June 3 includes a one-hour docent led tour of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, and incorporates time to plan your own lunch and explore LACMA’s other exhibitions and galleries. The cost is $45.00 for museum members, $55.00 for non-members.

The trip to Lotusland in Montecito on July 16 includes a guided tour of the exotic gardens at the 37-acre estate of the late Madame Ganna Walska. A picnic lunch at nearby Manning Park is included. Cost is $65 for museum members, $75 for non-members.

Space for both trips is limited. For further information, including start and return times, and to make reservations, call Jennifer Mackie @ 805-641-1876 ext. 305.