Margery Spielman’s exhibit, In My Backyard will be at the Discovery Gallery from May 1 – June 5, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, May 2 from 5 – 7 pm during First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl.

Many of us are just steps from the sand, moments from the beach and the coastal California seascape is our backyard. Margery Spielman celebrates her own relationship and close proximity to the natural beauty and the abundance of wildlife here at the beaches of Ventura and the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel in with her show “In My Backyard”. Images of innocence and human ignorance in mixed media are juxtaposed for a conscious meander along the shorelines and under the surface of our oceans.

The knowledge and familiarity of her subjects come from her years as a marine naturalist and environmental artist. Spielman has been scuba diving since 1964 and has taught scuba and oceanography courses at Ventura College and Ojai Valley School. She has swam with and worked along side Jacques Cousteau, has exhibited her paintings from Paris to Hawaii and currently teaches with Elderhostel, an international organization for adventurous seniors. Margery Spielman’s exhibit, “In My Backyard” will be at the Discovery Gallery from May 1 to June 5, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, May 2 from 5 – 7.

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



Judy Klement’s exhibit, “California Places and Faces” will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from April 29 to May 24, 2008 with an opening reception on Sat, May 3 from 4 – 7 pm. In addition, a champagne artist preview will be held during First Fridays Ventura Gallery Crawl on Friday, May 2 from 5 – 8 pm.

Klement’s joyful renderings of “California Places and Faces” are pastel, watercolor and oil paint styled in the realistic -impressionistic style. Among the works are local vistas of sail boats, the Mission, the Topa Topas, the Pacific and sunsets. Traveling beyond Ventura, Klement also captures images of Moonstone Beach, some Morro Bay scenes, Yosemite and the High Sierras. There are also numerous portraits portraying a comfortable element of approachability: meet “Dream Catcher” or ladies of Ventura and California desert travelers. Klement explains how capturing these people and places “…go beyond the visual to an essence of being, of place, to share a moment in time preserved as art.”

Klement was born on the East Coast, but loves the beauty found in California’s scenery. Her home and studio/gallery are in Santa Paula. She teaches with the Ventura Adult Continuing Education (VACE) art program. An award winning artist, Klement’s portraits, custom art and murals are found in fine homes and establishments around the USA and abroad. Klement is a past President to Ventura County Pastel Artist and is active with Santa Paula Society of the Arts. She has shown at Buenaventura Gallery, Gardens of the World, the Museum of Ventura County, and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. ,

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 – 4. For more information, visit their website at



Road trips and back roads took photographer Stephen Schafer to the images found in PlaceScapes, an exhibition opening April 26 at the Museum of Ventura County’s new 89 California Street location in Ventura. The exhibit runs through May 18.

Once familiar elements of small town American life, such as Laundromats, coffee shops, and drive-ins, are the focus of Schafer’s attention.

“I document and explore the significance of places commonplace before technology crept into every facet of our lives,” said Schafer. “Hopefully my images evoke memories of authentic places from the viewer’s past. The places seen in this exhibit may still exist, but many are lost forever.”

The black and white gelatin silver prints are from negatives shot on infrared film, which is sensitive to light the naked eye cannot detect. This underlying unpredictability is why Schafer has continued to use infrared film for all his fine art photographs since 1987.

Current president of the San Buenaventura Conservancy, Schafer is an active arts advocate in the city of Ventura. His international career in fine art, architectural and commercial photography began at Brooks Institure of Photography in Santa Barbara. Schafer is currently the Artist - in - Residence at the Museum of Ventura County and is also the Ventura Spring ArtWalk Featured Artist. On Saturday, April 26, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., he will sign ArtWalk posters at the Museum of Ventura County’s 89 California site.



Irena Jablonski will be giving a two-day Figurative Oils Workshop at the Harbor Village Gallery on Sunday, May 18 and Sunday, May 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The workshop is $160 for BAA members and $190 for non-members. The workshop is for beginners and advanced painters. To enroll, call the Buenaventura Art Association at 805.648.1235 or pay online at
Learn how to paint a nude or clothed figure, integrate it into the background, seeing shapes, color, value and edges. Artists will learn to:
• Work wet into wet, from start to finish.
• Begin with a light sketch
• Basic planning
• Refined modeling.
• Communicate your paintings to the viewer with a story-telling quality by supplying the settings and situations.

Students will work independently with individual attention, instruction and critique. A brief demonstration will start each class. Come and set free the magic of human subjects that awaits us!
An easel, basic set of oil paints and brushes, and canvas of a size 20”x16” are suggested. Students may bring their own photos to work from or use the instructor’s selection.
Irena Jablonski is an award winning artist represented internationally by fine art galleries. Her painting was featured in an instructional book “100 ways to paint People and Figures” issued by the International Artist magazine. One of her paintings was recently accepted for the annual Oil Painters of America exhibition 2006. She had numerous solo exhibitions as well as she took part in group exhibitions also in North Hollywood. As an artist she was featured in numerous newspapers and on TV. After a career in structural engineering she studied art at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. She continues to study at the California Art Institute where her paintings are very often featured in the literature.
The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura, California, Phone: (805) 644 – 2750. Open noon – 5. Closed Tuesdays.



VENTURA -- The Ventura College Spring 2008 Arts and Lecture Series continues with a lecture with George Yepes, Cultural Artist on April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Reading Room of the Library and Learning Resource Center on the Ventura College campus.

The event is free, parking is $1 and refreshments will be served. For additional information, call the Public Relations Office, Ventura College, (805) 654-6462.

George Yepes was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. He moved to East Los Angeles at the age of four. He earned a degree from California State University, Los Angeles, in business administration, and joined the Public Art Center, leaving behind his hard street life and gang membership. He also took painting classes at East Los Angeles City College and worked both as an accountant and a muralist.

One of the more prolific painters in the Chicano Mural Movement of the late 70's, Yepes gained his early reputation as a ferocious painter when he painted with notables from Carlos Almaraz and Frank Romero to Gilbert "Magu" Lujan. He then became an instrumental partner in the mural group "East Los Streetscapers" from 1979 to 1985 until he decided that group painting wasn't suited to his temperament or pace. With grand scale and furious momentum Yepes has painted over 800,000 square feet of eloquent social, historical, and sacred images onto the facades of everything from churches, hospitals and freeway overpasses to album covers. His 28 murals are landmarks in Los Angeles, as are the 21 murals his Academia de Arte Yepes students have painted. Yepes established the Academia de Arte Yepes, the first free mural academy for young students in Los Angeles. Yepes has taught nearly 1500 low-income students over the last decade through the Academia. His mural painting concepts and designs continue to be studied by graduate students and scholars across the United States.

But mural painting is only one facet of this intense painters' focus.

Yepes' oevre incorporates religious iconography via his "re-imagination of the sacred", ethereally beautiful women, modern street violence, Chicano and Mexican Folklore/Elitelore, world history, and literature in powerful - sexually charged - atmospheres. Yepes' paintings have been collected by a widely diverse audience, from Sean Penn, Cheech Marin, Anthony Keidis, and Robert Rodriguez to Catholic churches on the east side of L.A., and City Governments nationally.

In 1993-94 George Yepes was partnered with Ricardo Legoreta, the Mexican Architect, as the duo "Lead Urban Design Team" for the $1 Billion Eastern Extension of the Metro Red Line of Los Angeles Subway, in charge of designing seven Metro stations and tunnels. He was chosen for his ability to impact structure during preliminary engineering - prior to final architectural design.

In 1998 the State of California chose George Yepes to paint the 70' vaulted ceiling of the State Archives Museum in Sacramento, the State Capital. This mural, "The Promise", depicts the emergence of California's Statehood incorporating elements from Aztec to Greco-Roman mythology.

In 2001 George was called to Illinois and left behind his mark on the city, a 24'x70' mural in Chicago. In Dec. 2001 the Chicano Visions/ American Painters on the Verge exhibit spearheaded by Cheech Marin, began a fifteen city tour with plans in the making to travel to Europe and Japan. The exhibit museums: The San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas; The Smithsonian in Washington DC.; the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; The Mexican Fine Arts Museum, Chicago, IL; the University of Houston, Houston, Texas; Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis, MO; The de Young Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, CA; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.

According to a news release from the Academia, in January 2008, JPL in Pasadena unveiled murals created by Yepes' student muralists. The "Cassini Instrument Operations" murals were painted over a 6 month period at the Academia de Arte Yepes in Downtown Los Angeles, then permanently installed at JPL in Pasadena. 340 feet of murals created from four years of Cassini science returned as visualized through by the young artists. The beauty and magic of the skys can only be appreciated by walking slowly among these rings, moons and environments explored by the Cassini instruments and recreated by the muralists. This was for a 2007 Summer/Fall class assignment, Course Title "Fine Art Painting - For Lifers Only."

Yepes has exhibited in 12 solo and 45 group shows at venues that have included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Sitges-Barcelona Olympics Exhibit. He had designed more than 30 public murals as well as an album cover for Los Lobos, a Grammy Award winning music group from East Los Angeles. Titled “La Pistola y el Corazon,” the cover has won numerous awards, and is in many museum collections. Sean Penn and Madonna bought the original painting for a record-breaking sum in 1989. Yepes’ work can be seen in the traveling exhibition, “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge,” from the Cheech Marin collection.

The above biographical information on Yepes is from: