Indian Beauty, pastel, by Tasia Erickson
Indian Beauty, pastel, by Tasia Erickson
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Curiosity about world cultures turned Tasia Erickson into “a virtual traveler” and the Ventura painter turns her online explorations into art. “Exotic Places and Faces,” an exhibition of her recent pastel paintings, will run April 23-May 18 at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

“I have always been fascinated by other cultures and especially the people,” Erickson said. “I want my solo show to take everyone away to these amazing places.”

Scenes and people of India, Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Vietnam and Morocco are on the itinerary this time, she said. “I had planned several other countries but ran out of wall space in the gallery.”

Erickson will be on hand to guide tours during an opening reception 4-7 p.m. April 27 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28, unusual Sunday hours for the gallery. Her show opening coincides with Paint Ventura, an art celebration that weekend centered on Main Street, and “I wanted to be sure that the general public could find us at BAA. I felt it important to be open at that time.”

She has been making art “since I could hold a pencil,” majored in it in college and spent her work life creating it, first as a cel painter and special effects artist with the Hanna-Barbera Productions animation studio and later as a watercolor portrait painter, clothing designer and jewelry maker.

But not until retiring and moving in 2009 to Ventura did she discover pastels, through a friend’s gift of classes.

“I am fascinated by pastel and the freedom it gives me. The pigment is pure and therefore the color is vibrant. I adore color,” Erickson said. “My work celebrates people and their cultures through this luminous medium. I want to celebrate the diversity of the human spirit.”

Her Internet wanderings for inspirational images take months, she said, and “That search is daunting.” She explores royalty-free sites, looking at thousands of pictures to find “the perfect photos” to incorporate in her paintings. “And then I researched the history of the place or person to be sure I have an appropriate description of the painting. This way the viewer can learn what I have learned.”

Erickson also paints closer to home, from her own photos of Ventura County locales and those of friends and relatives. One photo from a sister became “Graceful Presence,” a dramatic pastel portrait of a belly dancer that earned a third-place judge’s award and second-place people’s choice ribbon in Santa Paula Society for the Arts’ current 76th annual Art and Photography Show.

But the “Exotic Places and Faces” that caught her eye and spurred her curiosity will come to colorful life in the Ventura show in 30 pieces ranging in size from 10 inches square to 24 by 30 inches. The paintings are done in soft pastel on sandpaper, with acrylic underpainting on some pieces.

The Buenaventura Gallery, at 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the Buenaventura Art Association website at The gallery phone number is 648-1235.


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Ventura College Santa Paula welcomes the fine art of Rima Muna - "Transformation." A "Meet the Artist" Reception will be held on April 16, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please review the attached postcard for more details about the artist. Appetizers will be provided by El Pescador in Santa Paula. The Exhibit runs through May 16, 2013, and can be viewed Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Ventura College Santa Paula Site is located at 957 Faulkner Road, Suite 106, in Santa Paula. Free parking is available. If you have event questions, please call 805-525-7136.



Ventura, CA - On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Library staff from the Ventura County Library System will participate in a global reading commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Letter from Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 5-6PM.

At this free event, library staff and volunteers will read Letter from Birmingham Jail in conjunction with Birmingham Public Library and hundreds of libraries across the globe. In addition to the reading, the library will also have live video and a book display honoring Dr. King.

For additional information about the Letter from Birmingham Jail: 50 Years Later event

Contact Sara Roberts, Senior Librarian at (805) 648-2715.

E.P. Foster Library is located at 651 E Main St. Ventura, CA.

The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at

SUBJECT: E.P. Foster Library commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

CONTACT: Sara Roberts, Senior Librarian, (805) 641-4414

DATE: April 16, 2013


Alumna Cristina Markiewicz at the 2012 Hats and High Tea.
Alumna Cristina Markiewicz at the 2012 Hats and High Tea.
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Hat-themed event funds scholarships, grants

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association will hold its third annual Hats and High Tea from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley.

The tea will raisemoney for student scholarships and educational grants at CLU.

Guests will enjoy high tea including sandwiches and other light fare in a garden-party setting overlooking the golf course. The afternoon will include a beverage reception and musical and theatrical entertainment by CLU students Lacie Goff of Enfield, Ill., and Patricia Jaramillo of Van Nuys and harpist Vonette Yanaginuma. A silent auction and raffle will be held. Jim Rondeau, director of operations and programming for National Public Radio station KCLU will emcee.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their finest tea party attire capped off with a fancy hat. Table sponsors and party hosts will decorate each table in a festive theme. Several awards will be presented, including ones for most creative table setting and wildest and most elegant hats.

CLA was founded in1963 to stimulate the community’s interest in CLU’s academic, athletic and cultural programs. Members organize fundraising and social events throughout the year to support academic departments and student scholarships. The organization has provided more than $1.8 million through the years.

Scholarship recipients are selected for their community service, leadership potential and academicachievement. The grants purchase classroom materials, equipment and technology.

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, MyCorporation, University Village and Wood Ranch Golf Club are premiere sponsors. Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation, is the event chair.

Tickets are $50. Sponsorships are available. For reservations or for more information, visit or contact the University Relations office at 805-493-3151 or


Grand Junction, Colorado. Photograph by Jasmine Waples.
Grand Junction, Colorado. Photograph by Jasmine Waples.
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Exhibit includes projection, 3-D, audio, graphic works

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - CLUFest 2013 will showcase the best in multimedia created by California Lutheran University students in an exhibit from April 23 through May 18.

“The Universal Language of Multimedia” will be on display in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture. A receptionwill be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28.

The exhibit will include projection media, 3-D printing examples, original audio productions and graphic designsselected from the portfolios of multimedia majors. CLUFest recognizes CLU’s most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers and computer artists.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center on the south side of Memorial Parkway at Regent Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Multimedia Department is sponsoring the free exhibit. For more information, contact Tim Hengst at 805-493-3241 or


Program includes hard-swinging pieces, lush ballads
CLU Jazz Ensemble
CLU Jazz Ensemble

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University students will present a free spring jazz concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Preus-Brandt Forum.

The CLU Jazz Ensemble will perform hard-swinging jazz and lush ballads by American composers and arrangers Sammy Nestico, Neal Hefti, Bill Holman and others.

Hefti, who died in 2008, wrote the theme for the 1960s television show “Batman” and for the movie and television versions of “The Odd Couple.” A prolific composer and arranger of big band music, Nestico is most known for his arrangements for the Count Basie orchestra. Holman’s arrangement of “Give Me the Simple Life” was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her 1969 live album “Sunshine of Your Love.” Holman is also credited with brass arrangements on The Fifth Dimension’s 1969 album “The Age of Aquarius.”

Peter Woodford will direct. He has been playing guitar professionally since 1969 and played with The Doc Severinsen NBC Tonight Show Band for 19 years. He has accompanied an array of musical artists whose styles include jazz, classical, rock, pop and country. His eclectic career encompasses recordings, television shows, commercials, motion pictures, theatrical productions and concerts. He also works as a fretted instrumentalist for various orchestras in the Los Angeles area.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road between Mountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive. Parking is available in the lots at the corner of Mountclef and Olsen.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit

New features include kids’ Olympics, Saami storyteller - April 21-22
Storyteller Stina Fagertun
Storyteller Stina Fagertun

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The Scandinavian Festival will have several new features including a children’s Olympics and performances by Norway’s Best Storyteller of 2011 when it returns to California Lutheran University on April 20 and 21.

The annual festival highlighting the Nordic cultures will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors and activities for young and old. A Nordic church service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Samuelson Chapel.

With a continued focus on providing affordable family fun, the 39-year-old festival will host the first Sven and Ole Olympics this year. Children can compete for medals in several activities including a relay, three-legged race and troll trot.

Storytellers Stina Fagertun and Robert Seutter, aka True Thomas, are also new to the festival. Fagertun, a Saami woman who won Norway’s Best Storyteller award in 2011, lives in Tromos, one of the northern most cities in the world. She has been telling her tales and sharing the music and dancing of Arctic Norway not only in her native country but also in Canada and the United States for the past 10 years. Seutter, a Westlake Village resident whose science fiction novel “Brass Jack: Little Lost Princeling” was just released, will tell his “Men from the North” tales.

Another newcomer, Minnesota seamstress Sue Sutherland, will demonstrate bunad and folk dress sewing. Other craft demonstrations will include woodcarving, knitting, hardanger embroidery, weaving, Viking artifacts, rosemaling and bobbin lace.

For the first time, musicians will gather for a stämma, playing together informally, on April 20. Retuning to the festival will be the ABBA Girlz Band from New York. They will perform twice daily backed up by former professional singers Aleta and Sonya Buckelew from Thousand Oaks. Also performing will be the Skol-Olle Band, a combination of two well-known Minnesota Scandinavian bands.

Food booths will offer Scandinavian fare such as Viking dogs, lefse and aebleskivers. Cooks will demonstrate how to make the delicacies.

Festivalgoers can try their hand at Dala horse croquet, play an ancient Viking game called kubb and visit a Viking village and Saami sliddastallan (community gathering). Crafts for children will includesanding butter knives and decorating head wreaths.

Admission is free for children 3 and younger, $1 for children 4 to 11, and $8 for those 12 and older. Parking is free. The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring the event.

CLU is located at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit or email Sandy Grunewald at

Yom HaShoah event will honor victims

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Holocaust survivor Clara Knopfler of Thousand Oaks will speak during a special Yom HaShoah service at 11:25 a.m. Thursday, April 11, in California Lutheran University’s Samuelson Chapel.

Knopfler lived a comfortable life in Transylvania until World War II. She was a high school sophomore when Hungarian Nazis took her Jewish family into custody in 1944. Her 19-year-old brother was shot to death in front of her father, who later perished in a death march. Knopfler and her mother were sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and later to work at camps in Latvia and East Prussia. Fiercely protected by her mother, Knopfler survived and was liberated in April 1945. The two women were the only members of their extended family to survive.

After marrying another survivor, Knopfler immigrated to the United States with her husband and mother. She taught school, mostlylanguages, for three decades. Her life’s mission has been to tell the story of the Holocaust. The University Village resident lectures frequently and wrote a biography titled “I Am Still Here: My Mother’s Voice.”

The full name of the day honoring the victims of the Holocaust is Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevah, which means Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan, a week after the seventh day of Passover and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers). This year, Yom HaShoah begins at sundown on Sunday, April 7.

Yom HaShoah marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The Knesset (Israeli parliament) selected the date in 1951 and adopted the full name in 1953. Although the Israeli government established the date, Jewish individuals and communities throughout the world observe the commemoration.

The chapel is located near the corner of Olsen Road and Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, contactCampus Ministries at 805-493-3228.

Am I Sexy Enough, by Peggy Pownall
Am I Sexy Enough, by Peggy Pownall
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Buenaventura Art Association announces a Call for Entries for a Collage & Mixed Media Open Competition, to be held at the association’s Harbor Village Gallery in Ventura. The exhibit will run from May 15 through June 10, 2013. Deadline for entries is midnight May 4, 2013. Cash prizes and membership benefits will be awarded at a reception and ceremony on Friday, May 17 from 5 – 8 pm. Artist Peggy Pownall will be the juror.

A mixed media painter, Pownall has been an Artist-in-Residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo since 2008. With an art degree from Pepperdine University, she has also studied in Italy. Pownall taught art for a number of years, is active in the Los Angeles Art Association, and exhibits her work in various venues.

“I am interested in a visual expression of themes such as identity, longings, personal mythology, iconic memories and the relationship between our interior and exterior existence,” says Pownall. “My paintings are as much about what is buried as what is revealed.”

Using the histori¬cally female art of stitching as an iconic symbol, Pownall’s recent work incorporates pieces of old sewing patterns into frag¬mented parts of paintings that she has disassembled and sewn back together. Pownall explains, “My process parallels the lives of women I admire – labor-intensive, torn apart, rearranged and stitched back together into layered, complex, yet cohesive tapestries which hold together disparate parts in sometimes beautiful, always practical ways.” To see Peggy Pownall’s art go to

The competition is open to all artists in central and southern California. A prospectus may be downloaded from the Buenaventura Art Association’s website at Please read all rules and policy information carefully. Entries must be submitted electronically and uploaded online at the same website.

The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, (before the big lawn) Ventura. Phone: (805) 644 – 2750. Hours are noon – 6pm. Closed Tuesdays. For more information visit the website at

About the Buenaventura Art Association
Buenaventura Art Association (BAA) is a non-profit arts organization in Ventura – a 58-year-old institution devoted to sustaining Ventura County’s cultural and artistic identity by developing visual artists in all stages of their careers. BAA was started in 1954 by a group of Ventura community, civic and business leaders who recognized the importance of the arts in all communities and wanted to encourage and foster Ventura’s cultural growth. BAA runs two galleries – the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura at 700 E. Santa Clara St., and the Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr., in the Ventura Harbor Village. BAA also collaborates with Community Memorial Hospital to exhibit art in its ground floor public corridors.

Discussion will follow reading on April 16
Gregory Freeland
Gregory Freeland

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” with a reading and discussion.

CLU students, faculty and community members will read the complete letter at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Lundring Events Center. An interdisciplinary panel discussion will follow. Panelists will include Ken Douglas Barrow, an NAACP Ventura County branch member who earned a master’s degree in public policy and administration from CLU; Pamela Brubaker, a CLU professor emerita of religion; CLU political science professor Gregory Freeland; and Ventura County NAACP Saturday School Director Cassandria Slay. CLU students majoring in English, history and religion will then lead a discussion with the audience.

“The letter holds profound significance as a rhetorical literary text, a historical document, an inspiration for political change and a religious doctrine centered around a philosophy of civil disobedience and nonviolence,” said Elmira Tadayon, a senior English major from Thousand Oaks who is organizing the event.

Tadayon, who plans to attend law school this fall, has always been interested in how the law affects social justice. Having read and studied King’s letter in various classes at CLU, she felt it would be a perfect inspiration for an interdisciplinary discussion about social justice.

King wrote the letter on April 16, 1963, from the city jail in Birmingham, Ala. He had been arrested for taking part in a nonviolent protest against racial segregation. He wrote the letter in response to a statement by eight white Alabama clergymen criticizing King and arguing that the battle against racial segregation should be fought in the courts, not in the streets.

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice (CEQ), Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and Religion Department are sponsoring the free event with support from the NAACP of Ventura County and the Community Advocacy Committee of Ventura County.

Lundring Events Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

For more information, contact the CEQ at and 805-493-3694.


Santa Paula, CA - Pat Masterson will speak on creative expression and quilting techniques at Second Thursday Gallery Talk at the Agriculture Museum. Event takes place at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2013 and is open to the public. The talk will cover techniques employed in the 20 quilts included in the Museum’s upcoming exhibit, Farm Fresh Quilts. Exhibit will include original, contemporary quilts inspired by local produce, farmers, and farm animals, and will be on display from March 30 through June 16, 2013. Admission to the talk is free for Museum members, $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and $1 for children ages 6-17. No RSVP necessary.

Masterson is a long-time member of both the Santa Barbara Coastal Quilters and the Camarillo Quilters. She has studied quilting with nationally-known quilt designers, and her own quilts were featured in a one-person show at the California Oil Museum in 1999. Over the years, she has studied and created traditional quilts, but more recently has started designing contemporary quilts. Masterson is a Ventura native and learned to sew as a child. After earning a Master’s degree and becoming a high school academic counselor, Masterson retired and enjoys spending her free time quilting, painting, gardening, and traveling.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located in historic downtown Santa Paula at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. General admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children ages 6-17. Free for Museum of Ventura County members and children ages 5 and younger. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sunday of every month is free general admission to the public. For more information, go to or call (805) 525-3100.

4th season dedicated to Beatles, Britten anniversaries

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Areté Vocal Ensemble will conclude its fourth season at California Lutheran University with a concert of British music by The Beatles and a 20th century composer known for his choral works.

“The British Are Coming! Part II” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Samuelson Chapel. This is the second of two concerts commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the English composer Benjamin Britten and the 50th anniversary of the formation of The Beatles.

The program will include Beatles favorites “Blackbird,” “I Will,” “The Fool On The Hill,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Come Together,” “We Can Work It Out,” “All You Need Is Love” and “Medley.” Popular songs by Britten will include “Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27,” songs from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 64” and “Five Flower Songs, Op. 47.”

Areté is an innovative professional ensemble of vocal artists based at CLU. Music director and conductor Wyant Morton created the ensemble with the goal of performing the widest possible vocal and choral repertoire, including works from essentially all periods of music. Special attention is given to contemporary, experimental, improvisatory, “cross-over” and ethnic music.

The ensemble, which takes its name from the Greek word meaning striving for excellence, focuses on performing the new, the unknown and the unconventional with energy, passion, expertise and virtuosity. Through the combined power of words and music, an uncompromising attention to musical detail and a passion for live performance, Areté offers audiences a joyful, moving, educational and soul-nurturing experience.

Morton is director of choral and vocal activities, chair of the music department and a professor of music at CLU. He also maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator appearing throughout the United States and Canada.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near the corner of Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

Tickets purchased online in advance are $15. Tickets purchased at the door are $20.Children younger than 12 are free. For information or to purchase tickets, visit


Ventura, CA – Children take center stage with Woodland Tales, the latest event in the Museum of Ventura County’s series, Family Fun at the Museum. In this performance, the Eckerd Theater Company (ETC) creates a theater-in-the-round atmosphere and shares animal tales based on Native American legends. Stories explain how the turkey got its gobble, why rabbits have long ears, and how frogs lost their teeth. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the storytelling as they sit side by side with the actors. The lively storytelling and intimate setting make this a perfect experience for first-time theater goers. This performance takes place at 3:00 p.m. in the Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion, on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Admission to the performance is $10 for adults, $8 for children, and includes entry to all Museum galleries. For reservations, please call (805) 653-0323 x7.

Created in 1988, ETC has toured throughout the United States and Canada. They create performances that introduce new audiences to the unique experience of live theater. Performance topics include exploring diversity, multiculturalism, self-worth, loyalty, and tolerance. The company strives to make a personal impact on every person it encounters by instilling respect and appreciation between actor and audience. ETC is the professional theater company of Ruth Eckerd Hall.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.

Toothbrush Man, Gene West
Toothbrush Man, Gene West
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The Museum of Ventura County is inviting visitors of all ages to take a step back in time and join their free community celebration in honor of the Museum’s 100th birthday. The festivities are from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2013 and will include old-fashioned games and crafts, period costume dress-up, and more. Join in a sing-along with barbershop quartet, Take Four, and play with dozens of handmade toys crafted by master woodworker, Gene West. Play areas include bean-bag toss, pick-up sticks, and craft materials for children to create their own keepsakes.

The Museum of Ventura County was founded in 1913 and will be featuring exhibits and events that celebrate the centennial throughout the year. Its latest exhibit, Prized Possessions: A Century of Collecting, features significant objects from the Museum’s extensive collection of art, objects, and documents from the county. The Museum’s galleries will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on April 7 and admission is free all day.

The community celebration is part of the Museum’s ongoing series to encourage art awareness, Free First Sundays. These events take place every first Sunday of the month and include free admission to the general public for all exhibits and events.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.

Juror Bob Privitt and Oxnard College student Danny Lawlor in front of Lawlor’s first-place winning artwork “Gold Coast Transit”. Photo credit: Florentino Bacoan
Juror Bob Privitt and Oxnard College student Danny Lawlor in front of Lawlor’s first-place winning artwork “Gold Coast Transit”. Photo credit: Florentino Bacoan
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Oxnard College student Danny Lawlor won 1st Place and an $800 scholarship in Buenaventura Art Association’s 7th Annual Collegiate Student Art Competition for his oil pastel painting, “Gold Coast Transit”. The award was announced at a reception for the competition and art exhibit at the Association’s Harbor Village Gallery on Friday March 15, 2013.

2nd Place and a $600 scholarship went to Linda Kennon of Ventura College for her graphite on burned paper work, “Bad Little Robot”. Rylann Smith, student at Cal State University Channel Islands, won 3rd Place and a $350 scholarship for her graphite on paper piece, “Eyeris”.

Honorable Mention and $250 gift certificates to Dick Blick Art Materials went to Eli Suzuki-Gill (Ventura College); Kyle Sallee (Ventura College); Donna Espinoza (Oxnard College); Donna’s sister Stephanie Espinoza (Oxnard College) and Emily Rubin (CSUCI). All winners also received a one-year membership to Buenaventura Art Association with free entry fees and no required volunteer time.

In addition, Dustin Sherron, Jessica Porter (CSUCI), Elham Omidvar, Aide Sandoval (Oxnard College), Dylan Gasaway, Shabnam Farahani (Ventura College), Cheyenne Summers, Chrystal Kuper (Moorpark College), and Makenzie Goodman (Brooks Institute) all won Merit Awards and a membership to Buenaventura Art Association.

The juror for the competition was Bob Privitt, professor emeritus and former chair of the art department at Pepperdine University. Privitt’s humor, after a 40-year career teaching art at the college and university level, put the students at ease as they nervously waited for the award results. In a short talk before the award announcements, Privitt advised, only half-jokingly, that students “stay away from art teachers.” He reminded students to follow their own artistic paths after accepting or rejecting the counsel of others.

Sponsors of the competition were the Stanley & Jessica Prescott Trust, Scripps Howard Foundation, and E.J. Harrison & Sons, Inc.

The exhibit of student art, including all of the award winners, continues until April 15, 2013 at the Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, (before the big lawn) Ventura. Phone: (805) 644 – 2750. Hours: noon – 6pm. Closed Tuesday.


Janet Neuwalder will discuss the evolution of her work from traditional wheel thrown and hand built vessels to her current mixed media work and sculptural wall installations. Images will include the rigorous investigation of and revaluation of the meaning of "containment" and how Neuwalder was able to develop a new language in process and a rethinking of ceramic materials. Much of her recent work is large-scale sculptural wall installations. The work is assembled from hundreds of fragments that seemingly float on the wall, creating a visually active topographic surface. The work expresses movement, playfulness and a sense of history and time.

Neuwalder received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri and a Master of Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Neuwalder has been exhibiting her work nationally since 1984. She has taught art at numerous universities and colleges throughout the United States. She currently maintains a studio in Ventura, CA and teaches at Cerritos and Pierce College. Free. All are welcome!

WHAT: "Teapots to Sculptural Installations" by Janet Neuwalder
WHERE: Ventura Senior Center
420 East Santa Clara Street
Ventura, CA.
WHEN: March 25th, Doors open at 7pm, lecture and power point presentation begins at 8pm
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Lecture series brings CI faculty to East and West County libraries

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) and the Ventura County Library are pleased to announce the 2013 CSU Channel Islands Lecture Series, a free, regular event featuring speakers from the CI faculty at the E.P. Foster Library in downtown Ventura. The series is a new initiative inviting the public to learn more about the research and work of CI professors and to engage in discussions on a variety of timely, thought-provoking and regionally relevant topics. Faculty lectures are also held monthly at the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks.

“We’re excited to be able to share the fascinating work and dynamic presentations of our faculty with the public in Ventura and Thousand Oaks through our Library Lecture Series,” said Dr. Karen Carey, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arts & Sciences at CI. “We hope these lectures give members of the community the enjoyment of being a CI student for an evening in a free, convenient setting.”

"We are thrilled to partner with CSU Channel Islands for this series,” said Sara Roberts, Senior City Librarian at E.P. Foster Library. “Our community can only benefit from these educational opportunities."

All lectures will be held at 6 p.m. in the Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street, Ventura. At the conclusion of their hour-long presentations, the speakers will engage in Q&A with the audience.

Following are currently scheduled speakers, topics, dates, times and brief bios:

"Early Farm Worker Housing on the Oxnard Plain”

Monday, April 1, at 6 p.m., with Dr. Frank Barajas, Professor of U.S. History

Dr. Barajas specializes in the history of Southern California. He has published peer-reviewed essays on agricultural labor in Ventura County, the Sleepy Lagoon Trial, the Oxnard schools, and the 2004 implementation of a civil gang injunction in the City of Oxnard. In addition to his book, Curious Unions: Mexican American Workers and Resistance in Oxnard, California, 1898-1961, Professor Barajas has published opinion essays in Amigos805, The History News Service, The Bakersfield Californian, and the Ventura County Star.

“Evolution of Surfing and the Culture Surrounding It”

Wednesday, April 24, with Professor of Art Jack Reilly

Professor Jack Reilly attributes his career as an artist largely to surfing. He began surfing in the mid-1960s at the age of 14. Later, as a surf shop owner and board painter, he discovered his love for art, prompting him to leave the beach to study painting in Paris and earn his M.F.A. at Florida State University. Reilly is an internationally renowned artist, widely recognized as one of the key players in the Los Angeles art scene and the “Abstract Illusionism” movement. He has continued surfing as an important aspect of his life, while maintaining his art and teaching careers. In addition to chairing CI’s Art Program, Reilly also teaches a course called "Zen of Surfing.” Throughout Reilly’s 47 years of surfing, he has observed many cultural shifts, from the surfer as “outlaw” to the worldwide acceptance and professionalism of the sport. Reilly will also discuss how innovative technologies are involved in the production of surfing equipment, along with the extensive use of the Internet in long-range wave prediction and the observation of surf local conditions.

“Tearing the Fabric: Exploring and Predicting Elevated Vertebrate Road Kill from Ventura County to Louisiana to the Middle East”

Wednesday, May 22, with Dr. Sean Anderson, Professor of Environmental Science & Resource Management

Sean Anderson is a broadly trained ecologist who has tackled environmental questions from Alaska to the South Pole. His energetic and innovative teaching efforts have garnered local and national recognition and spawned the eponymous “Sean Anderson” character (played by Josh Hutcherson) in Warner Brother’s Journey to the Center of the Earth film franchise. He will share results from his ongoing 7-year survey to document the location and diversity of road-associated mortality across coastal Southern California. The roadkill study focuses on hard-to-detect species of concern and small vertebrates, as well as enabling successful crossings and reducing vertebrate mortality events.

All lectures are free and open to the public, with complimentary parking behind the E.P. Foster Library. For more information, visit or call the library at 805-648-2716.

To learn more about the Lecture Series at the Thousand Oaks Library, visit or call the library at 805-449-2660, option 5.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is celebrating 10 years of education, innovation, growth and community enrichment during the 2012/2013 academic year. We salute our faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters, and partners who continue the CI mission of a student-centered education emphasizing international and multicultural perspectives with interdisciplinary and experiential service-oriented learning.

Together, we are solving the problems of today, preparing the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, and contributing to the vitality of higher education.

CSU Channel Islands – A Decade of Distinction

Image: “Walking Into the Chaparral” by Gerd Koch
Image: “Walking Into the Chaparral” by Gerd Koch
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Lifelong art educator and award-winning Ventura painter Gerd Koch will give a wide-ranging talk about abstract art from 5:30-7 p.m. April 11 at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

“Making the Invisible Visible, a Personal Vision and Journey” is the first in a planned series of art appreciation presentations at the Buenaventura Art Association’s downtown and Harbor Village galleries. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. To secure a place, RSVP to 648-1235.

Koch will trace the “journey from realism to abstract-expressionism,” from Rembrandt’s loose brushwork late in life through the contributions of more recent artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Duchamp and De Koonig. He’ll also discuss the evolution of his personal artistic vision and use examples of his work, art by his partner, Carole Milton, and pieces in the gallery to examine abstraction as an art style. A question-and-answer period will conclude the evening.

A 2011 recipient of the Ventura County Arts Council’s Art Star Award for Lifetime Achievement, Koch has taught art since 1953, including 32 years as a Ventura College instructor and seven years at UCSB Extension. He has been instrumental in the development of generations of Ventura County artists and has led many European art tours over the years.

Koch is also a prolific painter, in watercolors and oils, who joined the National Watercolor Society in 1955, won the society’s top purchase award the following year, and has three times been elected an annual juror by its membership. His works have been exhibited in dozens of museum, solo and two-person shows from 1956 to the present and are in many museum and private collections.

He will be featured during Ventura’s July ArtWalk in a Vita Gallery exhibition of many of his paintings from the collection of Peter Cannon. Koch and Milton also plan a joint show, “Our Journey Together,” in September at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, for which they’re producing a 40-page hardbound book that includes some photos of that journey.

The next scheduled art talk will be June 20, 2013 at the art association’s Harbor Village Gallery given by interior designer Karen Grace. Grace will discuss art and color and their roles in enhancing home and office.
The Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open 11-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Its phone number is 648-1235. Visit the website of the nonprofit artists’ cooperative at

“Spirit from the Other Side” by Michele Chapin, Italian Alabaster on Mexican Marble, 2008, Collection of the artst.
“Spirit from the Other Side” by Michele Chapin, Italian Alabaster on Mexican Marble, 2008, Collection of the artst.
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Opens March 23 at the Santa Paula Art Museum

SANTA PAULA, CA – “Old Hands, New Works”, opening March 23, 2013 at the Santa Paula Art Museum, is an exhibition shared between long-established Ventura County artists Michele Chapin and Susan Petty. Their latest works reflect strikingly new approaches and motivations brought to form by expert hands. An opening reception will be held Saturday, March 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission to the reception is $10 for SPAM members and $15 for non-members. The exhibit runs through July 14, 2013.

“Michele Chapin’s most recent body of work is as refreshing and rare as her spirit,” says Museum Director Jennifer Heighton. An award-winning stone sculptor, teacher and community arts activist, Chapin works out of her open air “Stoneworks Studio” in Ventura. Her inspiration comes from found organic objects such as shells, flowers, bones, the figure, and Mysticism. Michele’s sculptures are captivating in color and sensual in form. Several of her latest pieces were carved by pushing a piece of stone past what is structurally possible. This aggressive working of the stone created a new variety of shapes unlike anything she has done before.

Fans of painter Susan Petty will also be pleasantly surprised by the new direction that her work has taken. As Susan put it, “the work in this show has come about as a meeting of life and art.” With photographer Bill Dewey’s “Waves” series as her muse, Petty used the chaos and motion of waves as metaphors for changes in her own life. Each artwork is an expression of a different emotion. And while Petty’s new drawings and paintings are quite distinct from her previous works, her art is as breathtaking as it has always been. Together, Chapin and Petty demonstrate that “old hands” and life experience can produce truly innovative art.

Reservations for the opening reception are recommended. Please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM.

Publicity Images: “Spirit from the Other Side” by Michele Chapin, Italian Alabaster on Mexican Marble, 2008, Collection of the artst; “Untitled” by Susan Petty, oil on canvas, 2013, Collection of the artist.