Paul L. Maier has 3 written theological thrillers
Paul L. Maier
Paul L. Maier

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A novelist and expert on ancient history will be the keynote speaker at Senior Fest onTuesday, Feb. 26, at California Lutheran University.

Paul L. Maier will discuss “How We Got the Bible” at 9:30 a.m. and “St. Paul and the Spread of Christianity” at 2:30 p.m.

Senior Fest brings Lutherans together for learning, devotions and fellowship to enhance their physical, spiritual, social and intellectual lives. The event, which will include lunch and workshops in addition to the keynote presentations, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Maier is the former Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and a widely published author of both scholarly and popular works. His novels include two historical documentaries, “Pontius Pilate” and “The Flames of Rome,” as well as “A Skeleton in God’s Closet,” a theological thriller that became a number-one national bestseller in religious fiction. Sequels, “More than a Skeleton” and “The Constantine Codex,” followed in 2003 and 2011.

His nonfiction works include “In the Fullness of Time,” a book that correlates sacred with secular evidence from the ancient world impinging on Jesus and early Christianity; “Josephus: The Essential Works,” a new translation and commentary on writings of the first-century Jewish historian; and “Eusebius: The Church History,” a similar book on the first Christian historian. More than 5 million of Maier’s books are now in print in 20 languages, as well as more than 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals.

Maier lectures widely, is frequently featured on radio and television in newspapers, and has received numerous awards. He has also penned seven children’s books and hosted six video seminars dealing with Jesus, St. Paul, the early church and current Christianity.

He was a Fulbright scholar at the universities of Heidelberg, Germany, and Basel, Switzerland, where he studied under famed scholars Karl Barth and Oscar Cullmann. He received his doctorate summa cumlaude from the University of Basel in 1957, becoming the first American student to graduate with highest honors.

The Association of Lutheran Older Adults, an inter-Lutheran movement based in Baltimore, started the Senior Fest events. A group of church leaders formed the organization in the early 1990s to help prepare for the “age wave.”

Registration is $25 until Feb. 18 and $30 after that date. To register, go to For more information, contact Linda LeBlanc in the Church Relations Office at 805-493-3936 or



Learn how to build a raised-bed garden box to make home gardening easier and more productive, when Kevin Genovese gives a demonstration at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on March 3, 2013. The event is on the museum’s monthly Free First Sunday, when all exhibits and events are open free to the public.

Genovese, Operations Director at the Agriculture Museum, will demonstrate the building skills needed to make a garden box, including cutting and attaching lumber. He will share information about rot-protection and provide instructions for attendees to take home.

Raised-bed garden boxes offer advantages to plants and to gardeners. Soil conditions and types can be adjusted as soil is being added and mixed in the beds. Since gardeners walk around the beds and not in them, soil compaction is reduced and drainage is improved. Water, fertilizer, compost and mulch can be applied with greater efficiency and less waste. Due to these optimal growing conditions, plants can be more closely spaced, and will provide more vegetables, fruits and flowers per square foot. And best of all, many gardening chores can be done while sitting on a garden seat next to the raised bed.

Genovese is Operations Director at the Agriculture Museum. He earned his B.A. in history from California State University Channel Islands in 2011.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for Museum of Ventura County members, and for children ages 5 and younger. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more information go to or call the Agriculture Museum at 805-525-3100.


"Spa Tower" Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
"Spa Tower" Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Sacred Chumash" Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Locked In A Memory" Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
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"J Is For Joy" Assemblage by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Ancient Chumash" Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Temple of Juno in Sicily" Paper Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Traditional Decorated Eggs" by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Contemporary Decorated Eggs" by Bernadette DiPietro
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The Ojai Valley Museum is offering a new, annual series of Adult Art Classes beginning in February 2013. Collaborating with Ojai artist, Bernadette DiPietro, and using her Blanche Street art space as an adjunct classroom, the museum is able to offer this new enrichment/educational program to the public.

DiPietro, an expert in the art techniques that will be offered, will teach this spring series. She has devised three unique workshops that will cover Paper Batik, Ukrainian Egg Decoration and Assemblage. One does not need to have an art background to take part in the classes.

The February 16th class, “Paper Batik,” is directly related to the museum’s current exhibition “Fiber Art Master Pieces.” In this all day workshop, students will learn the Indonesian technique of wax resist dyeing. They will create contemporary batiks using wax and watercolors on a variety of handmade papers, resulting in a beautiful synthesis of ancient technique and modern art.

The March 9th class, “Ukrainian Egg Decoration,” is scheduled to coincide with the Easter Holiday. For nearly 2000 years people from all over the world have decorated eggs in the spring of the year. Participants in this workshop will learn to decorate eggs in the traditional Ukraine manner, combining the legends, symbols, and designs onto their finished objet ‘d’art.

The April 20th class, “Assemblage” introduces students to an art technique using ‘found objects’ along with photographs, fibers, paints, textiles, collage, and drawings to produce a variety of fantastic illusions. Students will learn to arrange mixed media in new unexpected relationships to one another to tell a story or convey a message.

The instructor of all three workshops, Bernadette DiPietro, has been an Ojai based artist since 1971. She is one of Ojai’s Living Treasures, a founding member of the Ojai Studio Artists collective, author of the book “The ABC’s of Batik,” recipient of the National Outstanding Art Educator Award and is a guest lecturer at University of California campuses in San Diego and Santa Barbara. DiPietro’s art has been exhibited in museums and galleries since 1979 and is held in numerous private collections.

The Ojai Valley Museum is delighted to partner with DiPietro to expand its programs to her facility directly across the street. Workshop participants have free parking in the museum’s back courtyard and are given a Guest Pass for free admission to the galleries. In addition to the satellite classroom, DiPietro’s “Working ARTIST Gallery” will be used for museum lecture series, special event presentations, and other types of workshops the museum galleries cannot accommodate.

The Ojai Valley Museum will e-mail a detailed description of each class, with applicable fees, just call (805) 640-1390, ext. 203. Or access the museum facebook page via our website at:

Pre-registration of at least one week in advance of the workshop date is required as space is limited to 8 students per class. All registration is taken through the museum by calling the above number.

The Ojai Valley Museum, established in 1967, is generously supported in part by Museum Members, Private Donors, Business Sponsors and Underwriters, the Smith-Hobson Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, City of Ojai, Rotary Club of Ojai, and the Ojai Civic Association.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2012 members, adults - $4.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Tours are available by appointment. Free parking is available off Blanche Street at back of museum.


“Goldfish and Lights”, by Donald Cresswell, voted one of the top images from “Just Photos” 2012.
“Goldfish and Lights”, by Donald Cresswell, voted one of the top images from “Just Photos” 2012.
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Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for its upcoming exhibit on the ground floor of Ventura’s Community Memorial Hospital. Starting March 17, 2013, the exhibit, entitled “Just Photos II,” repeats a theme that was very popular from the art association’s series of Community Memorial exhibits in 2012.
As the name implies, “Just Photos II” is only open to photographs. There is no rule for subject or style, but photographers are cautioned to only submit works that are suitable for the family-friendly environment of the hospital. This is an open competition; Buenaventura Art Association members and non-members may enter their work. Entries will be juried for acceptance by a panel of BAA artists and hospital administrators.

No more than 6 entries per artist. Entries are only accepted electronically via the online entry system at the Association’s website, Deadline for entries is midnight, Saturday, March 9. Details can be found on the website.

The Buenaventura Art Association owns and operates the Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., open noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association’s website at
Community Memorial Hospital is an eight-story, 242-bed nonprofit facility that has become a state-of-the-art regional hospital and health center, providing a vast array of medical services and programs. CMH is located at 147 N. Brent St., Ventura.


Flutist, pianist to perform some of their favorite pieces
Nancy Marfisi
Nancy Marfisi

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Nancy Gilman Marfisi and Eric Kinsley will present a faculty recital at California Lutheran University at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Samuelson Chapel.

Marfisi on flute and Kinsley on harpsichord and piano will perform some of their favorite music. The program will feature aBach sonata, a piece by Gaetano Donizetti and a Haydn trio. The recital will conclude with “Andalouse” by Emil Pessard, the recording that inspired Marfisi to play the flute. Also on the program will be a piece highlighting one of her favorite instruments, her Keefe Piccolo.

Kinsley, who teaches piano at CLU, is a performing artist and writer who earned a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music. The Thousand Oaks resident has been a member of the New York Contemporary MusicBand, Pacific Classical Winds and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has received grants in early and contemporary music from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Harpsichord Society and the Sylvia Marlow Foundation. He performed and recorded at the Discoteca Di Stato in Rome and has broadcast on public radio and television. He has worked with and performed premieres of music by John Cage, Milton Babbit, Morton Feldman, Miguel del Aguila and others. Hisbook on the innovative chamber music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was released last year.

Marfisi, who teaches flute at CLU, earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Nevada-Reno and Master of Music in flute performance from the University of Southern California. Her principal flute teachers were Catherine Smith, Roger Stevens, Anne Zentner and Sarah Jackson. The Los Angeles resident performs regularly with the St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Areté Chamber Ensemble and the Long Beach Municipal Band.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

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


Rick Steves along the Rhine River in Germany.
Rick Steves along the Rhine River in Germany.
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Talk and breakfast to benefit NPR station KCLU

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Rick Steves, an international travel writer and the host of popular TV and public radio programs, will speak at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and at a breakfast at California Lutheran University in a benefit for KCLU.

“KCLU presents Rick Steves” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the Fred Kavli Theatre. KCLU will host “Breakfast with Rick Steves” from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Lundring Events Center on CLU’s Thousand Oaks campus.

The author of more than 50 travel guidebooks, Steves writes and hosts the public television series “Rick Steves’ Europe,” and produces and hosts the public radio show “Travel with Rick Steves,” which airs at noon Saturdays on KCLU. The weekly program is a fun and practical hourlong conversation between listeners and experts designed to make world travel smart, smooth and thoughtful.

Steves’ mission is to make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Since 1973, he has spent four months every year exploring the continent. As an advocate of smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel, he encourages Americans to travel as “temporary locals.”

He self-published his first book, “Europe Through the Back Door,” in 1980 and has since written country guidebooks, city and regional guides and co-authored “Europe 101: History and Art for Travelers.” His guidebook to Italy is the bestselling international guidebook in the United States. In 1999, he started writing his anecdotal “Postcards from Europe,” recounting his favorite moments from his many years of travel. In 2009, he published “Travel as a Political Act,” a guide on traveling more thoughtfully.

Award-winning National Public Radio affiliate KCLU, a community service of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, serves more than 90,000 listeners on 88.3 FM in Ventura County and on 102.3 FM and 1340 AM in Santa Barbara County.

The Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Lundring Events Center is in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, which is north of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard.

Tickets for the evening appearance are $24 to $44, plus any applicable service charges. They are available at the Civic Arts Plaza box office and through Ticketmaster.

Tickets for the breakfast are $60 and may be purchased by calling KCLU at 805-493-3900 or visiting



Santa Paula Society of the Arts member, Wana Klasen, will be presenting a water color demonstration at the Santa Paula Depot Gallery on the corner of Santa Barbara Street and 10th St. (also known as CA Hiway #150 ) February 10, 2013. The program is planned from 2pm until 4pm, and will focus on negative painting and other water color techniques.

Klasen, a retired Registered Nurse, works in a variety of media, and is a strong believer in the healing powers of the arts. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration, and teaches art at the Fillmore Senior Center, and at Perches Academy in Ventura. She is a contributing artist with ARTISTS FOR TRAUMA, “where healing is an art”, a non profit organization founded by Laura Sharpe. (

Among Wana’s mixed media work is her “Earthsong” collection which is known for its boldly energetic, colorful tribal figures that bring a smile to those who see them!! They sing, they dance across the wall. “Earthsong “ has been featured as a solo show at Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula, and at Harbor Village Gallery in Ventura. Her art has been exhibited in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Wana is active in the Santa Paula Society of the Arts, Buenaventura Art Association and the Artists Guild of Fillmore

The artist is excited by color and texture in her work, and enjoys painting on a variety of surfaces. She has previously presented a demonstration at the Depot Gallery entitled “Water Color Painting on Canvas and The Use of Watercolor Ground” .

All are invited and welcome to the art demonstration. Attendees will have the opportunity to take home some of Klasen’s unique work. Join us for an artful and relaxing afternoon!!!



California State Old Time Fiddlers District 8 will meet Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Join fiddlers for an afternoon of listening and dancing to Country Western and Bluegrass music. Bring an instrument and play along. No admission or parking charge. Refreshments available. For more information and to find out about our workshops go to or call 797-6563.


Leading theologian to discuss going past religion wars
Philip Clayton
Philip Clayton

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A theologian at the forefront of the international science-religion debate will discuss intelligent design and the New Atheism in a pair of free lectures at California Lutheran University on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Philip Clayton will explore “Between ‘Intelligent Design’ and the New Atheism: Science and Religion at the Crossroads” during the 26th Harold Stoner Clark Lectures in Samuelson Chapel. He will present “Beyond the Religion Wars: From Reduction to Reenchantment” at 11:10 a.m. and “The New Sciences of Emergent Complexity: Evolving Religion in an Evolving World” at 4 p.m.

Clayton will discuss what he sees as unbridled hostility that has emerged between science and religion over the past decade and the benefits of moving beyond the religion wars to a world worth preserving. In the afternoon lecture, he will address the question of whether science reduces all reality to physics and suggest ways of thinking about God that lead onward from this crossroads of science and religion.

Clayton is dean of Claremont School of Theology, where he also holds the Ingraham Chair, and provost of Claremont Lincoln University, an interreligious consortium of schools. He received a doctorate in philosophy and religious studies from Yale University and has held visitingappointments at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Munich.

Over the course of 25 years of teaching and research, Clayton’s interests migrated from philosophy through the science-religion debate to constructive theology. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the international debate on the science-religion relationship, including principal investigator of the Science and the Spiritual Quest program, and has been an outspoken advocate for multicultural and multi-religious approaches to the field.

He has written or edited more than a dozen books in the field and spoken on the topic in almost every continent. His latest books, “The Predicament of Belief,” which he wrote with Steven Knapp, and “Religion and Science: The Basics,” were published in 2011.

The late Harold Stoner Clark endowed the free lecture series, requesting that presentations address his dual interests ofscience and philosophy. CLU’s Department of Philosophy sponsors the talks.

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

For information, call the Philosophy Department at 805-493-3232.


The Oxnard College Literature, Arts & Lecture Series is sponsored by Oxnard College, and the events on February 20 and April 17 are co-sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant received from the James Irvine Foundation. All events are held on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. in the new Oxnard College Performing Arts Building (OCPA). The events are free for students, faculty, staff, and the community and are interpreted for the hearing impaired. Parking is $2.00. Oxnard College is located at 4000 S. Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033. For more information or directions, contact Shelley Savren at or 805-986-5800 (x1951).

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Poetry of War
Our first Iraqi War Veteran Poet Brian Turner will read from his award-winning book, Here Bullet, and his newer book Phantom Noise, focusing on what happens when a soldier brings the war home and will be joined by Viet Nam Veteran Poet Elijah Imlay reading from his book, Monsoon Blues.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Excerpts from Jungle Bells
In celebration of African American History Month, Actor Barry “Shabaka” Henley will perform excerpts from his internationally-acclaimed play and will speak about the history of Blacks in American stage and cinema, from the first independent Black theater company in the 1820’s, through the 1960’s Black Arts Movement, to the present.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Escaping Cycles
In celebration of CONTINUED »

"Goat in a Field" by Gail Pidduck, oil on canvas, Private Collection
"Goat in a Field" by Gail Pidduck, oil on canvas, Private Collection
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SANTA PAULA, CA – On February 14, grab your sweetheart and friends for a Valentine’s Day date at the Santa Paula Art Museum from 3 to 4 p.m. We will be celebrating the holiday and the Museum’s third birthday with Gail Pidduck, an artist we adore. Pidduck, co-creator of the current Art About Agriculture exhibit, will give an exclusive tour of the very popular show and share her thoughts on looking at agriculture through art. Admission to the talk is included in the regular price of admission to the Museum, which is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and free for students and SPAM Members.

Pidduck, a Santa Paula native who grew up amongst farmers and fields, has for many years concentrated on painting farm workers. Although recent collaborations and inspirations have broadened her subject base, the annual Art About Agriculture show presents a yearly opportunity for Gail and other artists to demonstrate their love of the local landscape and their respect for the people who work to cultivate it. The discussion is part of the Second Thursday Gallery Talk series shared by the Art Museum and the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum. The Ag Museum will be hosting their own talk from 2 to 3 p.m. with farmer Jon Peterson who will speak about his love for vintage tractors.

No reservations are necessary and guests are welcome to attend one talk or both. The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. Contact us by calling (805) 525-5554. The Art Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m. The two museums are within walking distance of each other and parking is free at both locations. The Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue in Santa Paula. The Ag Museum may be contacted at (805) 525-3100.

Donuts, oil on canvas, by Jeanette Corona
Donuts, oil on canvas, by Jeanette Corona
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Buenaventura Art Association will showcase works by the top three winners of the sixth annual Collegiate Emerging Artist Cup scholarship competition in a group show starting Feb. 13 at its seaside Harbor Village Gallery.

Jeanette Corona, Paige Kilbourne and James Joseph Nagy placed first through third, respectively, in the March 2012 judging. Corona works in oils on canvas; Kilbourne and Nagy are pursuing careers in photography. Each will exhibit about a dozen pieces. They will attend an artists’ reception at the gallery 5-8 p.m. Feb. 15.

Corona won for “Donuts,” a large, colorful close-up still-life, but said she prefers doing figure and portraiture work with live models. For this exhibit, she has selected some nudes, a couple portraits, an abstract and other subjects.

Photographing fashions and fantasies — often together — is Kilbourne’s passion. She likes to create surreal art, “making what is in my head come to life.” A recent photo series inspired by “Alice in Wonderland” features elaborately staged models in full costume and makeup.

Nagy, who is building a portfolio as a wedding and event photographer, is fascinated with “old school” subjects and methods. A darkroom denizen in a digital age, he experiments with processes using chemicals and exposure to light to create modern views that resemble wet-plate or daguerreotype photos. He took third last year for “Ascension,” an urban landscape employing a liquid emulsion on steel plate.

Their recent works will be on display through March 11 in the gallery at 1591 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor Village, which is open noon-5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. For more information about the exhibit or the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association, call 648-1235 or visit the website


On Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., Meg Phelps will consider how past cultures have represented agriculture in painting and sculpture in an illustrated talk at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum. Phelps’s presentation, entitled "From Goddess to Gleaners: The Symbolism of Agriculture in Art," coincides with the 5th Annual “Art About Agriculture” exhibit at the museum. Admission to the talk is $10 for the general public, $5 for museum members, and includes light refreshments and entry into all museum exhibits. RSVP to (805) 525-3100.

Phelps, who has taught Art History at Ventura and Moorpark Colleges for seventeen years, received her MA in Art History from UCSB, and is a founding board member and a museum educator for the Santa Paula Art Museum.

When art and agriculture overlap, the resultant artworks reveal a great deal about cultural attitudes. Although landscape and genre scenes that include agriculture are often considered neutral subject matter, they are never without an ideological perspective, according to Phelps. Learn how agriculture can be a culturally-loaded symbolic motif, whether used for political propaganda, philosophical expression, or aesthetic experimentation, in this illustrated presentation.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for Museum of Ventura County members, and for children ages 5 and younger. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more information go to or call the Agriculture Museum at 805-525-3100.


Opening Jan. 29 at the Buenaventura Art Association’s downtown Ventura gallery is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Richard A. Yusim, whose intricate, graphical mandala-like paintings also are musical metaphors.

“Recent Work 2011-2012” will run through Feb. 23. Yusim and his art will be the focus from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl and at a reception from 4-7 p.m. the following day.

“My work is a celebration of an endless fascination with time, rhythm, texture, shape and pattern,” said the Ventura abstract artist. “These aspects of music consistently interest me both as a listener and percussionist. In my pictures, I search for ways to isolate and convey these music attributes visually.”

He applies water-based paint and drawing and collage materials to compose complex and kaleidoscopic symmetrical designs in black and white on wooden panels. This show contains pieces from 12-by-16 inches to 3-by-5 feet in size.

Yusim took up painting and drawing in 1985, his senior year in high school, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Studio Art degree from UC Irvine in 1991 and an MFA at Otis School of Art and Design in 1995. Toward the end of his studies, he began teaching creative art and activities at Arts and Services for the Disabled in Long Beach and left that in 2003 to work as a rehabilitation specialist with mentally ill adults.

“I discovered my dedication to art involves not only the exploration of my own passion for painting, drawing, music and film, but also using art education to help individuals with special needs,” Yusim said.

He turned in 2010 to making art full-time and this show highlights the output of his first two years. Examples of his work can be found online at the association website,, and on Etsy.

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.

1914 Tractor
1914 Tractor
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The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum and the Santa Paula Art Museum announce three more in their series of monthly linked Gallery Talks. Visitors will learn about unique exhibits and collections from artists, curators, educators and collectors. The Second Thursday Talks start at 2:00 p.m. at the Agriculture Museum, followed by a second talk at 3:00 p.m. at the nearby Santa Paula Art Museum.

On Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., Jon Peterson, a farmer and farm equipment collector, will speak at the Agriculture Museum about the museum’s vintage tractors. A 1922 Holt Caterpillar Two Ton that worked on a Santa Paula dairy, a 5-ton 1914 Yuba that plowed fields in Somis, and a 1929 Twin City 21-32 that has lived and worked its entire life on a Las Posas Valley ranch, are just three of the machines he will discuss. At 3:00 p.m., at the Art Museum, artist Gail Pidduck will speak about the 5th annual “Art About Agriculture” exhibit. The co-founder of the Ag Art Alliance and a life-long farmer, Pidduck specializes in rural landscape paintings.

Gallery Talks in March focus on posters and portraits. On Thursday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m., Shelly Foote, who curated exhibits and cared for collections at the Smithsonian Institution for 30 years, speaks at the Agriculture Museum about “When Gardening Was Patriotic,” an exhibit of World Wars I and II posters. At 3:00, photographer John Nichols talks about the exhibit he and painter Gail Pidduck created for the Art Museum, the “Santa Paula Portrait Project.” They set out to capture the images of ordinary citizens and ended up with a portrait of a small-town community.

The subjects of the Thursday, April 11 Gallery Talks are fabric art and stone carving. Quilter Pat Masterson will speak about twenty contemporary “Farm Fresh Quilts,” at 2:00 at the Agriculture Museum. Sculptor Michele Chapin, owner of Stoneworks Studio in Ventura, will talk at 3:00 at the Art Museum, about her stone sculpture exhibit, “Old Hands, New Works.”

Both museums are within walking distance of each other and parking is free at both. Each museum charges its own general admission, and members can attend free at their respective museums. Light refreshments are served, and no reservations are necessary. For additional information and monthly schedules for the Second Thursday Gallery Talks: go to and, or call the Agriculture Museum at 805-525-3100 and the Art Museum at 805-525-5554. The Agriculture Museum is at 926 Railroad Avenue, and the Santa Paula Art Museum is at 117 N. 10th Street, both located in downtown Santa Paula, California.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for Museum of Ventura County members, and for children ages 5 and younger. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public.

“On Top of the World/Sulphur Mountain” by Gina Niebergall, oil on canvas, Collection of the artist
“On Top of the World/Sulphur Mountain” by Gina Niebergall, oil on canvas, Collection of the artist
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SANTA PAULA, CA – On Sunday, February 10, 2013, visitors to the Santa Paula Art Museum will have a special opportunity to see an artist-in-action and witness the creation of an original oil painting. From 1 to 3 p.m., the Museum’s Great Hall will be transformed into a casual working studio for oil painter Gina Niebergall who is featured in the current Art About Agriculture exhibit. Admission to the demonstration is free with regular paid admission to the Museum, which is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and free for students of all ages and SPAM Members.

Gina Niebergall was born and raised in Ventura, California. She received her formal art education at Cabrillo Junior College in Aptos, California and her B.F.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies. Her love for the unique qualities of the southern California landscape - from ocean to oaks to desert and farmland – manifests itself in her extraordinary ability to capture depth, color and light in her paintings. Her works document fleeting moments in life and landscape as both are constantly changing. During the demonstration, Niebergall will also share her perspectives on art, technique and subject matter.

Reservations for the event are not required. For more information, 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.

Image: “Transcendence”, oil on canvas, Best of Show, Erika Craig
Image: “Transcendence”, oil on canvas, Best of Show, Erika Craig
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The Buenaventura Art Association has announced the winners of its 27th annual Open Competition. Their works were chosen by juror Katrina McElroy, a Moorpark College art instructor, from entries submitted by artists from throughout Central and Southern California.

The two- and three-dimensional pieces are on exhibit through Jan. 26 at the organization’s Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura, which is adding Sunday, Jan. 20, 12-5pm to its schedule to allow more people to see this show. More than $1,500 in cash prizes and BAA membership benefits were awarded at a Jan. 12 reception and ceremony.

“Transcendence,” an oil painting on canvas by Erika Craig, was judged Best of Show and earned top prize of $400 for the young artist, an Honorable Mention winner in the nonprofit association’s 2012 Emerging Artist Cup student competition.

First place among the two-dimensional entries was “Glance,” a digital print by Julia Bagdasaryan, who earned a Merit Award in last year’s student competition. Second went to “Bonsai Paradise” by Erik Abel, who used acrylic paints and mixed media on a wooden panel.

Third place in 2D was awarded to Patti Post for a charcoal on paper drawing titled “Entering Elysian Fields” and Honorable Mention to Susan Colla for “Jacks Nude,” a pencil drawing on illustration board.

In the three-dimensional category, the first-place winner was “Chair #2,” constructed of walnut and beech woods by Scott Shoemate. An assemblage by Sylvia Raz titled “Three Women Walking Their Pets” won second place, and “Black Sands Lily,” a marble sculpture by JoAnne Duby, took third. Honorable mention in the category went to Bob Privitt for “Sandblasted Domaine,” a mixed media piece.

The Buenaventura Gallery is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit

Senior Economist Gary Zimmerman of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will offer a detailed look at what’s ahead for the nation’s economy

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host Gary Zimmerman, Senior Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Salon on the CI campus. Zimmerman’s presentation, “The Outlook for the U.S. Economy and Federal Reserve Monetary Policy,” is open to the public by reservation.

Facilitated by CI’s Planned Giving Advisory Council, the event includes a continental breakfast, economic outlook presentation, reception, campus tour, and parking. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at or by contacting Catherine Sanchez at 805-437-3701 or Once on campus for the event, participants should follow signs for shuttles and parking.

Zimmerman joined the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 1973. As an economist, his research, analysis, and outreach activities support both the Economic Research and Public Information Departments. From 1996 to 1999, he served as the FDIC’s San Francisco Regional Economist.

Zimmerman’s research has focused on economic and banking topics in the 12th

District, which includes the nine western states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington — plus American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is the Federal Reserve’s largest district, ranking first in the size of its economy.

Zimmerman has written articles on the regional economy, the high-tech sector in the West, and the cyclical behavior of industries like high-tech, aerospace, and construction. Other published research has covered community bank performance, banking industry competition, and foreign banking activities in California.

Zimmerman earned his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Cal State East Bay (Hayward). He also has been a guest professor at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Economics University of Vienna) in Austria. Prior to that, he lectured on banking and financial institutions at the Graduate School of Business at Cal State University, Hayward.

“We are thrilled to have Gary Zimmerman join us again for a third year,” said Howard Smith, member of CI’s Planned Giving Advisory Council and Chair of the event. “He’s one of the best presenters on the economy. He has the great ability to articulate in layman’s terms what has happened to the economy in the past year and where the Fed thinks the economy is going in the coming year in terms of interest rates. Anyone in business would benefit from his presentation.”

For more information on planned giving to CI, visit

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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

Panel discussion on issues to follow at Muvico

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will show a documentary that explores end-of-life issues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Muvico Thousand Oaks 14.

“Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject” will be screened as part of CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice Reel Justice Film series. A panel discussion will follow.

The documentary is an intimate story about the American struggle with communication and preparation for life’s end and includes the perspectives of patients, family members, doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy and national experts from around the country.

After the screening, professionals will address different aspects of death and field audience questions. Panelists are Jamie Banker, director of counseling psychology at CLU; Amyra Braha, certified grief counselor and Fellow in Thanatology, a certification for specialists in death, dying and bereavement; Dr. John Horton, general practitioner; and Karen Pavic Zabinski, regional director of ethics for the Providence Health Care system. Ann Sobel, executive director of Our Community House of Hope, will offer greetings and Colleen Windham-Hughes, assistant professor of religion at CLU, will moderate the discussion.

This film is the first in what will be a two-part series created by Burning Hay Wagon Productions, a company founded in 2009 by long-time Wisconsin friends Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen. Kaldhusdal, a fourth-grade teacher and filmmaker, and Bernhagen, a healthcare business development professional turned hospice advocate, have both lost loved ones to severe chronic disease in the past 10 years and struggled to make sense of what was happening. Their personal experiences combined with Bernhagen’s work in the hospice field led them to produce a pair of documentaries with the goal of inspiring a culture change that results in end-of-life care that is more person-centered and less system-centered.

Entirely funded by private donations, “Consider the Conversation” premiered in front of a sold-out audience of 755 two years ago. It was released on DVD through in March and donated to PBS stations via the National Educational Telecommunications Association. It won 10 major awards including one for journalistic excellence and four for use of film for social change and viewer impact. It inspired the Wisconsin Medical Society to launch the statewide, collaborative advance-care-planning initiative Honoring Choices Wisconsin.

Muvico Thousand Oaks 14 is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive.

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice and Graduate Psychology programs and Our Community House of Hope are sponsoring the freeevent. For more information, contact the center at or 805-493-3694.


Kevin Wallace, Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, will speak about Teapots: functional and dysfunctional. His talk is in preparation for the upcoming juried Teapot Show for members of the Ventura County Potters’ Guild. The opening reception is April 27 from 2 pm - 5pm. The public is welcome to come meet the artists. The show runs through Jun 2, 2013. More information can be found at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is open to the Public Fri, Sat, & Sun 11 am – 5 pm at 8560 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai, CA 93023 805/646-3381.

Following Wallace's talk are Master Potters Larry Carnes and Richard Franklin with over 80 years of combined experience between them. Franklin will give a slide show on his collections of teapots from national and international artists. Carnes, owner of The Pottery Studio, 1804 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023 805/646-5684, will show some of his teapot collection and talk about what makes a great teapot.

A hands-on Teapot Workshop is scheduled for February 2 & 3 at Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara. This two-day workshop will include hand building and wheel throwing from 10 am to 4 pm each day. The fee is $60 for members of the Ventura County Potters’ Guild (non profit) and $80 for non-members. Wonderful opportunity learn first hand or observe. Please contact Richard Franklin, 805/646-2770 for registration.

Doors open at 7pm, January 28, 2012
Talk starts at 8 pm
Refreshments, FREE

For more information, call 805-985-5038