Book Fair at the Ojai Valley Museum. Photo by Fred Kidder.
Book Fair at the Ojai Valley Museum. Photo by Fred Kidder.
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Friday, July 13, 2012, 5-7:30 P.M., in the back courtyard

The Ojai Valley Museum invites community and visitors to meet eight local authors who are regularly represented in the Ojai Valley Museum Store. These novelists, historians and gourmands will each have a table at which they will discuss their books and sign copies on Friday, July 13, 2012. This early evening event from 5 to 7:30 pm is free to the public and will include a cheese and no-host wine bar. Attendees may bring books that they already own, or buy from the authors at the event.

The following authors and books will be featured:

ELISE DePUYDT: A Photo Guide to Fountains and Sculptures of Ojai: Art, History & Architecture is a valuable guide to the public art and historic places of the Ojai Valley with over 200 color photos taken by the author. Elise is the Ojai Valley Museum bookkeeper and one of the museum’s Historical Walking Tour docents.

KAREN EVENDEN: A Taste of Croatia is both a delightful travel memoir and an easy to use cookbook with recipes savored by Croatians and adapted for use in American kitchens. Included in the book are her and husband Bill’s delightful and adventuresome memoirs of sailing the Adriatic coast.

RANDY GRAHAM: Ojai Valley Vegetarian Cookbook is a collection of the 120 most popular recipes from the first two years of Graham’s posts to his Ojai Valley Vegetarian Blog, that appeal to everyone without regard to any specific diet. His recipes are also printed under the heading “Chef Randy” in the Ojai Valley News.

PATRICIA A. HARTMANN: The Ojai is a novel that takes the reader on a journey of personal discovery, of the rich and colorful history of the Ojai Valley. Hartman has made Ojai her home for 37 years. She lives with her husband in a 145-year-old farmhouse on nine acres where they grow Pixie Tangerines

TERRY TALLENT: Making The Reata is a moving story told with historical insights into Ojai and Chumash life before the coming of the Spaniards. Tallent did not set out to write a historical novel, but says, “The material lent itself so well.”

TONY THACHER: The Ojai at 100: Tennis, Tea & Tradition chronicles the history of Ojai’s world famous amateur tennis tournament, endearingly nicknamed, “The Ojai.”
The insightful text and facsimile documents, combined with historical photographs, provide a comprehensive history of the tournament’s 100 consecutive years.

CRAIG WALKER: Co-author of Postcard History Series of Ojai. More than 200 vintage postcards were collected for this nostalgic look at our beloved Ojai. Craig is currently on the Board of Directors of the Ojai Valley Museum.

EDWARD D. WEBSTER: A Year of Sundays is a beautiful, travel/love story of Ed Webster and his wife of 28 years, who took their 16-year old cat on a Grand Tour of Europe. The fact that Webster’s wife, Marquerite, is blind, adds unexpected layers to their relationship and travel experiences.

Authors in absentia, with autographed books for sale on July 13th, include: Mr. George Stuart, Richard Senate, and Fred Rothenberg. Books by all of the writers participating in the fair, or with publications only, are currently available in the Museum Store.

A few, out-of-print copies of the book, Birds, Boughs, & Blossoms: Jesse Arms Botke (1882-1971) will also be available at this sale.

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 to 4 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tours are available by appointment. Free parking is available off Blanche Street at back of museum.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, e-mail or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley

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July 17, 2012

Colin Finlay, one of the foremost documentary photographers in the world, will be sharing his imagery on Tuesday evening, July 17, at the Ojai Photo Club’s monthly meeting. Finlay will present images and reflections from Rwanda, Darfur, The Alberta Tar Sands and his project on Agent Orange. He will include written text pieces that accompany his essays and explore each of the projects in depth.

Finlay has documented the human condition with compassion, empathy, and dignity for almost twenty years. His work has taken him around the world many times. He covered conflicts in Northern Ireland, Israel, and Haiti; was in Rwanda during the time of the genocide; and photographed imprisoned child soldiers, abandoned children dying from AIDS in Romania and child laborers in Egypt’s “City of the Dead.” He has also documented the effects of climate change on the Arctic Circle and Antarctica as well as on people in locations such as the Sudan.

Finlay has been awarded the prestigious Picture of the Year International honor six times. His photographs have been published by TIME, US News and World Report, Asia Magazine, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization, and are in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, J. Paul Getty Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, LACMA and MOCA.

Local photographer and club member, Sally Carless, says, “I am very excited that Colin has agreed to come to Ojai. I recently attended a presentation of his in Hollywood and was very moved—not just by the amazing photographs—but also by who he is as a person. He speaks of the people he has photographed with such respect and compassion, and is committed to making a difference in the world through his photography—even when it means risking both his life and his emotional well-being over and over again.”

Please join us for an unforgettable evening. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM, July 17, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

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Hear Wildlife Biologist Describe How Recovery Program Works

Wildlife biologist Tim Coonan has led Channel Islands National Park’s successful recovery program for the endangered island foxes since 1999. Hear his presentation “Saving the Island Fox” on Thursday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County. Admission to the lecture is $5 for the general public, free for members, and includes entry to all exhibit galleries until 8:00 p.m. To RSVP call 805-653-0323 x 7.

Threatened with extinction by non-native predators and diseases, the endangered island fox has for a number of years been the object of intense recovery methods such as captive breeding and reintroduction. Coonan details in his presentation just how and why fox populations on almost all the Channel Islands have now recovered to pre-decline levels.

Coonan has studied island foxes for 20 years, and in 2010 he co-authored a book on their decline and recovery. Coonan is also currently president of the board of trustees of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy. Prior to his present work at Channel Islands National Park, he was at Death Valley National Park, where he studied bighorn sheep and desert pupfish.

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. The first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.



Santa Barbara, CA - Los Padres ForestWatch has kicked-off its first ever Wilderness and Wild River Photo contest in support of the ongoing Los Padres Wild Heritage Campaign. The photo contest seeks to bring attention to special places, diverse wildlife, and those enjoying our local backcountry in existing wilderness areas or areas that are proposed for new wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest.

Three categories will be judged: landscape, wildlife, and images with people. In addition to the “Judge’s Awards of Excellence,” presented by the judges panel, there will also be awards given for a “People’s Choice” – determined by online popularity vote. Additionally, the judge’s panel will award a “Best in Show” prize for the best overall picture in any category. Submitted images must be from existing or proposed wilderness areas and/or wild rivers within the Los Padres National Forest (visit to view the Los Padres National Forest wilderness map).

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The Santa Paula Art Museum presents:

The De Colores Art Show

Art will be on exhibit at the
Santa Paula Art Museum
117 N. 10th Street
Santa Paula, California

About the Santa Paula Art Museum
The Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center was established as a not-for-profit organization with a mission to preserve and share Santa Paula's artistic heritage including the famous Santa Paula Art Collection; and to educate and engage the community through collection, exhibition, interpretation, programming and outreach.

The Museum is located in the historic Limoneira Building at 117 North Tenth Street in downtown Santa Paula. It is next to the established City of Santa Paula's California Oil Museum, located in the original Victorian headquarters of the Union Oil Company of California which was founded here in 1890.

Purpose of the De Colores Exhibit

The De Colores Art Show in Santa Paula is one its proudest achievements. Founded by Xavier Montes, the exhibit celebrates Mexican American heritage, history, and icons.

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Premieres July 6

SANTA PAULA, CA – Celebrate the freedom and fun of summer with classic British motorcycles at the California Oil Museum (1001 E. Main St. Santa Paula, Adults $4, Seniors $3 and Youth (6-17) $1). This year, the Museum’s annual motorcycle show features gorgeous bikes from rarely seen private collections and from all of the famous British manufacturers including Ariel, BSA, Norton, Velocette, and Vincent!

The history of the British motorcycle follows closely the history of Britain itself. The earliest British motorcycles were created at the beginning of the 20th century as excitement for motorized transportation and industrial innovation spread rapidly. A few decades later, the country was at war and so too were its motorcycles. Hundreds of thousands of British motorcycles were manufactured for the Allied forces during both WWI and WWII and drove them towards victory.

In the 1950s and 1960s, British bikes continued to set land speed records and dominate off-road competitions as their unique shape and styling became iconic. While British motorcycle manufacturers suffered a decline in the 1970s and 1980s, these classic bikes are now highly sought-after not only for their handsome forms but for the stories they tell. Join us all summer long to experience this British bike invasion!

WHO: The City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum

WHAT: The British are Coming: Vintage British Bikes, an exhibit of classic motorcycles from rarely seen private collections

WHEN: July 6 through September 30, 2012 (Museum Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM)

WHERE: California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 (Admission: Adults $4.00, Seniors $3.00, Youth (6-17) $1.00, Children under 5 and Museum Members are free)

WHY: To celebrate summer and motorcycles!

Premieres July 14

SANTA PAULA, CA – Next Generation, a refreshingly contemporary show of art works by local students from Brooks Institute, Cal Arts, Cal Lutheran, Cal State Channel Islands and Ventura College will open at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Saturday, July 14, 2012 with a premiere party from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission to the exhibit premiere is $10.00 for Museum Members and $15.00 for non-members. Students of all ages may attend free.

Next Generation, inspired in part by the Museum’s current Carlisle Cooper Retrospective on exhibit in the main gallery, highlights the significance of the collaboration between artist and teacher. Carlisle Cooper, an art instructor at Ventura College for almost fifty years, is a perfect example of the profound influence a teacher can have on their artist student. The students featured in Next Generation were specially selected by their own teachers for their emerging talents and unique perspectives on art.

The student show features fifty pieces of art in a variety of two and three-dimensional mediums. The works are bold and thought-provoking as they explore a variety of themes including human connection, mythology, science and music. Each artwork will be accompanied by a narrative written by both teacher and student describing how each has been inspired by the other.

The exhibit will run through October 21, 2012 and may be viewed during regular Museum hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. More information is available by calling the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email

Daniel Hayek as Romeo and Rachel Seiferth as Juliet
Daniel Hayek as Romeo and Rachel Seiferth as Juliet
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Romeo is Muslim and Juliet is Christian in production

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Religious conflict will play a role in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s production of “Romeo and Juliet.”

The 16th season of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will conclude with the second and final play at 8 p.m. July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and Aug. 3, 4 and 5 in scenic Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University.

Arguably the world’s mosttreasured love story, “Romeo and Juliet” tells the story of idealistic young love beset by conflict and hatred. William Shakespeare’s iconic lovers descend from rival clans whose longstanding blood feud turns their tale from lyric romance to violent tragedy.

Kingsmen Shakespeare’s production places this timeless work in a setting that bridges past and present. The show will be set in the late 15th century Spanish city of Granada, an outpost on the frontier of Christendom and Islam. Juliet’s family, the Capulets, will be Christians, and Romeo’s family, the Montagues, will be Muslims. The two faiths in that time and place shared a complex and uneasy coexistence, mingling in the marketplace one day, clashing on the battlefield the next.

The rift between Islam and Christianity predates Shakespeare by several centuries, continues largely unabated today, and promises to linger into the foreseeable future. “Romeo and Juliet” is, among other things, a play about the human consequences of just such a conflict. It’s a tangled relationship whose challenges are as pervasive in today’s global community as they were five centuries ago.

In anticipation of thisproduction, director Brett Elliott has been working with the Christian-Muslim Consultative Group of Southern California, facilitating a series of interfaith workshops between the First Christian Church of North Hollywood and the Islamic Center of Southern California. With participation from members of the Kingsmen company, the groups have spent the past two months exploring the issues that have divided and united the two faiths for the past 500 years.

Daniel Hayek, a passionate actor of Lebanese heritage who trained in England, will play Romeo in his Kingsmen debut. Rachel Seiferth, who has extensive screen credits, will play Juliet.Kingsmen veteran Ross Hellwig, who recently returned from starring in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in Vienna, will play Mercutio.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theatre company of CLU. In addition to producing one of the area’s most popular outdoor theatrical events, it provides apprentice programs, aneducational tour program and theater camps.

Individual tickets are $20; free for those under 18. Box seats, which accommodate six adults, are $75 or $90 and side box seats are $75. For more information or lawn box reservations, call 805-493-3014 or visit Individual tickets are available at the door.

Featured Artists: Dianne Bennett & Studio Channel Islands Art Center

Join a free “Arty Party” at the Museum of Ventura County, to celebrate their selected ArtWalk artists Dianne Bennett and the Studio Channel Islands Art Center. The party is on Saturday, July 21 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with live music by Gypsy Death Star and We Govern We. No host bar is available.

During Ventura’s free Westside ArtWalk on Saturday July 21 from noon to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m., meet resident artists of Studio Channel Islands Art Center during their special exhibition and sale in the museum pavilion and plaza. Among those participating are Rich Brimer, Pat Richards Dodds, Karin Geiger, Carol Henry, Tracy Jones, Maggie Kildee, Shelly Moore, Lucia Grossberger Morales, Sherron Sheppard, Judy Winard, and Marion Wood.

Visitors will also meet Dianne Bennett at the museum during ArtWalk weekend. Her exhibition, One Time, One Place: Retablos by Dianne Bennett, continues until August 19.

Go to for information about Studio Channel Islands Art Center; for museum information go to or call 805-653-0323. The all-volunteer Westside ArtWalk is a weekend of coordinated exhibits, sales, artist demonstrations and events at galleries, studios, and other venues. To learn more, go to for details.

Find Out At Museum’s Appraisal Day On August 14

You’d never part with your grandmother’s necklace, but do you secretly want to know what it’s worth? Have you downsized and now have no room for your great garage sale finds? Then come to the Museum of Ventura County’s Appraisal Day on Tuesday, August 14, where you can get a verbal auction estimate of worth from the experts at Bonhams & Butterfields. The event hours are 10:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the museum’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion, 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura.

The cost is $10 per item for non-members and $5 for members (memberships will be available for purchase at the door). There is a limit of 5 items per person, although a china piece representing a set is considered one item. First come, first served; no appointments are available. There is usually a wait outside, so it is advised to bring a hat or sunscreen.

Estimates are given in the following categories only: Asian art; books and manuscripts; California, American & European paintings; furniture & decorative art; fine jewelry & timepieces; and fine prints. For further information contact Robin Woodworth, Director of Development at (805) 653-0323 ex 309, or

Proceeds from this event will support the Museum’s education and family programs, and special acquisitions.


Free presentation by Ojai Raptor Center
Sunday, July 1 • 1 - 2 pm
Free Admission all day
Meet the feathered ambassadors of the Ojai Raptor Center and learn about their
wild peers and the importance of habitat conservation for a healthy ecosystem.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday • 11 - 5
100 E. Main St., Ventura

"Seascape" - Nancy Whitman Private Collection. Photo by Claire Hill.
"Seascape" - Nancy Whitman Private Collection. Photo by Claire Hill.
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June 28 to September 2, 2012

"Studio Interior" - Nancy Whitman. Photo by Roger Conrad.
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"The Arcade" - Nancy Whitman. Photo by Roger Conrad.
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Whitman Studio Detail. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Whitman Studio Detail. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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Nancy Whitman Artist’s Brushes. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Nancy Whitman Artist’s Brushes. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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"Nancy Whitman Self Portrait" - Artist's Collection. Photo by Claire Hill.
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Nancy Whitman. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Nancy Whitman. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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The Ojai Valley Museum is pleased to present, “Nancy Whitman: A Retrospective,” as its premier, solo exhibition for a local contemporary visual artist, in the museum’s forty-five year history. The one-person show, spanning forty years of the creative works of the Ojai artist, opens on June 28th and will run through September 2, 2012. The museum will host an opening reception on Saturday June 30th from 5 to 7 p.m.

Nancy Whitman was born in Chicago, earned a Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, continued graduate studies at the Chicago Art Institute, and then spent a year painting in Paris, France. Highly influenced by Matisse, Jawlensky and the Fauvist movement, Whitman’s paintings explode with color and line, inviting the viewer to enjoy her avid love of life: nature, architecture, the human form, and everyday objects.

Whitman has received many awards in juried shows and her artworks are in numerous private, public and corporate collections nationwide. Her retrospective at the Ojai Valley Museum is her first one-person museum exhibition.

Claire Hill, a member of the museum’s Exhibition Committee, and a close friend of Whitman, is the primary curator of the exhibition. Museum Director, Michele Pracy, mentored Hill’s selection of artwork-by-genre: i.e., landscapes, places, figurative, and interiors. Approximately 30 major paintings will be on display exploring these subjects. Many of the paintings are from Whitman’s private collection and have not been seen by the public. Most of the artworks are available for purchase. Hill, aware of unique pieces in other private collections, arranged to borrow additional pieces for this show, including a major seascape never seen publicly before this exhibition.

Nancy Whitman will also be represented with a vignette of her working studio space on a raised platform in the center of the gallery. Museum visitors will be transported into her daily creative workspace, where easels and brushes, still lifes and works-in-progress can be viewed in the round.

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 to 4 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tours are available by appointment.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, e-mail or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley Find us on Facebook Ojai Valley Museum


California State Old Time Fiddlers District 8 will meet Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Join us for an afternoon of listening and dancing to Country Western and Bluegrass music. Bring your instrument and play along. No admission or parking charge. Refreshments available. For more information go to or call 797-6563.

"Black Oak” photograph, by Jim Fitzgerald.
"Black Oak” photograph, by Jim Fitzgerald.
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Many contemporary photographers multiply their megapixels and digitally modify them in pursuit of greater image control, but Jim Fitzgerald of Ventura has gone 180 degrees in the other direction.

He makes black-and-white photos using a laborious process developed in the mid-1860s and large- and ultra-large-format view cameras that he builds himself, because “I have found that no other process has given me the quality, beauty and feeling that I can produce. … I see no other way to express myself,” he says.
The proof is in the printing, and Fitzgerald’s carbon transfer prints will be featured in July at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura. “Symphonies of Light” is the title of the July 17-Aug. 11 solo show. The artist will be present 4-8 p.m. July 21 for an opening reception and from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 3 for Ventura’s First Friday Gallery Crawl.

A photographer since 1978, Fitzgerald says he shot landscapes and portraits in color with a 35mm film camera until 2000, when he began using large-format cameras and developing and printing his own black-and-white photos.
“I needed total control over the process to complete my vision,” he says, so since 2007 he’s been dedicated to carbon transfers. He says the 1864 method of making contact prints from negatives gives “total control of the image tonality due to the blending of pigments and manufacturing of transfer tissue unique to the artist’s vision.”

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(l-r) Tracy Lehr and Lou Cunningham, Superintendent of Photography for the Ventura County Fair.
(l-r) Tracy Lehr and Lou Cunningham, Superintendent of Photography for the Ventura County Fair.
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Ojai, CA - The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Lou Cunningham to its June 19 meeting at 7:00 PM, in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Cunningham became Superintendent of the Ventura County Fair Photography Department in 2011. At the Ojai meeting, he will share a behind-the-scenes look at setting up the massive photography display at the fair. He will also discuss volunteer opportunities, submission tips, deadlines, and judging criteria. For those considering submission to the fair, he will provide examples of easy ways to present one’s work.

Cunningham shared his thoughts on the role of photography in his life, and his evolving attitude toward the art:

I started taking pictures with my grandma’s old Kodak in Wisconsin when I was 9 years old. I remember using the old rolls of film. I remember mowing lawns to raise the money to buy the film, but sometimes could never afford to get it developed. I’m sure that somewhere somebody probably has discovered some of my old pictures. Over the years, like most people, I’ve taken thousands of pictures.

I believe that taking photos not only preserves the history of my being, but also the history of this country. What I look for in my award winning photos (at least, I believe they are) is secondarily the subject matter and the background but primarily the focal point which is the total composition. I feel that the greatest photo doesn’t have to be your best but only needs to grab the eye and the imagination of the viewer. After all, remember that our minds are like a camera and that we all can visualize someone, something or someplace that we’ve been or seen that has touched our lives.

The Ojai Photography Club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Visitors are always welcome, but only members may submit images for critique. For more information, please visit


The largely unheard story of Chinese settlements in Ventura County is told in Hidden Voices: The Chinese of Ventura County, on exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County from September 1 through November 25, 2012. The beginnings and evolution of the first Chinese immigrant communities in Ventura and Oxnard are illuminated through photographs, maps, clothes, household items and the personal stories of community members such as merchants, employment agents, farm and day laborers, and their wives and children. A contemporary dragon costume carries the exhibit into the 21st century, while an introductory gallery video gives an overview of Chinese immigration to California in the19th century and examines the social and political adversities Chinese settlers faced.

The exhibit highlights the special role Chinese stores played in turn of the century Chinatowns and features attire reflecting cultural customs, such as the 1910 wedding dress of Nellie Yee Hay, the daughter of the family said to have been the first to settle in Ventura’s short-lived “China Alley.” The exhibit’s narrative then moves to more recent years to include the accomplishments of Ventura’s Walton Jue family, and the Soo Hoos of Oxnard, whose son Bill Soo Hoo became Mayor of Oxnard in 1966, the first mayor of Chinese descent in California. Today Chinese immigrants and descendants live throughout Ventura County, with strong cultural associations in Camarillo and Thousand Oaks as well as in the west county.

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. The first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.


SANTA PAULA, CA – A retrospective exhibit of works by renowned Ventura College Art Professor, Carlisle Cooper, will open at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, on Saturday, June 23, 2012 with an opening reception from 4 – 6 p.m. Admission price is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For an invitation please call the Museum at 805-525-5554 or email

Carlisle Cooper believes that “to reveal man to himself is art’s role in this era, as it has always been in history.” Cooper’s own role has been a varied one, as a student, cartoonist, commercial artist, figurative painter and teacher. Born in Alabama in 1919, Cooper spent his childhood in North Carolina and was an avid drawer of adventure figures from a young age.

Carlisle went on to attend Duke University, and while studying cartooning at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts became illustrator of the nationally syndicated weekly cartoon strip “Fighting with Daniel Boone.” After serving in the Army from 1942 to 1945, Cooper studied nights and weekends at the American Academy of Art (Chicago) where he met teacher William Mosby. Carlisle suggests that had it not been for Mosby, a graduate of Brussels Academy of Fine Art, he would have never realized his own talent as a painter. It was during this period that Carlisle began to experiment in charcoal, oil painting and portraiture.

Cooper later received his master’s degree in art education at the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied under Isobel McKinnon Rupprecht and Edgar Rupprecht, original students and sponsors of Hans Hoffman, as well as Boris Anisfeld, internationally known Russian painter and former set-designer for the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

Cooper’s style is painterly and flowing. He portrays his figures in strongly contrasting colors with semi-abstract backgrounds, frequently set in an outer space context. He is aware of the idea of endless space, and of the evidence of order and design which permeates our universe. These thoughts often lead to religious, philosophical and scientific ideas, some of which find their way into his paintings.

He has exhibited his paintings in Chicago, Seattle, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, West Berlin and Munich.

In 1960, Carlisle married Brigitte Dehmelt, a ballroom dancer, philosopher and favored subject of his. When the couple relocated to California, he took a position as an art instructor at Ventura College, where he taught drawing, composition, color and design, and life drawing.

In 2007, the city of Ventura awarded Cooper the Mayor’s Arts Award in the Arts Educator category, as an honorary citizen who has made a commitment to the cultural community of Ventura. While he retired from teaching in the spring of 2011, Cooper continues to paint at his home in Ventura to this day.

The exhibit will run until November 4, 2012, and may be viewed during regular Museum hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060.

“T.A.M.I Show” Director to Hold Q & A

Hear some of 1964’s most popular musical artists in the “T.A.M.I Show,” the first concert movie of the rock era, showing on Saturday, July 14 at the Museum of Ventura County. The legendary film is part of the museum’s Dinner and a Movie series, and features sets from James Brown and The Famous Flames, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Jan & Dean, Marvin Gaye (backed by the Blossoms), Gerry & the Pacemakers, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Lesley Gore, The Barbarians, and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas. The studio band was The Wrecking Crew.

The evening includes an American diner-style dinner at 6:00 p.m. with the film showing at 7:15 p.m. The film’s director, Ventura County resident Steve Binder, will introduce his film and answer questions after the screening of the “T.A.M.I Show.” Admission is $20 per person, and includes dinner, popcorn and a soft drink, as well as the film. No host bar is available. Seating is limited: for reservations call 805-653-0323 x 7.

The “T.A.M.I Show,” formally know as “Teenage Awards Music International,” was released in 1964 and contains the best footage from two days of concerts. The film was selected in 2006 for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Binder is a veteran film and television director and producer of such shows as “Hullabaloo,” “Elvis Presley’s 68 Comeback Special,” “Diana Ross in Central Park” and specials including those for Steve Allen, Chevy Chase, Barry Manilow, Mac Davis, Liza Minnelli, and Patti LaBelle.

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. The first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.


Moorpark, CA — The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club Announces the 3rd Annual Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival. This annual community fundraiser will take place after Moorpark Country Days at 6:00pm on Saturday, October 6th, 2012. Presale tickets are sold at a 20 percent discount and are available online at

“We are excited to once again bring this great community event to Historic Downtown Moorpark” remarked Howard Yaras, Incoming President of the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club. “This event is a great opportunity to bring the community of Moorpark together with our neighbors in the region and to raise money to support our local schools and nonprofit organizations.”

Due to popular demand, this event will feature a larger venue with triple the amount of space, twice as many breweries and additional food vendors serving a wide variety of food. This event will also feature a new VIP area available at an additional cost, which will have its own dedicated beer, wine and VIP chef.

The Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival is the annual fundraiser of the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club. Started in 2009, the event has become a staple in the Moorpark community calendar and funds the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club’s philanthropic efforts throughout the year.

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Ventura, CA - Community Memorial Hospital’s first-floor lobby and hallways will be decorated with a vibrant and eclectic mix of paintings and drawings by local artists when the hospital holds its “Splashes of Color II” art exhibit open to the public June 11 through September 9.

The exhibit’s theme was such a success that artists and collectors alike asked to do it again! Inspiration for the original theme came during an organizing meeting where committee members were struggling to come up with a theme, when Haady Lashkari, a Community Memorial Health System administrator, blurted out, “Why don’t we just call it ‘Splashes of Color’?”

CMH provides a venue where patients, patient’s families and visitors all are soothed, inspired and grateful to view local art. The exhibit, a joint partnership between CMH, the Buenaventura Art Association and the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation, is located on the first floor at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St. in Ventura. Any proceeds are used for future exhibits as well as to benefit local artists and the foundation’s philanthropic efforts.

Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and eleven family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.