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Reading stories to children is a cherished holiday tradition, so bring your family on Sunday, December 18 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., for the Museum of Ventura County’s special free story time and book signing. Local children’s book authors and illustrators, including Kathleen Contreras of Ventura, Jody Fickes Shapiro of Ventura, Carol Heyer of Thousand Oaks, Valerie Hobbs and Marnie McGee of Santa Barbara, Alexis O’Neill of Simi, and Amada Irma Perez of Ventura, will read and sign their books. Admission to the museum is free all day.

Children can also have fun with interactive elements in Simms Taback: Making Pictures For Children, an exhibit featuring original illustrations by this artist and author of more than 50 books, including the Caldecott Medal honor book “Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.”

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. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 

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The Ventura College Jazz Band will present its fall concert with two guest performers, James Wrubel on piano and James Walker on trombone, on Thursday, December 8, 2011, 8 p.m., at the Wright Library located on the Ventura College campus, 57 Day Road. The concert will feature musical arrangements by Music Director, Leslie Drayton, of jazz standards composed by Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Sonny Rollins, Billy Strayhorn, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, and Edith Piaf. Tunes to be performed include Four, Recorda Me, Lotus Blossom, Tenor Madness, Bernie's Tune, Song For My Father, La Vie En Rose, and Birdland. Admission is $10 at the door.

 


 
Begins Dec.4

Ventura, CA - Entries from Community Memorial Hospital’s first annual Open Competition art exhibit will be displayed on the hospital’s first-floor walls from Dec. 4 to Jan. 7, 2012.

Unlike in previous art exhibits at CMH, there is no theme. Local artists were asked to submit “Just plain good art!” said Layla Hallberg, executive director of the Buenaventura Art Association.

Jessica Cusick, Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Santa Monica, is the exhibit’s curator and will judge the entries. She will choose a first-place entry, second place, third place and she will have the option of picking four honorable mention awards.

Cusick will announce the winners during a “Meet the Artists” reception set for Monday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the hospital’s first-floor lobby. This event is open to the public and reservations are not required to attend. CMH is located at 147 N. Brent St. in Ventura.

Cusick has long been a prominent figure in the Southern California art scene. In 1998, she established Cusick Consulting to build upon her more than 20 years experience working in the arts for government agencies, the private sector and non-profit organizations. She has a degree in art history from the Sorbonne in Paris and a Masters from New York University.

The exhibit is a joint partnership between CMH, the Buenaventura Art Association, the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the City of Ventura. All paintings and drawings on display are by local artists, with proceeds to be used for future exhibits as well as to benefit local artists, the Buenaventura Art Association 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 ten family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

 


 
“Coastal” by Laurel Murray-Joleaud, Best of Show, 25th Annual Open Competition.
“Coastal” by Laurel Murray-Joleaud, Best of Show, 25th Annual Open Competition.
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Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for their 26th Annual Open Competition at the Buenaventura Gallery. The exhibit will run from January 10 – January 28 with the bring-in for the artists on Sunday, Jan. 8 and Monday, January 9 from 11 am – 2 pm. The awards ceremony (with over $1,000 in prizes awarded) will be on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 4 – 7 pm. Gary Lang, an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University, will be the juror.

Gary Lang, in addition to teaching at Claremont, has taught at Columbia, Yale University, UCLA, School of Visual Arts in NYC among others. As an educator, he wanted the students to “feel the power within themselves” to create. He is a contemporary painter with a respect for all art forms. Says Lang, “It’s not the subject…it’s how the artist interacts with the surface…it’s more than talent…it’s the artist being present in the moment.”
Throughout his long career, Lang has always meditated on painting and techniques. Whether he is creating a painting, “painting” a flower garden, or a few years ago, creating a video piece based on the process of painting which ends with layer upon layer of color, the same way Lang paints, his final word is always on the painting process.

“My painting process is a vehicle for crossing the threshold. Simply put it is a spiritual adventure that employs discipline and savors changeability. The wellspring source of the work is a mutating truth, which is what I nurture and what I am.”

The paintings define infinity in their own terms, and are visual odysseys that both welcome and hold the viewer in epic time and space. The painted object is a vehicle for transforming the moment, the power of which is unleashed in its presence.

Lang has a MFA from Yale University and received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts. He also studied at Chouinard Art Institute. He’s won numerous awards and grants including the Fulbright/Hayes Travel Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art Studio grant and more.

He’s had solo exhibitions throughout the United States, France, Austria, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and more. He’s been reviewed in Art Week, Art Scene, Conde Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and various international magazines and newspapers. Buenaventura Art Association is truly honored to have an artist of Lang’s caliber as our juror.

The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura. Hours are Tuesday – Friday from noon – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information and entry form, visit their website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.

 
Oxnard Monsanto site helps support educational agriculture museum

VENTURA, CA - The importance of agriculture is often overlooked and understated. It is an industry with a rich history and the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum hopes to share that history with its community with the help of the Oxnard Monsanto site.

The Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum was nominated by the Oxnard Monsanto site to receive a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. Representatives from the museum were presented with the grant during a ceremony on Nov. 16. The museum will use the grant to fund the creation of educational exhibits that will teach visitors about the history of agriculture in the region, the building of additional structures and outdoor areas for museum programs and the creation and implementation of educational programs about agriculture.

“This grant will make it possible for the museum to share Ventura County’s agricultural history with a wide audience,” said Tim Schiffer, executive director of the museum. “The goal is to increase the public’s understanding of just how complex agriculture really is.”

Ebony Busby of Monsanto was also excited to play a part in the donation.

“The Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum offers a very educational illustration of the role of agriculture in Ventura County,” Busby said. “I am thrilled to be able to present the museum with this grant and demonstrate the appreciation that all of us at the Oxnard Monsanto site have for it.”

This grant is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, which is focused on strengthening farming communities, as well as the communities where Monsanto’s employees live and work.

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

Monsanto and Vine Design® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. ©2011 Monsanto Company

 

Ventura, CA – Think iconic California – Golden Gate Bridge, surf spots, Hollywood, palm trees, Disneyland, redwoods, celebrities, poppies! Catch the authentic California “Vibe” at the 35th Annual Ventura Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks, Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17, at 7 pm. Decorated boats and holiday décor throughout the Harbor kick off this year’s “California Dreamin’” theme!

The two-day celebration features a Parade of Lights Carnival on the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn, visits by Santa & Mrs. Claus for last minutes gift requests at the Carousel Stage and delicious harbor-front dining. A fireworks display lights up the night following the Parade of Lights each evening with Santa and his sleigh crossing the sky on Saturday evening courtesy of Aspen Helicopters. Parade of Lights public cruises offered by Ventura Harbor Boat Rentals and Islands Packers.

Arrive mid-day on Saturday for Winter Wonderland & Holiday Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, December 17 from 1- 5 PM. Live Reindeer, Victorian Carolers, Toy Soldier Band, faux snowfall, craft station by Lakeshore Learning Store, holiday characters, and boutique shopping make Winter Wonderland an all ages family holiday experience. Relax seaside at this free event and explore the dozen local boutiques for holiday finds. Harbor restaurants are overflowing with good cheer for lunch and dinner.

At the Parade of Lights stop by the Ventura Harbor Village booth near Coast Cone Ice Cream to get a pair of 3D glasses to watch the fireworks display. Wander the Village promenade and soak in the beauty of California sunsets in a classic California Harbor atmosphere.

Admission to the Parade of Lights on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 along with Winter Wonderland & Holiday Sidewalk Sale on December 17 is free. Parking is free in Ventura Harbor Village and along Spinnaker Drive. Arrive early for best parking and shopping throughout the Harbor Village.

The 2011 Parade of Lights lead sponsors include Four Points by Sheraton and Holiday Inn Express & Suites at Ventura Harbor and Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market. Additional sponsors: Ventura West Marina, Ventura Keys Association, Ventura Harbor Marine Fuel, Ventura Harbor Boat Yard, Dave’s Fuel Dock, Ventura Harbor Marina & Yacht Yard, Ventura Yacht Club, Greystar, Costco, AAA Automobile Club of Southern California, Ventura Marina Mobile Home Park, The Greek at the Harbor, Cumulus Broadcasting, Ventura County Star, Gold Coast Broadcasting, VC Reporter, Aspen Helicopter, The Ventura Breeze, Vessel Assist, RP Barricade, and Quinn Rental Services.

Boater Applications are available by calling (805) 477-0470. No charge to enter a decorated watercraft and includes an 8 x10 keepsake photo, awards, prizes, and Boaters Brunch at The Greek at the Harbor Restaurant!

Visit www.VenturaHarborVillage.com or call (805) 477-0470 for more information or get updates on Facebook Ventura Harbor or watch past Parade of Lights videos on YouTube Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights.

 

The City of Oxnard Recreation & Community Services Department, Pacific View Mall, and ValuPlus Food Warehouse are presenting this year’s fourth annual Oxnard Tamale Festival taking place inside Oxnard’s historic Plaza Park located at 500 South C Street, Oxnard, CA 93030

This event will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. As always, the event will remain admissions free.

This year's tamale tasting judges include:
Hon. Steven Hintz, Ventura County Treasurer/Tax Collector, Hon. Mark Lunn, Ventura County Clerk/Recorder, Hon. Fred Bysshe, Ventura County Superior Court, John Ragan, ARC of Ventura County, Chef Gerard Turbush, Chef Paul Tavakoli, and representatives from the Oxnard College Culinary Arts Programs.

From strawberry sweets to savory chicken and pork delights, the event will host vendors that will be serving the best mouth-watering tamales in Ventura County including O Street Gourmet Food Truck.

Featured in various media outlets including CBS News, NBC 4, ABC 7, KEYT News, VC Reporter and Ventura County Star, our “Eating Contest” and other activities have captured the attention of over 5,000 annual participants. Cash prizes will be given to the winners.

This year, the Oxnard Tamale Festival will be headlined with local favorites such as CHICO & TIERRA.

Proceeds will go to support local recreation programming including
Oxnard City Corps.

For more information, please contact the event at (805) 766-4906 or visit our website at www.oxnardtamalefest.com

 

Camarillo, CA - The CSU Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) will present two holiday concerts entitled "Make a Joyful Noise," which will also feature the Handbell Choir from Ventura’s First United Methodist Church. The concerts are free and open to the public and admission donations will be accepted.

The first concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. The second concert will be held on Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Malibu Hall 140 on the campus of CSU Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo.

The Channel Islands Choral Association is a class at the University that is open to students, faculty and community members. Dr. KuanFen Liu is the Artistic Director, a member of CI’s music faculty, and the conductor of CICA. Liu and the choir perform at concerts and make many appearances at different community venues. The Handbell Choir is directed by Miriam Arichea.

Limited parking is available on campus. A daily permit is $6. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the VISTA Bus to the campus; the fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information, contact Dr. KuanFen Liu at 805-278-0375, kuanfen.liu@csuci.edu, or 805-484-6601.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research.

 
December 4 and December 11, 2011

SANTA PAULA, CA – In appreciation of the support shown by the community throughout the year, the Santa Paula Art Museum will host two free events during the month of December, celebrating the spirit of the holiday season! The first, a “Holiday Celebration” will be held on December 4, 2011 from 2 to 4 PM. On December 11, 2011, the Museum will host a book signing from 2 to 4 PM featuring seven talented local authors.

The Holiday Celebration on December 4 will feature festive food and drink and entertainment will be provided by carolers from the Isbell Middle School Choir. All are invited to gather around the Museum Christmas Tree and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays with family, friends and neighbors. “We are excited that this event will allow us to say thank you and happy holidays to our friends and supporters,” says Museum Director Jennifer Heighton, “and the Museum is quite a special place when it’s decorated and filled with holiday music.”

The book signing on December 11 will include local authors Joan Blacher, Joe Garcas, Al Guilin, Jannette Jauregui, Bill Nash, Mitch Stone and Pam Strange. Their subjects range from local history to fictional mysteries to children’s stories.
Copies of their books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store and make for perfect holiday reading as well as gifts!

The Santa Paula Art Museum and the Museum Store are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and on Sundays from 12 PM to 4 PM. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. For more information on upcoming events and current exhibits call the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org

 
Ryan Hunnewell and Shannon Scobey
Ryan Hunnewell and Shannon Scobey
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Camarillo, CA - Two CSU Channel Islands students won top honors at the 2011 CSU Media Arts Festival held Nov. 13 at CSU Fullerton. It is the ninth consecutive year that CI students have earned top honors.

Shannon Scobey, a 2011 graduate in art from Thousand Oaks, and Ryan Hunnewell, a senior art major from Simi Valley, were awarded the Rosebud (first place) award for their video game “Storybook Adventure.” Scobey and Hunnewell will each also receive a $500 cash prize.

Hunnewell also received a 3rd place award in the Interactive Media category for his website: “Cortex Clothing,” and 3rd place for his video “Excuses” in the Experimental Video category.

The annual event allows CSU students to present their film, video, and interactive media work for critical review. A total of 131 student entries from the CSU system were received and judged by a panel of faculty as well as industry experts who chose 39 finalists for award competition within nine categories: animation, documentary, experimental, interactive, music video, narrative, television, feature screenplay, short screenplay, and the newest category, video game.

The festival, the largest of its kind in California, showcases student work that is chosen as best in the state. The festival also featured seminars with leading industry experts and events to prepare students to pursue careers in the entertainment and media industries. The finalist projects were screened at the Festival and Rosebud award (first place) winners were announced.

Liz King, Associate Professor of Art at CI, who teaches interactive media and web design, stated “CI’s ongoing successes at the statewide Festival has become a source of pride at the University and among students. Both winners—Ryan and Shannon—are art majors who are minoring in computer gaming. This very popular minor gives students a foundation in the artistic, mathematical, psychological, and computer programming tools and techniques relevant to the computer game design and development fields.”

Scobey stated, “I’m very happy that we won at the Media Arts Festival. Majoring in art and computer game design at CI was one of the best decisions I ever made. Combining art and computer programming in video games is fun and creative while also requiring logic, physics and math. After graduating, I now have a great job as a web graphic designer and for that I can credit CSU Channel Islands and all my great professors.”

Hunnewell added, “Being able to take projects that I completed in my classes, whether they are animation or design classes, and enter them into competitions like these has really been a great experience. The work you do in class extends beyond the campus, it becomes your portfolio, and becomes work you will one day show your future employer or client. CI has done a great job of preparing me to enter the workforce and I am confident in my abilities and experiences.”

The Media Arts Festival allows students in the California State University system the opportunity to be judged in professional competition. This gives students the skills necessary for transitioning to professional careers producing films, video, games and interactive media.

Visit http://www.mediaartsfestival.org for a full listing of all award winners, plus videos of the Rosebud Award-winning films. MAF operates under the umbrella of CSU Summer Arts, http://www.csusummerarts.org.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research.

 

“Let’s Break A Few Eggs!”, or in this case, re-use an empty egg carton and make it into a holiday ornament! Cut, glue, sew, paint, anything you like, as long as it is able to be hung from a hook for display!

As in previous years, this competition is open to all members of the community, youth and adult, and there is no charge for entering this competition.

Two Categories: Youth (ages 15 and under) and Adult (over 15 years of age)
Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in both categories.
People’s Choice Award: Visitors to the Harbor Village Gallery can vote for their favorite ornament.
Prizes will baskets of surprise goodies and art materials.
The juror will be Lynn Mikelatos, of The Greek at the Harbor and Margarita Villa.

All ornaments will be offered for sale for $10 each, and all proceeds will go to Wildlife Experience, a local non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of wildlife through community education.

Ornaments not sold will be returned to the artist.

Turn in dates: Ornaments can be turned in at the Harbor Village Gallery, from Nov. 25 through December 8th. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Monday, 12-5 PM.

An Awards Reception will be held on Friday, December 9th, 5-8 PM. Ornament makers, families and friends, and community are invited to attend.

 

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced its next exhibition featuring students’ digital illustration and painting artwork on exhibit through Dec. 1 at CI Exhibitions Gallery.

Using Ray Bradbury’s novel as the source of inspiration, the student artists were tasked with reading “The Illustrated Man,” a collection of 18 short stories published in 1951. Each student artist created two distinct digital based works of art: a poster cover and a visualization depicting a scene, setting, or interaction for their select short story. Each poster is designed in a minimalist style, focusing attention on a central idea, object, or concept. As for the visualization, the student artists were free to explore any style and technique that best helps accomplish their idea.

The CI Exhibitions Gallery is located at 92 Palm Drive in Old Town Camarillo. The gallery is open and free to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, contact the CI Art program at 805-437-8863 or art@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research.

 

What: FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents two full-length performances of the Christmas classical ballet THE NUTCRACKER, performed with The Footwork Community Orchestra and Singers from the ChannelAire Chorus. A free family educational lecture and story time will begin one hour prior to the performance time.

Where: Oxnard Performing Arts Center – 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA

When: General Public
NEW MATINEE TIME! Saturday, December 10th, 2:00 P.M.
Sunday, December 11th, 2:00 P.M.

Outreach Performances
Friday, December 9th
10:00 A.M. for Elementary Students
NEW! 11:30 A.M. for Middle and High School Students
(Please contact your child’s school to encourage this opportunity to see excerpts from THE NUTCRACKER. Call (805) 340-9878 for more information.)
Cost: $5 per ticket, or free for Title I schools

Who: Footworks Youth Ballet, Kirsten Oakley, Artistic Director

Tickets: $12, $20, $25
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (805) 340-9878 / www.footworksyouthballet.org

The Nutcracker is a favorite amongst both children and adults. A traditional holiday party and a very “typical” sibling rivalry set the stage for an entertaining fantasy to the Land of Sweets. With a cast of 80, Footworks Youth Ballet’s 8th production of The Nutcracker will dazzle audiences with its colorful costumes, professional sets and a live orchestra and choir. Join Footworks Youth Ballet for their Family Educational Hour one hour prior to each show to learn about the production, costumes, ballet history and music. Footworks Youth Ballet is a nonprofit ballet company whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities to young people through the art of ballet.

 

Bee photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher joins veteran beekeeper Bill Weinerth as they share their enthusiasm for honeybees, on December 10 at 3:00 pm at the Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. The museum has its own working beehive for visitors to observe.

Weinerth has been a beekeeper for more than 50 years, and will talk about the past, present, and future of honeybees, describe his methods, and show the tools of his unusual trade. In contrast, Fisher is a fine artist who became fascinated with bees, and she will present her extreme close-up photography of them, taken with a scanning electron microscope. Her bee images are on exhibition at the museum through January 29. Admission to the Museum includes the bee presentations, and is $4 adults, $3 seniors, and $1 children 6-17. Children under 6 are admitted free, as are Members of the Museum of Ventura County, of which the Agriculture Museum is a satellite.

The museum includes eight vintage tractors, dating from 1914 to 1955, including one upon which children can sit. Exhibits using rare historical photographs and interactive elements tell the story of Ventura County’s farming and ranching tradition.

The Agriculture Museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, beside the railroad tracks and across from the depot in downtown historic Santa Paula. For more information, call 805-525-3100, or go to www.venturamuseum.org.

 
All day holiday festivities to be held at Channel Islands Harbor

OXNARD, CA - Channel Islands Harbor kicks off the holidays with its 46th annual holiday Parade of Lights 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Dec. 10, with the parade beginning at 7 p.m. This year’s theme: Tropical Holidays. Everyone is invited to enjoy a full day of holiday activities and watch festively decorated boats in the parade.

Kids can play in 36 tons of snow falling at the north end of Harborview Park, off Harbor Blvd. near Marine Emporium Landing, beginning at 10 a.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. There will also be holiday arts and crafts vendors starting at 4 p.m.

Santa and his reindeer will ride through the sky at 7 p.m. to mark the beginning of the parade. The parade starts in front of Peninsula Park and heads to the Main Channel, turns at Hobie Beach, loops in front of the launch ramp then heads back to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and repeats the route for a second run. The parade can be viewed from parks and walkways that line the route as well as from most Harbor restaurants. To view the parade from the water, contact A&M Charters at (805) 204-0977.

To participate in the parade, download an entry form from www.channelislandsharbor.org. To adopt a boat to be in the parade, contact Bill Conroy at the Ventura County Maritime Museum at (805) 984-6260. Any size boat can register for the Parade of Lights.

Parade participants can take part in various decorating contests and compete for awards.

For more information on the Parade of Lights visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.

Channel Islands Harbor serves as a center of recreation, boating, shopping and water sports activities. The harbor is home to three yacht clubs and nine full-service marinas that provide berths for 2,150 boats. It also hosts the Ventura County Maritime Museum. Located at Fisherman’s Wharf, the museum is a cultural center dedicated to the interpretation of maritime history through interactive exhibits and educational outreach.

 

Camarillo, CA - The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host Thomas P. Smith, Chairman of the Board and co-founder of TASER International, during their fall speaker series to be held on Friday, Dec. 2, from 12 to 2 p.m. in Salon A on the CI campus. The event includes lunch and is free and open to the public.

As co-founder of the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic control devices, Smith is credited with founding a start-up company of seven employees in 1993 to one with more than 350 employees that manufacturers and innovates technology used by more than 16,200 international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. military.

The speaker series programs are sponsored by the Business Advisory Council of the MVS School of Business & Economics.

Please RSVP by visiting http://business.csuci.edu/events.htm. For additional information contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 or merissa.stith@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research.

 
See Three Years of Gifts From Museum’s Collectors Council

Generous gifts made to the Museum of Ventura County by its Collectors Council will be on exhibit at the museum from December 4, 2011 through February 12, 2012. Expanding the Collections: Gifts from the Collectors Council includes sculpture, paintings, and rare historical documents and photographs. The Collectors Council was formed only three years ago, but has since purchased or contributed toward many important additions to the museum collections.

Historical purchases on exhibit include pieces from a John Nichols collection of photographs and documents related to the 1928 Saint Francis Dam Disaster, and two books by Robert H. Becker containing colorful reproductions of diseños (hand-drawn maps) of early Californio ranchos, 1822-1846, taken from the records of the United States District Court in San Francisco.

The exhibition also includes artwork by photographer Horace Bristol; sculptor Michele Chapin; painters John Nava and Susan Petty; and ceramic artist Cheryl Ann Thomas. Several issues of Joe Cardella’s ARTLIFE magazine will be on display. The Collectors Council, with help from the museum’s Fine Arts Committee, purchased the full run of the magazine, making the Museum of Ventura County the only museum in the United States with a complete set of this unique assemblage of artists’ work.

The Collectors Council was established in 2009 to support the growth of the Museum of Ventura County’s permanent collections. Council members attend private receptions and participate in informative artist studio visits throughout the year to view and discuss possible acquisitions recommended by museum staff for the fine art, history, and library collections .At a final meeting, the Council makes its decision through an anonymous voting process. For more information about joining the Collectors Council, please contact Development Director Robin Woodworth at (805) 653-0323 x 309.

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. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 
Ashleigh Norman of Fillmore with her award winning painting, "The Message." Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Ashleigh Norman of Fillmore with her award winning painting, "The Message." Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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“Ojai Celebrates Art IV” was held on Ojai Day, 2011 at the Ojai Valley Museum
Valerie Freeman of Ojai with her award winning ceramic sculpture,
Valerie Freeman of Ojai with her award winning ceramic sculpture, "Blue Bolt." Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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Oatley Kidder with her award winning sculpture,
Oatley Kidder with her award winning sculpture, "Woman, a Work in Progress." Fred Kidder, Photographer
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The Ojai Valley Museum's final exhibit of the year, “Ojai Celebrates Art IV,” features three award winners offering visitors an experience in three different media - clay, luminous oil paint, and the world's heaviest wood. Museum Director Michele Pracy announced the prizes on Ojai Day in October. The exhibit continues through December 31, 2011. A panel of distinguished art professionals judged and selected the winners: Anca Colbert, art dealer and appraiser; Theodore Gall, international sculptor; and William Hendricks, photographer and professor.

Valerie Freeman of Ojai won the first place award for her ceramic sculpture, "Blue Bolt." This wonderfully alive baby horse is executed in the one fire clay technique Freeman learned in a workshop with Harvard ceramicist Allison Newsome at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. The sculptor has to work very rapidly, shaping the clay both inside and outside simultaneously, then firing it while still wet. The viewer can feel the horse emerging out of a lump of clay into the horse form. You can virtually see the push and pull of her fingers in the clay. Newborn from the sculptor’s hands, the little foal stands on splayed legs, and in a moment of sudden energy, turns its head to bit and itching back. The dynamic surge of the modeling, the cobalt blue glaze, and the artist's lightning fast inspiration, all add up to the title's bolt from the blue.

Ashleigh Norman of Fillmore won second place for "The Message," an oil painting in the magic realist tradition. Working with her fascination for dreams and puzzles, Norman creates an experience of mystery and ambiguity. In the foreground her self-portrait is deeply still, bathed in an otherworldly light, but her hair is streaming to one side. Is it moving in a strong wind or in some unknown force? The viewer sees what seem to be ordinary objects, but a closer look reveals strange energies. An antique Victrola casts an ominous shadow, but where is the light coming from? If there is a message, why is the record on the Victrola broken? What about that wineglass, isn't there a little storm inside of it? One thing the viewer can be sure of, Norman will not tell you. Her art is about letting people take from it what they feel and letting the mystery remain.

Oatley Kidder placed third with "Woman, a Work in Progress." Carved in lignum vitae, a wood valued for its hardness and durability, the sculpture was developed over a long period of time, as the artist carved out the figures hidden in the material. "Woman" in the title is the essence of the gender, and the different figures circling the sculpture emerge in various phases of development. Kidder purposely leaves chisel marks to give a feeling of the power and strength that was demanded in her sculpting process. She is particularly drawn to the unique texture of lignum vitae, which she describes as waxy, like very hard butter. The viewer's experience is intensely tactile and at the same time not confined to a specific interpretation.

The winning artworks in “Ojai Celebrates Art IV” were selected from among 60 entries. The artists themselves graciously provided interviews describing their creative process for this article. We hope that their passion for art will inspire anyone in town during the remainder of the year to enjoy the exhibit.

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, and the Rotary Club of Ojai.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2011 members, adults - $4.00, students - 18 and under - $1.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 1 to 4 pm; Saturday, 10 to 4 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm. The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Tours are available by appointment.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, e-mail ojaimuseum@sbcglobal.net or visit the museum website at http://www.ojaivalleymuseum.org/

 
Students select peers for Sankta Lucia tradition

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The annual Sankta Lucia Festival will be held at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University.

The dramatic Swedish ceremony, which has been part of the university’s holiday celebrations since its early years, pays homage to the Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13, 304 A.D. Swedish immigrants brought the tradition to America. The festival honors the character traits of mercy, humility and purity of heart, as seen in the Beatitudes written in the Gospel of Matthew.

CLU’s undergraduate students select five female and five male representatives whose depth of character and faith make them leaders in the CLU community. Lucia, her attendants and their escorts will enter to an ancient hymn and read an adaptation of the legend then the attendants will light the candles in Lucia’s crown.

The Office of Campus Ministry is sponsoring the free event.

The chapel is located near the corner of Olsen Road and Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks. Parking is available in the lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard. For more information, call the Office of Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228.

 

Animal sculpture by Albert Stewart, one of America’s foremost sculptors of the 20th century, will be on exhibition at the Museum of Ventura County from December 4, 2011 through February 12, 2012.

Animalia: Works by Albert Stewart, Modern Master includes pieces from the collection of Stewart’s daughter, Patricia Stewart Jump of Ventura. Animals were a recurring theme during the prolific career of this artist, nationally known for his animal and architectural sculpture. Stewart’s work can be found on major public buildings throughout the United States. Among his most visible commissions are the facade figures on the Los Angeles County Courthouse, created in 1956, and the stone figures on the Scottish Rite Temple on Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard, completed in 1960. Ventura County residents can also see his work at Our Lady of the Assumption Church on Telegraph Road in Ventura, where he created the Stations of the Cross and two side altar figures.

Stewart also influenced generations of sculptors through teaching. In 1939 he was appointed to head the sculpture program at Scripps College in Claremont, California, where he remained until his death in 1965.
Museum of Ventura County’s exhibitions opening December 4 and running through February 12 also include Simms Taback: Making Pictures For Children, a retrospective of original illustrations by the children’s book author and illustrator; and Expanding The Collections: Gifts From the Collectors Council, featuring recent acquisitions.

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. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.