SANTA PAULA, CA – Become an Arctic explorer at the City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum by discovering “Polar View: A Look at Our Changing Arctic”, an original and interactive exhibit premiering March 18 and open through June 24, 2012 (1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula 93060, Adults $4, Seniors $3, Youth (6-17) $1). Experience the sights and sounds of the Arctic in this multi-dimensional exhibit which includes icebergs, interactive displays, a life-size polar bear model and historic Inuit artifacts!

“The Museum’s largest gallery will essentially be transformed into the Arctic Circle as we have recreated many aspects of the Arctic environment. For those of us who may never have a chance to visit the real thing, the exhibit provides a wonderful opportunity to experience Arctic life only a few miles from home”, explains Museum Director, Jeanne Orcutt. Visitors can learn about the native peoples and culture, Arctic wildlife, sea ice, and how this most mysterious region on Earth is transforming.

In addition to stunning photographic imagery and the latest scientific data on Arctic change, the Museum will be filled with the sounds of Arctic life, both human and wild, making “Polar View” a complete experience. Home to millions of people and animals, the Arctic Circle is a severe but beautiful habitat, which must be adapted to in order to survive. Learn if you have what it takes to be an Arctic explorer at the California Oil Museum.

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

WHAT: Polar View: A Look at Our Changing Arctic, an interactive exhibit

WHEN: March 18 through June 24, 2012 (Museum hours: Wednesday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM)

WHERE: 1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 (Museum admission: $4.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors, $1.00 Youth (6-17))

WHY: To experience what life is like in the Arctic Circle



The Gizmo Guys master jugglers bring their high-energy performance to the Museum of Ventura County’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion on Saturday, April 21, at 3:00 p.m.

Known for their humor as well as technique, The Gizmo Guys tour worldwide, having, appeared in more than 2,500 live performances. Admission to The Gizmo Guys event at the Museum of Ventura County is $15 for adults, $10 for children and includes admission to all galleries before and after the performance, until 5:00 p.m. Museum members’ price is $10, and $5 for children. The performance is best for adults and children ages four and older. Seating is limited. Paid reservations should be made at (805) 653-0323 x 7.

New York residents Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker formed The Gizmo Guys in 1987,and.have taught juggling at the French and Canadian National Circus Schools. Jacobs was a co-founder of the comedy group Slap Happy, instructed at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College, and won an International Jugglers Association Solo Championship. Felker performed with The Harlem Globetrotters and later settled and performed extensively in Europe. Prior to The Gizmo Guys, Felker was half of the Dynamotion Jugglers duo.

The Gizmo Guys is the second in the Museum of Ventura County’s new Family Fun At The Museum series of live performances. The museum is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura, and is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.


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Photograhp by Roger Conrad.
Photograhp by Roger Conrad.
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On Sunday, March 11th, the Ojai Valley Museum will host their first TOWN TALK of 2012. The title of the enrichment program is “Glass as Art,” and is organized in conjunction with the current exhibition “American Glass Works,” which closes April 1.

The purpose of the afternoon’s panel discussion is to explore, with five of the seven exhibiting artists in the show, glass as an art medium and why the artists prefer working in this material. The Ojai, Ventura, and Oak View based artist panel includes: Brian Berman, Robert Eyberg, Doug Lochner, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, and Michael Zelcer.

Michele Ellis Pracy, Museum Director and Curator of “American Glass Works,” will be the moderator. Her questions will create dialog among the artist panelists, as well as allow each artist a voice about the work they create. The program will begin at 2 p.m., and then conclude at 3:30 p.m., after which artists and audience can visit the exhibit for more personalized questions about pieces in the show.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Reservations are suggested, as seating is limited. Check, cash or credit cards accepted. For more information or to reserve your place call: 805 640-1390, ext. 203. 2011 Museum Members – Free and Non-Members - $8.

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.

Payment accepted by check, cash or credit card.


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Program features continuous rotation of music

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present itssecond annual PRISM Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in Samuelson Chapel.

A continuous rotation of music will allow the audience to hear the complete spectrum of wind and percussion music during the concert.

The varied program will feature performances by the University Wind Ensemble, the Chamber Winds Ensemble, the CLU Trombone and Euphonium Choir, and the CLU Saxophone Quartet. Michael Hart, CLU’s director of bands, will conduct.

The concert will open with David Maslanka’s powerful fanfare “Mother Earth.” The Chamber Winds Ensemble will perform Mozart’s famous Serenade No. 12 in C minor K. 388 and the Trombone and Euphonium Choir will perform “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl. The Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of works including the “Candide Suite” by Leonard Bernstein, “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Grainger and the “Andante” from Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1. The concert will close with Aaron Copland’s beautiful “The Promise of Living” from “The Tender Land.”

Donations will be accepted.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit

Wyant Morton directing CLU Choir
Wyant Morton directing CLU Choir
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Performances begin and end in Thousand Oaks

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Choir will open and close its 2012 Spring Concert Tour with performances in Thousand Oaks.

The choir will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Ascension Lutheran Church and at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in CLU’s Samuelson Chapel. From March 31 through April 5, the choir will present sixconcerts throughout California and Arizona.

The varied program will include music by 17th-century German composer Johann Pachelbel and contemporary American composers HowardHelvey, Adolphus Hailstork, Morten Lauridsen and Pulitzer Prize-winner DavidLang. CLU senior Ryan Townsend Strand, a music major from Minnetonka, Minn., will conduct the premiere performances of his composition, “A Sunrise.” The program will conclude with hymns, carols, spirituals and gospel songs.

Junior theatre arts major Jessica Butenshon of Astoria, Ore., and sophomore theatre arts major Sarah de la Garrigue of Agoura Hills are the featured soloists.

Wyant Morton, chair of the music department, will conduct the 54-voice choir. Morton is entering his 20th year as the choir’s conductor, a position held by only two others in the choir’s 50-year history.

The CLU Choir is the university’s premier choral ensemble. It has toured throughout the United States and last year performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. International tours have included performances in England, Italy, Norway and Sweden. The choir has performed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and Coventry and York Minster cathedrals in England.

The choir has earned a reputation for its commitment to performing the finest in choral literature from all eras in the original languages. While dedicated to performing works that represent the university’s Lutheran heritage, the choir also embraces innovative new music and songs that express a multicultural perspective.

While several choir members are music majors, the ensemble reflects the diverse interests and disciplines of the student body.

The CLU Women’s Chorale will join the choir for the CLU concert.

All of the concerts are free. Donations will be accepted.

Ascension Lutheran Church is located at 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive. Samuelson Chapel is south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive.

For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit

“Succulents and Lemons” watercolor on paper, 11” x 14”, by Gail Faulkner.
“Succulents and Lemons” watercolor on paper, 11” x 14”, by Gail Faulkner.
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Her muse is a stickler for accuracy, says Ventura artist Gail Faulkner, which is why her upcoming solo show at the Buenaventura Gallery is titled “Every Little Detail.”

Faulkner paints crisp watercolor still life that she composes from the fruits of nature and her own eclectic collection of baskets and other containers. Examples of her meticulous work will be on display March 27-April 21 at the downtown Ventura gallery. An opening reception will be 4-7 p.m. March 31.

She took art courses throughout school, Faulkner says, but put art aside for a career in the medical field. In her 30s, she left that to again pursue her love of art at the Philadelphia College of Art and at Sanski Art Center in Haddonfield, N.J. She moved to California, took more art studies at UCLA, and began a successful second career as a graphic designer.

Faulkner found her passion for watercolors rather recently at painting workshops, studying over the past eight years with such accomplished artists and teachers as Norman Kirk and Paul Jackson, and has been painting in earnest about five years. In that short time, she’s collected numerous awards, including first place in watercolors three times running at the Santa Paula Society for the Arts’ annual show.

Capturing minute details and rendering light and shadow are favorite parts of her creative process, Faulkner says, but also the most challenging. She “paints tight,” she says, and though she earlier fought the tendency, now realizes it’s hers. Many paintings are of objects placed on highly reflective tables, which doubles the challenges.

Faulkner’s realistic tableaux will be exhibited at the Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit their website at


The two boys: Catcher is John Ferraro, batter is Jack Wolff

The two pointers are Theresa Wegher-Thompson and Guillermo Rodriguez-Rivas, and the one in the middle is Jack Wolff

The boy dancing is Douglass Shao the girl playing ball is Katlin Hughes. 

Photos by Victoria Sayeg
The two boys: Catcher is John Ferraro, batter is Jack Wolff The two pointers are Theresa Wegher-Thompson and Guillermo Rodriguez-Rivas, and the one in the middle is Jack Wolff The boy dancing is Douglass Shao the girl playing ball is Katlin Hughes. Photos by Victoria Sayeg
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(l-r) Kaitlin Gates, Lauren Alexander, Deanna Bitterly, and trophy holder Caris Kozak.
(l-r) Kaitlin Gates, Lauren Alexander, Deanna Bitterly, and trophy holder Caris Kozak.
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THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Audiences are about to find out the story of Cinderella’s long-lost twin brother Bob when Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players present TWINDERELLA. Four performances only will be held on March 17 & 24 at 1:00 and 3:00 PM in the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.

The Hillcrest Players is an opportunity for young people ages 7 to 14 to perform one-act plays for a short run. “About a year ago, I read Twinderella for the first time and loved the ridiculous mix of fairy tale and modern living,” says Director Barbara Wegher-Thompson. “I always look forward to the energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and talent that the casts bring to these ridiculously funny scripts. The process is always a joy and the product is always something the kids can be proud of.”

Generally Hillcrest Players perform on another company’s set; this time sharing the stage with GILBERT & SULLIVANS’ UTOPIA, LIMITED, a show that takes place on an island. They looked into tropical titles, but the selection was slim so they chose to go for a really strong and fun title and work out the set design later. “Hillcrest Players shows are fun and silly anyway; our excited audiences suspend reality enough to believe unabashedly in enchanted guinea pigs and running bases in glass footwear, what’s adding a pair of thrones to some sand dunes?” says Assistant Director Victoria Sayeg.

Twinderella, by Charlie Lovett, is the winner of the 2004 Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest. Who knew that Cinderella and Bob have been living in the same kingdom and with different wicked stepfamilies! While Cinderella is being made to rotate tires and polish bowling trophies, Bob's evil stepfather and cruel stepbrothers force him to make dried herb wreaths and organize their sock drawers. Thank goodness that Linda the UPS Lady arrives with invitations from the Kingdom of Wychwood-under-Ooze; however, Cinderella and Bob are both forbidden to attend the festivities. What fairytale would be complete without both a Fairy Godmother and Godfather, two enchanted guinea pigs and a lot of luck? Audience members will also be surprised with a kingdom-wide baseball game, a princess’ birthday ball and find out who hits the game-winning home run!

TWINDERELLA is produced by Scott Buchanan. “We have an incredible parent volunteer, Karen Togno, who is beginning to turn two pretty young ladies into New Jersey guinea pigs,” says Buchanan. “If you’re wondering what, exactly, that looks like… so am I.”

The cast of 26 is comprised of young performers from the greater Conejo Valley. Hillcrest Players gives young people an opportunity to flex their artistic muscles in a less demanding arena than a full-length production. The one-act plays provide young performers with a positive experience to increase self-esteem, self-awareness and self-discipline.

Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased by calling 805-381-2747 or at There is a 10% discount for groups of ten or more.

The Young Artists Ensemble will complete its 31st Family Theatre Season, with THE NEVERENDING STORY, May 4 – 20, 2012. The company has received many accolades in the past 31 years including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts. Most recently, it received Best Innovative Program 2011, Large District from the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts. Its annual Teen Summer Musical is held at the Janet & Ray Scherr Forum, at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

WHAT: TWINDERELLA – We've all heard the story of Cinderella a thousand times, but we've never heard about Bob, her long lost twin brother! On the night that Cinderella crashes Princess Petunia's birthday ball, Bob has similar designs on Prince Percy's kingdom-wide baseball game. When the two strangers disappear at midnight, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat!

WHEN: Performances: March 17 & 24, 2012:
Saturday, March 17 at 1:00pm and 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 at 1:00pm and 3:00 pm

WHERE: Hillcrest Center for the Arts
403 W. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA

HOW: (805) 381-1246 or

TICKETS: Reserved: $10

Groups of ten or more receive a discount of 10% if purchased in a single transaction

OTHER: Free parking is always available. Accessible seating available by calling (805) 381-1246. Assisted Listening devices available in the Box Office.


"silhouette i" by Wana Klasen, mixed media on canvas. Exhibit runs through may 5, 2012 at i capelli salon 1920 east main street Ventura, California. Please join us for a reception Saturday March 17, 2012 at 6:00-8:00 pm.
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Polito best known for roles in Coen brothers’ films
Jon Polito
Jon Polito

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Actor Jon Polito will talk to California Lutheran University students and community members from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, as part of the “Conversations With …” series.

The informal discussion on the craft of acting will be held in the Preus-Brandt Forum on the Thousand Oaks campus. Actor, writer and director Markus Flanagan, who teaches at CLU, will be the moderator for a one-hour talk followed by aquestion-and-answer session with the audience.

A veteran of more than 100 films, Polito is most recognized from his film work with the Coen brothers including roles in “Miller’s Crossing,” “Barton Fink,” “The Big Lebowski” and “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” He also appeared in “The Crow,” “The Tailor of Panama,” “Big Nothing,” “Death of a Salesman,” “The Freshman” and the 2007 blockbuster “American Gangster.”

Polito, who is in remission from cancer, has also appeared in more than 50 television shows. He was a series regular on the critically acclaimed “Homicide, Life on the Street,” Michael Mann’s “Crime Story,” Syfy’s “The Chronicle” and Steven Bochco’s “Raising The Bar.” Notable guest-starring roles include the befuddled landlord Sylvio on “Seinfield” and his only role as a woman, Rhonda on “The Chris Isaak Show.”

He starred on Broadway with Faye Dunaway in “Curse of an Aching Heart” and with Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich in the 1985 Tony award-winning revival of “Death Of a Salesman.” Politoreceived the Best Actor OBIE Award in 1980 for his work in five very different off-Broadway performances and the Maverick Spirit Award at the 2005 Cinequest Film Festival for outstanding achievement in film and television in recognition of his full body of work.

The “Conversations With …” talks provide theater arts students and other aspiring actors with advice from professionals. They take the approach laid out in Flanagan’s book, “One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide,” which explains how to make it in the business of acting while staying sane and focused.

Donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the CLU Theatre Arts Department.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard. For more information, call 805-493-3415 or email

Picking Crew, Limoneira Ranch, 1905.
Picking Crew, Limoneira Ranch, 1905.
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How Green Is Our Valley?

Ten years of research by historians Judy Triem and Mitch Stone helped make the Santa Clara Valley eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the valley on Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m., when they share their findings at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. The presentation will illustrate how the Santa Clara Valley is a visual record of the evolution of agriculture in Ventura County, from dry farming to citriculture and beyond. Triem and Stone will focus on the architecture of farmhouses, barns and outbuildings, as well as row crops, orchards and water features, all of which serve to explain and define the cultural landscape.

The talk is included in the price of museum general admission; museum members are free. Seating is limited; call (805) 525-3100 for reservations. Copies of the Easton Press book, “The Santa Clara Valley of Ventura County,” for which Judy Triem wrote the history, will be available for purchase.

Historians Triem and Stone have worked extensively in Ventura County and are principals in San Buenaventura Research Associates, which specializes in historic resources evaluations for compliance with state and federal environmental requirements, and the production of historic property surveys and documents to support historic preservation planning.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California, in their historic downtown, near the Depot and next to the railroad tracks. Hours are 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. On first Sundays of the month, general admission is always free. For more information, go to or call (805) 525-3100.


Sade Champagne Presents:
Ventura County’s 3rd Annual Rising Star Dance Competition

Date: Saturday March 10th, 2012
Show Time: 6:30pm
$10 per person, all ages show

Location: Buena High School Auditorium
5670 Telegraph Road
Ventura, California 93003

Charity Supporting:
Destined to Live the Good Life Children’s Orphanage
Official Spokesperson: Sade Champagne
501 (C) (3) Nonprofit Organization

Celebrity Guests Co-Hosts: Adam Whittington & Madisen Hill

Celebrity Guest Judges Include: Drew Seeley, Temara Melek, Sir Charles, Tammy Fey, & Nesa Kovacs

Official Facebook Page Invite:

-Sade Champagne
Twitter: @SadeChampagne

Exhibit showcases the best student works

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The CLUFest 2012 Multimedia Showcase slated from March 17 through April 14 will feature the best in digital and interactive media created by California Lutheran University students.

“Multimedia is the Future” is the theme for this year’s CLUFest presented in Soiland Humanities Center. The show features works in graphic design, photography, animation, visual effects, interactive design and digital cinema selected from the portfolios of multimedia majors.

The center is located on the south side of Memorial Parkway at Regent Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondaythrough Saturday.

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


SANTA PAULA, CA – Then and Now: A Look Back at the Santa Paula Art Show opens at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, on Saturday, March 3, 2012 with an opening reception from 4 – 6 p.m. For more information please call the Museum at 805-525-5554 or email

With the approach of the 75th anniversary of the famous Santa Paula Art Show (which opens at the Blanchard Community Library on March 13, 2012), the Museum is opening Then and Now: A Look Back at the Santa Paula Art Show. It is a juried art show set to emulate the very first Santa Paula Art Show which had a stipulation that all of the works submitted be of subject matter within an 8 mile radius of Santa Paula. There will be exploration of what in our local landscape has changed and what has stayed the same. “We had an overwhelming response from artists far and wide”, said Jennifer Heighton, Executive Director and Curator at the Museum. “Over 100 artworks were carefully juried by the Museum’s curatorial staff. I think our visitors will love the exhibit, there are some really beautiful and fascinating pieces”. There will be approximately 40 pieces hanging in the exhibit which will be featured in the Douglas Shively Memorial Gallery. All artworks will be for sale and proceeds will directly benefit the Santa Paula Art Museum.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is the repository and exhibition hall for the Santa Paula Collection. Containing over 300 pieces, among the collection’s most famous artists are the works of the Botkes, both Jessie Arms and Cornelis. Some of the other represented plein air artists are Robert Clunie, Al Dempster, Ralph Holmes, Paul Lauritz, Emil Kosa, Jr., Douglas Shively and Milford Zornes. The valuable assemblage represents the accumulation of award winning entries in the Santa Paula Art Show which began in 1937. It remains the oldest juried show in California and the Collection is recognized as one of the finest of its kind in the state. Also featured are rotating exhibits of contemporary and local artists. Through the generous support of the Limoneira Company we occupy their historic 10th Street Building. The classic two-story structure was designed by famed local architect Roy Wilson, Sr. and was built in 1924. It was designed to accommodate Limoneira’s headquarters.

The exhibit will run until July 8th, 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.

HeidiValencia Vas to release second album in spring
Valencia Vas
Valencia Vas

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Soprano Heidi Valencia Vas will present a free concert of Latin-inspired works at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in California Lutheran University’s Samuelson Chapel.

Vas, whose second album is due out this spring, will sing “Chants d’Auvergne” by Joseph Canteloube. Though these pieces are inspired by the folk music of a French province, the language and themes exhibit Spanish influence. Since they are normally performed with a symphony orchestra, this will be a rare opportunity to hear them in an intimate setting.

Thesoprano, who likes to push the boundaries of her vocal classification, also will present the “Siete Canciones,” a traditionally mezzo-soprano song set by Manuel de Falla, as well as an aria written by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Vas will be accompanied by Liz Helms on piano and Edward Trybek on guitar.

In addition to her opera, recital and oratorio credits, the versatile performer and CLU adjunct faculty member has been featured in summer stock and regional and off-Broadway theatrical productions. She has been a featured soloist with The Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and made guest appearances with many groups including the New Rochelle Opera, the Palm Springs Opera Guild and the Masterworks Chorale.

Vas studied dramatic acting and speech at Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in New York City. She earned music degrees at Westminster Choir College and the University of Southern California, where she also taught.

She released her debut album, “Reflections,” which was recorded with the Budapest Symphony, in 2007. That summer her first single was a top-10 hit on the ACQB adult contemporary chart.

Vas currently tours with her ensemble, teaches voice and sings with Areté Vocal Ensemble, a professional ensemble in residence at CLU. She is the co-founding director of the CLU Summer Vocal Institute and music director at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks.

Donations will be accepted.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit


Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio is pleased to announce that they are presenting Transport Theatre Company’s upcoming 2012 season on the main stage at OYES. Founded in 2006 by Linda Livingston and John Proctor, Transport Theatre Company will be producing three shows beginning in May with An Evening of One Acts by Harold Pinter.

The Dumb Waiter, directed by Livingston, and The Lover, directed by Taylor Kasch, will open on Friday, May 25th, and run for three consecutive weekends, closing on Sunday, June 10th. Livingston, who earned an Ovation Nomination in 2007 for her portrayal of Dr. Vivian Bearing in the Pulitzer Prize winning Wit, will also star in The Lover.

In August, Transport Theatre will produce The Provoked Wife, a Restoration era comedy of manners by seventeenth century British playwright John Vanbrugh. The Provoked Wife will be directed by Rick Kuhlman and open on Friday, August 10th , and run through Sunday, August 26th.

The final production of Transport Theatre’s 2012 season will be the musical parody Judy’s Scary Little Christmas, by James Webber and David Church with music by Joe Patrick Ward. Opening on Friday, December 7th , Judy’s Scary Little Christmas will run through Sunday, December 23rd.

Season subscriptions to Transport Theatre’s 2012 season are available now, and single show tickets to An Evening of One Acts by Harold Pinter will go on sale beginning in April. For more information on subscribing to Transport Theatre Company’s 2012 season, call the offices at Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio at 805-646-4300.

“Pirate’s Prayer: And This Time It Will Be Different”

Exhibition Runs March 1 – April 4 in the Art Gallery at Napa Hall

Camarillo, CA - The CSU Channel Islands (CI) Art Program will be hosting the debut of “Pirate’s Prayer: And This Time It Will Be Different,” an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Los Angeles artist Phoebe Sarason. The works will be on display in the Art Gallery at Napa Hall, the University’s premier art exhibition space, from Thursday, March 1, through Wednesday, April 4. A free public reception will be held on Saturday, March 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Sarason’s latest exhibition is the culmination of a six-year project that combines paintings, sculptures, sewn objects and one 7-foot rabbit. “Pirate’s Prayer” invites the audience to walk through a dreamlike fairy tale where rabbits burrow in frosting, an unmanned pirate ship glides across the midnight sea, and the continual appearance of a little pink house ignites in flames, sending billows of smoke into a haunting sky. Sarason’s colorful canvases are shaped into organic, feminine forms inspired by old perfume bottles, curvaceous layer cakes and voluptuous ornate frames.

“It’s like walking into the middle of a dream,” Sarason said. “It’s a story that spreads across the room, instead of in a book. I see it as both a surrealistic fairy tale and a personal narrative.”

Sarason’s work is widely exhibited throughout Los Angeles and New York and collected throughout the world. Though based in Los Angeles, Sarason also lives and works part-time in Sayulita, Mexico. An artist in constant motion from earliest memory, Sarason's creative path took her to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied film and television production. She interned on “Saturday Night Live” and “Good Morning America” and ultimately carried her interest in storytelling into her paintings and installations. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from California State University, Los Angeles.

The Art Gallery at Napa Hall is located on Ventura Street on the CI campus, One University Drive, Camarillo. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, visit, or contact the Art program at 805-437-8570 or

For more information on Sarason and her work, visit

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.


The California Oil Museum, in collaboration with the John Nichols Gallery (, is pleased to present “Memories of Cuba: Vintage and Contemporary Photographs and Art”. Rare, original photographs and maps dating from 1892 begin a visual journey through the rich history of the island and people of Cuba. In addition to historic and contemporary photographs there are oil paintings and lithographs by contemporary Cuban artists.

Albumen photographs from the 1890s show an almost unspoiled tropical island. Everyday life through the 1920s and up into the 1950s is explored. Very early photographs of the first months of the revolution show Fidel Castro entering Havana. Che Guevara is shown smoking a cigar.

Oil paintings by outsider Cuban artist Bofill reveal his Santeria beliefs. Two contemporary Cuban photographers show black and white photos of their surroundings. Contemporary photos by travelers Lisa Dodge and John Nichols round out the exhibit.

Most of the historic photographs were collected by John Nichols on trips to Cuba in 2002 and 2008. Additional Cuban art and photographs are always being added to the inventory of the John Nichols Gallery. Works in the exhibit are available for sale through

WHO: California Oil Museum and John Nichols Gallery
WHAT: Memories of Cuba: Vintage and Contemporary Photographs and Art Exhibit
WHEN: February 19 through May 6, 2012 (The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm)
WHERE: California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 (Admission is $4.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors, $1.00 Youth (6-17)


Cross Pollination, a mixed media art exhibit at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Old Town Camarillo, will open March 3 with a reception and award ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m.

The exhibit will feature works by 15 artists who have crossed several art techniques and mediums to create something fresh and beautiful. Guests are invited to hear the artists talk about their work at the reception.

Moorpark College studio art professor Cynthia Minet will select the winning pieces.

Participating artists include BJ Fan, Blossom Friel, Karin Geiger, Eileen Hyman, Susan Lasch Krevitt, Arlene Mead, Lucia Grossberger Morales, L. Ford Neale, Gwenlyn Norton, Patricia Post, Peggy Pownall, Bob Privitt, Doug Rucker, Sylvia Torres and Marion Wood.

The exhibit will be open until March 31.

Studio Channel Islands Gallery is open regularly on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Artists’ Studios on 2222 Ventura Boulevard are open to the public on March 3, 10am – 4pm.


The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, "The Voice of the Arts," presents “Connections” in The Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 91360. This exhibition will take place March 1– May 30, 2012. There will be an Artists’ Reception at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts Saturday, April 21, from 4 to 6 pm. The public is invited to attend.

This invitational group show will feature art by eleven artists from Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. There will be a variety of media, include painting, photography, mixed media, fiber art, and sculpture. The title of the exhibition, Connections, refers to artists’ expressing unique interpretations of what connects them to their art form, to their lives, and what inspires them to create.

Exhibiting artists in this show are: Iris Carignan, Sophie Chang, Barry Goldberg, Bob Privett, Carolyn Ryan, of Thousand Oaks; Peter Kelly and Melanie Roschko, Westlake Village; Craig Morton, Agoura; Maggie Kildee, Camarillo; Crystal Michaelson, Venice; and Serena Brooks, Los Angeles.

Co-curators for the Galleria and this show are Janet Amiri and Connie Tunick, both Thousand Oaks artists.

"American Glass Works” exhibit at the Ojai Valley Museum, Photograph by Roger Conrad.
"American Glass Works” exhibit at the Ojai Valley Museum, Photograph by Roger Conrad.
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"Erosion" by Artist, Helle Scharling-Todd, Photograph by Les Dublin.
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“Bolero” by Artist, Michael Zelcer, Photograph by Les Dublin.
“Bolero” by Artist, Michael Zelcer, Photograph by Les Dublin.
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“Gateway Glass” by Artist, Brian Berman, Photograph by Les Dublin.
“Gateway Glass” by Artist, Brian Berman, Photograph by Les Dublin.
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“Fluid And Dynamic
“Fluid And Dynamic" by Artist, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Photograph by Les Dublin.
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"Nest” by Artist, Robert Eyeberg, Photograph by Les Dublin.
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“Geo” by Artist, Douglas Lochner, Photograph by Douglas Lochner.
“Geo” by Artist, Douglas Lochner, Photograph by Douglas Lochner.
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"Wearable Art Detail" by Artist, Teal Rowe, Photograph by Les Dublin.
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What does the Ojai Valley Museum have in common with over 120 museums nationwide? They are all celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Art Glass Movement in 2012; galleries all over the country are full of light and color reflected, refracted, fused and sculpted in glass by inspired and daring artists.

Glassmaking has been around for thousands of years. In 19th and 20th century America glass was produced in a factory setting with large furnaces, manned by teams of workers. However, in 1962, in a workshop held at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, a small glass furnace compatible with the individual art studio was developed. One of the innovators at this workshop, Harvey Littleton, went on to teach pioneering glass artists, among them Dale Chihuly, who founded the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle. It is this school that has nurtured the revolutionary vision of glass artists today. Several of the artists exhibiting in “American Glass Works” have spent time at Pilchuck and worked extensively in Washington State.

The beauty and mystery of glass is part of the heritage of Ojai, because of an east coast business mogul, Edward D. Libbey. Industrialist Libbey rebuilt Ojai in the early 20th century with money he made as the owner of the Libbey Glass manufacturing company in Toledo, Ohio. In his role of philanthropist, he also founded the Toledo Museum of Art, where the studio art glass movement later began. The current exhibit at the Ojai Valley Museum pulls together traditional manufactured glass from the museum's Libbey collection and the radically manipulated glass created by local contemporary artists. It is easy to imagine that Libbey, who was always a visionary thinker, would have been proud to see the progress in the art of glass on view in his beloved Ojai.

The exhibit opened on January 21st with a gala catered reception. The gathering of nearly one hundred people included artists from all over the county, collectors, art patrons and art professionals. There has been an increase in visitors to the museum, and the exhibit continues to draw enthusiastic comments. There are over thirty original glass art works in the exhibit, and each artist's relationship with the fluid and often-difficult medium is a unique story.

Brian Berman did not originally intend to become a sculptor, but when a serious business reversal turned his life upside down, he began working with stone sculpture as therapy. Soon he discovered that, buried like a sculpture within a block of stone, an artist was being born. As his art matured, it increasingly reflected his transformation from conflict to inner wholeness. After 9/11, he saw that this evolution in his sculpture could be used in working for peace in the world. Searching for a way to bring the dimension of light into his work, he traveled to the Czech Republic to study glass casting. Czech artists had developed beautiful optical effects as well as geometric forms inside the glass. In Berman's work, light filling the spaces within the form evokes in the viewer a sense of the peace and grace that follows the resolution of conflict.

Although Robert Eyberg of Ventura is best known for his mastery of stained glass, his most creative new work is represented by the avant-garde pieces in the exhibit. "The Nest" floats in the center of the gallery, and its flame-colored glow seems to hold together the surrounding art, standing like friends warming themselves around a fire. Eyberg pays close attention to his dreams and inner consciousness, and the idea for this piece came to him when he saw a bird's nest in a fellow artist's studio. Inspired to move away from the more masculine, hard-edged forms to open, feminine vessels, he began weaving together glass and wire in an organic way. A similar process is seen in his two "Medicine Bags." It was the form that came first into his consciousness, then later he realized that it was like a medicine bag that Native American shamans wear. Again using otherwise harsh materials like wire and rebar, the form emerged as a container for the spirit, with a central heart.

Until five years ago, Douglas Lochner was the CEO of two highly successful technology companies, and practiced metal sculpture only as a hobby in his spare time. But he reached a turning point in his life, when it became clear to him that he couldn't be a sculptor in the field that attracted him most - public art - and also run his companies. So he took a step unimaginable to most of us, sold his businesses and now devotes himself to sculpture. His daring and sense of seizing the moment makes his artwork highly dynamic. Whether spinning a semi-molten bowl like a glass pizza, or patiently compiling daily notes of his constant experiments, Lochner brings into his art the energy and technical discipline that built his company. His focus on capturing, and then sharing a moment in time, can be seen vividly in his piece, "Azurite": a round, kiln-fused disc is both abstract concept and glass in motion. In the center, a copper inclusion has become translucent in the volcanic temperature.

Teal Rowe attended the Pilchuck Glass School and studied with masters of glass working from Italy. But even the Italians never thought to transform glass sculpture into dresses of wearable fine art. Rowe has sculpted hot glass into clusters of color resembling a sunset in Venice: amethyst, rose, aquamarine and gold encircle the neckline. By the time of the gala, both dresses had been sold. In her exhibit triptych, "Old Irish Limerick," Rowe sculpts heavy chunks of hot, solid core glass into clear, light-filled hands that express the flow of life through the heart. Fused into the sculpture is her memory of a beloved uncle, who taught her as a teenager how to work with her own hands.

Helle Scharling-Todd is a master of the art of mosaic. A native of Denmark, she came to live in Ventura when she married an American biologist. Scharling-Todd works primarily in public art and most of her mosaic installations are found in Europe, but in Ventura County they can be seen at the Avenue Senior Center and the Port Hueneme Library. Influenced by the Bauhaus school of Germany, her art de-clutters forms left over from the past, leaving pure color and shapes full of life. Her unique sandblasted sculptures begin with blocks of ordinary recycled glass. As the artist slowly carves layer after layer into the form, she acts like a natural force to erode a sinuous column. When the viewer moves around the sculpture, light cascades through the layers.

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend has been working in glass for over thirty years, and her works are in major museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She was Artist in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School in 2006 and will be there in May of this year as a Hauberg Fellow. Her work shows the evolution of glass from utility to fine art, as she deliberately deconstructs or embellishes traditional glass vessels. This is particularly well illustrated in the exhibit by the Curator’s placement of her "Vocabware" series in the same exhibit cases with Libbey glass hostess sets from the 1950's. Stinsmuehlen-Amend uses the transparency of clear glass as a metaphor for consciousness, and a stream of images migrate through different genres. In her stained glass folding screen, "Pro Rata Lyricism," she takes a form used in elegant Art Nouveau decor and shatters it into jagged bolts of primary colors punctuated by blown glass roundels.

Michael Zelcer has become, almost by accident, a master of a cold-working art in glass, reverse painting. Although drawn to be a painter in his youth, he made the decision to pursue a more practical career as an architectural designer because of his desire to support a family. Twelve years ago he began experimenting with reverse painting on glass and was soon creating one painting after another, inventing his own techniques as he went along. It wasn't until later in this process that he actually identified the history of what he was doing; he was creating paintings unencumbered by knowledge of a glass tradition known as églomisé. This is a difficult and exacting art, very unforgiving of mistakes, with everything done on the reverse of a pane of clear glass. Zelcer uses recycled glass from old storefronts in Ventura and Santa Barbara. His work explores the depths behind appearances: the form of a dancer dissolves into layers of light, and dream-like abstractions move from background in one painting to foreground in another.

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.

"American Glass Works" will be open through April 1, 2012. The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2012 members, adults - $4.00, students and children 6 to18 - $1.00, children 5 and under - free. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tours are available by appointment.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, extension 203, or visit the museum website at