The Ventura County Rose Society will present "A CELEBRATION OF ROSES" on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

This free event will take place at the Ventura County Educational Conference Center , 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA. from 9 AM to 2 PM. Visitors are welcome to drop in and stay as long as they wish.

There will be "hands on demonstrations of rose arrangements", propagating roses demonstrations , and rose displays from all areas of the county.

We ask the community to bring roses in cheap containers to create a display of roses from the coastal to inland areas of Ventura County. People who bring roses will receive a free copy of "Growing Beautiful Roses" by Dr. T. Cairns.

There will be rare and unusual roses for sale as well as gardening accessories for sale.

Free refreshments will be available.

For questions, visit our website or contact Dawn-Marie Johnson at 805-279-7685 or email:


Professional vocalist, student from Beijing to perform

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A Chinese Moon Festival Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University.

The evening of traditional Chinese and Western music will feature professional vocalist Mingming Jiang, a Beijing resident who recently held a solo concert in Los Angeles. Featured local groups are the Pacific Pearl Symphony Orchestra, YangSheng Choir, Dancing String Chamber and Thousand Oaks Chinese Folk Ensemble. CLU junior Qiushi Yang from Beijing will play “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” on the erhu, a two-stringed bowed musical instrument.

The Chinese Moon Festival, alsoknown as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is an important holiday in the Chinese culture that has been celebrated for thousands of years. Tradition holds that the moon is at its roundest and brightest on that day, signaling a time of completeness and abundance. It is a celebration of the harvest season and a day of family reunions, much like Thanksgiving in the United States. Traditionally, family and friends get together to admire the moon and eat moon cakes. The legend associated with the festival recounts the story of a beautiful womannamed Chang E who flew to the moon and has lived there ever since.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks.

CLU’s Department of Languages and Cultures, the office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services, Pacific Pearl Music Association and the Center for Asian Performing Arts are sponsoring the free concert.

The program is appropriate for ages 8 to adult.

For more information, contact Debby Chang at or go to


Free movies explore integrity, compassion, diversity

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will hold its sixth annual French film festival with free screenings Sept. 14 through Nov. 2.

The Fall 2012 Francophone Film Festival on the CLU Campus will feature five movies, which will all start at 7:15 p.m. in Preus-Brandt Forum. They explore the themes of integrity, compassion and diversity. All films are subtitled in English.

“Les Femmes du sixième étage” (“The Women on the Sixth Floor,” 2011) - Friday, Sept. 14

In 1960, Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini) lives a bourgeois existence in Paris, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic socialite wife, Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain). But when they hire a Spanish maid, Maria, he is introduced to the building’s servants’ quarters and a sassy group of refugees from the Franco regime.

“Le Havre” (2011) - Friday, Sept. 21

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Fields of Flowers: Paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick

Dollars and Scents: The Business of Cut Flowers

What better way to celebrate than with flowers? That’s what the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum will do on Saturday, September 15 when they throw a free party from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., to mark the first anniversary of opening their doors in Santa Paula.

The day includes two new exhibitions about flowers, music from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. by Arturo and Marco Perez, the appearance of four newly installed vintage tractors, added exhibit activities for children, and the unveiling of conceptual plans for the museum’s Heritage Gardens. The future expansion to be built behind the present Mill will include educational agricultural gardens of crops raised in Ventura County now and in the past; an arbor and aqueduct; and education and venue facilities.

Saturday’s visitors might recognize many of the locations seen in the new exhibit Fields of Flowers: Paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick, which continues through October 28. Inspired by California landscapes since moving here from her native Peru in 1988, Kilpatrick’s exuberant colors and impressionistic brushstrokes convey the beauty of local flower fields. “By capturing places on my canvas, they remain timeless,” Kilpatrick notes.

A similar concern for the future is the focus of the other new exhibition Dollars and Scents: The Business of Cut Flowers. It explores the question of how the county’s eighth most valuable crop will survive in the 21st century, as new challenges confront California’s cut flower industry, which began first in Ventura County. Artifacts, interactive elements and photographs by Dan Holmes, Terri Laine, and John Nichols highlight the exhibition, which continues through December 30.

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.


Event coincides with American West art exhibit
Jack Ledbetter
Jack Ledbetter

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Faculty and administrators from California Lutheran University will read excerpts from Western-themed American poetry and literature at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus.

“Readings from the West” is the last in a series of salon-style events celebrating the “Western Salon” exhibit on display through Saturday, Sept. 15.

Four English faculty members, two English professors emeriti, and the university editor will participate in the informal salon gathering. Professor emeritus and current lecturer Jack Ledbetter will read paragraphs from Hector St. John de Crevecoeur’s “Letters from an American Farmer;” assistant professor Jacqueline Lyons will read works by poets from Western states; University Editor Kevin Matthews will read from works by Robert Louis Stevenson and John Steinbeck; associate professor Marja Mogk will read from an Elmore Leonard short story; professor emeritus and former campus pastor Gerry Swanson willread selections by Terry Tempest Williams; lecturer Ken Weitz will read from the writings of Joan Didion; and professor Joan Wines will read pieces by Louis Lamour.

This Western American art exhibit features more than 60 paintings along with sculptures, drawings and fine art prints. Former game show host Bob Eubanks and his family recently donated many of the works to CLU. Others are on loan from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

The CLU English Department is sponsoring the free event. The gallery is located inside the William Rolland Stadium on Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard. Parking is available in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center lot. For more information, contact Ledbetter at or 805-495-6814.


Lithograph and Cherry from 1978. Oil on Paper. Carol Rosenak Museum of Ventura County Collection. Photo by Bill Dewey
Lithograph and Cherry from 1978. Oil on Paper. Carol Rosenak Museum of Ventura County Collection. Photo by Bill Dewey
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Late Ventura Artist’s Work On Exhibition September 1-November 25
Portrait of Carol Rosenak in 1998 by Donna Granata from Focus On The Masters Portrait Series
Portrait of Carol Rosenak in 1998 by Donna Granata from Focus On The Masters Portrait Series
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Carol Rosenak: Realism and Representation commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Ventura artist’s death, and will be on exhibition at the Museum of Ventura County from September 1 through November 25.

Rosenak (1925-2002) was known for her meticulous and mysterious still life paintings. Her best-known works are carefully rendered tabletop scenes that highlight an unexpected combination of objects – dolls, marbles, eggs, and bright silks- sometimes with surreal elements. Rosenak was also a printmaker, producing distinctive colored etchings in which fine detail and pattern predominate.

Curated by Ventura art collector and arts advocate Ed Elrod, the exhibition will include paintings from private collections as well as from the museum’s collection, many of which were gifts from the artist’s estate.

Rosenak was raised in Chicago and also lived in New York, London, the San Francisco Bay area and Ventura during her lifetime, consistently attending art and figure drawing classes even when she had achieved a considerable reputation. In 1969 she began making prints, and moved between painting and printmaking until the late 1970s, when she was able to incorporate the elements she loved in etching into her paintings. In 1979, a conversation with Ojai artist John Nava at her Ventura College solo exhibit is said to have reinforced her decision to stop painting figures because still life objects interested her more. Work produced after this is her most mature and most well known.

After a stroke in 1995 impaired her eyesight and made it impossible to paint with such precision, she eventually began working in a more abstract mode, carrying forward the bold colors from her earlier paintings as well as her compositional sense. When she passed away, a canvas on which she had already begun work was found in her studio.

Exhibit curator Ed Elrod is a local attorney who, for most of his career, was a bookseller. He is a past cultural affairs commissioner for the city of Ventura, steering committee founder of the Ventura Chamber Music Festival, past president of the Ventura County Chamber Orchestra, past board member of Bell Arts Factory and a current member of the fine arts committee for the Museum of Ventura.

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.


‘World’s reigning male chorus’ features former local

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The Grammy Award-winning ensemble Chanticleer will kick off its 35th seasonwith a free concert at California Lutheran University on Thursday, Sept. 6. “An Orchestra of Voices: Chanticleer in Concert” will be presented at 8 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel.

Named for the clear-singing rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto. Based in San Francisco, the ensemble is known around the world for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature. The group’s wide-ranging repertoire includes Gregorian chant, Renaissance, pop, jazz, gospel and contemporary commissioned works.

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker and named “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America in 2008, Chanticleer performed more than 100 concerts last year, including appearances at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Walt Disney Concert Hall. The group toured Europe twice, participating prestigious festivals such as Edinburgh, La Chaise Dieu, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein andRheingau and singing in the most renowned concert halls, including the Musikverein in Vienna, Bela Bartok Concert Hall in Budapest and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The group also performed on the soundtrack of the 10th anniversary release of Microsoft’s legendary video game HALO.

Ensemble member Kory Reid is a former music director for St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Newbury Park. He studied music education at Pepperdine University and earned a master’s degree in choral and sacred music from the University of Southern California. The popular countertenor soloist has sung with a number of area musical groups including the Los Robles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, USC Chamber Singers and the Pepperdine University Concert Choir and Collegium Musicum.

Reid first connected with Chanticleer when he participated in one of the group’s educational residencies while a student at Napa High School. The ensemble involves more than 5,000 young people annually in its extensive education program, which includes an after school honors program for high school and college students, in-school clinics and workshops, youth choral festivals, master classes and summer workshops. “The Singing Life,” a documentary about Chanticleer’s work with young people, was released in 2008. In 2010, Chanticleer’s education program was recognized with the Chorus America Education Outreach Award.

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

Donations will be accepted at the concert sponsored by CLU’s Artists and Speakers Committee. For information, contact Nicole Barnes at 805-493-3306 or


The Buenaventura Art Association, in partnership with the California Gold Coast Watercolor Society, is pleased to announce the 4th annual Watercolor & Aqua Media Open competition. This competition is open to professional and amateur artists from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles counties. The exhibition of selected entries will run from September 19 to October 22, 2012 at BAA’s Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura.

One Best of Show will be awarded with an accompanying $250 prize and a one-year membership to Buenaventura Art Association. Two First Place winners will be awarded a $200 prize each, and a one-year membership. Two Second Place winners will receive $125 each and a 6-month membership; two Third Place winners will receive $75 each and a 3-month membership, and two Honorable Mention winners will receive a 3-month membership. A reception and awards ceremony will be held Friday, September 21, from 5pm to 8pm at the gallery.

• Transparent Watercolor – On a single piece of untreated watercolor paper.
• Aqua Media – All paintings must be executed only in water-based media. Water-based media on watercolor canvas, acrylic canvas, paper, illustration board, watercolor board, clayboard, or yupo may be entered. If collage is incorporated, only paper painted in water media will be accepted. No 3-D work, commercially printed material, or gold leaf.

Peggy Morgan Stenmark will be the juror for this competition. Stenmark is on staff at the Art Student’s League of Denver, Colorado, and teaches watercolor workshops around the country. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and the Colorado Watercolor Society.

Download the prospectus from the Buenaventura Gallery website,, for more information. Entries must be submitted online via that same website no later than midnight, Monday, September 10.

About Buenaventura Art Association
Buenaventura Art Association (BAA) is a foundational arts organization in Ventura – a 58-year-old institution devoted to sustaining Ventura’s cultural community by developing visual artists in all stages of their careers. BAA’s artist members run two galleries – the Buenaventura Gallery at 700 E. Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura, and the Harbor Village Gallery in Ventura’s scenic harbor shopping complex. BAA also manages exhibition space in the halls of Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura. The California Gold Coast Watercolor Society merged with BAA four years ago to the mutual benefit of both organizations and for the purposes of mounting annual watercolor competitions.


Events highlighting the culture and contributions of the region’s Chinese American community will accompany the Museum of Ventura County’s fall exhibition Hidden Voices: The Chinese of Ventura County, running from September 1 to November 25, 2012. The exhibit tells the largely unheard story of early Chinese communities in Ventura and Oxnard, honoring the accomplishments and perseverance of Chinese settlers despite discrimination and exclusion. The related events include:

Chinese Cultural Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 8, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$5 general public, MVC members and children 12 years and under free

RSVP: 805.653.0323 x 7

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"Phone Home" Photo by Nancy Lehrer.
"Phone Home" Photo by Nancy Lehrer.
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"Bike Ride" Photo by Nancy Lehrer.
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"Game of Chess" Photo by Nancy Lehrer.
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"Lunchtime Ritual" Photo by Nancy Lehrer.
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"Repent" Photo by Nancy Lehrer.
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Ojai, CA - The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Nancy Lehrer to its August 21 meeting at 7:00 PM, in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

In her presentation, Nancy will focus on training she has received from two master photographers, Jay Maisel and Sam Abell, and how she has applied these lessons in her street photography.

Jay Maisel comes from a background in commercial photography, but his personal work focuses on capturing light, color, and gesture found in everyday life. Sam Abell is a 30-year veteran of the National Geographic. His approach – setting the stage and waiting for the action to come to him – has earned him 2 spots in National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Images.

Lehrer is a computer scientist by profession, and currently develops IT strategy at a large Biotech firm in Ventura County. Having told stories with photography for as long as she can remember, she has become involved in a number of diverse photographic communities and begun pursuing photography with a sense of purpose.

Lehrer teaches workshops and offers lectures for the local camera clubs, and writes a photography blog to describe her approach and her learning process, and to discuss new photographers as she discovers them.

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 Ojai Photography Club at: and for Lehrer at -

O'Farrell and Jones, San Francisco – 8x10 oil painting by Katherine McGuire
O'Farrell and Jones, San Francisco – 8x10 oil painting by Katherine McGuire
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Marina Motel – 14x11 oil on board by Christine Apostolina Beirne.
Marina Motel – 14x11 oil on board by Christine Apostolina Beirne.
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Two plein-air painters’ friendship and their long-distance collaboration are yielding a joint exhibition at the gallery where it began.

Katherine McGuire and Christine Apostolina Beirne, who worked together at the Buenaventura Gallery a decade ago as office manager and marketing manager, respectively, will present “Ventura to San Francisco: Two Views” from Sept. 11-Oct. 6. Both artists will be at an opening reception 4-7 p.m. Sept. 15, as well as First Friday, Oct. 5 in the downtown Ventura gallery.

McGuire lived in Ventura for 15 years. She joined the Buenaventura Art Association in 1992 and besides managing the office, served on the board, volunteered at the gallery and exhibited her artwork until moving in 2005 to Woodside, in the Bay Area. She is an honorary lifetime member of BAA.

Beirne, who lives in Ojai, also has been involved in gallery operations for many years in many capacities and last month was elected board president.

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Lion Dance, Performances, Art Demonstrations, Exhibits, Saturday, September 8

A spectacular Chinese Lion Dance by the Camarillo Kung Fu and Lion Dance Association highlights the Chinese Cultural Heritage Festival at the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday, September 8th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The family event celebrates the cultural contributions of Chinese Americans, with the Lion Dance at 2:00 p.m. and additional Chinese dance performances, demonstrations of kinetic sculpture, calligraphy, brush painting, paper making, and silk painting throughout the afternoon. Visitors can also visit the new museum exhibit Hidden Voices: The Chinese of Ventura County, which focuses upon the largely unheard story of early Chinese settlements in Ventura and Oxnard. Festival admission is $5 for the general public, free for members and children 12 years old and younger, and includes entry to all four new museum exhibits.

The Ventura County Chinese American Association Dance Troupe, and Nan’s Dance Studio present performances after the Lion Dance. Throughout the day, artist BiJian Fan demonstrates how he makes his kinetic sculptures; artist Christine Leong paints with watercolor on paper and silk scarves; the Conejo Chinese Cultural Association demonstrates how to make paper, and the Ventura County Chinese American Association applies the brush to the art of calligraphy and painting.

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.


Camarillo, CA - The CSU Channel Islands Art Program is pleased to announce its first exhibition of the new academic year, Jim Huber – Paintings. The exhibition, featuring approximately 20 abstract acrylic paintings on canvas by the nationally acclaimed artist, kicks off with a public reception on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Huber’s paintings will be on display through Friday, Sept. 28, at The Art Gallery at Napa Hall on the CI campus.

Huber’s work has been exhibited nationally at the University of Southern California, the Riverside Art Museum, the Laguna College of Art and Design and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Rental Gallery, among others. His paintings are included in numerous collections throughout the United States.

Huber received a B.A. in 1971 from the University of California, Riverside, and an MFA in 1975 from the Claremont Graduate University. He maintained a studio in Southern California through 2005 until moving to Wenatchee, Washington.

Huber’s non-objective abstract paintings are a lush, colorful composition of tension, energy, harmony and balance. The varied colors and shapes give a sense of movement and flow, and are the first of many layers that add to the work’s richness and complexity.

Huber describes painting as a journey. It has direction, but its final destination is almost always a surprise, involving a process of improvisation and revision. The composition develops through the use of many spontaneous, intuitive gestures and experimentation with shape and design. Huber’s goal is to arouse viewers’ imaginations and invite them to understand the meaning of his work through their own perceptions and experiences.

The Art Gallery at Napa Hall is located on Ventura Street on the CI campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the CI Art Program at 805-437-8570, email, or visit

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

Presented by The Santa Paula Art Museum and the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum

“Art About Agriculture” is an agricultural themed art exhibit with $500 in prizes which will be held November 10, 2012 through March 17, 2013 at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street, and at the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Avenue, in historic downtown Santa Paula. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote Art About Agriculture by exploring all of the facets of agriculture from workers to water, from machinery to soil and to the food that goes on our plates.

For information on how to enter visit the Santa Paula Art Museum web site and download the Call to Artists. Link to information:

Art About Agriculture will feature art by over 50 artists working in both two and three dimensional media who create art that in some way draws its inspiration from our agricultural heritage and/or contemporary agriculture. That inspiration includes, but is not limited to, depictions of rural life and landscapes, farm animals, farm work, and farm products. Art that in a more abstract way deals with issues and ideas related to agriculture is also displayed.

The Ag Art Alliance was formed in 2007 by Gail Pidduck and John Nichols to promote a greater appreciation of the place of agriculture in our lives by revealing the many facets of agriculture through the eyes of artists. Both museums are pleased to support this vision.

Beautiful: With Color and Soul

Ventura County Potters’ Guild Gallery features ceramic artists Gayle Bentley Swanson and Emily Thiroux Threatt for September and October. The commonality of these two artists is their love of color and texture in their work. While Gayle’s ware stretches from functional thrown pieces to sculptural and whimsical, she is mostly known for her bold color and unique style. Emily explores the beauty of nature and spirituality with her combining the sensual nature of clay with her love for varied color and her love for weaving.

Meet the artists and have the opportunity to purchase their latest creations at a wine and appetizer reception Sunday, September 2nd at the Ventura County Potters’ Guild Gallery from 3 to 6 PM. The Gallery is located in the Ventura Harbor Village at 1567 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105 across from the Carousel.

Exhibit September 2nd through October 28th, 2012
11 am - 6 pm daily
Reception September 2nd 3 pm - 6 pm

For more information, call 805-644-6800.

Richard Flores Exhibit Opens September 1st

The Maya culture of yesterday enlightens us today in Richard Flores’ exhibition of contemporary ceramic vessels at the Museum of Ventura County. Social Resurrection: Ceramics by Richard Flores opens September 1 and runs through November 25, 2012.
Flores, an artist and studio arts professor, brings the ritual vessels of the Maya into the present day. The recently completed exhibit pieces are based upon the teachings and spiritual messages that guided life for the ancient Maya.

Flores works in ceramics, glass, and sculpture, and divides his time between Ojai and the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, where he is the three-dimensional studio arts professor. He has exhibited nationally in ceramics, sculpture and glass, and his pieces are in numerous collections, including that of the Forrest L. Merril and Kamm Foundation. Flores also worked with the late Beatrice Wood, is a juried member of Ojai Studio Artists, and is involved in the education and development of earth art and ceramic architecture at Cal Earth Institute in Hesperia. He earned his master’s degree from California State University, Northridge.

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.

Lysa Ashley's "Surfing Dogs"
Lysa Ashley's "Surfing Dogs"
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Arts in the Park Showcases Fine Art & Crafts and Chalk Art Event to Raise Funds for Kids’ Arts

Ventura Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Arts in the Park festival showcases fine art and craft exhibitors as well as chalk paint artists on Saturday, August 18 from 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, August 19 from 10am - 5pm at the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. The free outdoor event features live music and over 40 art exhibitors offering a wide display of sculpture, photography, jewelry, and paintings.

Newbury Park artist Ora Tamir has been selected as the Featured Artist of Arts in the Park this year. Ora has been painting since childhood and regularly exhibits her work at festivals in California, Arizona and Nevada. Her paintings captivate the viewer with their surreal images and futuristic qualities. She says she listens to her inner voice while she paints, and that each painting is an adventure. “People tell me that they find their own stories in my paintings,” she noted.

Once again, Arts in the Park will include “Chalk Art for Charity” as part of the festivities. In addition to local chalk artists, several experienced street chalk artists from around Southern California will be participating in the event. Lysa Ashley, an artist and teacher from the Inland Empire, participated in Chalk Art for Charity’s debut last year. She has been a street painter for over sixteen years, participating in festivals, fundraisers, and corporate events around the country and internationally. She has won numerous People’s Choice and Best of Show awards. To view some of Ashley’s art, visit her website

“Chalk Art for Charity” will raise funds for local non-profit Kids’ Arts, located in Ventura. Kids’ Arts offers a creative arts program for kids every Saturday morning at no cost to participants. Funds will be raised through the sponsorship of chalk art squares, which will include the sponsor’s name. Sponsorships are still available from The Ventura Chamber of Commerce for companies or individuals: $125 for Chamber members, $150 for non-members.

Event entry and parking are free. While at the festival visit Ventura Harbor Village’s boutiques, art galleries and restaurants or take a ride on the Harbor Water Taxi. Visit for details. For more information or to sponsor a square, contact the Ventura Chamber of Commerce 805-643-7222.


Our theme for this year at the California Oil Museum, will be “California Green”. The museum is located on the corner of Main and 10th Streets in Santa Paula, open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Because we live in such a painterly valley, the members found the subject matter boundless for this annual exhibit. Our subject California Green means any subject matter that grows – trees, agriculture scenes.

Our opening reception (with light refreshments) will be August 5th from 1 p.m.

The show closes Sept. 30th.


Santa Paula Blanchard Library, Shively Wall
Art Show to be hung July 28, 2012

“Lee Hodges, Lynne Farrow, and the Lighthouse Ladies”

For the past 15 years I (Lee) have been creating collage/acrylic artwork on Biblical themes that are designed to intrigue the viewer and encourage them to reflect on eternal truths. People tell me the images, combined with text, are compelling and rich in subtle color harmonies. However, in this show I am showing some of my own artwork, some art that I create with the Lighthouse ladies, and some of the artwork that they create.

For several years now Lynne and I have been doing artwork with the ladies who are at the Oxnard Rescue Mission Lighthouse, a 15 month faith-based program for women recovering from substance abuse. The artwork is therapeutic, as Lynne, a retired marriage and family therapist, offers guidance and suggestions as to the underlying messages and metaphors in their artwork. Lee acts as the technical and artistic guide, joining the ladies as they create, chatting and sharing with them as friends, and fellow pilgrims.

In my artwork, I often recycle paper and plastics that are cast off by our throw-away society, making a redemptive statement with the very materials I choose. Very often, the ladies at the Lighthouse feel isolated and cast-off by families and society, and we endeavor to help them find a place in their minds where they are free to enjoy a healthy and uplifting activity, that will not have hurtful consequences. Artwork and emotion is processed on the right side of the brain, and cognitive thinking is done on the left side. Lynne and I have found that helping these ladies to express themselves through paint, paper, beads, etc, enables them to process and integrate both sides of their brains and their thoughts in a new way.

My original artwork and those available as giclee prints as well as jewelry can be seen on my website: and at the Art Gallery of Grace at 1560 E. Main St, Ventura.
I welcome visitors: Call 805 302 3167 for hours.

Fox Sculpture by Carlyle Montgomery. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Fox Sculpture by Carlyle Montgomery. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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Fox Sculpture Detail Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Fox Sculpture Detail Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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Oil Bird Sculpture by Carlyle Montgomery. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Oil Bird Sculpture by Carlyle Montgomery. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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Oil Bird Detail Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Oil Bird Detail Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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Turtle Sculpture by Carlyle Montgomery. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Turtle Sculpture by Carlyle Montgomery. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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Turtle Sculpture Detail Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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This summer through September 2, 2012, the Ojai Valley Museum is offering a rare opportunity to see a selection of Carlyle Montgomery's (1947 – 1998) wildlife sculptures from his intensely creative period of the 1990's. Most of these pieces are on loan from the private collections of friends and family. Montgomery rarely produced numbered editions of his sculptures. This exhibit of eleven, one-of-a-kind pieces is a unique opportunity to experience this particular selection of Montgomery’s stonework.

The legacy of Carlyle Montgomery combines a deep love of nature with the desire to educate people, especially youthful viewers. His sister, Sharon Morgan, expresses it this way: "He wanted to share the beauty of nature and to encourage people to take care of it, in the recognition that we are all part of it."

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 p.m; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. 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