Find Out At Museum’s Appraisal Day On August 14

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

Open: Tuesday - Sunday • 11 - 5
100 E. Main St., Ventura
805.653.0323

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2012 members, adults - $4.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 to 4 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tours are available by appointment.

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. The first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
“T.A.M.I Show” Director to Hold Q & A

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. The first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 

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

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

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

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

For more information about the Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival, please visit http://www.moorparkbeerfestival.com.

 

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

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

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

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

 
Moods 2, acrylic on canvas, 22” x 30”,  by Chris Weber.
Moods 2, acrylic on canvas, 22” x 30”, by Chris Weber.
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Eclectic Works Form Cohesive Display At Harbor Village Gallery

Artist Chris Weber kept thinking that she would find her unique “style” in her forty-year journey of trying different genres, media, and subjects. “Many times I have thought to myself that I have arrived at "My Style" but I now know that for me change plays a paramount part in my work.” Weber’s new show at the Harbor Village Gallery in Ventura, “Divergent Views: From Abstraction to Reality and The In Between Spaces,” runs the gamut between total abstraction and realism, but uses a palette which forms a cohesive display.

The exhibition will open June 27, 2012 and close July 23, with an opening reception Friday, June 28 from 5-8 p.m.
London-born Weber began training in her craft when she enrolled in painting and design classes at California State University, Northridge, while obtaining a BA in Psychology. Now, with 30-plus years of award-winning paintings under her belt, Weber’s most recent passion is leading a Plein Air group in Ventura County. “Currently I’m most interested in semi abstraction based on Plein Air scenes,” she explains. Many of the paintings in her exhibition are derived from these local outings with her fellow artists. She’s also including several still-life paintings.

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(l-r) John Allee is Dogberry and John Slade plays Verges in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo credit: Brian Stethem/CLU
(l-r) John Allee is Dogberry and John Slade plays Verges in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company production of "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo credit: Brian Stethem/CLU
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Popular Bard comedy set in 19th century England

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The 16th annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will open the 2012 season with “Much Ado About Nothing” at California Lutheran University.

Directed by CLU alumnus Kevin P. Kern, performances will be presented at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 29 through July 15 in scenic Kingsmen Park. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. forpre-show picnicking and entertainment.

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, “Much Ado” is filled with vibrant, witty characters, misinformation and romance. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s production is set in early 19th century England just after the Napoleonic wars. The Georgian period provides lush costumes and a well-mannered, genteel society that’s a perfect foil for the smart and sharp-tongued Beatrice, played by veteran stage and screen actress Elyse Mirto.

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Local resident’s bilingual titles have won many awards
Amada Irma Pérez
Amada Irma Pérez

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The public is invited to hear award-winning author Amada Irma Pérez of Ventura speak from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at California Lutheran University.

The free public presentation in Preus-Brandt Forum is part of a literacy workshop for kindergarten through 12th-grade educators being presented by the California Reading and Literature Project at CLU.

Pérez wrote “My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito,” “My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aquí hasta allá” and “Nana’s Big Surprise/Nana ¡Que sorpresa!” The books, all published by Children’s Book Press, have received many honors including the American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Honor Award, Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award and the International Latino Book Award. Her stories are beloved for their humorous details and universal themes of family support, love and friendship.

Her most recent book, published in 2011, is “My Handy Writing Book: A New, Fun & Easy Way to Write Stories.” She wrote it to help students write better narratives. Pérez speaks at conferences, festivals, libraries and schools.

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Great Horned Owl
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Live Birds of Prey Highlight Museum’s Animal Themed Free First Sunday on July First

Meet falcons, hawks and owls from the Ojai Raptor Center when they pay a visit to the Museum of Ventura County on Free First Sunday, July 1, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The free presentation will give children and adults a close view of raptors which increasingly live in our cities and towns as well as adjacent farmlands.

The nonprofit Ojai Raptor Center rehabilitates and releases birds of prey in Ventura County, but those brought to the museum will be “ambassador birds,” not able to be released back into the wild, often because of permanent injuries. The raptor specialists will explain how to reduce human-caused hazards to such animals, and explain about how their wild peers live, and how important habitat conservation is to the overall ecosystem.

Admission to the museum’s summer exhibitions is also free that day, including Featured Creatures, which celebrates California wildlife and examines past and present attitudes toward wildlife and the natural environment. The exhibit includes historic photographs, works of art, and rarely shown mounted animals and birds, from a tradition in which museums displayed them as examples of local fauna.
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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 www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 
Oil painting by W.H. Ford, one of the artworks that Bob Eubanks and his family donated to CLU.
Oil painting by W.H. Ford, one of the artworks that Bob Eubanks and his family donated to CLU.
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Exhibit will also feature works from Reagan Museum

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Former game show host Bob Eubanks and his family have donated more than $100,000 in Western art to California Lutheran University, and it will be displayed in an upcoming exhibit.

“Western Salon,” which will also include works from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum collection, will be on exhibit from Saturday, June 16, through Saturday, Sept. 15, in CLU’s William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art. The paintings will be hung salon-style, closely next to and atop one another, and a series of informal salon gatherings will celebrate the exhibit.

The show will feature the four bronze sculptures and 26 acrylic and oil-on-canvas paintings, pencil drawings and fine art prints that the Eubanks family donated to CLU. The collection includes works by sculptor Herb Mignery and painters Martin Grelle and Donald Puttman.

The Reagan Museum is!--break--> loaning 31 paintings and sculptures for the exhibit. The former president enjoyed Western art. This is the first time this collection, which includes sculptures by Dante V. de Florio and Pierre Jules Mene and an oil painting of John Wayne by Jerry Venditti, will be displayedtogether.

Eubanks, a Westlake Village resident and motivational speaker, andAndrew Wulf, curator of the Reagan Museum, will speak at the opening night reception slated from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, Eubanks will discuss his varied career,touch on his friendships with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, and answer questions during “An Afternoon with Bob Eubanks” in the Lundring Events Center at CLU.

Wulf will discuss the exhibit’s art during a “Tea and Talk” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in the Rolland Gallery. “Variations,” featuring classic Western theme songs played and discussed by Armenian-born master pianist Mikael Oganes, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in the gallery.

Eubanks, who started out as a DJ at an Oxnard station, hasn’t just been the host of “The Newlywed Game,” an artist manager, concert promoter and television producer.

The 74-year-old is also a cowboy. He owned a working cattle ranch in Santa Ynez, and his family enjoyed roping and riding. Eubanks participated in rodeos and became a gold card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He amassed a collection of Western art, and the prestigious Peppertree Art Show was held at his family’s ranch for 33 years, first hosted by Irma Eubanks and then by their son Trace Eubanks after she passed away.

The gallery is inside the William Rolland Stadium on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment. Admission to the gallery and all events is free. No reservations are necessary. For more information, contact curator Jeff Phillips at 805-493-3697.

 
Artist’s “style” is the ability to change

Artist Chris Weber kept thinking that she would find her unique “style” in her forty-year journey of trying different genres, media, and subjects. “Many times I have thought to myself that I have arrived at "My Style" but I now know that for me change plays a paramount part in my work.” Weber’s new show at the Harbor Village Gallery in Ventura, “Divergent Views: From Abstraction to Reality and The In Between Spaces,” runs the gamut between total abstraction and realism, but uses a palette which forms a cohesive display.

The exhibition will open June 27, 2012 and close July 23, with an opening reception Friday, June 28 from 5-8 p.m.
London-born Weber began training in her craft when she enrolled in painting and design classes at California State University, Northridge, while obtaining a BA in Psychology. Now, with 30-plus years of award-winning paintings under her belt, Weber’s most recent passion is leading a Plein Air group in Ventura County. “Currently I’m most interested in semi abstraction based on Plein Air scenes,” she explains. Many of the paintings in her exhibition are derived from these local outings with her fellow artists. She’s also including several still-life paintings.

Her true pleasure, she says, is in “letting myself play with color and shapes.” But don’t count on her to favor these styles and subjects forever. Weber says, “I must allow myself the liberty of constantly moving in new directions.”

Chris Weber’s art can be found online at www.chrisweberarts.com.

The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr. Suite 117C in the Ventura Harbor Village. Open everyday except Tuesday from 12 to 5 pm. For more information, call the gallery at 805-644-2750 or visit www.BuenaventuraGallery.org for more information.

 
Scholarship Gallery Hang 10. Photograph by Roger Conrad.
Scholarship Gallery Hang 10. Photograph by Roger Conrad.
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“Hang 10” Exhibit Reception and Ojai Studio Artists 2012 Scholarship Award Presentation
Hang 10 Exhibit. Photograph by Roger Conrad.
Hang 10 Exhibit. Photograph by Roger Conrad.
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Gallery Detail Hang 10. Photograph by Roger Conrad.
Gallery Detail Hang 10. Photograph by Roger Conrad.
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On the evening of Saturday, June 2, 2012, between 5 and 7 p.m., the prestigious Ojai Studio Artists will celebrate a multi-purpose event at the Ojai Valley Museum. A reception for the current “Hang 10” exhibition will be combined with the presentation of awards to their 2012 art scholarship recipients. The evening is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar are included in the festivities.

The current Ojai Studio Artists 10th Anniversary Group Show has been on view since April 19th. Entitled “HANG 10,” the exhibit typically closes after the 2012 Ojai Music Festival concludes in early June. Consequently, it is traditional for OSA to host a reception towards the end of the exhibit’s run, because the scholarship recipients are home from their respective schools and they are available to attend a June ceremony.

In addition to the 57 works of art in the Ojai Studio Artists “Hang 10” group show, there is a satellite exhibition in the Alcove Gallery sampling the art of the OSA 2012 Scholarship Awardees. This year, the nine chosen artists range in age from seventeen to thirty-five and are either art students in academia, or, being taught through private lessons. The two dimensional works by scholarship recipients Edaan Byle, Megan Cerminaro, Holly Johnson, Lindsay Luckenbach, Michaela McEttrick, Julio Xicotencatl Rodriguez, Claire Sowa and Jamie Swan are exhibited with sculpture by Tristan Antoni Walczak in the gallery. These artists were chosen from a wide selection of submissions and were juried by a committee of OSA members. The annual scholarships are part of an on-going program created to recognize talented burgeoning local artists and to help them finance their art education throughout the course of one year.

The Ojai Studio Artists Closing Reception combined with the Scholarship Awards Presentation is a favorite evening at the Ojai Valley Museum. This museum event celebrates the mature artist along with the emerging, artistic talent that is so prevalent in the Ojai area.

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

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2012 members, adults - $4.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 to 4 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tours are available by appointment.

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

 
Chris Sayer
Chris Sayer
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Chris Sayer, a fifth generation Ventura County farmer and the manager of Petty Ranch in Saticoy, speaks about the future of local farming on Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. Sayer explores the unique nature of Ventura County agriculture, shares his experiences developing new crops for new markets, and places contemporary farming practices in historical context.

Admission is $5 for the general public and includes entry to all museum exhibitions; free for Museum of Ventura County members. Seating is limited and reserved only by RSVP to (805) 525-3100. This is the first in the museum’s series of Farm Talks by local experts.

Sayer recently wrote and released the e-book, Picking Our Future: Essays on Food, Change, and Farming. A Former Naval aviator and Silicon Valley executive, Sayer manages the Petty Ranch, a producer of lemons, avocados and specialty fruit that has been in his family for five generations. He is deeply engaged with local and state agricultural issues, serving on the Boards of Directors for the Farm Bureau of Ventura County and the Associates Insectary, and on the Hansen Fund Advisory Board for the University of California.

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Kingsmen Shakespeare Company runs annual program

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company has opened registration for high school students who will work, learn and perform alongside its professional actors this summer.

The 13- to 19-year-olds in the Rhodes Junior Apprentice Company will take biweekly classes taught by Kingsmen Shakespeare Company actors. Classes andrehearsals will cover improvisation, voice and movement for Shakespearean acting, advanced acting techniques, stage combat, the structure of Shakespearean verse, line interpretation, character development and staging.

Under the direction of Andy Babinksy, a member of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company who has taught and directed in the organization’s Summer Theatre Camp for 8- to 16-year-olds, the students will present “Twelfth Night” at 6:30 p.m. July 26, 2 p.m. July 28, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 2 p.m. Aug. 4.

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