Free First Sunday February 3rd

Watch how artist Norman Kirk brings a painting to life at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum on Sunday, February 3, 2013, from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. Kirk will set up his easel, prepare his palette and transform a blank piece of paper into a rural California landscape on the museum’s monthly Free First Sunday, when all exhibits and events are open free to the public.

Kirk’s watercolor commissions include those by the International Olympic Committee, the Ventura County Design House, and various California vineyards. His work is held in private collections throughout the country, as well as being exhibited and collected by Southern California museums which include Museum of Ventura County. Kirk taught watercolor painting at Ventura College for 18 years and is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. He studied at Art Center School of Los Angeles (now Art Center in Pasadena) and Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts [CalArts] ).

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. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.

 


 

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce its next exhibition in the Art Gallery at Napa Hall: “Joe Fay – Recent Drawings,” which runs from Jan. 31 through March 1. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Fay will exhibit two different series of drawings, all created within the last year and a half. His “Christo Project” drawings decry a controversial art project proposed by the artist Christo that would suspend large fabric panels over parts of the Arkansas River in Colorado. Fay opposes the project, as he believes it threatens wildlife and alters the river’s ecosystem. The drawings are a humorous, personal protest, portraying the animals’ and other citizens’ responses to alteration of the river.

The “Wild Bird/Animal” series is Fay’s interpretation of these particular birds and animals. An avid outdoorsman, he witnesses these creatures regularly on hiking, fishing and backpacking trips. Using the animals’ basic shapes, Fay creates bold and uniquely colorful and personal images, rather than realistic renderings. His intent is to bring about a greater awareness of nature.

Fay currently resides and maintains a studio in Livingston, Montana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in art from San Diego State University. He began his career in Los Angeles, where he was one of the founders of the downtown Los Angeles artist loft culture of the late 1970s. In 1982, Fay received the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Young Talent Purchase Award. His work is widely exhibited and can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art, and numerous others.

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

For additional information, contact the CI Art Program at 805-437-8570, email art@csuci.edu, or visit http://art.csuci.edu/gallery. To learn more about the artist, visit www.joefaysart.com.

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.

Together, we are solving the problems of today, preparing the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, and contributing to the vitality of higher education.

CSU Channel Islands – A Decade of Distinction

 


 

The Ventura Botanical Gardens invites you to its second annual Sow in the New Year on Saturday, January 5th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to sprinkle the hillsides with seeds of California native wildflowers. These little seeds hold the promise of a bounty of glorious flowers in the spring. This is an especially kid-friendly event. There’s something very special about the expression on their faces as they know they’re helping Nature along. (Or maybe they just like tossing things around…) Either way, they have a grand time!

Please join us at the start of the Demonstration Trail at the upper parking lot behind City Hall at 501 Poli Street. Bring your friends and your family. Your dogs are welcome, too! When you finish sowing you can all hike the trail. A healthy start to the New Year.

The seeds are $5 and can be purchased at the event or online at VenturaBotanicalGardens.com. If you order online we’ll have your seeds ready for you as soon as you get there. We’re also having talks about the California native wildflowers and will be offering guided tours of the trail itself.

It’s not too late to see your own name on the Trail. The Foot by Foot campaign raised the funds for this first installation at the Gardens. You can still take part by sponsoring a foot of trail for $50. Donors are listed on the Gardens website, in the newsletter and, at a later date, will be on the trail itself. Donations can be made at VenturaBotanicalGardens.com. It’s all about putting our best feet forward for all of Ventura County.

The Ventura Botanical Gardens is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a botanical garden for the twenty-first century. It will create new recreational opportunities including hiking, community gathering spaces, training, research, and educational programs. To find out more, please go to our website and visit us on Facebook. And think about becoming a member. We have over 1250 members, scores of volunteers and we’re growing!

See you in 2013!

 


 

SANTA PAULA, CA – The Santa Paula Art Museum and the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum are excited to announce a shared series of Gallery Talks to be held every second Thursday of each month beginning in January 2013. First, discover what’s happening at the Agriculture Museum at 2 p.m., and then continue the conversation on what’s current at the Art Museum at 3 p.m. Admission to the talks will be included in the regular price of admission at each museum, so Members get in free at their respective museums. Admission to the Santa Paula Art Museum is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and free for students of all ages.

Enjoy light refreshments as the county’s best artists, curators and educators bring the collections and current exhibits to life. On Thursday, January 10, 2013, the talk series will premiere with two artists-turned-curators. John Nichols, photographer and creator of the annual Art About Agriculture exhibit, will speak at the Agriculture Museum at 2 p.m. Andrea Vargas-Mendoza, local painter and new director of the De Colores Art Show, will play host at the Art Museum beginning at 3 p.m. Be sure to check our website, www.SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org, each month for an updated schedule of speakers and their topics.

No reservations are necessary and guests are welcome to attend one talk or both. The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. Contact us by calling (805) 525-5554. The Art Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m. The two museums are within walking distance of each other and parking is free at both locations. The Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue in Santa Paula. The Ag Museum can be contacted at (805) 525-3100.

 


 
Book Talk & Signing with Marla Daily

Museum of Ventura County visitors have a rare opportunity to hear Santa Cruz Island Foundation President and honored historian Marla Daily, when on Sunday, January 27 she shares little-known facts and anecdotes from her pictorial new book about all eight Channel Islands. The 2:00 p.m. book talk and signing of “The California Channel Islands” is free to members and $5 for the general public. Event admission includes entry to all exhibits that day, including Island Treasures: Artworks from the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. The book is available for purchase at the museum store.

Daily is a cultural anthropologist who has spent almost 40 years researching the history of all eight of the Channel Islands, and for the last 25 years has served as president of the nonprofit Santa Cruz Island Foundation. Her efforts in preserving Channel Islands history earned her the California Historical Society’s Distinguished Service Award.

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. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and 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.

 
Opening Reception January 12 with Music by The Big Little Jazz Band

Rare vintage World War I and World War II posters illustrate home front efforts in When Gardening Was Patriotic, an exhibition opening with a reception on Saturday January 12, at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. The reception from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. features The Big Little Jazz Band playing favorites from the American Songbook, refreshments and a no-host bar. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for members. To RSVP call 805-525-3100.

Mighty Machines in Miniature also opens January 12, and includes more than 30 model tractors from the W. C. (Bill) Milligan, Jr. Collection. When Gardening Was Patriotic runs through March 17 and Mighty Machines ends December 30, 2013.

The colorful posters featured in When Gardening Was Patriotic are from the Museum of Ventura County’s collection, and reveal how civilians during both wartime periods were encouraged to raise their own food, preserve goods and conserve resources. The posters, local newspaper reports and family artifacts document how food efforts were emphasized by the government. People participated in Meatless Mondays and Wheatless Wednesdays, and children were recruited into the U.S. School Garden Army to be "soldiers of the soil."

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. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.

 

Conversations: The Watercolor Art of Dorothy Orr will be on exhibit in Gallery 2 at Ventura College from January 24 through February 22. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception Thursday evening, January 24,
from 7 to 9 pm.

This show will include drawings and paintings done on locations throughout Ventura County. When asked about the exhibit title, Orr explained that painting on location is, for her, very much like meeting an interesting person. “The longer I paint any specific vista, the more fascinating and complex the story becomes. It is comparable to having an in depth conversation with an intriguing stranger.”

Art Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Parking on Campus requires a parking permit, which may be purchased from two automated yellow boxes in the West Parking Lot and one yellow box in the North Parking Lot. The cost for parking is two dollars. For more information please call (805) 648-8974.

 
John Nichols & Andrea Vargas Open Series on January 10

Beginning January 10, 2013, visitors can gain extra insight into the what and why of exhibits at both the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum and the Santa Paula Art Museum, when artists, curators, educators and collectors give Second Thursday Gallery Talks each month. The talks start at 2:00 p.m. at the Agriculture Museum, followed by the second talk at 3:00 p.m.at the nearby Santa Paula Art Museum. The series debuts Thursday, January 10 when John Nichols, gallery owner, photographer, and the co-founding director of the Art Alliance, talks at the Agriculture Museum about the 5th annual Art About Agriculture exhibit. At 3:00, artist Andrea Vargas, curator of the 19th annual De Colores, speaks at the Santa Paula Art Museum about that exhibit.

Each museum charges its own general admission, and members can attend free at their respective museums. Light refreshments are served, and no reservations are necessary. Both museums are within walking distance of each other and parking is free at both. For additional information and monthly schedules for the Second Thursday Gallery Talks go to www.venturamuseum.org and www.santapaulaartmuseum.org or call the Agriculture Museum at 805-525-3100 and the Art Museum at 805-525-5554. The Agriculture Museum is at 926 Railroad Avenue, and the Santa Paula Art Museum is at 117 N. 10th Street, both located in downtown Santa Paula, California.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is open 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. The first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.

 

Ventura, CA - Gingerbread houses became popular way back in 19th century Germany. The tradition, which German immigrants brought to America, lives on in a big way at three Ventura County West hotels. Gingerbread houses as high as six feet tall are in the lobbies of the Pierpont Inn, Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort and at the Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge in Oxnard.

“We bake everything on site that goes into building the gingerbread houses,” says Ignacio Cortez, director of food and beverage for both the Pierpont Inn and Four Points. “Each house takes one week to bake and one week to put together.” Cortez has been creating gingerbread houses for the hotels for 16 years.

To build the Four Points 5' by 5' by 6' foot gingerbread house, Cortez and his staff used an impressive amount of ingredients: 600 pounds of flour, 200 pounds of sugar, 135 dozen eggs, 120 pounds of icing, eight pounds of ginger, five pounds of cinnamon, four pounds of nutmeg, 10 gallons of molasses and 20 pounds of candy.

"The smell of the ginger hits hotel visitors the minute they walk into the hotel and some cannot resist sneaking a taste when they think we aren’t watching,” continues Cortez. “Even though I have been doing this for 16 years, I never get tired of it. I even bake and build gingerbread houses at home, which are a huge hit with my grandchildren."

"There is something about these gingerbread houses that brings a smile and a sense of wonder to everyone who sees them. They certainly put you in the holiday spirit," says Victor Dollar, regional manager, Brighton Management and chair of the Ventura County Lodging Association. (VCLA). The VCLA is a marketing organization promoting VenturaCountyWest, highlighting the travel options, special events and things to do in the cities of Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura.

Visitors can enjoy the gingerbread houses until just after the New Year. For addresses of the three hotels, go to the VenturaCountyWest website, www.VenturaCountyWest.com .

Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA)
The Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA) is comprised of lodging facilities and destination marketing organizations in the California cities of Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura. VCLA represents 61 members including hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, RV Resorts, resort rentals, the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau and Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau. Its marketing campaign, "VenturaCountyWest, Inspiring Choices," is designed to attract overnight leisure and business visitors to the region. www.venturacountywest.com www.facebook.com/venturacountywest

 

WHAT: Big Brothers Big Sisters presents a musical evening with Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, one of Rock and Roll's finest and most versatile entertainers. The Benefit Concert includes the comedic talent of Louis Ashamallah,“The Conejo Valley’s Favorite Egyptian Comedian” as our Master of Ceremonies. One of the original British invasion bands, Herman’s Hermits will provide an evening that everyone can enjoy, while at the same time being champions for youth mentoring during National Mentoring Month.

HOW: The Benefit Concert offers an exclusive pre-concert reception for VIP ticket holders (VIP Tickets are $150*) with drinks and appetizers, as well as a meet and greet with our Stars and special guests. Peter Noone will be signing a Line 6 Guitar that will be live auctioned at the Benefit Concert and we will have other one-of-a kind items, including a Hawaiian Resort stay donated by the Hogan family. The silent auction will have an array of items to bid on including sports memorabilia, gift baskets and jewelry. Our VIP reception starts at 5:30 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m. and our concert program begins at 6:30 p.m. Additional tickets are $75*, $60*, $40*, and can be purchased online at www.bbsvc.org, Ticketmaster.com/800.745.3000, or at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, civicartsplaza.com. *Plus facility and surcharge where applicable

WHY: Benefit Concert helps raise invaluable financial resources to support the high-impact mentoring programs and services of Big Brothers Big Sisters, which currently serves more than 1,500 youth throughout Ventura County and neighboring communities. The participation of youth and their families in a nationally recognized, preventative mentoring program is transforming their lives for the better, forever and guiding their trajectory to become productive and responsible citizens now and in the future. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County has been serving the youth in Ventura County since 1970 and is the top ranked youth mentoring organization in the country by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia, because of its evidence-based mentoring model with proven youth outcomes.

WHO: Enjoy a crowd of more than 1,800 musical enthusiasts and the generous sponsors who support Big Brothers Big Sisters including Wells Fargo, Summit Business Management, Select Staffing, Ventura County Star, Gold Coast Broadcasting, Marketing Maven, California Pizza Kitchen and the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

WHEN/WHERE: Benefit Concert will be held at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd in the City of Thousand Oaks on Sunday, January 13, 2013 with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and showtime starting at 6:30 p.m.

We invite individuals, companies and organizations to consider advertising and sponsorship opportunities by contacting Terri Felix at 805.484.2282 x 23 or by e-mailing tfelix@bbsvc.org. Visit our website at
www.bbsvc.org or call 805.484.2282 for additional event updates. Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/127489910738487/

 

Oxnard, CA – It’s that time of year to catch a glimpse of nature during Whale Watching Season taking place off the coast of Oxnard. The season officially begins the day after Christmas, December 26 and continues through mid April 2013.

Both Islands Packers, Ventura County’s official concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands Sportfishing Center offer whale watching excursions directly from Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard to see these magnificent mammals. Island Packers offers 3 ½ hour non-landing narrated trips with morning and afternoon departures available. The fare is $35 for adults; $32 for seniors 55+; $25 for children (3-12); and free for children 3 and under.

Channel Islands Sportfishing Center provides whale watching excursions during the week and on the weekends. Rates are $40 for adults; $35 for seniors; and $25 for children under 12.

Every year, an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 Pacific Grays Whales migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel on their way to and from the warm lagoons of Baja California, Mexico. A journey through the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary provide visitors the unique opportunity to experience the splendor and beauty of these giants of the deep. Besides whales, visitors often encounter dolphins, seals, sea lions and a rich variety of bird life, some of which are endangered and protected.

For more information on Oxnard’s Whale Watching Season, call 1-800-2-OXNARD or visit the website at www.visitoxnard.com.

About Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, and tourism revenue opportunities through the promotion of Oxnard as a premier travel destination. Oxnard is an easy drive up the coast from Los Angeles or from the northern portions of California. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy Oxnard’s uncrowded beaches, explore the many diverse attractions and outdoor adventures that are unique to the area. A wide variety of hotel accommodations are available ranging from mid-priced rooms to oceanfront and seaside settings. For more information, call the California Welcome Center at 805-988-0717. To obtain tourism information on Oxnard, visit the website at
www.visitoxnard.com

 
Windy Bazaar, watercolor by Fredda Leiter
Windy Bazaar, watercolor by Fredda Leiter
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Travel and art are linked in the life of Fredda Leiter, a Ventura artist whose watercolor paintings will be exhibited starting Dec. 19 at Harbor Village Gallery in a show titled “Outside Time When Circling the Globe.”

“Each moment is connected to all others, and also stands alone. A painting can capture a moment, engaging our eyes, emotions and physical sensations,” said Leiter, whose solo exhibition of small pieces (most 9 by 12 or 12 by 16 inches) will run through Jan. 14. An artist’s reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Dec. 21 in the gallery at Ventura Harbor.

Leiter has traveled widely around the world and a favorite destination is Italy, which she has visited four times, twice on watercolor class study tours. Italian landscapes are truly “outside time,” said Leiter, who once viewed a 200-year-old fresco in a church, then stepped outside to behold the same vista.

She photographed many scenes and subjects in her travels before she began painting and Leiter said some of those early slides and prints still provide inspiration for her art. “Some paintings live in my head for a long time, and a lot of work happens inside the brain. My goal is to think of the photograph as a starting point and then to decide what to throw away or move around.”

A favorite painting so far for this show, she said, is of a rhinoceros parent and child from one of her trips to Africa.

Leiter’s art studies and career began in 1999, first with classes in drawing, then in painting in oils. Her focus shifted to watercolors in 2006, when she enrolled in a watercolor class trip to Italy and took a class to prepare. Since then, she has continued to study locally and in workshops around the country with noted watercolorists.

She said, “Watercolor is a medium that challenges us. How much do we control? How much control do we relinquish? The unexpected effect can vitalize a painting.”

Most challenging, she said, is knowing when to stop, “when to take my hands off it.”

Watercolor is a difficult medium, said Leiter, but it’s “not in my nature to try something easy.” Learning to create art started with “a leap of faith,” she said, like many other accomplishments in her life, including entering medical school 10 years later than most of her classmates.

Now a practicing psychiatrist, Leiter said she devoted many more hours than usual to her artwork in preparation for this show but that the extra practice has increased her skill. “Having to carve out time to create paintings for the show has been very productive!”

Another benefit is that the act of painting and spending time with these scenes takes her back in time to the trips she has enjoyed. “It’s a delight to travel around the world and find universal moments that inspire,” Leiter said.

The gallery at 1591 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor Village is open noon-5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. For more about the exhibit or the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association, call 648-1235 or visit the website www.buenaventuragallery.org.

 

The Santa Paula Art Museum is excited to announce its preparation for a retrospective featuring Santa Paula artist Robert Clunie. It is to open on July 27th, 2013. We are seeking paintings from the entire span of his artistic career. “We are interested not only in the paintings but stories that might go along with them”, said Jennifer Heighton, Executive Director. If you have a Robert Clunie painting that you find particularly unique and would be willing to loan to the Museum for their exhibition, please call Jennifer Heighton or Julie Cluster at (805) 525-5554 or email to info@SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org.

The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM.

 
Music, comedy and storytelling shows in lineup

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - KCLU will broadcast several local and national holiday specials during the next few weeks.

“Hanukkah Lights” will air at 9 p.m. Dec. 8. National Public Radio’s Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz will read Hanukkah stories and memoirs written specifically for the show by acclaimed authors.

“Blues Shack All Holiday Special” will air from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. It will feature rarely heard renditions of holiday favorites and some unique selections from the KCLU blues library.

“Tinsel Tales,” which will be broadcast from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 24 and 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 25, is a collection of the best and most-requested holiday stories. National Public Radio voices from the past and present will tell tales overflowing with joy, hope and childhood memories.

“‘A Christmas Carol’ with Jonathan Winters” will air at 9 p.m. Dec. 24. The master comedian presents a distinctive reading of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic.

At 10 p.m. Dec. 24, a recording of The High Street Broadcast’s presentation of “Thank Your Lucky Stars” will air. The send-up of the holidays will be staged Dec. 19 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.

“Jazz Piano Christmas” will be broadcast at 11 p.m. Dec. 24. This concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will feature National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran, Geri Allen,Taylor Eigsti and other artists performing their favorite songs of the season.

“Christmas With Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs” will air at midnight Dec. 24. The choirs of two of the nation’s most prestigious historically black colleges will perform together.

KCLU will broadcast “Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday” at 9 p.m. Dec. 31. The performers will roast 2012 to a crisp with their annual year-in-review awards ceremony.

Programming is subject to change.

KCLU, a community service of California Lutheran University, is the NPR station serving Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Please can listen in Ventura County at 88.3 FM, in Santa Barbara County at 102.3 FM and 1340 AM, and online at kclu.org.

 
“On the Midway” by Jack Halbert, Best of Show in 2012, BAA’s 26th Annual Open Competition
“On the Midway” by Jack Halbert, Best of Show in 2012, BAA’s 26th Annual Open Competition
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Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for the 27th Annual Open Competition at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura’s cultural district. The exhibit will run from January 8 through January 26, 2013. Deadline for entries is midnight December 31, 2012. Over $1,500 in cash prizes and membership benefits will be awarded at a reception and ceremony on Saturday, January 12 from 4 – 7 pm, including a $400 top prize for Best of Show. Katrina McElroy, art instructor at Moorpark College, will be the juror.

McElroy earned her Master of Fine Arts with distinction from California State University at Northridge. She received her BA in Fine Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and studied at Il Bisonte, International School of Graphic Arts in Florence, Italy. McElroy creates in several media, from prints to paintings, photography and video. Her work has been shown in galleries in Miami and Los Angeles, as well as galleries on the campuses of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Chapman College in Orange, CA.

McElroy teaches two dimensional design and art appreciation at Moorpark College, as well as sculpture during summer sessions at CalArts in Valencia. Most of her current work, however, has been video and photographic installations. McElroy states that her work “addresses the tendency to analyze, compartmentalize, organize and manipulate emotion despite of, and because of, its persistence, cyclical nature and its ability to overwhelm.” In creating her work, McElroy captures spontaneous, private moments, often of herself, in moments of extreme emotion. She manipulates and rearranges the thousands of video stills from these clips into compositions and installations that deny the viewer a linear narrative. Instead, she says, “the result is an abstraction, a systematic disorganization (and reorganization) of time that in some ways more closely resembles the truth and memory of the actual moment.” To see Katrina McElroy’s art go to www.katrinamcelroy.com.

The competition is open to all artists in Central and Southern California. A prospectus may be downloaded from the Buenaventura Art Association’s website at www.buenaventuragallery.org. Entries must be submitted electronically and uploaded online at the same website.

The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura. Hours are Tues – Friday from 12 – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information visit the website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.

About the Buenaventura Art Association
Buenaventura Art Association (BAA) is a non-profit, foundational arts organization in Ventura – a 58-year-old institution devoted to sustaining Ventura County’s cultural and artistic resources by developing visual artists in all stages of their careers. BAA was started in 1954 by a group of Ventura community, civic and business leaders who recognized the importance of the arts in all communities and wanted to encourage and foster Ventura’s cultural growth. BAA runs two galleries – the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura at 700 E. Santa Clara St., and the Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr., in the Ventura Harbor Village. BAA also collaborates with Community Memorial Hospital to exhibit art in its ground floor public corridors.

 
Mikael Oganes
Mikael Oganes
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Event highlights early 20th-century art exhibit at CLU

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A free piano recital and expert talk will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in conjunction with the exhibit “Resonating Images: 1900-1950” at The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

Art critic and curator Peter Frank will discuss the paintings, drawings andprints in the exhibit and answer questions from 2 to 3 p.m. Following an intermission with tea and cake, Armenian-born master pianist Mikael Oganes will perform modern variations of early 20th-century masterpieces, including works by George Gershwin and Igor Stravinsky, from 3:10 to 4:10 p.m. A concluding reception will follow.

Frank is the associate editor of Fabrik magazine and an art critic for The Huffington Post. The former senior curator for the Riverside Art Museum hasorganized shows for institutions throughout the world. The most notable among them was “19 Artists – Emergent Americans,” the 1981 Exxon National Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

A fiery pianist, Oganes has won prizes at international competitions and wide praise for his original arrangements of symphonic works for solo piano. He is currently touring as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout North America and the Middle East and completing his debut recording with violist Victor de Almeida. He works to bring classical music to wider audiences by incorporating percussion and electronics.

“Resonating Images” is on exhibit through Feb. 2. The free exhibit features works by such prominent American artists as George Bellows, a realist known for his bold paintings of urban life in New York City, and John French Sloan, a member of The Eight whose 1908 group show created a sensation and led to the realist artistic movement known as the Ashcan School.

Two of the great painters of the American Regionalism movement, Thomas HartBenton and John Steuart Curry, are featured. Benton’s fluid, sculpted figures show people in everyday scenes from regions throughout the country, while Curry is noted for his paintings of life in his home state of Kansas. Works by two prominent German artists, George Grosz and Kathe Kollwitz, are included. Grosz is known primarily for his caricatures of Berlin life in the 1920s. Kollwitz expressed empathy for victims of poverty, hunger and war through her drawings, etchings and lithographs.

Other featured artists are Peggy Bacon, Edward Biberman, Aaron Bohrod, HansBurkhardt, Lorser Feitelson, William Gropper, Emil Kosa Sr., Georges Rouault, Millard Sheets, Max Weber and Francisco Zuniga.

The Rolland Gallery is on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, contact curator Jeff Phillips at 805-493-3697.

 
Recent credits include Broadway show, ‘Bourne’ film

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Veteran actor Stacy Keach will discuss his long and successful careerfrom 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at California Lutheran University.

Keach will speak before students and community members in the Preus-Brandt Forum as part of the free “Conversations With …” series. Actor and director Markus Flanagan, who teaches at CLU, will moderate an informal one-hour discussion on the craft of acting. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow.

Although Keach is best known for his TV portrayal of the hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer, he has a long list of stage and screen credits as well. During the last year, he starred in the critically acclaimed “Other Desert Cities” on Broadway and appeared in the summer blockbuster “The Bourne Legacy.”

A Fulbright scholar to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Keach began his professional career in 1964 with the New York Shakespeare Festival. He received three Obie Awards for his off-Broadway performances in the 1960s and 1970s. More recently, he received three Helen Hayes Awards, which honor theater productions in Washington, D.C., for his lead roles in “The Kentucky Cycle” in 1994, “Frost/Nixon” in 2009 and “King Lear” in 2010.

His television series roles have included Ken Titus in “Titus” from 2000 to 2002, Warden Henry Pope in “Prison Break” from 2005 to 2007, and Pops in “Lights Out” in 2011. He won a Golden Globe for his performance of the title role in the 1988 miniseries “Hemingway.” His many guest roles have included Chelsea’s gay father on “Two and a Half Men” and the father of Marty Weaver on the Thanksgiving episode of the new series “The Neighbors.”

Keach began his film career in 1968 in “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and starred as over-the-hill boxer Billy Tully in the 1972 movie “Fat City” directed by John Huston. His many other movies include “Doc,” “Luther” and “Honeydripper.”

Born with a cleft lip that was repaired, Keach is the honorary chairman of the Cleft Palate Foundation.

The “Conversations With …” talks provide theatre 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.

Farm Fresh Clothing Co. is sponsoring the free 2012-2013 series.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, call 805-493-3415 or email info@westlakeactingstudio.com.

 

Ojai Valley Museum Store “Holiday Book and Art Fair”
Friday, December 7, 2012
5 to 7 p.m.
Ojai Valley Museum
130 West Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA

It’s HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIME!! You’ve made your list and you’re checking it twice, so its time to start your shopping in the Museum Store at the Ojai Valley Museum! We are hosting an extraordinary Book and Art Fair on Friday, December 7th from 5 to 7 p.m. that will encompass all of our gallery spaces. Hot cider, wine, and light fare will make your visit all the more festive. Admission will be free and we promise you a delightful gift buying experience!

The Holiday Fair will feature Ojai based writers and artists who are regularly represented in the Museum Store, but they will be bringing additional items for this December 7th event! Fifteen local authors will autograph and personalize your book purchases. Book selections will include novels, cookbooks, history, art, and biographies. The Holiday Fair will showcase six local artist’s works in glass, fiber, pottery, as well as one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and lotions and potions produced on local farms. The selections are museum-quality, unique-to-Ojai gifts priced in the $50.00 or less range! How can you resist?

When you shop with us on December 7th, every purchase helps support the collections and exhibitions of the Ojai Valley Museum. You will be buying gifts while contributing financial support to Ojai’s ONLY museum! See you on December 7th!

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 a.m. 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 ojaimuseum@sbcglobal.net or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley Museum.org

 
Edward Jacob Wenig - Thesbian, Historian, Community Activist. Photo courtesy of Wenig family.
Edward Jacob Wenig - Thesbian, Historian, Community Activist. Photo courtesy of Wenig family.
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Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus - Educator, Social Innovator, Humanitarian. Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, Founder and President of NRTA-AARP, testifying before the Kefauver Committee on Hearing Aids, April 19, 1962. Photo courtesy of Archives of Ojai Valley Museum.
Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus - Educator, Social Innovator, Humanitarian. Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, Founder and President of NRTA-AARP, testifying before the Kefauver Committee on Hearing Aids, April 19, 1962. Photo courtesy of Archives of Ojai Valley Museum.
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First Grey Gables Residents - Residents of Grey Gables were committed to Dr. Andrus’s vision of the older years as a time of growth and service to others. Photo courtesy of Archives of The Gables of Ojai.
First Grey Gables Residents - Residents of Grey Gables were committed to Dr. Andrus’s vision of the older years as a time of growth and service to others. Photo courtesy of Archives of The Gables of Ojai.
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Grey Gables Mini Van - To service the valley’s growing senior population, Gray Gables administrator Dick York proposed several NRTA-AARP outreach programs: meals-on-wheels, a senior center, a retired senior volunteer program, and a mini-van transportation service. Photo courtesy of Archives of The Gables of Ojai.
Grey Gables Mini Van - To service the valley’s growing senior population, Gray Gables administrator Dick York proposed several NRTA-AARP outreach programs: meals-on-wheels, a senior center, a retired senior volunteer program, and a mini-van transportation service. Photo courtesy of Archives of The Gables of Ojai.
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Office NRTA-AARP - In 1960, Dr Andrus constructed a new office building across from Grey Gables on Montgomery Street. It operated 24 hours a day with over 200 employees making NRTA-AARP Ojai’s largest employer at the time. Photo Courtesy of Archives of The Gables of Ojai.
Office NRTA-AARP - In 1960, Dr Andrus constructed a new office building across from Grey Gables on Montgomery Street. It operated 24 hours a day with over 200 employees making NRTA-AARP Ojai’s largest employer at the time. Photo Courtesy of Archives of The Gables of Ojai.
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“Shangri-la: Ojai’s Untold Stories,” the final exhibit for 2012 at the Ojai Valley Museum, will run through December 30, 2012. It features historical, primarily unknown personalities, who were directly related to Ojai and who have had great influence on the town and the nation. The five “Untold Stories” featured in this exhibit highlight the lives of Ethel Percy Andrus, Benedict Bantly, Edward Libbey, Effie May Skelton and Edward Jacob Wenig; all of whom were tenacious, passionate, political, fearless, selfless, and adventuresome movers and shakers in a wide variety of fields and endeavors.

This tour de force, original history exhibit is comprised of text and three-dimensional installation/tableaux chronicling the five personalities, plus six short stories about additional influential individuals and little known tidbits of Ojai history. The primary stories about the three men and two women, all of whom had ties to Ojai, serve to educate, enlighten, surprise and impress. Visitors will be enriched by the information within these stories and their awareness of this community will be greatly expanded.

The concept for this exhibit - to relate stories about Ojai that are not known by most people - was conceived several years ago. Four Community Curators, Patricia Atkinson, Laura Crary, David Mason and Craig Walker, researched and wrote the texts and gathered supportive ephemera for each individual/person featured in the exhibit. Michele Ellis Pracy, Ojai Valley Museum Director, curated each of their contributions to form the overall group exhibition.

Contributors to the Shangri-la exhibit include: AARP, The Gables of Ojai, Ojai Community Bank, Ojai Estate Sales, Treasures of Ojai, Jim McCarthy and Christine Brennan, La Piu Bella Tavola, Tony and Anne Thacher, Bob and Alyce Parsons, Christine Fenn, Veronica Cole – Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Angelique LaCour, Teri Thomson Randall, Barbara and Sandy Service and Lily Liu.

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 a.m. 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.

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.

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

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Sculptor Len E. Burge III has applied his interest in particle physics to a recent series of sculpture, which he explains is an attempt to visualize the “seemingly invisible that is in a sense, the island of Santa Cruz.” His intriguing look at this island just off our coast can be seen in The Particle Garden, an exhibition of his sculpture at the Museum of Ventura County December 2 through March 3, 2013.

The Particle Garden is one of three exhibitions opening December 2 at the museum that focus on different artistic impressions of the Channel Islands. Island Treasures: Artworks from the Santa Cruz Island Foundation includes works by 19th and 20th century painters including Richard Diebenkorn, as well as today’s new generation of plein air painters. Tidepool Discoveries: Images form a Different Point of View shows what interests photographer Dan Harding, whose macro-portraitures capture tidepool life at the islands.

Burge’s interests have led to his career as fine arts sculptor and fine arts fabricator, video director and art director, animator and prototype creator. He has worked on projects which include Claymation for Xbox 360; “Metropolis II,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and films such as “Batman 2,” “Jurassic Park,” ”Edward Scissorhands,” “Predator 2,” and “Terminator 2.”

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. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and 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.