“Cliff Was Brilliant” by Billy Schenck
“Cliff Was Brilliant” by Billy Schenck
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Paintings, sculptures and drawings to be featured

An exhibit of Western-themed art will open June 10 at California Lutheran University.

“Romancing the West: A Legacy of American Images” will be on display through Aug. 11 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus. The free exhibit features figurative and landscape paintings, sculptures and drawings.

Two artists, Logan Maxwell Hagege and Jeremy Lipking, have studios in Agoura Hills. Hagege draws inspiration for his contemporary landscapes and figures from Southern California as well as from his travels throughout the Southwest and the Northeast Coast of the United States. Influenced by the figurative tradition of 19th century European painters, Lipking paints landscapes, still lifes and human figures.

Other featured U.S. painters are Carole Caroompas, Nicholas Coleman, Glenn Dean, Tracy Felix, Billy Schenck and Oleg Stavrowsky. Caroompas’ paintings examine the intersection of pop culture and gender archetypes. Coleman works in gouache and oil. Dean recently has turned his attention to the figure within the landscape. Felix exaggerates geology and heightens color to express the drama and excitement of landscapes. Schenck, who worked in Andy Warhol’s studio and sold out his first solo show in New York City at 24, incorporates techniques from photorealism and pop art. Born to Russian parents in Harlem, Stavrowsky became a technical illustrator and then expanded to fashion illustration and other types of commercial art.

The late Cyrus Edwin Dallin, Frank Tenney Johnson and Harold Shelton are other featured American-born artists. Dallin was a sculptor best known for his naturalistic portraits of horses and Native Americans, whom he lived among as a boy. Johnson popularized a style of painting cowboys known as “The Johnson Moonlight Technique.” Shelton, a sculptor, started out shaping wildlife of Colorado from beeswax.

Featured painters David Grossmann and the late Roy Kerswill immigrated to the U.S. Grossman, who spent his childhood in Chile, began plein air painting as an art academy student. English-born Kerswill, who sailed a canoe from Canada to New Orleans, painted historical scenes and landscapes in oil and watercolor. The exhibit also features paintings by the late Hungarian painter István Benyovszky.

The exhibit features the William Rolland Collection in conjunction with works on loan from Maxwell Alexander Gallery and Western Project. It is partially funded by a resident fellowship from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel Schmid at rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.


Heritage Valley Art Growers (l-r) Lolita Wyche-Bowman, Deborah Galarza, Laura Cunz, Carole Cately, Colette Swan, and Wana Klasen.
Heritage Valley Art Growers (l-r) Lolita Wyche-Bowman, Deborah Galarza, Laura Cunz, Carole Cately, Colette Swan, and Wana Klasen.

A group of Fillmore Artists who meet to paint under tutelage of Wana Klasen will be presenting their first Group Art Show from June 4, 2016 through July 30, 2016 at the Blanchard Community Library located at 119 North Eighth Street in Santa Paula.

The art is original, colorful, eclectic work completed in a variety of media including water color, mixed media, pastel, and graphite, and with varying subject matter. The artists are also offering gallery quality giclee' prints and note cards!

Showing work in this exhibit are artists, Carole Cately, Laura Cunz, Deborah Manning-Galarza, Colette Swan, Lolita Wyche-Bowman, and Wana Klasen.

A “Meet the Artists” Reception is planned for Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 5-7pm.


John Chiles at Fort Point in the early 1960's. Photo credit: Fred Windisch
John Chiles at Fort Point in the early 1960's. Photo credit: Fred Windisch
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Great Highway Explores the History of San Francisco Through Surfing
10 year-old Dickie Keating in Pacifica, CA. Photo credit: Dick Keating
10 year-old Dickie Keating in Pacifica, CA. Photo credit: Dick Keating
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Surfers underneath the Cliff House, San Francisco. Photo credit: Fred Windisch
Surfers underneath the Cliff House, San Francisco. Photo credit: Fred Windisch
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Uncle Dick Keating surfing Pacifica, CA in the early 1940's. Photo credit: Dick Keating
Uncle Dick Keating surfing Pacifica, CA in the early 1940's. Photo credit: Dick Keating
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On Saturday June 25th at 7pm, at the Ojai Valley Grange, the Ojai-based production company On The Water Front Creative presents a surf film night featuring the award-winning documentary film, “Great Highway: Journey to the Soul of Bay Area Surfing.”

Utilizing rarely seen archival footage and photographs, “Great Highway” traces the roots of Bay Area surfing, which began at San Francisco’s notorious Ocean Beach, and explores the changes to both the City and to the surf scene over decades. The story is told by the people who lived it, from the Hawaiian lifeguards at the City’s giant Fleishhacker Swimming Pool in the 1940’s to kids growing up today who surf the challenging, and increasingly crowded, swells in preparation for Maverick’s and other big wave spots. For more than sixty years, people have surfed the cold waters off San Francisco’s shores, far from the limelight reserved primarily for Southern California’s surf culture. Much like the city of San Francisco itself, the surf culture of Northern California is full of colorful and eccentric characters, who offer their own perspectives on the history and the future of surfing. The film includes interviews with Ocean Beach regulars such as wetsuit mogul Jack O’Neill, exercise guru Jack LaLanne, internationally known big wave surfers Michael Ho and Fred Van Dyke, and northern California surfboard shaper and waterman Dick Keating, to name a few. While the story is rooted in surfing, the film is as much about the history of San Francisco as it is about the beaches that ring the City’s outer edges.

Filmmakers, Mark Gunson and Krista Howell will be in attendance at the Grange screening for a Q&A afterward, so come join us for a night of California surfing history and fun. Part of the ticket sales goes to benefit the Ojai Valley Grange, a local non-profit.

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016. Doors open at 6:30, Film begins at 7pm
Where: The Ojai Valley Grange Hall, 381 Cruzero Street, Ojai, CA
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2551563

For More Information: Elizabeth Pepin Silva, otwfront@gmail.com


A talk by Mary Winder via the Santa Barbara Museum of Art at the Ojai Library

Mary Winder will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, to deliver a talk entitled “Ancient Mystery Cults of Greece and Rome.” Ms. Winder comes to us via the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Community Speakers Program.

This presentation will cover Ancient Mystery Cults—one of the most intriguing but least understood aspects of Greek and Roman religion. These cults were an important part of life in the ancient Mediterranean world, but their actual practices were shrouded in secrecy, and many of their features have remained unclear until recently. Mystery cults flourished in the ancient world for roughly a thousand years, from the sixth century B.C.E. to late antiquity. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art owns an impressive collection of Greco-Roman sculpture and artifacts; this presentation will illustrate one of the many facets of why this art was so very important to the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, City Librarian, at (805) 218-9146.

The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, CA. Hours of service are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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Ojai Valley Museum is pleased to announce their participation this summer as a Blue Star Museum. The museum joins more than 2,000 museums across American offering free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

“We are happy to provide an interesting, free experience for military families as a small way to express our gratitude to the men and women serving our country,” said museum director Wendy Barker.

The Blue Star Museum program is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program provides military families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural and artistic heritage. Museums of all types, in all 50 states, participate in the initiative.

The Ojai Valley Museum highlights the history, art and culture of the Ojai Valley in their museum located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. The museum is housed in a beautiful National Register building. Free parking is available behind the museum, off Blanche Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Group or school tours available by appointment.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, email ojaimuseumdawn@sbcglobal.net or visit the museum website at OjaiValleyMuseum.org.



The Ojai Art Center will host Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut for a special event on Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the Art Center Theater.

The presentation will include a slideshow of Ut’s photographs to be followed by a question and answer session with the artist.

Ut rose to fame with his iconic Vietnam War photo of several children fleeing a botched napalm attack on their village on June 8, 1972. Central to the photo was an unclothed nine-year-old girl, Kim Phuc. Once it hit the press, the picture quickly gained widespread distribution, affected the hearts and minds of people all over the world, and marked a turning point in the conflict.

“As a Vietnam veteran and photographer, Nick’s images from the war leave an indelible mark in my memory,” says Art Center photography chair David Baker. “They truly tell the horror of war, especially for the innocents. The ‘Napalm Girl’ image shows that better than any image I have seen.”

According to legend, Ut used his media credential to get Phuc and other children admitted to a hospital following the moment he captured on film. Ut said in a past interview that the girl was initially “very upset about the picture.”

Her story, however, has a happy ending. Today she lives in Canada and does humanitarian work. The two are still in communication to this day.

Tickets for Ut’s presentation are available in advance at ojaiact.tix.com.

For more information on Ut’s appearance or any other Ojai Art Center event, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org or call 805-646-0117.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for “A Daring Adventure” at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free for everyone. It will be a fun filled day including a special visit from Elaine Horn, nationally renowned Judy Garland impersonator, as Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz.” Children can participate in a reenactment of the Wizard of Oz, take a picture with Dorothy, enjoy a lollipop from Munchkinland and participate in hands-on art activities. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the moment!

Visitors can also view the Museum’s current exhibitions including “Nature Inspired: The Paintings of Sherry Loehr,” and “Building History: The Story of the Museum’s Home.”

The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North Tenth Street in downtown Santa Paula. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Regular admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and is free for museum members and students. For more information, please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554 or info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

"Shades Of Gray” photograph by David Baker.
"Shades Of Gray” photograph by David Baker.
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Written by Myrna Cambianica and Letitia Grimes

“Shades Of Gray,” the 13th annual Ojai Art Center Photography Branch juried exhibit, opens on Saturday, June 4, with a free opening reception from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through June 29 at the Ojai Art Center Gallery, located at 113 South Montgomery St., Ojai, CA.

Once it was the only choice open to a photographer, but now black and white im-aging has become an outstanding medium of artistic expression. All photographs in this year’s exhibit are in black, white, and shades of gray; and because the theme is open, many different genres and techniques will be represented. Black and white photography can reveal the underlying essence and story within an image and bring into focus the individual artist’s specific point of view. It can also make textures, lines and patterns visible that would otherwise be lost in a background of colors. Photographers from Ventura County and beyond are participating, as well as students in a special division for grades 7 through 12.

David Baker and Tanya Kovaleski will be this year’s distinguished judges. One of Baker’s specialties is black and white imaging and Kovaleski will add balance to the judging with her experience as a teacher and fine artist.

Baker is internationally known for his creative website and graphic designs. He is best known in the United States for his website designs for the 1995 Academy Awards, Super Bowl XXX, Microsoft Windows NT site, and the California State Legislature.

He was founder of Beverly Hills Software, an internationally known website design firm; as well as founder and President of Real Time Computer Science in Cama-rillo. He served as a Computer Architecture Specialist at Intel Corporation, and as Director of Development for Symantec/Peter Norton/Security Products.

Currently the chair of the Photography Branch at the Ojai Art Center, Baker is also Ojai Art Center Staff Photographer. He serves as Website Architect and Staff Photographer for the Ojai Studio Artists. Active in the Ojai Photography Club, he recently became a core member of the club’s central team that oversees the organization. Visit his website for images and extended information: http://www.ojaiimages.com/

Kovaleski photographs nature, architecture and structures as a means of bringing her experience of a specific place and time back into her studio. These images often become points of departure for her abstract paintings and sculpture. She also uses photography to document her own sculptures and paintings for her portfolio.

Both an educator and a studio artist, Kovaleski has taught sculpture at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. She holds graduate degrees from both UC Berkeley and Yale University School of Art. Her sculptures, paintings and installations have been exhibited in one-person as well as group shows. Most recently, two of her large-scale sculptures were installed at the Sam Maloof Foundation, and at the Los Angeles Arboretum. Since 2010, Kovaleski has called Ojai home. Visit her website at: http://www.voulkos.com/asd/kovaleski

For full information please visit: http://ojaiacphoto.org


CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet on Sunday 5/22/16 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. The public is invited to play, listen and dance to Country Western and Bluegrass music. Free admission and parking, refreshments available. calfiddlers.com or call 805-797-6563.


The Ventura County Potters’ Guild is a collective of ceramic artists is made up of professional and recreational potters and ceramists; instructors from local high schools and colleges; as well as people with a passion for ceramics. The VCPG began with ten Ventura area potters who came together in 1957 to form a potters’ guild. College ceramics instructor, William Winterbourne, lead the group as “master potter”. They pledged themselves to maintain high professional standards and to provide to the public examples of contemporary pottery through exhibits and local sales and mentoring.

This year’s spring sale on June 11 & 12 in Libbey Park, Ojai will be our 57th anniversary of celebrating the Guild's fine ceramic artists along side of Ojai's premier Music Festival. There will be a Guild themed competition, "Natural", that will be juried as well as a People's Choice Award. Please come vote for your favorite piece! Demonstrations that will entertain both children and adults are planned.

For more information, call 805 644-6800

In July 2010 the VCPG opened its first full-time gallery located in Ventura Harbor at 1567 Spinnaker Drive #105. The gallery currently features 21 juried VCPG members who take turns working shifts and selling their wares.

Proceeds from pottery sold at guild events make possible demonstrations, workshops, a lending library of books and videos, and scholarships to local ceramic students. Monthly meetings are generally held the 4th Monday evening of each month from September to May and feature guest speakers who present information or demonstrations in his or her field of expertise; anyone interested in pottery is welcome to attend.

Since its creation 57 years ago, the VCPG has become a non-profit organization, promoting interest in pottery making and appreciation of the ceramic arts. The Guild has grown from the original 10 to more than 135 members and has expanded beyond Ventura to represent much of southern and central California.


On Sunday, May 15, from 12 noon to 4 pm, kids and families can meet real, live turtles and tortoises and create their own “homemade” turtle to take home; all ages are welcome. This is a local observance of World Turtle Day, designated to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for turtles and tortoises.

The California Turtle and Tortoise Club will be bringing four species of turtle to the Museum of Ventura County, to teach kids about their lives, their care and their origins. There will be a special appearance by “Tut” a male California Desert tortoise (see attached photo), along with his “friends” Tortilla and Amelia (also in photo). Also attached is a photo of a sulcata tortoise of African origin; one will be on hand to examine. There will also be hatchling—just born—tortoises at the event.

How’s your tortoise-knowledge!? Did you know all tortoises are actually turtles? Turtles usually live in water and have webbed feet. Come to the museum to learn how to tell the difference between species.

In addition, kids can create their own “pet” turtle, using a bowl for a shell, to take home! Admission to this event, including the craft session, is free for kids (Adults pay $5 admission fee).

The California Turtle and Tortoise Club is a society dedicated to turtle and tortoise preservation, conservation and education. Founded in 1964, the club promotes and facilitates the care, rescue and adoption of native and non-native species.

For further information please contact: Stefanie Davis, director of marketing, at (805) 653-0323, x303 or sdavis@venturamuseum.org

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 is $5.00 Adults (18 years & older) $3.00 Seniors (65 and older), Students & AAA members with ID, $1.00 Children (17-6 years old) Children 5 years old & younger are FREE. The first Sunday of every month are free general admission for the public. For more information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

“Waterwomen – On the Shore No More”

"Andrea Ventura CA" by Photographer Elizabeth Pepin Silva
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"Keren Pacifica CA" by Photographer Elizabeth Pepin Silva
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"Kiai Age Two And Half" by Photographer Elizabeth Pepin Silva
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"Mary Osborne Solimar CA" by Photographer Elizabeth Pepin Silva
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"Rachell Pacifica CA" by Photographer Elizabeth Pepin Silva
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"Sunset Fog Pacifica CA" by Photographer Elizabeth Pepin Silva
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"Unknown Girl Refugio CA" by Photographer Elizabeth Pepin Silva
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The Ojai Photo Club welcomes Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photographer, Elizabeth Pepin Silva, as guest presenter for May. Documenting the shattering of stereotypical “beach babe” images in surfing culture, and the rise of women surfers as world class athletes, her presentation is titled “Waterwomen - On the Shore No More.” The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. on May 17, 2016, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

As a veteran surfer in the mid-90s, Pepin Silva became increasingly dismayed by the portrayal of women in the surf media. Often used to advertise surfing merchandise, the fashionably skinny, bikini-clad models were nothing like the women she was seeing out in the ocean. Her fellow women surfers were, in her words, “from 6 to 60 years old, strong and athletic, of all ethnicities, sizes and shapes.” Determined to create a more positive perception of women in surfing, she embarked on a photographic journey spanning two decades, with the goal of dismantling the “surfer girl” cliché.

Beginning with portraits of women surfers in 1996, Pepin Silva went into the waves in 1997 with a Canon water camera and water housing to capture the action up close. Since that time she has photographed hundreds of women surfers in the United States, Mexico and Europe. According to former Surfer magazine editor and surf historian Matt Warshaw, she is one of the first women in the world to photograph surfing from the water.

Moving on to filming documentaries, Pepin Silva created “One Winter Story,” about Sarah Gerhardt, the first woman to surf the legendary big waves at Maverick’s Beach, California. Her most recent film is “La Maestra,” documenting the inspiring life of a young Mexican primary school teacher and surfer.

After living in the San Francisco Bay area for most of her life, Pepin Silva was finding, by 2008, that the foggy weather and cold water surfing had lost their appeal. She began searching for a place to live where she and her husband could enjoy outdoor activities and warm weather surfing. While camping in Ventura, they drove up Highway 33 and immediately fell in love with Ojai, moving here permanently in 2011.

Beyond the focus on women surfers, Pepin Silva envisions a wider scope to her work: “The goal of both my photo and film projects is to make women, both surfers and non-surfers alike, feel better about themselves and to acknowledge them in a positive way as athletes and enthusiasts. I hope to act as an agent of positive change, dispelling myths and altering the way all women are portrayed in the media.”

The presentation at the Ojai Photo Club will be interactive, and will include a wide spectrum of photographs of women surfers, a clip from the film “One Winter Story,” as well as the photographic equipment used in the ocean. After her presentation, Pepin Silva will review members’ images. For full information on Pepin Silva go to: http://otwfront.net

Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service outreach. Visitors are always welcome to attend. The Ojai Photography Club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Only members may submit images for review. For additional information please visit: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

Mark Frost
Mark Frost

Ojai writer Mark Frost will sit down with Mark Lewis on May 15 at the Ojai Valley Museum to discuss the eagerly awaited sequel to Frost’s classic TV series “Twin Peaks.” Frost and the film director David Lynch co-created the original series in 1990, and they have teamed up again for the sequel, which will air next year on the Showtime premium cable channel.

Frost also will discuss his experience working on another classic series, “Hill Street Blues,” and his books such as “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” which he adapted into a film directed by Bill Paxton, his friend and fellow Ojai resident. The wide-ranging discussion at the museum also will touch on Frost’s interest in Joseph Campbell, whose writings (“The Hero With A Thousand Faces”) have influenced Frost’s approach to storytelling. Campbell will figure as a character in Frost’s next book, which will have an Ojai angle: It will focus on Krishnamurti.

The May 15 “A Conversation With Mark Frost” event will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 (museum members admitted free).

In-Harmony Chorus
In-Harmony Chorus
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First-time event to feature performances, artifacts

California Lutheran will present a free Dragon Boat Festival for the first time at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in Samuelson Chapel.

The Chinese cultural event will feature performances by In-Harmony Chorus and Cal Lutheran students. A group of singing enthusiasts in Thousand Oaks and surrounding cities established the chorus in 2010. Led by director and conductor Jay Yang, the group sings a wide variety of songs including Chinese classics and folk songs. The event will also feature a display of Chinese artifacts, and guests will receive souvenirs relating to the holiday.

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, has been held annually in China for more than 2,000 years. It commemorates the patriotic poet Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan was the top adviser to the King of Chu, but the king dismissed and exiled him when jealous officials slandered him and accused him of treason. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote many enduring poems showing his love and passion for his country. He drowned himself in a river in 278 BC when he found out that his country was conquered by the state of Qin.

On hearing of Qu Yuan's death, local people were in great distress. Fishermen searched for his body by sailing their boats down the river, and people threw food, including zongzi and other rice dumplings, into the river to attract fish and stop them from destroying Qu Yuan's body.

Because Qu Yuan died on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, people decided to commemorate him on that day every year. Among the customs practiced on this day are dragon boat racing, eating zongzi and wearing a perfume pouch. Qu Yuan's patriotic spirit has become a symbol of the noble and persevering spirit of the Chinese people.

Samuelson Chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the festival. It is open to community members ages 5 and older. For more information, contact Debby Chang at ddchang@callutheran.edu.

"Girls with Cameras" by Photographer David Baker
"Girls with Cameras" by Photographer David Baker
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By Contributors Myrna Cambianica and Letitia Grimes

The Photography Branch of the Ojai Art Center welcomes artists to submit photographic images in black and white for the upcoming 13th annual juried photography exhibit, “Shades of Gray,” opening June 4 with a reception from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Entries may be submitted to the Art Center Thursday, June 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. or Friday, June 3, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

In a world where color is standard in all visual media, why would anyone choose to create a black and white image? For the artist, the removal of color has many outstanding advantages, including subtle shifts in tones across forms, the drama of contrasting lights and darks, and dynamic linear compositions. A black and white image can reveal the underlying essence and story of a subject and bring into focus the photographer’s point of view.

All entries must be in black and white photographic media. The subject matter is open, and can be pure photographic or digitally altered images. Amateurs, professionals, and students in grades 7 through 12, are all welcome to enter. Students will have free entry fees. For full information and questions contact: David Baker (805) 558-6460 (call or text) or e-mail at

For the Call for Artists please visit: http://ojaiacphoto.org/2016-annual-exhibit.html


Celebrating their 35-year Anniversary, the Oxnard College Ballet Folklorico Mestizo will present their spring concert, Friday, April 29th & Saturday, April 30th at 7:30 pm.

Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA. Presale tickets available at 6pm at the box office, or during regular business hours at the Oxnard College Business Office, 805.986-5811.

Original work by artist, Ms. Gaby Leon, will be on exhibit both evenings. Truly a family fun filled weekend of delightful music, dance & artistry. All invited to attend.


A Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger who first gained international attention as a backup singer for vocalist Leonard Cohen will give two free concerts on the CSU Channel Islands (CI) campus at 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

Los Angeles native Perla Batalla will lead a musical dramatic piece called “Blue House: Hearts on the Outside” at 5 p.m. in Malibu Hall. The performance is inspired by the frescoes, canvasses and private journals of two of the most significant painters of the 20th century: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

“Perla Batalla in Concert” will be performed at 8 p.m. The show will draw from her Mestiza heritage as well as her musical work touring with Leonard Cohen. “Mestiza” refers to a woman of mixed heritage.

Batalla’s father was a mariachi musician who owned a popular Spanish record store and her mother was from South America.

CI part-time reference librarian and music lover Stephen Brogden arranged the concerts, having seen Batalla perform at the Thousand Oaks Library when Brogden served as the director.

“I thought Perla would be an ideal candidate for the first show at CI,” Brogden said. “I had invited her to play twice at the Thousand Oaks Library and she was always a pro. Great voice, engaging stage presence, and more than willing to share the stage with young artists she likes.”

Batalla knows the importance of someone believing in you. It was Cohen who encouraged her to strike out on her own as a soloist, a move that resulted in critical acclaim for her music, including a Grammy nomination for her album “Mestiza.”

Brogden was also impressed that Batalla is a firm believer in the next generation of performers.

“At a time when art and music are marginalized in the education of youth, I am more than ever committed to educational outreach as I travel throughout the country,” Batalla said. “Exposing young audiences to the beauty of art, music and poetry through live theater may be the only hope we have.”

Brogden says he hopes to continue bringing live concerts of this caliber to CI. The performance was possible because of a grant from the Instructionally Related Activities fund at CI.

For more information on Perla, visit www.perla.com.

Admission is free, but an RSVP for Blue House; Hearts on the Outside is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=24576439793.

RSVP for Perla Batalla in Concert at: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=24575080728.

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.

The premier art festival on the west coast

Saturday, June 4th
11am – 7pm

This year’s Arts Alive is expected to showcase hundreds of local, regional and national artists along with the talented Artists-in-Residence from Studio Channel Islands. Art organizations will also be on hand to partake in the festivities at the biggest and most exciting art festival in Ventura County. Enjoy live music, food trucks, entertainment, wine & beer gardens with premium local wines, and variety of microbrews and domestic beers. There will be a Kids Corner featuring a sidewalk chalk contest, face painting, fun art projects and much much more! So pencil in the date and spend a day experiencing the arts and meeting the best artists in the industry.

Studio Channel Islands is located at 2222 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo. Gallery hours are Tuesday 11 - 3pm, Wednesday through Friday 11 – 5pm and Saturday 10 -3 pm.
Artist studios are open on Saturday, May 7th from 11 – 4pm.
For information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org or call 805-383-1368.

Art by Jill Penkhus
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Dates: May 6 to June 2
Ojai Center for the Arts
113 S. Montgomery St.
Ojai, CA 93023
RECEPTION MAY 14, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Artist's Statement
A selection from the artist's series, Tango Club, will open at the Ojai Art Center Main Gallery 113 S. Montgomery Street, on May 6th. The one woman show will feature large acrylic/pastel paintings on canvas. For this exhibit, the artist chose anatomy in action through exaggerated dance style, relationship between the tango partners, with a few quirky ideas thrown in. (Various animal heads substituted for heads of the male partner is one example of license taken in these free flowing forms.)

Jill's 14 year career as a medical illustrator was a very different experience of the human body than this exhibit. After completing a Masters degree in anatomy and medical illustration, she worked at the Brain Research Institute and the Department of Anatomy at UCLA. She spent hours in the dissecting lab, and attended surgeries in order to illustrate procedures. The illustrations appeared in medical journals, at scientific conferences, and various atlases of anatomy including Grants Atlas of Anatomy, Clemente's Anatomy (UCLA) and primarily, Gray's Anatomy. The work was static and exacting, mostly rendered in pen and ink, carbon tone, and occasionally in limited colors.

Jill now believes that her artistic life is partly a reaction to the exactness of that work which depicted the body and its structure from skeleton to skin. "I prefer to paint dramatic personalities, lots of motion, color and impressionistic fantasy ideas. I'm having a lot more fun." She hopes you will too.

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Grammy-nominated percussionist will be special guest

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Jazz Collective will present a free outdoor concert in the Uyeno Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

Under director Uziel Colón, 10 student performers in the Jazz Collective will play straight-ahead jazz, Latin and funk. The repertoire will include songs that were made famous by Carl Jader, Jaco Pastorius, Spyro Gyra and Yellowjackets.

The musicians, all of whom will solo, are Alex Avaneszadeh, a biology major and music minor from Simi Valley, on piano; Luis Burgos, a biology major from Whittier, on trumpet; Matthew Case, a criminal justice major from Thousand Oaks, on drums; Cory Cranston, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Santa Clarita, on guitar; Grant Escandon, a music major from Newbury Park, on piano; Lauren Hesterman, a communication and music production major from Vacaville, on cello; Torrance Klein, a music production major from Thousand Oaks, on bass; Michael Martindale, a music major from Granada Hills, on trombone; Nolan Monsibay, an interdisciplinary educational studies major from Northridge, on piano; and Caleb Solberg, a music major and Spanish minor from Miami, on tenor sax.

Grammy nominee and master percussionist Roberto Rosario will perform as a special guest. The composer, producer and arranger has performed throughout the United States and in Australia, Cuba, Japan, Ecuador and Spain. He was percussionist for the group La Clave Secreta, whose album “Frutero Moderno” was a nominee for Best Tropical Latin Album at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009. In 2010-11, he toured as percussionist with the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical “In the Heights.”

Colón is a pianist and composer whose repertoire ranges from piano improvisations in Latin jazz to commercial pop, salsa rhythms and gospel. The Studio City resident has performed at events including the Heineken JazzFest in Puerto Rico, the Beantown Jazz Fest in Boston, CJW in Beijing and the MadaJazzcar Festival in Madagascar. He works for The Latin Recording Academy and composes, arranges and produces music for television shows and independent artists.

The amphitheater is located next to Overton Hall at 3163 Regent Ave. Guests should bring low-back lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu.