“Mid Morning Under The Eucalyptus” Oil On Canvas.
“Mid Morning Under The Eucalyptus” Oil On Canvas.
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Scott Wynn’s exhibit, “Central Coast Visions” will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from May 27 to June 21, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, June 6 from 5 – 8 pm during First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl.
Wynn’s images evolve from the life long photographer’s eye which he uses to express his view of California landscapes. A native of Southern California, Wynn, has watched the countryside change from rural landscapes into urbanized developments altering the views he remembers of his youth. The oil paintings in “Central Coast Visions” evoke dreamy memories of an innocent and untouched California backdrop and effectively correspond with Wynn’s fascination in the unbelievable power of nature.
The multi- step process the artist uses to achieve his images begins with a composition constructed from one or more photographs. After working the layout on paper and on the computer, he begins to paint with layers of transparent pigment and color from an idealized memory of his subject.
This will be Wynn’s first Solo Show with the Buenaventura Art Association, but he has exhibited works in many venues including Santa Paula Art and Photography shows, Maritime Museum exhibits, LA and Ventura County Art Festivals and has received awards from the Buenaventura Art Association and the Ventura County Fair Professional Artist Competition.
The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 Santa Clara St., Ventura, California, 93001 Phone: (805) 648.1234 .Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12-5 pm .and Saturday 11 – 5. For more information, visit their website at www.buenaventuragallery.org.



Enjoy day tripping, but not the driving? Consider a Museum of Ventura County motor coach trip this summer. The first, on Tuesday, June 3, explores the newly opened Broad Contemporary Art Museum at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the other on Wednesday, July 16, tours the exotic gardens of Lotusland in Montecito. Both day trips originate in Ventura.

The Los Angeles trip on June 3 includes a one-hour docent led tour of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, and incorporates time to plan your own lunch and explore LACMA’s other exhibitions and galleries. The cost is $45.00 for museum members, $55.00 for non-members.

The trip to Lotusland in Montecito on July 16 includes a guided tour of the exotic gardens at the 37-acre estate of the late Madame Ganna Walska. A picnic lunch at nearby Manning Park is included. Cost is $65 for museum members, $75 for non-members.

Space for both trips is limited. For further information, including start and return times, and to make reservations, call Jennifer Mackie @ 805-641-1876 ext. 305.


Isabel Gomes, Cornstalk, (2003), pinhole photograph
Isabel Gomes, Cornstalk, (2003), pinhole photograph
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Lis J. Schwitters, A Pledge of Alliance, 2001, cyanotype
Lis J. Schwitters, A Pledge of Alliance, 2001, cyanotype
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Three contemporary photographers who use 19th century techniques will exhibit their work at the Museum of Ventura County from May 21 through July 6. Lis J. Schwitters, Isabel Gomes and Lawrence Gund will also give a presentation on Saturday, May 31, at 2:00 p.m., to talk about why they have looked to the past for alternative inspiration. Their work includes classic methods such as tintypes, pinhole photographs, cyanotypes, and Van Dyke prints.

This exhibit compliments the concurrent The Past on a Plate: The Photographs of John Calvin Brewster, running through August 17. Brewster was Ventura’s first professional photographer, and his images from glass plate negatives captured Ventura County life from 1874 until his death in 1909.

The Museum of Ventura County’s location during renovation construction is 89 South California, near the corner of California and Santa Clara Streets in downtown Ventura. The museum is open Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission, except for some events. For information, please call (805) 653-0323 or go to http://www.venturamuseum.org.



VENTURA -- The Ventura College Dance Department’s spring show, GOLD, celebrates award winning music, cinema, and stage performances. Through dance and song the audience will relive Grammy, Academy, and Tony recipients. GOLD will please all dance lovers with a full range of genre, including ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, and tap. For music enthusiasts, there will be live performances from some of the county’s best vocal artists.
GOLD will be in the main theater at Ventura College Friday May 16th at 8:00 pm, Saturday May 17th at 8:00 pm and a 3:00 pm matinee performance on Sunday May 18th.
This original dance production is the artistic creation of the students in Dance 30, a course offered at Ventura College to give students real experience in choreography and performance. GOLD is directed by Becky Contreras, in conjunction with assistant director Darshana Chima.
Dance numbers will include performances to well-known music from such movies and musicals as Gone with the Wind, Doctor Zhivago, Chariots of Fire, Casablanca, Love Story, Zorba the Greek, An American in Paris, Chicago, The Godfather, Titanic, Wicked, Grease, Guys and Dolls, Dream Girls, Lion King, Schindler’s List, the Wiz, Movin’ Out, and Hairspray.
Music will include pieces from Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, Camelot, Cabaret, Big River, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and South Pacific.
Students from around the county will be participating in this series of performances:
Janesse Alcaraz, Karen Alfaro, Yulianna Alfara, Yadira Barboza, Jannely Becerra, Isaias Castillo, Latika Castillo, Glacy May Guijo Juan Carlo Gutierrez, Rudy Larrazolo, Erika Lopez, Jocelyn Liu, Ashley Martinez, Jessica Parizo, Rafael Rameriz, all of Oxnard; Alyse Herrera, Linda Isaac, April Rose Muentz, Shelby Schneider, Olivia Valdellon, all of Ventura, Eddie Martinez of Santa Paula and Micelle Muentz of Cape May, New Jersey. Danielle Barrette of Fillmore was also in the cast until her death in a car accident last week. The cast is continuing with the scheduled performances in her memory.
All tickets at the door will be $10.00. Pre-sale tickets are $10.00 for general admission, $8:00 for students, seniors, and faculty members. For more information, or to order tickets contact Becky Contreras at 805-207-5877.



Buenaventura Art Association artist Christine Beirne created and donated a kinetic sculpture for the Ventura Harbor Village titled “Seeking Peace.” The piece is mounted between two palm trees in the planter in between the Harbor Village Gallery and Hi-Cees restaurant.
The sculpture is a site specific piece consisting of origami-inspired steel cranes that rotate with the wind. Says Beirne, “BAA President Dan LaVigne requested a crane sculpture and Iris Austin with the Port District requested a kinetic piece; I wasn’t sure how to “marry” the two requests until I read the story of Sadako Sasaki and the Thousand Paper Cranes. She was a young girl who contracted leukemia from Hiroshima. It is believed that folding 1,000 cranes will grant the folder a wish. It is said that Sadako didn’t get to 1,000 cranes, but through her efforts, the origami cranes symbolize peace. Since my cranes are rotating, they are seeking peace. I like to think that when they all point in the same direction, they will have found it.”
Beirne is the Executive Director of the Buenaventura Art Association. She studied sculpture with Ellis Jump at Ventura College and Matt Furmanski at CSUCI. She studied welding with Michael Clarke at Ventura College.
The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, (before the big lawn) Ventura, California, Phone: (805) 644 – 2750. Hours: 12 – 6 pm. Closed Tuesdays.



Margery Spielman’s exhibit, In My Backyard will be at the Discovery Gallery from May 1 – June 5, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, May 2 from 5 – 7 pm during First Friday Ventura Gallery Crawl.

Many of us are just steps from the sand, moments from the beach and the coastal California seascape is our backyard. Margery Spielman celebrates her own relationship and close proximity to the natural beauty and the abundance of wildlife here at the beaches of Ventura and the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel in with her show “In My Backyard”. Images of innocence and human ignorance in mixed media are juxtaposed for a conscious meander along the shorelines and under the surface of our oceans.

The knowledge and familiarity of her subjects come from her years as a marine naturalist and environmental artist. Spielman has been scuba diving since 1964 and has taught scuba and oceanography courses at Ventura College and Ojai Valley School. She has swam with and worked along side Jacques Cousteau, has exhibited her paintings from Paris to Hawaii and currently teaches with Elderhostel, an international organization for adventurous seniors. Margery Spielman’s exhibit, “In My Backyard” will be at the Discovery Gallery from May 1 to June 5, 2008 with an opening reception on Friday, May 2 from 5 – 7.

The Discovery Gallery is located at the Ventura Visitor’s Bureau, 101 S. California St in downtown Ventura. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call the Buenaventura Art Association at 805-648-1235 or visit their website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.


Judy Klement’s exhibit, “California Places and Faces” will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from April 29 to May 24, 2008 with an opening reception on Sat, May 3 from 4 – 7 pm. In addition, a champagne artist preview will be held during First Fridays Ventura Gallery Crawl on Friday, May 2 from 5 – 8 pm.

Klement’s joyful renderings of “California Places and Faces” are pastel, watercolor and oil paint styled in the realistic -impressionistic style. Among the works are local vistas of sail boats, the Mission, the Topa Topas, the Pacific and sunsets. Traveling beyond Ventura, Klement also captures images of Moonstone Beach, some Morro Bay scenes, Yosemite and the High Sierras. There are also numerous portraits portraying a comfortable element of approachability: meet “Dream Catcher” or ladies of Ventura and California desert travelers. Klement explains how capturing these people and places “…go beyond the visual to an essence of being, of place, to share a moment in time preserved as art.”

Klement was born on the East Coast, but loves the beauty found in California’s scenery. Her home and studio/gallery are in Santa Paula. She teaches with the Ventura Adult Continuing Education (VACE) art program. An award winning artist, Klement’s portraits, custom art and murals are found in fine homes and establishments around the USA and abroad. Klement is a past President to Ventura County Pastel Artist and is active with Santa Paula Society of the Arts. She has shown at Buenaventura Gallery, Gardens of the World, the Museum of Ventura County, and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. ,

The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 Santa Clara St., Ventura, California, 93001 Phone: (805) 648.1234 .Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12-5 pm .and Saturday 11 – 4. For more information, visit their website at www.buenaventuragallery.com


Road trips and back roads took photographer Stephen Schafer to the images found in PlaceScapes, an exhibition opening April 26 at the Museum of Ventura County’s new 89 California Street location in Ventura. The exhibit runs through May 18.

Once familiar elements of small town American life, such as Laundromats, coffee shops, and drive-ins, are the focus of Schafer’s attention.

“I document and explore the significance of places commonplace before technology crept into every facet of our lives,” said Schafer. “Hopefully my images evoke memories of authentic places from the viewer’s past. The places seen in this exhibit may still exist, but many are lost forever.”

The black and white gelatin silver prints are from negatives shot on infrared film, which is sensitive to light the naked eye cannot detect. This underlying unpredictability is why Schafer has continued to use infrared film for all his fine art photographs since 1987.

Current president of the San Buenaventura Conservancy, Schafer is an active arts advocate in the city of Ventura. His international career in fine art, architectural and commercial photography began at Brooks Institure of Photography in Santa Barbara. Schafer is currently the Artist - in - Residence at the Museum of Ventura County and is also the Ventura Spring ArtWalk Featured Artist. On Saturday, April 26, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., he will sign ArtWalk posters at the Museum of Ventura County’s 89 California site.


Irena Jablonski will be giving a two-day Figurative Oils Workshop at the Harbor Village Gallery on Sunday, May 18 and Sunday, May 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The workshop is $160 for BAA members and $190 for non-members. The workshop is for beginners and advanced painters. To enroll, call the Buenaventura Art Association at 805.648.1235 or pay online at www.HarborVillageGallery.com.
Learn how to paint a nude or clothed figure, integrate it into the background, seeing shapes, color, value and edges. Artists will learn to:
• Work wet into wet, from start to finish.
• Begin with a light sketch
• Basic planning
• Refined modeling.
• Communicate your paintings to the viewer with a story-telling quality by supplying the settings and situations.

Students will work independently with individual attention, instruction and critique. A brief demonstration will start each class. Come and set free the magic of human subjects that awaits us!
An easel, basic set of oil paints and brushes, and canvas of a size 20”x16” are suggested. Students may bring their own photos to work from or use the instructor’s selection.
Irena Jablonski is an award winning artist represented internationally by fine art galleries. Her painting was featured in an instructional book “100 ways to paint People and Figures” issued by the International Artist magazine. One of her paintings was recently accepted for the annual Oil Painters of America exhibition 2006. She had numerous solo exhibitions as well as she took part in group exhibitions also in North Hollywood. As an artist she was featured in numerous newspapers and on TV. After a career in structural engineering she studied art at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. She continues to study at the California Art Institute where her paintings are very often featured in the literature.
The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura, California, Phone: (805) 644 – 2750. Open noon – 5. Closed Tuesdays.


VENTURA -- The Ventura College Spring 2008 Arts and Lecture Series continues with a lecture with George Yepes, Cultural Artist on April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Reading Room of the Library and Learning Resource Center on the Ventura College campus.

The event is free, parking is $1 and refreshments will be served. For additional information, call the Public Relations Office, Ventura College, (805) 654-6462.

George Yepes was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. He moved to East Los Angeles at the age of four. He earned a degree from California State University, Los Angeles, in business administration, and joined the Public Art Center, leaving behind his hard street life and gang membership. He also took painting classes at East Los Angeles City College and worked both as an accountant and a muralist.

One of the more prolific painters in the Chicano Mural Movement of the late 70's, Yepes gained his early reputation as a ferocious painter when he painted with notables from Carlos Almaraz and Frank Romero to Gilbert "Magu" Lujan. He then became an instrumental partner in the mural group "East Los Streetscapers" from 1979 to 1985 until he decided that group painting wasn't suited to his temperament or pace. With grand scale and furious momentum Yepes has painted over 800,000 square feet of eloquent social, historical, and sacred images onto the facades of everything from churches, hospitals and freeway overpasses to album covers. His 28 murals are landmarks in Los Angeles, as are the 21 murals his Academia de Arte Yepes students have painted. Yepes established the Academia de Arte Yepes, the first free mural academy for young students in Los Angeles. Yepes has taught nearly 1500 low-income students over the last decade through the Academia. His mural painting concepts and designs continue to be studied by graduate students and scholars across the United States.

But mural painting is only one facet of this intense painters' focus.

Yepes' oevre incorporates religious iconography via his "re-imagination of the sacred", ethereally beautiful women, modern street violence, Chicano and Mexican Folklore/Elitelore, world history, and literature in powerful - sexually charged - atmospheres. Yepes' paintings have been collected by a widely diverse audience, from Sean Penn, Cheech Marin, Anthony Keidis, and Robert Rodriguez to Catholic churches on the east side of L.A., and City Governments nationally.

In 1993-94 George Yepes was partnered with Ricardo Legoreta, the Mexican Architect, as the duo "Lead Urban Design Team" for the $1 Billion Eastern Extension of the Metro Red Line of Los Angeles Subway, in charge of designing seven Metro stations and tunnels. He was chosen for his ability to impact structure during preliminary engineering - prior to final architectural design.

In 1998 the State of California chose George Yepes to paint the 70' vaulted ceiling of the State Archives Museum in Sacramento, the State Capital. This mural, "The Promise", depicts the emergence of California's Statehood incorporating elements from Aztec to Greco-Roman mythology.

In 2001 George was called to Illinois and left behind his mark on the city, a 24'x70' mural in Chicago. In Dec. 2001 the Chicano Visions/ American Painters on the Verge exhibit spearheaded by Cheech Marin, began a fifteen city tour with plans in the making to travel to Europe and Japan. The exhibit museums: The San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas; The Smithsonian in Washington DC.; the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; The Mexican Fine Arts Museum, Chicago, IL; the University of Houston, Houston, Texas; Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis, MO; The de Young Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, CA; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.

According to a news release from the Academia, in January 2008, JPL in Pasadena unveiled murals created by Yepes' student muralists. The "Cassini Instrument Operations" murals were painted over a 6 month period at the Academia de Arte Yepes in Downtown Los Angeles, then permanently installed at JPL in Pasadena. 340 feet of murals created from four years of Cassini science returned as visualized through by the young artists. The beauty and magic of the skys can only be appreciated by walking slowly among these rings, moons and environments explored by the Cassini instruments and recreated by the muralists. This was for a 2007 Summer/Fall class assignment, Course Title "Fine Art Painting - For Lifers Only."

Yepes has exhibited in 12 solo and 45 group shows at venues that have included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Sitges-Barcelona Olympics Exhibit. He had designed more than 30 public murals as well as an album cover for Los Lobos, a Grammy Award winning music group from East Los Angeles. Titled “La Pistola y el Corazon,” the cover has won numerous awards, and is in many museum collections. Sean Penn and Madonna bought the original painting for a record-breaking sum in 1989. Yepes’ work can be seen in the traveling exhibition, “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge,” from the Cheech Marin collection.

The above biographical information on Yepes is from: http://www.georgeyepes.com/