Nominations for Thousand Oaks Excellence in Arts Award Due July 28, 2017

The Excellence in the Arts Awards are designed to honor and celebrate persons and organizations that contribute to the vibrancy of the arts and culture and increase access to arts experiences in Thousand Oaks.

2017 Award Categories
The arts are defined as visual and performing arts, including but not limited to music, dance, theater, painting, sculpture, photography and traditional/folk art.  For these specific awards, the arts do not include literary arts. All winners may be asked to participate in city events, either by serving as an Arts Ambassador or through performance or exhibition opportunities. Philanthropy, while important, is not considered to be a factor in the criteria for any award.

  1. Community Impact
    The Community Impact Award is presented to a person or organization who has inspired and encouraged the arts and culture in Thousand Oaks in a creative or innovative way. The winner will be notable in the community memory for years to come because of an emphasis on some or all of the following: a) bringing together organizations or people in the arts, b) elevating the arts and culture through visionary leadership, creativity, advocacy and volunteerism, and c) inspiring and encouraging artists and arts groups in the areas of innovation, outreach, inclusiveness and access.
  2. Emerging Arts Leadership
    The Emerging Arts Leadership Award is presented to a person or organization demonstrating the potential to influence and elevate the arts and culture through outstanding vision, leadership and creativity.  Age is not a factor in this award.
  3. Exceptional Arts Education
    The Exceptional Arts Education Award is presented to an individual or organization for excellent work in and significant contributions to arts education, either a) through enhancing the education curriculum within the school system, or b) through creating educational opportunities in the arts outside the school setting. 
  4. Artist of the Year
    The Artist of the Year Award recognizes a dedicated individual’s excellence and accomplishments in an arts discipline.  This award is for unique vision, high artistic quality, creativity and innovation.
  5. The Mayor’s Award
    The Mayor’s Award is granted each year to a recipient chosen by the Mayor of Thousand Oaks. There are not parameters or restrictions for this award, which is up to the sole discretion of the current mayor.

The award determination is based on the award criteria listed below and the category definitions detailed on the award nomination form. Nomination deadline is Friday, July 28th (extended - originally was the 20th) at 4pm. Learn more at

Military Sculpture Reproductions on Display at Rolland Gallery at CLU August 26 to October 29

Military sculpture reductions on display

Cal Lutheran exhibit features copies of famed statues

20th-century reduction of "Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni,” which was by Andrea del Verrocchio. The bronze reduction is 19 x 16 x 8 inches. Courtesy of Richard Gardner Antiques, Chichester, England.

20th-century reduction of "Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni,” which was by Andrea del Verrocchio. The bronze reduction is 19 x 16 x 8 inches. Courtesy of Richard Gardner Antiques, Chichester, England.

An exhibit of small reproductions of giant military sculptures will open Aug. 26 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

“Historical Military Reductions” runs through Oct. 29 on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Battles and war heroes have been celebrated in monumental sculpture for millennia. Warriors are featured on horses during combat, in contemplation before entering a campaign, or in the moments before death. Over many generations, skilled artists have created reductions, sometimes of works that have since been lost.

The exhibition features four 20th-century bronze reductions of acclaimed military sculptures dating from antiquity. “The Dying Gaul,” depicting the defeat of the Galatians, was probably commissioned in bronze in the third century B.C., but only a marble copy remains in Rome. The reduction of “Alexander the Great on Bucephalos” was based on a first-century Roman copy of a sculpture of the Macedonian king and his beloved horse that probably dated to the fourth century B.C. The original “Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni,” made after the military commander’s death by Andrea del Verrocchio, dates to the late 1400s and stands in Venice, Italy. The marble original of Vincenzo Vela’s “The Last Days of Napoleon I” from 1871 was displayed at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867, where it won a prize and garnered the artist fame.

The pieces are from the William Rolland Collection.

Admission is free. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, 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 T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or or visit

Oil Painting Exhibit at Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center in Calabasas 5/1-6/8

Summer Days are Here Again (Marnie Smart Piuze) 12x24

Summer Days are Here Again (Marnie Smart Piuze) 12x24

Flowing out of over three decades of exploring and enjoying the coastal shores, bluffs, and mountains, Marnie Smart Piuze’s plein air oil paintings are a grateful expression of the peace and wonder they impart.

“I feel like I’m having a vacation every time I’m painting,” says Piuze, who has lived in Malibu since 1971, always taking advantage of the trails and scenery. “I love nature. That’s why I’ve always hiked and raised my kids to value natural resources.”

Piuze has been painting for 15 years and is a member of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. Her work will be on display May 1 through June 8 at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center. An opening reception will be held there on Sunday, May 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The visitor center is located at King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. For more information, call 805-370-2301

Painting with a Twist Opening Soon in Old Town Camarillo


Update 10/10/15: Painting with a Twist grand opening set for Thursday, October 15th.

Posted 7/28/15: Painting with a Twist looks to be opening soon at 2298 E. Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo (at the intersection of Arneill), next to the El Rey Cantina.

Painting with a Twist provides customers with paint, a canvas and brushes that lead to a fun evening with friends and a finished piece of art.  And yes, you receive professional instruction to create your work of art as well as access to wine.

For updates, visit

Color Mi Vino: Paint, Wine, Fun Opening Later This Summer in Simi Valley

Color Mi Vino: Paint, Wine, Fun is joining the latest big trend...painting with a glass of wine. They are looking to open in the coming months, with a target date in September, at 2955 B-2 Cochran St, Simi Valley (Sycamore Square Shopping Center).

Under the guidance of a trained artist, enjoy painting your masterpiece with a glass of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage. All supplies will be provided and no experience is required. You will be guided every step of the way.

For updates, visit

Pinot's Palette is Opening in Westlake Village on Thursday, May 7th

Sorry to report that Pinot's Palette closed its doors in last August 2017.

Update 4/18/15: Pinot's Palette plans to open to the public with its first class on Thursday, May 7th. Visit to sign up!

Originally posted 1/31/15:


Pinot's Palette is coming soon to Westlake Village at 2879 Agoura Road (at Village Glen). Pinot's Palette is an upscale studio where adults can "Paint. Drink. Have Fun." Enjoy a night out with your friends, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and be an artist for the night. No art experience is required. Sip away and in two to three hours create a work of art.

Specific opening date will be announced at a later date. Check or for updates.

"Looking West" Art Exhibit in Downtown Ventura October 7 to November 1

California Gold, oil on canvas by Ron Zolkover

Oxnard painter roams for vistas

The Buenaventura Art Association will present Looking West, an exhibition of recent oil-on-canvas paintings by Oxnard artist Ron Zolkover, from Oct. 7-Nov. 1 in the Clophine Dooley Gallery at the nonprofit group’s downtown Ventura location.

The solo show will include about two-dozen views of area landscapes and Santa Barbara Channel locales, said Zolkover, who will attend the opening reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 11.

“I enjoy spending time in nature. Many of my works were done plein-air,” he said. “I love the spontaneity of painting in natural light … and the challenges of capturing the mood of the moment. You have to work fast and get the shadows down quickly.

“I try to paint daily,” said Zolkover, who has been pursuing his passion for 14 years. “It has been a long learning process that never gets old. There are plateaus and times when I feel like I am not evolving, but then there are times when I will make a quantum leap to another level … it is the process I enjoy.”

Some examples of his plein-air landscapes and seascapes can be found at The paintings in this show will range in size from 9 by 12 inches to 2 by 3 feet.

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more about BAA, an artists cooperative celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, visit or phone 805.648.1235 during gallery hours.

Paintings of Dual Homes in Peru and Ventura on Display in Ventura Apr 22 to May 17

Summer in Tortoritas, Peru by Hilda Kilpatrick-FreyreOver the past several months, artist Hilda Kilpatrick-Freyre has been painting a series pairing views and subjects from her native Peru and her longtime adopted home, Ventura. The result is an exhibition opening April 22 at Buenaventura Art Association’s downtown Ventura gallery.

“My path started in Peru and my spirit led me away to other parts of the world and finally to Ventura,” she said. “With this exhibit of paintings, called Woven Paths — Caminos Entrelazados, I am trying to show the viewer how scenes from Peru and Ventura are interwoven. Of course the two places are different, but they are also similar in many ways.

“Peru represents my roots and I love Ventura for its light and for the relaxed attitudes we share,” Kilpatrick-Freyre said.

About two dozen of her oil-on-canvas works will be on display through May 17, ranging in size from 8 inches square to 25 by 48 inches.
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