"Sea Lions Say: Art Art" Student Art Exhibit at CSU Channel Islands through May 12th

Artwork from 300 CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) students is on display through May 12 at Napa Hall in an exhibit called “Sea Lions Say: Art Art.”

“Every year we have a contest among students to find a title for the show,” said Art Lecturer Christophe Bourély, explaining the whimsical title. “We tell them in advance, the crazier, the better.”

Bourély and organizers expect more than 1,000 guests for the “Sea Lions Say: Art Art” reception, which is Saturday, April 22, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Napa Gallery on the CSUCI campus.

The annual student art exhibit is the grand finale of the semester with more than 1,000 pieces of art in all sorts of media, including painting, sketching, sculpture, photography digital and video art.

Students who took any Art or Art History class this semester will be contributing at least one piece that will hang in Napa Hall. The Napa Main Gallery will feature work from the Art Department’s upper division classes, with each instructor choosing three pieces per class.

“We have a room where we will project some of our better Art History PowerPoints,” Bourély said. “Even pieces from the introductory classes are being shown and some of the pieces are from non-Art majors.”

Guests’ imaginations will be treated to all works serious, silly and everything in between.

“There’s a great sculpture in the Main Gallery that looks like an inverted tornado of hybrid animals caught up in the twister,” Bourély said. “From the Island of Dr. Moreau.

There’s an oil portrait of a woman who is half-deer, half-woman, a vertical graphic design bearing the word “Coincidence” alongside a gallery pillar and a ceramic octopus, to name just of few pieces in the eclectic collection.

There will be buffet refreshments, music and one art piece that will be consumed at the end of the reception, Bourély said, adding that the student had not yet provided him with the details, but it promises to be a unique experience.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CSUCI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CSUCI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. 

Bugs...Outside the Box Exhibit at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 5/27-9/10, 2017

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History presents a new exhibit, Bugs... Outside the Box. Now is your chance to examine all the intricacies of the insect world....without a microscope! From beetles to butterflies, the exhibition features a literal army of giant bug sculptures with one aim in mind - shining a light on museum collections, taxonomy, and the power of magnification.

More info at www.sbnature.org.

“Plastic Oceans: A Sad Reality” Exhibit at William Rolland Gallery at CLU 4/22 to 5/13

A small interactive exhibit created by California Lutheran University students to educate people on the state of the world’s oceans will be on display April 22 through May 13.

“Plastic Oceans: A Sad Reality” will be exhibited in the alcove of the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus.

In just a few short centuries, human achievement and industrial advancement have brought our world into an unprecedented technological landscape. But what have these accomplishments cost the largest ecosystem on our planet? This exhibition provides a snapshot of the current state of some of the world’s oceans.

Complete with model fish and an interactive station, the exhibit is perfect for families and is educational for all age groups.

Students in the university’s Arts Management and Museology class curated the exhibit. They are Danielle Nguyen from Chatsworth, Hannah Long from Albany, Dillon Lutza from Valencia and Michaela Bunker from Sacramento.

Entrance to the gallery is free.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium, which is north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

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.

“Forward: CLUFest 2017" Exhibit at Kwan Fong Gallery at Cal Lutheran 4/21 to 5/14

Robots, virtual reality and interactive projections will be part of CLUFest 2017, a California Lutheran University exhibit highlighting multimedia students’ work with cutting-edge technology.

“Forward: CLUFest 2017” will run from April 21 through May 14 in Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture on the Thousand Oaks campus. A reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

The 13 graduating seniors in the multimedia capstone class planned and curated “Forward” to explore technological growth through unconventional uses of design and storytelling. It highlights the work of students of all class levels majoring and minoring in multimedia by showing their capabilities as emerging innovators in design, gaming, cinema, visual effects and interactive media.

Unique features of this year’s exhibit will include a demonstration of robots designed by computer science students, an interactive projection on the floor that responds to motion, and a student-designed virtual reality space. An upside-down-room photo booth created by the capstone students gives the illusion of standing on the ceiling. Other features include videos and projected artworks.

For a series titled “Rewind,” each of the capstone students re-created one of their earlier works to show how their skills have developed in a range of specialties during their years at Cal Lutheran.

The capstone students are Audrey Askegard of Simi Valley, Matthew Bianchi of Granada Hills, Jordan Bowlby of Alpharetta, Georgia, Tyler Chinappi of Oak Park, Tyler Graper of Simi Valley, Will Houser of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Joey Luau of East Los Angeles, Allyssa Moscotte of Granada Hills, Alexandria Pico of Saugus, Nikki Snook of Simi Valley, Jacob Steagall of Thousand Oaks, Morgan Terhar of Bothell, Washington, and Kevin Zucker of Thousand Oaks.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

Cal Lutheran’s Multimedia Department is sponsoring the free exhibition. For more information, contact Tim Hengst at 805-493-3241 or thengst@callutheran.edu.

Disco-Style Adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at Cal Lutheran April 20 through 30

‘Hamlet’ takes a disco turn in production   

Cal Lutheran professor wrote musical adaptation

The California Lutheran University Theatre Arts Department will present an original disco-style adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in April.

The Mainstage Production of “Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark” will be performed at 8 p.m. April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. A 2 p.m. matinee will be presented on April 30. All performances are in the Black Box Studio Theatre on the Thousand Oaks campus. The run time is one hour and 10 minutes.

Written and directed by theater arts professor Ken Gardner of Thousand Oaks, the play is set in Club Elsinore, the hottest disco in the Big Apple, in 1978. It contains original songs as well as parodies of classic disco songs.

Originally performed at Cal Lutheran in 2004, the play has since undergone rewrites, including the revision of three songs and addition of one new tune. Singer Michael Falcone, a Cal Lutheran alumnus from Newbury Park who played the original Hamlet, returns to play the role of his dead father, King of the Disco Floor.

In the play, the King of the Disco Floor roams the club at night as a ghost and appears on the club video screen. Sad collegian Hamlet leaves Denmark University for New York City to get to the bottom of the death of his father. The opening video montage of Hamlet hitchhiking to the Big Apple will include cameo appearances, including one by Cal Lutheran President Chris Kimball.

Jordan Erickson, a theater arts major from Thousand Oaks, will play Hamlet. Other cast members are Carrie Bower, a biochemistry major from Brea; theater arts major Chris Clyne and theater arts/political science major Peter Johnson of Camarillo; Bridget DeMaria, a theater arts/communication major from Los Alamitos; theater arts major Janelle Detina of Chicago; theater arts majors Will Haddock and Gaby Reublin of Thousand Oaks; and biology major Ruth Smitherman of Roy, Washington.

Alumnus Seth Kamenow, who designs sets for the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in his hometown, transformed the entire Black Box Theatre into a disco. Liz Murphy, a theater arts major from Thousand Oaks, devised the lighting and Christopher Baldwin Reynolds, a theater arts major from Moreno Valley, designed the video and sound. Faculty member Noelle Raffy created the costumes, complete with bell bottoms and other disco regalia, and faculty member Josh Clabaugh is the technical director. Ron DiBuccio, a member of the band 3 Strange Daze, helped with musical composition. Glenn Jordan, an Emmy Award-winning composer and former member of Sha Na Na, created and recorded the musical accompaniment.

The theater is located at 141 Memorial Parkway. Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at CalLutheran.edu/theatre-arts. They may also be available at the door. For more information, call 805-493-3452.

Upcoming Shows at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL

April 15 – May 21, 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

No Performance April 22

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. Big Fish centers on the story of Edward Bloom who has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father's fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one's life. When Will learns that he and his wife will soon have a son of their own, he embarks on a journey to find out his father's "true" life story and discovers what being a father truly means. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent "big fish" of a tale, itself-spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love. Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Tickets for BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL are $25 for Adults, $22 Seniors 60 & Above and $18 for children 12 & Under and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

April 22 at 2 pm and April 23 at 7 pm, 2017

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Produced by Lit Live.  As Jews in German-occupied Holland, the Franks are fighting for their lives. When young Anne's sister, Margot, is called to appear before the authorities, the Franks must go into hiding. Produced by Lit Live and directed by Seth Kamenow, this well-known story - told through the beautifully innocent eyes of Anne - is educational, timely and heartbreaking. Tickets are $22 Adults, $15 Seniors 60 & Above and Military, and $10 for Students and Educators. and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

June 3 – July 9, 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students and Seniors 60+, and $18 Children 12 & Under. and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

"Painting the Sky" - The Kites of Tyrus Wong at Malibu City Hall April 2 - July 28, 2017

The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission’s next public art installation “Painting the Sky: The Kites of Tyrus Wong,” opens Sunday, April 2 in Malibu City Hall.

Wong, who passed away on December 30, 2016 at the age of 106, was one of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century. He was a Hollywood studio artist, painter, printmaker, calligrapher, greeting-card illustrator and, in later years, maker of unique elegant kites.

The exhibit will be on display from April 2 to July 28, 2017 in the City Hall Atrium. The opening reception on Sunday, April 2, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, will feature a screening of a documentary about the artist and an exhibit of photographs of his kites.

The documentary, “Tyrus,” written and directed by Pamela Tom, is an in-depth portrait of the life and enduring impact of Wong, taking viewers on a journey from his birthplace in Guangzhou, China in 1910, to the boarding houses of L.A.’s old Chinatown and the studios of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The film will be screened at 3:00 PM and has a 73-minute running time.

Photographs from Sara Jane Boyers’ collection “Go Fly a Kite: Saturdays at the Beach with Tyrus Wong” will be on display in City Hall during the exhibition.

Wong’s career took off while working at Disney where, as a landscape painter, his talent was put to work creating the look and style for Disney’s classic animated feature “Bambi.” He then moved to Warner Bros. Studios where he worked for over 30 years as a pre-production illustrator on dozens of live-action films including “The Sands of Iwo Jima,” “Rebel Without a Cause” and “The Wild Bunch.”

After retiring, Wong re-discovered his childhood love of flying kites. He designed and hand made hundreds of kites using bamboo, rattan, nylon and string. He would fill the sky at the beach in Santa Monica with his whimsical creations: flocks of butterflies, owls, cranes, and swallows, schools of fish, a panda, and on windy days, a 100-foot- long centipede.

For more information visit MalibuArtsandCulture.org/Kites or call (310) 456-2489 ext. 337.

"A Woman's Place: The March on Washington" Exhibit at Museum of Ventura County 3/11-4/9

Photo by Rena Pezzuto

Photo by Rena Pezzuto

The Museum of Ventura County mounts an exhibit that pays tribute to Ventura County participants in January’s Women’s March on Washington called “A Woman’s Place: the March on Washington.”  Comprising signs, posters, ephemera and multi-media presentations, the exhibition commemorates the efforts of women in Ventura County who took to the streets across the country to affirm their place in society.

“A Woman’s Place” is a pop-up exhibit that will be installed at the museum’s Main Street location from Saturday, March 11 – Saturday, March 25 (NOTE: EXTENDED TO APRIL 9). A pop-up exhibition--as the name suggests--is a temporary art event, short in duration and brought about by a significant public incident or occurrence.

According to curator Anna Bermudez, “It was immediately apparent to me that the women’s march was history in the making. In my role at the museum, I felt that my participation could take the form of an exhibit that pays tribute to the women who marched, and to all women.  My call for items was answered quickly and decisively.”

The exhibit comprises items from participants in the march, who demonstrated in Ventura, Los Angeles and Washington DC. The items are highly personal—hats, t-shirts, bus tickets, photos and signs—each fortifying a strong and lasting message. First-hand accounts from participants will be filmed and screened in the exhibit, providing an oral history element that will become a part of the museum’s library holdings.

Executive Director Elena Brokaw said, “This is what we’re all about; telling the collective stories of our lives and times. Museums, and especially our museum, are a site where ideas converge. We are not always looking to the past; we reflect the times as they are happening.”

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, will feature women who participated in the event across the country, representing multiple generations. Admission is $10 per person; $5 per member. There will be live music and refreshments. 

Location: 100 E. Main Street, Ventura

 

Live Standup on the Hill Monthly Comedy Show at Hillcrest Center Thousand Oaks

On Saturday, April 22, The Hillcrest Center for the Arts will debut a new monthly offering: Live Standup Comedy on the Hill.  The Center has teamed up with local comedian Jason Love to produce a top-tier show with a new lineup of professional comics each month.  This new experience in comedy entertainment brings some of Hollywood’s funniest headliners to Thousand Oaks.  Dates are announced for upcoming shows on April 22, May 13, June 3 and July 8, 2017.  All shows are at 8:00 pm with doors opening at 7:30.  The hour and a half show is for eighteen years and up only, and beer and wine may be purchased with valid ID.  Summer settings are often outside, under the stars.   

Live Standup Comedy on the Hill debuts Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr, across from The Oaks Mall.  April’s lineup features stand-up performances by Kira Soltanovich, who has a one-hour special on Hulu, and Quinn Dahle, who just headlined Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas.

Producer and host Jason Love has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, America's Got Talent, and over 20 national broadcasts.   He has performed overseas for the troops and on the seas for cruise lines, and was a finalist at the Cabo Comedy Festival.  Jason’s non-profit, Love & Laughter, brings free shows to cancer support communities and others in need.

Standup Comedy on the Hill tickets are only $12 presale for general admission and $15 at the door.  Tickets may be purchased at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling (805) 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

 MORE 2017 DATES:

Saturday, May 13, 2017:  The show includes Don Friesen, winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, who has a one-hour Netflix special, and Tony Baker a regular at the Hollywood Laugh Factory who has performed on Last Comic Standing and at Gabriel Iglesias' Standup Revolution on Comedy Central. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017:  Lineup includes Tom Clark, who has been seen on Conan, Late Late Show, and Just for Laughs in Montreal, and Karen Rontowski, who has been seen on Letterman, Comics Unleashed and Live at Gotham.

Saturday, July 8, 2017: Show features Dwayne Perkins, a regular correspondent on the Jay Leno Show and one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 5 comics to watch, and Andy Hendrickson who regularly performs overseas for our troops, as well as on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and the Late Late Show.  

Premiere of Photography Exhibit at Four Friends Gallery in Thousand Oaks

The Four Friends Gallery will hold a Public Opening Reception on March 11th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm of its premier exhibit, “Open Intake” and first in a series of gallery shows.   The exhibit includes 130 pieces of original photography from over 35 local professional artists.  Sizes range from 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches "Tiny Photographs" by Larry Janss to 6 feet by 4 feet by Sol Hill.  Complimentary light snacks and drinks will be served.

Four Friends is located at 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 111, Thousand Oaks.  This exhibit, which held its “soft” opening on February 24, closes on Wednesday, March 22nd. Gallery hours for this show are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30PM to 5:30 PM and by appointment.  The next show is slated to open on Friday, March 24th featuring the work of photographer Zoe Marieh Urness.

This is the premiere event of this new space as an emerging center for the arts.  Weekend evenings are often host to Brogden Bay Presents: a concert series focusing on folk, American Roots and, occasionally, good old Rock and Roll/Blues. Past concerts have featured performers such as Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur, A.J. Croce, Albert Lee, Corky Siegel and Danny Kortchmar.  Next up in the concert series is An Evening with Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

If you stop by on Saturday mornings between nine and noon beware of a group of small but mighty actors, learning their craft from Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory’s professional staff, Billy Parish and Stephanie Wilson.  Students study all aspects of theatre arts with master classes in comedy and audition technique and a free performance on May 4 at the Civic Arts Plaza for area schoolchildren, A CELEBRATION OF CALIFORNIA’S NATIONAL PARKS. 

Also to be offered are insightful lectures as part of the Four Friends’ Salon Series, live theatre by Equity Actors from Gold Coast Plays and photography workshops taught by masters in the field.

Gallery Director Christopher Broughton was engaged to direct the gallery from the Brooks Institute of Photography which recently closed its doors after over 70 years of operations. During Chris’ three decades’ tenure at Brooks he taught courses in Digital Photography, Advanced Studio Applications, Optics of Fine Art and Photographic Theory in both Undergraduate and Graduate programs as well as heading the Brooks’ Masters Program. Chris has influenced and inspired over 3,645 students, many of whom are currently working professionally and are master artists in their own right.

In partnership with the Gold Coast Plays & Theater Conservatory and Brogden Bay Presents, Chris envisions the gallery becoming a local and accessible center for visual and performing arts.

Larry Janss is a fifth-generation Californian, born on the Conejo Ranch in Thousand Oaks. He attended the California Institute of the Arts and, in 1967, attended the first of many Ansel Adams’ Summer Photography Workshops. He later assisted Adams on many of his myriad projects over the course of Adams’ life. Larry’s photographs have been featured in two New West Symphony classical music commissions and performances – one a photographic interpretation of Ferde Grofé’s symphonic masterpiece, the Grand Canyon Suite; the second, a multimedia presentation with Robert Kyr’s original symphonic piece, Yosemite: Journey of Light.

For more information, visit www.fourfriendsgallery.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Four-Friends-Gallery-455275737841255. Or call 805/497-7691.

"A Certain View" Art Exhibit at Fred Kavli Theatre Gallery in Thousand Oaks 3/16 through 7/17

"Window to Orb"  by Janet Milhomme

"Window to Orb"  by Janet Milhomme

“A Certain View” comes to the Fred Kavli Theatre Gallery

New Kavli Theatre Art Exhibit focuses on 15 contemporary artists

The Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Thousand Oaks is pleased to present “A Certain View,” a group exhibition at the Kavli Theatre Gallery in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. 

This exhibit features bold and colorful works from 15 contemporary artists from Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Through sculpture, painting, photography, collage and mixed media, each of the artists has pursued abstract and contemporary forms and colors with a unique and individual style that presents their view of the world around them. 

The exhibition is on public view from March 16 through July 17. A brunch reception to meet the artists is scheduled for May 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  All residents of Thousand Oaks and Southern California are invited to join the City of Thousand Oaks in this opening reception.

This new art show highlights the outstanding works of numerous Thousand Oaks and Southern California artists, and includes a range of media. Artists include (in no particular order) Janet Milhomme, Connie Tunick, Geri Schonberg, Debra Sokolow, Pamela Fong, Dennis Griffin, Rod Seeley, Roland Roy, Susan Ciufo, Arlene Tepper, Carol Roullard, Annee Hahn, Melanie Roschko, Nurit Avesar, Raj Naik.

For further information about the "A Certain View" exhibit or the upcoming May 27 Artists Reception, contact Beth Neal, Special Events Coordinator of the City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Department at (805) 449-2766.

“Personal Stories/Shared Narratives” Art Exhibit at CSU Channel Islands 3/1 to 4/2

The work of Los Angeles artists Lesley Krane and Cecilia Z. Miguez will be on display from March 1 through April 2 at the John Spoor Broome Library Gallery on the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) campus.

The opening reception of “Personal Stories/Shared Narratives” will be March 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Broome Gallery with both artists giving short presentations about their work.

Krane, who also teaches art at CSU Northridge, expresses herself through photography and Miguez, a Uruguay-born artist, uses sculpture, but exhibit curator Irina D. Costache, Ph.D. saw a connection between their styles and put together “Personal Stories/Shared Narratives.”

Krane’s work in “Personal Stories” is a series of photographs of white rooms meant to depict private spaces we all need.

Krane’s process involves shooting film (yes, film — not digital images) on a toy camera she has used for years. She double exposes black and white film by shooting her photos, then running the film back through the camera while shooting clouds. 

Figures are part of Cecilia Miguez’s work, but there is an abstract element that distinguishes her work, which is often in wood, bronze, iron and/or glass.

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 CSUCI 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.

Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department Presents "HAIR" March 2-12, 2017

The Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department is pleased to announce a very special presentation of “The Tribal Rock-Musical, HAIR” to be performed on the Moorpark College campus from March 2nd to March 12th on the main stage of the Performing Arts Center.  Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversaries of both “HAIR” and Moorpark College.  Journey back to the “Summer of Love” and see Moorpark College just as our first students experienced it when our doors opened in 1967.

In the age of Aquarius, a time of harmony and understanding, “HAIR,” puts rock music and the counter-culture that went with it on stage.  In our new age of protest and political engagement, “HAIR” offers historical perspective to some of the hottest issues of today and insights into non-violent social action.  The show acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints.  Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life, What a Piece of Work Is Man and Easy to be Hard.  This show has vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960’s in America while speaking to the audiences of today.

“Of course the big question that everyone asks about “HAIR” is ‘Are you going to do the nudity?’,” said John Loprieno, Theatre Arts Department Chair and Director, “My immediate response is that the question of nudity is only the tip of the iceberg!  This show is jammed packed with hotly contested social and political commentary and, given some of the civic engagement happening around the country today; ‘HAIR’ is particularly relevant.  Our students have been participating in some of the protests in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties.  As part of our preparation, we would have them share the chants and call-outs that they experienced at the protests.  After 50 years, some of the issues of concern are still part of the American consciousness and at the heart of the debate on our national identity.  I hope every young person on our campus and community comes to see this highly entertaining and yet powerful and thought provoking production.” 

“HAIR” will run March 2nd through March 12th with evening performance from Thursday to Saturday @ 8:00pm and Sunday matinees @ 2:00pm on the main stage theatre at Moorpark College.  American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances Sunday, March 5th @ 2:00pm and Friday, March 10th @ 8:00pm. Tickets may be purchased through the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center Box Office at (805) 378-1485 or online at www.moorparkcollege.edu/pac.  Moorpark College is located at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark, 93021.

California Fibers:Time Exhibit at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo April 1 - May 6, 2017

The Studio Channel Islands Blackboard Gallery is pleased to presentCalifornia Fibers:Time from April 1 – May 6, 2017, with an opening reception on April 1st from 4-6 PM.

California Fibers:Time  features the work ofseventeen members of California Fibers- Linda Anderson, Charlotte Bird, Ashley Blalock, Carrie Burckle, Doshi, Gail Fraser, Polly Jacobs Giacchina,  Lynne Hodgman, Chari Myers, Kathy Nida, Michael Rohde, Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, Rebecca Smith, Cameron Taylor-Brown, Lydia Tjioe Hall, Peggy Weidemann and Lori Zimmerman.

All works in the exhibit address the theme of “Time” as interpreted by each artist.  For example, Linda Anderson describes her work Becoming as a rite of passage“marking a moment of maturation…and… two boys experiencing that moment in time.”  Kathy Nida deals with “time’s increasing speed and its toll on living things as we age…”  Peggy Weidemann views time as “much more than a clock…it is ever changing…and can live in our memories as well as the present and influence our future.” Mary Beth Schwartzenberger ‘s work Inscription places “our human experiences of today next to people from so long ago (as) a thoughtful reminder that we as humans are…more the same than different.”  Lydia Tjioe Hall’s series One a Day began the year after her daughter was born. “Knowing that I would not have much time to work on larger pieces, I decided to work on small pieces that would add up to a larger installation in the end.”

Ashley Blalock

Ashley Blalock

A gallery walkthrough is scheduled on Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 PM with Michael Rohde, and a panel discussion with moderator Katherine Cooksey and panelists Carrie Burckle,  Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, Cameron Taylor-Brown and Lori Zimmerman is planned for Saturday, April 22 at 1 PM.

California Fibers:Time will run through May 6, 2017. Artists will be present at the opening on April 1 from 4-6 PM. The Channel Islands Blackboard Gallery is located at2222 East Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11-5 PM and Saturday from 11-3 PM.  For more information contact Katherine Cooksey, Gallery Director, at 805-383-1368 or at kcooksey@studiochannelislands.org

THE STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS BLACKBOARD GALLERY studiochannelislands.org

Studio Channel Islands is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the creative life of Old Town Camarillo and the communities within Ventura County, fostering connections between artists and visitors, and celebrating the cultural identity of our community. Ongoing programs include Artists-In-Residence open studios, arts education classes, diverse Blackboard Gallery exhibitions, cultural events, festivals, and much more. The Blackboard Gallery is the largest gallery in Ventura County and features artists from around the world.        

CALIFORNIA FIBERS californiafibers.com

California Fibers, founded in 1970, supports artistic growth and professional advancement for contemporary Southern California fiber artists. The imagination and superb craftsmanship of these artists place them in the highest echelons of their fields. The group has an extensive exhibition history in the USA and abroad. Many of its members are well-represented in museums and private collections and are recipients of prestigious awards from around the world. Their creative expression includes weaving, basketry, sculpture, quilting, embroidery, felting, surface design, knitting, crochet, wearables, and mixed media. 

"Defying Darkness" Exhibit at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard March 12 to May 21, 2017

Joanne Julian’s newest exhibition Defying Darkness at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California traces in over 30 graphite and sumi ink drawings the development in her recent work of a rising fascination for the impacts and subtly iridescent atmosphere of darkness. The artist’s growing understanding and facility with contrasting peacefully white voids with energizing splashes of black has deepened, until now the beauty of darkness has itself become the setting.

Budding evidences of this dark visual challenge in hindsight appears throughout her various series and is displayed in a few, early hinting samples from Julian’s Zen Circles and Botanicals Series. The fascination and investigation, however, hits full stride in recent works in her Fish, Clouds and Skies, and particularly Birds and Feather Series. In these latter, the use of darkness and cropping lends a floating, unanchored, almost celestial quality to the creatures depicted. Yet all are represented with the elegant sparseness that Julian has become noted for over her 30 year career. Coupled with the large –scale of the drawings, Defying Darkness wraps viewers in a quietly dramatic experience.

Joanne Julian was born in Los Angeles. She received her BA and MA degrees in sculpture and printmaking from California State University, Northridge and her MFA degree in painting from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. For 34 years she was a full-time faculty member at College of the Canyons in Valencia, California, during which time she was also a half-time faculty member at California State University Northridge. Having studied and traveled in Asia, the influence of Zen Buddhist aesthetics has been noted as an undercurrent in Julian’s art.

 

The artist has had over 20 solo exhibitions and been featured in 60 group exhibitions nationally.  Among these have been exhibitions at: Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles, Thomas Babeor Gallery in La Jolla, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Newport Harbor Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in 2015 California State University Northridge. Public collections of her work include:  Atlantic Richfield, Bank of America, Grand Wailea Resort, Home Savings of America, The Irvine Company, Nestle, Nikko, Price Waterhouse, and Teneco Oil.

Joanne Julian will give an Artist’s Gallery Talk at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard on March 30th at 6:30pm. An exhibition catalog with essay by Meher McArthur is available. For additional information, see carnegieam.org and joannejulian.com.

Location:  Carnegie Art Museum/424 South C Street/ Oxnard 805.385.8157 carnegieam.org

Hours: Thurs- Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 1-5pm.  Closed holidays and during exhibit installation.

Art Exhibit at Cal Lutheran Explores the Myth of Arcadia February 3 through April 6, 2017

David Ligare’s oil painting “Et in Arcadia Ego”

David Ligare’s oil painting “Et in Arcadia Ego”

Contemporary approaches to the age-old myth of Arcadia will be the focus of an exhibit in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

“Et in Arcadia Ego” will run from Friday, Feb. 3, through Thursday, April 6, on the Thousand Oaks campus. Curator David Molesky of Brooklyn will lead tours of the exhibit at 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

The exhibition explores the idea of Arcadia, a place of rural peace and simplicity, as it has been reinterpreted and reinvented through the eyes of contemporary artists. The featured artists all work with Arcadian themes such as idealized landscape, contemplation of mortality and what it means to be human in the temporal world while standing on the precipice of the next world.

Highlights include works from renowned Norwegian figurative painter Odd Nerdrum and Los Angeles artists Sandow Birk and Astrid Preston. Other featured artists include former NASA engineer Kim Keever, who photographs complex miniature scenes that he builds underwater; Brad Kunkle, who places idyllic images of figures in autumn forest landscapes; and David Ligare, who is known for his pastoral paintings. Other participating artists are Agostino Arrivabene, Seamus Conley, Julie Heffernan, Maria Kreyn, Holly Lane, Stephanie Peek, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Aron Wiesenfeld, Robin F. Williams and Jason Yarmosky.

The exhibit was inspired by and named for a 17th-century painting by Nicolas Poussin. “Et in Arcadia Ego” can be translated, “Even in Arcadia, there am I,” an ambiguous phrase that may allude to impermanence of the ideal and death. A work attributed to Poussin, “Promised Land,” will be featured in the exhibit.

Molesky curated the exhibit and organized it in conjunction with the New Museum Los Gatos. The internationally recognized fine artist is known for his landscapes and figurative works. His paintings have been exhibited in museums throughout the world including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Pasinger Fabrik in Germany, Casa dell’Architettura in Italy and Telemarksgalleriet in Norway.

Admission to the exhibit and events is free.

The gallery is in William Rolland Stadium, which is located 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 Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "The Little Mermaid" in Thousand Oaks February 3-19

Young Artists Ensemble presents Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID directed by Suzanne Tobin.  Performances are February 3-19, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00.  All performances are in the Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.

There will be four performances with the addition of actors with special needs on one additional weekend, February 24-26, 2017.  This is part of the award-winning Conejo Theatre For Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience,

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a musical undersea adventure.  Family audiences can swim “Under the Sea” with Ariel and her friends as she pines for life on land and the love of a prince. This production is adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture, and features the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music, along with some new songs written especially for the play. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is also a part of the award-winning Conejo Theatre For Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience. Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be presented in Theatre in the Round.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is the second production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 36th Annual Family Theatre Season.  The season will continue conclude with ALICE IN WONDERLAND May 5-21, 2017.  Mini-Season tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.  Mini-Season tickets for both shows provide a 25% savings.  Individual show tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors. 

Marion Wood Contemporary Art Gallery Opens in Westlake Village

"Tipsy Summer" (Marion Wood)

"Tipsy Summer" (Marion Wood)

Artist Marion Wood, a Thousand Oaks resident originally from England, announces the Opening of her Fine Art Gallery in the County Line Shopping Center in Westlake Village with an Opening reception Friday, February 3, from 6 – 8 pm. The Gallery, Marion Wood Contemporary Art, showcases Wood’s abstract paintings on canvas.   

Wood’s current works offer a strong visual impact with an underlying story to tell. In the current body of original paintings now in her Gallery she has used a careful balance of chance, spontaneity, and deliberate movement to express her vision. “Motions that make the paint appear as if it has grown where it lies, with no apparent brushstrokes, create a sense of organic narrative to characterize each location,” says Wood. Components including architectural form, the sweep of history, and the coexistence of chaos and orderliness are all elements the artist uses to develop her compositions.

Wood chose to open her Gallery in the County Line Shopping Center because it has a “neighborhood” ambience, is close to the Stonehaus Winery, and includes the Regency Twin Theatres, all of which bring an artistic patronage to the area. The space is a quirky, trapezoidal shape which works in an interesting way with Wood’s abstract art. The Gallery also features the hand built ceramic works of artist Mary McGill. Through symbolism and story- telling, McGill’s work evolves around struggles, joys, and journeys of life - often with a wry sense of humor!

One of the series featured in the Gallery is “White Noise.”  Wood says, “It explores the silence and stillness of winter.” Her paint is applied using palette knives and brushes, pressed on, scraped back and sometimes allowed to slide down the canvas in icy sheets. There are many layers of paint, bringing texture to the surface.”

Wood grew up in the English countryside where she attended the Oxted School in Surrey. She moved to California in 1985 and continued her studies at California Art Institute and Moorpark College. She is an Artist in Residence at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, and regularly shows her work across the United States, earning numerous awards in juried shows.

“The physical act of painting, a messy and explorative undertaking,” she emphasizes, “is at the core of my connection to each piece. I inhabit my paintings and move within them the way you would a location in the more traditional sense-- by wandering, searching, reveling, taking risks, failing, feeling the natural flow, getting messy. I want my collectors to wander through these pieces, and establish their own connections.” 

 Marion Wood Art Gallery is Open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11am - 5pm, and by appointment, until March 16, 2017.

The Gallery is located at County Line Shopping Center - 4609 Lakeview Canyon Rd., Westlake Village.

German Watercolor Paintings on Exhibit at Cal Lutheran Gallery February 3 through April 6

Christof Mascher’s watercolor “pigdog walk”

Christof Mascher’s watercolor “pigdog walk”

Dream-like watercolor paintings by a German artist will be on display in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

“five leaves left” by Christof Mascher will be exhibited from Friday, Feb. 3, through Thursday, April 6, in the alcove of the gallery on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The 12 recent watercolor works on paper are saturated in brilliant colors and vivid scenes.

“I am inspired by imagery of my youth, be it children’s book illustrations, Scandinavian landscapes, imagery of video games from the early ’90s, movie stills,” Mascher said.

Growing up in a newly unified Germany, Mascher was influenced by graffiti and hip-hop and attended art school. His dreamy, figurative works contain a combination of pop culture and architectural and historical references. The subjects vary widely, from utopian landscapes to deserted houses, with an occasional dinosaur showing up.

Many of the works in the exhibit traveled through London, Cologne and Chicago before coming to Ventura County. Mascher also has been the subject of solo exhibitions in galleries in Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Zurich and Rotterdam, as well as at the Mönchehaus Museum and Kunsthalle Emden museum in Germany. He is represented by Josh Lilley Gallery in London, Galerie Michael Janssen in Berlin, Galerie Philipp von Rosen in Cologne and Hopstreet Gallery in Brussels.

This exhibit was made possible by the support of Josh Lilley Gallery.

Admission is free.

The gallery is in William Rolland Stadium, which is located 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 Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.