“Egypt’s Lost Cities” Exhibition at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley October 5, 2019 through April 12, 2020

The crew of IEASM is assembled to watch the colossal bust of god Hapy being raised, strapped with webbings, for the first time in more than 2000 years out of the waters of Aboukir bay, Egypt.  Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

The crew of IEASM is assembled to watch the colossal bust of god Hapy being raised, strapped with webbings, for the first time in more than 2000 years out of the waters of Aboukir bay, Egypt.

Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization but not the mystery of what was. Long ago, two bustling cities in ancient Egypt were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry. One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, the cities slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries. Determined to recover the cities that vanished, Franck Goddio, an economist by trade and underwater archaeologist at heart, delivered the discovery of a millennium, for he located not a shipwreck, but an entire civilization. This remarkable story will be told at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum’s Egypt’s Lost Cities exhibition.

“Egypt’s Lost Cities brings back to life two cities that time forgot,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “We’re privileged to bring this rich story of ancient cities from the time of ancient Pharaohs and Alexander the Great -- both lost at sea -- to the Reagan Library. It’s a find as magnificent as Atlantis, something you just have to see to believe.”

Opening on October 5, 2019 and running through April 12, 2020, Egypt’s Lost Cities showcases more than 250 of these authentic artifacts, including three colossal 16-foot sculptures of an Egyptian pharaoh, a queen, and a god. The Reagan Library will also display The Stele de Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II, an 18-ton monolith, the first time this artifact has ever been on display in the United States.

Additional highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Precious gold coins and jewelry

  • Bronze vessels

  • Objects inscribed in the ancient Egyptian or Greek languages

  • Statues from the sunken and forgotten ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, including the statue of the god Hapi. Made of red granite, the statue is 18 feet tall and weighs 8 tons. It is the biggest statue of a god ever discovered in Egypt.

“Visitors will be able to see artifacts which have never seen before,” said Franck Goddio, curator and underwater archaeologist who discovered the two lost cities. “This exhibition shows the result of 22 years of work on those two sunken cities. For me and my team it is extremely gratifying to know that this superb exhibit has been chosen to appear at the Ronald Reagan Library.”

An archaeologist checks the stele of Thonis-Heracleion raised under water on site in the city of Heracleion. Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt (SCA 277), National Museum, Alexandria - IEASM Excavations.  Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

An archaeologist checks the stele of Thonis-Heracleion raised under water on site in the city of Heracleion. Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt (SCA 277), National Museum, Alexandria - IEASM Excavations.

Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

To help tell the story of these ancient lost cities, these artifacts will be seen alongside ancient Egyptian artifacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria. This not-to-be-missed exhibition is ideal for the entire family. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com/lostcities.

This exhibition was organized with the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine with the generous support of the Hilti Foundation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt. It is underwritten in part through the generosity of the Salem Media Group, in conjunction with AM870 The Answer Los Angeles and 99.5 KKLA FM Los Angeles.

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum admission fees, visit www.reaganlibrary.com. As large crowds are expected to view the exhibition, pre-purchased timed-entry tickets are recommended by visiting www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets. For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/lostcities.

“Night Visions” Artist Exhibit/Sale and Meet the Artist Event at Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center September 2 to October 30

The Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center is unveiling a new art exhibit and sale called “Night Visions” starting on September 2 and ending October 30.

Fans of wildlife photography will also have an opportunity to meet photographer Johanna Turner on Saturday, September 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Wildlife photography taken with a camera trap -- a remote camera triggered by a motion sensor -- reveals animals we might never see with our own eyes. Turner aims to take camera trapping to a new level, using her photos to tell a story and create a connection with our beautiful unseen world.

Photo by Johanna Turner

Photo by Johanna Turner

Light refreshments will be served. A portion of the funds from the sales will be donated to further arts programs in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

All ages are welcome and parking is free. The Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center is located at 26876 Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas. For more information, call 805-370-2301.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, the recreation area preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

"The World of da Vinci" Exhibit at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library May 24, 2019 - September 8, 2019

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is proud to present The World of da Vinci, featuring rare folios of the authentic, 600-year-old Codex Atlanticus. Come discover the true Leonardo da Vinci through these sources of inspiration: a workshop of ideas and designs for everyone.

The exhibit will be on display beginning May 24th through September 8, 2019.

This remarkable exhibition features over three-dozen reconstructions of Leonardo da Vinci’s fantastic machines, including over a dozen that are built life size including his Mechanical Lion, Flying Bicycle, Mechanical Bat and Great Kite.

The Reagan Library will also host the worldwide premiere of da Vinci’s Double Continuous Organ, which is one of his most complex and most functional projects!

da Vinci’s famous art also comes to life with Digitally restored, (life-size) reproductions of The Mona Lisa, Vitruvian Man, The Last Supper and Lady with an Ermine. Each are displayed alongside interactive kiosks where you can learn more about the artwork, learn how the artwork has been restored over the years, and more!

The two folios, known as 710 and 897*, will be displayed alongside their real life, reconstructed counterparts and allow you to explore the true artistry and virtuoso of da Vinci.

*Each of the two folios will be on display for 3 of the 4 month exhibit run.

Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius who graced this world with his presence from April 15, 1452 to May 2, 1519. He is among the most influential artists in history, having left a significant legacy not only in the realm of art but in science as well, each discipline informing his mastery of the other. Today, no name better seems to symbolize the Renaissance age than da Vinci. In The World of da Vinci, you’ll discover machines and artwork to get a more complete understanding of the genius – Leonardo da Vinci.

The exhibit is included in museum admission from May 24 through September 8, 2019. Prices are $25 General Admission, $22 Seniors (62+), $18 Youth (11-17), $15 (3-10), Free for 2 and under.

Active military are free with valid Military ID – Active military do NOT need to reserve tickets online, all walk-ups will receive Museum entry (please have all guests pre-purchase their tickets). Family members pay full admission price. Retired military members receive $3 off admission with valid military ID.

“Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” at Petersen Automotive Museum May 5, 2019 to March 15, 2020

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The Petersen Automotive Museum will feature a deconstructed Audi R8 V10 originally driven by Marvel Super Hero Tony Stark in its upcoming “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” exhibit, opening to the public on May 5, 2019. The unique installation, inspired by the work of famed Swiss artist Fabian Oefner, will offer visitors a unique view into the complex inner workings of the iconic vehicle. The exhibit, produced in collaboration with Comic-Con Museum, will also feature over 40 additional iconic Hollywood vehicles, artwork, props and costumes. The museum will also host an opening reception on the evening of May 4, 2019.

The unique Audi R8 V10 installation will feature an “exploded view” of the actual vehicle by suspending the car’s many components in midair on wires. Carefully staged alongside one of the iconic red and gold armored Iron Man costumes worn by Robert Downey Jr.’s character, the installation will give exhibit attendees the opportunity to contemplate the high-tech vehicle in an Instagram-ready display. In addition, the display will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 5.2 FSI V10 engine in the Audi R8.

The exhibit will also include the futuristic Audi RSQ concept, famously driven by Will Smith in his role as Detective Del Spooner in “I, Robot.”

Built to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the collaboration between Audi and Marvel Studios, the installation will highlight the parallels between the cutting-edge technology used by Iron Man and the world-class engineering developed by Audi. Tony Stark has driven multiple generations of the Audi R8 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will get behind the wheel of his new electric supercar, the Audi e-tron GT concept, in the highly anticipated “Avengers: Endgame,” opening nationwide on April 26, 2019.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the V10 engine, a limited edition Audi R8 V10 Decennium will be released this year to mark this important chapter in the Audi brand’s storied heritage. The last 50 units of the special edition, numbers 173 to 222, will be available in the U.S. from of a limited global production of 222.

Other key vehicles in the display will include the Warthog from “Halo,” the time machine from “Back to the Future,” the Weyland Industries RT01 Group Transport from “Prometheus,” Bumblebee from the “Transformers” series, the GM Ultralight from “Demolition Man,” Batmobiles, along with a uniquely immersive Microsoft HoloLens experience.

To kick off the exhibit, the Petersen will host an opening reception on the evening of May 4, 2019 with live entertainment and gourmet appetizers and cocktails. VIP ticket holders will be given priority access to the exhibit beginning May 1, 2019 with a curator-led hard-hat tour.

“Hollywood Dream Machines” will run through March 15, 2020. To purchase tickets to the exhibit opening reception, please visit www.Petersen.org/hollywood. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

About Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $14 for seniors, $11 for children ages 4 to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under four are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit www.Petersen.org.

About Audi of America
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands, delivering about 1.812 million vehicles globally in 2018. In the U.S., Audi of America sold nearly 224,000 vehicles in 2018. 2019 marks 50 years for the brand in the U.S. Visit AudiUSA.com for more information.

An American Christmas Display at Reagan Library in Simi Valley Opens November 10, 2018

An American Christmas is back! Guests will enjoy a tour through a winter wonderland at the Reagan Library featuring 25 trees decorated to celebrate the defining moments of America’s road to greatness, from the Revolutionary Era to today.

Each tree reflects the life and times of American society and culture during each decade between 1770 through 2010 and beyond, thus tracing the evolution of America. Through the use of lights, ornaments and decorations, each tree becomes its own piece of magnificent art. Also on display will be a collection of beautiful hand-crafted Menorahs that were given to President Reagan while in office.

Each tree is decorated with what is culturally historic and symbolic in each decade. Betsy Ross is there, embroidering the  first  American  flag. Newspapers blare  headlines from history. And an image of Ronald Reagan himself peeks out from one tree that celebrates a new era in the U.S. presidency.

The trees representing the 1700s feature copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill  of Rights. Other trees bear ornaments representing inventions, popular games and music, and wars. An 1890s tree has a Wright brothers model plane and the first telephone, while a 1970s tree has ornaments such as an eight-track tape and a shark representing “Jaws,” a popular movie at the time. The 1980s tree commemorates Ronald Reagan’s time as our nation’s 40th president, but it also celebrates the Cabbage Patch doll, Beanie Babies, Rubik’s Cube and personal computers.

Admission prices to the Reagan Library includes entry into both the Pompeii and An American Christmas special exhibitions. Museum fees for DAYTIME admission, including An American Christmas, are as follows: $29.00 general admission, $26.00 for seniors 62 and over, $22.00 for children 11-17, $19 for children 3-10 and free for children 2 and under.

Learn more at www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/special-exhibits/an-american-christmas.

Pompeii: The Exhibition at Reagan Library in Simi Valley Opens on October 6, 2018

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Around mid-morning on August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted. Molten rock and pumice were expelled from the volcano at a rate of 1.5 million tons per second. Rocks and volcanic ash filled the atmosphere, turning day into night. Within 24 hours, the Roman city of Pompeii lay destroyed – and perfectly preserved – under 15 feet of ash and volcanic debris. Now come experience both the splendor of Ancient Rome when Pompeii bustled as a commercial port and strategic military and trading city and the horror and aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum’s all new exhibition,Pompeii

“This extraordinary exhibition takes you back in time to vividly experience what it was like to live in Pompeii over 2,000 years ago,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “Through the use of authentic artifacts, visitors to the Reagan Library will encounter life in the bustling city of Pompeii before time stopped, and then, through the use of a 4-D Eruption Theater, will feel the gravity of thousands of deaths, frozen in time.”

Opening on October 6, 2018, Pompeii features over 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. These are not replicas, but rather original, 2,000-year-old objects that were preserved in the ash. These artifacts include wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano’s victims. The exhibit will run through April 21, 2019.

These artifacts, set in scenic depictions of their original surroundings, tell the tale of the bustling city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The catastrophic power of volcanoes is also illustrated through an immersive 4-D CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The impact and devastation are evidenced by full body casts (plaster casts made from the hollows left in the ash that hardened around the now disintegrated bodies of the victims, found upon excavation), eerily preserved in their final moments.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Introductory theater where the scene is set in a video with dramatic reconstructions that describes Pompeii and the nearby Highlights of the exhibition include: volcano.

  • Visitors are then transported back in time to 79 A.D. and find themselves in a reproduced atrium from a Roman villa, where they will embark on a journey through the ancient city.

  • Through the use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals, and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors will experience different locations that existed in the city, including a market, a temple, theater, and baths.

  • Over 150 authentic artifacts will help bring the story of Pompeii to life. These remarkable objects include: mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, and weapons, a ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, cups, plates, pots and pans and other household objects and furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools.

  • A 4D Eruption Theater will allow visitors to experience the impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city.

  • The culminating experience of the exhibit is a room with body casts of human forms forever frozen in time. 

This not-to-be-missed exhibition is thrilling for adults and appropriate for the whole family. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, visit www.reaganlibrary.com/pompeii.

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, visit www.reaganlibrary.com. As large crowds are expected to view the exhibition, pre-purchased timed-entry tickets are recommended by visiting www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets.

For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/pompeii.

Good Earth:  Tilling the Soil Exhibit at Santa Paula Agriculture Museum through November 25th

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Good Earth: Tilling the Soil exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County's Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula shows soil preparation techniques from the late 1800’s to the mid-1900’s. The exhibit displays tilling equipment hand-picked from the Museum of Ventura County’s farm implements collection, on display in the Ag Museum’s beautiful native gardens. 

Since ancient history, man has manipulated the land to improve growing conditions and increase crop productivity. The earliest techniques of plowing are thought to have started with handheld digging sticks and over thousands of years evolved into the modern-day high-tech machines and implements seen in our local fields today. Good Earth: Tilling the Soil explores the museum’s impressive collection of antique local plows, cultipackers, harrows, subsoilers and cultivators. Visitors will discover the local history of farm implement manufacturers with factories in Oxnard that were instrumental in the development of the exhibit items on display.  

Good Earth: Tilling the Soil will be on display through November 25. The museum, located at 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 653-0323 ext. 308.

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at Reagan Library February 16 to August 19, 2018

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What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, bakhlava and “hooray!” have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan introduced them all to the West.

Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer and lawmaker, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the west, including 13th Century Mongolian-style democracy.

Now the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Reagan Library, its only Southern California stop on an international tour that has drawn more than a million visitors. Genghis Khan: The Exhibition will be on display at the Reagan Library from February 16 to August 19, 2018.

Daily Live Cultural Performances Within The Exhibit at 11am, 1pm and 3pm!

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.

However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China as well as opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.

Visitors will experience the exhibition through the eyes of a Mongolian resident, receiving a civilian identity card at the beginning of their journey. From warrior to spy to princess, follow this character’s life throughout the rise of the great Mongol Empire.

The exhibition features loans by private collectors from Mongolia, Azerbaijian and the United States. More info at ReaganLibrary.com/Khan.

"Sanctuaries" Art Exhibit at CSU Channel Islands February 19 to April 7

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Ojai artist Lorraine Serena explores the peace and power of nature in CSUCI exhibition

An artistic exploration of Mother Nature untouched was nearly consumed by Mother Nature unleashed when the Thomas fire threatened the works of Ojai artist Lorraine Serena.

Serena, whose work will appear in an upcoming exhibition at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI), was evacuated from her Ojai home four times as she and CSUCI Art Lecturer Anette Kubitza put together the show.  The studio where Serena works as well as her art pieces were at her home.

“Each time Lorraine was evacuated, we didn’t know if the work would survive,” Kubitza said.

Titled “Sanctuaries,” the exhibition will run from Feb. 19 to April 7 with a Feb. 22 opening in the John Spoor Broome Gallery. The reception will last from 5 to 7 p.m. with a talk from Serena about her work. Visit the John Spoor Broome Library for library hours.

“For me, ‘Sanctuaries’ is about places of peace and solitude and comfort,” Serena said. “Landscapes, churches, temples. I was doing it as a contemplative thing.”

Serena’s charcoal drawings are large, about 49 by 60 inches. The shrines are examples of Serena’s collage work.

To Kubitza, “Sanctuaries” is a study of the multilayered relationship between human beings and their environment, which can be a source of peace and power.

“Nature can evoke feelings of soul-nurturing retreat from social woes, yet recently, those gave way to feelings of awe and powerlessness as riverbeds flooded and fires roared,” Kubitza said.

Serena received her bachelor’s and Master of Fine Arts at UC Santa Barbara and lived in Montecito for a time before moving to Ojai, so watching the fire sweep through the two counties she called home was heartbreaking for her.

“I just got chills through my whole body at the mention of it,” Serena said. “It’s just horrifying.”

Serena hopes “Sanctuaries” reminds guests of the softer side of nature.

Serena began her career with a series of artistic collaborations at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. These installations involved more than 600 student artists.

Later, Serena would go on to establish Women Beyond Borders (womenbeyondborders.org), which became her life’s work.

The multi-year project involved sending more than 1,000 artists in 50 countries one small wooden box each, which they made into a piece of art, then returned to Serena. Among the artistic boxes are works from more than 10,000 children, 6,500 with disabilities.

“We’re all isolated artists in our studios,” she said. “I’m very fond of collaboration. I don’t like to just walk alone as an artist. I like to walk with other artists.”

Serena considers “Sanctuaries” and “Women Beyond Borders” both as examples of her overarching art form: building community.

She is fond of quoting Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro, who said: “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

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. Connect with and learn more by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

"This is Hunger" Touring Exhibit in Thousand Oaks February 10th to 14th

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Temple Adat Elohim and Ascension Lutheran Church are proud to host the last stop for “This Is Hunger,” a national touring exhibit that will be in Thousand Oaks from February 10th to 14th. This first-of-its-kind free exhibit will bring Conejo Valley residents face to face with the stark realities of hunger through state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and interactive elements.

To raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger in the Conejo Valley, Temple Adat Elohim and Ascension Lutheran Church partnered with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to bring “This Is Hunger” to a local audience. The exhibit features portraits by an internationally renowned photojournalist, and the stories of dozens of Americans who have had difficulty putting enough nutritious food on the table each day. Through digital and hands-on activities, “This Is Hunger” takes participants on a compelling journey that draws them into the real-life circumstances of these individuals and deepens their awareness about who in America struggles with hunger and why. Visitors are then encouraged to educate others and advocate for change.

“This Is Hunger” is housed in a 53-foot-long double expandable semitrailer that, when parked and opened on both sides, provides nearly 1,000 square feet of exhibit space. The exhibit is wrapping up a 16-month national tour that has stopped in more than 40 cities across the country.

There is NO charge but RSVPs are a must. For free ticket reservation and tour times, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-hunger-ca-temple-adat-elohim-with-ascension-lutheran-church-tickets-41029910567

Location: 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Website: https://alcto.org/events/this-is-hunger/

Phone: (805) 495-0406

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at California ScienCenter Opens March 24th

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To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center is proud to present the world premiere of KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH–the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured! Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb, many of which the boy king himself used in life and in death, including gold jewelry, gilded wood furniture, and ornate ritual objects–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now. Come experience these priceless treasures before they return to Egypt forever.

Travel 3,300 years back in time to join King Tut as he navigates the perilous underworld. In a dramatic new presentation, dazzling multimedia complements rare artifacts to take guests on an immersive journey of the pharaoh’s quest for immortality. Follow the boy king as he travels from the underworld through the twelve gates and to the afterlife. Along the way, interactive displays reveal how exquisitely engraved burial objects such as the bow and arrow and boomerang were meant to protect Tut in his life-after-death journey. 

Examine exquisite rings found on King Tut’s fingers, opulent jewelry that adorned his body, and the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial. Marvel at the gilded coffinette and lid from one of the alabaster containers that held the pharaoh’s mummified organs. Learn about the pharaoh’s second death and find out how your presence in the exhibition ensures King Tut’s immortality by keeping his name alive. If it wasn’t for Howard Carter’s passion and determination, King Tut’s name–and treasure–might have been lost for all eternity.

Discover how the scientific analysis of King Tut’s 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage, as well as how cutting-edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined.  

Tickets go on sales Tuesday, January 16th.  californiasciencecenter.org/visit/admission/king-tut-admissions

New Exhibit at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles Features Kids' Race Cars

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The Petersen Automotive Museum today announces the opening of a special exhibit dedicated to children and their longstanding fascination with fast cars. Showcased in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery, “Sidewalk Speedsters: The Grown-Up World of Children’s Cars” offers guests a look at kids' competition cars.
 
Presented by Lucas Oil, the display features a diverse range of child-sized race cars—from old to new, electric- to gas-powered to sophisticated, and affordable to luxurious. A $430 million per year industry as of 2015, kids' vehicles have become a phenomenon, populating the shelves, catalogs and online inventories of toy and game retailers worldwide. While many adults may wonder whether owner-driven automobiles will continue to be part of the everyday driving landscape, small, powered children’s cars are growing in popularity among youths.
 
“’Sidewalk Speedsters’ marks a playful change of pace for the museum,” said Petersen Chief Historian Leslie Kendall. “I had so much fun choosing the vehicles on display, as I grew up racing similar cars. The whimsical selection will perfectly juxtapose the more serious presentations, adding an exciting element of surprise to the museum’s overall atmosphere.”
 
Key vehicles that are featured include a 1927 Bugatti Type 52 “Baby,” a 1995 Meyness Bentley and a 1977 Porsche 936 Le Mans Jr. The exhibit will also showcase a 1968 Disneyland Autopia buggy, a 1931 Custer, a 1945 Plexiglas Lucas, a 1938 Maytag, a 1955 “Homemade,” a 1939 Motokar, a 1934 National Junior Racer, a, “The Lad’s Car,” “The Junior Automobile,” a Chevy Jr., a 1934 Cannonball Racer, a 1954 Vanguard Sidewalk Racer, and a 1955 Viking Craft.

To learn more about this exhibit and the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.petersen.org

"Disparate Pleasures" Art Exhibit at CSU Channel Islands through December 12th

Three artists with different styles are displaying their diverse yet cohesive show, “Disparate Pleasures,” at the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Napa Gallery beginning Nov. 27 with an opening from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 30.

“Disparate Pleasures” opens against a backdrop of three shows already underway in Napa Hall from a CSUCI faculty member and two graduate art students.

The work of Art Lecturer Beverly Decker and graduates Vanessa Gomez and Ryan Lewis opened Nov. 6 and will run through Dec. 12 on CSUCI Grad Walls 1 and 2 and the CSUCI Palm Temporary Gallery.

“Disparate Pleasures” in the Napa Gallery features the work of three UC Santa Barbara Master of Fine Arts graduates, Marcos Christodoulou, Sunny Samuel and Peter Sowinski.

Christodoulou is a painter who finds his inspiration in myths, classic Hollywood cinema, art history, and images snatched from social media. 

Piece by Marcos Christodoulou

Piece by Marcos Christodoulou

Samuel is also a painter who deals in more abstract work involving patterns and layers and Sowinski is a sculptor who explores the use of technology, from the simplest mechanical design to a sophisticated computerized apparatus.

“I chose these three artists because they were all so different yet they seem to work so well together,” said Art Lecturer and curator Christophe Bourély, quoting a phrase the artists used about one another: “It’s as though we were three rare species of moth which had, for a brief time, gathered around a flame.”

Showing in the CSUCI Palm Temporary Gallery is “Over the Years…” by a Ventura-based association of printers including Art Lecturer Beverly Decker The hand-made prints illustrate the significance of the passage of time.

“I think of my work as a visual meditation,” said Decker, who has been a member of the Inkspots for six years. “I am inspired by my life, including the study of Eastern and Western philosophy and mysticism.”

Paper is Vanessa Gomez’s muse. The CSUCI 2017 Art graduate’s show, “I Lack the Words to Say…” is an exploration of her experience as a musician and how some lyrics to songs can be feelings or thoughts that someone may wish to communicate, but don’t have the right words to fully express them.

Gomez’s show consists of prints that she has created with paper, including paper sculpture, paintings, collages, and weavings. Gomez’s show will be on CSUCI Grad Wall 1.

“I love the feel of paper and how delicate it can be while also being a platform of a striking image,” Gomez said.

On CSUCI Grad Wall 2 is “What’s Your Sign?” by 2017 Art graduate Ryan Lewis, who exhibits digital paintings showing his personal interpretations of astrological signs.

For more information, visit: https://art.csuci.edu/exhibitions/.

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.

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. Connect with and learn more by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

“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.

"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

 

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.

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. 

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.

"Inventing Ojai: Celebrating the Libbey Centennial" at Ojai Valley Museum Jan 7 to Apr 9 2017

Check out the Ojai Valley Museum's new exhibit "Inventing Ojai: Celebrating the Libbey Centennial 1917-2017" from January 7 - April 9, 2017. 

Free opening reception on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 5-7 pm with a no host wine bar.
 
Nordhoff became Ojai and many of the city's iconic buildings were built in 1917. Learn more about Edward Libbey, the City Beautiful movement and how it transformed Ojai in this centennial celebration exhibit.

www.ojaivalleymuseum.org/events.html