“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.

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.

"His and Hers" Photo and Art Show at Buenaventura Gallery November 1-26, 2016

Wasatch Moon , digital photography by Don Scott

Wasatch Moon, digital photography by Don Scott

For 22 years they’ve shared a home; now Mary Kolada Scott and Don Scott are sharing a wall. Her paintings and his photographs will be exhibited Nov. 1-26 on the red wall at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

The show is “His & Hers: He Shoots, She Paints.” It will feature acrylic and mixed-media paintings by Mary and digital prints from Don.

The Scotts plan to be present 5-8 p.m. Nov. 4 for First Friday Ventura, and 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19 for a reception in conjunction with the opening of Buenaventura Art Association’s Holiday Boutique and the second Arts & Eats mini artwalk between four downtown Ventura galleries. Participating galleries include Buenaventura Gallery, Fox Fine Jewelry, Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery, and Latitudes. Select restaurants and shops will be offering small bites as art lovers and holiday shoppers stroll between galleries.

Buenaventura Gallery, at 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit the nonprofit art cooperative’s website, www.buenaventuragallery.org, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

"Soil Sisters" Photo Exhibit at Santa Paula Ag Museum September 23, 2016 to January 22, 2017

 “Soil Sisters” by Keri Oberly Opens at the Ag Museum on Friday, September 23

Documentary photographer and filmmaker captures women in agriculture throughout Ventura County with intimate, stunning portraits

The photographic exhibition “Soil Sisters” by photographer and filmmaker Keri Oberly began as a project documenting women working in careers traditionally dominated by males. It quickly turned into a photography project on female farmers. With the large number of women in agriculture in Ventura County, there was no shortage of subjects. There are 18 portraits of women representing farms and ranches in Ojai, Camarillo, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks and Fillmore.

Ms. Oberly realized these women were not just defying odds in the fields, but doing so in life as well—from leaving steady jobs, to taking over a family business, to being saved from a life on the streets.  They don’t treat farming as a job; it is their way of life. She learned that her subjects are passionate, strong and artistic women who are dedicated to health and education, as well as building and inspiring their communities in a way that will last generations.

The opening reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Ag Museum of Friday, September 23.

About the Artist

Keri Oberly specializes in documentary photography and film. She’s passionate about telling stories of unrecognized and under-represented people in society, from people living openly with HIV in rural Tanzania to four wrongly convicted men who were recently released after serving 18 years in prison.

“Soil Sisters” will be on display from Sept. 23 through January 22 at the Museum of Ventura County Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. To learn more about the artist, visit KeriOberly.com.

Elizabeth Del Negro, Rio Gozo Farm, Ojai

Elizabeth Del Negro, Rio Gozo Farm, Ojai

The exhibition includes photos of these local women farmers:

  1. Emily Thacher Ayala, Friend’s Ranch, Ojai
  2. Angela Schultz, Community Roots Garden in Oxnard, part of The Abundant Table, Camarillo
  3. Erynn Smith, The Abundant Table, Camarillo
  4. Reyna Ortega, The Abundant Table, Camarillo
  5. Jeannette Ban, The Abundant Table, Camarillo
  6. Carol Wade, Earth Island Herbs, Ojai
  7. Grace Malloy, Poco Farm, Ojai
  8. Nitana Buczek-Calfee, Poco Farm, Ojai
  9. Megan Hooker, Poco Farm, Ojai
  10. Shawn Fulbright, Mano Farm, Ojai
  11. Elizabeth Del Negro, Rio Gozo Farm, Ojai
  12. Anne Cuthbert, Noble Oaks Vineyard & Winery, Ojai
  13. Alana King and Kai Krupa, King & King Ranch, Fillmore
  14. Erin Regan, Kefirology, Ojai
  15. Danette McReynolds, Lavenderwood Farm, Thousand Oaks
  16. Molly Chester, Apricot Lane Farms, Moorpark
  17. Nicole Ulibarri, Morris Honey Company, Ojai
  18. Adrianne Cruz, Ranch Manager at Latigo Ranch Hawaii, California Division, Moorpark