Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse April 5 through May 5

Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” will begin performances at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse on April 5, 2019. Using the historical and controversial subject of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, “The Crucible” presents an allegory of events from the McCarthy Hearings of the 1950’s. Reason and fact become clouded by irrational fears and the desire to place blame for society’s problems on others. Especially women. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Drama from 1953, it is still a show with timely themes. Death threats, alcoholism, a women’s place in society, truth vs. lies, adultery, rich vs. poor, those in power and those not, faith in God…all leading to an ending like no other. It is still considered to be one of the most powerful and important works in American drama.

Performances are April 5 through May 5, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2PM. There will be a Thursday show on April 18 at 8 PM, and no show on Sunday, April 21. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students and military, and $10 for children 12 and under. Group rates are available by calling the box office. The show is open to all ages. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse is located at the Camarillo Airport Complex at 220 Skyway Drive in Camarillo. For tickets and more information, visit www.skywayplayhouse.org or call (805)388-5716.

"The Illusionists" Exhibit at Studio Channel Islands March 30 through May 18

Studio Channel Islands Arts Center (SCI) will present a unique exhibition, The Illusionists, March 30 through May 18 in the SCI Blackboard Gallery located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. The exhibit is curated by accomplished artist and California Lutheran University art professor Michael Pearce as part of The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) 2019, the premier international event focusing on cutting-edge representational art in the 21st century. The gallery will host an opening reception, 4 to 6 p.m., April 6, with many of the artists in attendance. Admission is free. The exhibit will feature works by F. Scott Hess, Richard Macdonald, Sandy Yagi, Bryan Larson, Mark Gleason, Conor Walton, Pamela Wilson, Regina Jacobson, Guy Kinnear, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Roger Dean, Vince Natale and others. Gallery hours are Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org, or call 805-383-1368.

"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.

"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.

Theatrical Equestrian Adventure "Odysseo" in Camarillo November 11 through December 10

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After stunning one million California spectators in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and Orange County with its original show Cavalia and its second theatrical adventure Odysseo, the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia Inc. is thrilled to announce the first visit of Odysseo to Ventura County. The world’s largest touring production will be presented under its signature White Big Top in Camarillo, US 101 at Santa Rosa Rd (Exit 52). Performances will start Saturday, November 11, and Odysseo will call Ventura County home through Thanksgiving with matinee and evening shows scheduled through December 10th (extended from November 26 as a result of strong sales). Tickets for Odysseo in Ventura County are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

The $30 million equestrian and acrobatic extravaganza expands the definition of performance into an epic, yet soulful theatrical experience. A show unlike any other on the planet, this awe-inspiring production features 65 magnificent horses and 50 talented riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians. Odysseo is the masterpiece of Normand Latourelle, creator of Cavalia Inc. and renowned for combining different forms of artistic expression and reinventing the scenic space.

Odysseo is a heart racing live performance, filled with mesmerizing visuals and live music. Through the magic of digital projection, audiences of all ages will be transported on an epic journey to some of nature’s greatest wonders including the Mongolian steppes to Monument Valley, the African savannah to Nordic glaciers, and from the Sahara Desert to Easter Island.

Odysseo’s mind boggling theatrical effects are as spectacular as they are numerous: a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens; a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives; décor both intricate and grandiose that seems to pull the audience onto the gigantic stage, and a real lake made of 40,000 gallons of recycled water which magically appears for a splashing finale. In sum, the show creates places no one has ever seen before – places where one can feel the deep connection between horse and man.

Odysseo’s horses play in complicity and with freedom, in a respectful relationship with their human counterparts, creating a moving artistic and emotive partnership. A liberty number, in which purebred Arabian horses are directed only by the soft murmurs of their trainer, and a fabulous caravan act that comprises people and horses too numerous to count, are amongst the breathtaking scenes that will leave every spectator captivated and touched.

Showcasing their extraordinary talents, the acrobats present a mix of force and sensitivity, interacting with the spellbound audience, while the live musicians and a vocalist perform in the most enthralling way to immerse spectators in a beautiful, multi-sensory experience. Whether it is the dexterity of the African acrobats, the enchanting sound of the Kora, or the majestic life-size merry-go-round, the cast and set of Odysseo are inspired and inspiring, delivering crowd-pleasing wonders and stunts.

Wowing critics and audiences alike across North America since its Montreal premiere in 2011, Odysseo will conclude its engagement in Nashville, TN, before moving its signature White Big Top for the first time to Ventura County in November.   

TICKETS – BUY NOW AND ENJOY “PRESALE” PRICES – FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, up to 15% discount is applied automatically for online and phone transactions for ticket purchases. The presale ticket prices range from $29.50 to $119.50 + applicable fees. For a memorable outing, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, a full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The presale Rendez-Vous package prices range from $129.50 to $234.50 + applicable fees. Special pricing and packages are also available for groups of 12 spectators and more. Tickets for Odysseo are available at www.cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined Exhibit at Studio Channel Islands through November 18

Studio Channel Islands Presents LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined

Death Valley Salt Flats by artist Linda Vallejo

Death Valley Salt Flats by artist Linda Vallejo

Studio Channel Islands invites you to experience the landscape in which we live through the eyes of seven exceptional artists. LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined is a contemporary art exhibition exploring the themes and traditions of landscape painting, both north and south of the Mexico/USA border. The exhibition will open Sept. 16, Mexico’s Independence Day, with an opening reception, at 1 p.m., including honored guest, Consul Roberto Rodriguez from the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard, and several of the artists. Live music by String Quartet, "INEFABLE," from Guanajuato, Mexico. Studio Channel Islands is located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.

Today, nearly half the population of Los Angeles has roots in Latin America and yet the voice of the Latino and Latin American artist is under represented in our theaters, galleries and museums. In response to this gap, the Getty has initiated an extensive collaboration of over 70 cultural organizations from San Diego to Santa Barbara to take a fresh look at the vital and vibrant traditions in Latino and Latin American art.

“LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined is Studio Channel Islands’ response to the Getty's Pacific Standard Time project and the beginning of a larger program of exhibitions that explore the connections within our community and celebrate the diverse perspectives of people who share this land,” said Peter Tyas, Studio Channel Islands’ executive director. The Getty's 'Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA' project is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined includes work by two artists from Mexico, José Maria Castelao and Manuela Generali, and three artists from California, Linda Vallejo, Fernanda Uski and Porfirio Guiterrez. During the LA/LAndscapes exhibition, Studio Channel Islands will also present two exhibitions of photography; first a series of portraits of the people and landscapes of Mexico by John Lewis and second a series of studies of Ventura’s field workers by Antonio Juarez.  

LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined will be on exhibit at the Blackboard Gallery through Nov. 18. Admission is free. Sponsors of LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined include Dr. and Mrs. F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D., the California Arts Council and Consulado de Mexico en Oxnard. The Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands is open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 3pm. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org or call 805.383.1368.

About Studio Channel Islands

Studio Channel Islands is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the arts in our community, providing unique and diverse artistic encounters for all ages and extraordinary opportunities for artists. Ongoing programs include open studios and arts education classes, diverse Blackboard Gallery exhibitions and performances, cultural festivals and Old Town Camarillo events. Gallery hours are Tues.– Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org, or call 805-383-1368.

“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.

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. 

"The Bridge at the End of the Road" Art Exhibit at CSU Channel Islands 10/14-11/27

Work of internationally-recognized American artist Gilbert Franklin opening at CI

“The Bridge at the End of the Road” art exhibit at CSU Channel Islands (CI)’s John Spoor Broome Library Gallery gets its name from a series of paintings the American artist Gilbert Franklin worked on for about 20 years.

Irina B. Costache, Ph.D., Professor of Art and co-curator of the show, considered the subject of these paintings a perfect metaphor for the internationally-known artist’s long and productive career.

“This is an artist who created pieces that speak to the entire journey of art,” Costache said. “Because that’s what it is: a journey. Art is always a road, but at the end there is a bridge, so there is really no end.”

The retrospective of Franklin’s works from 1945 to 1967 opens in the Broome Gallery on Oct. 14 and runs through Nov. 27 with an opening reception on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m., which includes introductory remarks by Italian art historian Giovanna Giusti, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar in Residence at CI this fall.

Franklin’s daughter, Nina Berson, co-curator of the show who will also speak at the reception, has fond memories around the bridge, which is on Cape Cod, where the family spent the summers.

“It’s a tidal road and at high tide, you can’t get to the bridge because the bridge is under water,” she said.

Berson, the only child of Gilbert and Joyce Franklin, had a rich childhood growing up on Rhode Island, regularly spending months in Rome, Italy, where Franklin was one of an elite group of artists and scholars accepted to the prestigious American Academy in Rome.

“He was in the first group of artists who came to study at the American Academy after World War II,” Costache said.

Franklin was the only American Academy fellow to bring his wife and daughter along with him to Rome. Berson remembers eating Italian food, learning the language, watching puppet shows in the park and attending the original Montessori School, Casa dei Bambini.

His time in Rome exchanging ideas with fellow artists made a lasting impression on Franklin. In Rome and in Rhode Island, Franklin was prolific, creating bronze sculptures, wooden figurines, paintings, and notebook-sized sketches, to name a few examples of his work. The human form, both stylized and realistic, is a recurring theme in his work.

“The play with textures and materials, a key element of Franklin’s sculptural work, is subtly and effectively echoed in paintings and drawings where earth tones are juxtaposed with strong outlines,” Costache said.

Berson and her dad were close, spending hours together at work and play.

“He was a bear of a guy. Very warm, and I adored him,” Berson said. “I was in the studio with him and he took me fishing.”

After his death from cancer in 2004, Berson, a professional art historian, began cataloguing his work and showing it around the country. The CI exhibit is the first retrospective ever on the West Coast.

“He left me with 10 loose leaf binders of slides. I said ‘Dad, these aren’t labeled or dated’, and he said ‘That’s your job. You’re an art historian,” Berson remembers.

Berson’s labor of love has taken 10 years so far, and continues, but she knows her father’s legacy is well worth it.

Part II of the exhibit will feature Franklin’s works from 1968 to 2004 and will open on Nov. 1 and run through Jan. 28, 2017 at the Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery on the Chalon campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. 

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) 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. CI’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. CI 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 about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

"Street/Urban" Art Exhibit at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo 11/4-11/23

The new exhibition “Street/Urban” opening at the Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, is an exhibit showcasing Charles Magallanes, along with a sculptural piece by William Solomon. Each artist will bring his own creative flair to the contemporary art conversations. The exhibition opens November 4th and runs through November 23rd. The Artists’ Reception will be Saturday, November 5th from 4pm-6pm. The Artist’s Talk is set for Saturday, November 12th at 1:30. As the title suggests, street art is a major influence of this exhibit which promises to be thought provoking, visually stimulating, and pushing boundaries for gallery visitors.Charles Magallanes, who is an Artist-In-Residence at Studio Channel Islands, is working on an interactive graffiti wall to go along with his colorful paintings.
 
Charles Magallanes’ works explore his relationship between nature and urban spaces.   New synergies are generated from both simple and complex meanings. “Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by the unrelenting divergence of relationships.”  What starts out as contemplation and disambiguation, becomes finessed into a carnival of color leaving only a sense of depth and vibrancy that layers hidden meanings. Charles uses a mixture of different techniques, including spray paint, found objects, paper and hidden ramblings.

Charles is concerned with expressing the moment and conveying that into a cohesive and thought-provoking object of art that allows viewers to also be introspective of their own thoughts and desires.  Colors, shapes, and textures break through the surface of consciousness and start to grow from within the canvas, as glimpses of an insight or the fragment of a revelation comes into focus. Charles’s abstract work is alive. As the invisible becomes visible, hidden meanings and images step forth or recede, inviting the viewer to stop, behold, and ponder the very moment of creation.

The exhibit features a piece by William Solomon titled NOW I CAN SEE which conveys that duality of asking how can something be simple and complex at the same time. As a visual artist he hopes that his pieces explain themselves visually without words. William was born to second generation Jewish immigrants. His divorced parents caused confusion in his life. His early life was filled with loving parents yet contained much angst and anarchy.  As a child he was always attracted to drawing and painting. He discovered that various relatives were accomplished artists.

 

Contrasting Themes in CSU Channel Islands Art Exhibit October 3-20, 2016

Work of Studio Art graduate Tammy Gilkey

Work of Studio Art graduate Tammy Gilkey

Three exhibits scheduled to go up Oct. 3 in Napa Hall at CSU Channel Islands (CI) range from the spiritual to whimsical to sobering.

“A Cosmology of Pattern and Play” will open in the Napa Gallery with “The Final Touch!” and “This is What Hope Looks Like” will be on display in the CI Palm Temporary gallery.

"This very varied show exemplifies the postmodern era in which we live: a world in which tragedy, hope, futility, cosmology and mysticism live side-by-side,” said Art Lecturer Christophe Bourély. “It is a delight for the entirety of our mind and senses".

The opening reception for all three exhibits will be Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Napa Hall. The exhibitions will run from Oct. 3 through 20.

A sand and glitter floor installation linked to a series of dense and intricate paintings on the gallery walls will be a highlight of “A Cosmology of Pattern and Play” by artist Carole Silverstein.

Silverstein uses Mylar as a canvas to create a floating quality to her rich and luminous work, which seeks to slow people down and entrance them, she said.

“When you see the work, the light shifts as you move through the space,” Silverstein said. “I’m using patterns from different cultures that use different symbolism. I explore the symbolism from a mystical point of view.”

The Los Angeles-based artist uses, for example, Islamic geometric patterns, Japanese wave or cloud patterns, Celtic knotwork and Spanish interlace.

Two CI graduates will have their work exhibited in the CI Palm Temporary Gallery.

Studio Art graduate Tammy Gilkey’s exhibit, “This is What Hope Looks Like” is a collection of paintings exploring the face of hope in an uncertain world.

Currently, an art therapy instructor at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, Gilkey hopes her paintings inspire compassion for vulnerable refugees, often children trying to survive as the war around them robs them of their homes, their families and their innocence.

“So many of these children without parents and siblings to watch over them have been lost to sex trafficking and have disappeared from the safety and protection of communities,” Gilkey wrote in her artist’s statement. “We cannot allow fear to drive us from the humanity of helping those in need.”

CI Art graduate Gabriel Garcia Alvarez explores a whimsical First World theme with her photography exhibit entitled “The Final Touch!”

Alvarez’s photography exhibit consists of photos from two of her photography books: “Shoes with Jewelry,” and “Lipstick and Nail Polish.”

The books reflect the Santa Maria resident’s interest in shoes, jewelry, lipstick and nail polish.

In her artist’s statement, Alvarez said that “if any of these items are combined in any way, they will help to add that final touch that would make any ensemble successful.”

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 CI 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.

Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation should contact Disability Resource Programs at 805-437-3331 or email accommodations@csuci.edu as soon as possible, but no later than seven (7) business days prior to the event, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) 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. CI’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. CI 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 about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

"You Belong" Art Show at CSU Channel Islands through September 22nd

CSU Channel Islands (CI) Art graduate Whisper Bentley would never have created the “you belong” art series were it not for a defining moment on Jan. 22, 2016.

“I was in a car accident, totaled my car, but came out of it with only a few burns and bruises. I thank God every day that I am alive, said Bentley, 21. “If it weren’t for this incident, this series would not exist. It really put life into perspective for me. It made me appreciate myself, and value all the emotions that I have.”

The “you belong” show is appearing on the Grad Wall at Napa Hall through Sept. 22. The show is running concurrently with the “Tying Loose Ends” show by UC Santa Barbara graduate students Vanesa Gingold and George Sanders.

The Apple Valley native said the “you belong” series began with self-portraits and journal entries to find an escape from the trauma she experienced from the accident, then evolved into something else.

“There are so many people that have made an incredible impact on my life, but it has not been an easy journey for any of them. I want to know about their struggles and insecurities,” Bentley said. “It has grown into something that connects everyone, showing us that we really to belong.”

This body of work consists of large portraits done with oil on canvas, and handmade paper assembled into books.

“The portraits use bright color and facial expression to really portray different emotions they have felt,” she said. “While I am working on each piece I keep in mind the stories they have told me about their lives and what I have gathered from personal relationships with them.”

Bentley says she uses lower case letters to title her shows because, like her name, it’s not a shout, but a whisper.

Napa Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Napa Hall is located on Ventura Street on the CI campus.

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