Annual One-Act Play Festival at Elite Theatre Company September 20th to 28th

The Elite Theatre Company is proud to present its Annual One-Act Play Festival, opening Friday, Sept 20th to Sept 28th. The plays are a compilation of the winners of the 2018 One-Act Play Writing Competition chosen from nearly 100 submissions from North American playwrights.

The plays being presented are Porch Past by Brianna Keller, Stay by Dagney Kerr, Old Aquatics by Steven Kobar, Exceeding the Purchasable Calories by Rhea MacCallum, and 172 Pushups by Scott Mullen.

Helmed by directors and starring actors who are well-known to local audiences or making their debut at the Elite Theatre, the One-Act Play Festival is presenting plays never before produced onstage. Our selections are both dramatic and comedic, and include a New Year’s Eve ride-share, an absurd visit to a grocery store, and a canine tale of friendship. The Elite Theatre Company is the only theater in Ventura County that regularly showcases new plays by known and unknown playwrights, as part of our goal to produce and promote new works to our patrons.

All tickets are $15.00. Performances are:

Friday Sept 20: 8:00 pm

Saturday Sept 21: 8:00 pm

Sunday Sept 22: 2:00 pm

Friday Sept 27: 8:00 pm

Saturday Sept 28: 2:00 pm AND 8:00 pm

For more info please visit www.theelite.org or call 805.483.5118.. Located at 2731 Victoria Avenue, Oxnard.

Tall Ships to Visit Channel Islands Harbor February 6-13, 2018

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Ventura County residents and visitors will have an opportunity to raise sails, sing sea shanties, and learn about life on tall ships when the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington visit the Channel Islands Harbor from February 6-13.

These one-of-a-kind tall ships based out of Grays Harbor, Washington will be docked near the Ventura County Harbor Patrol offices, 3900 Pelican Way Oxnard.

The Lady Washington, a replica of the first American ship to round Cape Horn and land in the Pacific Northwest and the Hawaiian Chieftain, a replica of a sailing vessel that ran the trading routes in the 1800s, will be open for walk-on tours, battle and adventure sails, and a passage cruise to Ventura Harbor. A crew of 10-14 people will be on board both vessels to answer questions.

For more information and reservations, call 1-800-200-5239 or visit www.historicalseaport.org to purchase tickets.

The Avalanche and The Silence Art Exhibit at Carnegie Art Museum 9/10-11/19, 2017

Carnegie Art Museum Announces Fall Exhibition
The Avalanche and The Silence New Works by Linda Arreola
September 10 - November 19, 2017


Influenced by the architecture of Mesoamerica and the sleek lines of modernist design, Linda Arreola investigates geometric spatial arrangements using an elemental and minimalist sensibility. Arreloa’s explorations using geometric abstraction create what she calls spiritual structural environments. As with the experience she had upon seeing the pyramids of Teotihuacan for the first time, ‘I want to create work that gives the viewer a perspective that connects them to a much grander whole”. With this in mind and having a background in sculpture and architecture, she thinks of her paintings as built rather than rendered. Line, color and form are her elemental building blocks from which she creates these abstract environments.

With this new series, The Avalanche and the Silence,  Arreloa is venturing into the territory of duality. It is the first time she has worked with two distinct concepts simultaneously. Though the inspiration arose out of the present day experience of our human condition, this duality signifies the hopeful reminder found in opposing positions that creates an equilibrium and ultimately fosters regeneration.

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, September 9 4-6 pm
$10 / members free
Reception sponsored by The Arts Collaborative

Also opening:
Collecting/California Latino Art
Selected works of California Latino art from the Carnegie’s Collection will be shown including the 21ft History of the Chicano Movimiento by Frank Romero, recently returned from his retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. Carnegie’s focus on collecting Latino Art began in 1994 with a group exhibition curated by Frank Romero.

The Fall exhibits honor, but are not a part of, the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino Art in LA being exhibited at art institutions throughout Southern California

Location: 424 South C Street, Oxnard. 805.385.8254 www.carnegieam.org

Summer Art Exhibit at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard "Soluble Power" June 11 to August 20

Contemporary approaches in SoCal Art using the medium of water color are showcased in Soluble Power on display at the Carnegie Art Museum from June 11- August 20, 2017. It features the art of Gary Brewer of Los Angeles, Gail Faulkner of Ventura, Joanne Julian of Oxnard, Mona Neuhaus of Oxnard, Paul Pitsker of Santa Monica and Doug Shoemaker recently of Palm Springs.

Ground pigment suspended in water is one of the oldest mediums known, waning and rising in popularity with changes is technology over the centuries. California artists excelling in both oil painting and watercolor burst out from 1925-1955 with a new a popular approach for watercolor that was quintessentially Californian and was named The California Style. Gone was the pencil detailed English approach, replaced with using large sheets of paper, sweeping free brush strokes, bold color and strong, quick lines. Although currently more paintings in acrylic and oil seem to be commonly displayed, Southern California artists’ experimentation with watercolor to push it to depict contemporary visions continues unarrested.

Gary Brewer captures the rich universe of complex life forms, sharing how they engage and excite the mind. A self-taught artist, his fascination with the natural world began in the Mojave Desert where he was raised and has gone on to have works in a variety of mediums exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Gail Faulkner’s works amazingly convey the richness of old master oil paintings but with the reflections and fresh hues of watercolor. Following a career in the medical field, Faulkner attended the Philadelphia College of Art and the Sanski Art Center in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Among her numerous awards are first place in the 2008 California Gold Coast Watercolor Society.

Decades of drawing, painting and printmaking have provided Joanne Julian a foundation for watercolor works. Presently her methodology for watercolor does not differ from her approaches to other media. Mandatory are paying attention and being in the moment. Also pacing, timing, control or lack of it, and with watercolor, liquidity and the weather play a role in the artist’s outcome.

A traditional landscape painter at heart, Mona Neuhaus paints primarily in the media of soft pastel and in watercolor. The often rugged and wide open scenes of America’s, and especially California’s, country side provide her limitless inspiration. Neuhaus’ works are in the Museum of Ventura County’s “Bank of A. Levy Corporate Collection” and the Collection of Jackson Wheeler (often a lender to the Carnegie Art Museum) as well as in corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Mexico and Japan.

Because the watercolor medium is transparent and its materials vulnerable when being applied, Paul Pitsker has been inspired to use it for transparent, fragile and vulnerable subjects. A key goal for Pitsker is to make paintings that do not look like traditional watercolors by incorporating uncustomary effects like an intense velvety black for backgrounds. Growing up the artist’s family lived in a wildlife sanctuary in New England. At the nearby sanctuary visitor center, Pitsker was allowed to draw by the hour and to photograph the small museum’s mounted bird specimens, laying the rudimentary ground work of his process today. Despite his early art interest, he majored in mathematics at Pomona College in Claremont. Pursuing art seriously after graduation, Pitsker took courses in drawing, watercolor painting, and completed an independent mentor program at Santa Monica College.

Realist painter, Doug Shoemaker, works in his chosen medium of watercolor to explore the richness and complexity of everyday, ordinary objects in our urban and natural
environment. Elements of the built and natural environment, often abandoned or decaying in sunlight and shadow inspire the artist to create meaningful images where the ordinary becomes memorable. Trained as an architect at Lawrence Technological University, Shoemaker advanced his interests in painting and drawing en plein air at the Cranbrook Academy and in intaglio printmaking at the Fort Mason Art Center in San Francisco. In 2015 he was selected as a Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence affording the opportunity to alter his focus from the urban to the rural environment. His work was a part of the Artists Council Exhibition at the Palm Springs Museum of Art in 2013 and 2014. This summer Shoemaker’s recent paintings will be exhibited at Skidmore Contemporary Art at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 10, 4 -6 pm$10 / members free

Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard
805.385.8254 www.carnegieam.org

Footworks Youth Ballet Presents "Swan Lake" in Oxnard on June 3-4

FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents for the first time Tchaikovsky’s famous classical ballet Swan Lake in two full-length performances at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. A free family educational lecture and story time will begin one hour prior to the performance time.

Come join Footworks Youth Ballet for its full-length performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The tragic love story is about Odette, a princess who has been cursed by an evil sorcerer. During the day she must swim as a swan in a lake of tears, but at night she becomes the beautiful princess in human form. The spell can only be broken by a prince who swears his eternal love for her.

Come see the story unfold with Princess Odette, Prince Siegfried, the evil Rothbart and his daughter Odile. It is sure to dazzle audiences with its fresh choreography, colorful costumes and professional sets. In keeping with the mission of Footworks, principal roles are often danced by student dancers, giving young artists opportunities not found elsewhere. Matinees are offered on both regular performance days (June 3rd and 4th at 2 p.m.).

Where: Oxnard Performing Arts Center – 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA

General Public MATINEES: Saturday, June 3rd, 2:00 P.M. and Sunday, June 4th, 2:00 P.M.

Outreach Performance for Students: Friday, June 2nd 10:00 A.M. Act I (Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket - contact: outreach@footworksyouthballet.org)

Tickets: $14, $18, $22

Ticket Hotline: (805) 486-2424

Online Ticket Orders: www.footworksyouthballet.org

Footworks Youth Ballet is a nonprofit ballet company whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities to young people through the art of ballet.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Love Letters Home Exhibit at Channel Islands Maritime Museum January 2 to March 26, 2017

Love Letters Home opens January 2 through March 26, 2017

Opening Reception: January 25, 2017 from 5 pm – 7 pm

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum presents Love Letters Home, an exhibition that will explore different ways in which sailors and soldiers corresponded with their loved ones waiting back home. This exhibit will feature countless letters written by Donald Brug, a local man who was enlisted in the Army during WWII, and sailed around the world during the 1960s, as well as “trench art” and other artifacts from the US Navy Seabees, who celebrate their 75th anniversary this coming March.  

In an era of instantaneous communication, Love Letters Home will examine a time when hearing from a loved one could take days, months, or even years. Separation and the longing it produced was an ever-present reality for these men, women and children of both maritime and wartime communities alike. Letters and objects sent back home became a means of remembrance for separated families.  

Through the display of artifacts and reproductions, Love Letters Home will explore the common themes found in letters sent home by sailors in the past and today: loneliness, separation, hardship, and endurance. These letters, along with mementoes, gifts, and souvenirs serve as keepsakes and reminders of affection and love over the distance

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum NEW hours are Thursday to Monday from 11-5pm. Located in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor at 3900 Bluefin Circle. Explore galleries full of rare and beautiful maritime paintings dating back to the 1600’s, more than sixty world-class models of historic ships, rotating thematic fine arts exhibitions, and interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to expand their horizons about everything maritime.

NEW Museum entry is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children (ages 6-17), and free for members and children under 6. Third Thursday of the month is free. Info: cimmvc.org or (805) 984-6260.

Art for Art's Sake Exhibit at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard Dec 11, 2016 to Feb 19, 2017

Ali Smith,  Half-Life , 2007, oil on canvas, 84 x 130 in.  Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles

Ali Smith, Half-Life, 2007, oil on canvas, 84 x 130 in.  Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles

The "Art for Art's Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation" exhibit will be on display at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard from December 11, 2016 to February 19, 2017.

This exhibition explores the potentials of abstraction. It features over forty, mainly young American artists that expand upon the conventions of modern art to create lush works revealing an interest in subjective, transcendental and visionary experiences.
 
Using the basic elements of pictorial art -- color, line, shape, texture - the artists in this exhibition delve into and advance contemporary abstraction by producing bold, exuberant compositions that appeal first to the eye.

While aesthetically distinctive, the artists of Art for Art's Sake share using both objective systems and subjective feelings to construct art that celebrates the pure visual effect of sumptuous beauty.
 
The exhibition is curated by Billie Milam Weisman, Foundation Director and funding has been generously provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
 
Opening Reception on Saturday, December 10 from 4-6 pm ($5/members free). The Carnegie Art Museum is located at 424 South C Street in Oxnard. Visit www.carnegieam.org for more information.

"Murder on the Nile" at Oxnard Performing Arts Center on November 10th

The Oxnard Performing Arts Center bring to its stage Aquila Theatre. Aquila Theatre, in its 25th anniversary season, stages Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature- Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production features a masterful whodunit and Aquila's clever signature style.

Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie's own staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile, is set on a paddle steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in 1940's Egypt. The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her penniless new husband, Simon Mostyn board the ship. Class, money and reputation are all at stake in one way or another for the passengers and before they know it deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. Spurned lover Jacqueline De Severac, protective uncle Canon Pennefather, a troubled German Doctor, and a host of colorful and mysterious characters add to the drama and suspense of this classic Agatha Christie mystery.

Who can be trusted? Who holds the truth? Who is a suspect? Whodunit?

Aquila Theatre brings its innovative touch to this deliciously dangerous murder mystery, with brilliant direction, superb acting, thrilling physicality and stunning designs. Aquila's Murder on the Nile will be a classic all over again.

Tickets $35 & $45 (805)486-2424 or at www.etix.com/ticket/p/8716402/aquila-theater-murder-in-the-nile-oxnard-oxnard-performing-arts-center?country=US&language=en

Location: 800 Hobson Way, Oxnards

www.oxnardperformingarts.com

Date: 11/10/2016