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

Exhibit at Cal Lutheran to Feature Portraits of Female Artists January 20 to April 6, 2017

 

Portraits of female artists will be displayed at California Lutheran University from Jan. 20 through April 6.

“Rebecca Campbell: You are Here” will be on exhibit in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture on the Thousand Oaks campus. Campbell will demonstrate her portrait painting technique from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on March 7.

Motivated by a lack of female representation in the art world, and in homage to the artists who inspire her, Campbell began her “You are Here” project featuring female artists working in Los Angeles in fall 2015. Fighting against misogyny, Campbell’s work celebrates women’s “strength, intelligence, courage, humor and beauty.”

Campbell makes each painting with the same dimensions, using paper that she primes with a custom pink acrylic paint. She employs a limited palette of black, white and gray to build the portrait. Although she approaches each work with identical parameters, Campbell imbues each portrait with a unique sense of identity, capturing each artist’s likeness with bold and gestural brushstrokes. Each sitter meets the gaze of the viewer, with her strengths and vulnerabilities candidly conveyed.

“I am not interested in making very realistic depictions. I do not sort people out by what they make; I just choose people who are serious, diligent, hardworking, and good at what they do,” Campbell said.

The works are also meant to be a celebration of painting itself, and the quality of imagery that can only be brought forth with paint and brush.

Campbell’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the United States including the Phoenix Art Museum and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as overseas in Spain and Switzerland. Her work has been featured in many publications including ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times and art ltd.

She is an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton, and has also taught at the Art Center College of Design and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Admission is free. L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, California, provided support for the exhibit and Cal Lutheran’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the demonstration.

The gallery is located in Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway. It is open form 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

She is an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton, and has also taught at the Art Center College of Design and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Admission is free. L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, California, provided support for the exhibit and Cal Lutheran’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the demonstration.

The gallery is located in Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway. It is open form 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition at the California ScienCenter through April 16, 2017

Enjoy a unique, first-time look into the Pixar filmmaking process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with the west coast premiere of The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition at the California ScienCenter through April 16, 2017. This 12,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

With more than 40 interactive exhibit elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E! 

Learn more at californiasciencecenter.org/exhibits/the-science-behind-pixar-exhibition.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended. The cost for adults is $14.95, ages 4-12 $9.95, ages 13-17 and college students with ID $11.95 and 60+ $11.95. Tickets are timed and dated.

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.

"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.

"Interactive! The Exhibition" at Reagan Library October 22, 2016 through April 16, 2017

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will open the fully immersive Interactive! The Exhibition - How Popular Culture Reshapes Technology on October 22, 2016. This 10,000 sq ft exhibition offers a riveting, memorable exploration of popular culture's impact on technology - past, present and future - and its direct effect on how we live and work, how we move, how we connect and how we play. Transporting yourself back to the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's will show museum visitors firsthand how popular culture from those decades inspired the technology of today and for the future. Interactive will be on display through April 16, 2017.

In Interactive, Virtual Reality and more is at your fingertips, including:

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift.
  • Robotic arm interactives, 80's gaming stations and more.
  • Manipulate a Mars Rover replica.
  • Get up close with the first ever 3D printed car, by Local Motors.
  • Examine communications from the landline rotary telephone and VCR to smartphones.
  • Check out jetpacks, Marty McFly's hoverboard and even meet Baxter the robot!


Developed by Stage Nine Exhibitions, Interactive is a large-scale, hands-on examination of how popular culture in movies, books, TV, and the arts has influenced modern technology and changed the ways we live,work, move, connect and play. In addition to a wide variety of 'hands-on" experiences, including Oculus Rift virtual reality, interactive robots, the driverless car, multiple gaming stations, remote control drones, 3D printing stations, and more, Reagan Library visitors will also get up close to some of science fiction's most iconic characters, including an interactive R2D2 from Star Wars, a T-800 endoskeleton from The Terminator, and a full-size Alien from the Alien films. Did the producers of Star Trek invent the smart phone? What science fiction today will become reality tomorrow? The exhibit also showcases the creative inspiration behind legendary innovators such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Walt Disney.

Guests of Interactive will discover four featured areas exploring the science and technology in human everyday life.

How We Play:
Examines the technology of entertainment and its impact on how people spend their free time. Highlights include a virtual reality gaming by Oculis Rift, 3D projected playing fields and hands-on activities with familiar and cutting-edge music instruments.

How We Connect:
Communications technology is truly the game changer of the 21st century, which brought us to a new era and the birth of social media. This part of the exhibition explores the relationship between communications and technology by looking at the history and future of communication, from landline rotary telephones and VCRs, to video chats and smartphones. Artificial intelligence and distant alien lifeforms are featured as technology blending with popular culture and science fiction. Guests will learn about communication in our social history, how far we've come, and where we're going.

How We Move:
This area examines the history and evolution of human transport. This segment includes a detailed overview of how technologies have advanced the way we move around the planet. Showcased are popular culture hallmarks in transportation including Mars rovers, jetpacks, Marty McFly's hoverboard, the first 3D printed car by Local Motors and artistic sketches featuring future plans for flying cars from Hyundai and the roll-out of the high-speed transportation system, the Hyperloop™.

How We Live and Work:
This area presents some of the most fascinating innovations currently shaping our lives, many of which were predicted in books and movies. Here guests will experience how those dreams have turned into reality, including real-world robots, customized objects from the International Space Station and more.

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift.
  • The Mars Rover
  • HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Hands-on robotics
  • Virtual projection games
  • Futuristic musical instrument technology
  • Jet pack from Disney's The Rocketeer
  • Autopia car from Disney's Tomorrowland
  • Artistic renderings from visual futurists who created the look of Blade Runner™, Star Wars™, Alien™ and much more

THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY:
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 only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com. Museum exhibit tickets may be pre-purchased at www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets. For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/interactive.