The Ojai Photography Club will go interactive in its April meeting, featuring guest presenter Dean Zatkowsky in “Ojai’s Top Model – Goofy Edition: A Learn While We Play Adventure.” The event will take place Tuesday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m., at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St. Visitors can expect what Zatkowsky calls “an evening of interactive ridiculousness. he will walk attendees through the photographic decision-making process. This will include background selection, managing multiple lights, lens considerations, camera settings, composition, and most important of all, evoking action and expression. Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. Visitors are always welcome to attend.
Only members may submit images for review. For additional information please visit: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/.
Local author Ian James will visit the Ojai Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, , to deliver a reading from his book Last Writes. James will also give a short talk and will be available to sign copies of his book.
Last Writes: Love, Death & Falling is a celebration of the mystery we called Life and what each and every human being must face when death comes calling.
Between April 1 and April 30, , the Ventura County Library System will be commemorating National Poetry Month by holding its annual county-wide Haiku Poetry Contest. Participants will be able to submit their own original haiku at any of our library locations or online at tiny.cc/vclhaiku.
All submissions should follow the traditional format for haiku: three lines of five, seven, and five syllables each. The contest is open to all ages and topics; contact the library for further information regarding contest rules.
Participation in this contest is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Bernadette McDowell, Regional Librarian 486-5460; Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at 218-9146; or Laurie Dunning, Librarian Specialist 648-2716.
The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Ave. Hours of service are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Katie Fagan’s solo art exhibition opens this month at The Oaks At Ojai. Her Art About Ojai show runs from April 28-June 29. It features 16 local landscapes in acrylics. She’ll be present to greet visitors and talk about her art at the opening reception on Thursday, May 11 from 5-6:15 pm.
“All my life, I’ve done some kind of art,” Fagan said. “I’ve been a graphic designer for more than 25 years and have been painting in earnest for around 4 years.”
In that short time she has created a considerable body of colorful landscapes and floral studies, most of which are on display on her website at fagangraphics.com/paint-noflash.html and at facebook.com/KatieFaganFineArt.
Her favorite part of the creative process, Fagan said, is “dancing to a great song while painting,” and she said her biggest challenge is “keeping at it when the painting is going through its growing pains. Persistence is key.”
To see Katie Fagan’s exhibition, visit the The Oaks At Ojai, 122 E. Ojai Ave. The gallery is open from 10 am- 4 pm.