Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 – July 4, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Concert Series presents Whiskerman in concert at Dancing Oak Ranch on Saturday June 24th.

Gates open at 5pm with Ventura’s Jeff Steve on classical guitar at 5:30 and Aerial Visions, from 6:00 till 7:00. All shows will feature an optional potluck picnic, so bring a dish to share and have a picnic with

friends and the band.

Adult tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, Kids 7 to 14 are

$10 and can be paid for at the show.

For more details or directions to Dancing

Oak Ranch www.ojaiconcertseries.com. For information not available online, call Shane 665-8852.

Poet and author Emily R. Clark will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, to present Poetic Canvas, an Ekphrastic workshop and poetry contest, along with a reading from her new poetry book, Art Triumphant.

Author Julia Claiborne Johnson will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 to deliver a reading of her book, Be Frank with Me. Johnson will also speak about why she decided to write her novel, how she found an agent, and what her writing process was like.

Local author Fayrene Parrish will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 8 to deliver a presentation on her recent books and other artistic works.

Events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at 218-9146. 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.

The Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) presented art scholarships to 13 promising art students at a standing room only reception at Ojai City Hall on June 3rd. Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend and Carol Shaw Sutton presided over the celebratory event, handing out over $13,000 in awards.

The committee received twice the number of applicants, over forty, and the high quality of the work made jurying highly competitive. OSA is extremely pleased to have raised more funds this year, awarding larger scholarships to more students to help with their art education. An exhibition of the students’ works is currently on view at City Gallery at Ojai City Hall. The show will be up through June 23rd.

The Ojai Photography Club will host Lewis Watts, nationally and internationally known photographer, archivist and educator. His work is in the permanent collections of leading art and history institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The event, “Documenting the Cultural Landscape,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St.

A professor emeritus of art from UC Santa Cruz, Watts has taught photography, visual history and digital arts/new media. “New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition” is Watts’ most recent book, a journey through the cultural landscape of New Orleans both before and after Katrina.

For more information on the work of Lewis Watts, go to http://artsites.ucsc.edu/faculty/watts/pages/main.html.

The Ojai Photography Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Only members may submit images for review. For additional information please visit: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/.

The Ojai Storytelling Festival, Sept. 7-10, will be celebrating its 17th year with a stellar lineup of acclaimed storytellers from around the world in the beautiful Libbey Bowl. The line-up includes Bill Harley, Motoko, Samite, Kim Weitkamp, Antonio Rocha, Dovie Thomason, and Niall de Burca. Tickets for individual performances as well as weekend passes are available at www.ojaistoryfest.org. Purchase now for the best prices with early bird specials.

The Ojai Storytelling Festival will present the oral tradition in a contemporary way. Festival organizer Brian Bemel says, “Listeners will definitely hear traditional tales, but many of this year’s tellers will offer a very modern take with stories firmly rooted in today’s culture.”

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