This multidisciplinary collection of abstract work features 23 artists hailing from the United States to Australia, each selected for their deliberate deviation from representational art. These artist’s theoretical compositions though dissimilar, reflect the social, emotional and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of modern culture.
An ambitious and unexpected exhibit, Departure Theory is a diverse medley of contemporary abstracts including a large scale hanging installation, geometric sculpture and conceptual art.
1793 East Main Street
Hours: Weds -Sat 1-5p
Focus on the Masters has highlighted where art begins — with an artist. Gallerist Khaled Al Awar, a 1970 emigrant from Lebanon, moved to Ojai in 1982. He established the Primavera Gallery which features international and local artists, both individually and in group shows. Khaled’s dedication to the arts and devotion to community has earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts from the City of Ojai. Please join Donna Granata and Khaled Al Awar discuss the importance of galleries in furthering an artist’s career. To learn about the Primavera Gallery, visit www.PrimaveraFineArt.com
Make your reservation today! www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or 653.2501. $10 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors, and free to Focus on the Masters Members. Not a member? Sign up today at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.
The Artist Spotlight is open to students attending as a class assignment free of charge. Faculty and students are requested to make a reservation.
The Other Mozart was a one woman play recently showing at the Rubicon Theatre. The work of local artists are on display in the new downstairs gallery and can be viewed when attending events at the Rubicon. The gallery will be open to visitors an hour before the show starts and directly after the performance.
The paintings will constantly be changing.
Mary-Gail King displayed 15 of her painting in the gallery some inspired by the other Mozart. She stated “When I first heard the story of Mozart’s sister, the saddest thing about it wasn’t that she worked in obscurity but that none of her music survived. Women’s work has often been seen as less important than men’s. In creating new work for The Other Mozart I wanted to explore feminine creativity. As the work unfolded I rediscovered that creativity is about human potential which encompasses all genders.”
Mary-Gail King is an award winning artist and creativity consultant. She has a BA in Communication Arts and Marketing from the University of South Alabama and continued her study in art and interior design at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She has painted along the Central and Southern California Coasts since 2001, had over 50 solo shows, is included in both corporate and private collections throughout the United States and is an Artist in Residence at Studio Channel Islands. Much of her work has been inspired by great music.
A member of the Los Angeles Art Association, the California Art Club, and the Santa Barbara Art Association, King’s most recent large scale project was a commission for the 20th anniversary of the New West Symphony. She was a featured artist for their March 2015 100th anniversary of Gustav Holst’s The Planets.
Come to this celebration of vibrant expression, and see how the rich creativity of artists of the Ojai Valley nurtures and inspires our youth, connecting them to community, nature and the world in which they live. This exhibit features artwork created with Learning To See Outreach in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades at Meiners Oaks Elementary. This unique 8-week program and exhibition was made possible by a grant from the City of Ojai.
Contact Aimee French for more information 653-2501 Aimee@FocusontheMasters.com
June 8 – 30, 2017 at Meiners Oaks Library
114 N Padre Juan Ave, Ojai
Mon. & Tues. 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 6pm
Wed. & Thurs. 1pm – 6pm
Fri., Sat. & Sun. Closed
July 6 – August 3, 2017 at Downtown Ojai Library
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 8pm
Fri. 12pm – 5pm
Sat. & Sun. 12pm – 5pm
Discover the hand-made ceramic work of over 25 clay artists as they showcase their work during the Ojai Music Festival. In addition, several artists will be demonstrating their fine art and craft skills including Scott Semple, internationally known for large pots. Learn many secrets of working in clay as you meet the artists and see samples of different techniques. All of the artists will have work for sale. Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 10 AM – 5 PM both days. Libby Park in Ojai.
The Ventura County Potters Guild is a non-profit organization. This is their major annual fundraiser and supports ceramic education and venues for local artists. Work can also be seen year round at their gallery store in Ventura Harbor.
In a previous Breeze issue we featured the wonderful pencil drawings of Andrew James Rodriquez featuring Ventura’s homeless population. Several of his pieces are on display at The River Community located at 859 E. Santa Clara. Just ask where you can find them
Student artists at Cabrillo Middle School are “going big” for their first-ever chalk festival June 7-9, by welcoming the artist who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest chalk painting by an individual.
Tracy Lee Stum will teach art classes on campus Wednesday, June 7, and support students the following two days as they “amplify” well-known paintings into large designs on the asphalt around campus.
In 2006 Tracy added the Guinness World Record for the largest street painting by an individual. In 2013 she was honored to be a contributor on the Cannes Gold Lion award-winning team for their work in the now iconic Honda CRV commercial.
The student work will take place June 7 and 8 as students create works of art directly on the asphalt. Cabrillo art instructor Teri Willison of Ventura will oversee the work and guide students, along with Stum.
The public is welcome visit campus June 9 to view the works. At the lunch break on Friday, between 11:40 – 12:15 p.m., Cabrillo’s wood shop students will showcase their pieces, including cabinets, benches, skateboards, turned bowls and more. Cabrillo’s award-winning Jazz Band also will perform.
Fiber Arts Exhibit at Vita Art Center | 432 N. Ventura Ave. Studio 30 644-9214
Vita Art Center is excited to exhibit the work of 4 exceptional contemporary fiber artists each showing a unique use of material, form and technique. Fiber art is defined as fine art which consists of materials that are natural or synthetic fiber and other components. It focuses on the materials and on the manual labor on the part of the artist as part of the works’ significance, and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility until June 30.
This multidisciplinary collection of abstract work features 22 artists hailing from the United States to Australia, each selected for their deliberate deviation from conventional art principles. These artist’s theoretical compositions though dissimilar, reflect the social, emotional and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of modern culture.
An ambitious and unexpected exhibit, Departure Theory is a diverse medley of contemporary abstracts. Including a large scale hanging installation, geometric sculpture and conceptual art. Not confounded by generic limits, the visual comprehension of each piece in this exhibition introduces a sense of infinite possibility in highly controlled compositions. Opening Reception | Saturday, June 17 7-10pm.