Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 – Ojai News & Events

The Photography Branch of the Ojai Art Center welcomes artists to submit photographic images in black and white for the upcoming 13th annual juried photography exhibit, “Shades of Gray,” opening June 4 with a reception from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Entries may be submitted to the Art Center Thursday, June 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. or Friday, June 3, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

All entries must be in black and white photographic media. The subject matter is open, and can be pure photographic or digitally altered images. Amateurs, professionals, and students in grades 7 through 12, are all welcome to enter. Students will have free entry fees. For full information and questions contact: David Baker  558-6460 (call or text) or e-mail at [email protected]

For the Call for Artists please visit: http://ojaiacphoto.org/2016-annual-exhibit.html

Ojai ACT is in the process of formulating its 2017 season and is seeking meaningful suggestions from directors, producers, or anyone involved in the theater world.

The goal for the 2017 season is to present a balanced slate of plays that will offer new and different choices for our patrons, as well as plays that we know to be the backbone of the play-going community.

Plays should be accompanied by a short statement.

Please drop it off at: Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Attn: Richard Camp. For mailing, use Ojai ACT, PO Box 331, Ojai CA 93024, Attn:  Richard Camp. For any questions, email [email protected].

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, local humorist poet John Gentry will visit the Ojai Library to read from his 2012 edition of Treading Lightly: Not So Modern Poetry in the Post-Modern Age. Mr. Gentry is a retired teacher and an unapologetic rhymer—a rare appellation in this age of modern, free verse poetry.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, City Librarian, at  218-9146

On Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Ojai Valley Green Coalition invites the public to the 7th annual Green Living Tour & Home Show. Tickets are $10 (kids 18 and under are free). Information on the Tour and tickets, free Home Show, biking the tour and much more can be found at ojaivalleygreentour.com.

Throughout the Ojai Studio Artists’ Angles: Best of OSA exhibit, the Ojai Valley Museum will host Art Talks every Saturday morning from  11 am – noon. This Saturday May 14, Stephen Edwards, Brian Berman and Richard Flores will be the featured artists. For further information, call 640-1390.

Second Saturday Open Studios: April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13 and December 10, Artisan’s Holiday Gift Tour. Studios open 10 am – 3 pm. Admittance is free.

Advance Tickets:  $30 in advance, $35 day of event, $20/person for groups of 10 or more, $15 for students, 17 & under free. Ticket includes studio visits all three days and admission to Saturday’s Gala Reception. Tickets and Tour brochures available at ojaistudioartists.org.

Acting Workshop at The Ojai Art Center:  “Act Up – Act Out”

For beginners and Experienced actors – children and adults.  Gai Jones, founder of CA Youth in Theatre, National Educational Theatre Association Based on the book THE STUDENT ACTOR PREPARES, the 2 hour workshop for actors, artists, and even those who feel non-creative, invites the public to learn, have fun, and discover themselves.  The event will be held at the Ojai Art Center, Literary Branch, at 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai.  Sat., May 28th, 2 p.m.  Suggested Donation is $5

There’s a reason why Sir David Hare’s play “Skylight” has a shelf full of major awards and successful revivals in England and America; it speaks to hearts, and those voices are at to the Ojai ACT stage in dramatic fashion until June 5.

Behind the scenes are many other players who make it real. It all starts with Steve Grumette, who loves to act and direct comedies, “but the plays that appeal to me most are those in which the author makes a serious attempt to explore and illuminate the human condition.”

“Skylight” runs until June 5 at Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St, at (note earlier time) 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 general and $12 for seniors, students and Art Center members. For tickets, call 640-8797 or visit: www.OjaiACT.org

The City of Ojai announces the hiring of Cheryl Shaw as records manager. Shaw comes to the City from the Ventura County Civil Service Commission, where she has served as the manager and staff for the Commission for the past seven years. With the Commission, Shaw has been responsible for all aspects of management and staff support for the commission and its commissioners, including the preparation of agendas and minutes of commission and committee meetings, Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) filings, commission appointments and elections, records management, public records requests, the commission’s budget, and the filing of appeals. Shaw, a resident of Ventura, holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego.


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