Focus on the Masters announces new members of its Board of Directors and Officers for 2016-2017

When To Hold On, When To Let Go by Gerald Zwers.

art FOTM 2Karen Hoffberg, real estate professional and member of the Association of Realtors Professional Standards Committee, has been elected president of Focus on the Masters.  Hoffberg was elected to the board in 2014 and has been active in fund development and event planning.  She succeeds Gerald Zwers, noted Santa Paula artist, restorer and framer.  Zwers will remain on the board.

Newly elected members of the board are Yvette Franklin, artist/ceramist, who will serve as Board Treasurer;  Roxie Ray, artist/painter; and Michael Rohde, Artist/Weaver, and retired bio-chemist.

Focus on the Masters(FOTM), founded in 1994, has a record of bringing award-winning arts education to school children through its Learning To See program and to adults with mental illness.  Monthly programming includes outstanding public interviews with celebrated artists, Artist Spotlight.  The July 9 Spotlight will feature Donna Granata, executive director of Focus on the Masters, and Mary Galbraith in a discussion of new technologies which will take information about Ventura’s art scene to a wider audience.  Granata recently completed a Master’s program in Journalism, Specializing in the Arts, at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The board of directors and volunteers are planning the annual For the Love of Art gala on September 24 at the Arnaz Program Center in Casitas Springs.  Party-goers will be treated to the talents of several FOTM documented artists including featured artist Tom Jenkins music by Phil Salazar and Mark Heyers.  Sponsor packets and advance tickets are available at or by calling 653.2501

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