Gerd Koch and Carole Milton, Jungfrau, Switzerland, 1986, photo by Donna Granata
The Journey Together:
Abstract Paintings from Lifetime Partners Gerd Koch & Carole Milton
The public is cordially invited to attend “The Journey Together: Abstract Paintings from Lifetime Partners Gerd Koch & Carole Milton.” This memorial art exhibition is scheduled August 7 through September 2 at the Ojai Art Center, with a free public Reception & Celebration of Life on Sunday, August 8, 5-8 p.m. featuring live music and refreshments. The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Gerd Koch was born Jan 30, 1929, in Detroit, MI to doting parents who had emigrated from Wuppertal, Germany. Gerd received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1951 from Wayne State University, MI and in 1967, a Master of Fine Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Carole Milton was born July 18, 1931 in Yakima, WA.
At eighteen, Carole was accepted to the University of Washington where she hoped to study Art, but her parents refused to let her pursue a major of “loose morals and heathen values.” So, as Carole told it, she went after her “MRS degree.” A year later she married Saylor Milton, who would become a Science teacher at Santa Paula High School. Before having children, she was a secretary and when she became a homemaker, she enjoyed dabbling in oil painting.