Aug
18
Sun
Focus on the Masters: Ichiro Irie @ Museum of Ventura County
Aug 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Focus on the Masters: Ichiro Irie @ Museum of Ventura County | Ventura | California | United States

Join us at the Museum of Ventura County on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 3 p.m. for 4:30 p.m. for a Conversation with Ichiro Irie. Ichiro Irie was born in Japan and reared in the Westside of Los Angeles. He is an artist, independent curator and art educator.  He studied film and communications at UCSB, earned an M.F.A. at Claremont Graduate University and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship where he completed a residency in Mexico City.  In 2009, Ichiro opened an artist-run space in Los Angeles called JAUS (pronounced “house”), that deliberately refused to limit itself to any specific genre, aesthetic or theoretical parameter.

As an interdisciplinary artist, Ichiro’s work explores a wide range of issues and spans a variety of media. His meticulously detailed ink drawings of junkyards, crashed cars and other unexpected sites of contemporary destruction, pair brilliant technical facility with a brooding interest in the darker cultural dimensions of consumption and waste. He brings new meaning to conventional items such as paper clips, staples, screws, poster putty, and hair clips by placing them in the foreground of the composition. This idea of transformation and humor are an important theme in the artist’s work, because “it allows the possibility for subtle defiance, active participation and pleasure within a set of parameters, even if it is only within my tiny corner of the world”.

Irie currently lives and works in Los Angeles and teaches at Oxnard College and Ryman Arts on the campus Otis College of Art & Design. Irie has organized over 40 exhibitions and has exhibited his work internationally in galleries and museums including, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, Tokyo, London, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rotterdam and Buenos Aires.

To learn more about Ichiro, visit http://www.ichiro-irie.com/

Special invitation to educators and students: The Artist Spotlight is open to students attending as a class assignment free of charge. FOTM is happy to assist with tracking attendance and sign-in sheets. Reservations required. To RSVP visit www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

Sponsored by Paula Spellman
Season Sponsors:

Dennis Mitchell at I Capelli Salon, Passion Flowers,

Peterson Graphics, Museum of Ventura County

AfterGlow Fundraising Event: The public is welcome to join the artist for a celebratory fundraising dinner at the Oxnard home of Thomas & Laura Cook. Paid reservations are required prior to August 12. We expect this AfterGlow to sell out. Maps will be given to paid guests at the interview.

$30 FOTM members, $40 Non-members.

Aug
26
Mon
Engage & Enlighten feat. United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye @ Museum of Ventura County
Aug 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Engage & Enlighten feat. United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye @ Museum of Ventura County

Engage & Enlighten event focuses on human rights in the digital age.

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP (FCOP), Ventura County’s largest law firm, will host law professor and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression David Kaye as featured speaker for its summer Engage & Enlighten event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., August 26, at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. Kaye, one of the world’s leading voices on human rights in the digital age, will talk about his newly published book, “Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet.” The event is open to the public and free to attend but requires reservations.

The Internet, more than any other communication development of the past century, has transformed the way information is exchanged. It impacts how billions of people interact and influences how they see the world. As the struggle to control the Internet intensifies, governments, platforms and activists compete to control online discourse.

“We are thrilled to have David Kaye as our speaker for Engage & Enlighten. He is at the forefront of one of the most consequential free speech debates in human history,” said Michael Velthoen, FCOP’s managing partner.

Kaye, a graduate of Westlake High School, is currently a clinical professor of law at University of California, Irvine, where he teaches international human rights law and international humanitarian law and directs a clinic in international justice. His research and writing focus on accountability for serious human rights abuses and the law governing use of force. He has collaborated with local and national governments, major international NGOs as well as those at the grassroots, international organizations and academic institutions around the world. In August 2014, Kaye was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

In addition to his teaching and research, Kaye has lectured around the world, including at the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. He has taught courses in public international law, international humanitarian law and human rights at Georgetown University, Whittier Law School and summer courses at the universities of Toulouse and Amsterdam. He co-founded the International Human Rights Program of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, and founded its International Justice Clinic, working on projects dealing with accountability for international crimes around the world. Kaye began his legal career as a lawyer with the U.S. Department of State.

Kaye has served on numerous local, national and international boards over the course of his career. He has been an active member of the American Society of International Law, for which he served on its executive council and executive committee and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

FCOP’s Engage & Enlighten community series was developed as a way for the law firm to give back to the community. The August 26 event, which will be held at the Museum of Ventura County at 100 E. Main St. in Ventura, will begin with a reception from 5:30–6 p.m. followed by the main program. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public however reservations are required. RSVP to aclinton@fcoplaw.com or call (805) 659-6800. There will be books for sale and signing by the author.

For over 35 years, FCOP has been providing quality solutions and personal attention to clients throughout California. Conveniently located in Westlake Village and Ventura, our two full-service offices offer expert counsel across 15 specialized practice groups. With commitment and pride, we also serve the community through pro bono services and by volunteering and sponsoring a variety of civic, professional and charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.fcoplaw.com.

 

Aug
29
Thu
TASTE 2019 Presented by Ventura Chamber of Commerce @ Museum of Ventura County
Aug 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
TASTE 2019 Presented by Ventura Chamber of Commerce @ Museum of Ventura County

TASTE features more than 45 restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries, distilleries and eateries offering small bites and drink samples. Enjoy live music under the stars while networking, making friends and enjoying a TASTE of Ventura.

To participate in TASTE as a vendor, please email heather@ventura-chamber.org

Some of the vendors include:

Four Brix Winery, Vom Fass, 8th Devil, Firehouse Subs, Ventiki, Plan B Wine Cellar, Himalaya, Water’s Edge, Top This Chocolate, Red brick Pizza, Blue Ridge Honey, Ventura Grocery Outlet, Li Mor Cakes, The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood, Limon y Sal, Stonefire Grill, Winchesters Bar & Grill, Busy Bee Cafe, Oroscos de Ventura, Missy’s Cupcakes, and much more!

Sep
2
Mon
7th Annual Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair @ Agriculture Museum
Sep 2 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
7th Annual Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair @ Agriculture Museum

Join us at the Agriculture Museum on Monday, September 2, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the 7th Annual Labor Day Tractor Fair, immediately following Santa Paula’s Labor Day Parade. Offering a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy, admission to the Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair is free!

Generously sponsored by the Topa Topa Flywheelers, the Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair provides visitors the opportunity to take the operator’s seat on vintage tractors, participate in tractor crafts and much more. Other attractions include pie eating contests, apple bobbing, bouncy houses, and many other exciting, family-fun activities! “Our annual Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair offers good old fashion fun for every member of the family,” Museum Manager of the Agriculture Museum Elena Waller says. “It’s also a great opportunity to explore the Museum’s latest exhibit on the Compton Cowboys.” Opening on Labor Day, this new exhibit features photographs documenting the work and mentorship of modern-day urban cowboys working with at-risk youth in South Central Los Angeles.

Performing at the Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair is Salty Suites. Their songbook of original sand traditional songs will cover bluegrass, old country, swing, and classical music with a current edge. Also performing is the Museum’s very own Haul & Oaks, featuring members of the Education department. Serving up food at the fair is Cowboy John’s Smokin’ BBQ, Farm and Flame and Kona Ice.

Participating at the Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair with exciting educational opportunities and activities is the Santa Paula Bee Club, the UC Master Gardner’s, the Santa Paula Chapter of the Future Farmers of America, and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley. Enjoy the sunshine, live music and a variety of entertaining, family-friendly activities at the Agriculture Museum this Labor Day.

Sep
8
Sun
Camerata Pacific presents Auerbach & Beethoven @ Museum of Ventura County
Sep 8 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Camerata Pacific presents Auerbach & Beethoven @ Museum of Ventura County

Auerbach — 24 Preludes for Violin & Piano
Beethoven — Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”

Paul Huang — The Bob Christensen Chair in Violin
Ani Aznavoorian —
Principal Cello
Gilles Vonsattel —
Piano

Camerata Pacifica programs revolve around a core group of principal musicians: Artistic Director Adrian Spence, Ani Aznavoorian, Nicholas Daniel, Timothy Eckert, Jose Franch-Ballester, Warren Jones, Ji Hye Jung, Bridget Kibbey, Richard Yongjae O’Neill, and John Steinmetz.

These artists bring incredible depth, skill and passion to their work–energizing and reenergizing both standard and new repertoire. The principals are joined for most programs by a stellar roster of guest artists from all over the world. Many of these guests have been with Camerata Pacifica for years, but each season brings new faces as well.

Sep
10
Tue
Free Figure Drawing at the Museum @ Museum of Ventura County
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Figure Drawing at the Museum @ Museum of Ventura County | Ventura | California | United States

It’s never too early to plan for the next Free Figure Drawing session! Join the Museum’s Artist in Resident, Ryan Carr, every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Pavilion. All skill levels are welcome and some instruction is provided. This is a dry medium drawing class, so please refrain from watercolors or paints.

This group will draw live, clothed models. Bring your drawing pads, charcoal, pencils, pen & ink, pastels, whatever your favorite medium! Grab a friend and get creative at the museum.

Upcoming Classes:
August 13 @ 6 p.m.
September 10 @ 6 p.m.
October 8 @ 6 p.m.
November 12 @ 6 p.m.

Sep
20
Fri
California Club: Opening Reception for California Cool @ Museum of Ventura County
Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
California Club: Opening Reception for California Cool @ Museum of Ventura County | Ventura | California | United States

Join us at the Museum of Ventura County on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for California Club, a special opening reception for the new exhibit California Cool. Admission to California Club is $50 for Museum members and $65 for non-members when tickets are pre-purchased. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event for $75.

“The California Club at the Museum will be an exciting trip back to an era of Mid-century modernism,” says Eric Knight, the Development Director at the Museum of Ventura County. “We’re putting together an era-immersive experience with craft cocktails, live entertainment, 1950’s inspired cuisine, period costumed actors, and much more to kick of the Museum’s newest exhibit California Cool. All of this informs an extraordinary exhibit that reflects not only a unique era in architecture and design, but also brings home the relevance and importance of this era on the Central Coast.” Attendees are encouraged to dress in period-era attire.

California Cool: Mid-century Modernism on the Central Coast is on display September 21, 2019—February 23, 2020 at the Museum of Ventura County. “This exhibition examines an era in post-war Southern California when architecture, art, music and design merged to form a modern awareness based on living well,” says Anna Bermudez, Chief Curator. “Inspired by European immigrant artists and architects and up and coming American designers, the “cool” aesthetic flourished in the Los Angeles landscape and climate that extended into Ventura County and up through the Central Coast.” California Cool looks at Ventura County’s contribution to the era focusing on the landmark homes and buildings and the birth of the local company, Architectural Fiberglass in 1963, whose planters and benches graced many Ventura County shopping malls and commercial buildings. The Museum of Ventura County collaborated with guest curators Eric Huff, Jordan Downs and Steve Aldana for California Cool.

Oct
8
Tue
Free Figure Drawing at the Museum @ Museum of Ventura County
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Figure Drawing at the Museum @ Museum of Ventura County | Ventura | California | United States

It’s never too early to plan for the next Free Figure Drawing session! Join the Museum’s Artist in Resident, Ryan Carr, every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Pavilion. All skill levels are welcome and some instruction is provided. This is a dry medium drawing class, so please refrain from watercolors or paints.

This group will draw live, clothed models. Bring your drawing pads, charcoal, pencils, pen & ink, pastels, whatever your favorite medium! Grab a friend and get creative at the museum.

Upcoming Classes:
August 13 @ 6 p.m.
September 10 @ 6 p.m.
October 8 @ 6 p.m.
November 12 @ 6 p.m.

Nov
12
Tue
Free Figure Drawing at the Museum @ Museum of Ventura County
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Figure Drawing at the Museum @ Museum of Ventura County | Ventura | California | United States

It’s never too early to plan for the next Free Figure Drawing session! Join the Museum’s Artist in Resident, Ryan Carr, every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Pavilion. All skill levels are welcome and some instruction is provided. This is a dry medium drawing class, so please refrain from watercolors or paints.

This group will draw live, clothed models. Bring your drawing pads, charcoal, pencils, pen & ink, pastels, whatever your favorite medium! Grab a friend and get creative at the museum.

Upcoming Classes:
August 13 @ 6 p.m.
September 10 @ 6 p.m.
October 8 @ 6 p.m.
November 12 @ 6 p.m.