Students! Apply to work with an artist for the summer 2018. Deadline May 25

Students! Apply to work with an artist for the summer 2018. Deadline May 25

Four local artists of note have signed up to mentor four student artists this summer in the City of Ojai Arts Commission’s 5th annual Artist Mentor Program.  Now it’s time for student artists to do their own signing up so they can learn from these first-class artists.

Pastel artist Jannene Behl (pictured) has studied with legendary pastel artist Bert Collins; her students will study at Collins’ studio in the company of adult students to experience a community of artists. Sculptor and glass artist Stephen Dee Edwards is  world-renowned and a winner of many awards with international exhibits of his glass art. Printmaker Gail Pike Hercher will acquaint her student with the many artful and commercial uses of prints and will introduce her student to the concept of interning with other artists.  Patricia Anders, whose specialty is drawing, especially in symbolic imagery, also works in mixed media, both traditional and alternative. She will encourage her student to keep a journal of their work.

Over the summer, each student artist will work with the mentor for 50 hours learning the artmaking each mentor offers.  Past experience assures the program will be meaningful for the students. “It’s thrilling to hear the mentors talk about how exciting it’s been to see the students’ creativity expand in the course of the summer,” said Michael Addison, Chair of the Arts Commission. “It’s clear that the Mentors and Students have poured their hearts into their work together.”

Student Application form is below.

A student applicant must be in one of the high schools—private or public—in the Ojai Valley. Their parents must also live in the Valley.  The deadline for applications is May 25, 2018.  The Ojai Education Foundation has partnered with the City in sponsoring the program.

Arts Commission Accepting Mentor Applications – 2018

Arts Commission Accepting Mentor Applications – 2018

ojai mentor program 2014Applications Due on March 23.

The City of Ojai Arts Commission is accepting applications for artists who wish to participate in the 2018 Artists Mentor Program. This is the fourth year for the successful program, which pairs working artists with students for a summer internship.

“Although this is for a summer internship, we are starting the process earlier this year. This will allow students more time to qualify without interfering with their year-end school activities,” said Ojai Arts Commissioner Michael Addison. “We are currently looking for four Ojai artists for the mentoring program. We are trying to make the process as easy as possible and they can complete their application online.”

Please fill out application below.

Exhibit and Performance Features Youth and their Mentors

Exhibit and Performance Features Youth and their Mentors

 

Kirsten Hoj discussing her work with her mentor John Meideiros

Kirsten Hoj discussing her work with her mentor John Mederos

17-year old actress Kirsten Hoj is off to UC San Diego to begin her formal education in theater arts soon.  But she leaves better prepared than most students who have not had the rare opportunity to study with John Medeiros, a master of improvisation as well as acting and directing.  The lucky pairing is thanks to the Artist/Student Mentor program through the City of Ojai’s Public Arts Commission.

“We had a strong group of mentors and mentees for this incredible opportunity,” said Bobbi Balderman, Chair of the Artist Student Mentor program at the Arts Commission.

The public will be able to see Kirsten perform a monologue based on her studies with Medeiros on Sunday, September 17 from 4 – 6 pm at the Ojai City Hall.  At the same time, a reception for the visual artists will be held.  Their exhibit features the works of the mentors and mentees that runs from August 27 – September 29.

Sarah Afdeey working on a glass piece under the tutelage of Stephen Edwards.

Sarah Afdeey working on a glass piece under the tutelage of Stephen Edwards.

The mentor/mentee pairings besides Medeiros and Hoj are: painter Amy Lynn Stevenson and mentee Jose Torres; glass sculptor Stephen Edwards and mentee Sarah Afdeev; multi-media artist Vera Long and mentee Ezri Hartley.

The works of Stevenson, Edwards and Long will also be featured in a special exhibit at the Ojai Valley Museum and will run at the same time as the exhibit at City Hall.

 

2017 Student/Mentor Application

2017 Student/Mentor Application

The City of Ojai Arts Commission is accepting applications for students who wish to participate in the 2017 Arts/Ojai Artists Mentor Program. This is the fifth year for the successful program which pairs working artists with students for a summer internship.

“Last year we selected four Ojai artists for the mentoring program,” said Ojai Arts Commissioner Michael Addison. “After the great success of last year’s program the City has graciously increased our budget enabling the expansion of this year’s program to include five artist mentor positions.”

In addition to City funds allocated for the project, additional funds will again be granted by the Ojai Education Foundation.

Each student commits to a minimum of 50 hours of one-on-one instruction over the internship and works with a mentor to prepare work for an exhibit or performance at City Hall in the fall.

The City is looking for students from Ojai public and private schools. Each applicant will be asked to chose which artist they wish to work with and why. The students will again be chosen on the basis of their application and recommendations of their instructors.

Contact: City Arts Commissioner Michael Addison


2017 Student application

Mentor Program 2015

Mentor Program 2015

The Ojai Arts Commission Pairs Local Students With Artist Mentors

When Nordhoff High School student Audrey Hernandez is not working as a lifeguard at the Lake Casitas water park this summer, she can often be found in the studio of Ojai artist Vera Long, who is mentoring Hernandez as part of the City of Ojai Arts Commission’s summer arts-internship program.

“I am truly grateful for this energizing opportunity to foment Audrey Hernandez’s art career,” Long says. “I am continually impressed with her strong inner resolve and motivation, and all I see as my offering is to expand her parameters a little, and fill her possibility-toolbox just a little more. But this young lady needs no addition of talent and spirit.”

Hernandez is one of four local high school students currently participating in the city-funded Arts Mentor Program, now in its third year. The other students are Dylan Reed of the Oak Grove School, who is paired with the songwriter, producer and recording artist Smitty West; Madeleine Bigger of Nordhoff, paired with the author and writing consultant Catherine Ann Jones; and Felicity Evans of Villanova Prep, who is working with the mixed-media artist Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend and also with the typographer and Classic Letterpress owner Norman Clayton.

Hernandez, 16, is heading into her junior year at Nordhoff, where she will continue participating in the school’s Advanced Placement Studio Art program. But having the chance to study with Vera Long this summer is an education in itself.

“I feel very fortunate and lucky to have this opportunity to work with her,” Hernandez said. “She’s taught me so much already, and I’m excited to learn more.”

For Long, a member of the Ojai Studio Artists group, the city’s Artist Mentor Program is another example of the community’s commitment to fostering the arts.

“Many thanks to the Ojai Arts Commission for this wonderful program,” Long says. “Ojai is such a truly nurturing nest for proactive creativity. Thank you Ojai community for continually supporting your local artists – past, present and future!”

2014 Mentor Program selections

2014 Mentor Program selections

Ojai Student / Mentor Erin Kobrin

Student Erin Kobrin

This was the second year for the successful program which pairs working artists with students for a summer internship.

“Last year we selected three Ojai artists for the mentoring program,” said Ojai Arts Commissioner Michael Addison. “After the great success of last year’s program the City has graciously increased our budget enabling the expansion of this year’s program to include five artist mentor positions.”

In addition to City funds allocated for the project, additional funds will again be granted by the Ojai Education Foundation.

Each student commits to a minimum of 50 hours of one-on-one instruction over the internship and works with a mentor to prepare work for an exhibit or performance at City Hall in the fall.

The City is looking for students from Ojai public and private schools. Each applicant will be asked to chose which artist they wish to work with and why. The students will again be chosen on the basis of their application and recommendations of their instructors.

This year commissioners chose the five selected mentors and directed each mentor to interview and select a student to partner with from applications received through local schools, private and public. The resulting mentorships are:

  • Noah Gilman, a junior at Oak Grove School, who will work with musician and composer Jimmy Calire. The two will focus on personalizing Gilman’s sound, practice methods, writing a music chart, and studying music theory and harmony together.
  • Erin Kobrin, a senior at Nordhoff, who will share her time between two artists, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris & Linda Taylor. Their focus will be on drawing and a variety of drawing materials and art history, leading to explorations of abstraction and realizations in print making.
  • Mariela Ramirez, a junior at Nordhoff High School, who will work with Kyle Crowner, who works in the Fabric Arts. They will be working with textiles and other materials to create two dimensional works, which may include clothing, wall hangings, quilts, or other fabric explorations.
  • Spencer Solana, a senior at Nordhoff, who will work with mosaic artist Gail Hercher. Hercher plans on teaching Solana about mosaic materials and tools, creating several pieces for the home or garden. They may also explore how to start a small mosaic business.