Ojai Studio Artists Awards $10,000 in Art Scholarships

Ojai Studio Artists Awards $10,000 in Art Scholarships

"I Feel Like Glitter" Hee Eun Chung

“I Feel Like Glitter” Hee Eun Chung

"Overcome" Ayliah Zweig

“Overcome” Ayliah Zweig

The Ojai Studio Artists will award $10,000 in scholarships to ten Ventura County high school and college art students this year.  The winning students will be honored and awarded their scholarships at a special reception at Ojai City Hall on Saturday, June 2 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  The quality of work continues to astound as we observe 25 years of OSA Scholarship reviews!

 

Everyone is invited to attend this special recognition event and student exhibition. These events take place at City Gallery at Ojai City Hall, located at 410 S. Ventura Street, Ojai. The show extends from May 30-June 29; open Monday-Friday, 9-5:00PM. The Ojai Arts Commission generously hosts the show installed throughout City Hall for the benefit of the public.

 

The prestigious Beatrice Wood, Horace Bristol, and Otto and Vivika Heino Awards honor the legacy of these important Ojai artists and past OSA members. The Ojai Award goes specifically to local students. As well as Ojai, award students hail from Westlake Village, Oxnard, Newbury Park, and Ventura. Gayel Childress and Richard Amend will present on the history of the Ojai Studio Artists and the value of scholarships, respectively.

 

Each year OSA raises money to support young artists to further their art education.

To date, the artists’ organization has funded over $233,950 in scholarships and other ArtReach programs, including books for the Library and repairs for the Ojai Art Center.  Proceeds from OSA’s Annual Studio Tour (October 13-15, 2018) together with private donations, fund these initiatives.  For further information about our artist organization, our annual tour and how to donate to the scholarship fund, please go to www.ojaistudioartists.org and click on “donate”.

 

About Ojai Studio Artists

The organization’s mission is to create an environment where artists thrive ― professional and student alike — and fulfill the potential of the arts to enrich lives and build community.

 

Artist Joanne Pavlak Finds Beauty in Nature’s Textures

Artist Joanne Pavlak Finds Beauty in Nature’s Textures

“Fields…Gatherings…Wanderings” An exhibit at Ojai City Hall Gallery featuring the work of Joanne Pavlak.

Joanne Pavlak, a resident of Ojai has an exhibit at the City Hall Gallery and the Ojai Valley Museum through May 25. The public is invited to an artist reception during Ojai’s Third Friday, April 20 from 5:30 – 7:00.

Pavlak’s work is finely detailed. Some might think it’s completely abstract, but as Pavlak explains, her work has a basis in the natural world:

As a child I was aware that the sky was big and wondered if it ever ended.  In my reachable, touchable world I looked at details, collected ‘specimens’ and played with worms.  As an adult, I worked in the Biological Sciences Department at USC and gained a basic understanding of  nature’s complex systems, and through an electron microscope, saw the secret world of organisms and plants. I still look at details, collect specimens, star gaze and imagine beyond the visible.  This is what fuels my art.

Pavlak  received  her BFA from the University of Washington.  In Seattle her work was shown at Francine Seders Gallery  in both solo and group shows.  She was also an invited participant in groups shows at Soil Art Gallery (Seattle), Gage Academy of Art (Seattle), Kirkland Arts Center (Kirkland, WA), Skagit Valley College (Mt. Vernon, WA), and  had a solo show at Pierce College Fine Arts Gallery (Lakewood, WA).  In 2010 she was nominated for and awarded a month long artist residency by the Jentel Arts Foundation in Banner, Wyoming. Pavlak is currently a member of The Ojai Studio Artists.

 

  • Joanne Pavlak D08-01
    Joanne Pavlak D08-01

“Keeping it Cool in Ojai: Seekers and Dreamers” at Ojai City Gallery

“Keeping it Cool in Ojai: Seekers and Dreamers” at Ojai City Gallery

  • Myrna Cambianica "The Nest" 1st Place
“Keeping it Cool in Ojai: Seekers and Dreamers,” an open show featuring works by artists within the Ojai Valley opens Monday, January 15 and run through March 16, 2018.
The 1st and 2nd place winners works are exhibited at the Ojai Valley Museum. The winners are Myrna Cambianica for “The Nest” and Andreas Giesea for “Past and Future for the Present.” The exhibit was juried by Focus on the Masters founder and Executive Director, Donna Granta.
When judging a photography show I always look for the artist’s voice. I look for that uniqueness that stands out among the mundane. Great photography takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. It is the difference between a snapshot and a work of art. – Donna Granata
The public is invited to a reception for the artists during “Third Friday” from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Ojai City Hall on Friday, February 16, 2018. The Ojai City Hall Gallery is located at 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai, CA.

What Ojai Means to Me Exhibit through Jan. 6, 2018

What Ojai Means to Me Exhibit through Jan. 6, 2018

“What Ojai Means to Me,” an open show featuring works by artists within the Ojai Valley will open on Monday, October 2 and run through January 6, 2018.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will have their works exhibited at the Ojai Valley Museum. The winners are Sylvia Raz for “In the Forest;” David Baker for “Ojai Love;” and Susan Guy for “Topa Full Moon Rise.”
The public is invited to a reception for the artists will be held during “Third Friday” from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Ojai City Hall on Friday, October 20, 2017. The Ojai City Hall Gallery is located at 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai, CA.

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    Joanne Pavlak D08-01

Call to Artists: Open Show “What Ojai Means to Me”

Call to Artists: Open Show “What Ojai Means to Me”

Call to Artists: What Ojai Means to Me an exhibit at the City of Ojai’s City Gallery.
Entry deadline September 19, 2017

The City of Ojai Arts Commission is holding a call for artists for the City Hall Gallery. The exhibit is “What Ojai Means to Me.” Artists can submit up to 3 images and are asked to write one sentence on what Ojai means to the artist. A limited number of 3D work can be accepted. This exhibit is only open to residents of Ojai and the Ojai Valley.
To enter, submit your entry below.
Entry deadline is September 19 at 5:00 pm. Artists will be notified on September 21 by 5 pm.
The top entries will be hung at the Ojai Valley Museum.
A reception for the artists and the public will be held on 3rd Friday, October 20 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Dianne Bennett’s Closing Reception August 25

Dianne Bennett’s Closing Reception August 25

Thank you Ojai Valley Land Conservancy for all you do to make the Ojai valley a sustainable
model for what so many other communities could be.

The City of Ojai’s Gallery is exhibiting the work of Dianne Bennett from June 26 – August 25, 2017. Her exhibit is dedicated to the animals whose livelihood is threatened by habitat and global climate change.

A closing reception will be held Friday, August 25 from 5 – 7 pm. She will be on hand to sign copies of her book, “Once Upon a Watershed.”

“Once Upon a Watershed” is a children’s book that teaches children the value of living in harmony with the natural world. The story is illustrated with Bennett’s animal paintings and benefits the foundation of the same name.

Bennett’s “California Quail” was purchased for the City of Ojai’s permanent collection in 2016.

About the Exhibit:

before our very eyes

Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles when orange trees still outnumbered houses, I watched as meadows disappeared to asphalt boulevards, tracts and shopping malls.
That experience inspired a passion in me for preserving and conserving wild, open spaces.

In 2005 I began creating a series of portraits on salvaged metal advertising and road signs.
My subjects are birds and other species threatened by loss of habitat and global climate change. The paintings are created in hopes of celebrating and illuminating the ephemeral quality and dignity of nature while raising questions about what we value, what we hold sacred and what is disappearing before our very eyes.

I fell in love with the Ojai Valley when visiting my grandparents as a child.
When my husband and I moved to Meiners Oaks in 1999, I was so happy to see how much of
the native landscape of the Ojai Valley had been preserved. During those 17 years, I witnessed the creation and restoration of the Ojai and Besant Meadow Preserves and the Ventura River
Bottom Preserve. The healing of the land and the return of species of flora and fauna
were thrilling to experience.

Thank you Ojai Valley Land Conservancy for all you do to make the Ojai valley a sustainable
model for what so many other communities could be. Thank you Once Upon a Watershed for teaching our children the value of living in harmony with the natural world and the other
beings who share this beautiful nest.

Go for a walk in the meadow today!

in peace