What Do These Photos Have In Common?

What Do These Photos Have In Common?

WHAT DO THESE PHOTOS HAVE IN COMMON?
They are both musical instruments!
TRIMPIN SOUND ARCH REDUX
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
9:00 AM LIBBEY PARK

The instrument on the left can be found in the Accademia Museum in Florence. The instrument on the right can be found right here in Ojai’s backyard. It’s the Trimpin Sound Arch, located at the entrance to the Libbey Park Bowl. You might know that the Sound Arch is triggered by motion, but did you know it also has an interactive IPhone app?

Few of Ojai’s citizens or visitors realize that the Arch they walk under in and out of Libbey Bowl is a musical instrument that is not only triggered by motion, but also can be played on an IPhone! To demonstrate what the Sound Arch can do, the Ojai Music Festival’s Sunday line-up will feature a free 15 minute demonstration that includes local composer Raymond Powers playing the Sound Arch live on a midi interface. The “Trimpin Sound Arch Redux” will take place at 9:00 AM and is free to the public.

In 2011, the Arts Commission’s Public Art Jury selected the internationally known artist and composer, Trimpin, to contribute a musical element to the walkway into Libbey Bowl. Trimpin took care to design the curve of the Sound Arch to reflect the curve of the Libbey Bowl’s newly designed open-air dome. The Sound Arch was unveiled at the 65th Ojai Music Festival, a premier venue for the introduction of new compositions. Former Ojai Music festival Executive Director, Jeff Hayden, wrote at the time, “The symmetry of the Arch, the colors, the placement, the artist, and the fact that it is also musical in a space for music is all perfect.”

Trimpin intended that the Sound Arch serve as a living piece of auditory sculpture and toward that end composed some original compositions for the Arch. Last fall, the Trimpin Sound Arch Committee was formed to follow up on Hayden’s suggestions including that the Ojai Music Festival invite one of its visiting composers each year to compose a short piece for the Arch. This year, as part of the demonstration, one of Ojai’s talented composers, Raymond Powers, will perform a piece on a midi interface.

The Sound Arch’s crown is an automated xylophone made up of 24 tuned metal rods operated by mechanical mallets. Each of the two steel sections weighs 550 pounds. An electronic eye senses when someone walks beneath, triggering a computer to play a xylophonic precomposition creating a unique percussive experience. Trimpin built an interactive IPhone app into the Sound Arch’s computer driven programming. Anyone with an iPhone can download the app and choose a song from the available playlist. In addition Redux attendees will learn a little about Trimpin, a 1997 MacArthur “Genius Award” winner.

It has been said that Trimpin blurs the lines between sound, sculpture, and musical instrument design making it difficult to classify. In describing his artworks, Trimpin offered the following, “A blind person can hear the movement and a deaf person can see it. You don’t have to understand the science of sine waves, pitches, and timbres, to feel the impact of melodic percussive sounds.”

Please join us on Sunday, June 10, at 9:00 AM, at Libbey Bowl in front of the Sound Arch for a free public demonstration. Don’t be late! The demonstration is but 15 minutes long! You will be amazed at what one of Ojai’s iconic public artworks has to offer.

Ojai by Design – Fine Architecture of the Ojai Valley Now Available for Purchase!

Ojai by Design – Fine Architecture of the Ojai Valley Now Available for Purchase!

 

Ojai by Design

The Ojai Valley is known nationally for its stunning visual landscape—the majestic mountains surrounding the little Valley, the magnificent Pink Moments, the cozy little town feel.  And all that “provides a splendid showcase for the Valley’s rich architectural heritage of Southern California”, says historian Craig Walker, author of a new book called “OJAI by DESIGN: Fine Architecture of the Ojai Valley.”

The book is available for purchase directly from Ojai City Hall (walk to the front reception area and they can take your order), Bart’s Books and Ojai Valley Museum. The cost is $29.95. More locations coming soon!

 

The brainchild of Arts Commission Chair Michael Addison and managed by artist and Commissioner Bobbi Balderman, the book of photographs and essays documents 23 historic buildings designed by such renowned architects as Greene and Greene, Richard Neutra, Paul Revere Williams, Julia Morgan and George Washington Smith. Many of the buildings are private residences so the public has not been able to realize much of the visual wealth of the Ojai Valley.  Until now.

Working with Walker and Balderman on the project, sanctioned by the City of Ojai’s Arts Commission, were local journalist Mark Lewis who edited the book and Ojai artist Carlos Grasso, who designed it. There were many photographers contributing to this book, the primary photographer being Dawn Rosa of Ojai.

Addison commented “Ojai is blessed with artists of high caliber, not the least of which are the architects whose work is illuminated in this book. Bobbi Balderman brought her artistic vision into play as she drew together the images that are at the core of the book.

Our hope is that this is the first of an Ojai Arts Commission series of books about art and our community, celebrating the creative energies that so enrich our lives.”

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.

Architecture Book Published by The City of Ojai’s Public Arts Commission

Architecture Book Published by The City of Ojai’s Public Arts Commission

The Ojai Valley is known nationally for its stunning visual landscape—the majestic mountains surrounding the little Valley, the magnificent Pink Moments, the cozy little town feel. And all that “provides a splendid showcase for the Valley’s rich architectural heritage of Southern California”, says historian Craig Walker, author of a new book called “OJAI by DESIGN: Fine Architecture of the Ojai Valley.”

The brainchild of Arts Commission Chair Michael Addison and managed by artist and Commissioner Bobbi Balderman, the book of photographs and essays documents 23 historic buildings designed by such renowned architects as Greene and Greene, Richard Neutra, Paul Revere Williams, Julia Morgan and George Washington Smith. Many of the buildings are private residences so the public has not been able to realize much of the visual wealth of the Ojai Valley. Until now.

Working with Walker and Balderman on the project, sanctioned by the City of Ojai’s Arts Commission, were local journalist Mark Lewis who edited the book and Ojai artist Carlos Grasso (designer) and principal photographer Dawn Rosa.

Addison commented “Ojai is blessed with artists of high calibre, not the least of which are the architects whose work is illuminated in this book. Bobbi Balderman brought her artistic vision into play as she drew together the images that are at the core of the book. Our hope is that this is the first of an Ojai Arts Commission series of books about art and our community, celebrating the creative energies that so enrich our lives.”

The book will be launched at a book signing party at the Ojai Valley Museum Saturday, January 27 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Deadline Extended! Open to call to photographers for exhibit juried by Donna Granata

Deadline Extended! Open to call to photographers for exhibit juried by Donna Granata

Keeping it Cool in Ojai: Seekers and Dreamers is the theme of an open call to photographers to be exhibited in the city gallery.
Entries are through the Public Arts Commission website, Artsojai.org. Online entries only.

Enter HERE.

Due to the fires in the area, the deadline for entry is Wednesday, January 10 at 5 pm.. Artists will be notified by Friday, January 12. The top entries will have their pieces exhibited at the Ojai Valley Museum. Selected photographers must bring in their pieces by 10:30 am on Saturday, January 13 to Ojai City Hall. Ms. Granata will decide the top winners at that time.
The exhibit will run through March 16 with a reception Friday, January 19 from 5:30 – 7:00 during Ojai’s 3rd Friday.

About the Juror:
Donna Granata is an internationally published and award winning painter turned photographer. Her photographs have been displayed across the United States. Selected works from her Focus On The Masters portrait series are housed in the Smithsonian’s Archive of American Artists; in the photographic Collection of the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York and other public institutions that house the personal archives of the artists documented.

Donna received a Bachelor’s of Art Degree and Honorary Masters of Science Degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography where she was an adjunct professor in the Portrait Department. She received a Master’s Degree in Arts Journalism from USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, graduating with honor. Granata is listed in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women.

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.