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.
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