City Gallery is proud to highlight the visual artists who participated in the ArtsOjai Artist/Mentor Program

Erin Kobrin, a senior at Nordhoff, split her time with two artists, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris and Linda Taylor. Their focus was on drawing, using a variety of drawing materials, and art history, leading to explorations of abstraction and realizations in print making.

Spencer Solana, a senior at Nordhoff, worked with mosaic artist Gail Hercher.

“Gail Hercher was an amazing person to work with,” said Solana. “Gail’s teachings allowed my creativity to take me wherever I wanted to go. I not only learned about the styles and techniques of mosaics, but also how to sell the artwork I had created. One of my favorite experiences was going into an actual shop in Ojai and being able to see how a mosaic shop works – from the tile making process, to putting the pieces together in a much larger scale than what I was doing. The pieces I was able to complete were some of the best artwork I had made in my life. It was always fun to see the pieces go from plain to a little messy to a quality mosaic. Thank you Gail!”

Student / Mentor exhbibition - Ojai City GalleryMariela Ramirez, a junior at Nordhoff High School, worked with Kyle Crowner, in textiles.

“We took a wonderful road trip to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles,” said Crowner. “Mariela was able to meet with an advisor and pick up all the paperwork she’ll need to apply, as well as get inspired by the level of creativity and achievement of FIDM students. We both like the idea of taking an existing garment (yea, thrift stores) and up-cycling it into a new life. Together, we rose to the challenge of making a sophisticated prom dress, which Mariela will wear at the Art Commission presentation on Oct. 16.”

“My experience was definitely a positive!” said Ramirez. “I learned so many things with Kyle, from learning how to deal with the sewing sequence, to making sure to check your work many times. I never thought that I would make a dress and knowing that I did well, let me just say, that’s amazing. I always begged my mom to take me (to FDIM) but there was never enough time to go, or transportation to get there, and having Kyle take me was the best thing someone could ever do. I really am thankful for this mentor program. It taught me the meaning of hard work and dedication.”

Artist Mentors received an honorarium for their contribution, and the students receive a $500 scholarship.

Artists interested in showing at the invitational City Gallery may send their name, contact information, short resume and jpg samples of their work to Heather Stobo or Mimi Moore for consideration.
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