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CONTENTS

Christopher Dykes

VOL.6 NO.3

EDITOR’S NOTE

AUGUST 2011

6 A Matter of Perspective

FEATURES ABOUT TOWN

35 Suspended Disbelief Aerial theater takes flight in Ventura

CONVERSATION

25 Q + A: Bill Viola The evolution of art

GIVING BACK

20 Concerts Come Home A return to the heart of music

NESTING

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COVER: AiRealistic, a Ventura-based aerial theater company, spent the summer at the Bregenz Opera Festival performing an array of stunts to match the eyegoggling stage. © Bregenzer Festspiele / Karl Forster.

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rtist Bill Viola (p. 25) was recently named one of five 2011 Praemium Imperiale Laureates, among the highest international distinctions in the arts. Presented by the imperial family of Japan, the awards are given in areas not covered by the Nobel Prizes: painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and theater-film. For four decades Viola has been on the leading edge of video art—from video tapes to flat panel video pieces, architectural installations, sound environments, and electronic music performances. Yet he was awarded in the category of painting. Now, my perception of the word “painting” bears little resemblance to Viola’s fiercely contemporary New Media art. With a lingual downshift though, it all comes home. You see, the official English language press release from The Japan Art Association refers to Viola as a pioneer in the video genre and describes his work as “moving paintings.” Moving paintings. As a lover of language, I find a certain poetic enchantment in this interpretation. It takes me back to elementary school and the twinkly-eyed art teacher who reinforced our creativity by assuring us that it’s okay to draw outside the lines, that if we see a puppy in a Picasso abstract, then by God it’s a puppy. Yes, art is a matter of perspective. Cliché but true. Viola spent time in Ojai this spring filming/painting segments for two permanent installations at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. “Big news for our small town,” wrote Donna Granata, the founder of Focus on the Masters (focusonthemasters.com), who photographed and interviewed Viola while he was in the area. But she mentioned all this as an aside to a different email conversation we were having. I’d reached out to Donna and a heavy handful of other art types for suggestions on a specific story angle, as I frequently do with local experts during the editorial process. Art is a particularly difficult subject, hazy and indefinable. One of my favorite sayings about it is, “The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious.” 6

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And with that said, let’s proceed to the 60-ton head on our cover. What is it, you ask? Well, it is a severed head—and a stage—rising from an Austrian lake. And there’s a man from Ventura rappelling off the eyeball into a boozy gathering of French aristocrats whose fete is underway within the pages of an elephantine book. It’s all part of an Italian opera: André Chénier, a tale of love and death, and the stage design is based on a famous Neoclassical painting by Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Marat, which depicts the murder of radical Prussian-born journalist Paul Marat. The show is obviously a colossal spectacle. But what sold me on this arts-themed cover wasn’t necessarily the local connection to a multinational extravaganza, but rather the array of artistic mediums represented in a single image. (And we can’t even hear the music of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra drifting across Lake Constance.) Check out the pulled-back photo on page 39 for a different perspective. Now imagine an artistic production like this rising from the waters of Ventura County. Difficult to visualize, I know. But I can easily relate to a scene Andrea Kitay paints in her story about AiRealistic (p. 35), the Ventura-based aerial theater company hired to get the opera off the ground, so to speak. When founding members Gregg and Carmen Curtis moved into their new Ventura home, Kitay explains, they rigged the garage with ropes and fabric so their seven-year-old daughter could practice aerial acrobatics. Which of course drew other neighborhood tykes, promptly squashing the stereotype of the ostracized new kid on the block. I’m sure some grown-up neighbors have peered longingly through that open garage door, too, eager to take a crack. You can bet I’d have been on the neighborhood welcoming committee. — Matt mattk@ventanamonthly.com

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Ojai Performing Arts Theater Foundation The Ojai Performing Arts Theater Foundation (OPAT) hosted an evening of magic to benefit the Ojai Unified School District’s Performing Arts programs. Magicians from the legendary Magic Castle in Hollywood wowed the audience with feats of illusion and sleight-of-hand. The artists then joined VIPs and special guests for a post-performance reception at Suzanne’s Cuisine in Ojai (suzannescuisine.com).

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eyond a secluded winding country road dotted with poppies and lavender lies an artist’s haven. For 14 years, Keith Puccinelli, a nationally and internationally recognized artist, and his wife, Fran, a retired small business owner, have made their passion their home inside a geodesic dome atop a canyon between the Carpinteria coast and Ojai Valley’s Lake Casitas. “It’s a bird’s nest on top of the hill,” says Fran, who discovered the property in 1997. She recounts the story of returning home to their rental in Carpinteria, where they lived for 20 years, to tell Keith, “I found our house today.” Flanked by cypress and birch trees, the taupe-gray geodesic dome—an architectural style popularized by Buckminster Fuller—and the long view down an oak-studded canyon, was what attracted the couple to the property. The modest-sized three-bedroom, two-bath home is just less than

In a rustic canyon west of Lake Casitas, Keith and Fran Puccinelli created an airy artistic haven in a sphere, sacrificing flat surfaces for greater volume and picture-perfect views By Lisa Snider Photos by Gaszton Gal 2500 square feet and sits on 10 acres. Inside, they say, they had their work cut out for them. “It was really bad seventies,” says Keith, who’s mostly known for his designs and illustrations, recalling pulling up the wall-to-wall carpeting. Underneath they found the knotty cedar subfloor, and decided to sand and polish the wood to see how it might turn out. Today, the golden-blond wood still holds a gorgeous sheen and serves as the foundation for the home’s design, which, when pressed, Keith dubs, “Puccinelli style.” Much of Puccinelli’s artwork is characterized by witty irreverence. Indeed, the artist can trace his roots to the 16th century Italian commedia dell’arte, an improvisational form of street theater whose exaggerated characters were the precursors of modern clowns. Fran, too, is a natural artist, and in this tastefully decorated space, their signature is everywhere. Fran’s handiwork with mosaic tiles is on display on the patio, the sunroom, and the

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Clockwise from above: Potted succulent cuttings and lavender bouquets in the great room hint at Fran’s love of gardening. In the custom kitchen, shapes and textures blend artfully. Opposite: The sphere shape of a geodesic dome is inherently efficient, enclosing the most volume with the least surface. Art meets architecture throughout the property: a hexagonal skylight matches tiles mounted on a ceiling beam; in his sculpture studio, Keith works on a piece portraying a puppet at human scale.

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entryway, where she found beauty in jagged broken pieces of beigegold limestone. In the guestroom, she fashioned a countertop from clear pale-green shards from a friend’s broken shower door. “I loved the glass, so I brought it home,” Fran says. The couple gave the small kitchen a modern remodel with the installation of tall beech wood cabinets and slate gray Italian ceramic

Hanging above the wood-burning stove in the living room is the first piece of art the couple, now married 28 years, bought together. Titled “Cigars,” the painting by Wayne Thiebaud held special meaning because Fran had just quit smoking. High curved walls with triangulated panels might leave little opportunity to hang art, but that didn’t prevent the avid collectors

Summing up their practical approach to design, Keith points to the counter with a shrug: “If it chips, it’s still the same color.” tile countertops. Summing up their practical approach to design, Keith points to the counter with a shrug: “If it chips, it’s still the same color.” Dividing the kitchen area from the living spaces are two ceiling beams that were updated with hexagonal white tiles, which serve as a striking complement to the hexagonal skylight on the opposite wall.

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from finding homes for their 100 pieces of contemporary and folk art. “Any opportunity for straight walls, we use,” Keith says. The impressive staircase to the master loft is one continuous piece of mahogany-stained bent redwood, and more original artwork adorns the walls of the bedroom. In the master bath, a giant rectangular bathtub has views of nature; canyon living means cohabitating


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Top to bottom: Keith’s predilection for clowns is evident in this drawing in progress for the upcoming “Sweet Cream Sour Fool” exhibition at the Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara (details below). A variety of artistic mediums find a home in the Puccinelli dome: the ink drawing is a self-portrait; the paper shoes were made in Vietnam; and the mirrored surface is part of a Tramp Art desk.

with bobcats, deer, coyotes, foxes, and even bears (they have only seen one). “It’s kind of wild and wooly around here,” Fran says. Nature, though, has sometimes presented a challenge. Their driveway was completely taken out by the 2005 floods, and for six months the couple had to park on the highway, hiking in and out of the property. “We’ve learned a lot living up here,” Keith says. “It’s made us hardy.” To keep the moving earth at bay, the back of the house is surrounded by a retaining wall that was once part of the Alaska Pipeline. The wall’s curves and bright poppy-orange paint make it seem more design-conscious than functional. A steep driveway is lined on one side with oleander and on the other with grassy vetiver, which is not only beautiful, but also perfect for erosion control, says Fran, who does all of the gardening. She plants mostly wildflowers, succulents, natives, and drought-tolerant species, as well as fruit, olive, and walnut trees. Her raised-bed vegetable and herb gardens are located on a lower part of the property, between a tiny screen house and Keith’s art studio. The screen house, Fran says, is the best place to be when it’s hot, a bug-free refuge of cool ocean breezes (the property is just one mile as the crow flies from the coast). Furnished simply with two built-in twin day beds, one of Fran’s hooked rugs, and charming wooden bumblebees hanging from the corrugated steel roof, it feels like an adult playhouse. While Fran gardens, Keith works in his 800-square-foot studio on large-scale drawings and sculptures. His work is dramatic, yet always with a touch of humor and playfulness. And the same can be said for the couple’s home. v The Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College will present a solo exhibition of Keith Puccinelli’s artwork from November 4 through December 9. The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on November 7 from 5-7 p.m. Details online at gallery.sbcc.edu.

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ones, like Russ and Julie’s, are hard to get booked into.” But the effort is worth it, according to Perry: “You get 100 percent of the proceeds, not a percentage of them. And if you book a show, the host does their best to provide a full house.” Su Part and her husband, Jon Kavesh, are Ventura County-based music lovers who attend house concerts when they can. “Our first one was seeing Harold Payne play at Russ and Julie’s,” said Part. “You can talk to the musicians most of the time. It’s so intimate, you feel like they’re doing a show just for you.” “You’re not straining to see what the performer is doing with his or her fingers,” said Kavesh. “It’s like having a conversation with the performer.” Which is, of course, what the musicians like about the shows as well. “I wish more people would be willing to open up their homes to music,” said Paris. “I think it would do a lot of good.” Poe drew the strongest analogy between the house and the concert, though. “Music is like a shot of whiskey, or adrenaline. Songs are still best perceived in a hi-fi, low-distraction environment—and those environments are special, and rare.” v For details about Russ and Julie’s House Concerts and a listing of house concert resources, log on to houseconcerts.us.


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DONNA GRANATA: Tell us about this new project. BILL VIOLA: I was approached by people at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. They had seen The Messenger (a single-channel video and sound installation), which I did in 1996. A canon of the church, who is also in charge of the arts, was very excited by that work and they ended up actually asking me to do two plasma screen chapels for St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. That’s two permanent installations, something I don’t think has ever been done before. When you’re dealing with media as opposed to painting and sculpture, you’re really dealing with something that has to find its eternity in a different way. It’s a moving target, an active and evolving technology. We’re still trying to get our minds around how that would actually work, with the perception that we want to do something that’s permanent. The Tate will be the caretakers of the work. They’re going to open up their whole tech facility, one of the best in the world for restoration.  They’re going to be taking care of it for the foreseeable future.

backgrounds—I think we have to really get rid of that. Art probably has the best chance in humanity of being the universal language. You can see 3,000-year-old sculptures. They were people just like us. You can shed a tear for it and can be touched by it emotionally. That’s a powerful link. That’s what it really means to me right now. There are two projects I’m doing for St. Paul’s, which are interrelated. One is the life cycle of Mary, done in a somewhat contemporary way. It’s very powerful. This particular shot in Ojai shows Mary, who has run away because she was frightened and disturbed when the angel came to her with his message. Then she traveled over mountains on a three-day walk. She ends up coming back to her cousin Elizabeth’s house, her safety net. We’re shooting the culminating scene in this field. Elizabeth comes out of her house, taking a break. She sees someone walking across the landscape towards her and realizes it is Mary. Then the two of them embrace. For Mary, who did this very arduous journey, this is a huge thing.The second piece I’ve been asked to make is on the topic of martyrs. Here (the one

When you’re dealing with media as opposed to painting and sculpture, you’re really dealing with something that has to find its eternity in a different way. It’s a moving target, an active and evolving technology. DG: In order to keep the project up to date as technology changes? BV: Yes. DG: How does that feel, knowing this work will continue to evolve and be updated as technology evolves? BV: I was very touched when they came up with the idea of having the Tate be the caretaker. This is living stuff! It’s movement. It’s time. We’re very thrilled with it. From the time of Buddha and Christ, we go back to the idea of a recitation, whether it’s a Hebrew recitation or a simple repetition that keeps the knowledge circulating in an active way. It’s not a dusty tablet that you have to dust off every few years. DG: Describe what we’re seeing here. BV: We’re in Ojai, in this beautiful place, a kind of a meadow with mostly dry grasses, but there’s a lot of interesting variegated aspects to this hillside with oak trees and then beyond to the mountains. It’s very beautiful and inspiring. We’re creating the last leg of a journey that Mary has been on. The angel Gabriel came to her to inform her that she was going to be receiving the Son of God in her womb. That’s a pretty powerful moment for anybody. I’m looking at it from a slightly broader perspective than just simply the Christian version. Right now we need to be focused not on people’s differences but on our similarities. So many religions at the core are so much alike. They’re all connected with being human, what it means to be human, being born and dying, the human experience. This piece will have multiple resonances with various people in the world, whether they’re religious or not. That’s important for me. In an age where there’s so much violence that’s been perpetrated by people who are from various religious

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being shot now), we have Mary giving birth. Birth. Fertility. The feminine principle in the universe. That’s on the north choir aisle. On the south choir aisle we’re going to have the Martyrs, the exact opposite. It’s about death and destruction. It’s about persecution, and ultimately it’s about transcendence. The question I had asked myself in the Martyr’s piece was, “What would you give your life for?” Wherever else there’s conflict, people are giving their lives—literally, right now, at this moment, to make sure their culture continues. It’s a very topical thing. I’m focusing on this positive kind of message: What do want to go to your grave? What are you going to leave behind? What is your legacy? DG: How does it feel to touch so many lives? BV: It’s a privilege, something you don’t take lightly. Just one person can change a life. Something you say. Something you do. A stranger offers you a seat on the bus, and then he says something. Your life can be changed from that. You don’t have to go to a giant sermon by a spiritual leader. Sometimes you just need a total stranger to say something and all of a sudden, it clicks! And you’re off and running. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing. I really take that very seriously. You have to respect the people who have given you the privilege of sitting in a place called the studio and have money from somewhere; some patron gives you a job. And you got to really be aware of what that means. That’s a kind of sacrifice—someone is giving you that time. v For more information about Bill Viola, log on to billviola.com. Ventura-based Focus on the Masters is a non-profit art appreciation program that documents, preserves, and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists. For details, see focusonthemasters. com or call 805-653-2501.


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s midnight approached at Paramount Studios, in New York, the final hour of the Taurus World Stunt Awards show, the air crackled with excitement. For the 1,800 movers and shakers gathered at the stunt industry’s leading annual event, the evening had already proven a success. The show, highlighted by a gala extravaganza created by performers and technicians from the aerial theater company AiRealistic, had wowed the crowd. Could the finale be any better? Now, in a moment of unprecedented drama, a crane bearing a piano and a pianist in fluttering coattails appeared in the sky and panned across the crowd, stopping in front of Paramount’s famous water tower. As the music died away, the pianist reached up and pulled a snap-shackle, unhooking the piano from its perch. As the crowd gasped, the piano plummeted 80 feet and smashed to the ground, followed by the pianist, who plunged off the crane and, tethered to a guard rope, rolled seven times, finishing with a perfect “layout” over the heads of the guests. If there was any doubt that the company hired to perform such an out-

rageous feat had reached its creative and technical limits, AiRealistic’s inaugural show laid them to rest. “I’m really excited by the combination of danger, beauty, and defiance of physical law,” said Gregg Curtis, an AiRealistic founding member and head of the Circus and Flying School, now headquartered in Ventura. “If we can stimulate our audience by beauty, and puzzle them at the same time by the reality they see in front of their eyes, we can create a moment of sustained bliss. It’s during that moment that we present our greatest gift: the sublime suspension of disbelief.” AiRealistic, begun in 2003 by a group of like-minded artists endowed with both creative juices and technical savvy, has flourished since its inception. The core team brings together unlikely and exceptional talents: professional rock climbing guides, national gymnastics champions, former Cirque du Soleil performers, professional dancers, and even a Fulbright Scholar in the Arts. Though it’s tempting to compare AiRealistic’s performances with those of the better-known Cirque du Soleil—dazzling rope acrobatics at impossible heights, for instance—AiRealistic specializes in creating what they call theater,

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acrobatics and stunts as a vehicle for the art of storytelling. “There are many incredible companies in the world today, doing many incredible things, but we’re the only ones doing it the way we do,” said Curtis. Since its radical gala performance, the company has put on site-specific performances worldwide, including shows at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the WTA Championships in Qatar, Los Angeles Philharmonic Conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s inaugural performance, and on the ABC show “Dancing With The Stars.” Back home in Ventura, both a handful of the company’s professionals and students

the Circus and Flying School is to help new cast members develop a full set of skills. “A fully developed AiRealistic artist will be an amazing acrobat, an expressive dancer, a powerful actor, and an adept rigger,” explains Gregg Curtis’s wife, Carmen, a performer and instructor in her own right. And like most circus performers, the art is part of the family’s daily life. Once settled into their new Ventura home, the couple rigged their garage with ropes and fabrics for their seven-yearold daughter. With the garage door standing open, neighborhood kids were soon part of the gang, and Carmen found herself training them.

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Today, in collaboration with the All-American Ballet, they hold classes at several locations in Ventura, Camarillo, and Santa Barbara. According to Carmen, the decision to make Ventura home was the area’s growing reputation as California’s “New Art City.” She saw the people here as “active and searching for new things to try … challenged not by fads, but by the next big thing. Artists here want their


Top left: Choreography in nature, Red Rocks aerial demo.

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work to be functional, active, and different. The community is small enough to be accessible but big enough to be relevant on a much larger scale.” But innovation brings risks. Among the company’s more dangerous feats was its first, involving 19 performers and technicians linked near the top of a five-story building. Three separate mechanical/pulley systems and ropes connected the performers in a counter-balanced relationship. “One missed clip or unlocked carabiner and any one of the performers could have taken a horrible fall,” said Gregg Curtis. “At the top of the show, another performer and I run and jump out of a window and freefall two stories before getting caught by another performer who had us on a loose belay. Bang! In an instant, the performer who had been standing on the floor a moment ago has now met me two stories up on the building.” In July and August of this year, 19 members of the company and an additional 14 European dancers, actors, and acrobats converged in Bregenz, Austria at the Bregenzer Festival to participate in the French Revolutioninspired opera “André Chénier,” held on the Bregenz Opera House’s famous floating stage. As usual, AiRealistic has the most challenging role in the production: recreating the decadent ambiance of the period and staging an aerial ballet atop the head of an 80-foot-tall sculpture. For those of you hoping to run away and join the circus, AiRealistic now provides training in their Ventura studio, in three specialties: Aerial Theater, Rigging, and Aerial Instruction. Other contact offices are in Los Angeles and New York City. v Please note: Local members of AiRealistic will return from their summer program at the Bregenz Opera House at the end of August; Ventura classes will resume at the beginning of the school year. For more information, log on to airealistic.com.

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Through August 14 | Santa Paula Theater Center Murder and intrigue take the stage in Agatha Christie’s delightful whodunit. “Black Coffee” is Christie’s first staged mystery and the only one to feature her most memorable character, Hercule Poirot. “Black Coffee” plays Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $12 for children. 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit santapaulatheatercenter.org.

August 18 | Ventura Harbor Village Live artist demonstrations, gallery openings, and changing exhibits featuring pottery, fine art, photography, tile art, sculptures, jewelry, and more. Includes artisan stores, live entertainment, culinary specials, Happy Hours, and continues to add more art genres and elements each month. Free. 5-8 p.m. For more information, visit venturaharborvillage.com.

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August 20 & 21 | Mission Park, Downtown Ventura The first ever Ventura Folk Festival will feature such greats as Jim Messina, JD Souther, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Doe, and special guests. More than 20 bands are scheduled to perform at the two-day festival, including The White Buffalo, Dead Rock West, Peter Case, and Garrison Starr. $25 for one-day or $40 for both. Kids under 12 get in free with paid adult. Tickets available online at venturafolkfestival.eventbrite.com. For more information and updates, please “Like” the festival on Facebook at facebook.com/venturafolkfestival.

Through September 10 Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura A new art series is on display for public viewing at CMH as the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation presents its “Splashes of Color” exhibit. Free. First Floor, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura. For more information, visit cmhshealth.org.

A Taste of History Through October 30 | Santa Paula Art Museum A History of Citrus Labels is co-curated by Santa Paula and Ojai farmer Mike Shore and Museum Director/Curator Jennifer Heighton. This exhibit will show the evolution of labels along with equipment used in the labeling process. Citrus box labels began to be used to identify the brand name and packinghouse location of boxes of fresh fruit in Southern California in the late 1880s. These labels replaced the earlier methods of identifying shipments of citrus fruit by stenciling, stamping, or burning the brand information on wooden crate ends or the tops of wooden barrels. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 805.525.5554.

The Restless Hillfillies August 7 | Ojai Art Center “Jammin’ at the Art Center” includes a night of music paired with tri-tip sandwiches offered by “Bad Wolf BBQ,” beer, wine, and spirits. Tickets are $10, children under 12 free. 6-9 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, call 805.646.0117.

Summer Jazz Concert Series August 7, 14, 21, 28 Gardens of the World, Thousand Oaks These free Sunday concerts will feature some of the country’s most accomplished and eclectic musicians—The Phil Norman Tentet, The Barry Rillera Blues Band, Open Hands, and The Late Nite Big Band—performing everything from blues to jazz to swing. 5-6:30 p.m. Lawn seating available in front of the Gardens of the World American Bandstand. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets (no glass containers or pets) are welcome. 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd. For more information, call 805.557.1135.

Ojai Playwrights Conference Summer New Works Festival August 9 - 14 | Ojai Under the direction of Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan, carefully selected playwrights join together in Ojai for an intensive two-week, in-residence workshop to develop new works for the American theater. This process culminates in OPC’s popular Summer New Works Festival, a week-long celebration of new plays and creative collaboration featuring six world premiere plays, two special performance events, a family theater day show and the popular OPC Youth Workshop presentation. For the schedule and more information, call 805.640.0400 or visit ojaiplays.org.

Polo, Picnic, and Paradise August 14 | S.B. Polo & Racquet Club, Carpinteria The third annual Polo, Picnic, and Paradise event—a benefit for the Ventura Botanical Gardens—will include an afternoon of polo watching while sipping mint juleps, participating in a hat parade and contest, “stomping of the divots,” and enjoying a gourmet lunch featuring fresh, local produce from the McGrath Family Farms. $100. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3375 Foothill Rd. #1200, Carpinteria. For tickets and more information, visit venturabotanicalgardens.com.

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Appraisal Day August 30 | Museum of Ventura County Do you suspect that garage sale find might be more than just a pretty picture? Do you wonder about the value of a family heirloom? Find the answers at Museum of Ventura County’s Appraisal Day, where you can get a verbal auction estimate of worth from the experts at Bonhams & Butterfields. $5 per item for members and $10 for nonmembers (memberships will be available for purchase at the door). Limit of five items per person. 10 a.m. to noon, and 1-3 p.m., Ventura County Museum’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 805.653.0323.

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Thousand Oaks Arts Festival September 17 & 18 | Thousand Oaks More than 60 local visual arts exhibitors, live performances including Shakespeare, art demonstrations, children’s interactive art exhibits, wine tasting, and popular food trucks will be featured. The Honorary Chair of the festival will be acclaimed wildlife artist Wyland, one of America’s most unique influences and a leading advocate for marine resource conservation. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., and The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, 2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Details online at toartsfestival.com.

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Camarillo’s sPanish hills CounTry Club. very custom approx. 3,993 SF mostly all on one level. open spacious entertainers delight. Designed by renowned local architect Ken Soudani. Built in 1999 w/ 3 Br, 3.5 Ba plus paneled library/office, den, and exercise room. Gourmet kit., formal dining room and 4 fireplaces. Fabulous master bedroom wing with his and hers walk-in closets. Great views from almost every room. Horseshoe shaped home with rooms opening to courtyard with private lap pool and spa. oversized 3 car garage plus extra guest parking. Too many features to describe. GreaT value aT $1,480,000 - Visit www.1118AvenidaDeAprisa.com

hiGhly uPGraded WaTerFronT venTura keys home. approx. 3,271 SF per assessor with 4 Br, 4 Ba. Gourmet kitchen, living room w/ FP. large master suite with spa tub & 2 walk-in closets. Huge east facing viewing deck great for entertaining. 35 ft. boat dock. oFFered aT $1,399,000 - Visit www.2652Bayshore.com Addt’l boat dock properties available starting at $1,275,000.

FanTasTiC buy! venTura oCean vieW mediTerranean villa builT in 1995. Hillside 3 level 4+3.5 home w/approx. 3,476 SF per tax records. Huge family/game room. Gourmet kitchen w/granite counters. Master Br w/Jacuzzi tub and roman shower w/pass through FP. african mahogany floors in lr & Dr. Possible lower level guest quarters w/ separate entrance. expansive viewing decks and private backyard w/ patio. oFFered aT $998,000 - Visit www.1166BuenaVista.com

reduCed! venTura skyline esTaTes oCean vieW home. remodeled and expanded with 3+2.5 and approx. 2,557 SF per seller. Quiet cul-de-sac location on a large lot over 12,000 SF. Panoramic city, marina, ocean and island views. Gourmet kitchen, spacious courtyard/patio, large master with FP, and rv parking. oFFered aT $850,000 Visit www.5569Crestone.com

JusT lisTed! sPeCTaCular venTura hillside PanoramiC oCean, island & CiTy liGhTs vieW home. 4+3 and 3 fireplaces w/approx. 2,866 SF per appraiser on large 9,450 SF lot. entire 2nd floor addition is the master suite approx. 800 SF. over $150k in remodeling completed within the last 2 years. Terraced back yard landscaped w/lush plantings, fruit trees, & a crow’s nest patio for addt’l views. ouTsTandinG value aT $775,000 Visit www.3153Hilltop.com

JusT lisTed! neWly ConsTruCTed venTura mediTerranean sTyle home. Built in 2008 w/4+3 and approx. 2,339 SF per builder. located in the desirable Cunhane tract. Dramatic entry staircase, distressed hardwood & tile flooring, & spacious Fr w/FP. 1+1 on lower level. Master w/walk-in closet & spacious Br. Upgraded kitchen w/verde Fallino granite counters. Custom tile work in all Bas. Green features incl dual glazed low e windows, tankless water heater, dualzone heating and aC, dual flush water-saving toilets, and low voC paint. oFFered aT $750,000 Visit www.290Dalton.com

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Located in the prestigious Hidden Meadows Estates, this sprawling 5 acre Equestrian estate one level home encompasses over 5500 square feet. Pass through the electronic entry gates and discover the rich elements of this showcase quality residence including volume ceilings, breathtaking views, formal entry, office/library with fireplace, majestic family room with built-in entertainment center and wet bar, gourmet island “state of the art” kitchen, huge master bedroom suite, sauna in master bath, oversized four car garage, spacious formal dining and unique floor plan that provides the children’s wing with it’s own second family room, bonus room or computer/media center. There are 5 bedrooms each with bath and walk in closets. 4 stall bam with paddock, swimming pool Avocado orchard. Offered at only $1,999,000

Conceived of the drama and the romance of an exquisite New England Estate, this one story estate spans over 6,000 sq. ft. is located on an acre in the exclusive gated Camelot neighborhood of Santa Rosa Valley. Distinguished architectural bearing and the use of enduring gleaming hard-wood flooring, granite and fine wood craftsmanship. Built in 1999, There are five spacious bedrooms each with their own bath and walk-in closets, a separate office/library, bonus/hobby room, additional Media room. Large master bedroom suite is a retreat onto itself with coffered volume ceiling with double sided fireplace. Custom designed separate his and her closets provide organized storage for your clothing and accessories. Additionally there is a four-car garage with built-in garage organizers. The park-like ambiance completes this estate, complete with swimming pool, covered outdoor fireplace area, and sports court. Offered at $1,899,000 Santa Rosa Valley Custom Villa www.11186Sumac.com

Santa Rosa Valley gorgeous custom villa located in Camelot Estates was designed with superb attention to detail and decorated in the most refined manner. Escape to incredible estate w/not a single detail overlooked. Gracious pillars frame entry to enormous Great Room featuring fireplace, wet bar w/granite counters, w/sink, refrigerator/wine cooler and Viking commercial ice machine, high coffered ceilings, expansive windows with views of rear yard amenities including lighted North/South tennis court, resort style solar heated pool with waterfall and rock formed flowing slide. Reduced to $2,950,000

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rs 20 Years of Proven Success #1 Listing & Selling Agent1994-2007 #1 Listing & Top Volume Agent for 2008 & 2009 179 Alviso Drive, Camarillo Stunning custom Mediterranean home in Las Posas Hills built in 1986 with 3943 sq. ft. on over a half acre. 4BR + 3.5BA. Formal Living Room with fireplace. Large formal Dining Room with beamed ceiling. Gourmet island eat-in kitchen. Game room on the lower level. Professional touches throughout. Island and city lights view. Lush landscaping. Virtual Tour: www.179AlvisoDrive.com $1,125,000

764 E. Highland Drive, Camarillo Incredible views from the mountains to the ocean! 4BR + 2.5BA built in 1999 with 2,237 sq. ft on nearly an acre of land. Poolsized back yard. Spacious “Trex” deck of over 800 sq. ft. Virtual

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3562 Faria Street, Camarillo

Split level home in the popular Las Posas Meadows with 4BR + 3BA. Built in 1973 with 2,295 sq. ft. on a nice corner lot of 7,452 sq. ft. Breakfast nook and family room opens to the back yard with patio, pool with slide, spa. Virtual Tour: www.3562FariaStreet.com $524,900

424 La Marina Drive, Camarillo

Fabulous custom home at “the gateway to Spanish Hills”. Built in 1995 with approx. 5,713 sq. ft., including self contained guest quarters (1BR + 1BA) for a total of 6BR + 5.5BA. Oriented on a one-acre lot with views of the ocean and mountains. Virtual Tour: www.424LaMarinaDrive.com. $1,750,000

Barcelona Street, Camarillo

Excellent opportunity to develop this 3-acre parcel south of the 101 Freeway at Carmen Drive. City of Camarillo approval for 9 single family homes. Utilities are at the street.

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684 Valley Vista Drive, Camarillo Las Posas Estates home on one level, tastefully remodeled. 3BR + 3.5BA built in 1966 with 2,700 sq. ft. on nearly ½ acre private lot. Spacious “Great Room” opens to the covered patio, pool/spa and brick BBQ. Office with separate entry. Virtual Tour: www.684ValleyVistaDrive.com $799,000

7159 Los Coyotes Place, Camarillo

Custom Country French home in the desirable Garnidale Estates. Built in 1998 with 3,914 sq. ft. on a half acre lot featuring privacy, putting green, ‘salt water’ pool/spa and mountain views. Virtual

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6328 La Cumbre Road, Somis

Spacious single level custom home built in 2003 with 3,470 sq. ft. on nearly one acre. 3-car attached garage and a detached garage with RV entry doors, a half bath and storage for 8-12 vehicles. Gated for privacy.

Virtual Tour: www.6328LaCumbreRoad.com $1,245,000

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a petite pendant This petite pendant is only 1.1 inches long. It was made for a lady who loves beautiful jade. I was commissioned to find a stone that would match the jade gems in a pair of earrings, and then to combine it with diamonds that had been passed down through the family. So I designed a 1/3-carat diamond pendant, which holds up a strand of diamonds suspending the jade. The gem settings are very secure, yet when viewed face-on the mounting almost disappears! Please come by and let us design the jewel of your dreams! “I don’t copy what’s new... I create what’s next!” —Bob Lynn

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