October 3, 2009
Greetings from Happy Valley!
We wanted to make you aware of upcoming events at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. Please put these dates on your calendars and plan on attending. We hope to see you soon! The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is pleased to be part of the:
Ojai Studio Artists Tour
October 10 & 11, 2009 / 10 am - 5 pm
This is a wonderful opportunity to view the Center's Ojai Visions exhibition, featuring artists who are members of the group.
View our Ojai Visions on-line exhibition
Chi Birmingham: Recent Paintings
A Special Exhibition to Support the Besant Hill School
Saturday, October 24, 2009
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Chi Birmingham was raised in California and attended the Besant Hill School (then the Happy Valley School) from 1998-2001. He earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing in 2005 from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and is currently pursuing a MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts.
"I tend to work from a mental image of my subject matter, rather than from direct observation," Birmingham says of his work. "I find that this tends to focus my attention on those details that best represent my subjective experience of a place or moment. Cataloguing the small tricks the mind plays as it tries to recall the way a room looked is one of the pleasures of my studio practice."
Friday, October 30, 2009
Screening at the Zalk Theater of an episode of the PBS program Art:21, followed by a panel discussion; moderated by Kevin Wallace, Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, featuring Besant Hill School visual arts instructor Lucia Vinograd and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, an internationally known artist and chair of the Ojai Arts Commission.
Art:21 presents a diverse group of artists working in America today to enlarge the definitions and comprehension of contemporary art. By making contemporary art more accessible, the series affords viewers and students the opportunity to discover their own innate abilities to understand contemporary art and to explore possibilities for creative thinking and self-expression.
Art:21 Educators is a year-long professional development initiative designed to cultivate and support K-12 art educators interested in bringing contemporary art, artists, and themes into their classrooms. This year the Besant Hill School has been selected as one of three schools in the country to be part of this program. Over the summer, Lucia Vinograd traveled to New York City for a 5-day workshop where she worked with Art:21 staff, visiting artists, and guest presenters to develop a familiarity with contemporary art and artists as well as learn strategies for integrating related themes and working processes into the classroom. She has returned with units of study for the subsequent academic year and will be using Art:21 films and educational materials along with museum and studio visits as part of the program. Art:21 documents teacher participation and related classroom teaching in an effort to record and share best practices with other educators.
We hope that you might attend this event and learn more about this exciting program and discover how the Besant Hill School and the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts are utilizing the arts to further the mission of the Happy Valley Foundation.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Opening Reception for Two Exhibitions:
Fred Yokel: Jestures
in the Beato Gallery
Art in the Family: Works by
Ben Wilson, Evelyn Wilson,
and Joanne Jaffe
In the Logan Gallery
These exhibitions will continue through December 27, 2009.
The Opening Reception on November 14th will also include a trunk show featuring jewelry designer
The jewelry designs of Will Brown are based around the stones that attract him personally and much of his time is spent searching the world for the unusual shapes and cuts of stones that he treasures. Vibrancy of color is another key factor in the vivid, original designs for which he is known.
"Cultures over the centuries have identified certain metaphysical properties associated with precious and semi-precious stones," Brown says. "I tune into this energy source as I design - the result is what you see in my line of jewelry.
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Thank you for your continued interest and support!
Director, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
and The Happy Valley Cultural Center
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"It is curious, but if one smiles, darkness fades."
~ Beatrice Wood