With spring here and summer on the horizon, arts events are queuing up for an exciting season. The enormously successful PaintVentura will return on April 27 and 28 featuring workshops, live painting, live music, kids’ activities and lots of art for sale. On July 13 and 14, the 12th annual Channel Islands Harbor Art Festival will feature accomplished artists presenting original work in all mediums of three-dimensional fine art. This year’s Westside ArtWalk volunteers are working hard to present another stellar event showcasing the region’s most exciting artists. The event is scheduled for July 20 and 21. All of these events make it especially easy for collectors — casual or serious — to purchase exceptional work.
Susan Gerrard recently retired from her position as the director of marketing at the Museum of Ventura County after seven years. She is now an artist in residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo. Her work can be seen every first Saturday of the month. In other news, artist Lynn LeTourneau showed her work at the Art Expo NYC last week.
Congratulations to the Ventura County high-school seniors who were awarded Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarships last month. Presented by Focus on the Masters and the Ventura County Arts Council, more than $3,000 was distributed among six students based on artistic merit and commitment to their work. High-school students in the county also participated in the Poetry Out Loud competition, which challenges students to recite important works by renowned poets in front of an audience. Oxnard College student Danny Lawlor won first place and an $800 scholarship in Buenaventura Art Association’s Seventh Annual Collegiate Student Art Competition for his oil pastel painting “Gold Coast Transit.” Second place and a $600 scholarship went to Linda Kennon of Ventura College for her graphite on burned paper piece “Bad Little Robot.”
The literary community along with the Ventura County Arts Council will honor four incredible female poets — Elnora McNaughton, Polly Bee, Joyce La Mers and Doris Vernon — with a celebration of their lives and work at the Government Center on April 17, 5:30 p.m.
There is good news for those of you who use electronic devices to read books: The Ventura County Libraries have gone digital! The libraries are now lending books, many of them newly released bestsellers, as digital downloads. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org.
The Ojai Studio Artists are accepting scholarship applications for students who intend to pursue careers in the visual arts. Eligible applicants include high-school seniors attending school in the Ojai Valley as well as college students who attended high school in the Ojai Valley. Since 1993, OSA has contributed more than $95,000 in awards to talented local art students. Deadline is April 19. Visit www.ojaistudioartists.org.
The Ventura County Arts Council is accepting applications for its 2013-2014 Arts-in-the-Classroom minigrant program. The funds may also be used to take field trips to a Ventura County arts venue for an educational program. All funded programs must take place during the school day. The deadline for this round of minigrants is April 26 for the 2013-2014 school year. Thanks to generous funding from The John and Beverly Stauffer Foundation, the council is able to offer the 2013-2014 Arts-in-the-Classroom Mini-Grant Program to elementary schools to partner with Ventura County arts organizations and artists to bring standards-based arts into classrooms. All arts disciplines will be considered.
E.P. Foster Library is sponsoring a haiku poetry contest. Enter your original haiku poem between April 9 and 16 by dropping it off at the library or online at www.tiny.cc/haikucontest.