Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

CULTURE OF CARING | The Ventura County community helps artists — and others — cope with the Thomas Fire

Whether it’s a restaurant providing free meals to fire victims and first responders, a church taking up a collection or a single individual offering up a truck to anyone in need, the Thomas Fire has shown that Ventura County cares. . . and will show up to help in the face of tragedy. The art community has followed suit, with individuals and institutions across the county providing a lifeline anyway they can. Summer Camp ( in Ojai offers home and vintage goods, including many made by local artists, as well as art shows, workshops and other cultural events. It’s...

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THE BANDS PLAY ON | Musicians and venues boosting spirits and raising funds for fire victims

As Ventura and Ojai continue to reel from the effects of the Thomas Fire, members of the local music community have pitched in to increase the coffers for disaster relief, and lift the spirits of all Ventura County residents. From the group of musicians who held an impromptu concert at the fairgrounds to grand plans on the horizon from the Ventura Music Festival, bands and venues are tuning in to the needs of the public during a tumultuous time. Bombay Bar and Grill ( in Downtown Ventura has been a center of activity since the outbreak, providing updates, acting...

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ON THE BOOKSHELF | Sacred Material: The Art of the Tapestries of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

John Nava is one of Ventura County’s greatest living fine artists — and in a community that boasts tremendous talent across the spectrum, that’s saying something. The realist painter is known for depicting contemporary settings and subjects in the style of the Old Masters, and his art has been shown around the world, with several public works projects to his name, as well as pieces in the collections of such prestigious institutions as the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Hawaii. His greatest claim to fame, however, hangs in the Cathedral...

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NIGHT MOVES | Among Friends

It was a sold-out house at the Four Friends Gallery in Thousand Oaks on Saturday night, when Grammy Award-winning Albert Lee performed as part of the Brogden Bay Presents concert series. The guitarist and his band brought the fire and virtuosity, with Lee’s lightning-fast picking keeping the pace and wowing the crowd in the art house/gallery/music venue. Comedian Al Ducharme kicked things off with 20 minutes of nonstop laughter, taking to the stage for a short set before heading to his gig at the Laugh Factory. Music, laughter and good friends — what a stellar way to get in...

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ARTS BRIEFS | Awards, donations, new programs and other art news from around the county

OJAI The Ojai Film Festival continues this weekend, and local actress Emily Hahn will be debuting her latest feature-length film, Beautifully Broken. The 17-year-old Ojai native and current Westlake Village resident stars as a young Tennessee teen who befriends a family escaping the Rwandan genocide. The world premiere of the film takes place on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Ojai Art Center Theater at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with cast members. Film festival attendees can also see Cloris Leachman on Saturday, Nov. 11, who takes questions following the screening of a biopic and retrospective of her work at 4 p.m. If there’s time between film screenings, check out the Ojai WordFest, taking place Nov. 11-12. The festival includes a variety of readings and other literary events at the Ojai Library, the Ojai Art Center and other locations. For a full schedule, visit OXNARD The Channel Islands Maritime Museum kicked off a new Artist in Residence program, A.I.R. on the Harbor, in October. The first month-long program featured Oxnard painter Shannon Celia, who worked at the museum twice a week, answered questions and offered workshops during her tenure. The next one is scheduled for April, and is open to all local artists and craftsmen. For application requirements and more information, call the museum at 984-6260 or visit THOUSAND OAKS Congratulations to Tish Greenwood, executive director of...

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