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ON THE PICTURE : Karyn Jackson and Nancy Allen recently made a donation to the Rubicon Theater Company which enabled the purchase of artist housing. Photo by Chris Jensen

by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer

The CIMM adopts a new logo

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum recently launched a new logo, retiring its original logo after 30 years.

When the museum was established in 1991, its logo paid homage to maritime history with a realistic image of a tall ship with white sails gliding across a blue ocean, against a pale blue background. The new image is a much more colorful and abstract affair: a stylized ship in bright blue and an orange background reminiscent of a sunset. The new logo was created by local artist and graphic designer Brett Bednorz.

According to the CIMM press release, it was decided to create a new logo as the museum enters its next 30 years.

The new Channel Islands Maritime Museum logo, designed by Brett Bednorz.

“The original logo has served the Museum very well over the past thirty years. However, as we are at the start of our next thirty-year chapter, we have decided that a new logo is in order,” ICMM Executive Director Adri Howe said in the press release. “The Museum continues to evolve with a renewed and invigorated focus on quality exhibits, education and community. We wanted the new logo to reflect that. We love the energy and brightness that this new logo brings. We think it beautifully represents what the Museum is all about: the exploration of maritime and marine worlds and the human creativity that continues to seek ways to interpret those worlds. »

The new logo is already visible on the ICMM social networks and should be fully deployed by April 1, 2022.


Taft Gardens expands its Art in Nature program

Taft Gardens and Nature Preserve has expanded its Art in Nature programming and will now offer up to seven artist residencies.

A professional visual artist or collaborative team will be granted a nine-month residency from October 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. During this period, the artist will have access to the garden as well as the historic Taft Gardens art studio to develop a unique project or body of work, which will be presented at the end of the residency with the Art in Nature fundraising gala.

The organization will also offer several short-term residency opportunities. A four-week rotating residency and access to Protea Studio is open to creative professionals in the visual and non-visual arts, suitable for writers, composers, curators, etc. Additional ‘by invitation’ residencies, of two to four weeks, may also be granted at the discretion of the Taft Gardens Art Committee.

These residencies are a great opportunity to find inspiration in nature and to take advantage of time to reflect and develop art. Applications are free; artists who applied last year are strongly encouraged to apply again. For more information and to apply online, visit www.taftgardens.org/artist-in-residence.

Welcome to the board

Two local museums recently welcomed new members to their board of trustees.

In February, the Museum of Ventura County announced the addition of Greg Monterrosa and Gabriella Navarro-Busch to its 13-member board. Monterrosa is a longtime supporter of Ventura County, while Navarro-Busch is an immigration attorney.

Greg Monterrosa has joined the Museum of Ventura County Board of Trustees. Photo submitted

“The Museum is honored to welcome these two exemplary and committed members of our community to our Board of Trustees,” Barbara Barnard Smith CEO Elena Brokaw said in a press release. “Greg’s dedication to serving the people of Ventura County and his experience serving on the Conejo/Las Virgenes Foundation Board of Directors will undoubtedly have an immediate impact. We are also fortunate to welcome Gabriella, whose leadership in public safety and her dedication to helping those in need through her work as an immigration lawyer will enlighten us and inform us of her distinct perspectives.


The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks also named two new members to its seven-person board. Joseph Bagliere, trade compliance and logistics advisor to electronics maker Kateeva, and Austin Sincock, managing director of Deloitte Consulting, will each serve a three-year term.

“They bring a range of expertise across sectors and enthusiastically embrace CMATO’s mission to foster meaningful engagements with the visual arts,” said Board Chair Nancy Chappell.


Grant for the OPAC

The Oxnard Performing Arts Center recently received $35,000 through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) program. The grant will support OPAC Studios, a creative space offering free art lessons to underserved Oxnard teens, including BIPOCs, Indigenous peoples and homeless people.

The GAP Awards were created to reach communities in all parts of the country with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. OPAC is one of 1,248 organizations across the United States to receive funding from GAP.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support artistic projects like this one from OPAC that to help support the community’s creative economy,” said Ann Eilers, NEA Acting President. “Oxnard’s OPAC is among the nation’s arts organizations that use the arts as a source of strength, a pathway to well-being, and provide access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through Arts.”

For more information on OPAC’s art program, visit oxnardperformingarts.com/teen-art-program.html.

Rubicon buys an artist house

Thanks to the generosity of a new donor, the Rubicon Theater Company of Ventura was able to purchase a four-unit property that could be used to house visiting performers. The property on Poli Street is close to the company location at Main and Laurel Streets.

The donation was made by Karyn Jackson of Arcadia (a former resident of Ventura), her sister, Nancy Allen, of Ventura, and Nancy’s husband, Leo Allen, who also pledged to make a future legacy donation. . A bequest is a planned future gift that designates a portion of an individual’s estate as a gift to a nonprofit organization.

“This is the largest donation in Rubicon’s 23-year history,” Board Chairman Doug Halter said in a news release. “It’s a remarkable tribute to the world-class artistry that has been the hallmark of Rubicon Productions, and a vote of confidence in the future.”

In honor of its donors, the Rubicon will rename its historic building “Rubicon Theater Company at the Karyn Jackson Theater”, while the Poli Street property will be named after Nancy Allen.


60 years of PVRPD

On January 16, 1962, the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District was formed to provide and maintain facilities and programs focusing on recreation, recreation and sports. The organization celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2022 by inviting residents to enjoy the many parks, courses and more it has to offer.

Residents can visit one of the 28 district-run parks or enroll in one of the classes offered through April. The staff also encourages people to complete an online survey to provide feedback and share their favorite parks and activities online.

For a map of the parks, the activity guide, the survey and more information, visit www.pvrpd.org/60th-anniversary.