California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks receives $100,000 donation from art patron and philanthropist Larry Janss

(Thousand Oaks, CA – November 8, 2017) — The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) accepted a $100,000 donation from local businessman Larry Janss. This generous contribution furthers CMATO’s positive financial momentum toward becoming the region’s preeminent art museum.

Janss’ major gift came only days after art patrons Shawn and Letal Skelton donated $100,000.

A descendant of one of Thousand Oaks’ founding families, Janss increased his financial support to CMATO after a formal review of the museum’s building plans for its current location at Civic Arts Plaza West.

Photo Credit:  Bonnie Kozek.

Photo Credit:  Bonnie Kozek.

“The idea of Thousand Oaks hosting a professional, world-class regional art museum smack dab in the center of our city and adjacent to our professional, world-class regional performing arts center is just too important to ignore. It is an opportunity for the city to become the arts center of the Gold Coast and will, properly executed, bring national recognition that positively will impact Thousand Oaks economically and culturally for a century and longer.

Janss further explained his gift by quoting the late author Ray Bradbury, who had deep ties to Thousand Oaks and strongly promoted its library: “We need our arts to teach us how to breathe.” 

The Janss and Skelton donations give the museum the opportunity to fund operations as well as  exhibitions and programs vital to the growth of our community, according to Tony Principe, chairman of the CMATO Board of Directors. 

“I hope other community leaders, local businesses and generous donors will follow suit and build on this positive momentum with their support of CMATO,” he said.

Principe notes these gifts show the community CMATO is serious about building a museum on this site and continues in its resolve to forge a solid organization that will remain an essential cultural amenity.

“We are now more than ever in a distinctive position to take advantage of our location and contribute to the cultural vitality of our region, even our country,” Principe said. “CMATO endeavors to be a catalyst for art appreciation, criticism and education.”

Under Executive Director Tish Greenwood, who came to CMATO from the Getty, the museum has offered innovative programming such as the acclaimed exhibit of the pop art created by Corita Kent and the development of arts expression program for children on the autism spectrum. Said Greenwood, “I view Larry’s generosity as a substantial vote of confidence in the museum’s mission and future.  His support is positioned to make the Civic Arts Plaza a vibrant home for the visual culture.”

About CMATO

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is a non-profit organization committed to educating the community about the visual arts and dedicated to establishing a premier art museum that will serve Ventura County and surrounding communities through innovative programs. 

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks ▪   Website: www.cmato.org

▪ 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd.▪ Thousand Oaks, CA  91362

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California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) continues expansion with major gift from Shawn and Letal Skelton

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(Thousand Oaks, CA – November 1, 2017) - The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) has accepted a major gift of $100,000 from local art patrons, Shawn and Letal Skelton. This gift will accelerate the museum’s mission to become the preeminent art museum is the region. This gift supports the core pillars of CMATO’s mission to engage, educate, inspire and elevate the human spirit through the palette of Art.

Shawn Skelton, President and Founder of BankCard USA, a merchant services company located in Thousand Oaks, CA since 1993, gift comes after a formal review of CMATO’s proposed building plans at its current location Civic Arts Plaza West.

 “I’ve lived in the area since 1987 and have seen tremendous growth and development over the years. I think its perfect timing to be involved with the development and support of our own Art Museum. Letal and I are very excited and honored to be a part of CMATO,” said Shawn Skelton.

Tony Principe, Chairman of the Board of Directors at CMATO, states, “The Skeltons have been generous supporters of the museum for years. With the unveiling of our phased-development approach combined with the success of our exhibitions and public programs, the Skelton’s are enthusiastically supporting our efforts to establish a world-class museum in the heart of the Conejo Valley region.”

CMATO is dedicated to being a tremendous art resource for the community for decades to come, and will excite and delight members of the public as well. Tish Greenwood, Executive Director of CMATO states, “With such outstanding gifts like the Skelton’s, it enhances our ability to succeed in our mission to contribute to the cultural vitality of the region.”

About CMATO

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is a non-profit organization committed to educating the community about the visual arts and dedicated to establishing a premier art museum that will serve Ventura County and surrounding communities through innovative programs. 

 

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks ▪   Website: www.cmato.org

▪ 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd.▪ Thousand Oaks, CA  91362

 

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS FOUNDER AND BOARD DIRECTOR MICHAEL YEE PASSES AWAY ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) announced the death of Michael Hing Yee, the founder of CMATO. He was 79 years old.

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Mr. Yee’s vision led to the creation of a multifaceted arts institution devoted to education and presentation of the visual arts.

“Michael has been a very big part of CMATO since its inception and has dedicated much of his time towards beautifying the property and doing some of the hard work behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis. Michael will be sorely missed,” said Tony Principe, Chairman of the Board at CMATO.

Michael Yee was a renaissance man. His life was filled with a zeal for exploration, mastery of the arts and all things creative, and he believed in the interconnectedness of all mankind and the practice of genuine philanthropy.

Born in Canton, China, raised in Seattle and descendent of thirty-two generations of Chinese heritage, Yee’s artistic passions were channeled into painting, sculpture, ceramics and art history at the University of Washington in Seattle where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1961. Boeing Company quickly scooped him up and put him to work as the art director on the Apollo mission designing and illustrating the technical manuals that traveled through space to the moon with the first astronauts.  Like his father and grandfather, both restaurateurs before him, Yee owned and operated the Newbury Park restaurant he named “China Fresh” from 1990 – 2003. He also worked for the City of Thousand Oaks designing and installing landscaping including the Ventu Park reservoir project.

Consumed by the vision and an entrepreneur’s driving energy, Yee formed his own 501(c)(3) corporation with the State of California in 2008 and funded it with $75,000 of his own money to build a Glass and Sculpture Museum. In what Yee called the “spirit of synchronicity” Yee learned of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation study validating the need and desire of the area’s citizens to build a regional museum of the visual arts. After several meetings, Yee joined forces with the committee and reallocated his funds to support the creation of a regional art museum – now called the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO).

Yee’s vision for CMATO continues as the museum is fast becoming part of the social fabric of Conejo Valley region by providing educational, enlightening experiences that are affordable. The museum creates cultural opportunities that are both an enduring community asset and an economic engine for the region.

 “Our hearts are broken to lose such a wonderful man.  Mike was part of CMATO and we are in shock that he left us so soon. He had a heart of gold and inspired us all,” said Tish Greenwood, Executive Director of CMATO.

Yee’s art filled home in Thousand Oaks, where he lived with his wife May, and where they raised their two children, Melodee and Michael Jr., is the site of a sprawling vegetable garden with fruit trees as well as a large art and ceramic studio of his own building and design.

An afternoon memorial service for Michael Yee is planned on November 19, 2017 at Calvary Community Church. In lieu of flowers, Yee’s family would like to have tribute donations made to California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, as it was such a big part of Michael’s life.

About CMATO:

CMATO is a non-profit organization committed to becoming part of the social fabric of the Conejo Valley region by providing educational, and enlightening experiences that are affordable. The City of Thousand Oaks is committed to supporting CMATO at the Civic Arts Plaza as part of their goal to have a vibrant arts community.

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks ▪   Website: www.cmato.org

▪ 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd.▪ Thousand Oaks, CA  91362

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 Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?

 Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?

Photography Exhibition at CMATO

September 7 – December 9, 2017

Jo Ann Callis, Woman with Black Line, 1976 Courtesy of ROSEGALLERY 

Jo Ann Callis, Woman with Black Line, 1976 Courtesy of ROSEGALLERY 

 

Panel Talk with Artists

 Moderated by Claudia James Bartlett, Owner and Director of photo l.a.

on October 14, 2017 at 1:30PM

Part of Femmes Photo Fest Art Crawl

Curated by:  Lynn Farrand and  Laura PG Lewis

A photographic examination of identity through the artistry of some of the most compelling female photographers working in California today.

Featuring:

Jo Ann Callis, Arden Surdam,  Sant Khalsa, Andréanne Michon, Gay Ribisi & Sandra Klein

What does a ‘female lens’ signify today?

Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?  photography exhibition aims to provide the viewer with a wide range of female artists examining life in their own terms. With exclusively female photographers, the cliché that women see the world (and themselves) differently is examined.  Under inspection as well, is the evolving Californian aesthetic and growing prominence in the contemporary art scene. 

The work on display confronts societal norms, embraces universal truths and celebrates the versality of photography to represent our times. Deciding if gender or location affects perspective is left for the visitor to decide.

As a platform to launch a discussion on the meaning of identity in a so-called “post-identity” age, each artist what asked:

“What does it mean to be a female photographer in California?”

 The artists showcased in this exhibition have generously answered this multi-layered question with frankness and simplicity. We hope that their responses, displayed next to their works, will give insight into the artists’ process and allow one to search out an empathic connection to the work.

About the Artists:

Jo Ann Callis, considered one of Los Angeles most influential female photographers working today. Jo Ann has only recently begun displaying her early color photography works (circa 1979).  Her fabricated photographs seemed designed to elicit associations about domesticity and submissive sexuality. Her works dive into the subconscious realm, thereby suggesting no direct connection to any time or place. Their apparent timelessness speaks to aspects of our true nature.

Arden Surdham, series “Hold Your Breath,” creates mysterious forms that capture our imagination while simultaneously making us uneasy. Her mysterious creations elicit limitless identities in which to indulge. The artist invites us to imagine endlessly by leaving her works untitled.

Gay Ribisi, debuts her tender portraits exploring SSBBW (Super Sized Big Beautiful Women). Her monumental contemporary fertility goddesses provide a platform to discuss body image and the historical change from a matriarchal society to patriarchal. Privately collected, CMATO has the distinction of presenting her work to public audiences for the first time.

Sant Khalsa, b. 196 (Working in Riverside, CA) might say her work reflects her artistic intimacy with nature and her lifelong passion of activism. Her imagery has a quiet controversy that slowly empowers the viewer to breathe deeply and reflect in the present moment. In her works, humanity is identified with nature; boulders, shrubs and brooks become the centerfolds in her works.

Sandra Klein works evokes a curiosity either about her view of the world or her magical mindset. There is a map to her personal history in her art that shows a personal struggle and vulnerability that an audience can empathize with. Her works draw the observer into a creative narrative; real or imagined, a journey down the rabbit hole to search introspectively begins. The focus of Klein’s work reaches beyond physical body and investigates the universe of the mind. Her work asks the viewer to open the shutters of the mind and focus on the composition of what lies within. Klein carefully layers imagery of mental health, spirituality, and the challenges of the human body as it ages.

Andréanne Michon, engages viewers through her large format photographs, video and mixed-media installations. Her work encapsulates the viewer with their physical presence. Some of her photographic works are positioned upwards and span across the gallery walls, surrounding the viewer as if they are walking on nature trail. Her works are large images of dense groves, meant to exaggerate the contrast of nature against a thumbnail frame of a smartphone. Her intention is to widen this narrowed view encouraging us to break our dependence, or need, for a digital identity.

Femmes Photo Fest Continues at Four Friends Gallery with images from the Janss Collection.

About CMATO

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is a non-profit organization committed to educating the community about the visual arts and dedicated to establishing a premier art museum that will serve Ventura County and surrounding communities through innovative programs. 

 

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks ▪   Website: www.cmato.org

▪ 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd.▪ Thousand Oaks, CA  91362

 

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32 Degrees Latitude: Landscapes International Juried Art Exhibition

 

Press Release

 

 32 Degrees Latitude: Landscapes

International Juried Art Exhibition

June 15, 2017 to August 5, 2017

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO)

 Opening Reception/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

June 15, 2017 at 4:30PM – 6:30PM (CMATO)

 


Jurors:

Timothy C. Hengst, Chair of the Art Department, California Lutheran University

Luke Matjas, Chair of the Art Department, California State University Channel Islands

Erika Lizée, Chair of the Digital, Media and Visual Arts Department, Moorpark College

Bob Moskowitz, Chair of the Art Department, Ventura College

 

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) proudly announces the winners from our Inaugural International Juried Art Exhibition - 32 Degrees Latitude. Out of hundreds of applications received from around the globe, only three artists were selected to exhibit at CMATO this summer.

The goal of CMATO’s International Juried Art Exhibition is to provide an avenue for artists to reach new audiences through the support of a curated museum show. The museum is using its 32 Degrees Latitude location to signify its physical starting place for the inception of what is hoped to be an annual summer exhibition where collaboration between the region’s local academic community supports the museum’s mission of being a place where ideas are shared and people connect.

In collaboration with the Art Department Chairs from California Lutheran University, California State Channel Islands, Moorpark College, and Ventura College, CMATO is delighted to share unique visions of landscape from these powerhouse artists. As you will see, each of these artists possess superb talent in their inventive and thought-provoking approaches to art making.

Featured Artist- Rebecca Rutstein

CMATO is honored to showcase Rebecca Rutstein, a Philadelphia-based artist whose works are based in her interest in technology, geology, maps and the undercurrents that continually shape and reshape the world. Her largescale landscape sculptures and paintings are inspired by from her prestigious residency aboard two scientific naval exploration vessels that traveled the world. From these missions, Rutstein has mined the satellite and sonar data to present the wild, unbounded grandeur of the natural world with a technological sublimity that grasps at the infinite possibilities suggested by computers. Jennifer Li, Art in America contributor, writes in the exhibition catalogue,

“With her unique background and experience on board the Nautilus and the Falkor, Rutstein brought back reports not of measurable figures, but paintings and sculptures that give form to the nebulous enigma of the sea and its terrain, inspiring and propelling the scientific community and general public with visual poetry and portraits of the Sublime.”

Rutstein holds a BFA (Magna Cum Laude) from Cornell University and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been featured on NPR, Huffington Post and Vice Magazine.

Artist Talk with Rebecca Rutstein – Saturday, June 17, 2017 (1:30PM – 2:30PM) at CMATO

Rebecca Rutstein, Galapagos II, 2015

Rebecca Rutstein, Galapagos II, 2015

Contributing Artist: Inguna Gremzde

Inguna Gremzde is an artist based in Riga, Latvia and London, United Kingdom. Gremzde captivates the viewer with her inventive approach to using plastic milk bottlecaps to represent the outside world. In her works, the external world is shrunk down, grouped together, and lovingly painted inside a series of plastic caps. The artist’s eco-aesthetic approach to art making is meant to juxtapose contemporary consumer lifestyles with humankind’s historically romantic relationship with nature. Viewing Gremzde’s prolific output, one is triggered to reflect on the relationship between mass production and the growing alienation from nature. Gremzde’s work represents an artist attempting to make a difference in the global environmental crisis by producing meaningful art geared to motivate society to more sustainable lifestyles. Gremzde received her MFA from Wimbledon College of Art (London, UK) and had exhibitions in United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Ireland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, South Korea and Canada.

Inguna Gremzde, 13/15/19/28 cm in diameter; oil painting/ found plastic, 2016

Inguna Gremzde, 13/15/19/28 cm in diameter; oil painting/ found plastic, 2016

Contributing Artist: Thomas Wheeler

Thomas Wheeler is an artist based in Palos Verdes, California. Wheeler’s painted-light photography, all shot on solitary vast locations without any post-production effects, highlight the bewildering wonderment of the universe. The artistry found in Wheeler’s painted-light photographs comes from the combination of long exposures, hand-held light-emitting tools, and his decisive talent creating a photograph’s punctum (the personal touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with an object or person within a photograph). Wheeler is part owner of the TAG artist-owned gallery group in Los Angeles and has been featured at the 5th Biennial of Fine Art for Abstract and Fine Art, London (2017), Soho Photo Gallery, NY (2016), 4th Biennial of Fine Art Berlin (2016), and in the Top 40 Artist Show at the LA Center for Digital Art (2015).

Thomas Wheeler, Red Fence Alabama Hills, 2016

Thomas Wheeler, Red Fence Alabama Hills, 2016

For additional information about 32 Degrees Latitude, contact Tish Greenwood, Executive Director at (805) 405-5240 or info@cmato.org.

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks is a non-profit organization committed to serving diverse audiences through the exhibition, interpretation, and exploration of Art. CMATO is committed to educating the community about the visual arts and dedicated to establishing a premier art museum that will serve Ventura County and surrounding communities through participatory programs.  The City of Thousand Oaks is committed to supporting The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at the Civic Arts Plaza as part of their goal to have a vibrant arts community. The City approved the rezoning of a 2.8 acre parcel of land on the west side of the Civic Arts Plaza where the art museum will be constructed.

 

 

 

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks ▪   Website: www.cmato.org

CMATO Operations Center ▪ 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd.▪ Thousand Oaks, CA91362

 

 

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What it's Worth? Valuation Day at CMATO with John Moran Auctioneers

VALUATION DAY With John Moran Auctioneers

Thursday, November 17, 2016 3-7pm At California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO)

Are you curious about that family heirloom collecting dust on the mantel? It might be a highly valued collectible or its significance might be purely sentimental. Now is your chance to investigate its commercial value with John Moran Auctioneer’s team of experts. CMATO’s own version of Antique’s Road Show” will answer the question, “What it’s worth”?

John Moran Auctioneers, in partnership with the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO), invites the public to have up to five items valued. Suggested items to bring include fine art, jewelry, silver, antiques and other decorative objects. Appraisers at John Moran Auctioneers will provide a verbal valuation of your treasures. John Moran Auctioneers is a family-owned and operated company located in Monrovia, California. Founded in 1969 by John Moran, they offer quality art and antiques from estates and private collections to buyers around the globe.

As one of America’s top auctioneers, Moran has successfully sold tens of thousands of California and American paintings over the past forty years and ranks among the country’s most senior specialists in this field. In 2001, Moran became the first auctioneer in the world to sell a California painting in excess of $1 million dollars. His intimate knowledge of this specialized genre and of its top buyers and sellers has earned John Moran Auctioneers an unrivaled by any competitor.

The event is on Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 3-7pm at CMATO, 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Call to reserve a spot: 805.405.5240 or email: info@cmato.org

Admission: CMATO Members $10 for 3 items, $15 for 5 items; non-members: $20 for up to 5 items.

Proceeds benefit CMATO and its education programs.

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks is a non-profit organization committed to serving diverse audiences through the exhibition, interpretation, and exploration of the fine and design arts. CMATO is committed to educating the community about the visual arts and dedicated to establishing a premier art museum that will serve Ventura County and surrounding communities. The City of Thousand Oaks is committed to supporting The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at the Civic Arts Plaza as part of their goal to have a vibrant arts community. The City approved the rezoning of a 2.8 acre parcel of land on the west side of the Civic Arts Plaza where the art museum will be constructed.

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks ▪  

www.cmato.org

CMATO Operations Center - 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd.-  Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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Jack is Back! Balancing Act Paintings By Jack Reilly

BALANCING ACT: PAINTINGS BY JACK REILLY
September 16 – December 2, 2016
Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 4:00 pm
California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO)
 
Thousand Oaks.   “My personal investigation into life deals with the human condition of trying to find a sense of balance that seems to exist between polar extremes – that the human condition is to attempt to find a sense of balance between these polarities -this balance is a metaphor of life.”  - Jack Reilly, speaking about his art.
 
Jack Reilly (b. 1950 -), widely recognized as a trailblazer in the Abstract Illusion Movement, a style where paintings ‘bend the eye’ to achieve three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional surface, returns to Southern California for a concise but stirring re-evaluation of his artistic production.
 
In 1980, Reilly burst into L.A. with his solo show at the indomitable Molly Barnes Gallery (a tastemaker who gave early shows to John Baldessari, Billy Al Bengston and Gronk). This formative exhibition helped to cement Reilly’s reputation of creating visually powerful and unique works of art – works that converge abstract expressionistic boldness, minimalist restraint with trompe l’oeil wonderment. As Suzanne Muchnic, Los Angeles Times art critic, observed, “He does offer immediate pleasure in carefully orchestrated compositions, meticulous technique, complexity of shadows and ambiguity of light source."
 
Impressed by Reilly’s unique style exhibited at the Barnes Gallery, Donald Brewer (then Director of LA’s the first museum -USC’s Fisher Gallery) quickly arranged for Reilly to be a featured artist for The Reality of Illusion, a national traveling exhibition (Denver Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Johnson Museum at Cornell, and USC Fisher Gallery). From then on, there was no looking back – Reilly’s prolific artistic output has resulted in numerous public commissions, domestic and international exhibitions, and his works are in the permanent collection of several museums throughout the country.
 
CMATO is pleased to announce that Molly Barnes will be the moderator for the Jack Reilly art talk. Barnes is a well-recognized New York and Los Angeles gallery owner and art critic, radio talk show host, author, and a professor at the Otis College Art and Design Institute MFA program.  She discovers and supports emerging artists.
 
The Jack Reilly Gallery Talk is on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 pm at the CMATO Exhibition Center.
 
As the CMATO exhibition will show, Reilly’s works are bright, clean and constrained by geometry but not artistic convention. Although the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition (2012) solidified Reilly’s place in the zeitgeist of the 80’s – an era of extremes, political movements, the beginning of globalization- do not be mistaken in thinking his works are out of time with our age. His works are perpetual manifestations of an artist’s investigation of the human condition – an ageless inquiry into the nature of our being.
 
Balancing Act: Paintings by Jack Reilly complement CMATO's permanent installation of Betty Gold's sculptures.
 
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, at CMATO, 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
 
Artful Angles -  a free drop-in family art making program will focus on the artful side of geometry. This hands-on art activity is based on the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and is geared for children aged from 8 - 11 years old. 

Using the art of collage and mosaic, math concepts focusing on geometric shapes, proportion and symmetry will be taught by an experienced elementary school teacher. Artful Angles is inspired by the MADI art movement, an art movement that broadly focuses on Movement, Abstraction, Dimension and Invention. 

Artful Angles, will take place one Sunday of each month of the exhibition from 11:00 am– 2:00 pm. (September 25, October 16, and November 13, 2016).

For additional information about the CMATO Exhibition, Gallery Talk and Family Art Program contact Tish Greenwood, Executive Director, at (805) 405-5240 or info@cmato.org.
 
The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks is a non-profit organization committed to serving diverse audiences through the exhibition, interpretation, and exploration of the fine and design arts. CMATO is committed to educating the community about the visual arts and dedicated to establishing a premier art museum that will serve Ventura County and surrounding communities. 
 
California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks ▪  Website: www.cmato.org
CMATO Operations Center ▪ 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd. ▪ Thousand Oaks, CA  91362

 

 

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Van Gogh: The Man and the Myth

Van Gogh: The Man and the Myth

In the last 100 years, Vincent Van Gogh has been one of the most well-known post-impressionist artists.  On May 11, at 7 pm, Devi Ormond, J. Paul Getty associate conservator of paintings, will provide an insightful overview of his life, particularly his use of color in his paintings and his relationship with other artists. 

Illuminating the Past

Illuminating the Past

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is presenting an art demonstration, “Illuminating the Past” with artist, historian and lecturer Sylvana Barrett on Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the CMATO Operations Center at 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

      CMATO Exclusive Theatre Party Featuring the “Wizard of Oz”   In Conjunction with Conejo Players Theatre       Saturday, March 19, 2016   2:00 pm Show   4:00-6:00 pm After-show Reception   Wizard of Oz with Conejo Players Theatre    We’re off to see the Wizard of Oz on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m at the Conejo Players Theatre. CMATO has booked the entire theatre for a family-friendly special performance of the “Wizard of Oz”.  An after-show reception follows the show with special activities and themed treats for children and scrumptious food and beverages for adults.     The whole family is invited to attend.  Children, six and older, will be delighted to be part of the after-show festivities.  Only a tornado could keep you away from this performance! The Conejo Players’ event is one of CMATO’S most popular fundraisers and CMATO has the whole “house”.  The public is welcome to attend.       All tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds of the event benefit CMATO and its art education and exhibition programs.    
  
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     For ticket information, please contact Sandy Galin at sgalin.cmato@gmail.com or call CMATO at (805) 405-5240.  The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks is a non-profit organization committed to serving diverse audiences through the exhibition, interpretation, and exploration of the fine and design arts. CMATO is dedicated to educating the community about the visual arts and to establishing a premier art museum that will serve Ventura County and surrounding communities.  

We’re off to see the Wizard of Oz on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m at the Conejo Players Theatre. CMATO has booked the entire theatre for a family-friendly special performance of the “Wizard of Oz”.  An after-show reception follows the show with special activities and themed treats for children and scrumptious food and beverages for adults.

Organizers Get to Work on Thousand Oaks Art Museum Plans

Organizers Get to Work on Thousand Oaks Art Museum Plans

What was once a Taco Bell and later a wine bar is now officially the operations center for the planned California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks. A new sign announcing the change was put up last week letting passers-by know that a fine arts museum is on the way.