Kelly "RISK" Gravel - A Retrospective
Apr
25
to Sep 1

Kelly "RISK" Gravel - A Retrospective

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For the artist’s first retrospective, CMATO will survey RISK’s early graffiti practice and the culture it represented, through his years running an influential streetwear brand and finally to his current sculptural practice that turns a critical eye towards an itinerant, urban life.

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Fine Art in Black & White - Photography Workshop
Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

Fine Art in Black & White - Photography Workshop

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Join CMATO for "Fine Art in Black & White", an exploration of the process of black and white photography and what goes into creating a stunning and timeless image Presented by recognized experts, Stephanie Hogue-Davis and John C. Lewis, this presentation addresses two of the most important but rarely discussed aspects of being a true photographic artist -- capturing and creating a fine print.

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Lessons from Ansel Adams
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Lessons from Ansel Adams

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Ansel Adams is one of the most acclaimed photographers of all time, but an equally important and enduring aspect of his legacy is that of a teacher and mentor to an entire generation of photographers including entrepreneur and philanthropist, Larry Janss.

Janss, whose personal collection of Adams' iconic black-and-white vistas comprises CMATO's newest exhibition, began as a student of Adams but would quickly establish a partnership and lifelong friendship, assisting the renowned photographer with numerous projects throughout the course of Adams' life.

Janss will share stories of his time spent working with Adams, including accompanying the artist on his final trip to Yosemite and witnessing first-hand Adams' technical mastery of the photographic medium, with KCLU's Lance Orozco on Thursday, February 21, exclusively at CMATO.

Free for CMATO Members

$10 Non-Members

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In Focus: Ansel Adams
Feb
21
to Mar 24

In Focus: Ansel Adams

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This exhibition is about the art of photography and the transformative impact an artist can have on an individual and society. In Lawrence Janss’ exquisite collection of Adams works, visitors will encounter the most popular landscape photographs in history.

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Reptile Round Up!
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Reptile Round Up!

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Reptile Round Up with Southwestern Herpetologist Society

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (3PM - 5PM)

at CMATO - Main Gallery

Admission Free!

Go beyond the myths and discover the reality of reptiles at Reptile Round Up, a special education presentation from our friends at the Southwestern Herpetologists Society!

Meet a tortoise, pet a lizard and learn about the habit of these colorful and gentile reptiles, the threats they face and what you can do to conserve the habitats on which they depend.

Reptile Round Up takes place in CMATO’s main gallery alongside the paintings of Kevin Sloan, whose “A Collection of Rarities” exhibit echoes a contemporary environmental about humanity’s impact on the natural world.

Come learn how nature can inspire—-and even transform—-us!

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Circles of Support Member Event - Photo L.A.
Jan
31
to Feb 3

Circles of Support Member Event - Photo L.A.

Tony Vaccaro Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography

Tony Vaccaro Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography

Photo L.A. (https://www.photola.com/) at the Barker Hanger, Santa Monica runs from Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2019. This photography show --the longest running on the West Coast -- brings the best of the photography world to your doorstep with a collaborative platform that links dealers and collectors with galleries from around the globe. Internationally recognized, yet abundantly accessible, Photo L.A. cultivates connections between industry elite and up-and-coming talent alike. This year’s edition honors CMATO’s very own featured photographer, Jo Ann Callis (Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?)

 As a Circle of Support member, you are a Platinum VIP which entitles you and one guest to the following:

  • First look privilege and opportunity to view art before the general public  (Thursday, Jan 31, 5-6 pm)

  • Opening Night Premiere Party complimentary admission (Thursday, Jan 31, 6-9 pm)

  • Access to Private VIP Vernissage on Saturday, February 2 (10-11am)

  • Special Curated Tour on Saturday, February 2 (12:30pm – 1:30pm)

  • One complimentary show catalog

  

Circles of Support Information:

Circles of Support is an essential component of the museum’s success and includes membership in our 2019 Circles of Support, a select group that represents CMATO’s strongest and most dedicated philanthropic supporters.

Member privileges encompass engaging cultural and social events, including special access to private collections and studio visits with contemporary artists, and invitations to members-only exhibition previews and evening receptions. Members of the Chairman’s and Director’s Circle will also attend a private reception that will feature a 2019 State of the Museum update by our Chairman, Tony Principe.

I hope you will join us in making CMATO both a major art destination as well as a fun and engaging personal experience! 

Thank you for supporting the dynamic exhibitions, events and programs that bring our mission to life.


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Circles of Support Member Event - LA Art Show
Jan
23
to Jan 27

Circles of Support Member Event - LA Art Show

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 Circle of Support Members:

The Los Angeles Art Fair season is fast approaching and we are delighted to be able to provide our Circle of Support members exclusive VIP access to the hottest shows Los Angeles has to offer.

 LA Art Show (laartshow.com), at the LA Convention Center, runs from Jan. 23 – 27, 2019. This mega-show is the largest of the LA art fairs and features modern and contemporary works from more than 100 galleries around the world displayed in over 200,000-square-feet of exhibition space.

 As a Circle of Support member, you are a VIP Red Card Guest which entitles you to the following: 

  •  Invitation to Special Collectors’ Preview 

  • Opening Night Premiere Party complimentary admission

  • First look privilege and opportunity to view and purchase art before the general public

  • One complimentary show catalog (while supplies last, valued at $25)

  • Invitation to parties and events reserved for VIPs

  • Access to CITIGOLD VIP Lounge during regular show days and hours

  • Unlimited admission to the LA Art Show during regular show days and hours

To get your VIP Red Card, please email Florencia Glas at fglas@cmato.org

 

Circles of Support Information:

Circles of Support is an essential component of the museum’s success and includes membership in our 2019 Circles of Support, a select group that represents CMATO’s strongest and most dedicated philanthropic supporters.

Member privileges encompass engaging cultural and social events, including special access to private collections and studio visits with contemporary artists, and invitations to members-only exhibition previews and evening receptions. Members of the Chairman’s and Director’s Circle will also attend a private reception that will feature a 2019 State of the Museum update by our Chairman, Tony Principe.

I hope you will join us in making CMATO both a major art destination as well as a fun and engaging personal experience! 

Thank you for supporting the dynamic exhibitions, events and programs that bring our mission to life.

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Wild Wonders  - Family Program
Jan
13
1:00 PM13:00

Wild Wonders - Family Program

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Family Program at CMATO

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Come up close and meet exotic animals under the watchful eyes of zoo keepers (some in training!) from Moorpark Teaching Zoo.

Visitors will have an opportunity to meet and interact with an array of furry friends at “Wild Wonders,” a special wildlife “meet and greet” presented in conjunction with Moorpark Teaching Zoo - one of the only two teaching zoos in the nation.

Visitors can get up close with the Zoo’s animal ambassadors and learn about the habits and characteristics of these amazing creatures in addition to animal ecology, adaptations and endangered species. This fun and interactive family program engages audiences about the wonders of our earth and the animals with whom we share it.

Free For Everyone!

“Wild Wonders” complements the ecologically-conscious works of artist Kevin Sloan, whose “A Collection of Rarities” exhibition, now on view at CMATO, explores the intersection of humanity, nature and wildlife in the modern era.

Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program was established as a major at Moorpark College in 1974. In 1990, the EATM Compound was moved to its current location, on a 5 acre site overlooking all of the Moorpark College campus. Animal enclosures were built, and new enclosures are always being constructed. The animal collection has gradually increased over the years as animals were acquired through donations and breeding loans from major zoos and research centers. This extraordinary collection has included exotic animals ranging from Marmosets to an Asian Elephant, Leopard Geckos to Alligators, Turacos to Emus. We currently have a Bengal Tiger, African Lioness, Spotted Hyena, Mountain Lions, a wide variety of Primates, Birds, and many, many other exotic and endangered animals. New animals are continuously being acquired, as space arises.

As the animal collection grew, so did the program. New courses were developed and enrollment increased. The present animal collection, is maintained on a five-acre facility on the Moorpark College campus called  "America's Teaching Zoo".

Students in the Exotic Animal Training and Management program are required to be at America's Teaching Zoo most days, including weekends when we are open to the public. This requirement is in addition to the long hours and days spent working with and caring for the animals, and attending classes. Our Zoo has about 130 different animals at any time, and the students are responsible for most of the care, feeding and well-being of the animals, under close faculty and staff supervision. Responsibility is a key commitment to this program. Graduates of the EATM program are working all over the world, in many different situations involving animals. They are training dolphins and other marine mammals, doing conservation work, training animals for television and films, working at zoos and theme parks, and many other animal jobs.

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Rich Reitzell on California Impressionism
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Rich Reitzell on California Impressionism

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William Wendt, Old Coast Road

The CMATO Council Proudly Presents:

Come learn about the early Twentieth century Impressionist movement in Southern California that helped define and establish a national awareness of the emergence of California and in particular, Los Angeles and Southern California. The art of the early California Impressionists continues to be popular today among collectors and art lovers, as well as those who appreciate and enjoy the beauty and unspoiled scenes of early southern California scenery, or revel in nostalgic glimpses of a long-forgotten landscape. Reitzell will discuss the evolution of California impressionism, the major artists of the time, share the vibrancy and impact of the movement, and highlight important paintings of the time.


CMATO Members: Free

Non-Members: $20

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A Year with Betty Gold - Private Screening
Jan
6
7:00 PM19:00

A Year with Betty Gold - Private Screening

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Meet Betty Gold

and

film director, Jason McMerty.

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) will host a private screening of "A Year With Betty Gold," a documentary feature film showcasing the life of the internationally renowned abstract sculptor and painter.

The screening takes place at CMATO alongside Gold's paintings and sculptures and will feature a Q&A with Gold and the film's director, Jason McMerty.

A former Miss Texas, Gold blazed a trail for female artists, emerging as a bona fide pioneer in the male-dominated field of large scale sculpture, with a body of work that spans more than 35 years. She has shown in more than 135 solo and group exhibitions and her work is found in both museums and prominent public and private art collections worldwide.

"A Year With Betty Gold" chronicles the 83 year-old artist's fascinating life story, from her early days as a beauty queen through  the recent installations of her metal sculptures around the world.

Admission is free for CMATO members and $10 for non-members.

Screening takes place surrounded by Betty Gold’s work - part of CMATO’s permanent collection.

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PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon
Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon

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Kevin Sloan, Modern Blindness

MODERN BLINDNESS

By Jennifer Kelley

 The bird hasn’t heard the word of the flame,

She’s hidden behind grandma’s flowers,

choosing darkness over light.


And how like the masses she is today,

embracing modern blindness,

choosing truthiness over truth.

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Join us for PoeTea - a Sunday afternoon that blends poetry and art during an tea service in the main gallery exhibition of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities.

Join poets from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as they read their their response to the art of Kevin Sloan.

A tea service with delicious pastries and finger sandwiches will be served during the readings with a discussion afterwards.


Sponsored by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf!



More about poetry in the exhibition:

Over the past several months, this collective effort has relied upon the generosity of the artistic spirit, and a recognition of the important themes explored in Kevin Sloan’s paintings to create what critic, Carmine Starnino calls the “perfected expression of a sensibility in language”.

Ekphrastic poetry is a long-practiced literary form—art inspired by art—in which writers, undeterred and, sometimes, overwhelmed by the ineffable or, sometimes, searing emotions conjured by the visual arts, (re)turn to language to convey what had, until then, escaped expression on the page. Poets, just as painters, are generally known for their ability to pay attention to the smallest details while keeping in mind a larger message. Writers harness the power of descriptive language, or what the beloved poet, Mary Oliver, calls “the language of particulars” expressed in imagery and through the linguistic strategies of metaphor, simile, allusion and personification. And, though I am not a visual artist, it seems to me that painters rely on similar strategies to convey their messages, to evoke emotion and to inspire deep reflection. 



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PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon
Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon

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Kevin Sloan,  Birds of America - Migration Interrupted

Kevin Sloan, Birds of America - Migration Interrupted

INTERROGATION

by Marsha de la O 

A Canada Goose panics,

wound in the coils.

Do you dream

of that thing

you called water?

Do you?

Please.  I can’t

remember.

I don’t know.

Please.  

Join us for PoeTea - a Sunday afternoon that blends poetry and art during an tea service in the main gallery exhibition of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities.

Join poets from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as they read their their response to the art of Kevin Sloan.

A tea service with delicious pastries and finger sandwiches will be served during the readings with a discussion afterwards.

CMATO Members: $10

Non-Members: $25

More about poetry in the exhibition:

Over the past several months, this collective effort has relied upon the generosity of the artistic spirit, and a recognition of the important themes explored in Kevin Sloan’s paintings to create what critic, Carmine Starnino calls the “perfected expression of a sensibility in language”.

Ekphrastic poetry is a long-practiced literary form—art inspired by art—in which writers, undeterred and, sometimes, overwhelmed by the ineffable or, sometimes, searing emotions conjured by the visual arts, (re)turn to language to convey what had, until then, escaped expression on the page. Poets, just as painters, are generally known for their ability to pay attention to the smallest details while keeping in mind a larger message. Writers harness the power of descriptive language, or what the beloved poet, Mary Oliver, calls “the language of particulars” expressed in imagery and through the linguistic strategies of metaphor, simile, allusion and personification. And, though I am not a visual artist, it seems to me that painters rely on similar strategies to convey their messages, to evoke emotion and to inspire deep reflection. 

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Rocky Mountain High Experience
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Rocky Mountain High Experience

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The spirit and music of John Denver

with

Rick Schuler

Singer-songwriter Rick Schuler ushers in the sounds of the ‘70s with his “Rocky Mountain High Experience,® A Tribute to John Denver” at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30p.m.

Schuler’s uncanny resemblance, vocals and stage persona have made him the leading performer of John Denver’s music. Schuler’s show offers audiences the most authentic John Denver concert experience by incorporating the country legend’s greatest hits including “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and more.

Schuler’s performance captures the essence of the music icon in both his sound and stage presence – it’s an outstanding show for Denver fans.

Concert takes place in the museum’s main gallery featuring the works of Denver artist, Kevin Sloan. An intimate setting to enjoy a tribute to a legendary music career that spanned four decades.

Limited Seating.

CMATO Members: $25

Non-Members: $45

Schuler came into prominence at the age of 16 with his first public performance of “Rocky Mountain High,” which was received with a standing ovation. His musical talent and public appeal subsequently led to television and radio appearances including a feature on The Jack Carney Show, as “the John Denver guy.” With his “Rocky Mountain High Experience,®” Schuler has created a show that features fan favorites 

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Curator Led Walkthrough of "Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities"
Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

Curator Led Walkthrough of "Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities"

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Kevin Sloan,The Attraction

Please join Lynn Farrand, Senior Curator at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) for a special guided tour of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities exhibition currently on view in the main gallery.

Learn more about Sloan’s allegorical realism, a term he has coined to refer to his use of objects and environments that are painted in a realistic way but because of the inclusion of unexpected elements, the narrative in the work takes on an allegorical quality.

Also, take a moment with Lynn to examine Sloan’s technique, his use of color and pattern, his composition, all geared to make us marvel at the wonder of the natural world which surrounds us.

CMATO Members: FREE

Non-Members: Included with General Admission

($6 suggested donation)

About Kevin Sloan:

Kevin Sloan is a Denver based painter whose work is characterized by a deep reverence for the natural world.  The often symbolic paintings are an ongoing inquiry into the relationship between the marvel of the natural world and the mundane and often blunt reality of the modern era.  
 
His work is found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona.


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THE RESOURCE - Movement and Sound Collective
Dec
1
12:00 PM12:00

THE RESOURCE - Movement and Sound Collective

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IT IS DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT FOR DANCERS TO MOVE TO LIVE MUSIC

AND FOR THE AUDIENCE, DANCERS AND MUSICIANS TO ALL FEEL

THE SAME VIBRATIONS AT THE SAME TIME.

IT’S HEALING. IT’S UNIFYING. IT’S EXCITING.

The Resource

The Resource


CMATO is proud to present The Resource - a movement and sound collective - live performance in the museum main gallery.

CMATO Members Free

Non-Members Suggested Donation $10

Two Performances:

12:00PM - 12:30PM

3:00PM - 3:30PM

About the piece:

The ocean is represented by a woman and the moon by a man. They are moving to the sound of ocean waves which are in fact, a recording of the breath of the woman representing the ocean. The piece does not define the relationship between the man and the woman as the viewer may find a myriad of possibilities throughout the performance. Each are powerful and both are willing to push and pull. To be strong and vulnerable. There is a discovery of relationship to self, relationship to other, and relationship to nature. The relationship is not defined because the viewer creates their own story of what relationship they see. This is parallel to life: we cannot be told how to treat nature, we must discover and decide for ourselves to create our own relationship with nature. There is a give and take, an exploration of closeness and awayness and discoveries of support available. There is loss and return, joy and sadness. There is an inherent dynamic between strength and vulnerability as the two move into and away from each other as the Ocean and the Moon. 

About The Resource:

The Resource is a collaborative live music and dance company started by dancer and choreographer, Nathalie Wutkee. The inspiration for starting the company was a need to create combined with a desire to build a live music and movement experience that performers and audience members could share. The Resource creates their own sound and movement for all of their works and premiered with their evening length performance of EL-E-MEN-TAL in October 2017 at The Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks, California. The Resource hopes that viewers feel a sense of unifying excitement and an encouragement to spark their own creation.


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Family Program - Raptor Force
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Family Program - Raptor Force

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This is your opportunity to experience some of the most majestic birds of the natural world and to gain an insight into the historic art of falconry, the sport of Kings and Queens. To meet a hawk, owl, falcon and turkey vulture up close is a fascinating experience for children and adults. Participants will learn about falconry basics, about the habits of raptors and hear all about their personal stories.


CMATO Members: Free

Non-Members: $10

Children Free

Complements Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities exhibition


Nature of Wildworks

The Nature of Wildworks, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), was founded by Mollie Hogan in 1995 to bring to life her vision of providing interactive wildlife educational programs to enhance the public's understanding of nature and the environment while also ensuring lifetime quality care for non-releasable wild animals.

At our Wildlife Care and Education Center in Topanga, California, we provide a home for over 50 animals, mostly species native to California, who were either displaced from zoos, confiscated illegally owned "pets", or rescued orphaned or injured wildlife.

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Curator Led Walkthrough of "Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities"
Nov
17
3:00 PM15:00

Curator Led Walkthrough of "Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities"

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Kevin Sloan, Our Gentle Giant

Please join Lynn Farrand, Senior Curator at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) for a special guided tour of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities exhibition currently on view in the main gallery.

Learn more about Sloan’s allegorical realism, a term he has coined to refer to his use of objects and environments that are painted in a realistic way but because of the inclusion of unexpected elements, the narrative in the work takes on an allegorical quality.

Also, take a moment with Lynn to examine Sloan’s technique, his use of color and pattern, his composition, all geared to make us marvel at the wonder of the natural world which surrounds us.

CMATO Members: FREE

Non-Members: Included with General Admission

($6 suggested donation)

About Kevin Sloan:

Kevin Sloan is a Denver based painter whose work is characterized by a deep reverence for the natural world.  The often symbolic paintings are an ongoing inquiry into the relationship between the marvel of the natural world and the mundane and often blunt reality of the modern era.  
 
His work is found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona


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Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities
Nov
8
to Feb 17

Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities

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About the Artist

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Kevin Sloan is a Denver based painter working primarily with acrylic on canvas and occasionally drawings and paintings on paper.  

Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa his early interest in art was nurtured by student classes at the Des Moines Art Center and in particular by their Artist in Residence, Frank Limone.  It was clear upon high school graduation he would continue to study art in college.  

He received a BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art where he studied with Stephen Greene and Stanley Whitney. He continued his formal education at the University of Arizona studying with James G. Davis, where he received an MFA in Painting in 1984.

His curiosity and love of travel has led him to live and work in a wide variety of cities across the United States including San Francisco, New York City, New Orleans, Key West, FL and Santa Fe, NM.  All these locales have had a lasting impact on his practice.

Sloan’s work is characterized by a deep reverence for the natural world.  The often symbolic paintings are an ongoing inquiry into the relationship between the marvel of the natural world and the mundane and often blunt reality of the modern era.  More poetic than merely descriptive, the work moves between direct starkness and lush theatricality. Recurring paired themes are fragility and strength, wonder and sorrow, and loss and resiliency. 

In addition to his studio practice, he has been a visiting artist in residence at universities around the United States and occasionally teaches upper level painting classes in Denver.  He exhibits regularly in one-person and group exhibits around the country.  

His work is found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona,  Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona.

 

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POWER:  A Performance and Experiential Workshop with artist Michele Benzamin-Miki
Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

POWER: A Performance and Experiential Workshop with artist Michele Benzamin-Miki

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Michele will take in hand her Japanese sword and paintbrush in a Performance piece that portrays in poetic movement, her creative process in her visual arts.  

In the workshop she will take you through some of the meditations she uses before she paints, and guide you through some visualizations in order to access and evoke your inner resources and power.

In these visualizations you will create your own imaginary sword and paintbrush, to help you cut through any obstacles in your creative process and life, and then paint a bright new and colorful picture for you to step into.  

There will be a Q&A afterwards.

$25  CMATO Members

$35 Non-Members

RSVP at info@cmato.org or

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Michele is a visual and performance artist whose work is exhibited internationally. She integrates her art into her healing and personal transformation work, and has inspired and changed the lives of thousands of her students and clients by helping them utilize the power of their imagination. She has worked with conscious entrepreneurs, front line activists, gifted artists and visionaries of all kinds who are passionate about their work and have a strong desire to create positive impact in their communities and in the world.

She is one the world’s highest ranking women in the martial arts of Aikido and Iaido Sword, and teaches both in the US and Japan. She has facilitated non-violence and diversity trainings, meditation, mindfulness, and creativity; for organizations, schools, within the prison system, and on reservations;  for three decades. She has left a legacy of continued programs and education in those places.

She has led transformational workshops, retreats, and trainings for over three decades internationally, and has a background in monastic training. She has taught and practiced hypnosis and NLP for twenty-five years. 

As someone of mixed Japanese and European heritage, she passionately believes that we can come into our beauty and power by thinking outside all the boxes that we have been squeezed into; and that authentic self-expression means crossing all the imaginary borders, to integrate every aspect of your life.

Michele with her partner Caitriona Reed are co-founders of Five Changes as well as co-creators and stewards of the land at Manzanita Village Retreat.

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CMATO Council Speaker Series - POWER and ART
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

CMATO Council Speaker Series - POWER and ART

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The CMATO Council Speaker Series - Enjoying Art - Entertaining and informative presentations for all -  Novice to Knowledgeable with Rich Reitzell, an art enthusiast, avid collector, and author of From a Versatile Brush the Life and Art of Jean Mannheim. He is a member of the CMATO Board of Directors.

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POWER and ART

A companion to the current museum exhibition, POWER, the talk will focus on the intersection of art and power, including examples of the power of art.

"Art and power- two words that don’t seem to naturally fit together. Power conveys a sense of influence, drama, action, and suggests a variety of intense images - the roar of rocket, waves crashing against a rocky shoreline, lightning piercing a night sky, or even the smooth muscular strides of horse racing’s recent  Triple Crown champion Justified charging down the home stretch.

In contrast, for many of us, art conjures images of contemplation in a quiet museum, a flurried paint pattern of a contemporary work, or beautiful landscapes dappled with soft pastel tones that comfortably immerse us into a relaxing place or moment. And yet, throughout the annals of time and history two threads are continually evident- the power and impact of the written word and the visual image. "

 

Lecturer: Rich Reitzell

 

Location: CMATO Museum

 

Fee:  $10 Non-Member, Free for Members

 

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Michael Pearce on Art & Power
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Michael Pearce on Art & Power

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Just Announced!

Special Talk with Artist Michael Pearce on Art & Power.

Michael Pearce is a British figurative painter known for his large allegorical narratives that use symbolism and renaissance philosophy as as starting point. He is a professor at California Lutheran University, and is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence", a remarkable book about the aesthetics of representational art in the emergent age.

CMATO is delighted that Michael Pearce will be sharing extracts from his upcoming book on Art & Power with our community.

Free Event for CMATO Members

$10 for Non-Members

 

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CMATO Council Proudly Presents: Brillig Manor Tour & Reception with Artist Darlene Graeser
Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

CMATO Council Proudly Presents: Brillig Manor Tour & Reception with Artist Darlene Graeser

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CMATO Council Proudly Presents:

Brillig Manor Tour & Reception with Artist Darlene Graeser

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Reserve Space By August 7, 2018

Join the CMATO Council for a fantastical tour of one of the most unique homes in Thousand Oaks - Brillig Manor. The home, named after Alice in Wonderland’s whimsical “Jabberwocky” poem, overflows with bold, playful symbolic works that delight. Reception follows tour with artist Darlene Graeser.

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$35 per person (CMATO Member)

  • $45 per person (Non-Member)

Address & More Information Will Be Emailed To You Before Event.

To Reserve Space By Phone or For More Information:

805-405-5240

info@cmato.org

 

About CMATO Council

The CMATO Council is a substantial fundraising arm for the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks. Volunteers (Council Members) are dedicated to helping the museum fulfill its mission to engage, educate, inspire, and elevate the human spirit through palette of Art.

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To learn more about the Council please contact:

Ricki Mikkelsen, Chair

info@cmato.org

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Artist Talk: Michele Benzamin-Miki
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk: Michele Benzamin-Miki

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Arc , Graphite and Sumi Ink on Paper, 2016  - Michele Benzamin-Miki  ,  CMATO's Featured Artist

Arc, Graphite and Sumi Ink on Paper, 2016

-Michele Benzamin-Miki, CMATO's Featured Artist

Meet Michele Benzamin-Miki and learn more about her work and perspective on what's powerful today.

Talk takes place inside exhibition gallery featuring Benzamin-Miki's award winning works.  Complimentary admission. Refreshments provided.

RSVP:  info@cmato.org

 

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What's powerful today?  

I believe power can be misused when it becomes power over others, even if benevolent. What I choose to view as true power is when it is a power with others, empowering, and bringing out the best in oneself and others; then we can get outside of our structures of power, social, economic, political, religious and so on, in order to create systems that are flexible, changing to what is useful for the times, and appropriate to whom it serves.

Each individual is powerful. Power ultimately is a capacity within us, a seed if you will, that awaits growth and expansion of our capacity to meet our lives and the challenges and obstacles of any situation with grace, ease and solutions. Most often these very difficult events of our life bring forth this capacity. When conditions are right or choices are made available to us, individuals can turn an external challenge around, whether it is environmental, social, political, and so on. I believe these structural systems do not have lasting power. 

ABOUT MICHELLE BENZAMIN-MIKI

Michelle's  art is  an intersection between East and West, Realism and Abstraction, reflecting her Japanese and North American heritage. She uses large calligraphic brushes with sumi inks on paper, moving from ‘point zero’ of inner stillness towards an expansive awareness, before or during the  creative process. Michelle  teaches  the non-violent martial arts of Aikido and Iaido Sword, in which she holds two fifth-degree and one sixth-degree black-belt ranking.  She is the Co-founder of Five Changes and Manzanita Village Retreat Center near Warner Springs, in  Southern California, where her studio is located, and where she works with clients and leads retreats.

Elevation  ,   Graphite and Sumi Ink on Paper, 2016  - Michele Benzamin-Miki,  CMATO's Featured Artist

Elevation,  Graphite and Sumi Ink on Paper, 2016

-Michele Benzamin-Miki, CMATO's Featured Artist

Selection of  Galleries and Awards

  • Solo Exhibition at Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vegas NV
  • Hammer Museum, Westwood, CA
  • Sunset Boulevard Billboard Display, Los Angeles CA
  • Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale CA.
  • TAG Gallery, Santa Monica CA
  • Grey McGear Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Monica CA
  • Studio Channel Islands Black-box Gallery, Camarillo CA
  • Hud/Dab Gallery CA
  • MD Gallery, Los Angeles CA
  • Arc Gallery, San Francisco CA
  • Soma Arts Institute,  San Francisco CA.
  • Noel Baza Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego CA
  • Solo show at Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles CA
  • Soho Gallery, Studio City CA
  • Lark Gallery Online Gallery, co-ordinating with several group shows Los Angeles CA
  • Jarvis Center, New York
  • Awards for Best in show, first prize, and  honorable mentions at shows curated by Laddie Dill John, Jim Morphesis, Kent Twichell, Peter Mays.
  • California Legislature Assembly, Certification of Recognition for my art – 43rd Assembly district Mike Gatto.
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