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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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.

-continue reading here


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

A Year with Betty Gold - Private Screening

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A Year with Betty Gold follows LA based abstract artist Betty Gold, a former Miss. Texas who went on to blaze a trail for female artists, especially in the field of large scale sculpture. The film chronicles her incredible life as she shares her insights on love and life while pulling back the curtain on the struggles of a contemporary artist.

CMATO Members: Free

Non-Members: $10

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

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

Rich Reitzell on California Impressionism

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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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PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon

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Kevin Sloan, 96 Springs

PETER

By Steve Braff

 Flames he cannot see

but by feel knows

their waxen warmth

rooting—these light burdens

borne with ambling gate

yet all stand still

in wet-gray’s dawning.

 

And so the beginning

of this burning

down.

-continue reading here


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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PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon

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Kevin Sloan, An Accidental Tourist

Accidental Tourist By Jennifer Kelley

 He’s so concentrated on precarious balance,

so hunched and preoccupied, like some batman villain,

that, at first, he doesn’t notice that it’s out of place:

the orange among the dunes.

 His first instinct is to pick it up, to peck past that careful skin

and set the juices free,

but none of that can be done without toppling everything.

-continue reading here


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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RISK et al: Suburbs Edition
Apr
11
to Sep 1

RISK et al: Suburbs Edition

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About RISK:

Kelly Graval, the multi-talented Fine Artist, Illustrator, and Graffiti artist known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend.  A Thousand Oaks citizen, Gravel is committed to helping CMATO become part of the social fabric of the Conejo Valley region.

The goal of this exhibition is to re-examine mark making in the modern era.  The exhibition will feature collaborations with other legends of this art form as they transform the museum to a work of art. The exhibition will feature installations, infinity experiences, and framed work that confronts the commerciality of popular culture.

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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

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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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

 

CMATO - A Place Where Ideas Are Shared and People Connect. Be Connected and join the museum today at cmato.org

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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.

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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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POWER Exhibition Opening
Jul
12
4:00 PM16:00

POWER Exhibition Opening

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Arc, Graphite and Sumi Ink on Paper, 2016

-MICHELE BENZAMIN-MIK, CMATO's Featured Artist

THE THEME FOR OUR 2ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL JURIED ART OPEN CALL IS POWER.

ARTISTS WERE ASKED TO APPROACH THIS THEME IN A CRITICAL WAY IN RELATION TO THEIR OWN PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT'S POWERFUL TODAY.

Featuring:

Michele Benzamin-Mik, Featured Artist

Douglas Turner, Contributing Artist

Luciana Abait, Contributing Artist

David Weed, Honorable Mention

 

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Pop Up Art Festival - Cortia Kent at The Oaks

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Totally Free Event (thanks City of Thousand Oaks)

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In collaboration with the Corita Art Center and CSUCI, CMATO will be presenting a one day Pop Up exhibition featuring Corita Kent's works.

Thanks to CSUCI, we will have a screen printing activity, where guests will be able to screen print on a tote bag which they can take away for free!  This will from 12PM - 3PM.

At 1:30PM, we will be having a Happening and we will also be giving away "Happening" bags to guests that stop by.

Finally, since Corita's 100th birthday is in November, the Corita Art Center has offered for us to be part of a regional art project celebrating her life. It's a simple cardboard activity, but it's so cool that we can be part of her celebration.

Also, we decided get Corita merchandise - posters, t-shirts and a few tote bags available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the museum and Corita Art Center.

 

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NeuroDrumming 7-Week Series
May
15
to Jun 25

NeuroDrumming 7-Week Series

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California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks proudly presents NeuroDrumming-Yoga for the Brain, 7-week series. NeuroDrumming's unique classes focus on musical training and brain fitness strategies, coupled with a creative and progressive approach to the artful use of afro-rock music. Learn how to improve memory, boost brain power, and fuel your own happiness! If you’re new to NeuroDrumming, you’ll immediately know you’ve found something special.  Here’s your chance to have extraordinary improve your health while having F-U-N!

ADULT GROUP CLASSES | 7 WEEK SERIES

Beginner- LEVEL 1

New to NeuroDrumming? Looking to review the basics and deepen your practice? This is the class for you! Level 1 is an excellent class for those new to NeuroDrumming and those that are looking to re-examine their technique. In this class, we will introduce fundamentals, breath work, Rhythmic Mantras, World-beat and Afro-Rock grooves. Learn proper rudiments for your hands, build a strong foundation and further your drumming practice in a safe, grounded and supportive space. Find the center, rediscover positivity and embrace the drummer’s path.

No musical experience necessary. All instruments provided. If you have heartbeat you have rhythm. Class are 1 hr. per week | 7 weeks | $129

All instruments provided. 10 % discount for CMATO members, students and seniors 65+ Space is limited. Register Today! www.NEURODRUMMING.com

Pamela Lynn-Seraphine is a world percussionist, author, brain fitness coach and creator of NeuroDrumming- Yoga For The Brain. She is a visionary pioneer in the field of rhythmic brain training for healthy aging. Her twenty plus years’ experience in world drumming and studies in psychology and neuroscience led her to integrate her teachings with scientific findings into multi-sensory brain fitness programs.

Pamela earned a B.A. & M.S. in Psychology (Magna cum laude) with a concentration in Sports Psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. She is a Certified Brain Fitness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and active board member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Scholarly Research Committee. Pamela is the author of The Drummer’s Manifesto: Empowering Your Musical Brain for Optimal Health and is dedicated to bringing the art and science of drumming to the forefront of healthy aging interventions.

“Pamela Lynn-Seraphine is a transformational innovator that is preparing us for the 21st century of music entrainment. To be involved with her is to step into your soul and begin a path of discovery."  -Dom Famularo, Drumming's Global Ambassador"

 

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Mother's Day Gifts - From Your Best Friend
May
6
10:00 AM10:00

Mother's Day Gifts - From Your Best Friend

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What us dog lovers really want for Mother's Day!

An Artwork from our Best Friend!

Unleash your dog's inner Pawcasso with this unique art experience at the Museum with this fun Paw Prints Activity.

Each dog will paint their own masterpiece for you to take home and cherish.

Members Free

Suggested Donation for Non-Members:  $5

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NEURODRUMMING-YOGA FOR THE BRAIN
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

NEURODRUMMING-YOGA FOR THE BRAIN

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Make Your Life a Living Piece of Art! California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks proudly presents NeuroDrumming-Yoga for the Brain, 1.5 hr Workshop.

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Here’s your chance to have extraordinary F-U-N while developing a healthy brain, body and spirit. You will learn science-based methods of rhythmic brain fitness training to boost brain power, increase mental clarity, reduce stress, and fuel your happiness! A healthy brain creates more opportunities for success in every aspect of life.  No previous musical experience necessary. If you have heartbeat you have rhythm. All instruments provided. 10 % discount for CMATO members, students and seniors 65+ Space is limited. TICKETS $35 Register Today!

 

Pamela Lynn-Seraphine is a world percussionist, author, brain fitness coach and creator of NeuroDrumming- Yoga For The Brain. She is a visionary pioneer in the field of rhythmic brain training for healthy aging. Her twenty plus years’ experience in world drumming and studies in psychology and neuroscience led her to integrate her teachings with scientific findings into multi-sensory brain fitness programs.

Pamela earned a B.A. & M.S. in Psychology (Magna cum laude) with a concentration in Sports Psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. She is a Certified Brain Fitness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and active board member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Scholarly Research Committee. Pamela is the author of The Drummer’s Manifesto: Empowering Your Musical Brain for Optimal Health and is dedicated to bringing the art and science of drumming to the forefront of healthy aging interventions.

“Pamela Lynn-Seraphine is a transformational innovator that is preparing us for the 21st century of music entrainment. To be involved with her is to step into your soul and begin a path of discovery."  -Dom Famularo, Drumming's Global Ambassador"

 

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CANDIDE!  A CMATO Council Special Event
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

CANDIDE! A CMATO Council Special Event

You are cordially invited to spend the afternoon with your CMATO friends enjoying Conejo Players Theater exclusive performance of CANDIDE.

As our former chairman of the board (Dick Johnson) is the director of this production, we have the unique opportunity to provide our CMATO members and friends an exclusive performance of Candide and a special after-show backstage reception and Silent Auction with the ensemble. Thank You Conejo Players!

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The CMATO Board and Council, a group of dedicated volunteers, are sponsoring the event.

Come join in the fun and commemorate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. Another great CMATO Council event where we get to spend the afternoon together, experiencing great art and appreciating Voltaire's wit.

About CMATO:

The Museum's mission is to engage, educate, inspire, and elevate the human spirit through palette of Art.

$50 Ticket ($30 is tax-deductible - Thank You

 

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Panel Discussion with New Media Artists
Jan
20
3:30 PM15:30

Panel Discussion with New Media Artists

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Admission Free

 

Recommended for Mature Audiences

CMATO's goal is to introduce the community to prominent contemporary artists working in diverse mediums.

Strings: Data and the Self, is the West Coast premiere exhibition of groundbreaking new media artists that challenge “traditional” notions of art making.

The artists in the exhibition are known in Paris, London, Chicago and Singapore but are not usually seen in this beautiful hamlet of Thousand Oaks. We have curators Joel Kuennen and Riccardo Zagorodnev to thank for bringing these gifted artists to CMATO. 

Featuring:

Branger_Briz is a full service digital agency and lab made up of artists, strategists, educators and programmers bent on articulating contemporary culture.  Based in Miami FL, Chicago IL, and Cali, Colombia, they create work that provides context and perspective on the misunderstood aspects of the digital landscape.

Amanda Turner Pohan received her BFA from The School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Hunter College. Pohan is currently working on The Linqox Criss Cycle, a five-part series of installations detailing the journey of Second Lifeavatar Linqox Criss as she slips between digital and physical embodiment.

Jennifer Chan is a Canadian video and media artist and curator based in Toronto. Her work addresses internet pop culture, specifically the representation of masculinity and the various constructions of femininity under the male gaze.

Shawné Michaelain Holloway  is a Chicago based new media artist using sound, video, and performance to shape the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power.

Moderated by Joel Kuennen, ArtSlant Senior Editor

 

 

 

 

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Network Data Safari Workshop
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Network Data Safari Workshop

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Network Data Safari Workshop: Learn what Wifi actually is and how it works w/ Branger_Briz

 

(Nick Briz and Brannon Dorsey)

Branger_Briz will lead participants on a tour through the city visualizing all the invisible Wifi data floating all around us via a custom built network application. Participants will access the custom app on their smart-phones and use it to scan and analyze the data in different parts of the city. Branger_Briz will lead participants through a series of discussions and Wifi hacking demonstrations as well as explanations on basic privacy measures and practices that can be taken to limit your wireless footprint in the wild. The data collected during the safari will be brought back to the gallery at the end of the workshop and added to the ProbeKit installation.

The Wifi Data Safari is a digital literacy workshop developed to articulate a set of privacy concerns related to wireless networking by interactively demonstrating security risks and educating Internet users on how basic wireless networking works so they can better understand and appreciate these privacy concerns.

Recommended for 16+

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Strings: Data and the Self
Jan
19
to Apr 14

Strings: Data and the Self

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STRINGS: DATA AND THE SELF

Recommended for Mature Audiences


JANUARY 19 TO APRIL 15, 2018

Curated by Joel Kuennen & Riccardo Zagorodnev

OPENING RECEPTION

 JANUARY 19, 2018

6PM - 8PM  


California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks hosts the West Coast premiere exhibition of Strings: Data and the Self, featuring groundbreaking new media artists who challenge "traditional" notions of art making. Curators Joel Kuennen and Riccardo Zagorodnev have culled together works that examine the pervasiveness of big data and how it increasingly influences our identity and determines our behavior. The work presented in this exhibition -- from digital art to video game art and beyond -- is challenging, sophisticated and provides a perfect place in which to reflect and discuss how data affects who we are.


FEATURING:

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places. Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, the Centre Pompidou and PS1MOMA. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired.  She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a 2016 Creative Capital award grantee in the area of Emerging Fields. 

Branger_Briz is a full service digital agency and lab made up of artists, strategists, educators and programmers bent on articulating contemporary culture.  Based in Miami FL, Chicago IL, and Cali, Colombia, they create work that provides context and perspective on the misunderstood aspects of the digital landscape.

Amanda Turner Pohan received her BFA from The School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Hunter College. Pohan is currently working on The Linqox Criss Cycle, a five-part series of installations detailing the journey of Second Lifeavatar Linqox Criss as she slips between digital and physical embodiment. Each iteration manifests as scent, sculpture, sound, text, video and performance within a immersive environment. Through this project, Pohan asks, who is the avatar, where does her body begin and end, how does she thrive, what does she smell like.  

Jennifer Chan is a Canadian video and media artist and curator based in Toronto. Her work addresses internet pop culture, specifically the representation of masculinity and the various constructions of femininity under the male gaze. 

Shawné Michaelain Holloway  is a Chicago based new media artist using sound, video, and performance to shape the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power. She has spoken and exhibited work internationally in spaces like The New Museum (New York, NY), Sorbus Galleria(Helsinki, Fi), on NTS Radio (London, UK) and was one of the 2017 residents at The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA.) She teaches in the New Arts Journalism department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

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Pollock & Martinis
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Pollock & Martinis

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Join us for a cool night of action painting!

Art, Jazz  &  Martinis @ CMATO

for one night only

Picture this:

  • Canvas on the floor

  • Martini glass by your side

  • Jazz trio in the background

  • Hors d'oeuvres be passed around

Get your Pollock on and explore the art of action painting with your CMATO friends.

Art materials and drinks included in the $75 fee.

Questions?   Please email us at info@cmato.org

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Knitting & Crocheting Night at the Museum - Slow Art
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Knitting & Crocheting Night at the Museum - Slow Art

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Join us for a relaxing evening of knitting and crocheting - CMATO's take on Slow Art!

 We will be sharing the history of the art of hand works, providing lessons, giving some tips and display samples.

Everyone is welcome and no experience needed.

Refreshments will be served. 

Want to know more about the Slow Art Movement and Knitting?  Check out this NPR interview about Norway's Slow TV - Real Time Knitting

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Panel Discussion with "Exposed" Artists
Oct
14
1:30 PM13:30

Panel Discussion with "Exposed" Artists

Join us at the CMATO gallery for a panel discussion with exhibiting artists of our current photography exhibition, Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era? Admission is free, but space is limited. Reserve your spot today

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

Reservations available on Eventbrite

 

Participating 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.

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, 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.

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

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 versatility 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. 

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Sep
7
to Dec 9

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

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

This exhibition is part of Femmes Photo Fest in Thousand Oaks, California. 

The history of the male gaze is well documented in art through the mediums of paintings, sculpture, photography and film.  The focus of the female form, psyche, and identity has long been captured and admired through the male perspective. Although diverse and accepted, what of the female perspective? The post-suffragette female perspective had been admonished; historically trivialized due to the nature of our mental “delicacy” or lack of physical strength. Postmodernism grew the female opinion which has become a part of societal mainstream and intertwined in our artistic fabric. In cementing this new norm this exhibition seeks to expose the female perspective and the beauty that comes from the exploration through the female lens. Understanding this era is not the simplification of sex or gender, feminine or masculine, instead it is embracing the fluency of these labels. Our exhibiting artists at their core embody the essence of the of Post-Identify by illustrating their fluidity through the multi-spectrum of the lens

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Zen Pond Painting Workshop at CMATO
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Zen Pond Painting Workshop at CMATO

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Join us for a relaxing night at CMATO.

You will learn how to use acrylic technique to paint a Zen Pond while having some wine with friends.

No experience required. 

Art materials and wine included in the $35 fee.

Hope to see you there!

 

If you have any questions please contact claudiaborgesevents@gmail.com.

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CMATO Council Presents: LA Metro Art Tour
Aug
20
9:30 AM09:30

CMATO Council Presents: LA Metro Art Tour

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The Southern California art scene is alive and well and waiting for you to visit!  The CMATO day trips offer a stress-free journey to and from highly important and entertaining art venues.  

The ticket price  overs specific expenses of the scheduled destination and includes transportation, tasty refreshments while traveling, and admission.  

Organized by CMATO Council volunteers of the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, the day trips support the development of a world class regional art museum and are open to both CMATO members and nonmembers.

 

Bus loads at CMATO 9:30am

 Leaves 10:00am

Reserve your space by August 15

$55 for members • $65 for non-members

 

If you would like more information, please email us at

info@cmato.org

Metro Art Moves is a series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system. Regular tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes. Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts. 

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PAWS Event at CMATO
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

PAWS Event at CMATO

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CMATO Paws Event


Unleash your dog's inner Pawcasso with this unique art experience at the Museum with this fun Paw Prints Activity.

Each dog will paint their own masterpiece for you to take home and cherish.


CMATO Members: Free

Non-Members: $5 Donation Appreciated!

All Proceeds Benefit the Museum's Programs.


No Reservation Needed

Water and Treats Provided - All dogs on leash

Well Behaved Dogs Encouraged to Participate

 


Disclaimer:

We will be showcasing the best dog prints and photos of dogs and their owners on our social media accounts!


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Master Painting Series - The Art of Impasto - Van Gogh
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Master Painting Series - The Art of Impasto - Van Gogh

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Join us for yet another fun night at CMATO!

The Art of Impasto: Van Gogh

During the 2-hour painting workshop you will study and apply the techniques of the Vincent Van Gogh. 

Art materials are included in the admission fee.

Some painting background is required.

Hope to see you there!

$40 per person - includes all materials.

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