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

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

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

32 Degrees Latitude: Landscapes International Juried Art Exhibition

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

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

Mass Appeal: The Art of Corita Kent

One of California’s greatest political artists is having a resurgence. Corita Kent, best known for her iconic Love stamp was able to combine a passion for social justice with a Pop art aesthetic to great effect. In CMATO’s exhibition, Mass Appeal: The Art of Corita Kent, museum visitors will have the chance to examine Kent’s political posters, her commercially successful Love prints, and her spiritual message of rejoicing in the everyday.

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

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

Jack is Back! Balancing Act Paintings By Jack Reilly

Thousand Oaks. “My personal investigation into life deals with the human condition of trying to find a sense of balance that seems to exist between polar extremes – that the human condition is to attempt to find a sense of balance between these polarities -this balance is a metaphor of life.” – Jack Reilly, speaking about his art.

Jack Reilly (b. 1950 -), widely recognized as a trailblazer in the Abstract Illusion Movement, a style where paintings ‘bend the eye’ to achieve three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional surface, returns to Southern California for a concise but stirring re-evaluation of his artistic production.

CMATO Presents Tony Clark and His Magical Odyssey

Sleight of hand, mind reading and comedy magic plus original art is featured in “Tony Clark and his Magical Odyssey” presented by the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks on July 22, 23, and 24, 2016.

Growing up in Stamford, Connecticut, Tony Clark was 6 years old when he saw a magician on TV who sparked his interest. Later, a television commercial for magic cards led to his first purchase of a magic trick and his fascination into the world of magic. Stamford, according to Clark, was a very quiet place to grow up, so he went to the library and checked out books on magic, ten at a time. He says that he had some trouble reading, but magic gave him a reason to read.

CMATO Announces New Board Officers

Thousand Oaks, CA – The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, a non-profit organization that is committed to serving a diverse audience through the exhibition, interpretation, and exploration of the fine and design arts, has selected new Board of Director officers for 2016-2017.

Van Gogh: The Man and the Myth

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

Ms. Ormond received her Masters in Paintings Conservation from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, United Kingdom, and after working in several art institutions, she worked at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam where she researched and conserved paintings by Van Gogh as well as his Dutch and French contemporaries, such as Émile Bernard and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Ms. Ormond also worked as a painting conservator at the Kröller–Müller Museum in the Netherlands, that she says may have the best collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world.

Illuminating the Past

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

Sylvana Barrett will lead a hands-on demonstration on the art and production of illuminated manuscripts. Barrett will share information about how semi- precious stones are ground finely into powders, how natural earth pigments, gossamer leaves of hammered gold and silver were and are continued to be used to create illuminated manuscripts and other works of art. A frequent museum lecturer and workshop leader she has made it a personal mission to share this knowledge and these beautiful materials with artists and art lovers alike.

CAMTO Speaker Series Present Andy Warhol: Life and Legends with Michael Zakian

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Speaker Series Presents “Andy Warhol: Life and Legends” with guest speaker Michael Zakian, on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts Community Room.
Andy Warhol was unquestionably one of the artistic giants of the twentieth century and the leading figure of the Pop Art Movement of the 1960s. His work revolutionized contemporary culture by exploring connections between advertising, celebrity and fine art.

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