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An Evening with the inkspots - Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015
Sponsored by Mary & James Galbraith
AfterGLOW hosted by 643 A Project Space

: Elephant, linocut by Bay Hallowell Focus on the Masters kicks off its 2015-16 Artist Spotlight season on November 7 in the Screening Room of Brooks Institute in Ventura.  The Spotlight interview will feature the inkspots, a collective made up of area printmakers.  Founder Virginia Furmanski will be joined by Bay Hallowell and Inés Monguió in a panel discussion led by Dr. Judy Larson.   The inkspots were formed in 2007 by Virginia who explains that the group is greater than the sum of its parts.  “We take classes together.  We learn new techniques.”  
Not that the group marches in lock step.  Each artist’s work is as individual as the artist herself.  Their techniques include monotype, monoprint, drypoint etching, lithography, solarplate etching, woodcuts, linocuts and relief work.  
Bay Hallowell’s career includes education coordinator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.  Bay feels that everything she creates is “an experiment, a blend of careful deliberations and in-the-moment decisions.”  Inés Monguió, clinical neuropsychologist, states “the time spent in the creative process actually recharges me, even though my body may ache.”  Moderator Dr. Judy Larson, who is a printer herself, is the first holder of the R. Anthony Askew Chair in Art at Westmont College, where she directs the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art and teaches art history.  Please join us as we learn about the founding of this artist collective, the philosophy behind it and the processes involved in printmaking.  

Free to FOTM Members - $10 General public, $5 students and seniors.
RSVP for the Interview and/or the AfterGLOW (AfterGlow is
Sold Out, to put your name on the wait list, click)

Special AfterGLOW Fundraising Event -
Immediately following the interview guests will gather at 643 A Project Space for the AfterGLOW Fundraising Event.  Paid reservations are required for the AfterGLOW: $25 for FOTM members and $35 for non-members.   An exhibit of works by inkspots artists will run from November 6 through December 19 at 643 A Project Space.

The Brooks Institute
Screening Room

5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Audience members MUST
arrive by 5:30
RSVP - call 805.653.2501


Brooks Institute, Dennis Mitchell at I Capelli Salon, Passion Flowers,
Carla Cable at A Secret Place Salon and Day Spa,
Pulse One, Lovina Designs,  Peterson Graphics

2015 Documentation and Artist Spotlight Interviews

January 24 – Jordan Laby, Inventor, Philanthropist. 
Sponsored by Paula Spellman.
AfterGlow sponsored by Betsy Chess.

Jordan holds innumerable patents ranging from swimming-pool cleaners to anesthesia equipment that are testament to his creative genius.  The Polaris pool vacuum created a nest egg that allowed Jordan and his wife Sandra to establish the San Buenaventura Foundation for the Arts.  From a young age Jordan was drawn to the world of classical music.  He has never forgotten his love of music and he has never wavered in his desire to share his good fortune with others, to enrich the community and to capitalize on our community’s greatest asset:  its artists. 

February 28 – Richard Schloss, Landscape Painter.
Sponsored by Pat & Dave Herman
AfterGlow hosted by Mary & James Galbraith

California, with its every-changing seas and rugged mountains, has long attracted plein aire painters. A movement of landscape painters known as The Oak Group has done more than chronicle our state’s beauty; their works bring attention to the need for preservation of our open spaces.  Chief among these artists is Richard Schloss, a master of the genre who is known for his impressive treatment of light.  Richard earned his MFA in Fine Arts in 1979 and BA in Italian in 1981 from UC Santa Barbara.  He remained in Santa Barbara for many years before relocating to Marin County.  The Museum of Ventura County has at present an exhibition of Richard’s paintings that runs through March 22.  In its promotional material, the Museum writes:  His exceptional and dramatic treatment of light creates and captures a moment in time that evokes memories of an unspoiled California.  Additional work is on display at Tartaglia Fine Art, 307 E. Ojai Ave. #102, Ojai.  His paintings, now usually created on large canvases and in his studio, often reflect the deep shadows and ephemeral nature of mist and water-splashed coastlines.  Please join us as Donna Granata and Richard Schloss explore the life and art of this extraordinary painter.

For more information: visit

arch 28 -- Leslie Rinchen Wongmo, Textile Artist. 
red by Linda Carson & Michael Rohde
AfterGLOW hosted by Paula Spellman

When Leslie Freilich’s name was changed by a Tibetan lama to Rinchen-Wongmo it was not done to deny her past but rather to catalyze a spirituality that she had been seeking.  This Tibetan name means Precious Empowered Woman and reflects Leslie’s embrace of life and the philosophy of Buddhism.  She creates thangkas, vibrantly colored, meticulously sewn, sacred fabric scrolls that act as objects for meditation, for contemplation.  Creating a thangka (sounds like Tonka) involves techniques that are centuries old and a keen understanding of and appreciation for spiritual tradition.  Over the years Leslie’s style has morphed from creating very traditional scrolls to a more modern, personal style that evokes both the ancient art form and modern quilting techniques.  Whether ancient or modern, however, all of her art is infused with joy and serenity.  Leslie has combined this ancient, spiritual art form with modern technology to create what she calls a “virtual atelier,” where she teaches people around the world via cyber space.  Leslie says of her work:  “I love that the images I create with my hands have helped many very special people to become free of suffering.  I hope that in my small way I can open people’s hearts, that I can provide some stimulus or inspiration for their awakening.”  Leslie’s work is collected and exhibited world-wide.  Please join us. For more information: visit

April 25 --Yue Deng, Violinist
Sponsored by Deborah O'Brian
AfterGLOW hosted by Joe Sohm & Leslie Plimpton

Independent and passionate describe Yue Deng whose career as a concert violinist began when she was awarded First Prize in the National Violin Competition in China at the age of eight. She studied at Oberlin Conservatory and Juilliard. She has been a participant at the Music Academy of the West and the Henry Mancini Institute. As a recording artist, Yue has recorded with Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Diana Krall, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, among others. Yue has performed in the Carnegie, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Disney Concert Halls, and at Birdland. She has mentored individual students at many prestigious institutions and coached underprivileged young violinists in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. At present, she serves as Strings Instructor and Artist in Residence at Alberta University, Canada while continuing to perform and record. Jazz great Roger Kellaway arranged and wrote an album for her Both Sides Now. He comments: “Her musicianship is superb. Because of Yue’s charm, I fell in love with the violin.” To learn more about Yue, click here.
May 23 – Susan Cook, Painter.
Sponsored by Tracy Long & Don Taylor
AfterGLOW hosted by Christine & Kevin Beirne
Watch Over Me 48x48 oil on canvas

May23 -- Susan Cook, Painter
Sponsored by Tracy Long & Don Taylor
AfterGLOW hosted by Christine & Kevin Beirne

Susan Cook is a contemporary fine artist whose oil paintings are inspired by nature and an interest in experimenting with figuration, color and shapes. Initially, her paintings are quickly drawn, going through many color transformations with her signature brushwork, often destroying entire passages and repainting others to give focus. Josef Woodard wrote in his Los Angeles Times article that “her brusque brushwork leans away from details and edges of things, flirting with abstraction at times”. The effects of light are central in her work. As a young woman, Cook worked as a legal secretary before attending USC, majoring in physical therapy; however, she chose to postpone her studies to care for her family which included husband, Bob, and their two children. As a re-entry student at Ventura College, she developed a passion for painting working under such remarkable faculty as Hiroko Yoshimoto, Carlisle Cooper and Robert Moskowitz. She transferred to CSUCI and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2003. Cook is the proud recipient of many awards including the 2011 Mayor’s Art Award, Artist in the Community. She currently serves on the Standards Committee at SCIART, has served on the Public Art Commission for the City of Ventura and as board member for numerous local art organizations, including the Ventura Music Festival. Cook considers herself a young artist who has greatly benefitted from the rich art community in Ventura. Her paintings are currently on display at Fox Fine Jewelry in an exhibit entitled Pods. For more information:  visit

June 27 – Douglas Lochner , Sculptor.
Sponsored by Ted & Joyce Lombard
AfterGLOW hosted by Bruce & Patricia Kuebler

Doug LochnerOjai sculptor Douglas Lochner thus describes in true minimalist fashion the work he creates from metal, stone, wood, ceramics and, especially, glass.  In his hands, the inert materials come alive as in the series Trinity, on exhibit recently at the Ojai Valley Museum, where red glass flows over and is suspended from a forged iron hanger in such a way that a breeze creates delicate motion.  On a much larger scale, Doug has been selected to create a major sculpture, Wings of Honor, for the Santa Barbara Airport.  Doug’s career path has taken him from photography to advertising to electronics and software.  He now focuses his energy and talent on fine art and has found a wide audience for both public art installations and private commissions.   In 2014 his expertise in software combined with creative genius made possible “Stream,” a real time, fully interactive intelligent sculpture that must be seen to be believed.  In all of his various pursuits, passion for his work and a desire to push material limits create works that evidence mastery of industrial materials with an artistic sensibility.  You won’t want to miss this Artist Spotlight interview when Donna Granata will explore the many artistic talents of Doug Lochner.For more information visit

Donna Granata interviews Laddie John Dill

Special Night! Friday, July 24 – Laddie John Dill, Sculptor, 
Painter, Light & Space Artist
Sponsored by Richard & Yvette Franklin
AfterGLOW hosted by Greg & Denise Sanford

Red Tide" (detail)Sand, argon, neon, Floor piece, 240" x 240" x 36"Taking its place in the reception area of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation headquarters in Agoura Hills, Laddie John Dill's sculpture swoops and curls, reflects the light, and evokes the power and beauty of California surf.  The sculpture is both eye-catching and a perfect work of art in a building that is itself a work of art.  A Los Angeles native, Laddie graduated from Chouinard Art Institute and worked as an apprentice printer at Gemini G.E.L. in West Hollywood where he had the opportunity to work closely with Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichenstein, among others.  In a time noted for great experimentation and pushing boundaries, Laddie began working with non-traditional materials such as neon, wax and cement, always looking for the play of disparate objects working against and with each other. From his first solo show at Sonnabend Gallery in New York to a current exhibit at Pio Monte della Misericordia in Napoli, Italy, his sculptures have found their way to exhibits around the globe and in public and private collections.  He was awarded two Artists Fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.  Laddie may be the perfect subject for Archival documentation - he never throws anything anyway!  His art is seemingly full of energy, spontaneous and joyful as though something magical going on.
To learn more about Laddie John Dill visit: