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Donna Granata Interviews David Rivas

 May 13: James McCarthy, Wood Craftsman
Sponsored by Paula Spellman
Jim McCarthy creates fine furniture inspired by the California Arts and Crafts movement and Asian design. His works range from single pieces of furniture, to custom woodworking and cabinetry in historic homes, to light fixtures and musical instruments.  His distinctive style illustrates his love of wood by maximizing the color, texture and contrast of the materials.  Often collaborating with his wife, painter Christine Brennan (FOTM Alumna 2001), the two live in a home they built that serves as a constant source of inspiration.  McCarthy graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received training in antique restoration at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Along with furniture making and design, music has always been a great passion of Jim's. Attendees will have a special opportunity to see him with noted cellist Virginia Kron (FOTM Alumna 2010) perform one of Jim’s original compositions from his 2012 CD release, "Music Cabinet".  For more information visit:

Listen to "Lars Leaves Home" by Jim McCarthy


Join us for a celebratory supper immediately following the interview at the Ojai home and studio of James McCarthy and Christine Brennan. Maps will be given to paid guests at the interview. The AfterGLOW dinner is $20 for FOTM members, $30 for non-members. Seating is extremely limited.  Paid reservations are required prior to May 9. Catering will be provided by Lorraine Lim Catering, funded by Jim & Meg Easton, Jim & Mary Galbraith and Paula Spellman.

The Comedy Club/Ventura Harbor Village
1559 Spinnaker Dr., Ste 225, Ventura, CA
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Audience members MUST arrive by 5:30

2014 Documentation and Artist Spotlight Interviews

June 10: Richard Flores, Ceramist
Flores is skilled in both two and three-dimensional fine art. He has worked with ceramist Beatrice Wood and performed numerous Hot Glass workshops with Richard Marquis and William Davis. His work challenges the basic and passionate connection he feels with the world and everyone in it while adventurously exploring the infinite possibilities of form, color, and texture. He is presently the three-dimensional studio arts professor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, instructing courses in all levels of ceramics, sculpture, glass and 3-D design.
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September 9: Susan Tibbles, Assemblage Artist, Illustrator
A fine artist and illustrator with a unique and challenging view of the world, Tibbles works in mixed media assemblage using found and fabricated objects in an idiosyncratic and imaginative way. She moves fluidly between sculptural and constructional formats and her images often involve composition structures more closely linked with works on canvas or paper. Tibbles has created illustrations for prestigious publications including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post among others. Her exhibition history includes the Riverside Art Museum, the Museum of Tolerance and the Craft and Folk Art Museum, both in Los Angeles, and locally, at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard. Tibbles’s work is represented in numerous prominent collections across the United States.
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October 14: Billie Milam Weisman, Curator, Philanthropist, Art Conservator
As the curator for the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Billie has spent more than thirty years overseeing a large collection of 20th-century art. Together with her late husband Frederick, they created a unique environment located within their Mediterranean-style villa in Beverly Hills. The foundation displays more than four hundred pieces of art, including European Modernists such as Cezanne, Picasso, Kandisky as well as contemporary work by internationally respected American artists including, Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode and FOTM Alum Gary Lang. Under the direction of Billie, the Foundation continues to make the collection available through loans to museums, docent tours, exhibitions in public-art venues, and the funding of several art museums.
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November 11: Joanne Julian, Painter
An artist who has studied and traveled extensively in Asia, she was described by Robert McDonald, past senior curator of the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, as having “developed a reductive style," which many critics think of as “a Zen quality in her work.” Julian has mounted 20 solo exhibitions and over 60 group exhibitions nationally. Critical reviews, essays and reproductions of her works have been published in many newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Artweek, and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
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February 11: Tracy Lee Stum, Streetpainter
Internationally recognized American chalk artist and streetpainter who specializes in spectacular, interactive 3D chalk art street paintings. A visionary and master in the chalk art world, Tracy’s 3D images continue to inspire and amaze viewers around the globe. Tracy is considered by her peers as one of the finest street painters today and currently holds a Guinness World Record for the largest streetpainting by an individual. Tracy’s work has been featured in numerous publications including ‘3D Street Art’, by Birgit Krols, Tectum Publishing, 2010.
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March 11: Frank Romero, Painter, Muralist
Sponsored by The Collection at RiverPark
As a pioneering figure in the rise of the Chicano Art Movement, Frank Romero is best known as a muralist but now spends most of artistic energy in his studio practice.  In the early 1970s, during the height of the Chicano civil rights movement, Romero gained recognition as one the founders of Los Four, an influential Chicano art collective that included Frank Romero, Carlos Almaraz, Gilbert Lujan and Roberto de la Rocha.  In 1974, Los Four were featured in a landmark exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  This exhibit was a critical endorsement of Chicano Art as a unique movement in the history of American art.  Romero’s solo work has been shown extensively throughout the world and is featured in many prestigious collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Cheech Marin Collection and the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard to name a few.  Locally, Frank Romero’s work is on permanent display at The Collection at RiverPark, in Oxnard.  Frank Romero’s work will be on display at the Vita Art Center, 432 N. Ventura Ave. March 7 – 31, 2014, with a reception March 7 from 6-9 p.m.
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April 8: David Rivas, Photographer and Sculptor
Sponsored by Don Taylor & Tracy Long
It’s tempting to say that David Rivas, photographer/metal sculptor/ former boiler operator, sees beauty where others see trash. What this talented artist really does is let us, the viewers discover the often-missed magic around us. Or perhaps he is an alchemist, turning dross into gold. He does this by isolating a portion of a graffiti-covered wall or taking scraps from industrial waste piles, rearranging and shifting perspectives. Influenced by Ventura College photography instructors Steve Moulton and Bill Hendricks, David learned to break some rules, to turn away from the obvious shot, to concentrate on unexpected visions in everyday life. His sculptures are made from high grade aircraft titanium made from the flash remaining from the forging process. Both elegant and often kinetic Rivas’s sculptures range from small and intimate to monumental sight specific installations. His work is in prominent public and private collections, including the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard and the Museum of Ventura County. David’s work is currently on display at The Museum of Ventura County and the Red Brick Gallery in Ventura with an Artist Reception for David at the Red Brick Gallery April 12th from 5-7 p.m. To learn more about David Rivas please visit: See a short documentary about Rivas by Josh Harmon and Ryan Kholer broadcast on PBS station KCET Los Angeles.