| 2017 Artist Spotlight Artists
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| April 30 - Mikael Erik Jorgensen, Musician.
Mikael Jorgensen is lead pianist and keyboardist for the alternative rock band Wilco. His father, a recording engineer, frequently took Mikael with him to recording studios where his passion for music and its production was born. His wide-ranging education included studies in fine arts, video, electronics and computer science provides him an extraordinary base for his work as a master of modern-digital and retro-analog production. Mikael joined Wilco in 2002 to perform real-time sound manipulations. He gradually moved onto the stage itself, manning his laptop as well as taking on more and more keyboard duties. Wilco’s numerous industry awards include seven Grammy Nominations; winning two for the 2005 release, A Ghost is Born. Mikael is married to artist Cassandra C. Jones who was extensively documented by FOTM in 2008. For more information: www.MikaelJorgensen.com
Sponsored by: Paula Spellman
AfterGLOW Host: Olga Jones
|May 28 - Kent Twitchell, Muralist.
Kent Twitchell is an American muralist who is most famous for his realistic multi storied mural portraits such as Steve McQueen Monument, the five-story Bride & Groom, and Freeway Lady. Several of his murals have been marred beyond recognition by graffiti or intentionally obliterated with some having been restored by the LA Mural Conservatory. Of his career, Kent remarks: "Art is who I am. Everything I’ve ever done has been who I am. I didn’t do what was fashionable; I did what mattered to me." Kent Twitchell studied art at East Los Angeles College, California State University, Los Angeles, and the Otis College of Art & Design where he earned his MFA in 1977. For more information:www.KentTwitchell.org
Sponsored by: Meg and Jim Easton
AfterGLOW Host: Roxie Ray and Christine Beirne
| June 25 - Khaled Al Awar, Gallerist.
A 1970 emigrant from Lebanon, Al Awar moved to Ojai in 1982 from Chicago with his wife, Sheryl and established The Primavera Gallery which features international and local artists, both individually and in group shows. He focuses on emerging as well as long-established artists working in a variety of mediums including, paint, glass, wood and ceramics. Says Al Awar: "There is an amazing transformation that happens to people when they walk in and see the art." His dedication to the arts and devotion to community has earned Al Awar a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts from the City of Ojai. For more information: www.PrimaveraFineArt.com
Sponsored by: Paula Spellman
AfterGLOW Host: Paul Spellman and the Old Broads Catering Co.
|| July 30 - Porfirio Gutierrez, Weaver.
Porfirio Gutierrez, an artist steeped in the weaving traditions of the Zapotec people of Oaxaca, Mexico, divides his time between that region, where his family lives, and Ventura, where he has a studio in the Bell Arts complex. Employing methods long used by weavers in Oaxaca and materials prepared by family members, he weaves rugs and tapestries in both traditional and contemporary designs. Soft-spoken yet intense, his dedication to preserving this ancient art form has given him national recognition. He was one of four artists selected by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian for the 2016 Artist Leadership Program. For more information: www.PorfirioGutierrez.com
Sponsored by: Michael Rohde
AfterGLOW Host: Terri Willison
| August 27 - Margaret Nielsen, Painter.
Canadian born, Margaret earned a Fine Arts degree from Cal Arts and a Masters in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. Says Margaret: "The idea of a collective unconscious, that we’re all connected in a spiritual way, was fascinating to me, and still is." Margaret paints and produces art in various media; her work ranges from small narrative fragments to more expansive scenes inspired by the Hudson River School. For more information: www.MargaretNielsen.net
Sponsored by: Joyce and Ted Lombard
AfterGLOW Host: Open
|| September 24 - Lynn Hanson, Painter.
Says Lynn: "All of my work emanates from my constant attention and visceral connection to the natural world." Solo exhibitions include Santa Monica Museum of Art, PYO Gallery (LA and Seoul, Korea), and Lora Schlesinger (Santa Monica) where a solo exhibit opens April 22, 2017. She has described herself as the little girl from Minnesota who still brings home salamanders and bird’s nests only now she renders those objects in exquisite drawings. Lynn’s work reflects time not just spent in the environment but absorbed into it. For more information:www.LynnHanson.com
Sponsored by: John and Cherie Brant
AfterGLOW Host: Virginia Furmanski
|October 29 - Carol Shaw Sutton, Fiber/Installation Artist.
Carol Shaw-Sutton's artwork has been called “visually poetic” and is filled with clues that offer the viewer multiple stories. It is highly original and eloquent, taking the viewer with her to “an unknown land that somehow feels like home” comments writer Betty Park. She has exhibited her work in museums in the United States and internationally since the 1970's. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Endowment of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships. Carol Shaw-Sutton is a Professor of Art at California State University Long Beach and is a member of the Ojai Studio Artists who open their studios the second weekend in October annually. For more information: www.CarolShawSutton.com
Sponsored by: Richard & Yvette Franklin
AfterGLOW Host: Karen Hoffberg
|Past 2017 Interviews|
|Feb. 19 - Jane Mulfinger,
Using site-specific installations, performance and sculpture, Jane Mulfinger offers commentary on the human condition. Of her work Jane says: I act as archivist and archaeologist, an analyst of object hood, transforming clothing, tools, household goods, texts …into closely observed installations, public interactions and discrete objects. She calls herself an interloper whose work at times may actually hinder our understanding but compels us to search further for truth. Jane graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Studio Art with Honors, and earned her MA in Sculpture with Distinction, from the Royal College of Art in London. She is a Professor of Spatial Studies/Sculpture at UCSB. Her work has been critically acclaimed and widely exhibited both in the United States and Europe. In 2000, Wish You Were Here, (Perimeter Exam) was installed in the former women’s jail located on the top floor of Ventura’s City Hall.
Sponsored by: James & Mary Galbraith
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