|Artist Interviews with Donna Granata|
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
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|FREE to FOTM members|
|$10 general admission|
$5 students and seniors
(65 and older) with I.D.
BiJian Fan, Paper Sculptor
Sponsored by Richard and Yvette Franklin
BiJian Fan was born in Beijing, where he learned the art of paper folding and paper cutting from his grandmother. He channels his creative energy into contemporary forms of paper sculpture, integrating folding, cutting, and other techniques into his artistic expression. He explores the qualities and physical characteristics of paper, fabric, metal and other adaptable materials to construct a delicate sculpture. BiJian has exhibited his artworks at galleries, studios, and museums internationally and across the country.
For more information: www.BiJian.com
George Geyer, Sculptor.
Sponsored by John and Cherie Brant
“George Geyer’s sculpture toys with the mind,” explained the late distinguished museum director and educator Henry Hopkins. “What we know and what we see are two different things. Translating scientific knowledge of material strength to art, [Geyer] confuses our senses by making glass flow like water.” In his hands, stone, wood, glass and metal taunt and tease the limits of natural laws.Writing in Visions Magazine, David Helfrey described the work as an “exemplar of his process-oriented environmental site pieces…doomed to success.”
For more information: www.GeorgeGeyer.com
Katherine Chang Liu, Painter, Printmaker, Jurist.
Sponsored by Jim and Mary Galbraith
My work is like a map. Everything which goes in my mind that day sorts itself into some ideas. Working out those ideas, and consolidate them into something I feel rather urgent visually, then that’s what I paint that day. Katherine Chang Liu.
We welcome Katherine Chang Liu back to Focus on the Masters’ highly-acclaimed interview series. Katherine is an amazing combination of artist, teacher and jurist with a well-deserved reputation world-wide. Her paintings reflect a fusion of the traditions of China and the United States, science and art, collage and paint. The content of Liu’s paintings is both natural and abstract, expressing the balance and space of Chinese art and the freedom of American expression. The years following her 2002 FOTM interview have taken her to Europe and Asia. She has exhibited in Denmark, France, Italy, Finland, China and throughout the US. In 2012 Liu was the keynote artist at the Third Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary International Watermedia Masters in Nanjing, China. Her workshops are attended by students from throughout the world. Reserve your seat today for Donna Granata’s interview with an artist whose work is both elegant and eloquent, formal and personal.
For more information: http://ChiaroscuroSantaFe.com
Jackson Wheeler, Poet, Art Collector.
Sponsored by Patricia and David Herman.
Michael Dvortscak, Painter
Sponsored by Jim and Meg Easton
It is a painting that takes us out of ourselves to inhabit another viewer who has, in turn, engaged with a great master’s work within a museum. Welcome to Museum Suite, Michael Dvortcsak’s recent body of work scheduled to be displayed at Primavera Gallery in Ojai September 14 through October 14 with an opening reception September 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dvortcsak was first documented by FOTM in 2000. Thirteen years later we re-connect with this outstanding artist, to continue a dialog about the human condition and the ways in which art connects us to each other. These paintings allow us to witness museum-goers – some bored, some intrigued -- as they experience familiar masterworks. Subtle changes in posture reveal the psychological interplay between artist and observer, artist and subject. The paintings remind us that art is, at its core, a conversation between artist and viewer. Dvortcsak’s credentials include BA and MFA degrees from UCSB, where he also lectured and taught for several years. His works are in many private and public collections, including MOCA in Los Angeles, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and San Diego Museum of Art.
For more information: www.Dvortcsak.com
David Blackburn, Woodworker.
Sponsored by Tracy Long & Don Taylor.
In David Blackburn’s own words, “wood art is the tree that never dies.” David’s pathway to exquisite woodworking has not been a straight line. It began as child’s play and grew through a tour in Viet Nam, working as a youth minister with Campus Life, subsequent careers building patio covers, doing home remodeling and supervising construction. In 1979, seeking out additional sources of income, he began to build cigar humidors. It was then that the mystical, poetic heart and soul of David’s art emerged. His mind opened and a stream of sketches and ideas flowed. Because David “reads” the wood, his boxes and furniture are not always square or rectangular but are formed with the natural flow of wood. Color, grain, texture, rare and exotic woods, burl, pattern and natural edges create complex and intriguing works that are interactive, with hidden locks and compartments that contain scripture or poetry. He has won numerous awards and has been widely published. David’s work can be seen at Fox Fine Jewelry in Ventura through Nov. 9.
For more information: www.DBArtWood.net