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Donna Granata interviews Jordan Laby


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.  

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

2015 Documentation and Artist Spotlight Interviews

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

Oil painter Richard Schloss was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He earned his MFA at UC, Santa Barbara in 1979.  He joined The Oak Group at its inception in 1986, a group of Santa Barbara painters committed to preserving open spaces and raising public awareness of the need for those spaces.  His work has been described as “traditional, impressionistic and yet always unique in the genre of landscape painting.”  He is widely collected and admired for his sumptuous depictions of light.  He currently has a one man show at the Museum of Ventura County (through February 2015).  Tartaglia Fine Art in Ojai is planning a one man show this winter of 2015.  Richard will also be part of an exhibition with The Oak Group at the Faulkner Gallery in Santa Barbara in March 2015.
For more information: visit

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

Leslie is a contemporary American textile artist, teacher, and caretaker of a sacred Tibetan tradition.  Working on both traditional and nontraditional themes, Leslie’s work is hand-stitched with the same traditional techniques used for sacred Buddhist images of Tibetan thangka paintings.  Vivid mosaics of silk, meticulously hand-stitched, combine artistic beauty with a deep spiritual underpinning.  Her work is designed to be admired for its beauty, but more to act as a springboard to a more spiritual life.  Leslie is a gifted teacher, bringing her talent and knowledge to men and women around the world.  When she writes about her introduction to thangka creation, her voice is clear, gentle and joyous.
For more information: visit

April 25 – Yue Deng, Violinist.
Sponsored by Deborah O'Brien
AfterGLOW hosted by Leslie Plimpton & Joe Sohm

At the age of eight, Yue won First Prize in the National Violin Competition in China.  Her career as a concert violinist had begun.  Educated at Oberlin Conservatory and Juilliard, she has been a participant of the New York String Seminar Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West and the Henry Mancini Institute where she was concertmaster and soloist.  As principle concertmaster Yue led the Pacific Shore Philharmonic. She has mentored individual students at many prestigious institutions and coached underprivileged young violinists in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.  She maintains an active calendar as a recording artist and performer as well as serving as Strings Instructor and Artist in Residence at Alberta University, Canada.
For more information: visit

May 23 – 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 depict realistic forms of nature.  Susan returned to college as an adult and had the good fortune to study art at Ventura College with iconic artists such as Hiroko Yoshimoto, Carlisle Cooper and Robert Moskowitz (all FOTM extensively documented artists).  Transferring to CSU Channel Islands, Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Art in 2003.  Her work has been described as “a very personal depiction of the glorious landscapes and people found in and around Ventura.”  Her style is instantly recognizable, often capturing the subject from an unusual perspective.  Susan’s presence in the community is remarkable. She has served as a Ventura Public Art Commissioner, as well as board member for the Ventura Music Festival, Bell Arts Factory and Buenaventura Art Association.   In 2011 she was awarded the City of Ventura Mayor’s Art Award, Artist in the Community.  Susan’s documentation coincides with an exhibition at Fox Fine Jewelry, 560 E. Main St., Ventura,  May 14 through July 19, 2015 with an opening reception May 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.
For more information:  visit

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

Ojai Studio Artist Douglas Lochner works include public art, art and technology, blown and cast glass, furniture and architectural elements.  His work is minimal in nature and almost always an expression of art that stretches boundaries but is grounded in his mastery of the materials he uses.  His early career as a photographer segued into advertising and then to electronics and software where his clients have included Apple, NASA and UCLA.  His work has been described as delightful, playful and sleek. Douglas has been awarded numerous public and private commissions nationwide.  Among his most current public art projects is Santa Barbara Airport Veteran’s Tribute, a 20′ x 20′ x 4″ laminated glass and stainless steel monumental sculpture for the Santa Barbara Airport Terminal.
For more information: visit

July 25 – Laddie John Dill, Sculptor, Painter, Light & Space Artist.
Sponsored by Richard & Yvette Franklin
AfterGLOW hosted by Greg & Denise Sanford

Los Angeles native, Laddie John Dill graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in 1968.  At 28 he was offered his first one-man exhibit at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York.  Today he is an internationally known contemporary artist who has exhibited around the world and is widely collected.  A recent commission can be found at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation headquarters in Agoura.  Dill worked as an apprentice printer at Gemini GEL in Los Angeles, work that afforded him the opportunity to work closely with established artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.  Their influence can be found in the choice of materials he began to use for his art.  His current wall pieces, for example, are a combination of many processes and materials and are the result of learned spontaneity, reflecting, as he states, “something magical.”
For more information: visit