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A Conversation with Mikael Erik Jorensen
Sponsored by Paula Spellman
AfterGlow Host: Olga and Trent Jones

 Dennis Mitchell at I Capelli SalonPassion Flowers,
 Pulse One,  
Peterson Graphics, Levity Live and Copper Blue at the Collection

April 30 - Mikael Erik Jorgensen, Musician.

photo by Austin NelsonMikael Jorgensen is a keyboard player in the Grammy Award winning rock group Wilco. Mikael's father, an esteemed recording engineer, introduced him to the world of music and music production. The intersection of technology and music is of paramount interest to Jorgensen. In 1998 he relocated to Chicago from New Jersey and helped build SOMA Electronic Music Studios where he honed advanced production techniques utilizing modular synthesizers and specialized music software in the recording and mixing process. While recording Wilco's A Ghost Is Born there in 2002, he was invited to employ some of these unconventional techniques for the live Wilco show in addition to playing keyboard parts and has been there since. Jorgensen's newest project Quindar is an electronic music & video duo where he and art historian James Merle Thomas remix the NASA audio and film archive. Jorgensen has performed on six albums and in concerts around the world. Mikael and his wife Cassandra C. Jones (an extensively documented FOTM artist) live with their two children in Oak View, CA.

Photo of Jorgensen by Austin Nelson.

To Our Fellow Educators:  The Artist Spotlight is open to students attending as a class assignment free of charge.  Faculty and students are requested to make a reservation at or call 805.653.2501.

You won’t want to miss this event at our new state-of-the-art venue:  Oxnard’s Levity Live at The Collection.
RSVP HERE for talk and/or AfterGlow

Admission is $10 for general public, $5 for students and seniors, and free to Focus on the Masters Members. Guests with military ID attend free of charge. 

AfterGlow: Join us for a celebratory reception at the Ojai home of Olga and Trent Jones immediately following the program. The AfterGLOW is $25 for FOTM members, $35 for non-members.  Paid reservations are essential & required prior to April 24 for the AfterGLOW.  For RSVP & tickets purchase ONLINE or call 805-653-2501. We expect this AfterGLOW to sell out.

RSVP - call 805.653.2501

Levity Live
at the
Collection in Oxnard
591 Collection Blvd, Oxnard
(adjacent to the 101 Freeway)

SUNDAY, from 4-5:30pm

The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard is a wonderful place to spend the day. Music, art and great food can be found within steps of Levity Live. Copper Blues is right next door with live music and local sourced food and beer. Please support those business that support FOTM and our creative community. Tell them Focus on the Masters sent you!
 2017 Artist Spotlight Artists
If you are interested in sponsoring an artist, or hosting an AfterGLOW, click here for more information.
 Kent Twitchel 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
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:
Sponsored by: Paula Spellman
AfterGLOW Host: Paul Spellman and the Old Broads Catering Co. 
 Khaled Alawar
Porfirio Butierrez
 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:
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:
Sponsored by: Joyce and Ted Lombard
AfterGLOW Host: Karen Hoffberg
 Margaret Nielsen - Something in the Back of My Mind
Lynn Hansen
 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
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:
Sponsored by: Richard & Yvette Franklin
AfterGLOW Host: Christine & Kevin Beirne
 Carol Shaw Sutton
 Past 2017 Interviews
Regrets by Jane Mulfinger Feb. 19 - Jane Mulfinger,
Technology/Installation Artist.  

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.
MORE information.

Sponsored by:  James & Mary Galbraith
AfterGLOW:  Copper Blues at Levity Live

March 26 - Don Bachardy, Painter.
Santa Monica-based portrait artist Don Bachardy studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Slade School of Art in London. Bachardy’s decades-long relationship with writer Christopher Isherwood inspired the creation of The Christopher Isherwood Foundation which was established to promote the enjoyment and study of their work. His portraits reveal a sensitive treatment of and sensitivity to the emotions of his subjects. “[People have] never seen what they look like when they’ve been sitting still for three hours,” Bachardy once said. “Something deep comes out, something very different and shocking.” For more information: 

Sponsored by: Patricia and Dave Herman
AfterGLOW Host: Joanne Julian 

 Don Bachardy - Self Portrait