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Donna Granata interviews Yue Deng

April 25 --Yue Deng, Violinist

Sponsored by Deborah O'Brian
AfterGLOW hosted by Joe Sohm & Leslie Plimpton

Independent and passionate describe Yue Deng whose career as a concert violinist began when she was awarded First Prize in the National Violin Competition in China at the age of eight. She studied at Oberlin Conservatory and Juilliard. She has been a participant at the Music Academy of the West and the Henry Mancini Institute. As a recording artist, Yue has recorded with Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Diana Krall, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, among others. Yue has performed in the Carnegie, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Disney Concert Halls, and at Birdland. She has mentored individual students at many prestigious institutions and coached underprivileged young violinists in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. At present, she serves as Strings Instructor and Artist in Residence at Alberta University, Canada while continuing to perform and record. Jazz great Roger Kellaway arranged and wrote an album for her Both Sides Now. He comments: “Her musicianship is superb. Because of Yue’s charm, I fell in love with the violin.” To learn more about Yue, click here.

Free to FOTM Members - $10 General public, $5 students and seniors.
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AfterGLOW Fundraising Event:  Join us for a celebratory supper immediately following the interview at the Ojai home of Leslie Plimpton & Joseph Sohm. We expect the AfterGLOW to sell out so reserve your seat early! Maps will be given to paid guests at the interview. The AfterGLOW dinner is $20 for FOTM members, $30 for non-members. Paid reservations are required prior to April 18.

The Brooks Institute
Screening Room

5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Audience members MUST
arrive by 5:30
Special FOTM Benefit House Concert with Yue Deng and pianist Patricia Tao.
Very limited event. (more information and tickets.)


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

May 23 – Susan Cook, Painter
Sponsored by Tracy Long & Don Taylor
AfterGLOW hosted by Christine & Kevin BeirneWatch Over Me 48x48 oil on canvas

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 2Geo7 – 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

Red Tide" (detail)Sand, argon, neon, Floor piece, 240" x 240" x 36"

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

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. 

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

California, with its every-changing seas and rugged mountains, has long attracted plein aire painters. A movement of landscape painters known as The Oak Group has done more than chronicle our state’s beauty; their works bring attention to the need for preservation of our open spaces.  Chief among these artists is Richard Schloss, a master of the genre who is known for his impressive treatment of light.  Richard earned his MFA in Fine Arts in 1979 and BA in Italian in 1981 from UC Santa Barbara.  He remained in Santa Barbara for many years before relocating to Marin County.  The Museum of Ventura County has at present an exhibition of Richard’s paintings that runs through March 22.  In its promotional material, the Museum writes:  His exceptional and dramatic treatment of light creates and captures a moment in time that evokes memories of an unspoiled California.  Additional work is on display at Tartaglia Fine Art, 307 E. Ojai Ave. #102, Ojai.  His paintings, now usually created on large canvases and in his studio, often reflect the deep shadows and ephemeral nature of mist and water-splashed coastlines.  Please join us as Donna Granata and Richard Schloss explore the life and art of this extraordinary painter.
For more information: visit

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

When Leslie Freilich’s name was changed by a Tibetan lama to Rinchen-Wongmo it was not done to deny her past but rather to catalyze a spirituality that she had been seeking.  This Tibetan name means Precious Empowered Woman and reflects Leslie’s embrace of life and the philosophy of Buddhism.  She creates thangkas, vibrantly colored, meticulously sewn, sacred fabric scrolls that act as objects for meditation, for contemplation.  Creating a thangka (sounds like Tonka) involves techniques that are centuries old and a keen understanding of and appreciation for spiritual tradition.  Over the years Leslie’s style has morphed from creating very traditional scrolls to a more modern, personal style that evokes both the ancient art form and modern quilting techniques.  Whether ancient or modern, however, all of her art is infused with joy and serenity.  Leslie has combined this ancient, spiritual art form with modern technology to create what she calls a “virtual atelier,” where she teaches people around the world via cyber space.  Leslie says of her work:  “I love that the images I create with my hands have helped many very special people to become free of suffering.  I hope that in my small way I can open people’s hearts, that I can provide some stimulus or inspiration for their awakening.”  Leslie’s work is collected and exhibited world-wide.  Please join us. For more information: visit