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A Conversation with Erika Lizée
Sponsored by Ventura County Community Foundation
AfterGlow Host: Copper Blues - no host bar available

Erika Lizée, artist and professor at Moorpark College, also serves as the director of that campus's art gallery.  As such, she arranges talks with exhibiting artists about their life histories and the way their art has progressed.  This month we will turn the tables on Erika.  We will listen to her as Donna Granata interviews this young, perceptive artist whose work reflects, in her words, an ever-shifting and nebulous boundary between what is known and unknown.  Her installations combine acrylic paint with Duralar, a polyester film, and grow from a life-long appreciation for nature in its myriad forms.  Working from the premise that gallery walls can serve as symbolic thresholds between life and death, between what is known and unknown, she constructs installations that encourage us to question our own relationship not only to her work, but to the world beyond.  Join us.
To learn about Erika Lizée, visit

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.


Admission is $15 for general public, $10 for students and seniors, and free to Focus on the Masters Members. Guests with military ID attend free of charge. 

Join us for an end of season celebratory dinner at Copper Blues, located next door to Levity Live, immediately following the program. Paid reservations are required prior to November 20. No host bar available.
RSVP - call 805.653.2501

 Previous Artist Interviews 2018
January 28- Carol Shaw-Sutton
Fiber Artist

Carol Shaw-Sutton has earned numerous awards, including two National Endowment of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships. She is Professor Emeritus of Art from California State University Long Beach. Her work explores and reveals our interconnections with nature and mankind. Employing threads both allegorical and real, she weaves a story that envelops personal histories and guides us to a deeper understanding of other cultures and ourselves.

Sponsored by James and Mary Galbraith
AfterGlow Host: Kevn and Christine Beirne

February 25- David Singer, Clarinetist

David Singer, clarinetist extraordinaire, has performed at the White House and played with Yo Yo Ma at the Spoleto Festival.  He is equally comfortable at Moorpark High School, nurturing and encouraging young musicians.  The 
New York Times writes: “To describe his playing would be to enumerate a catalogue of virtues.”  Think ofaccolades such as exceptional, sensitive, expressive, technically brilliant.  He has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including two Grammy Award winners and is a sought-after judge in major competitions, including at the Juilliard School in New York. Recently he formed the Singer Chamber Players, an ensemble that includes FOTM extensively documented cellist Virginia Kron. His achievements as an educator are equally impressive. He serves on the Music Advisory Board of Young Musicians Foundation with composer John Williams and former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow. His students feel privileged to work with a true artist who does more than teach technique -- he builds confidence, motivating them to perform at the highest level. David is the first to brag that prize-winning scientists have very likely played in their high school music ensembles themselves.
To learn about David, visit

Sponsored by Paula Spellman
AfterGlow Host: Steve Newkirk and Virginia Kron

March 25- Karen Carson

Karen Carson, a major figure in the Los Angeles feminist art movement, has employed varied techniques and materials to reflect and comment on the turbulence of everyday life. She is concerned with both what can be a dangerous natural world and an equally disturbing world of politics and world events. Donna Granata’s conversation with Karen Carson will trace the development of an artist whose oeuvre takes us fromabstract zippered canvases, tableaux with feminist themes, the muscular tractor series, and to her current exploration of form and color on bas relief wood.  Whether we are looking at highly decorative clocks or symbolic beds, a sense of energy, excitement and, often, humor prevails. Though the content of work has changed, her commitment to representing what we see and feel remains. To learn more about Karen, visit her website at:

Sponsored by Patricia Herman
AfterGlow Host: Ginny Furmanski and the Old Broads Catering Company

April 29- Tim Hauf

We can explore the world’s most interesting places without leaving home.  Pick up Sunset, Smithsonian Magazine or a National Geographic publication and chances are you’ll be in touch with the photography of Tim Hauf.  Turn the pages of one of Tim’s many books and be transported to lands in far-flung corners of the globe, or comeloser to home while perusing books dedicated to our own Channel Islands National Park.  To steal a title of one of Tim’s books, savor the Essence of a Land through the eyes of one of America’s premier photographers.  Tim Hauf has been a professional photographer since the early 1990s.  Although he grew up in North Dakota, spent 30 years in Ventura County and now lives in Washington State, Tim is very much a citizen of the world.  He left a career as a financial analyst and worked on a ranch in Somis before devoting himself to photography.  His deep connection to the land – whether nearby in the Channel Islands, Patagonia or the Himalayas – informs his work and allows us to vicariously admire and revel in Nature’s infinite variety. To learn more about Tim, visit his website at

Sponsored by Jessica & Stanley Prescott Trust
AfterGlow Host: Dennis Mitchell and Richard Sanders


May 27 - Alison Saar

Can artists help us understand and deal with complex issues of the day?  Alison Saar uses bold symbolism, literature and mythology as she explores the role of African-Americans, especially African-American women, in our society and our consciousness.  In her current exhibit, Topsy Turvy at the LA Louver Gallery through May 25, Saar literally takes the figure of Topsy out of Uncle Tom’s cabin, adds to her elements of ancient Greek mythology (Jason and the Argonauts), and creates a more than feisty,more than wild, character who challenges us to truly see Topsy, to recognize her worth and contemplate white society’s role in the subjugation of another race.  Saar lets us know that our work is not over, that Topsy is more than relevant, she is needed.  Her work incorporates found objects, shards of pottery and glass, wood, cotton, wire, odds and ends, and is included in museums and private collections across the U.S.  Join us as Donna Granata and this historically significant artist, Alison Saar, explore the absolute necessity of tackling timely issues of race, subjugation and authority with powerful works of art.

A native of Los Angeles, Alison Saar was born to well-known African-American artist Betye Saar and Richard Saar, a mid-century modern ceramicist and art conservationist.  Alison’s parents created an environment where art was not limited to one genre, rather she and her sisters were encouraged to appreciate a wide variety of art forms. Assisting her father with restoration work taught her about the properties of various materials, techniques, and aesthetics. She credits her mother, with realizing the importance of metaphysical, spiritual and cultural traditions.  Saar earned her BA at Scripps College and MFA at Otis College of Art and Design. She was included in the 1993 Whitney Biennial. Her works are included in museums and private collections across the U.S. To learn more about Alison, visit

Sponsored by Roxie Ray & Irv Hilf
AfterGlow Host: Laura & Thomas Cook

June 27 - Jeff Mann

How did a self-described “greaser, surfer, hippy” become a vice president of the
Empire that Star Wars built? Ojai-based artist Jeff Mann, born and raised in Hollywood, has always shown an amazing talent for drawing that displayed a keen attention to detail. His ability to take apart and re-assemble everything from lawn mowers to hot rods to a sailing ship, combined with his talent for meticulous drawings, has stood him well.  He financed his education working on the Sausalito waterfront, restoring a 1910 sailing cargo ship. At San Francisco State University he studied under the "Super Realists" Robert Bechtle and Richard McLean. Loquacious story-teller and master craftsman, Jeff admits that he has a knack for “being in the right place at the right time,” a gift that ultimately led to his 25-year career with Industrial Light & Magic. Jeff has now left the work that took him from model maker to corporate vice president and is creating intricate, phantasmagorical drawings that are, not surprising, filled with detail. Please join us as Donna Granata and Jeff Mann take apart and reassemble the disparate elements of an artist’s life. To learn about Jeff Mann, visit

Sponsored by: John & Cherie Brant
AfterGlow Host: Kevin & Christine Beirne

July 29 - Merion Estes

Merion Estes states: The beauty and fragility of life and the tragedy of man's intervention is my subject. The tools of her trade have included fabric, glue, acrylic and spray paints, glitter, photo downloads and paper, gradually moving almost exclusively to the use of collaged fabrics and photos, with hand painting assuming much less importance. At first glance we are seduced by the beauty of her work. 
Closer inspection reveals a worrisome sense of man's depredation of the natural world. Titles of these large pieces both hint at and expand on meaning. Consider Los Alamos Sunset, its vibrant colors and swirling butterflies almost but not quite covering the all-too familiar outline of nuclear power plants and a stylized explosion of red and orange and yellow. Merion was a founding member of Double X, a women's art group, and a consistent champion of women's issues. In a recent exhibit at The Pasadena Museum of California Art, The Feminine Sublime, Merion's work was described as a counter-narrative that upends previous ideas of the sublime in painting with a unique feminist perspective. To learn more about Estes, visit:

Sponsored by Ted & Joyce Lombard
AfterGlow Host: Edy & Sal Santangelo

September 30 - Russell Cotty

Ojai-resident Russell Crotty, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015, is an amateur astronomer, dedicated surfer and outstanding artist whose drawings push the limits of that medium. He earned his BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and completed an MFA at UC, Irvine in 1980. Crotty practices “direct observation” of celestial bodies, using his own telescopes, as well as those at professional observatories, just as 19th century astronomers did. As both an artist and astronomer, he is obsessed with knowing “what lies beyond ourselves.” His newest work, created on paper and overlaid with bits of plastic containers, fiberglass and bio-resin, reflects on man’s negative incursions into the natural world. We may well ask, are these drawings or sculpture? His works have been extensively exhibited around the world and throughout the United States, in private and public collections. Please join us as Donna Granata and Russell Crotty discuss the evolution of an artist who has always looked to the skies for inspiration.
To learn more about Russel visit

Sponsored by Jim & Meg Easton
AfterGlow Host: Nancy Escher

October 28 - Dane Goodman

Dane Goodman is one of the Central Coast’s most accomplished artists. Working in a broad range of media, his artwork has been shown throughout the United States and is in numerous museum and private collections. He has been a lecturer and artist-in-residence at universities, colleges, and museums. A recipient of the County of Santa Barbara Individual Artist Award, he has also been nominated for the National Award in the Visual Arts and the FOCA Award in LA. He has twice served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts. Goodman has worked to promote and nurture Ventura and Santa Barbara artists. As director of the Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, he produced outstanding exhibitions, including FOTM documented artists Colin Gray, Matt and Monica Furmanski, Keith Puccinelli, and Jenchi Wu. His private agency, CARDINAL, recently published a limited print by the Ventura artist, Laura Krifka, that entered area museum collections. Dane Goodman’s exhibit, Consorts, at the College of Creative Studies Gallery, UCSB, closes October 13.  You won’t want to miss this conversation with an artist whose work described as idiosyncratic and provocative. Reserve your seat today!
To learn more about this artist, visit:

Sponsored by Debra McKillop
AfterGlow Host: Delia Gorey & Larry Manson