Nancy Whitman – A Retrospective
Through September 2 | Ojai Valley Museum
The Ojai Valley Museum presents a retrospective of the creative works of Nancy Whitman. Highly influenced by Matisse, Jawlensky, and the Fauvist movement, Whitman’s paintings explode with color and line and invite the viewer to enjoy her love of nature and to share in her celebratory process of painting. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit ojaimuseum.org or call 805/640-1390 ext. 203.
Carlisle Cooper Retrospective
Through November 4 | Santa Paula Art Museum
A retrospective exhibit of works by renowned Ventura College Art Professor Carlisle Cooper. Cooper believes that to reveal man to himself is the function of art. His own role has been a varied one, as a student, cartoonist, commercial artist, figurative painter, and teacher. He portrays his figures in strongly contrasting colors with semi-abstract backgrounds, frequently set in an outer space context. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit santapaulaartmuseum.org.
Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival
July & August | California Lutheran University
The 16th season of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will feature performances of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” Festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment. Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theater company of California Lutheran University. “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed July 6-8 and July 13-15. “Romeo and Juliet” will be staged July 20-22, July 27-July 29, and Aug. 3-5. All shows begin at 8 p.m. in Kingsmen Park. General admission is $20 for adults and free for those under 18. For more information, visit kingsmenshakespeare.org.
Gene Perret, Ventura County Writers Club
July 10 | Camarillo
“Write Your Book Now: A Proven System to Start and Finish the Book You’ve Always Wanted to Write” is the topic for VCWC’s July meeting. Emmy Award-winning comedy author Gene Perret will discuss how anyone following his formula can complete a book. He wrote comedy for many of TV’s top-rated shows and won three Emmys for his work on “The Carol Burnett Show.” He wrote for Bob Hope for almost 30 years, the last 12 as Hope’s head writer. Gene has published more than 40 books, one of which was the top selling book on writing comedy. Free. 7 p.m. Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit venturacountywriters.com.
“Good Vibrations” Art Show
July 12 to September 1 | Fox Fine Jewelry, Ventura
Chuck Trunks and Jodi Anthony will display their work in a show titled “Good Vibrations.” An artists’ reception will be Saturday, July 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Trunks prints his artwork on high-quality heavy vinyl with adhesive and lays it by hand on surfboards. Anthony’s canvases reflect her graphics experience: bold colors and defined lines. Her subject matter focuses on the healing power of the divine feminine. 210 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit foxfinejewelry.com.
Inaugural Festival of Sunkinanik’oy
July 21 | The Pottery Studio, Ojai
A celebration of Chumash history in Ventura County, the festival will recognize the first time that local land has been returned to its original people. Sukinanik’oy is a Native American word meaning “to bring back to life.” Join artists, performers, and healers to raise funds to pay land taxes for recently acquired land. The ultimate intent is to build a non-profit cultural and education center, a native plant habitat, a tribal library, and a place of honor for Native American veterans. $5 adults, children are free. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Pottery Studio, 1804 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
Arty Party for Westside ArtWalk
July 21 | Museum of Ventura County
Join a free “Arty Party” at the Museum of Ventura County to celebrate their selected ArtWalk artists Dianne Bennett and the Studio Channel Islands Art Center. There will be live music by Gypsy Death Star and We Govern We, as well as a no host bar. Guests can meet resident artists of Studio Channel Islands Art Center during their special exhibition and sale in the museum pavilion and plaza. Dianne Bennett’s exhibition, “One Time, One Place: Retablos by Dianne Bennett,” continues until August 19. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org.
20th Annual Westside ArtWalk
July 21 - 22 | Ventura
The Westside ArtWalk is a free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios, and pop-up venues in Ventura’s Westside Cultural District and downtown area. The all-volunteer two-day celebration will bring together Ventura’s vibrant arts community in a weekend of events. The goal of ArtWalk is to not only unify the community with art, but to increase foot traffic in the downtown and Westside districts. This 20th anniversary will celebrate the inaugural “Artist of Distinction” honor, presented by ArtWalk organizers. The first-ever recipient, Donna Granata, is an award-winning painter turned photographer and the founder and executive director of Focus on the Masters. Free. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Details online at westsideartwalk.org or by calling 805/746-2818.
The Love Train Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
July 28 | Fillmore & Western Railway
This train ride sets the mood for a ’70s style spoof of the popular “Love Boat” characters on their Aloha Voyage. You’ll be a guest of Hef Hubner at his retirement party and help him set sail for new horizons. Meet some strangely familiar characters as they collide for an evening of intrigue and entertainment, all done up ‘70s style, with period music and costumes. Dinner includes choice of prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, salmon, or a vegetarian entree. Train departs at 6:30 p.m. and returns 9:30 p.m. Adults only, $89 per person. 364 Main St., Fillmore. For more information, call 805/524-2546 or visit fwry.com.
A Taste of Camarillo Wine & Food Festival
July 28 & 29 | Camarillo Ranch House
On July 28 there will be a Wine Auction Gala & Dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This special event includes an auction of fine wines, plus a gourmet dinner and live music. Guests can sample wine from Pear Valley Winery, the 2012 Official Taste of Camarillo Wine Sponsor. Tickets $70 in advance. On July 29 Meadowlark Service League will hold its 25th annual Wine and Food Festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawns of the historic Camarillo Ranch House. Sample wines and gourmet food from a variety of participating wineries and restaurants while enjoying live entertainment, a silent auction, and boutique shopping. $75 in advance, $85 at the door. A weekend pass for both events is $135. 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit tasteofcamarillo.com or call 805/388-7158.
ON THE HORIZON
10 Annual Jazz Concert Series
Sundays in August Gardens of the World, Thousand Oaks
This year, the event has been named, “Big Band Extravaganza.” Running every Sunday in August, the free concerts will feature some of the country’s most accomplished and popular bands: Boyd Cannon Big Band Explosion, The Pat Longo Orchestra, the Late Nite Big Band, and Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra. Concerts will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with lawn seating available in front of the Gardens of the World American Bandstand. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets are welcome. 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd. For detailed information, visit gardensoftheworld.info.