By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik There is nothing more exciting, rewarding…and potentially emotional…than shopping for the perfect gown in which to walk down the aisle. Tracey Theys McHale, owner of Bella Mucci’s Bridal Couture in...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik The moment you walk into the Camarillo home of Catalina Wise, you know this is a residence belonging to an artist. Colorful paintings hang on luminous white walls, intriguing pottery...
Alan Salazar discusses his Native ancestry, discovering lost knowledge and teaching tomol craftsmanship to a new generation of Chumash. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer For 25 years, Alan Salazar — storyteller, Native educator and tribal elder in the Fernandeño Tataviam Band...
By Alex Wilson Sarah Oberman isn’t exaggerating when she says she was born to be in the aviation business.  Her first official job when she was just 12 years old was washing airplanes at Channel Islands Aviation, a business at Camarillo...
Talking art, Italy, the magic of creation and “stretching the creative cord” with bead artist Mara Colecchia. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik From a young age, Mara Colecchia was steeped in art. She grew up in...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik With Feb. 14 just days away, chocolates, wine and flowers will be on every sweetheart’s mind. And when you want to “make hearts smile,” Sweet Peas on Johnson Drive in...
Donna Granata on the power of creativity and documenting an artistic legacy. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Arts archive and library Focus on the Masters has been the steward for Ventura County’s artistic legacy since its founding in 1994. Through extensive...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer In the hillsides behind Ventura’s City Hall are several acres of natural paradise. A place where picturesque trails wind through a landscape filled with thousands of plants and stonework elements, gently rising for nearly a...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer On April 1, 2022 — April Fool’s Day — a trio of winemakers welcomed the public in to their brand-new tasting room, where they uncorked their first vintage. Aptly named Trois le Fou, which roughly...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Stephen Bates is perhaps best known as an expert on free speech, censorship and media politics. The graduate of Harvard Law School is a professor of journalism and media studies at the University of Nevada,...