Contact: Aimee French 805/653-2501 Aimee@FocusontheMasters.com
FOCUS ON THE MASTERS – Learning To See Youth Outreach
All images have publication releases.
Mandala by David
Mandalas, meaning ‘circle’ in Sanskrit, have been used for ritual and meditation for thousands of years. It represents the whole of life. The making of a mandala has many healing applications.
Collage by Ray
The artwork of FOTM documented artist, Duane Simshauser, inspires a creative use of mixed media and crows.
Still Life by Thomas
Natural pigments were used to color this still life, reflecting the liveliness of FOTM documented artist Gayel Childress, who inspired this lesson.
June 24 – July 14, 2014
Reception July 1 from 4:30 – 6:30pm
204 E. Thompson Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
Join Focus on the Masters (FOTM) and Turning Point Foundation for an exhibition featuring artwork created in FOTM’s Learning To See art program through Turning Point’s Quality of Life Project by residents of Board and Care Homes who struggle with serious mental and physical health challenges. This exhibition celebrates their endeavors and serves as inspiration for all in our community.
FOTM’s award-winning art program, Learning To See, inspires students using the lives and works of extraordinary FOTM documented artists. Turning Point’s Quality of Life members have participated in the LTS program for 7 months. Each class offers them the valuable opportunity to engage with others, express creativity and emotion, practice physical dexterity, and gain a sense of accomplishment as they face the challenges of living with mental illness.
Now celebrating its 20th year of programming, Focus on the Masters is an art appreciation program that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists, emphasizing the importance of the arts to a healthy society. With an emphasis on critical thinking, innovation and tolerance, LTS nurtures our students with a greater caring for our community and tolerance of cultural diversity.
Turning Point Foundation addresses the critical community support needs of mentally ill adults, serving more than 500 clients each year through its shelter, supported housing and rehabilitation programs. Turning Point improves our communities by helping those facing mental illness remain or become functioning, integral community members. They are a critical support organization for families dealing with the devastation of mental illness.
Participating sites: The Elms in Ventura and Sunrise Manor in Oxnard
Sponsored by: Focus on the Masters and Turning Point Foundation
For more information about Learning To See, contact Aimee@FocusOnTheMasters.com or 805.653.2501
Turning Point Foundation
Come in to Sandbox Coffeehouse and expirience the new art wall by local artist Erik Abel. His art gives a whole new vibe to the cafe and will keep you mesmerized. Sales of his art pieces will benefit hurricane sandy relief and surfaid.
Open Mic Night every Thursday night… please come by! Sign up is at 6pm sharp – covers or original music, stand-up comedy, slam poetry… all on stage till 8pm.
Come perform in front of a forgiving audience and forge new creative alliances – or just come for some great local entertainment, along with delicious food, beer, wine, sangria, kombucha and amazing coffee drinks to keep you warm and alert!
Open Mic is Hosted by Tim Long. Donations are always welcomed and appreciated. The stage is waiting for you. Have the BEST day EVER!!
Sandbox Coffeehouse now is serving fresh brewed, hand poured, Kombucha. Our Kombucha is made in small batches and has a unique taste that will keep you coming back for more.
Kombucha is a type of tea drink that is becoming more popular every day. Probably because of it’s great taste and health promoting properties. Kombucha uses the same type of brewing process as vinegar.
What makes Kombucha different from vinegar is the nutrient solution in which it is brewed. Vinegar uses apple cider where Kombucha uses sweet tea.
The magic of the fermentation process between the sweet tea and the SCOBY is that, while the mother feeds off the sweet tea, vitamins and enzymes are produced that weren’t there before. Fermentation helps the ploy-phenols, tannins, and antioxidants found in the tea to become easier for the body to absorb and use, which is what, makes it such a healthy drink!
Don’t miss the beautiful work of Robert Lemaire who will now have his photography shown at Sandbox Coffeehouse. You can view more of his work through his website, robertdeanlemaire.com. A little bit about Robert:
Robert’s love and passion for photography – shooting nature, people & documenting everyday life experiences – is unmistakable.
Adding his own unique style and approach to the photographic medium, Robert delivers compelling images for a wide-ranging spectrum giving the effect of being immersed in the moment with the photographer.
Robert Dean LeMaire
Check out these cool art panels painted by Jerry Calote!