A Painter’s Life, Naturally

A Painter’s Life, Naturally

By Amelia Simpson

A landscape and still-life painter, Lee calls Carpinteria home. By way of Vermont and with a stint in NYC, Lee settled in the small, seaside town just south of Santa Barbara two years ago. She wanted to be close to her fiancé, who had accepted a new position at the Patagonia headquarters. Lee cites the “small-town” feel, incredible climate (she is able to paint outdoors year round, and grow her own fruit and vegetables), the dog-friendly beaches, and Carpinteria’s emphasis on healthy living as definite plusses to her move.

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Ojai Film Festival Celebrates Two Decades

Ojai Film Festival Celebrates Two Decades

This fall the Ojai Film Festival celebrates 20 years of bringing film to Ojai, and pays tribute to classic Hollywood with Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring actors Pat Boone and Eva Marie Saint. For directors, screenwriters, producers, animators, actors, students, Hollywood veterans, Academy members, and industry insiders alike, the Ojai Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world Oct. 31 through Nov. 10.

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Ojai’s must-see art scene

Ojai’s must-see art scene

By Amelia Fleetwood

The Ojai Valley has long been known as an inspiring place for artists of all genres to settle and work. It’s not surprising that with the artists comes a multitude of diverse gallery styles. In Ojai you’ll find galleries hosting collectives, monthly shows, and even artist-owned galleries. Each gives local and out-of-town artists a platform to show their work and interact with the community at large.

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Mark Churchill: Caveman Chemistry

Mark Churchill: Caveman Chemistry

By Amelia Fleetwood

Mark Churchill has been making pottery for more than 25 years. Inspired by traditional Japanese and Korean craftsmanship, his collections feature handmade dinnerware, mugs, vessels, and sculptures. “I make everything, but creating really practical pieces is important because my life is very much based on function,” Mark said. “Those are the things that matter.” Drawn to pieces that have a quiet, uncomplicated presence, Mark has a unique style that mixes a Mid-Century/Scandinavian feel with more traditional Asian influences.

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Intro to better lightchasing

Intro to better lightchasing

By Bennett Barthelemy

Every day on the Central Coast, there are amazing opportunities for creating great photos. We are blessed with a lot of sun, surf, wildlife, active sports, and protected areas to enhance these opportunities. Where the ocean meets the shore is a blending of two distinct worlds, aquatic and terrestrial. Lots of action happens in these zones, and it’s a good place to discuss and view images that represent a similar convergence. All images, in fact, allow for this. When we paint our sensors or film with light by snapping the shutter open, this act of framing and capturing a composition places us firmly in that creative zone — yet one that is static and two-dimensional. We have extra work to do, then, to breathe a sense of life and motion into our images.

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