Central Coast Blacksmith melds old-world skill with modern-day art

Central Coast Blacksmith melds old-world skill with modern-day art

By Marlowe Hast
Photos by Hans Duss

The blacksmith trade dates back to 1500 BC. The craft has evolved dramatically since then, and pieces forged today in 2,000-degree heat have changed from simply utilitarian metalwork to works of art.

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Jewelry With Meaning

Jewelry With Meaning

By Marlowe Hast

Sometimes when you step into an unfamiliar place, there’s a vibe, an energy, a magic to it — something that’s hard to describe, but undeniably there. That’s how you’ll feel entering Jes MaHarry’s shop in downtown Ojai. The renowned jeweler/artist and her family have put countless hours into revamping the flagship store, where every item, every light fixture, even the boards in the floor, tell a story that’s entirely MaHarry’s.

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2021 Fall Events

2021 Fall Events

The Central Coast has a calendar full of fun activities and events to check out.

Due to COVID-19 all events are tentative and their dates are subject to change. We encourage you to call ahead or visit the event’s website!

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Life’s a Beach

Life’s a Beach

Beach life is the best life. Especially on a warm summer evening.

From the dramatic outcroppings of Shell Beach to the watersports haven of Surfer’s Point, 
our sun-drenched Central Coast offers some of the best stretches of beach in California.

Let photographer Chris Meugniot inspire your next visit with these knock-out images.

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Karen Bezuidenhout
: When South Africa meets Santa Barbara

Karen Bezuidenhout
: When South Africa meets Santa Barbara

Painter-muralist brings the moods of Africa to the Central Coast

By Amelia Rose Simpson
Photos by Mariana Schulze

Artist Karen Bezuidenhout can’t remember life without horses. “They were always there. One of my first memories of pain was from a horse stepping on my bare foot when I was five,” Karen joked. Born at a racehorse farm outside of Cape Town in South Africa, Karen grew up riding. “My sister and I would have crazy adventures on our Welsh ponies, falling off and racing around. My sister, who still lives in South Africa, is also a horse fanatic. She’s a huge influence in my life.”

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