A fascinating performance was enjoyed by WAV residents and community visitors anxious to see something rare, not just for the WAV, but for the city of Ventura as well. Flamenco dancer, par excellence, Savannah Fuentes, from Seattle, Washington, with cantaor Juanarito direct from Spain, and Bobby de Sofia on the guitar, charmed a full audience on October 29, 2015 at the WAV Theater Gallery. The WAV was on the list of several cities on the California coast fortunate to see the trio perform their special magic in the Northern Lights Fall Flamenco Tour.
Seen at top is CYC’s Melissa Murray, who organized the art exhibit and movie night at WAV. Seen here are other CYC members and guests of First Friday. The well attended event was an opportunity to collect email addresses of potential supporters of a great organization serving foster and former foster youth of Ventura County.
See some of the art below created by CYC members. The art was created only a few weeks prior to the exhibit and was organized by Sarah Kalvin and Vonder Gray. All photos by Sarah Kalvin.
On August 18, 2015, Jessica MacGrath gathered an interested group together in the WAV TG Community Room, to discuss financial possibilities in our times. Seen above with Jessica is WAV Property Manager, Nick Rodriguez, who showed enthusiasm and appreciation for her unique and informative presentation. Visitors from out of the area and WAV residents found the information quite enlightening. There will be more presentations to come.
At the TG Community Room June 29, 2015, 6 pm we got to know our neighbors and have snacks and hear some original, live tunes by Dan Flowers. It was a long time since we had a residents’ night out to enjoy a strictly social evening that went till 9 pm. Almost everyone was there from WAV and SHORE.
The WAV and SHORE get-together was organized by Sarah K., and the pizza was supplied by Nick R. and Chalee. It was a very well attended and enjoyable evening.
A solo exhibit ”The Visionary Art of Frances Spencer” was on display at Ventura City Hall from May 4 through September 12, 2015; and one painting from the exhibit was selected for inclusion in the July 17th Art Walk Collectors’ Reception.
WAV artist/actress Vonder Gray played the part of a PhD who unfortunately ends up on the street selling her collectibles to make a living in today’s harsh environment. She doesn’t take charity donations, but will read Shakespeare in exchange, to the occasional passerby who recognizes her talent and intelligence. Often those attentive listeners are her own pets, Ophelia and Hamlet.
The Vendor is a 30 minute play, coming from the creative mind and talent of WAV artist and writer Frances Spencer. The play was directed by Leslie Paxton and excellently portrayed by Vonder.
Four performances graced the WAV community space that became a theater for a few night’s enjoyment and education. The play was part of Vonder’s Woman in Art exhibit for the month of May 2015.
“This is to extend my thanks again to actress Vonder Gray for breathing life into the character of The Vendor and making it her own; with special thanks to Leslie Paxton of Ojai for directing, to Sarah Kalvin for assisting with lighting, and to WAV friends who came to see my play.” Frances Spencer
Thank you to Pete Ippel, Paul and Lori Lindhard and other WAV residents for organizing the WAV’s 5th anniversary celebration. It was a great success and to top it off, we had Chris Velasco and Elizabeth Bowling (the owners) here to enjoy the festivities as well.
SHORE resident Shirley Meyer displays her craft at the WAV Theater Gallery for October First Friday. There is no way that she can knit and socialize, because her knit patterns are as complicated as they can get. She is a master with the needles, and has won several awards including Best of Show at the Ventura County Fair.
I would like to share with you that two of my oil paintings have been juried into the upcoming “29th Annual Competition” of the Buenaventura Art Association, to be on display at their gallery from 1/13/15 – 2/7/15 (at 700 E. Santa Clara St. Ventura, CA 93001). It would be a pleasure to see you at the Reception and Awards ceremony this Saturday, January 17th, 5-7 p.m. (open to the public, refreshments). The hand pulled print above is not in the show. FRANCES SPENCER – WAV Artist
Way to go Jillian! Great event complete with Food Truck and lots of gift items for the visitors who were surprised and pleased to enjoy the free concert of holiday music by the Holiday Youth Strings Chamber, then improvised solo violin by Nikoletta Kane.