PICTURED: Sylvia White at her new gallery in Agoura Hills.
Ojai ACT will offer a free preview of its 2020 season on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center. Songs, drama and comedy excerpts from upcoming productions will be followed by light refreshments. The season begins Jan. 24 with Shirley Valentine. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org.
The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is accepting submissions of art by young artists, grades 6-12, for the show Hang With the Best 20/20, on exhibit Jan. 17-Feb. 12 at the Hillcrest Galleria in the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. A wide variety of media will be accepted, including paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture and other three-dimensional works. Submissions will be accepted on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 4-6 p.m. at 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.conejoarts.org.
A Muse of Fire Artistic Director Susan Kelejian will offer two acting classes in Ojai this winter. Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Study ($235) will run Fridays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Jan. 17-Feb. 28. Contemporary Monologue and Scene Study ($200) will be offered Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Jan. 14-Feb. 18. Both classes are suitable for students of all levels, beginners through advanced. Proceeds will help fund the 2020 Muse of Fire Teen Conservatory, Nordhoff Drama, Chaparral High and the summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard is seeking new volunteers to serve as docents, tour guides and reception desk personnel. Docent training classes are required to educate volunteers in the collection as well as the museum’s organizational structure, activities and programs. The next training class takes place March 2-April 20 on Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. To attend, enroll by Friday, Feb. 19. For more information and to register, call, 805-984-6260 or visit cimmvc.org/get-involved/volunteer/.
Sylvia White is back with a new gallery! The pop-up gallery realART just opened Dec. 1 at Whizin Market Square in Agoura Hills. So far, White has showcased some of the finest artists in Southern California (including a few from Ventura County), Hiroko Yoshimoto, Elaine Unzicker, Laurie Pincus and Astrid Preston among them. We look forward to seeing what’s to come from this renowned art dealer! Follow White and realART on the gallery’s Facebook page.
It’s been months since the Murphy Auto Museum moved to its new location at 1930 Eastman Ave. in Oxnard. While it has been offering a steady (if light) stream of programming since August, the museum will host its “official” grand reopening on Saturday, Feb. 22. The family-friendly event promises refreshment and fun, so interested parties should sign up to receive emails (which will provide all the details on the party and other happenings) at www.murphyautomuseum.org.
Ventura bids farewell to Yessica Torres of Dab Art, who closed her final show at H Gallery and Studios in December. Torres has moved to a new space in Downtown Los Angeles, right in the heart of the arts district. The contemporary art gallery opened its doors officially on Dec. 12 during the DTLA Art Walk and its first exhibition, Handbook for the Recently Deceased, opens Jan. 9. (Online version was edited on Jan. 3, to correctly report that Torres is relocating to DTLA, and that H Gallery and Studios in Ventura remains open.)