PICTURED: Karyn Jackson and Nancy Allen made a recent donation to Rubicon Theatre Company that enabled the purchase of artist housing. Photo by Chris Jensen

by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer

CIMM gets new logo

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum recently debuted a new logo, retiring its original logo after 30 years.

When the museum was first established in 1991, its logo paid homage to maritime history with a realistic image of a tall ship with white sails rollicking on a blue ocean, set against a pale blue background. The new image is a much more colorful and abstract affair: a stylized ship in bright blue and an orange background suggestive of a sunset. The new logo was created by local artist and graphic designer Brett Bednorz.

According to the CIMM press release, it was decided that a new logo should be created as the museum steps into its next 30 years.

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s new logo, designed by Brett Bednorz.

“The original logo served the Museum very well for the last thirty years. However, as we are at the start of our next thirty-year chapter, we decided that a new logo was called for,” stated CIMM Executive Director Adri Howe in the press release. “The Museum continues to evolve with a renewed and invigorated focus on quality exhibitions, education, and community. We wanted the new logo to reflect this. We love the energy and brightness that this new logo brings. We think it beautifully represents what the Museum is all about: the exploration of the maritime and marine worlds and the human creativity that continues to seek ways to interpret those worlds.”

The new logo can already be seen on CIMM’s social media channels, and should be fully rolled out by April 1, 2022. 


Taft Gardens expands Art in Nature program

Taft Gardens and Nature Preserve has expanded its Art in Nature programming and will now offer up to seven artist residencies.

One professional visual artist or collaborative team will be granted a nine-month residency from Oct. 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. During that time, the artist will have access to the garden grounds as well as the Taft Gardens Historic Art Studio to develop a single project or body of work, which will be shown at the conclusion of the residency with the Art in Nature Fundraiser Gala.

The organization will also offer several shorter-term residency opportunities. A four-week rotational residency and access to the Protea Studio is open to creative professionals in both the visual and non-visual arts, making it appropriate for writers, composers, curators, etc. Additional “invitational” residencies, from two to four weeks, may be granted as well at the discretion of the Taft Gardens Art Committee.

These residencies are a beautiful opportunity to find inspiration in nature, and enjoy time for thoughtful reflection and development of art. Applications are free; artists who applied last year are highly encouraged to apply again. For more information and to apply online, visit www.taftgardens.org/artist-in-residence.

Welcome to the board

Two local museums have recently welcomed new members onto their boards of directors.

In February, the Museum of Ventura County announced the addition of Greg Monterrosa and Gabriella Navarro-Busch to its 13-member board. Monterrosa is a longtime supporter of Ventura County, while Navarro-Busch is an immigration attorney.

Greg Monterrosa has joined the board of the Museum of Ventura County. Photo submitted

“The Museum is honored to welcome these two exemplary and engaged members of our community to our Board,” said Barbara Barnard Smith Executive Director Elena Brokaw in a press release. “Greg’s dedication to serving the people of Ventura County and experience on the board of Conejo/Las Virgenes Foundation will no doubt make an immediate impact. We are equally fortunate to welcome Gabriella, whose leadership in public safety and dedication to helping those in need through her work as an immigration attorney will enlighten and inform us with her distinct perspectives.


The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks also named two new members to its seven-person board. Joseph Bagliere, trade compliance and logistics advisor to electronics manufacturer Kateeva, and Austin Sincock, managing director for Deloitte Consulting, will each serve a three-year term.

“They bring an array of expertise across sectors and enthusiastically embrace CMATO’s mission to foster meaningful engagements with the visual arts,” said Board Chair Nancy Chappell.


Grant for OPAC

The Oxnard Performing Arts Center was recently awarded $35,000 through the Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant will support OPAC Studios, a creative space offering free art classes to underserved Oxnard teens, including BIPOC, Indigenous and unhoused individuals. 

The GAP awards were developed to reach communities in all parts of the country with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. OPAC is one of 1,248 organizations across the U.S. to receive GAP funding. 

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from OPAC that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “OPAC in Oxnard is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”

For more information on OPAC’s art program, visit oxnardperformingarts.com/teen-art-program.html.

Rubicon buys artist housing

Thanks to the generosity of a new donor, Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre Company has been able to purchase a four-unit property that can be used to house visiting artists. The property on Poli Street is close to the company’s location at Main and Laurel streets. 

The donation was made by Karyn Jackson of Arcadia (a former Ventura resident), her sister, Nancy Allen, of Ventura, and Nancy’s husband, Leo Allen, who also committed to a future legacy gift. A legacy gift is a planned future gift that designates some part of an individual’s estate as a donation to a nonprofit.

“This is the largest single gift in Rubicon’s 23-year-history,” Board President Doug Halter stated via press release. “It is a remarkable tribute to the world-class artistry that has been a hallmark of Rubicon productions, and a vote of confidence in the future.”

In honor of its donors, the Rubicon will rename its historic building “Rubicon Theatre Company at The Karyn Jackson Theatre,” while the Poli Street property will be named after Nancy Allen. 


60 years of PVRPD

On Jan. 16, 1962, the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District was formed to provide and maintain facilities and programs focused on leisure, recreational and athletic activities. The organization celebrates its 60-year anniversary in 2022 by inviting residents to enjoy the many parks, classes and more that it offers.

Residents can visit any of the 28 parks managed by the district, or sign up for one of the classes being offered through April. Staff also encourage people to take an online survey to provide feedback, and share their favorites parks and activities online.

For a map of the parks, the Activity Guide, the survey and more information, visit www.pvrpd.org/60th-anniversary.