Author: Emily Dodi

Creativity in the time of COVID-19 | A variety of resources are available to help artists pursue their passions during the pandemic

Photo Caption: “Art with a Heart” by Jennifer Abundiz of Channel Islands High School will be one of many works of student art in the Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibition online gallery hosted by Channel Islands Maritime Museum through April 30. by Emily Dodi  Artists are a hardy lot. They are actors, musicians, fine artists, graphic designers, writers, and other creatives who make their living by pursuing their passions. They are not strangers to struggle, even in the best of times. But these are anything but the best of times. The onset of COVID-19 has pressed a...

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On the Bookshelf | Alicia Doyle’s Fighting Chance

PICTURED: Alicia Doyle. Photo by Kathy Cruts by Emily Dodi  In these surreal yet all-too-real times, we find ourselves sheltering in place at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be transported by a good book. Fighting Chance, a new non-fiction memoir by local author Alicia Doyle, takes us into the world of boxing as seen through Doyle’s own eyes. An award-winning journalist and a frequent contributor to the VC Reporter, Doyle was a competitive boxer, one of only a few hundred women in a male-dominated sport. She won two Golden Gloves championship titles and earned three wins by...

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ON EXHIBIT | Activism in the spotlight at the Museum of Ventura County

PICTURED: Dolores Huerta speaking at A & P Headquarters, Thanksgiving visit, 1973 Photo by Jorge Corralejo NOTE: AS OF MARCH 13, the Museum of Ventura County, the Research Library, the Albinger Museum and the Agriculture Museum have closed and all events are now cancelled due to concerns related to COVID-19. All institutions will remain closed until March 31, at which time staff will reassess the situation. This article was edited on March 11 to reflect the postponement of the March 19 talk with Dolores Huerta. by Emily Dodi Sometime this year, legendary civil rights activist and community organizer Dolores...

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ON EXHIBIT | Ascending in power and significance: Women On the Rise at Vita Art Center 

by Emily Dodi In celebration of Women’s History Month, Vita Art Center and Focus on the Masters have collaborated on Women On the Rise, on exhibit though March 21 at the Vita Art Center in Ventura. The featured artists, Lori Cozen-Geller, Margaret Garcia, Kim Shoenstadt and Katie Van Horn, will be interviewed individually as part of the Focus on the Masters (FOTM) ongoing artist documentation series, currently hosted by the Museum of Ventura County. “We chose the artists with the intention of having a diverse representation of women, including age and art process,” explains Mary Perez, founding director of...

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JACQUI BURGE, DESK YOGI | Fitness expert provides wellness opportunities for anyone, anywhere, anytime

PICTURED: Jacqui Burge working with a client. Photo submitted by Emily Dodi Jacqui Burge would love five minutes of your time. Burge is the founder and CEO of Desk Yogi, a website featuring quick videos designed to help ease the toll that work life can have on our bodies, minds and overall wellness. “People think, ‘Oh, five minutes aren’t going to do anything,’” says Burge, sitting in her Ojai office with her dog, a rescued boxer named Bumper, dozing at her feet. “You’d be amazed at what five minutes will do. How much better you’ll feel [especially] if you...

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