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ARTS COUNCIL ARTIST LECTURE SERIES TO PRESENT PHOTOGRAPHERS DONNA GRANATA, BRIAN STETHEM

Renowned photographers Donna Granata and Brian Stethem will be featured in the Artist Lecture Series, another free event hosted by the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley. The two award-winning photographers will be on hand from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. Granata is a Casitas Springs resident, and Stethem calls Fillmore home. Each will speak about their respective careers, and photographs on view for the ACCV’s “In Focus: A Photographic Exhibit” now showing at the center’s Galleria. DONNA GRANATA. Internationally published and painter turned photographer Donna Granata is highly respected for her portraits. They are displayed throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties and in selected shows in New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Granata founded Focus on the Masters (FOTM) project, an educational program documenting contemporary artists of our time. Selected works from her FOTM portrait series are found in the Smithsonian’s Archive of American Artists; in the photographic collection of the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; and other public institutions housing personal archives of artists documented. Granata teaches for Elderhostel International, and served as a Cultural Ambassador to Sub-Sahara Africa for Rotary International. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Honorary Masters of Science Degree from Brooks Institute of Photography, where she teaches portraiture. BRIAN STETHEM. Stethem has been a fine arts and commercial photographer for decades. His passion for making photographs began at age 12, when he borrowed his father’s Brownie Hawkeye camera at a family outing and started composing photos of the world around him. Eventually he attended Brooks Institute and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography at California Institute of the Arts. After serving in the Peace Corps, Brian started a freelance photography business in Ventura County, continues to create professional photographs for commercial clients, and is an Associate Professor of Art at California Lutheran University, as well as the university’s photographer. He travels to make commercial and fine-art images, and photographs events ranging from SWAT teams to Bar-Mitzvahs. Brian contributes to and judges photographic exhibits throughout Southern California, and is represented in private and public collections. Other than at the Artist Lecture Series event, the “In Focus” event can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The by-invitation exhibit concludes Dec. 20. In addition to Granata and Stethem, other artists in this special exhibit are: Thousand Oaks, Michael Appuliese, Amani Fliers, Geoffrey Glassner, Myrna Ratcliffe, Gary Talbot, and Sister Rose Marie Tulacz, S.N.D; Newbury Park, Stephen Kundell, M.D.; Calabasas, Tom Gamache; Camarillo, Dominique Colell and Robert Diehl; and Westlake Village, Barbara Welch.
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