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View ‘elements: art of the earth, wind, fire and sea’

NEW REGIONAL ART EXHIBIT STARTING MAY 5 Works of artists from throughout Southern California will be showcased in a special art show May 5-29, “Elements: Art of the Earth, Wind, Fire and Sea,” at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery. Exhibit host, the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, whose motto is “The Voice of the Arts,” invites the public to tour the show, and also attend the Elements’ Awards Reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7. “While this is an annual show with the theme changing each year, what is unusual about this juried show is that for the first time, all submissions were made digitally,” said ACCV co-curator Connie Tunick of Thousand Oaks. “This allowed the Arts Council for the first time in its 42-year history call for artists from a much wider region,” said co-curator Janet Amiri of Thousand Oaks. Entries submitted from Southern California Over 60 entries were submitted by artists from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties, said ACCV President Rich Brimer of Camarillo. ”The fundamental elements of nature are as universal as life itself,” said the Elements’ Call for Entries. “These make up the basic composition in our natural world… landscapes, sky, sunsets, seascapes. Wood, glass, clay, fiber. It’s the stuff of life. It’s the life of art.” Officials said Elements juror (judge) was Michael Monroe, who served 2004-2010 as Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Wash. Monroe was associated with the Smithsonian Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery from 1974-1995, where he became Curator-in-Charge. He has been involved with the contemporary American art movement for over 40 years.   The curators said for this show, it’s noteworthy that a total of $1900 in cash prizes will be topped by the $500 Best of Show. Prizes will be awarded in each of four categories: painting, photography and digital art, mixed media and three-dimensional.  First place is $200; second, $100; and third place, $50. After the show opens May 5, gallery hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. There is no admission charge. The Thousand Oaks Community Gallery is at 2331-A Borchard Road, 91320, which is adjacent to the Newbury Park Library. For more information, call (805) 381-2747 or go to the web site http://www.Conejoarts.org. By cities of residents, artists whose entries were accepted are as follows.

San Luis Obispo County

ATASCADERO Sandra Rude

Santa Barbara County

Valerie Mclean Mary Dee Thompson Marion Toms

Ventura County

OXNARD Brett Sizemore AGOURA Timmy Mac Mcdonnell CAMARILLO Bijian Fan Carol Henry Lynn Simon SOMIS Frances Elson MOORPARK Kevin Charbonneau SIMI VALLEY Pong Apinyavat Carole Gillin NEWBURY PARK Thomas Graves Dennis Griffin Barry Reid Roland Roy Mike Shaw Judy Winard THOUSAND OAKS Cynthia Barr Iris Carignan Shannon Celia Richard Deonier David Deyell Pamela Fong Geri Gretan Timothy Hengst Janice Mcginnis Marie Renoir WESTLAKE VILLAGE Norm Reddick Beverly Viola OAK PARK Ruty Levy Debra Sokolow Ronald Souza

Los Angeles County

MALIBU Seda Baghdasari HIDDEN HILLS Andrea Stanley TOPANGA Karen Moran WOODLAND HILLS Lynn Coleman WEST HILLS Barron Postmus NORTH HOLLYWOOD Marilyn Stempel LOS ANGELES Shula Arbel Michele Bohbot Ione Citrin Lynn Gadal Zbigniew Nyczak SANTA CLARITA Dody Rogers