Events

  • Saturday, July 09, 2022 at 08:00 AM · $20.00 USD
    Harmon Canyon Preserve

    Artist-Led Plein Air Workshop

    Join artists Debra HolladayLaura Wambsgans, and Marian Fortunati for a plein air painting workshop at Harmon Canyon Preserve. Holladay, Wambsgans, and Fortunati will offer one-on-one instruction for beginner and experienced artists on how to capture the natural landscape through composition, form, color, and paint handling. Participants will receive individual instruction and enjoy group discussion, so that painters can learn from one another.

    Painting en plein air, the French expression for "in the open air," is the act of leaving the walls of a studio and painting in the outdoors. Artists explore how to paint form and light, with its changing, ephemeral qualities, with portable paints and easel.

    Materials needed:

    -Portable easel (required, find a suggested easel here)
    -Folding chair (optional)
    -Paint brushes: An assortment of sizes and shapes (long handle bristle or synthetic for acrylic paint: #2 Flat, #4 Flat, #8 --Flat, #10 Flat,  #2 Round, #4 Round, #8 round, plus rigger brush for painting thin lines, branches, grasses, etc.)
    -Canvas Panels: hardboard or on cardboard (student grade, medium texture). Suggested size 12x16 or 16x20in
    -Wood or disposable palette (find a suggested palette here)
    -Heavy body acrylic paint (tube) or oil paint
    -For acrylic painters: cup for water + water to wash brushes
    -For oil painters: odorless mineral spirits (OMS) or Gamsol and leakproof brush washer/container to hold it
    -Roll of paper towels
    -2-3 pairs of vinyl, latex, or nitrile gloves (optional)
    -Trash Bag (carry in/carry out)
    -Water and snacks

    Palette/colors needed:  

    -Cadmium or Permanent Red
    -Alizarin Crimson or Alizarin Crimson Hue Permanent or Quinocridone Magenta
    -Cadmium Yellow or Permanent Yellow
    -Yellow Ochre 
    -Permanent Blue or Ultramarine Blue
    -Permanent Green Deep/Dark or Viridian (green)
    -Large tube of Titanium White or Permalba White  

    Additional colors that may be useful but not required:

    -Cadmium Green Pale, Permanent Green Light, or Sap Green
    -Cerulean Blue
    -Cobalt Blue
    -Cadmium Orange or Permanent Orange
    -Dioxazine Purple or Dioxazine Violet
    -Raw Sienna 
    -Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna

    Purchase tickets below at Ventura Land Trust member or non-member pricing.

     

    Not sure if you're a member? Contact Development Coordinator Heather Burton.


    Artist Biographies

    Debra Holladay

    A lifelong painter and native Californian, Debra’s art career began at age two with a tube of red lipstick and her cooperative dog, followed by a crayon wall mural unsuccessfully hidden behind a chest of drawers. Working both in the studio and in the field, Debra’s paintings capture fleeting moments of the American experience which, on closer inspection, reward the viewer with small details often overlooked by the casual observer. Her passion for art and sense of wanderlust for the natural world have culminated in a series of plein air painting adventures which include a pack trip to Lake Ediza in the Eastern Sierras and trips to Canyon de Chelly, California’s gold rush country, Yosemite Valley, Joshua Tree National Park, and the California coast. Debra earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma followed by six years of study at the Art Students League of New York. Debra’s high-collectible work is frequently included in juried museum and themed gallery exhibitions and invitational shows. Debra is an Artist member of the California Art Club, a co-founder of Studio2310, and a founding member of the PAC6 Painters.

    Laura Wambsgans

    Native Californian Laura Wambsgans began landscape oil painting sixteen years ago, after working as the managing director of a major recording studio and then as a sculptor for two decades. Studying intensely with Scott Christensen and other well-respected landscape painters and painting daily, Wambsgans strives to capture the effect of light on the land, though color and paint quality. Wambsgans’ work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions, including the Riverside Museum, Bakersfield Museum, Lancaster Museum, Ventura Museum and the Huntington Library and participated in many national plein air events, since 1986.  In 2006, Laura spearheaded “Chasing Open Spaces,” an environmental project painting the open spaces of the Santa Clarita Valley. Exhibits generated by this project were instrumental in preserving Elsmere Canyon in Santa Clarita. Laura has been an active member of the California Art Club since 2002 and is a founding member of the PAC6 Painters.

    Marian Fortunati

    Award-winning artist Marian Fortunati considers herself “one lucky artist” because art has enabled her to experience more of the beauty in our world (and because her name, Fortunati, means "lucky" in Italian). Fortunati is a contemporary California impressionist who uses oil paints to create interesting experiments with texture and color. Her outdoor sketches often serve as references for larger studio work, but are also special mementos of places and adventures. She is a Southern California native who enjoyed a lengthy career as a teacher and a principal in Los Angeles. After painting and studying art for many years during time off work, she now paints full-time. 

    Fortunati has established a foundation in the Impressionist tradition of seeing and painting shapes of light and color through instruction by artists Ray Roberts, Frank Gardner, Matt Smith, Daniel Pinkham, and master landscape and undersea artist David C. Gallup. Fortunati's work is found in collections throughout the United States, Europe, China, and Australia. She is an Artist Member of the California Art Club and a founding member of PAC6 Painters; she retains affiliations with with the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and various other art organizations.

  • Friday, December 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM
    Big Rock Preserve in Ventura, CA

    Volunteer at Big Rock Preserve - Fridays

    ***Please disregard the event date below - this is a repeating volunteer opportunity.  Refer to Signup.com listings for specific dates***

    We will carry out a variety of restoration activities such as mulching, invasive species removal, and trail maintenance. 

    We're using SignUp.com to organize this ongoing opportunity - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

    1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/zSYMGSd
    2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
    3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

    Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

    HELPFUL LINKS:
    To help expedite up the sign-in process, please print and sign this liability release and bring it with you on the day of the event.

    MAP AND DIRECTIONS

    Big Rock Preserve is located just south of Foster Park along the Ojai-Ventura Bike Trail. There are two entrances to Big Rock.

    North Entrance: Take Hwy 33, exit at Casitas Vistas Road, turn right and park underneath the HWY 33 overpass. Walk towards the bike trail and turn left. Continue south for approx. 1/4 mile along the dirt path adjacent to the Ojai-Ventura Bike Trail until you see the Big Rock preserve entrance on the right (look for the kiosk, bench and bike rack under the pepper tree).

    South Entrance: Take Hwy 33, exit at Casitas Vistas Vista Road. Turn right and continue straight (under the highway) on North Ventura Ave. Parking is available along North Ventura Ave. Walk north to the break in the fence and take a right along the dirt path adjacent to the Ojai-Ventura Bike Trail. Continue north for approx. 1/4 mile until you see the Big Rock preserve entrance on the left (look for the kiosk, bench and bike rack under the pepper tree).

    Questions/concerns? Please email [email protected]

     


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    Want to contribute more than sweat-equity? The Ventura Land Trust now offers affordable River Restoration Sponsorship opportunities. Environmentally-minded individuals and businesses are invited to support our habitat restoration work by financially contributing to the costs of cleaning, clearing and restoring the land. There's no better way to put your money to work!
    ***Please disregard the event date below - this is a repeating volunteer opportunity.  Refer to Signup.com listings for specific dates***
  • Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 08:00 AM
    Harmon Canyon in Ventura, CA

    Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program at Harmon Canyon - Sundays and Mondays

     

    ***Please disregard the event date below - this volunteer opportunity occurs most Sundays and Mondays.  Refer to Signup.com listings for specific dates***

    Come one, come all! We need your help removing invasive species and improving wildlife habitat at Harmon Canyon. Our fantastic docents Terri and Kris will lead volunteers in removing non-native, invasive species from Harmon Canyon Preserve. No previous weed pulling experience is required, our docents will provide training to anyone who needs it. This volunteer opportunity requires hand pulling weeds so please bring your own gloves and any tools that you think might work well. Meet the group at 8 AM at the information kiosk at Harmon Canyon Preserve.  Please RSVP with the SignUp link: https://signup.com/go/KSkTPtn

    We're using SignUp.com to organize this ongoing event.

    Here's how it works in 4 easy steps:

    1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/KSkTPtn

    2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

    3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

    4) Every spot has a link to our volunteer agreement liability release form.  Please sign and return electronically to [email protected], or bring your printed and signed copy to the event.

    Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

    Any questions? Contact [email protected] for more information.

    ***Please disregard the event date below - this volunteer opportunity occurs most Sundays and Mondays.  Refer to Signup.com listings for specific dates***

  • Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 10:00 AM · 1 rsvp
    Willoughby Preserve in Ventura , CA

    Volunteer for Ventura River Estuary Cleanup - Wednesdays

     


    ***Please disregard the event date below - this is a repeating volunteer opportunity.  Refer to Signup.com listings for specific dates***
    Join us in our mission to keep the Ventura River Estuary safe and clean! River restoration and cleanup events are a part of VLT's ongoing efforts to bring the Ventura River back to its natural state and make it more welcoming to human and wildlife visitors alike.

    This work may not be suitable for everyone. We are looking for volunteers age 18+ (16+ with guardian present) who are comfortable working in close proximity to homeless individuals and encampments. We do not judge; we seek to educate and compassionately manage a very complex problem in our watershed.

    We're using SignUp.com to organize this ongoing opportunity - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

    1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/gxaPSEt
    2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
    3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

    Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

    HELPFUL LINKS:
    What does cleanup work in the river look like? Check out this short video on YouTube.  
    To help expedite up the sign-in process, please print and sign this liability release and bring it with you on the day of the event.
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     Please note: River cleanup volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Due to the nature of tools used and bio-hazardous materials occasionally found in the river estuary, we do not encourage young children to participate in these events. Please see our Events Page for more family-friendly outings!
    ***Please disregard the event date below - this is a repeating volunteer opportunity.  Refer to Signup.com listings for specific dates***
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