Creative Community Thomas Fire Recovery Exhibition: May 17 – June 22, 2019

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Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to announce our support of the Creative Community Thomas Fire Recovery Grant, and the efforts of The Ventura County Arts Council and CreativityWorks to provide financial assistance to Ventura County working artists who sustained economic losses due to the Thomas Fire and the January 9th Debris Flow. The purpose of this grant program is to help artists invest in their working lives and creative practices in order to sustain their ability to stay in Ventura County.

Our intent with this exhibition is to match the initial funds of $41,290 provided to The Ventura County Arts Council by the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, in order to increase the size and impact of the grants. This will be achieved in part by exhibiting art works with the support of Porch Gallery Ojai, at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation and make them available via a silent auction. The grant will be administered through the Ventura County Arts Council, with funds raised in Ojai earmarked for Ojai based artists who apply.

The Creative Community Thomas Fire Recovery Exhibition will take place at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation from May 17 – June 22, with an Opening Reception & Community Potluck on Friday, May 17, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm as part of the Ojai Village Merchant Group’s Third Friday Program. This event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the exhibition of artworks for the silent auction, two High School Seniors from Besant Hill School have elected to help produce the exhibition as part of their two week capstone final projects. Jamie Chen will be painting a series of 16 paintings of the Ojai landscape based on photographs given to her by members of the community, these paintings will then be given back to the person who provided the photograph. In her own words:

“I am wanting to embrace the idea of sharing spiritual connections between us and our lovely land, Ojai. My intention is to give back to this beautiful environment from exchanging some of your personal stories and connections with Ojai. As a student and artist, I always find our environment very inspirational, I hope by painting your stories I can present to the community a more complete and connected love to our land. Please submit your photos and stories of Ojai to, I will be painting the first 24 submissions.”

Shay Beckson will be designing and self-publishing an artist’s zine about her experiences after the fire and debris flow, which will also include works from the exhibition, along with a centerfold dedicated to her classmate Jamie’s painting project.

Public programming during the run of the show will feature art therapy activities lead by artist Edith Moses, a trained art therapist, a community round table discussion about the role of the artist in our community, as well as an additional Third Friday Community Potluck on Friday, June 21st, which will also serve as the closing reception. Additional details to be announced shortly. 

The Creative Community Thomas Fire Recovery Grant is made possible by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn about how state and federal arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit and

About Ventura County Arts Council & CreativityWorks:
We advocate for the arts and for increased arts instruction in schools. We foster community development through the arts, serving county artists, arts organizations, and the public through partnerships with arts supporters, businesses, foundations, and community leaders. We embrace diversity and strive to reach low income and minority communities with programs designed to offer equal access to the arts.

CreativityWorks works to strengthen Ventura County’s creative community and channel its potential as a catalyzer of economic and community success. Led by Tracy Hudak, CreativityWorks builds networks, conducts advocacy and provides strategic support to artists, cultural organizations and creative businesses.

Image: (detail) Anthony Jakobs, Untitled, 2017, Courtesy the artist

Tickets on Sale! Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize Gala Saturday June 29, 2018

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Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize Gala Celebrating Kelly Akashi

Saturday, June, 29, 2019
Cocktail Reception: 6:00 pm
Chef’s Dinner & Award Program: 7:00 pm
Private Residence, Ojai

Silent Auction of artworks and experiences

On Saturday, June 29 the 2019 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize Gala will take place at a private residence in Ojai and will be an evening celebrating Kelly Akashi. The Art Prize Gala provides a critical financial support for efforts at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation including the Ojai Institute.

Kelly Akashi’s works have a gravitational pull that focuses on her innovative use of material and interest in both exploring and exposing the artistic process. She is constantly challenging assumptions of use, while creating incredibly smart and awe inspiring artworks. Living and working in Los Angeles, Akashi is represented by Ghebaly Gallery, where her most recent and critically acclaimed solo exhibition took place. Akashi’s first museum solo exhibition took place in 2017 at SculptureCenter, New York, and she was featured in the 2016 Made in LA Biennial: a, the, though, only at the Hammer Museum. Other institutions that have exhibited her works in major exhibitions include Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, and Jewish Museum, New York. Her works reside in the collections of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, among others.

The prize consists of a $10,000 unrestricted cash grant, an artist residency in Ojai, and a solo exhibition at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation. Kelly Akashi in Residence will be on view June 29 – September 23, 2019. The prize is awarded on an annual basis and the current focus is on supporting artists of merit living in Southern California with an interest in creating deeper engagement with the Ojai Valley community.

Host Committee:

Nora & Bob Ackerley, Chris Bailey, Megan & Christine Bense, Corinne Bordeau & Andy Koski, John Connelly, Veronica M. Fernandez, Pam & Rob Frame, Lila Glasoe Francese & Dines Francese, François Ghebaly, Leslie Golden, Brooke Gregson, Bruce Mason, Suzanne & Gilbert Mathews, Lisa Casoni & Heather Stobo, Jennie Prebor & Fred Fisher, Laurie & Mark Recordon, Christine Steiner, Wendy Wheeler Smith, Seyburn Zorthian. As of May 15.


Ameriprise Financial, Beato Chocolates, Buttonwood Winery, Found 203, Lorraine Lim Catering OHI Home, Porch Gallery Ojai

Ticket Levels Below. $50 per person per ticket is not tax deductible.

To purchase tickets by email or phone please contact:
Frederick Janka, Executive Director or 805.633.9188

Quantity:Ticket Type:Amount:Description:
Underwriter Table for ten guests2500.00 USDincludes the benefits of the VIP Sponsor Ticket plus a “Founders Level” Ojai Institute membership for one year
Underwriter Ticket (s) for two guests1000.00 USDincludes the benefits of the VIP Sponsor Ticket plus a “Founders Level” Ojai Institute membership for one year
VIP Sponsor Ticket (s) for two guests500.00 USDincludes the benefits of the Patron Ticket plus invitations to VIP Reception on June 28 and Artists’ Brunch on June 30
VIP Sponsor Ticket (s) per guest250.00 USDincludes the benefits of the Patron Ticket plus invitations to VIP Reception on June 28 and Artists’ Brunch on June 30
Patron Ticket (s) per guest150.00 USDincludes cocktail reception, chef’s dinner & award program
Underwrite an Artist Ticket150.00 USDI would like to underwrite ticket (s) for special artist guests
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