Cole M James in Residence: 3 Movements
November 16, 2019 – February 29, 2020
The Ojai Institute, the artist centric initiative of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, is pleased to announce Cole M James in Residence: 3 Movements will open to all on Saturday, November 16, 2019 and continue through the end of February 2020. This dynamic artist residency, exhibition, and community engagement project will exist in three parts and over multiple sites throughout the Ojai Valley.
This project will inaugurate a new Artist in Residence Program at Oak Grove School. The school will host the artist on campus with both living and studio spaces, offering the unique opportunity for first hand student engagement. Additional partnerships with the Ojai Unified School District and Santa Barbara City College will offer deeper engagement opportunities with a broad spectrum of students in our region.
All are welcome to join us on Saturday, November 16 for a conversation with the artist for our Ojai Institute Podcast starting at 5:00 pm followed by an artist’s reception, and a ticketed artist’s dinner.
With 3 Movements, the artist is inviting the viewer on a personal diaspora journey, with moments of reflection, and a closing event that offers the viewer resources to pursue their own journey. The inherent generosity of this project explores being comfortable or mindfully uncomfortable in the unknowing of one’s cultural heritage. 3 Movements has been informed by the artist’s recent time spent this summer in Ghana, and an ongoing exploration of cross cultural ethnomedicinal knowledge especially as to how it relates to the female body.
In the artist’s own words:
There are truths to being African American, I will never know the language my ancestors or the traditions of their ancestors. This began my investigation into the unknown or rather an embrace of the unknowable and the ability to transcend the unknown into the imagined and the experiential. My intention is to embark on an imagined story of creation with a system of reactions centered on the sharing of hopefulness in experience as it coincides with memory.
Conceived in three parts, the first of which will be an installation of what the artist is calling Impossible Vessels featuring objects made in ceramic, glass, and paper. These works will be on view for the opening reception. Beginning in December, the exhibition will become augmented with both sound and scent sculptures as well as works from hands on art making student workshops, and a special artist led interactive culinary experience exploring connections between traditional African and American Soul Food recipes. In February, the third and final part of the project will feature a public conversation with the artist, joined by Sade Musa, herbalist (Roots of Resistance) and a special guest. The conversation will explore the roles of ethnomedicinal systems and its manifestations within the creative process.
The work of Cole M James is that of a negotiator, navigating the African Diaspora, circling the expanse of queerness and fumbling through womanhood. James’ interdisciplinary work explores the intersections between digital production and the analog collections of lived experiences. James was born in Chicago and raised in Moreno Valley, California. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State San Bernardino and Masters in Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. James currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Image: Cole M James, Within A Universe, 2019, Digital Print. Courtesy the Artist.
Events take place at 248 South Montgomery Street in Ojai, unless otherwise noted.
Friday, November 15, 10:00am:
Cole M James Artist Lecture, all are welcome
Off Site Location:
Humanities Building, Room 111, Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara
Saturday, November 16, 1:00 – 4:00pm:
Oak Grove All-School Showcase and Open House and Cole M James artist reception in the Main House of Oak Grove, all are welcome
Off Site Location:
220 West Lomita Ave, Ojai
Saturday, November 16, 5:00pm:
Cole M James in Conversation for Ojai Institute Podcast, all are welcome
Saturday, November 16, 6:30pm:
Cole M James in Residence: 3 Movements, Artist Reception, all are welcome
Saturday, November 16, 8:00pm:
Cole M James Artist Dinner, tickets available below, free for Ojai Institute Founder’s Circle level members and above.
Friday, December 6, 7:00 – 9:00pm:
Oak Grove High School Visual and Performing Arts Showcase featuring Cole M James
Off Site Location:
220 West Lomita Ave, Ojai
Saturday, December 14, 6:00pm:
Cole M James Artist led culinary experience exploring recipes from Ghana and Soul Food, at a private residence in Ojai. Tickets available below.
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 5:00 – 7:00pm:
Panel Discussion: Cole M James, Sade Musa, and special guest, all are welcome.
Additional events to be announced.
Or give any amount in support of Cole M James in Residence: 3 Movements
Ojai Institute and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation
248 South Montgomery Street
Ojai, CA 93023
Thursday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm daily, and by appointment
For more information please contact Frederick Janka, Executive Director, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 646.334.1006.
Please join us as we celebrate our student artists!
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Gallery will remain open until 5:00 pm.
Gallery Hours during the exhibition:
Saturday, October 12: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 24: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, October 25: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 26: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 31: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Costumes encouraged! Candy for kids!
Friday, November 1: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 2: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
And by appointment. Please contact Frederick Janka, Executive Director, email@example.com, 646.334.1006
We are thrilled to announce the exhibition Fierce Generosity 2.0, and the launch of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize.
Fierce Generosity 2.0
September 14, 2019 – October 19, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday September 14, 6-8pm
Artist talk at 6:30pm
Burnet Fine Art & Advisory, Wayzata, Minnesota
Burnet Fine Art & Advisory’s newest exhibition entitled Fierce Generosity 2.0 was curated and organized by the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, a non-profit foundation located in Ojai, California. The exhibition showcases a selection of work by Rob Fischer, Cole M James, Yassi Mazandi, Ruth Pastine, David Rathman and Aaron Spangler. A percentage of sales from the exhibition will support the newly created Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize. The Minnesota Art Prize consists of a cash grant and residency at the Ojai Institute in Ojai, California. David Rathman is the recipient of the inaugural prize. Fierce Generosity 2.0 follows the 2016 exhibition Fierce Generosity that helped launch the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation.
Fierce Generosity 2.0 was conceived as a meeting point of artists that are part of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation’s efforts, with three artists from Minnesota and three from California. The intention is to present a spectrum of artistic exploration between representation and pure abstraction, while illustrating the breadth and depth of the foundation’s support of living artists. Read More –>
Artworks, clockwise from left: Rob Fischer, Cole M James, Yassi Mazandi, Aaron Spangler, David Rathman, Ruth Pastine.
Frederick Janka, Executive Director
646.334.1006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to join us for a very special weekend in Minneapolis, September 13-15, 2019 as we inaugurate the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize.
Over the course of three days, our Minnesota Art Prize Weekend will feature a benefit exhibition hosted by Burnet Fine Art in Wayzata, Fierce Generosity 2.0, with 25% of art sales directly benefiting the launch of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize. The recipient of the inaugural prize is David Rathman, a Minneapolis based artist who’s talent and need are deserving of a $5,000 unrestricted cash grant, and a residency in Ojai at the Ojai Institute, a new initiative of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation. The weekend will also feature a kickoff dinner at the Morrison Family Residence on Wayzata Bay, a benefit Gala Brunch at the critically acclaimed Bellecour restaurant, an artist panel discussion, artist studio visits, and a visit to the private art collection of Peggy & Ralph Burnet.
Presented by Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation at the gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara with the support of JC Connelly, Inc.
Cassandria Blackmore, Matthew Brannon, Paul Demuro, Cameron Gainer, Gary Lang, Ruth Pastine, Enoc Perez, Aaron Spangler, Wolfgang Tillmans, Russell Young, Beatrice Wood.
On View: August 1, 2019 – February 6, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 1, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Additional events to be announced
Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to announce our second exhibition partnership with the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. XANADU opens to the public Thursday, August 1, 2019, and features artworks from the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Study Collection, artworks on loan from local collections, augmented with works available for sale through a partnership with JC Connelly, Inc. to benefit the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation. The exhibition is curated by Frederick Janka, Executive Director, and John Connelly, principal of JC Connelly, Inc. and will be on view through February 1, 2020.
The exhibition is a hybrid model of public-private partnership between the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, with the support of JC Connelly, Inc. The exhibition is inspired, in part, by the name of the summer palace of Kubla Khan, the Mongol ruler and Emperor of China from 1260 – 1294. Xanadu, an alternative to Shangdu, gained popularity after the publication of the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1816. Earlier literary visions of Shangdu were inspired by Marco Polo’s visit to the area in 1275 where he described encountering a wondrous park and palace, walled for miles around, with fountains, rivers, brooks, beautiful meadows and wild animals.
Describing his own vision of the summer capital, written in 1797 and published in 1816, Coleridge wrote:
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
Since Coleridge’s poem was published the name Xanadu gained recognition and has been appropriated and used in popular culture, film, literature and music to symbolize or suggest an idyllic Eden-like setting. However, beneath the often colorful references to paradise and the riches and pleasures it offers, Xanadu also suggests the dark and dangerous side of the natural world, and the possible vagaries of man’s intrusion into it.
Among other cultural references and points of inspiration, Xanadu is the name (or part of the name) for: a mansion in the fictional biographical film Citizen Kane (1941); a 1980 film starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly (and a 2007 Broadway musical based on it); a bright feature on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan; a series of experimental homes built in the early 1980’s to showcase computers and automation; the nickname (with “2.0”) for Bill Gates’ private estate and the alternative name for American Dreams Meadowlands, a proposed mall in New Jersey.
Daniel Alvarado, Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara’s General Manager, says, “Our hotel is excited to be partnering with the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation to share unexpected art encounters with both locals and guests in the unique space of our hotel and to create a connection to our community that extends beyond our front door.”
The Artists, Beatrice Wood Center For The arts, Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, OHI Home, JC Connelly, Inc., Santo Mezcal, Laurie & Marc Recordon, Lila Glasoe Francese & Dines Francese, Chris Bailey, and Bruce Mason
About Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara:
Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara blends historic splendor with sophisticated design to offer artful lodging in the Funk Zone. As Santa Barbara’s closest hotel to the Amtrak station, with complimentary bike rentals and nearby bike and foot paths to downtown, the beach, and Stearns Wharf, this hotel is the perfect car-free lodging choice. Contemporary art graces this 41-room boutique hotel which features pet-friendly, micro guestrooms with room service available from the award-winning Santo Mezcal restaurant, free WIFI, modern appointments, and some rooms with private, outdoor gardens. Facilities include an art library, open-air lounges, business center, fitness room, and boardroom.
Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is thrilled to announce a pop up presentation of paintings by San Antonio based artist Cruz Ortiz to benefit our newest initiative the Ojai Institute. Ortiz and Burnt Nopal conceived of the Ojai Institute’s member merchandise.
Talla Design, 307 Ojai Avenue, Ojai
Opening: Saturday, July 20, 5-7pm
On view: July 20 – September 1, 2019
In partnership with Talla design, and JC Connelly, Inc.
We are thrilled to offer two summer art making programs this year for the first time: a festive evening Drink and Draw for Adults and two, three-day Drawing Intensives for Youth. All programs are limited to 10 participants.
Drink & Draw for Adults
Thursdays in July and August, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
$100 per person ($80 for Ojai Institute Members)
Enjoy a summer evening drawing course for beginners and artists alike, with small bites and drinks included. Includes individual instruction in addition to group exercises, and all materials.
Dates: July 11, July 18, July 25, August 8, August 15, August 22, August 29
Drawing Intensives for Youth
July 15-17, Drawing from Nature
August 12-14, Drawing from Fantasy
$200 per student, per session, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm each day
Students will explore the fundamental concepts of drawing, such as line, shape, value, texture, form, volume, spacial relationships, and perspective while working with a variety of drawing materials. They will develop works over multiple days. Includes individual instruction in addition to group exercises, all materials, and lunch. Scholarships available.
About our instructor:
Roy Grillo is a highly skilled artist in pencil and oil and has taught local elementary school students and adults for many years in the Ojai Valley. He was the Art Teacher for grades first through sixth at Mira Monte Elementary, and was also the Fine Arts Teacher for Ojai Valley School’s summer program. Roy teaches the necessary skills to create a finished work of art from the use of pencils to the study of other artists. His lessons will include a discussion, demonstration and then practice. However his focus is on mindset, encouraging the student to be mindful of their thoughts during the creative process and to remove negative beliefs and self judgement so they can be free to learn, focus and create unencumbered by self doubt.
And in his own words:
My desire is to foster an atmosphere of joy so that the student creates art simply because they love it.