Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund

The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation and Porch Gallery Ojai are pleased to announce the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund, a grassroots initiative to raise, match, and distribute unrestricted cash grants to members of the Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties’ creative communities seriously affected by the Thomas Fire.

The Thomas fire, which started on the evening of December 4th is now the fourth largest in California History and still active in Santa Barbara County. The first phase of the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund is to gather more information about the impact the fire has had on our creative communities, as well as the scope of need. As members of the Ojai and Ventura communities are now being allowed back to assess the damage, we thought this would be a good time to begin reaching out to determine the scope of impact. At the end of 2017, we will determine a fundraising goal based on the information we gather. As we actively reach out with our existing networks, we ask that anyone who may be affected or know those affected to complete a very short questionnaire.

The second phase of the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Fund will be two-fold: a matched fundraising campaign led by the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, including a public program of free and ticketed events, and a fundraising art exhibition hosted by Porch Gallery Ojai featuring art works donated to benefit the Fund.
Please save the following dates for the Thomas Fire Artist Recovery Benefit Exhibition: February 1 – March 11, 2018. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 3 from 5-7pm. Complete list of participating artists to be released in January 2018.
Frederick Janka, Executive Director, Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation

Link to questionnaire

Generation Art 2017: Featuring Ojai Valley High School Students


Headline: Generation Art, 2017 – A Group Exhibition Featuring Local
Ojai Students

Show Dates: November 17, 2017 – December 17, 2017

Photo: Finn Keilty, Untitled, 2017

Ojai, CA, November 8, 2017

Porch Gallery – Ojai and the Carolyn GlasoeBailey Foundation present
Generation Art 2017, the fourth annual group exhibition featuring local
Ojai student artists: Caymin Ellspermann (Besant Hill School), Zela
Henderson (Ojai Valley School), Finn Keilty (The Thacher School),
Sarame Sahgal (Oak Grove School), and Arley Sakai (Nordhoff High
School). The exhibition will be Co-curated by Fliss Francese (Oak
Grove School)

Four years ago, Porch Gallery Directors Heather Stobo and Lisa Casoni
conceived of the show as a way to teach beginning artists the
complete process of editing, presenting and marketing their work. The
students are exhibiting and selling their artwork for the first time at a
commercial gallery. To educate the students in the process, each
student is required to work with the gallery directors to edit their work
into a cohesive body that is consistent in both theme and style. After
the editing process is complete, the students must write an artist’s
statement, promote the show, attend the opening and be prepared to
discuss their work. In short, the students are required to perform all
the duties of a professional artist.

According to Lisa Casoni, “Our first show was such an enormous
success, that we decided to make it a yearly event. It was a treat to see
how impressed the community was with the quality of work. We
wanted to show the students the importance of taking the final steps in
completing their artwork – that the process doesn’t stop with the last
stroke of ink, drop of paint or when the final photo is printed. We were
delighted that, with just a little guidance, the students were performing
like seasoned professionals…but without the attitude.”

“Generation Art, 2017” will be at the Carolyn GlasoeBaileyFoundation
November 17, 2017 – December 17, 2017
The Carolyn GlasoeBailey Foundation is located at 248 S. Montgomery,
Unit A, in Ojai. For more information please go to or


Lisa Casoni
Porch Gallery – Ojai
[email protected]

Christian Garnet – Color Interplay

Christian Garnett is a visual artist. Included on his bio of a solo shows is a show at Carolyn’s NYC Gallery – Dee Glasoe n 2002. Christian’s well-chosen contrasting colors and a carefully controlled interplay of different painting methods that turn these paintings into entertaining patchwork puzzles. It’s nearly impossible to figure out how they have been made: which areas of solid color or blurred.

Alejandro Diaz – Neon Bring Art To Life

Diaz is well-known for his conceptual, recurrent use of everyday materials, his humor infused politics, and his ongoing involvement with art as a form of entertainment, activism, public intervention, and free enterprise. He began making and selling his cardboard signs, “Mexican Wallpaper”, on the streets of Manhattan in the late 90s. More recently, he has translated them into a compelling series of colorful neon signs. Some of Diaz’ recent projects include a commission to create large-scale outdoor sculptures for the Public Art Fund (2005), New York’s premier presenter of public art, a series called MexiCans, now part of the permanent public art collection of the City of San Antonio, on display at the San Antonio International Airport, and a public art commission for the Havana Biennial (2003).One of his amazing neon signs “Another Bright Idea” is included in the Fierce Generosity exhibit.