Ventura College New Media Gallery Exhibition Honors Women’s History Month

Focus on the Masters Portrait Series by Donna Granata, Ventura College alumni

SPARK:  Woman Educators, Innovators and Activists

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Ventura College New Media Gallery is proud to announce Photographic Portraits by Ventura College alumni, Donna Granata, founder of Focus on the Masters (FOTM).  The exhibition SPARK: Woman Educators, Innovators, and Activists will run from Thursday, March 2, 2017 through Thursday, April 13, 2017, with an opening reception on March 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  A gallery talk is also scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.  The exhibition and gallery talk, located on campus (4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA), are free and open to the public.

The artists’ portraits featured in this exhibition include: Marcia Cummings, Alberta Fins, Barbara Fumagalli, Mary Beth Hanrahan, Connie Jenkins, Cassandra Jones, Viqui McCaslin, Debra McKillop, Leslie McQuaide, Mary Michel, Cynthia Minet, Christine Morla, Valerie Noelle, Ruth Pastine, Gail Pidduck, Elisse Pogofski-Harris, Patti Post, Tesi Sanchez-Halpert, Lindsay Scott, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Cheryl Ann Thomas, Myra Toth, Linda Vallejo, Sally Weber, Beatrice Wood and Hiroko Yoshimoto.

Established in 1994, FOTM is an on-going non-profit art appreciation program that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists, emphasizing the importance of the arts to a healthy community. The documentation, consisting of visual, written and oral history, provides the foundation for FOTM’s community programming.

The New Media Gallery showcases the work of professional artists throughout the United States. Gallery hours for spring 2017 are Monday – Thursday, 10-4 p.m. and/or by appointment. On campus parking requires a permit which may be purchased for $2 from the automated parking boxes on campus parking lots.

For more information, please contact Gallery Directors Sharon Coughran, [email protected] or Ann Bittl, [email protected]. A complete listing of Ventura College art exhibits may be found at

Mary Michel by Donna Granata 

Ventura College, an accredited two-year institution of higher education, has been a part of the beautiful seaside community of Ventura, California, since 1925. It is conveniently located approximately 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. The 112-acre campus, set in the rolling hills of Ventura, has an enrollment of 14,500 students. Ventura College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Sciences Degrees in 33 majors, and Certificates of Completion and Proficiency Awards in 61 areas of study. Ventura College also has Transfer Guarantee Agreements with CSUCI, CSUN, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz. Class schedules are posted at For more information, contact the Ventura College Welcome Center at 805.289.6420.

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