The 2015 Greater Conejo Valley Open Art Studio Tour was held Saturday, April 18th. The day-long event was held at approximately a dozen locations throughout the cities of Thousand Oaks, Agoura, Westlake Village, and Newbury Park. Sponsored by the City of Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council and the City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Commission Visual Arts Committee, the tour included over 150 artists residing in these cities and currently creating their art in those locations. The public was invited to this free tour to see the artists ‘at work,’ and to purchase their art, where offered.
For the first time the event included The Reserve at Thousand Oaks which housed over a dozen working artists, six of whom were featured in this year’s tour. Ruth Olenick is a well-known impressionist from the Chicago area who is now living at The Reserve. Other artists in residence who were featured included Doug and Joyce Ward, Hal Wygant, Mary Lou Heckel, Ann Gerber, Joan Lewis, Lovina Hermanek, and Dodie Holiday.
Other tour stops included the Reyes Adobe Art Gallery, Art Trek, JS Art & Design Center, the Frame Gallery, and the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery. Ruth Olenick of The Reserve is also a featured artist this spring at the Civic Arts Plaza Artist Showcase in the Kavli Theater, which was also open for viewing during the studio tour.
Approximately 100 art aficionados picked up maps at the Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery and the drop-in tour took place between 10 AM and 5 PM at all locations. A bus tour was available through the Goebel Adult Center next to the Thousand Oaks Library; Francine Sprigel, city Senior and Youth Services Manager, was on that bus with the Goebel seniors. “It was great to see these seniors take advantage of the comfortable ride, lovely weather, and outstanding artwork from local artists,” said Sprigel. “We hope to have The Reserve at Thousand Oaks involved in next year’s event as well; their displays, refreshments, and quality of art were fabulous.”