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Art Reception and Book Signing
January 18, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
On January 18, 6 – 9pm, Fox Fine Jewelry will host both an Artist Reception and a Book Signing.
Julieanne O’Connor will sign copies of her latest book, Spelling It Out for Your Man. Spelling It Out for Your Man is packed with entertaining insider secrets to sex, love and attraction. Full of candid stories, empowering tips and overall entertainment, this book is written to lift the human spirit through laughter and the ability for both men and women to relate.
Johanna Spinks, Sherron Sheppard and JoAnne Duby will display their art in a show “Speed and Grace” at Fox Fine Jewelry from January 16 through March 8, 2014.
Johanna Spinks was just 22 years old when she emigrated from the United Kingdom to New York City, first as a journalist and eventually as a makeup artist. In time she became a top Hollywood make up artist for magazines, film and TV. Eventually the demands of the business led her to devote herself full time to her love of classical portraiture, but with a contemporary, romantic twist.
Spinks was an early adopter of social media when she did ‘365 Days of Drawing’ project in 2010, sharing it daily on her blog and Facebook, and was then featured in American Artist Magazine. She completed a two year ‘Face of Ventura’ project, which helped her win the 2013 Ventura Mayor’s Arts Award. Extremely talented and successful at her endeavors, she has been featured in The New York Times and other publications, has won numerous awards, is on the teaching faculty at the California Art Institute and is often asked to give public painting demonstrations. Her paintings hang internationally in public and private collections.
Sherron Sheppard is a life long Ventura County resident who spent 28 years with General Telephone as a specialist in Microwave Radio and Fiber Optics. As a young child she loved art, and began her life’s path of art classes and education in 1974. She studied painting, later transitioning to watercolor, and finally to photography.
When Sheppard retired from General Telephone, she began assisting a wedding photographer, eventually opening up her own wedding photography business. With her artistic background and creative composition, it wasn’t long before her successful business became known in the celebrity circles.
As photography entered the digital world, so did Sheppard. She exited the wedding photography business, and shifted to fine art composition photography. Sheppard began melding multiple photographs into one, artistically creating a unique piece of art. Says Sheppard, “I don’t see what is in front of me. I see what it ‘could be’ and then I collect the elements that are needed to create that vision.”
A new college graduate, JoAnne Duby moved to Santa Barbara in 1974 to teach ceramics at Santa Barbara City College. Soon she met sculptor John Cody, who was to become her mentor and teacher. Duby was new to sculpting, and she embraced it with passion. In 1976, Duby heard a “pop” in her back. After extreme pain and immobility, the doctor said she needed to either lay down or stand up. Duby couldn’t sit at the ceramics wheel anymore.
Duby began a new career as a sculptor, supporting herself serving pizza at night. Throughout the ensuing years, Duby has avidly sculpted, winning countless awards and creating sculptures for public works, hospitals, museums and private collectors. In 1994, Duby started the nonprofit California Sculptors Symposium. This annual event, now in its 20th year, brings together artists worldwide for education, networking and “comradery”.
For information on the show, contact Debbie Fox at (805) 652-1800. Additional information on the book signing can be found at http://www.spellingitout.com.