Donna Granata is the Founder and Executive Director of Focus on the Masters (FOTM), a highly respected non-profit educational program documenting contemporary artists. Founded in 1994, the goal of FOTM is to demonstrate the importance of the arts to society by bringing highly accomplished artists to the forefront of the community. The program presents its research to a broad public through photographic exhibitions, Artist Spotlight Interview Series (that is video-taped in front of a live audience) and their Learning To See educational outreach to schools and youth centers. FOTM has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of its outstanding contributions to arts education including the 2005 inaugural Ventura Mayor’s Art Award – Arts Educator and the 2007 Ventura County Arts Council Art Star Award. Focus on the Masters is recognized as one of the leading arts organizations in the state of California.
In addition to her ongoing lecture series for FOTM, Donna teaches art appreciation classes for the Road Scholar Elderhostel International including an Introduction to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Roman Villa and Laguna’s Pageant of the Masters. In addition, she taught portraiture for the Brooks Institute of Photography and has lectured for the journalism department at UCLA on the ethics of photography. Among her personal accolades are an Honorary Master’s of Science Degree from the Brooks Institute, Teacher of the Year by Elderhostel International and Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts from the City of Ojai, CA.
An accomplished artist in her own right, Donna is an internationally published and award winning photographer. Her photographs have been displayed across the United States. Selected works from her FOTM portrait series are housed in the Smithsonian’s Archive of American Artists; in the photographic Collection of the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York and other public institutions that house the personal archives of the artists documented. In addition, her work is in the collections of the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA, the Museum of Ventura County, the Ojai Valley Museum, and the City of Ventura Municipal Art Collection to name a few.
Donna received a Bachelor’s of Art Degree from the Brooks Institute and a Master of Arts Degree from USC Annenberg in Arts Journalism. She is listed in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women.
Executive Director, California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is dedicated to creating cultural spaces where ides are shared and people connect. With the support of the City of Thousand Oaks, CMATO is the new neighbor of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and is in the distinct position to realize its goal of establishing an enduring arts institution that will bring civic pride to the Conejo Valley Region. Tish’s professional experience includes positons at the J. Paul Getty Museum, photo l.a. and ArtSlant. Her experience working for the National Endowment for the Arts spurred her recent curatorial project Mass Appeal: The Art of Corita Kent. Tish shares her connoisseurship expertise with artists and collectors through her private advisory firm. Tish received her BA in Art History from John Cabot University, Rome, Italy and her MA in Museum Studies and Contemporary Art from Georgetown University and Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York.
Award-winning artist Anette Power credits her mom, who also paints; and growing up on an island off the Swedish coast for providing a childhood full of creative exploration and a love for the outdoors.
After more than a decade of fine-tuning her sense of light, color and setting a mood, working as a background painter for studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and Universal, Anette now dedicates her time to painting in Oils.
“I find myself drawn to subject matters with light and color that celebrate life’s fleeting moments”, says Anette. “I enjoy painting on location immersing myself in the moment and capturing a sense of our personal place in history.” In February of 2016 Anette joined Eric Rhoads of PleinAir Magazine, one of 100 artists on a historical trip to Cuba to paint and capture this amazing country before things change. This year Anette was also honored to receive 2 “Best of Show” Awards. One at the Frank Bette Plein Air Event and the other at the Ventura Plein Air Invitational 2016. Anette is a member of CAC, OPA, AIS, LPAPA, SCAPE, BVAA, TAG and The Television Academy and is currently the Program Chair for WVAG