I’ve been hung

Now that I’ve got your attention.

On Wednesday Sweetie and I saw the inside of city government.  Well, the building anyway.  We spent most of the day at Ojai City Hall, a venerable property that was donated to the city many years ago and is the seat of power in our fine city.

We were there hanging my photos.  With Roger’s expert guidance and help, we spotted twenty-five pieces throughout the building.   They’ll be there until March 12 for all the world to see.   I’m grateful to the Ojai City Arts Commission for their gracious invitation to display my work.

The photos are focused…pun intended…on Lake Casitas and on the oil wells near us.  Sweetie and I have been doing a project at Lake Casitas for several months.  I thought that the old lake should get more respect.  Seems like she’s only thought of as a place where out-of-towners drag their RVs and beer to.  Or her water that sometimes yields big bass to fisherman…at least that’s what they tell us. 

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 The oil wells are the result of months of work trying to make them look alive and vibrant rather than the rusty. ratty old things that they are.  We tried to get some other venues interested in an exhibit devoted to them.  Most said “Oil wells, who’d be interested in those?”  Or they didn’t respond at all.  Must have been the shock.  The director of the Santa Paula Oil Museum looked at me, her eyes glazed over and she said something like “Why would the oil museum want to show pictures of oil wells.”  I couldn’t think of a good response.

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Anyway, you’re all invited to our exhibit.  If you want some free food, come join us on Thursday, January 22 from 5pm to 6:30pm at City Hall.  Sweetie’s cookies will be the highlight of the show, I’m sure.  Sorry, no booze unless it’s in a paper bag out by the trash bin.  It’s a public building, so they only allow alcohol in the Mayor’s office…I think.

8 Responses to “I’ve been hung”


  1. 1 Leo January 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Fred’s pictures, Ila’s cookies….I’ll be there.

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  2. 2 Harry Levin January 10, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Fred,
    Congratulation. I’m not sure we will make it but if we do is it a black tie affair or jeans?
    Harry

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  3. 3 bbojai January 10, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Beautiful invitation!!!!

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  4. 4 robert January 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    very exciting…dont know if i can make the 22nd but why dont you work on getting my dad out there and ill drive over for a weekend…we can have a nice time…im sure id be able to talk my aunt into baking another batch of cookies

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  5. 5 Sharon January 10, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Beautiful picture of the lake. Almost makes it look more inviting than our gorgeous white snow in Chicago!

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  6. 6 Jon January 11, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Picture perfect!

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  7. 7 sissy January 12, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Beautiful.
    Love the igrets
    Take photos of the opening and send
    love
    leila

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  8. 8 Silvia Faulstich January 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Nice picture. Ray and I will try to make it…(Diana’s buddys..and she is our godmother to our daughter Briana Faulstich…)

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