Second Act Inspirations

Second Act Inspirations

About the Curators and Contributors

April 27, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Jonel Lancaster and John Blaydes
A new OLLI art exhibit has been installed in the display case on the 2nd floor of the Pollak Library. This exhibit features watercolors and mixed media works by Irene Dardashti, watercolors by Janann Zechmeister, and ceramic tiles by Linda Colgin, Joyce Wong, and Betsy Gibbs. We also have a variety of hand-built ceramic pieces by Louise Records, Doris Tamahana, Vito Finazzo, Marla Greer, Carol Smith, Pat Dapkus, Valerie Sell, Janann Zechmeister, Terri Abrahamian, JoAnn Ludwig, and Desiree Engel. Ceramic flowers by Mona Stockdale are blooming; and Donna Minor's ceramic pieces, which have been enhanced by her mosaic work, add to the variety, beauty, and interest of the exhibit.

Thanks again to all of the OLLI artists who have loaned their work to us over the course of this past year for these exhibits. Also, a big "Thank You" goes to several behind the scenes helpers including - OLLI members, Warren Wilson, Jeff Layton, Mary Sampson, and Betty Redmon, and CSUF Exhibit Program Coordinator, Trish Campbell, and her student assistants Anna Coria and Cristina Omidsalar. Without the help of these individuals, our displays would not have happened!

In addition to the work in the second floor exhibit, we have several gorgeous photos by members of the OLLI Phocus Club which are displayed on the first floor. I hope that everyone can make the walk over to the library to see the final exhibits dedicated to the celebration of the OLLI 35th anniversary.

February 5, 2015 - April 27, 2015
Jonel Lancaster, Retired Teacher
Ceramics and photography by Sarah Troop
The display features a variety of beautiful hand built ceramics pieces and photos- some in brilliant color and some in black and white. Themes of the art include - Textures, Chinese New Year Celebrations, Nature, and Fantasy.

A collaborative team including Sarah Troop, Jeff Layton, Jonel Lancaster, Warren Wilson, Betty Redmon, and Trish Campbell helped to choose the works to show and their arrangement in the display.

October 1, 2014 - February 5,  2015
Curator:  Jonel Lancaster, Retired Teacher 
  In first floor wall case Bob Caswell, photography; and in the second floor display case Marla Greer, Sandy Wessel, and Betty Redmon, paintings; Sarah Troop, photography; Melissa de la Fuente, Sarah Troop, and Jonel Lancaster, ceramics.

September 10, 2014 - October 1, 2014 (First Floor North Wall Case, near Honors & Scholars)
Elizabeth Daron Redmon, Retired University Administrator (USC)
Contributors:  Sharon Brown, photography; Mary Sampson, watercolor; Lelye Prum and Marla Greer, drawing; Jan Mendez, Kitty Baler, Herb Stewart, Michael Sultan M.D. and Fritz Von Coelin, poetry; Rose Marie Baird, Elizabeth Redmon and Michelangelo, cut-out sketches; Lee Pete and Elizabeth Redmon, ceramics.

August 6, 2014 - September 2014 (Second Floor North, near elevator)
  Jonel Lancaster, Retired Teacher 
Contributors:  John Blaydes, Barbara Klaris, Mona Stockdale, and Janann Zechmeister, ceramics; Sara Troop, photography; Marla Greer, ceramics and acrylic on petrified wood; Sandy Wessel, ceramics and watercolor; and Jonel Lancaster, crochet.

July 2, 2014 - August 6, 2014
 Mary Sampson, Retired Teacher
Contributors:  John Detrick, watercolor; Rayleen Williams and Jeff Layton, drawings; Marcia Kashiwada, sketchbook; with original poems by Edith Bockian, Herb Stewart and Michael Sultan.

June 4, 2014 - July 2, 2014
Jeff Layton, Retired Aerospace Manager
Contributors: Maggie Giles, watercolor; Helene Moss, textile; Joyce Ono, watercolor; Elizabeth Daron Redmon, watercolor; Sue Svoboda, ceramic; Sarah Troop, ceramics.

About the Exhibit

In 2014 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in the Ruby Gerontology Center at  CSUF is celebrating its 35th anniversary providing a continued learning experience for seniors in Orange County. OLLI currently has over 1400 members and offers 100-140 classes per semester in seven curricular areas. This mixed media exhibit featuring work from OLLI classes in the Fine Arts runs from June 4, 2014, through the end of May, 2015.  Featured works will rotate on a monthly basis.

What Is a Poem
by Edith Bockian

A poem is an art form -

Words are its brush strokes -

Its colors, its patterns -

With lines that fill the eyes and ears,

Penetrate the mind, the heart -

Liberating, at last, the poet

With thoughts that must be said.


These displays would not have been possible without the work of our curators: Jeff Layton, Mary Sampson, Jonel Lancaster and Betty Redmon; the installers: in particular Jeff layton and Warren Wilson; the Coordinator of Pollak Exhibits, Trish Campbell, along with her students Anna Coria, Raziel Gamboa and Cristina Omidsalar; and the OLLI artists who volunteered their work. A special thanks goes to David Doo and Trish Campbell for publicizing the displays and to those of you who traveled over to the library to see them.

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