Friday, January 30, 2015     Volume: 15, Issue: 47

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Santa Maria Sun / Arts

North County ag industry showcased in photo exhibit


View a slideshow of photographer Lee-Volker Cox's work. Local photographer Lee-Volker Cox is a retired Air Force operations commander who served at Vandenberg Air Force Base beginning in 2008; his attention was immediately grabbed by the colorful rows of flowers cultivated in the Lompoc Valley. He ...

Ro Snell explores the expanse of nature at the Elverhoj Museum


The work of an artist is colored by a lifetime of experiences. Thoughts, memories, and emotions swirl together in an alchemical dance, crystallizing into a creation that could potentially color the experiences and inhabit the minds of others. Abstract artist Ro Snell is no different, and when wande...

Lompoc Mural Society puts out a call for artists


The Lompoc Mural Society is holding a call for artists in anticipation of its 2015 mural, slated for placement in the downtown area’s Art Alley. Interested artists are required to submit a concept sketch to be considered by the Lompoc Mural Society’s Artistic Criteria Committee by March...

Local author debuts new graphic novel


Local author and art instructor E. Monks Hack will be signing the first edition of her new graphic novel The Eyes Eshnunna Part I on Feb. 7 in Lompoc. The event will include light refreshments, a book signing, and a question-and-answer session with the author from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Bookstore ...

Santa Maria Valley Open Space announces new board, upcoming public hike


The Santa Maria Valley Open Space has announced its newly elected board of directors, which includes new president Chad Hinkle, treasurer Will Cronan, membership and events coordinators Donna Evangelista Beal and Gayle Vyenielo, and communications director Kandie Miller. The five began serving Jan. ...

Hancock professor to appear on Jeopardy!


Allan Hancock College English professor Jim Read will be appearing on the Jan. 30 episode of the popular trivia game show Jeopardy! The episode will show on the local NBC affiliate KSBY-TV at 7 p.m. Read, a longtime fan of the show and games like Trivial Pursuit, is contractually obligated to not r...