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Dianne Bennett’s Closing Reception August 25

Thank you Ojai Valley Land Conservancy for all you do to make the Ojai valley a sustainable
model for what so many other communities could be.

The City of Ojai’s Gallery is exhibiting the work of Dianne Bennett from June 26 – August 25, 2017. Her exhibit is dedicated to the animals whose livelihood is threatened by habitat and global climate change.

A closing reception will be held Friday, August 25 from 5 – 7 pm. She will be on hand to sign copies of her book, “Once Upon a Watershed.”

“Once Upon a Watershed” is a children’s book that teaches children the value of living in harmony with the natural world. The story is illustrated with Bennett’s animal paintings and benefits the foundation of the same name.

Bennett’s “California Quail” was purchased for the City of Ojai’s permanent collection in 2016.

About the Exhibit:

before our very eyes

Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles when orange trees still outnumbered houses, I watched as meadows disappeared to asphalt boulevards, tracts and shopping malls.
That experience inspired a passion in me for preserving and conserving wild, open spaces.

In 2005 I began creating a series of portraits on salvaged metal advertising and road signs.
My subjects are birds and other species threatened by loss of habitat and global climate change. The paintings are created in hopes of celebrating and illuminating the ephemeral quality and dignity of nature while raising questions about what we value, what we hold sacred and what is disappearing before our very eyes.

I fell in love with the Ojai Valley when visiting my grandparents as a child.
When my husband and I moved to Meiners Oaks in 1999, I was so happy to see how much of
the native landscape of the Ojai Valley had been preserved. During those 17 years, I witnessed the creation and restoration of the Ojai and Besant Meadow Preserves and the Ventura River
Bottom Preserve. The healing of the land and the return of species of flora and fauna
were thrilling to experience.

Thank you Ojai Valley Land Conservancy for all you do to make the Ojai valley a sustainable
model for what so many other communities could be. Thank you Once Upon a Watershed for teaching our children the value of living in harmony with the natural world and the other
beings who share this beautiful nest.

Go for a walk in the meadow today!

in peace