Lum Art Magazine will host an art talk with artist and Lum Art Prize recipient Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales on Saturday, April 30, at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation (CGBF) in Ojai. 

Wallace-Gonzales, who was featured on the cover of Lum’s latest issue, will discuss her roots in Black culture and coastal California’s ecology, along with growing up in Santa Barbara’s historic Black neighborhood and the North Ventura Avenue community along the Ojai River. The artist will share reflections on how her natural and built environments have informed her art practice, particularly her self-portraiture. Debra Herrick, Lum editor-in-chief, will guide the artist in conversation.

Lum’s biannual art prize is awarded to regional artists from BIPOC communities or other historically underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities. 

The free art talk event is open to the public and will be held in-person at CGBF, 248 S. Montgomery St., Unit A, Ojai, on Saturday, at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to arrive at 5 p.m. for wine and gathering. For more information, contact editor@lumartzine.com. 

Lum has also announced the opening of presales for a special Carpinteria event, Chef’s Table for the Arts, a benefit for Central Coast artists and writers, to be held on June 10, at The Food Liaison, Carpinteria. The intimate five-course gourmet chef’s table will feature an art-inspired meal by The Food Liaison Executive Chef Nirasha Rodriguez. Proceeds benefit Lum Art Prize artists and help underwrite Lum’s free community arts programming and biannual print magazine. Seating is limited to 25 guests. For tickets, visit lumartzine.com/chefstable or contact editor@lumartzine.com. 

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