Local Writer Puts Words to Paintings

Westmont professor and Santa Barbara author Marilyn Chandler McEntyre has recently released the third of three volumes of poems on the work of Dutch artists, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. “In Quiet Light,” “Drawn to the Light,” and “The Color of Light,” offer readers reflections on their paintings. She will be reading and signing her… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Sing the Praises of Music Education

Santa Barbara school board members axed many music programs this year due to budget constraints, following a nationwide trend of focusing on academics while neglecting the arts. Michael Shasberger, Westmont’s Adams professor of music and worship, will speak on “Reading, Writing and Music: Why Music Belongs at the Center of the Curriculum,” Thursday, Nov. 8,… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra Premieres Redford Arrangement

Hollywood composer J.A.C. Redford has arranged a piece for Westmont ’s Chamber Orchestra to be premiered Friday, Nov. 2, 8 p. m. at First Presbyterian Church, Constance and State Street. The orchestra will also perform Sunday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road. These performances are made possible in… [Continue Reading]

Gallery Draws Top Children's Illustrators

Acclaimed children’s book artists C.F. Payne, Lisbeth Zwerger, and Gregory Manchess will exhibit work in Reynolds Gallery’s "Storytellers: Children’s Book Illustrators," Nov. 3 through Dec. 13. The artists will be available to sign books at the family-friendly opening reception Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. Payne is one of America’s most treasured illustrators,… [Continue Reading]

College Welcomes Moving 'Black Boy' Play

The difficult life of author Richard Wright is the subject of a one-man play, “Black Boy,” to be performed by Charles Holt at Westmont’s Porter Theatre one night only, Thurs. Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 will benefit the student-lead group Racial Equality and Justice (REJ). The actor will hold an… [Continue Reading]

Talk Explores Spain's Cave Paintings

Visiting scholar Araceli Ardón will lecture on “The Caves of Altamira, Spain: A guided Tour of the Oldest Museum in the World” Thursday, Nov. 1, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge. Ardón is one of the few people in the past three decades who have entered Altamira Cave, famous for its Upper Paleolithic paintings…. [Continue Reading]

Seeing the Stars from Australia, Montecito

This month’s public viewing with Westmont’s Keck Telescope will include a free lecture by a world-renowned astronomer from Australia. Martin George, curator at the Launceston Planetarium of the Queen Victoria Museum, will speak on “Astronomy Down Under: Studying the Sky from Australia,” Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Carroll Observatory lecture hall. Weather… [Continue Reading]

Choral Festival Gathers 10 Area Choirs

Six high school choirs will join four college groups for Westmont’s third annual Fall Choral Festival at First Presbyterian Church, Constance and State Street, Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Westmont Men’s and Women’s Chorales, Chamber Singers and College Choir will perform along with high school… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Theatre Presents Jane Eyre in Great Literature Series

The Westmont Theatre Department presents Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre in an acclaimed adaptation by Polly Teale Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. in Porter Theatre. They will also give matinees Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 for invited high school students in the first installment of the Found in Translation: Great Literature… [Continue Reading]

President Treasures New VP for Finance

President Gayle Beebe has welcomed long-time co-worker Doug Jones to Westmont as vice president for finance. Jones fills a position left vacant when Ron Cronk retired last year after working at the college for 22 years. Jones was vice president of finance and administration at Spring Arbor University for the seven years Beebe served president… [Continue Reading]