A Journey in Pictures:
For more than a year, Fred and Ila Rothenberg chronicled on film the last days of Ojai’s venerable amphitheater and its rebirth as a modern home for music and the performing arts.
These historic images from 2010 and 2011 were on display from May 14 to July 14, 2012 at the Ojai City Hall.
Nine of the 20 photographs in the exhibit were “phase” images of the site taken from the same spot at different stages of the Bowl’s construction. Originally displayed at Ojai’s Rains Department Store, the result is a remarkable visual narrative of the work in progress.
These nine unique collectors’ items are sold singly or as a group for private collections and will never be duplicated except for a limited edition that will become part of the permanent archives of the Ojai Valley Museum. Eleven other images in the show will also be sold as a limited edition of five.
All photos are printed on durable, water-resistant aluminum and framed with flush metal borders suitable for hanging or reframing. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Libbey Bowl Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
The Rothenbergs’ effort was a natural extension of work they had done over the years on behalf of the Ojai Music Festival and its Bravo music education program. It also gave them a welcome diversion from their worries over their son Steven, an aspiring composer and musician, while he battled an eventually fatal disease. The Rothenbergs support the Ojai Music Festival’s internship program in Steven’s memory.
The Libbey Bowl Foundation is honored and grateful to Fred and Ila for their generosity in making, framing and donating the photographs in this exhibit for public sale. The Foundation is a California registered 501 (c)(3) organization made up of community volunteers committed to making the Bowl a leading outdoor venue consistent with Ojai’s diverse cultural interests.
You are welcome to view the photographs and, if you desire, purchase of any of them by contacting the Rothenbergs using the “Contact” tab above.