Unveiling of the newest Cottontail at Carden Conejo Elementary

On September 28th, 2018 Conejo Public Art unveiled the latest Conejo Cottontail sculpture at Carden Conejo Elementary School in Westlake Village, CA.

”Thank you to Marjorie Sarnat, the wonderful artist; the fabulous Nancy Young, founder & executive director of Art Trek, Inc.; Julie Kim, CCPA Treasurer and “bunny” project manager; Dr. & Mr. Fleming, Mrs. Schmitz and the Carden faculty & staff for instilling in our children a lifelong appreciation of art, manners and giving back to our community.

Last but not least, thank you to our parents who brought a beautiful work of art to our campus, while also generously giving back to our community.” - Carden Conejo Parents’ Association

“Carden Conejo Cottontail” by Marjorie Sarnat


*Photos courtesy of Carden Conejo Elementary

Unveiling of "Hope" at Many Mansions

Today,  Many Mansions welcomed the newest Conejo Cottontail to the community, "Hope".  

Hope was unveiled this morning at Many Mansions Thousand Oaks office with numerous community members, staff, and supporters present. President Rick Shroeder of Many Mansions and Art Trek Executive Director Nan Young spoke about the Conejo Cottontails Project and the impact it has made on our community. 

This cottontail was designed and painted by artist Anette Power.

After the unveiling, Many Mansions invited the community to enjoy snacks and drinks and have a tour of their facility.
 
We look forward to bringing many more Cottontails to the Conejo Valley.

Unveiling of "Arnie" at Westlake Golf Course

On Thursday, April 26th, the Westlake Golf Course welcomed the newest Conejo Cottontail to the community, "Arnie".  

Arnie was celebrated by members of the Conejo Public Art Council, many golfers, Valerie Draeger, Triliad Development, Inc. and the Gene Haas Foundation who funded this wonderful piece of public art. This cottontail was created by artist: Crystal Michaelson

Although Arnie is the latest piece in our public art collection, he will be joined shortly by two more Cottontails. Their names and locations will be revealed later this summer. Stay tuned to see where our bunnies will be popping up next! 

Watch the CRPD Cottontail go on adventures!

We currently have many Conejo Cottontails on display in our local community, but only one special rabbit gets to travel from place to place. This cottontail was designed and painted by local artist, Sheila Fein for the Conejo Recreation and Park District. Sheila included various aspects of what the Conejo Recreation and Park district is all about, from setting up yoga classes at a local park to a group hike in Wildwood park to Paradise Falls, this Cottontail has it all. There are so many adventures to go on and we needed an adventurous cottontail to take on the excitement! Follow Conejo Recreation and Park District on social media to follow are friend on all the adventures!!  Links below.


Twitter - @ConejoRPD
Facebook - @ConejoRPD
Instagram - @ConejoRPD
Website - CRPD.org

Brooks Cottontail Dedication and Unveiling at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, CA

This morning at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza we unveiled one of our first and most precious Conejo Cottontails, Brooks. Brooks was designed and painted by world renowned artist, Hessam Abrishami with the late Jane Brooks in mind. Jane Brooks was a lover of the arts in our community, from curating art shows to collecting art from around the world. She did it all. Jane had this wonderful idea to bring large fiberglass sculptures of rabbits to the Conejo Valley, now 15 years later her dream is becoming a reality. We hope she is proud. 

Below you will find wonderful images from this great event. We hope to bring many more cottontails to the Conejo Valley. 

Touchdown Rabbit - "Go Rams!"

The newest Conejo Cottontail is open to the public! "Touchdown Rabbit" is currently on display at the Promenade in Westlake Village next to Cinepolis. This project was all possible with the support of Caruso Affiliated, The Los Angeles Rams, Art Trek, Inc. and the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley.  This cottontail was designed and painted by Los Angeles artist and textile designer, Eliza Day-Green . 

Cottontail Unveiling: Los Angeles RAMS

Thursday, September 7
3:00pm-5:00pm
The Promenade in Westlake Village

BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO ENJOY THE UNVEILING OF OUR NEWEST CONEJO COTTONTAIL: "TOUCHDOWN" FOR THE LOS ANGELES RAMS. THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE WESTLAKE PROMENADE TOMORROW AFTERNOON FROM 3-5PM. COME ON BY AND ENJOY FOOD TRUCKS, FOOTBALL AND AN AMAZING WORK OF ART TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY. THIS COLORFUL-SPORTY COTTONTAIL WAS DESIGNED AND PAINTED BY ELIZA DAY GREEN, ARTIST AND TEXTILE DESIGNER FROM LOS ANGELES. 

Cottontail Sneak Peek!

A new home for one of our Cottontails!

Congratulations to Wendy Jann & Jennifer Sutman!

Everyone at Conejo Public Art, Art Trek and Arts Council of the Conejo Valley would like to congratulate Wendy Jann and Jennifer Sutman on their Conejo Cottontail sculpture being placed at The Shoppes in Westlake Village this past Friday.

The sculpture is entitled Conglio al Tramonto "Rabbit at Sunset", a fresco style collaboration between Jann and Sutman.  Intertwining their artistic skills to create a stunning piece of public art for the community. 

Artist Spotlight: Wendy Jann & Jennifer Sutman

Wendy Jann - left, Jennifer Sutman - right

Wendy Jann - left, Jennifer Sutman - right

After long time friends and tennis partners, Wendy Jann and Jennifer Sutman learned of the Conejo Cottontails project, they quickly decided to work together.  They pooled their talents with Jen's keen eye for color and Wendy's skill in plaster.  The two determined to decorate their cottontail in lime plaster in the Fresco style of the Old Masters while capturing the colors and beauty found in the sunsets and terrain of the Conejo Valley. 

The next time you see a cottontail nibbling at your flowers with the glow of the sunset on his back, they hope you think of their sculpture, "Coniglio al Tramonto" (Rabbit in the Sunset). 

Conejo's on KCLU!

We had a special guest at the Art Trek studio last week! KCLU news director, Lance Orozco stopped by to interview our director, Nan Young about the Conejo Public Art Project - Conejo Cottontails! One of our featured artists and maker of the original cottontail maquette, Cate Hartenstein, was also at the studio working on her groovy Cottontail Sculpture!

Tune in tomorrow morning to listen to the interview on KCLU! 

7:45am & 8:45am

88.3 FM Ventura County

102.3 FM Santa Barbara

Listen Online at KCLU.ORG

photos by Steve Teeple

Artist Spotlight : Hessam Abrishami

 

 Hessam brought his artistic interpretive view to the cottontail project. Hessam’s Conejo Cottontail was inspired by the evolving nature of animals. 

- Modern sensibilities have made animals more human like. Pets and animals world-wide are trained to perform and humor us with tricks like circus animals. We expect them to evolve with us like fast paced machines and technology. As we anthropomorphize them, dress them, train them for our convenience we pull them with us in a more human direction that is less humane - pulling them away from their true animal nature.