A mother sea lion and her baby and two giant turtles were sighted this week at Ventura Harbor Village, part of a series of ceramic marine sculptures by a former Santa Cruz Island shepherdess.
"Basically I've been given free rein to put ceramic tile anywhere in the village," said Michel Petersen, who is pursuing her master's degree in fine arts at Cal State Northridge. CSUN and Ventura Harbor Village are footing much of the cost for Petersen's pieces.
Her next work for permanent display at the retail complex is a tile mural of dolphins, 20 feet long and 8 feet high, which she hopes to install by Dec. 12.
"This dolphin project should take a year, but I'm doing it in eight weeks because I'm a maniac," she said.
Indeed, the woman, who lived for six years on remote Santa Cruz Island herding sheep, could be considered a little eccentric. It was her time there that inspired the creatures seen in her art, she said.