Books by Elise DePuydt
"The Ojai Valley: An Illustrated History"
Revised and Updated by
Ojai Valley Museum Edition
"A Photo Guide to Fountains and Sculptures of Ojai: Art, History & Architecture"
"Stevia Naturally Sweet Recipes for Desserts, Drinks and More!"
Also on this site :
Articles by Elise DePuydt and a News and Information Blog related to the art and history of Ventura County, California and the City of Ojai where she lives.
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Elise DePuydt is a writer with a background in botany. She grew up in Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Michigan Technological University. After eight-years in Bellingham, Washington, Elise moved to southern California in 1991. She was a field biologist for 12 years and an active member of the Channel Islands Chapter of the California Native Plant Society for 15 years. Through her interest in botany and nature she developed a love for nature photography.
For the past fourteen years, Elise has been engaged in office administration and bookkeeping. In 2016, she retired from her job as office manager for the Ojai Film Society, a position she held for eight years. She retired from her position as bookkeeper for the Ojai Valley Museum in 2015, a job she performed for five years. She is currently the part-time bookkeeper for the Happy Valley Foundation. Elise is a member of the Ojai Valley Museum Historical Walking Tour docents who give tours of downtown Ojai on Saturday mornings.
Elise has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles on a variety of subjects and has several books on the market: A Photo Guide to Fountains and Sculptures of Ojai: Art, History & Architecture and Stevia Naturally Sweet Recipes for Desserts, Drinks, and More. Recently, she was co-editor with Craig Walker on a revision of Patricia Fry's Ojai history book, The Ojai Valley: An Illustrated History, which was published by the Ojai Valley Museum in May 2017.
In 2015, Elise was awarded the City of Ojai's Historic Preservation Award for her work on the OJai history book revision and for her research and curation of the Ojai Valley Museum's 2014 original history exhibit titled, "The Ojai Theater: 100 Years of Movies 1914 - 2014." She was honored in 2017 with the Ojai Valley Museum's volunteer of the year award for her work on the Ojai history book. Elise has earned the Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership Awards from Toastmasters International.
Elise's Ojai guide book came about as a result of her becoming increasingly aware of the remarkable public art and fountains springing up around Ventura County. She first fell in love with the two fountains and beautiful tile work in Figueroa Plaza across from the San Buenaventura Mission in Ventura. She also noticed an amazing surge in public art in the past few years in Ojai. Elise became so inspired and appreciative of these public displays, she felt compelled to share her enthusiasm by publishing a photography guide book for others to enjoy.
Photo of Elise DePuydt by Myrna Cambianica