Category Archives: Ventura Art Scene

Kids’ Arts surfboard raises $800 for program

Teresa and Eric of Duke’s Griddle ’N Grill on Seaward Ave. won the auction bid at $800.

Kids’ Arts is excited to announce that Teresa and Eric of Duke’s Griddle ’N Grill on Seaward Ave. won the auction bid at $800.00 for the Kids’ Arts surfboard at the Surf Rodeo event on July 16!! We thank you for your generous support through the years. They will “hang” the board at Duke’s for all to admire. Thanks, also, to Tim Reeser of Tribal Surfboards who shaped the board and donated it to Kids’ Art for the kids to decorate with their ocean theme and JD Drury of Surf Rodeo for naming Kids’ Arts as one of the beneficiaries of the event and supporting their mission to provide visual and performing arts classes for children.

Kids’ Arts is a nonprofit children’s art center that has provided free creative arts classes to children, 5-14 years old, for 25 years in Ventura. Visit them on Saturday mornings from 10:00 – 12:00 at 295 S. Arcade Dr. and let your creativity soar.

That’s them with Lynne Thurston from Kids’ Art. Call 628-9150 for more information or at

Ventura City Municipal Art Acquisition Program

In May of 1999, the City Council established the Municipal Art Acquisition Program to document the history of visual art in Ventura through the annual purchase of important works of art created by area artists. The collection provides increased access to art of the highest quality and of distinctive merit through its display in the public areas of City Hall and other municipal buildings. The 2004 pastel by Bill McEnroe (1922-2015) can be enjoyed in the art collection in the corridors at City Hall.

Ventura artist Noel Diotte

Ventura artist Noel Diotte has finished his amazing wetlands mosaic located by the Ventura “ponds.”

On his site he says “Wetlands Mosaic is done…..except polishing, scraping old glue, grout. May make a ceramic Lizard on the top….the butterfly flew to the ground….shattered!”

Would you like to know where this is located? will tell you.

Photo by Pam Baumgardner

Free art class for kids at Buenaventura Gallery Aug. 12

Sign Up for Free Young Artists Class at Buenaventura Gallery!

Youth ages 8-14 are welcome to sign up for a free class on Saturday, August 12, 1-3pm.

“All the Shades of Gray” will teach youth how to create drama with contrast and texture in painting. Nancy Horwick, a member of Buenaventura Art Association and a gifted oil painter and former teacher in Ojai, will be teaching the class. There is a limit of 10 students, so make your reservations right away.

All materials provided. Call 648-1235, or email Located at 700 E. Santa Clara St.

Future classes:

September 9th: “What Would You Look Like If You Were a Butterfly? “with Dorothea Heger

October 14th: “Design with Mosaics”, with Helle Scharling-Todd

November 4th: “Pine Cone Collage “, with Meryl Goudey

Vita Art Center presents Jennifer Wolf The Color Of Things

Opening Reception Friday, August 5 from 6-9 p.m.
Exhibit Dates August 5 – 27 from 6-9 p.m.

Interested in communicating ideas of history, place and nature in her art practice , Jennifer Wolf utilizes a combination of hand ground natural pigments, historic techniques and modern painting mediums to capture the pure essence of color.

Jennifer Wolf received her BA in Art History from UCLA and her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design.

Vita Art Center 432 North Ventura Ave. Studio 30

“Fiery Morning” by Fredda Leiter

One gallery, three unique visions

Three Buenaventura Art Association members dedicated to sharing their perceptual insights will present recent artworks Aug. 1-Sept. 2 in concurrent solo exhibitions at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

Mark Hafeman’s “Magic Garden” will be on the main gallery’s red walls, while Fredda Leiter’s “Birds, Beasts, Figures, Sky” and Kimberly-Ann Talbert’s “The World Through My Eyes” will fill the Clophine Dooley Gallery. The artists plan to attend an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 5.

Hafeman, an Oxnard painter whose mother and grandmother also were artists, said he will show about two dozen pieces, both watercolors and oils with acrylic underpainting.

Leiter plans to have about 18 watercolors on paper in her show. She lives in Ventura, has been painting about nine years.

Talbert is a lifelong artist who lives in Los Angeles and will be showing digital photographs and handmade jewelry, perhaps 30 pieces.

An exhibition by association members will fill the remainder of the main gallery, along with a hallway display by the last show’s honorable mention winners Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Doug Fossati.

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit BAA’s website,, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

Multidisciplinary collection of abstract work features 22 artists

This multidisciplinary collection of abstract work features 22 artists hailing from the United States to Australia, each selected for their deliberate deviation from representational art. These artist’s theoretical compositions, though dissimilar, reflect the social, emotional and intellectual preoccupations in all areas of modern culture.

An ambitious and unexpected exhibit, Departure Theory is a diverse medley of contemporary abstracts, including a large scale hanging installation, geometric sculpture and conceptual art. Not confounded by generic limits, the visual comprehension of each piece in this exhibition introduces a sense of infinite possibility in highly controlled compositions

Dab Art | H Gallery + Studios until July 30

1793 East Main Street | Midtown Ventura G a l l e r y H o u r s | W E D – S A T | 1 – 5 p