Category Archives: Ventura Art Scene

Youth Outreach Spring Art Showcase March 15 – April 24

FOTM Learning To See Youth Outreach Spring Art Showcase from March 15 – April 24. Sponsored by the California Arts Council.

Come to this celebration of youthful expression, and see how art creates connections to cultures and histories from around the world.  This exhibit features artwork created with Learning To See Outreach in the World History class of Mr. Andrew Vasquez at Green Middle School in Port Hueneme.  This unique 12-week program and exhibition was made possible by a grant from the California Arts Council.

Ray D. Prueter Library
510 Park Ave, Port Hueneme

Monday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tue & Wed 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu – Sat 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
(Closed Sunday)

Focus on the Masters is an art appreciation program that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists.

For more information about Learning To See, contact or 653.2501.

The art of Hiroko Yoshimoto will be on display

Women on the Rise Women’s Exhibit
Opening Friday, March 3,  from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. exhibit dates: March 3 – 31
Gallery hours: M-F 10-4 pm Sat. & Sun. by appointment

In celebration of Women’s History Month the Vita Art Center in collaboration with Focus on the Master’s will exhibit the artwork of women artist that have been interviewed and documented by Donna Granata. FOTM has done an incredible job documenting the work and lives of extraordinary artists that have dedicated much of their lives to their craft and Vita Art Center is honored to showcase the work of these women.

Vita Art Center, 432 N. Ventura Ave. ,644-9214

Photographic Portraits by Ventura College alumni, Donna Granata, celebrate Women’s History Month

Photo by Donna Granata

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Ventura College New Media Gallery is proud to announce Photographic Portraits by Ventura College alumni, Donna Granata, founder of Focus on the Masters (FOTM).  The exhibition SPARK: Woman Educators, Innovators, and Activists will run from Thursday, March 2 through Thursday, April 13,  with an opening reception on March 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  A gallery talk is also scheduled for Thursday, March 23, at 1:00 p.m.  The exhibition and gallery talk, located on campus  are free and open to the public.

Established in 1994, FOTM is an on-going non-profit art appreciation program that documents, preserves and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists, emphasizing the importance of the arts to a healthy community.

The New Media Gallery showcases the work of professional artists throughout the United States. Gallery hours for spring 2017 are Monday – Thursday, 10-4 p.m. and/or by appointment. On campus parking requires a permit which may be purchased for $2 from the automated parking boxes on campus parking lots.

A complete listing of Ventura College art exhibits may be found at

The MIX – Nighttime Networking

The MIX – Nighttime Networking is an informal, after work social networking function held by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. The Feb.16 MIX was hosted by H Gallery + Studios located at 1793 E. Main! H Gallery + Studios is a 10,000 square foot vintage building completely dedicated to the arts. The social atmosphere at this gallery has been praised by much of the community and the high caliber art that is exhibited has made this venue one of the best in Southern California. This is much more than a conventional art gallery, it’s a community of working artists from the area.

The curation of the gallery Yessíca Torres and owner Rodrigo Aguilar welcomed the chamber to the MIX.

Artist Mariana Peirano Royuela offers weekly classes, workshops and artist retreats

Artist Mariana Peirano Royuela believes that the universe had a plan for her to be an artist. “According to my mother, I was drawing since I could hold a pencil. As I got older it actually became a bit of an issue with her because that’s all  I wanted to do! But apparently life had a different plan for me and I became a teacher. So for many, many years my artistic talents were used to create classroom materials and bulletin boards. Then one day, my call came again and that time I listened. “

This amazing artist offers a variety of weekly classes, workshops and artist retreats on figure and portrait drawing and painting, intuitive painting and visual journaling. Following the academic approach, these basic  life drawing classes and workshops, offer a simple and effective approach for drawing the human figure.

​Peirano Art studio,  1793 East Main St. Enrollment is limited. Reservations recommended.

To sign up call 758-8247 or See more of her art at

Ventura gallery focuses on young area artists

Nature and Pattern by Nicole Hense

Works by young local artists will fill Buenaventura Art Association’s downtown Ventura gallery for the next few weeks, thanks to three concurrent shows to run until March 11.

Entries in the 11th annual Collegiate Student Art Competition will be presented in the main gallery, three student winners of the last year’s BAA contest will have the Red Wall section, and a special Focus on the Masters exhibition of art by area students will be in the Clophine Dooley Gallery.

BAA’s yearly Emerging Artist Cup competition for students at a Ventura County college or university awards $3,000 in prizes: $800 for first place, $600 for second, and $350 for third in the form of scholarships to their schools; plus five honorable mentions that include $250 gift cards for art supplies. The prizes are sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation, Jessica and Stanley Prescott Trust, and others.

Top prize winners also get a free, one-year membership in BAA and no competition entry fees for a year.

The juror for this show is Bob Privitt, a Thousand Oaks artist and professor emeritus at Pepperdine University, where he taught art for 25 years. The awards will be announced at a gallery reception 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18.

The Focus on the Masters show will feature art by local elementary and middle school students from its 2016 in-school Learning to See outreach program. These classes are taught by Aimee French.

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more about the artists’ cooperative group and its programs, visit the Buenaventura Art Association website,, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

Ten artists selected for FOTM formal documentation

Don Bachardy will be a featured FOTM artist.

Focus on the Masters (FOTM) is pleased to announce that ten artists have been selected for FOTM formal documentation by a distinguished jury for the 2017 season.  An artist will be featured monthly beginning with Jane Mulfinger, on Sunday, February 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. as part of FOTM’s popular Artist Spotlight interview series, now in its twenty-second year.  Each artist’s interview will be filmed before a studio audience at Levity Live, 591 Collection Blvd., located at the Collection in Oxnard.

“The Levity Live venue is perfect! We could not have asked for a better location!” exclaimed founder and executive director Donna Granata. “Not only is it a state-of-the-art nightclub that meets all our technical needs, the location will offer our patrons a comfortable place to experience our programming while enjoying delicious food and beverages.”

The nine artists have been selected for formal documentation owing to the artists’ mastery of their craft, respect from their peers and their historic role in the life of our artistic heritage.


The series will kick off the season with A Conversation with Jane Mulfinger on Sunday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m.  Mulfinger uses site-specific installations, performance and sculpture to examine and comment on the human condition.

Admission to the Artist Spotlight interviews is free for FOTM members; general admission is $10, seniors and students with valid ID $5. Guests with military ID attend free of charge.  For membership information, visit


To support the costs associated with the documentation of each artist, FOTM enlists the help of generous donors who wish to sponsor or co-sponsor a Spotlight Interview.  Full sponsorship is $1,200; co-sponsorship is $600.   AfterGLOW Special Events will be planned after each interview. February’s AfterGLOW will take place at Copper Blues, Levity Live’s on-site specialty restaurant.  If you would like to sponsor an artist or host an AfterGLOW in your home, call Mary Galbraith at 653.2501 or contact FOTM by email at

WAV Theater Gallery presents Balm, featuring the art of Rima Muna

Working Artists Ventura will present Balm, taking place at WAV Theater Gallery, featuring the art of Rima Muna. WAV, is designed for artists and creative businesses. The Artist’s Reception for Balm will be held on Thursday March 30th, 6 to 8pm. The official Artist’s Reception “opens” the show and celebrates the artist’s accomplishments.

With over 12 pieces of art to see, there is a lot of art to capture your interests!

Show runs until through April 30th. The WAV Theater Gallery is located at 175 S. Ventura Ave.

“Balm means healing and soothing. Let your spirits be soothed and healed by art.” – Rima Muna