Category Archives: Ventura Art Scene

Lombard’s specialty is encaustic paintings and paper sculpture

Two Ventura women are joining forces to exhibit their artistic visions and range in an April 18-May 19 show at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

“Encaustic & Stone” will feature two- and three-dimensional pieces by Joyce Lombard and Virginia Buckle, both longtime Buenaventura Art Association members with numerous awards to their credit. They will attend a 5-7 p.m. reception on April 28, the second Saturday of the monthlong show.

Lombard, who will give a demonstration and discuss at 2 p.m. May 6.

Buckle plans to exhibit 11 sculptures and six paintings and collage pieces; Lombard will have about 25 encaustic and mixed media works on display. Concurrent with their show will be a juried exhibition of artworks by BAA members.

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

A Conversation with Tim Hauf at The Collection April 29

A Conversation with Tim Hauf Sunday, April 29 – 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Oxnard’s Levity Live at The Collection, 591 Collection Blvd. To learn about Tim visit

We can explore the world’s most interesting places without leaving home. Pick up Sunset, Smithsonian Magazine or a National Geographic publication and chances are you’ll be in touch with the photography of Tim Hauf. Tim Hauf has been a professional photographer since the early 1990s. Although he grew up in North Dakota, spent 30 years in Ventura County and now lives in Washington State, Tim is very much a citizen of the world. His deep connection to the land – whether nearby in the Channel Islands, Patagonia or the Himalayas – informs his work and allows us to vicariously admire and revel in Nature’s infinite variety.

Admission is $15 for general public; $10 for seniors. Free to Focus on the Masters Members. RSVP required at or 653.2501.

Special invitation to Educators & Students:
The Artist Spotlight and panel discussion is open to students attending as a class assignment free of charge. FOTM is happy to assist with tracking attendance and sign-in sheets. Reservations required.

Join for AfterGLOW, a celebratory supper at Ventura home of Dennis Mitchell and Richard Sanders immediately following the program. Please bring a warm wrap as you may wish to enjoy the hosts’ magical garden. Paid reservations are essential and required prior to April 24. We expect this AfterGLOW to sell out.

$30 FOTM members, $40 Non-members.
Maps will be given to paid guests at the interview.

The “Li’l Circus the Could” brings Circus Arts & interactive Fun to kids of all ages!

Artists Lynne Okun and Michelle Foster will host two Saturday morning workshops and a “First Friday” interactive event featuring the “Li’l Circus that Could” at Bell Arts Factory. Living Dream Arts ( of SF Bay Area is sponsoring.

The Li’l Circus that could will bring Circus Arts & interactive Fun to kids of all ages! You don’t have to run away to join the circus, we are the circus!

Saturday mornings April 21 and 28th from 10am-12 noon and First Friday, May 4th from 5-8pm Li’l Circus premier interactive performance at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave.

In the spirit of keeping Ventura Strong we invite the community to participate in the innovative art of Circus, a fun and open-hearted inter-activity that builds community and ignites the spirit of play in people of all ages. No previous circus arts experience is necessary!

Be a part of the greatest show on earth! Stretch yourself silly, learn the art of juggling, hula hoop, human mandalas, pyramids, and more! Circus arts inspires self-confidence, inner strength, concentration, creativity, and collaboration!

The innovative art of Circus is a fun and open-hearted inter-activity that builds community and ignites the spirit of play in people of all ages.

The 1st Annual Ventura Unified School All-District Art Show

Sophia Munoz, a Ventura High School freshman, is another talented artist whose artwork is featured on the district poster. Sophia looks forward to a lifelong career as an artist.

The first annual VUSD student art show will be held at the Museum of Ventura County, through the efforts of the Ventura Arts Collaborative, a cooperative program of Ventura Unified School District, the City of Ventura and the Ventura Education Partnership. The juried show will highlight incredibly talented high school, middle school and elementary school student artists.  In total, over 50 works have been selected from hundreds of submitted pieces – including watercolors, photography, acrylic paintings, mixed media and pencil drawings.

According to Elena Brokaw, Executive Director of the Museum of Ventura County, “This partnership between the school district and the museum is a direct result of our community’s commitment to the Arts.  Ventura is a city where art and artists are celebrated and welcome. We are proud to be a part of this new annual tradition.”

On Thursday, April 19 from 5:00-6:30 pm there will be a VIP Reception. This event will be followed by a $25.00 ticketed fundraising event (6:30-8pm) and student awards will be presented at 7:00 pm. All proceeds from this event support VUSD’s art programs.  The art show is open to the public on Saturday, April 21st from 11:00 am-5:00pm. Admission is free. In addition to viewing artwork, student musicians will be performing throughout the day and local food trucks will be on site.

Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main St.