Category Archives: Ventura Art Scene

Oxnard’s Levity Live at The Collection

A Conversation with Merion Estes Sunday, July 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Oxnard’s Levity Live at The Collection, 591 Collection Blvd.

The tools of her trade have included fabric, glue, acrylic and spray paints, glitter, photo downloads and paper, gradually moving almost exclusively to the use of collaged fabrics and photos, with hand painting assuming much less importance. At first glance we are seduced by the beauty of her work. Closer inspection reveals a worrisome sense of man’s depredation of the natural world.

Merion was a founding member of Double X, a women’s art group, and a consistent champion of women’s issues. In a recent exhibit at The Pasadena Museum of California Art, The Feminine Sublime, Merion’s work was described as a counter-narrative that upends previous ideas of the sublime in painting with a unique feminist perspective.

Merion Estes states “The beauty and fragility of life and the tragedy of man’s intervention is my subject.” To learn about Merion visit www.MerionEstes.comCollateral.

$15 for general public; $10 for seniors. free to FOTM Members.

Visit or call 805.653.2501 for tickets.

AfterGLOW Fundraising Event:

Join for a celebratory dinner at the Camarillo home of Edy & Sal Santangelo immediately following the Artist Spotlight Interview. Paid reservations are essential and required prior to July 24. We expect this AfterGLOW to sell out.

$30 FOTM members,

$40 Non-members.

Maps will be given to paid guests at the interview.

Grant will increase gallery display space

Buenaventura Art Association Executive Director Sharon Taylor accepts a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation from BAA member-volunteer Don Scott.

The Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the media company E.W. Scripps, recently approved a volunteer grant in of $1,250 for the Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura’s 64-year-old nonprofit artists’ cooperative. BAA is relocating its downtown gallery to Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., and will use the funds toward constructing three moveable walls to increase the display space in its new home.

The grant will cover about a quarter of the cost of the 4-by-8-foot double-sided modules, which will add 192 square feet of wall space to the gallery.

Retiree Don Scott, a longtime BAA member and former board director, applied for the foundation’s help based on his 36-year career at the Ventura County Star and its predecessor, the Ventura Star-Free Press, both of which were Scripps newspapers. He and his wife, Mary Kolada Scott, also a BAA artist and former Scripps newsroom employee, have successfully applied for similar grants over the past several years for BAA projects. #SHFoundation

Joe Cardella memorial and celebration

A memorial and celebration of Joe’s life will be held Saturday July 21, next to Art City in the Avant Garden, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, 197 Dubbers Street, Ventura, off Olive Street up from West Main Street. Refreshments will be served. His friends and art associates are invited. (Park in nearby lots and take care walking across Olive.) Hosted by ARTLIFE, INC. a 501c3 organization.

Joe Cardella was born in 1945 in New Britain, Connecticut. An early stint in the U. S. Navy to Greece and Mykonos made a lasting impression. He eventually made the southern California coast his home to evoke that idyllic sun-lit ocean place of myth, art, and creative energy.

Settling in Ventura in 1988, he helped transform the local art scene into an innovative community, inspired local artists and encouraged others to make art, many for the first time. Works on paper, mail art, conceptual art, Fluxus art, sculpture, assemblage and graphic art were his own media. He helped form the Ventura Artist Union.

He also began publishing the international magazine ART-LIFE in 1981. He solicited artists here and around the world to submit 200 multiples of their single work that he bound in the Original Limited Edition Monthly magazine for 25 years—“A masterpiece in every issue,” he boasted.

He died May 15, 2018 of esophageal cancer. His ashes will head back to Greece for dispersal. His legacy of promoting the creative arts here and elsewhere will continue through a trust he leaves behind.

Arts & Eats in downtown Ventura July 21

Arts & Eats will be held in downtown Ventura on Saturday, July 21 from 6 – 8pm. Fifteen galleries, restaurants and shops open their doors for art receptions and complimentary tastes. The event is free to the public.

Richard Franklin and Susan Seaberry will display their artwork at Fox Fine Jewelry from July 12, – September 9, with an Art Reception on July 21 from 6 – 8 pm. Musician George Spike will sing and play guitar during the reception.

Richard Franklin was born in Berkeley, CA and has studied art across the country and Italy. He has studied fine arts including drawing, pottery, and ceramics.

Susan Seaberry, blends romanticism and classicism, has created art her whole life. She says, “It’s always been art. It’s always been my main focus.”

Elisse Pogofsky-Harris (1941 – 2018)

Portrait of Elisse Pogofsky-Harris by Donna Granata, Focus on the Masters Portrait Series 2004

Local acclaimed artist Elisse Pogofsky-Harris passed away on June 23 from Parkinson’s disease. Elisse was born in Chicago and received her degree in art from the University of Michigan. Her art career was rich in experiences as diverse as her work. Elisse was community minded, serving as the past president of the Ventura County Arts Council and board member of Women Beyond Borders of which she was a founding member.She remained an active member of both Ojai Studio Artists and Santa Barbara Printmakers.

Her work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad and can be found in the collections of museums, corporations, universities and libraries and in public and private collections. To learn more about Elisse Pogofsky-Harris visit:

Bell Arts Factory young artist Gabriela Molina

If you can get to Bell Arts Factory before school starts you might meet Gabriela Molina, a young artist who has been given a studio there until school starts. Gabriela has been attending Bell Arts kid’s program since she was five. She stated “as I reflect on my years spent at Bell Arts it is evident that it’s played a key role to my artistic growth and my desire to pursue a career as an art educator. I will dedicate my remaining months at Bell Arts as a guest artist.” This wonderful artist will be attending U C Riverside in pursuit of a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree.

Museum of Ventura County hosts prominent Cuban artist and educator Pedro González Pulido

The Museum hosted the U.S. premiere of an exhibit of paintings by prominent Cuban artist and educator Pedro González Pulido on Friday, June 8. The event featured a reception and screening of the documentary “Hearing is Believing” by Ventura filmmaker Lorenzo DeStefano, which inspired Pulido’s work. World-renowned musician Rachel Flowers, from Oxnard, is the subject of the film and performed her music at the opening reception. Proceeds benefit the Flowers family, the Museum of Ventura County and Hearing is Believing Productions.

Ojai artist Rick Monzon is a visual artist with a unique perspective on mid-century suburbia.

On his website,, his Southern California houses sway and undulate with a dreamy surrealism. A conspicuous lack of doors and windows gives these structures a mysterious presence.

Rick is participating in the upcoming book From the Fire. This book is a collection of writings – poems, prose, reflections – and photographs that document the fire experience from the flames to the ash to the regrowth that is happening.

Art City Gallery hosts Electronic Summer Nite June 22

Jun 22, 8-11 pm, Art City Gallery hosts Electronic Summer Nite, organized by sound, print and performance artists Cameron Leggett as closing party for Bad Exhibition: Value in Art at Art City Gallery. Three ingenious electronic bands; Sukia, Volt Per Octaves, and Mister Moonbeam share their sonic ingenuity with a crowd come to celebrate what’s best in both music and Ventura County’s underground sound. $5-10 Suggested Donation. Art City Gallery, 197 Dubbers St., 805.836.1095