Category Archives: Ventura Art Scene

Holiday Cranes of Peace Saturday, December 15, 12 noon – 2pm

Buenaventura Gallery at the Bell Arts Factory

$25 per person, includes materials

Holiday Cranes of Peace workshop will lead you through the process of making origami cranes. We will also be using text, working on individual cranes, and a group mobile as well. All materials included.

Come celebrate Peace with us!

Participants can expect to make at least 2 cranes to take home as ornaments or gifts, for family, friends or for yourself!

Ventura born, instructor Dawn Reily started showing and selling her art in the local gallery scene as a teenager and started her own jewelry design business at age 16. Reily graduated from Sonoma State with a Bachelors in Fine Art, teaching credentials, and Associate degrees with concentrations in 2-D arts, sculpture, gallery management, jewelry design, printmaking, metals, Chinese brush painting, and computer graphics.

Buenaventura Art Association Gallery

Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30

432 N. Ventura Ave.

Master dyer and textile artist, Porfirio Gutiérrez at E.P. Foster

Join for an immersive evening at E.P. Foster Library with master dyer and textile artist, Porfirio Gutiérrez, and learn about the rich history of the craft in its cultural context. Recently featured in The New York Times, Gutiérrez is committed to keeping his family’s traditional Zapotec practices and knowledge alive.

Gutiérrez and his family are masters of Zapotec weaving and come from a long line of weavers from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. They are among a small group of textile artisans working to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes.

This special presentation will be hosted at E.P. Foster Library on Saturday, January 5, at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Ventura County Library is honored to host this event, made possible by funding received from the California Council for the Humanities Library Innovation Lab Grant for the project entitled “Celebrate Mixteco Culture,” and partnerships with MICOP, CSUCI, El Rio NFL, and UCSB.

“Library Innovation Lab: Exploring New Ways of Engaging California’s Immigrant Communities” is a new statewide competitive grant program offered by California Humanities. The program encourages California libraries to develop creative and innovative programs that will respond to the needs and circumstances of today’s immigrants and immigrant communities and foster more inclusive communities within our state.

The Foster Library is located at 651 East Main St. Hours of service are 10am to 7pm Monday through Thursday, 10am to 5pm Friday and Saturday, and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.

Small Image Show and Holiday Boutique

This month, Buenaventura Art Association (BAA) is upholding a pair of year-end traditions—the Small Image Show and Holiday Boutique—in its new gallery home, Studio 30 at Bell Arts Factory on Ventura Avenue.

The art show will feature members’ original works no longer than 14 inches on a side, sized and priced for gift-giving. The boutique will present a changing mix of artisan crafts, jewelry, fine art photos, cards and other paper items, and wearable art for purchase on three weekends.

The Holiday Boutique coincides with events at the adjacent Bell Arts Factory. BAA’s boutique will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16. The gallery also will be open 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7 for First Friday.

An open studios night and opening of the Artisan Holiday Market in the Tool Room Gallery will be 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7. Bell Arts also will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16.

Buenaventura Art Association is a 64-year-old nonprofit artists’ cooperative that recently moved to Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For more about BAA and its programs, visit or call 805-648-1235 during gallery hours.

Artist Spotlight Interview with Erika Lizée

All of us at Focus on the Masters share the grief that has engulfed our community. The fires and the shooting at the Borderline Bar have personally affected members of our Focus family. Our hearts are heavy. We are postponing our documentation and Artist Spotlight Interview with Erika Lizée until our 2019 season. We are great believers in the healing power of the arts, especially during difficult times. But, the immediate needs of our loved ones and our communities are the priority. We also want to make sure that Erika’s art students at Moorpark College – who are grieving for one of their own – would be able to attend.

We are on standby to assist artists in need of documentation of their work. FOTM also has free art supplies available to artists who lost their studios in the fire.

We all know from experience that love is mightier than fire and thicker than smoke. We will all get through these difficult times together.

Thank you for your understanding and tremendous support.

FOTM Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers

Combed sheep wool installation by Chilean born artist Minga Opazo at the Museum of Ventura County

This amazing art installation, located at the Museum of Ventura County is made of raw combed sheep wool. By Chilean born artist Minga Opazo the work is inspired by the fundamental processes of the textile industry. Born in Chile she is now a resident of Ventura. Minga is currently attending the California Institute of the Arts to receive her master’s degree. The Museum does not need to be open to view this art as it can be seen from either side.

Ventura County Potters’ guild presents Southwest American Artist Roxanne Swentzell

Ventura County Potters’ guild member Marilee Stockman will be presenting a PowerPoint program and talk about Southwest American Artist Roxanne Swentzell. Swentzell is from the Santa Clara Indian Pueblo and comes from a family of renowned potters and sculptors. As a child she learned to articulate emotion through her small clay sculptures. She is known for her figurative sculptures that have captured the hearts of people all over the world. Stockman participated in a five-day workshop with her and will be telling about that amazing workshop.

Students and the public are welcomed to attend. Free at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center

550 N. Ventura Ave. Monday November 26, Doors open at 7 pm, Program begins at 7:30 pm .

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura held “Havana Nights”

On Nov. 10, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura held “Havana Nights”, at the Four Points Sheraton celebrating 80 years of serving local youth which included a live auction. The auction included “Channel Islands” an oil painting by local artist Tony Jankowski. His paintings have been shown in galleries throughout the United States and the world. He has won many awards and completed numerous private commissions. It sold for $3,700 which was a bargain.

Alex Waites, of Resin. A. Waites to host in-person workshop Nov. 10

On November 10th from 2pm to 5pm or later, Alex Waites, of Resin. A. Waites will be hosting an in-person workshop for artistic healing and learning. He will teach his methodology of resin and mixed media, not only going over the practice of art, but the healing that takes place within the creations.

Alex is offering two complimentary art lessons November 10th at the “THE SPACE” in Ventura. 1779 E. Main Street. Other class attendees will pay a nominal fee for materials and space provided, along with intimate art instruction.

Alex the owner and operator of Xpanded Therapies, specializing in physical healing through Brain Balance, Bodywork, Cupping, and BioMag Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy. The balance of left brain/right brain brings forth “art healing” through two distinct methods. Art and Physical Health.

Learn more about Resin. A. Waites on Instagram @resin.a.waites and Xpanded Therapies | For bookings, call 805.765.1950.