Category Archives: Ventura Art Scene

CMH entryway adorned with local art

The soon to be opened CMH is adorned will beautiful local art throughout. When patients and family walk into the ER, they will be greeted by a spectacular mosaic of a kelp forest on all the walls of the entryway. Frank Bauer, the artist, is seen working on it. Be sure to visit the hospital during their open house dates.

Community Open Houses
Come see the new hospital
OCT 11 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
OCT 24 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
NOV 8 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dab Art is pleased to present Empire Of Dirt at H Gallery in midtown Ventura.

The creative sentiments of artists are often misunderstood. Even the most conscious viewer may be oblivious to the conflicts of the artist whose work they are admiring.

Variously characterized as radical or manic, the cliché of the tortured artist’s plight is not without some merit. Empire Of Dirt investigates the inspirations found in the darker elements of life. Highlighted in this exhibition is the process and frequently concealed perspectives of 21 peculiar and complex artists.

Empire Of Dirt is an exhibition of contentious works where the viewer can explore, connect and embrace the eccentric perspectives of artists who have continued to evade conventional labels.

Curated by Yessíca Torres

 1793 E Main St.

(805) 293-1616

Museum OF Ventura County honored ArtWalk2018 Artists

An event was held at the Museum OF Ventura County honoring ArtWalk2018 Artists Of Distinction John White and Song Byeok on Oct. .4. ArtWalk was held Oct.6&7.

Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann presented John White with a plaque of honor.

ArtWalk is one of Ventura’s signature events, drawing thousands each year.

John M. White of Ventura is a painter, sculptor and performance artist. He has been exhibiting publicly for more than 40 years. Culturally, politically and aesthetically influenced by the late ’60s, White’s work exemplifies this period of redefinition and experimentation.
Considered one of the seminal California performance artists, White has staged hundreds of public performances since 1967

Continuing a tradition of bringing exciting, newsworthy artists to Ventura, ArtWalk selected of North Korean artist Song Byeok as the Global Artist for this year’s 25th anniversary event. Now residing in Seoul, South Korea, Song was once an official state propaganda artist in North Korea. Here in the United States he is being called the Andy Warhol of South Korea.

The Oct. 24 issue will have more photos of the event.

Beatrice Wood Immersion Experience

Beatrice Wood Immersion Experience at the home and studio of Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) in the beautiful Upper Ojai Valley on Sunday October 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Group limited to 15 Participants. $125 members / $150 non-members
Purchase tickets at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501

All proceeds benefit Focus on the Masters (FOTM)Archive & Library.

Participants will work with clay in her studio, study her art books, utilize her colored pencils to create drawings and prepare lunch in her kitchen.

You will be guided by Kevin Wallace, Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts & Happy Valley Cultural Center along with Focus on the Masters Executive Director, Donna Granata and discuss Beatrice Wood – her philosophy on life, love, longevity, & legacy.

All materials and a gourmet vegetarian communal lunch will be served.

To reserve a spot http://www.focusonthemasters.com/beatricewoodexperience.html#beatrice

Buenaventura Art Association to feature special ArtWalk show by Christine Apostolina Beirne

Buenaventura Art Association will feature a special ArtWalk show by Christine Apostolina Beirne, a longtime artist and its former executive director, in its new gallery at Bell Arts Factory in Ventura.

“90 Paintings in 90 Days” will be on display Oct. 4 through Nov. 11, which includes the Oct. 6-7 ArtWalk dates. There will be a private preview Wednesday, Oct. 3 – RSVP required, $5 donation to BAA. For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/90-paintings-in-90-days-private-preview-event-tickets-49079591379.
For more about BAA and its programs, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

Bowl Hop and pottery demonstrations Oct. 6-7 downtown at Ventura’s Artwalk

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Bowl Hop and pottery demonstrations Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7 corner of Main Street and California in conjunction with downtown Ventura’s Artwalk.

100% of money collected will go to Downtown Ventura’s Family Reconnection Program. https://downtownventura.org/reconnection/

Saturday only demonstrations

11 – 1:30 pm Ellen Wohlstadter hand-building demonstration

1:30 – 4 pm   Firestick Pottery owner and potter Robin Nahin will do a potter’s wheel demonstration

Founded in 1957, Ventura County Potters’ Guild and friends are again donating 200 + gorgeous handmade ceramic bowls!

For $25 you will receive a bowl of your choice and a punch card that will lead to a variety of downtown Ventura Restaurants and a sampling of many yummy delights. For more information http://www.artwalkventura.org/bowl-hop.html

Ventura County Potters’ Guild
1567 Spinnaker Drive Suite 105 (805) 644-6800

Ventura Harbor Village Art Gallery student artist of the month Kyeli Robinson

Ventura Harbor Village Art Gallery new student artist of the month is Kyeli Robinson.  Kyeli is currently a senior at Buena High School and is in the advanced art class.  Kyeli will be at the Ventura Harbor Village Art Gallery from October 1 to 31.  She will have originals, prints and cards of her work for sale in the gallery.  She is now a member of the Buenaventura Art Association.  Kyeli has plans to attend art school after graduation in 2019.

Vita Art Center presents Song Byeok, North Korean dissident artist Oct. 6-7

Vita Art Center presents Song Byeok, North Korean dissident artist honored as the Global Artist of Distinction For Artwalk Ventura, 2018. A free city wide event Oct. 6-7, 11 am-6 pm Saturday & noon-5 pm Sunday.

Champagne Reception Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, VIP tickets: $75 tickets:  http://vitaartcenter.com/index.php?name=song

Join in honoring visiting artist Song Byeok for his work promoting freedom. Vita will be serving Koji BBQ and there will be an open bar. Have a special preview of Mr. Song’s art on exhibit. tickets:  http://vitaartcenter.com/index.php?name=song

Entering its 25th year, Artwalk Ventura is a super fun, virtually free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios, pop-up venues and transformed pods containers in Ventura’s Westside Cultural District and downtown.  One of Ventura’s signature events, drawing thousands of visitors every year.

His work will be exhibited for the first time in Ventura.
Vita Art Center, 28 W. Main St., www.vitaartcenter.com

California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest winners on display until Nov. 18

The winning entries from this year’s California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest will be on display at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center until November 18. The art and poetry display includes 47 winning pieces from over 2,500 entries. A special unveiling of the artwork occurred on Sept. 15 during Coastal Cleanup Day.

The annual contest is designed to encourage youth to reflect on the beauty and spirit of California’s coasts and ocean. Through this effort, the California Coastal Commission hopes to inspire a greater sense of appreciation and stewardship for these natural places.

Enjoying the unveiling were Channel Islands Park Foundation members Ken McAlpine, Vahagn Nahabedian, Ranger Lauren Boross, art winner Ventura kindergartener, Serenity Rayne Holmes, art winner Lompoc High senior Marina Zellers and Tigran Nahabedian .

The winning contest entries can all be viewed and are available for purchase at

https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/poster/poster.html.