Category Archives: Ventura Art Scene

Focus on the Masters selects ten artists for Artist Spotlight

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 2018 season. An artist will be featured monthly beginning with Carol Shaw-Sutton on Sunday, January 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. as part of FOTM’s popular Artist Spotlight interview series, now in its twenty-third year. Each artist’s interview will be filmed before a studio audience at Levity Live, 591 Collection Blvd., located at the Collection in Oxnard.

Admission to the Artist Spotlight interviews is free for FOTM members; general admission is $15, seniors and students with valid ID $10. For membership information, visit

Members of the community are invited to host an AfterGLOW and help to raise much needed funds to maintain the FOTM Archive. These popular salon style gatherings offer art enthusiasts the opportunity to visit with the featured artist while enjoying a light supper in the company of dedicated arts supporters. If you would like to host an AfterGLOW in your home, call FOTM at 653.2501 or email

The ten artists have been selected for formal documentation by a highly respected jury consisting of Karen Kitchel, Margaret Nielsen and Colin Fraser Gray. Each artist was selected based on the artists’ mastery of their craft and diversity of expression, the respect from their peers and their historic role in the life of our artistic heritage.

Free art sessions at Museum of Ventura County

Photo by Deya Terrafranca.

Artists gathered at the Museum of Ventura County for a twice-monthly figure-drawing session put on by the museum’s resident artist Ryan Carr.

These free sessions allow artists to practice their craft by drawing live, clothed models using charcoal, pencils, pens, pastels — any medium that isn’t paint or any other liquid.

Sessions are held at the Museum’s Smith Pavilion or in a local brewery. Participants must be 21 or older. For information on the next event, check

“Tranquility” by Preston Fine Arts at Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery Jan. 20

“Tranquility” by Preston Fine Arts will be shown at an Art Reception at Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery – 540 E. Main Street, on Sat Jan 20 6pm-8pm. The exhibit features the vibrant paintings of William Burton and Joan (JJ) Prescott. Burton, a retired draftsman, works in acrylics, while Prescott paints in oils. They have combined their diverse talents to create Preston Fine Arts. Opening night is in conjunction with Arts & Eats, Downtown Ventura. Exhibit runs through March 4. 628-3540.

Downtown Ventura’s Arts & Eats January 20 featuring art of Hiroko Yoshimoto

Downtown Ventura’s Arts & Eats January 20, 6 – 8pm and Fox Fine Jewelry Art Reception featuring the art of Hiroko Yoshimoto. Arts & Eats will be held in downtown Ventura with fifteen galleries, restaurants and shops open for art receptions and complimentary tastes. The event is free to the public.

Hiroko Yoshimoto was born in Japan and became a US citizen in 1976. She has a BA and MA in art from UCLA and continued her studies in Florence, Italy at the Art Center College. Since her studies, Yoshimoto has exhibited her art internationally, with active exhibits in California, Colorado, Tokyo, Austria, and New York.

Art City expands

Performing and visual artist David Oliver at Under the Bed.

by Susan Torne

Art City Gallery and Studios, established in 1983, is a think-tank for experimental sculpture, installation, multi-media, assemblage, painting, film, performance, poetry, and theater. Founded by Paul Lindhard, artist, sculptor, studio builder, producer and patron of the arts for 50 years; Art City spans 31 years of art history in Ventura.

There are four components to Art City’s new expanded creative cluster. The first two components are Art City Gallery and Art City Studios (Art City’s oldest and most continuous component). Art City Gallery hosts curated exhibits and events. A community resource for culture and education, the gallery reflects Art City’s reason for being: Art 24/7; supporting collaboration, empowerment and no-holds barred exploration and implementation of ideas; from traditional gallery exhibits, to poetry readings, performances, lectures, talks, and cinema. Additionally it will be home to the San Buenaventura Artists’ Union for 4 exhibitions in 2018.

Over thirty years in the making, Art City Studios has evolved into a dynamic environment allowing artists to create in a supportive atmosphere. Throughout 22 studio spaces, stone sculptors represent the bulk of Art City Studio artists, existing side by side with film makers, playwrights, poets, performance artists, painters, wood-carvers, photographers.

A third component of Art City is Avant Garden. Referred to for the first years of its development as Art City Stone Garden, this sculpture park was given the name Avant Garden in 2017, casting light upon generations of Ventura’s avant-garde collaborating with Art City since the mid-1980’s. Paul Lindhard waited two years to get the bigger of the garden’s two main stones, intended as part of public art installation Dos Metates. The lead piece is a piece of imperial blue granite he obtained from San Marcos, California. The other, slightly smaller stone, is a beautiful sample of academy black granite from north of Fresno, California. Dos Metates is intended for the Mission Lawn between China Alley and Museum of Ventura County.

Lastly, Art City’s most recent fourth component is Under the Bed (UTB), a production space for contributing artists to create, share and expand their personal vision through music, film, digital media production, theater and performing arts. UTB is affiliated with Art City as an extension of the city’s cultural past, present, and future.

In High Style: The Photography of Neal Barr at Museum of Ventura County Jan. 13

“Let’s come together, our doors are open” is the theme of the opening reception for the new exhibition, In High Style: The Photography of Neal Barr, 5–7 p.m., Jan. 13, at the Museum of Ventura County. Sponsored by Union Bank, the reception admission is free and will feature plentiful refreshments from local downtown businesses. A no-host bar will also be available.

“We encourage everyone to join us for an evening celebrating the resilience of our residents, businesses and government agencies, while enjoying the art of renowned fashion photographer and Ventura native, Neal Barr,” said Elena Brokaw, Museum of Ventura County executive director. “We will not be charging admission to the opening in the hopes of encouraging folks to come downtown and gather in support of the community. Throughout the galleries we will have donation opportunities and 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to fire relief efforts.”

Neal Barr will be attending the reception and will offer opening remarks along with several other community officials. Barr, whose extraordinary career has spanned 50 years, started in Ventura before moving to New York City in 1958.

In High Style: The Photography of Neal Barr will be on display from Jan. 13 through April 8.

Buenaventura Art Association’s 32nd Annual Open Competition

1st Place, 31st Annual Open Competition by Carson Pritchard

Call for Entries: Buenaventura Art Association’s 32nd Annual Open Competition

Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, January 6.

Cash Awards and Membership Benefits

  • First Place $400
  • Second Place $300
  • Third Place $200
  • Four Honorable Mentions at $75 ea.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners also receive a free one-year membership to BAA and their art in the Ventura Breeze. Honorable Mention winners receive a 6-month membership.

Juror: Carol Shaw-Sutton. Find out more about Carol at

For entry details go to Online Entry at

Sunset by Wendy Winet in current CMH show, “H2O”

Call for Entries at Community Memorial Hospital exhibit “Precious”

Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, January 6.

With the recent fires, Mother Nature has reminded us once again that we are not necessarily in charge here! For many who had to flee, last-minute decisions had to be made to take only those things that were most precious. For many, of course, it was their pets. For others, it was mementos of times past. Show us what is precious in your life. It could be pets, things, family, favorite activities or places that you find yourself returning to again and again. What, for you, is precious?

The love in the air is thicker than the smoke!

Juror: CMH and BAA panel

For entry details go to Online Entry at