Buenaventura Art Association member, Wassell at Buenaventura Gallery, Oct. 24-Nov. 17

Robert Wassell is such a regular visitor to the Los Padres National Forest that the squirrels likely know him by sight, if not by name. He’s there most weekends to hike and to sketch scenes that he then turns into oil paintings back home in Ventura.

A prolific artist and longtime Buenaventura Art Association member, Wassell will display some of his latest works Oct. 24-Nov. 17 at Buenaventura Gallery.

His show will run concurrently with “Fantasy: Dark & Light,” a BAA members’ show that, in keeping with the season, will feature characters, places or designs ranging from eerie, weird and spooky to ethereal, dreamy and heroic. The opening reception for both will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 1, during Ventura’s First Friday gallery crawl.

Buenaventura Gallery, in Studio 30 at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For more about BAA, a 65-year-old nonprofit cooperative, and its programs, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org or call 805-648-1235 during gallery hours.

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