Ventura arts group to debut new gallery

Mixed media collage by Mary Kolada Scott

Buenaventura Art Association will reopen July 2 in a new home, Studio 99 at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., with an exhibition by members of The Collage Lab, Ventura artists who create pictures using paper, photos, fabric and other mixed media.

It’s called “Picking Up the Pieces,” and will present “a selection of recent work reflecting thoughts, ideas, feelings and inspirations that carried the artists through the COVID lockdown,” according to Janet Black, one of the featured artists. The others are Karen Hoffberg, Darlene Roker, Wendy Winet, Janna Valenzuela, Karen L. Brown, Mary Kolada Scott, Joyce Lombard, Virginia Buckle and Tasia Erickson.

Opening reception for the show will be 5-8 p.m. July 2, in conjunction with Ventura’s First Friday gallery crawl. It will be the first in-person exhibition since March 2020 at BAA’s Bell Arts gallery and will run through Aug. 14. Open hours will be noon-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The grassroots Ventura arts group, founded in 1954, also has an outlet at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts at Ventura Harbor, and artwork displays at SpiceTopia and Very Ventura, downtown shops on Main Street

For more information about BAA and its programs, call the gallery at 805-648-1235 or visit

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