Abstract art group to show in Ventura gallery

Ascension, oil and acrylic with iron oxides on canvas, Jill Sattler

Members of the Buenaventura Abstract Artist Collective, an offshoot of the Buenaventura Art Association, will exhibit their recent work starting Friday in Studio 99, BAA’s new gallery space at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.

The artworks by 17 painters from throughout the region, from Lompoc to Santa Monica, will be on display through Sept. 25. An opening reception will be 6-9 p.m. Sept. 3 in conjunction with Ventura’s monthly First Friday gallery crawl.

Studio 99’s operating hours during the COVID-19 pandemic are limited to noon-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and other times by prearranged appointments. Masks are optional and encouraged for all vaccinated visitors and required of unvaccinated adults.

The Abstract Artists Collective was founded in January 2020 and has been meeting on Zoom since July 2020. Every month, 15-20 artists gather online to present and discuss their paintings, which do not aim to represent external reality but to achieve its effects using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month. For information on joining this group, please contact Joe Osborne at joss1952@gmail.com.

Buenaventura Art Association, founded in 1954, also has an outlet at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts at Ventura Harbor, and artworks on display at SpiceTopia and Very Ventura, downtown shops on Main Street. BAA directors, staff and volunteers are seeking additional business partnerships to expand exhibit space and artist exposure.

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

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