Category Archives: Ventura Art Scene

Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library receives California Arts Council Grants!

Donna Granata interviewing Porfirio Gutierrez for his oral history which is preserved in the archives.

Focus on the Masters (FOTM) is thrilled to announce that California Arts Council is supporting our work through two separate grants: their Impact Projects Award and Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief.

FOTM’s Impact Projects Award partners Learning to See Outreach with Diversity Collective, Ocean View School District and Black Lives Matter to facilitate the design and exhibition of large-scale art installations that celebrate diversity and unity. As with all our Learning to See (LTS) endeavors, this program stems from the inspiration of the artwork and life stories of FOTM documented artists from our community. Four artists, who identify with the community participants, will lead the creative processes, providing present day role models who have exceled in pursuit of their passions.

The Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief will assist with FOTM’s Arts Archive & Library’s general support systems such as computers, software, and the preservation of our unique collection of primary source material. The archive is the foundation of the organization and requires ongoing care and preservation regardless of the pandemic.

FOTM’s public programing was suspended during the pandemic and adapted to on-line programing wherever possible. This greatly reduced earned and contributed income from monthly events, in-school classes/tuition, annual fundraising gala, and smaller fundraising activity normally held throughout the year. With the limited resources available, FOTM prioritized its LTS outreach to assist the schools with the challenges of a virtual classroom.

FOTM is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), art appreciation program that documents, preserves, and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists.

Buenaventura Art Association monthlong Collectors’ Auction and Exhibit

You could win “Sacred Spring, Delphi,” a painting by Gerd Koch.

Opportunities abound in October to put some local color in your home or office: Buenaventura Art Association is holding a monthlong Collectors’ Auction and Exhibit of works by notable area artists in its Ventura Avenue gallery.

Most pieces on display Oct. 1-30 will be offered in a silent auction, including large paintings by Phyllis Doyon and the late Mary Michel.

Attendees at preview receptions 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 2-4 p.m. Sept. 30 (or both) will see all items in advance, before the general public and before the auction launches online.

Tickets, $10 per person, include automatic entry into raffle drawings for prints, restaurant certificates and other prizes to be held every half hour during the previews, plus free BAA Champagne flutes and music. The tickets are available online at and will be sold at the door.

Opening public reception for the show will be 5-8 p.m. Oct. 1, in conjunction with Ventura’s First Friday gallery crawl.

Another highlight of the October fundraiser will be selecting the winner of “Sacred

Spring, Delphi,” a painting by Gerd Koch. Raffle tickets are $50 each or

three for $100.

Hours at Buenaventura Art Association, in Studio 99 at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, are noon-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Museum of Ventura County acquires John Nava’s Big Platter

The Museum of Ventura County is pleased to announce and unveil its newest acquisition, John Nava’s Big Platter. A gift of Laura and William Peck, the 27-foot-long tapestry spans the north wall inside the Martha K. and Martin V. Pavilion, where numerous events, pop-up exhibits, and activities occur year-round. Big Platter will remain in the Pavilion as a permanent display.

John Nava, who lives in Ojai, studied art at UC Santa Barbara under Howard Warshaw and completed his graduate work in Florence, Italy. His work is found in numerous private, corporate, and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, including his creation of the Communion of the Saints tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

“There is a long tradition in art of the Arcadian image — Arcadia as the setting of a harmonious image of people within nature,” explains local artist, John Nava. We find ourselves immersed in this beautiful nexus of shore, sea and sky completing the composition. I wanted to make Ventura’s own Arcadian image.”

The Museum has two locations – the main museum is located at 100 East Main Street, Ventura. The Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula. Both museums are open Thursdays through Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. –

Olivas Adobe Day on the Rancho

Sunday, September 12, the Olivas Adobe is open to the public 11am-3 pm for a Day on the Rancho. In the small adobe artist Laura J. Jespersen has created a series of paintings “the Romance of the Adobe” featuring scenes and stories inspired by the Olivas family and those who lived on the rancho. All paintings are for sale.

Holiday Art Market Presented by SCIART

Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIART) Artist Talk series will present the Making/Giving virtual artist talk, Saturday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 18. Featuring artists Daggi Wallace, Nurit Avesar, and Janet Milhomme, this talk will consider the parallels between making art and the giving of gifts. This Artist Talk will be an online event. Tickets can be purchased at Admission is free to members; $10 non-members. The “Perceive Me” exhibition will be on display through Sept. 25, 2021, at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit

Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIART) invites the community to the 2021 Holiday Art Market on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 4, and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 5. Enjoy unique gift shopping this holiday season for your family and friends while browsing through 40 professional artists studios and additional guest vendors! There will be free activities for kids, delicious food and treats available for purchase, and craft beer and wine. This market will be held at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, and plenty of free parking will be available. For more information, visit

12th Annual Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival September 11- 12

Celebrating its 12th year, Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival takes place September 11th and 12th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Ventura Harbor Village located at 1583 Spinnaker Drive. Festival-goers are invited to stroll and view over 26 chalk paintings from talented street artists while enjoying a diverse shopping experience that includes hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, handbags, and much more. While attending the summer festival, guests are encouraged to enjoy lunch from Harbor restaurants and sweet and tasty treats from Harbor chocolatiers, bakeries, and an ice cream shop.

Additionally, this family-friendly festival invites parents and children to enjoy an interactive opportunity at the Children’s Chalk Area, organized by volunteers of the Boys and Girls Club of Ventura County. Chalk boxes and street space are available for purchase. See ad on page 2.

Marvelous Mug – take 2.

Foto: Why not get two mugs?

Since this is our second Marvelous Mug Marketplace why not get two mugs? The artists at the Ventura Pottery Gallery know how important morning rituals are – Keurig, pour-over, cold brew or green tea – and they are busy throwing or hand-building hundreds of mugs for you to choose your next favorite one. Mugs are lead-free, microwave and dishwasher safe. And if that isn’t enough, the first twenty purchases each day will receive a free cup of coffee from Top This Chocolate, just around the corner from the Gallery. 

We invite you to stop by during the Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival, Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12 from  11–6  each day. Over 30 ceramic artists will be featured in a special outdoor exhibit of just mugs. Throwing and hand-building demonstrations will take place all weekend outside the gallery. Step inside to see a Gallery bursting with functional and sculptural ceramics. 

The Ventura Pottery Gallery is located at 1567 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105 in Ventura Harbor. The gallery is open seven days a week from 11-6.

The Ventura County Potters’ Guild is non-profit and was founded in 1957 and continues its mission of promoting ceramic arts through the Gallery, workshops, and monthly meetings. The monthly meetings are open to the public and feature ceramic demonstrations or presentations. More information can be found at www.venturapottersguild.orgCan’t make it to the gallery? Please visit our Online Store at

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

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